Knob Hill Inn

Knob Hill Inn Sells at Auction

Knob Hill Inn, a luxury boutique hotel with 26 guest suites nestled mountainside in world-class ski destination Sun Valley, successfully sold at auction July 26, 2011 to the highest bidder. The sale took place in cooperation with listing agent Pam Colesworthy of Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty. The buyer is from Seattle, Washington and is represented by Janine Bear, also of Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty.

About Knob Hill Inn

The developers of Knob Hill Inn, a 26-suite luxury resort nestled in the world-class ski community of Sun Valley, paid special attention to portraying the rich European style of alpine living and playing. From architectural structure to the well-defined living spaces, this luxury hotel leaves no detail unattended.

Named for its location next to Ketchum’s landmark Knob Hill, the inn transforms through the seasons. Winters help define the alpine architecture, which focuses on beauty and function. Deep overhangs and roof lines provide cover from snow during the winter while granting shade during sunny months. Knob Hill’s landscape and balconies spring to life in the summer, becoming colorful palettes of native wild flowers. Any time of year, the inn provides a respite for guests looking for the best in unique amenities and intimate stays. The hotel’s cozy central living area and bar underscore its intimate appeal, while a glass-block enclosed fireplace and exposed wood beams accentuate the natural elements of the mountains and the streamlined European feel.

Guest Suites

Knob Hill’s 26 generously appointed suites are rich in detail, true to the European stylings. Hints of Northern Italy come through via wood carvings of Austria through stained glass windows, and other regions through painted armoires and original watercolors. While every room is unique in design, each is outfitted with a wet bar, dressing area, and marble-tiled bathroom with tub and separate shower. The most stunning visuals, however, are the mountain vistas that guests in each room are treated to from their private balconies.

The varying suite apartments include:

  • Fourteen 450-square-foot rooms furnished with king-sized beds, sofas and chairs, as well as a wet bar.
  • Four 500-square-foot rooms furnished with twin beds that share a headboard and sit next to each other, sofas and chairs.
  • Four 600-square foot rooms featuring wood-burning fireplaces and a sitting area within the bedroom. These rooms are furnished with king-sized bed set, sofas and chair.
  • Two 800-square-foot master suites with separate bedrooms, each furnished with a king-sized bed set. The separate living room holds cozy furniture and a private fireplace, while the bathrooms feature double sinks and oversized bathtubs with separate showers.
  • Two penthouse suites totaling more than 1,000 square feet of comfortable living space for guests. The penthouse suites feature all the amenities of previously mentioned rooms in a larger living area with the best mountain views the inn offers.

Dining and Operations

Investors in Knob Hill will have the opportunity to create a unique alpine experience in the individual suites, as well as in the two intimate dining areas. Currently, the owners are operating the main restaurant as a grill and cellar featuring a comfortable dining room. A more casual “breakfast” area offers the opportunity to host guests in a less formal manner with serve-yourself options.

Whether the future owner of Knob Hill chooses to preserve the inn’s cozy, eclectic European feel or place his or her fingerprint on a new experience for Sun Valley, this charming inn is sure to attract guests again and again. Developers of Knob Hill Inn, the 26-room luxury resort nestled in Ketchum, paid special attention to reserving the rich European style of alpine living and playing. From architectural structure to the well-defined living spaces, this luxury hotel leaves no detail unattended in bringing the best to the cozy estate.

About Sun Valley, ID


While Sun Valley’s natural wonders – Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain – have been carved into the landscape for centuries, it wasn’t until the 1930s that investors realized the power of the snow that collected in the valley. Longing to increase ridership of his Union Pacific rail system and find an American destination to rival his beloved Swiss Alps experience, chairman W. Averill Harriman zeroed in on central Idaho.

Harriman’s vision is realized today in the stunning Sun Valley, where historic mining communities have transformed into eclectic, arts- and outdoor-driven hubs for the Alps enthusiast. Its world-class amenities are a breath of fresh mountain air for seasonal residents, including many well-known celebrities – Demi Moore, Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks, to name a few. Sun Valley’s charm and access make it a family-friendly venture year-round.


Without a doubt, Sun Valley’s abundance of slopes makes the area a premier destination for those ready to push themselves on rolled corduroy. Bald Mountain is guaranteed to take your breath away with its 3,400 feet of vertical drop and 2,000 skiable acres. More than 60 runs offer visitors variety – whether they want to work up a sweat or take an easy ride down manicured trails. The mountain, affectionately nicknamed Baldy, has been called one of the world’s best ski experiences – don’t be surprised to see world-class athletes like the Crist brothers flying down the mountain. Guests of Knob Inn who aren’t quite up to Baldy’s speed can ease into the adventure with lessons on nearby Dollar Mountain, a family-friendly alternative with equally impressive variety to help build confidence. It’s home to the Sun Valley Ski School, where top-notch instructors and access to fantastic equipment await.

