Rachael Ray gives a tour of the ‘strangely homey’ guest house she has been living in after ‘catastrophic’ fire burnt down her mansion
Rachael Ray has given fans a tour of the ‘strangely homey’ guest house she has been living in after her upstate New York mansion was burnt down in August.
The guest house belongs to Ray, 52, and is nearly identical in design to the mansion she and her husband John Cusimano lost over the summer, making it a true home away from home for the couple.
Though significantly smaller than their mansion, the guest house still feels incredibly spacious thanks to the soaring high ceilings.
Home away from home: Rachael Ray has given fans a tour of the guest house she has been living in after her upstate New York mansion was burnt down in August
Much like Ray’s original home, the charming wood house had a chic, rustic tone.
A stone fireplace sat right in the center of the house, and large windows offered views of the surrounding nature.
‘We were allowed to make it a little higher, and it is literally a small version of what our home was in that the main room here you can see from the kitchen through to the rest of the great room, and there’s a see-through fireplace that I have right in the middle of the room with benches on either side so you can sit there and warm your back,’ she explained.
Rachael called the house ‘strangely homey’ as it bore such a resemblance to her original mansion.
Heartbreaking loss: Ray and her husband lost their upstate New York mansion over the summer to a fire
Cabin chic: The stunning house was full of sophisticated, rustic touches
‘This is strangely homey: Ray said the building was ‘literally a small version of our house’
‘Basically I designed the house so I can see everything that’s going on in the house from the kitchen. So although we lost our home, this is strangely homey because it is literally a small version of our house.’
While the home may just be a guest house, it was still considerably large.
From the pantry to the lofted sleeping space for visiting family, the house seemed like the perfect place for Rachael and her husband to reside in as they recover from the heartbreaking blaze.
Check out the kitchen! Even the guest house had an incredible kitchen with an island stove top and sink
Home tour: Ray showed off the pantry to her guest, French chef Jacques Pepin
The tour was done during a video call with French chef Jacques Pepin, whom Rachael said was the only friend to offer her and her husband a place to stay in after the fire.
‘I want everyone to know that after our fire, which was obviously catastrophic, many, many, many, so many friends wrote, I didn’t know for days because I didn’t have a phone for days, but Jacque and Gloria were the only friends that literally said we could go and live with them, we could go live in their guest house,’ she said of Jacques and his wife Gloria.
‘It is so beautiful of you,’ she said while standing beside her husband, whom was also touched by the gesture.
‘It is so beautiful of you’: Ray and her husband were touched Jacques had offered them a place to stay after the fire
Tragic: Rachael’s house was gutted in August by a fire which damaged the roof and second floor of the building
Rachael’s house was gutted in August by a fire which damaged the roof and second floor of the building.
The blaze reportedly started accidentally in the chimney fire, state officials announced at the end of August.
The couple learned their house was on fire by a neighbor traveling through on an ATV.
‘This man comes running through the backyard, he jumped off an ATV, and he’s in our backyard screaming, “Your roof is on fire! Your roof is on fire! Your roof is on fire!” she recalled on her show.
Painful: Ray showed off the damage on her Instagram account