More than 100 inches of snow annually provides plenty of fresh fall for guided snowshoe or cross-country tours of the Idaho backcountry, or for jetting along trails on snowmobiles. Sun Valley is world-renowned for its Nordic skiing trail system, with 200 kilometers of groomed trails along the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Quigley Canyon. With vigorous yet forgiving terrain, it helps people of any experience level find a passion. Fishing doesn’t take a backseat in chilly temperatures – Big Wood River and Salmon River are home to fantastic catches during the winter season.

When the chill fades and summer calls, Sun Valley answers. Fantastic wildflowers and greenery color the valley and are best seen from above. A chairlift ride to the top of Baldy offers a breathtaking view of the valley – and what better place to take it in than the birthplace of the chairlift itself? Designed to accommodate guests of the valley, chairlifts were introduced in 1936 in this very spot. Dry, sunny summers are perfect for hiking through the valley’s five ranges, horseback riding along rugged trails, or kayaking along the lakes and rivers nearby. Anglers from across the globe are drawn to the Silver Creek Preserve, 30 miles south of Sun Valley, for the fantastic fly-fishing it serves as a backdrop for. Pack a picnic and head to the Sawtooth Recreation Area, or visit the unique Craters of the Moon volcanic landscape nearby.

Tee time takes on a new definition from the clouds, which is where guests will find themselves while practicing their short game on the brand new White Cloud Nine set on the ridgetop near the 58,000 square foot Sun Valley Club. The valley’s signature course, Trail Creek, promises a challenge, as well. One of two courses in the area designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the traditional alpine course includes ominous bunkers and stream carries while incorporating the natural landscape.

Arts and Culture

Sometimes, it’s the great indoors that call. Many of Sun Valley’s best kept secrets are tucked in unassuming cabins and storefronts. Top chefs prepare locally inspired cuisine, often featuring in-season catches and world-class ingredients. The community of local independent bookstores, boutiques and vintage-inspired shops offers up funky finds for the discerning browser. An eclectic vibe reverberates through Sun Valley and neighboring Ketchum, but it shouldn’t fool guests. Life in Sun Valley means access to the best in culture and
pampering. First-class spas in a number of resorts, or those specializing in unique, trend-setting care, offer guests a chance to indulge themselves.

A vibrant arts community features a number of regional artists and performers for any taste. Live theater events three times a month are a boon of Broadway in the Rockies, while well-educated art collections in the nook-style exhibits that inhabit the area will delight and entice art seekers. While local musicians often grace stages here, it’s not uncommon for big names in rock, R&B, blue grass and more to take the stage at indoor or outdoor
venues, like the newly constructed $35 Million Sun Valley Pavilion. The outdoor arena is home to the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the largest free symphony offering in North America. The free weekly concerts it puts on during summer months simply underscores the devotion of this unique area to nurturing appreciation for the outdoor lifestyle without losing the internal call to the arts.

Perhaps the most notable literary creature to document and revel in that devotion spent much of his time cultivating his own artform here. Author Ernest Hemingway made Sun Valley and neighboring Ketchum his home for more than 20 years, completing much of his well known work from the area. In fact, he completed For Whom the Bell Tolls from suite 206 the original Sun Valley Lodge. Now, literary minds of this generation gather on Sun Valley for conferences and to pay homage to the master writer.

This friendly hotbed of community and spirit gives guests of any taste a day of relaxing, noshing on local favorites and finding the perfect memory to take away. And the area is growing – making Sun Valley and Ketchum an enticing place for developers and those hoping to own a slice of this sun-drenched haven. Community boards and visitors bureaus have worked for the last few years to market the area, as well as lure development to increase access to the area’s natural amenities. Those renaissance efforts don’t appear to be ceasing, making it an ideal time to invest in the area.

About Ketchum, ID

Sun Valley’s smaller neighbor to the south shares many of its resources. Ketchum, once a isolated town with mining and ranching roots in the wilderness, has developed many of its sister city’s characteristics. Eclectic and warm, the community of only several thousand residents welcomes its role as a tourist destination. Situated at the crossroads of Trail Creek and Warm Springs Creek, the small city is home to Sawtooth Botanical Garden, the Sun Valley Historical Society Heritage and Ski Museum and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Annual community festivals celebrate the town’s history.

While enticingly remote, Sun Valley and Knob Hill Inn are accessible to guests from around the globe. A 2.5 hour drive from the airport in Boise over the scenic Camas Prairie is the perfect preparation for the exquisite experience to come.


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