The rough-hewn, naturally inspired texture of stone and rock can create striking contrast – blending classic and contemporary elements to create a place you will feel delighted to call your own mini castle. From a romantic Santa Barbara villa, designed by celebrated architect Wallace Frost, to a historic Saint Helena vineyard estate, created from Captain Thomas Amesbury’s 1886 pre-prohibition winery, here are five charming stone homes that could be yours today:
1 of 5 | Tuscan-Inspired Romance in Montecito
Situated in the hills of Santa Barbara, the pure pastoral ambience of the Tuscan countryside pervades this elegant stone villa. With its gentle light, rugged stone and wood and reverence for the natural surroundings, the secluded estate was designed and built in the 1930s by celebrated architect Wallace Frost. He was devoted to emulating the classical style of 17th-century Italian villas and creating an air of Old World romance and refinement. Sturdy walls of locally quarried stone combine with a barrel-tiled roof, terra-cotta surfaces, wide wood flooring planks, rustic exposed ceiling beams and 18th-century Italian tiles.
$45,000,000 | Montecito, CA | View Listing
2 of 5 | A Regal Fieldstone Manor
Designed by prominent New York architects Hunt & Hunt for publishing magnate H.J. Fisher, Sabine Farm is a regal fieldstone manor on Round Hill, guaranteed to exceed all expectations for a sophisticated country estate. Meticulously restored and maintained, attention to detail has been paid in every aspect of this sprawling stone home. The historic manor, like something out of a colonial romance, and its inviting accompaniments make Sabine Farm a rare estate of hospitable character.
$31,500,000 | 9 Sabine Farm Road, Greenwich, CT 06831 | View Listing
3 of 5 | A Napa Estate Radiating Character
From the first expansive look, this converted 1886 stone winery radiates pure luxury, character and substance. Created from a Captain Thomas Amesbury winery, the historic vineyard estate is stately, yet comfortable, sited along the western bench of the valley floor and nestled within a sea of vineyards, with outstanding views of the Mayacamas Mountains. The look is distinctly "rustic meets modern" as exposed stone serves as a reminder of the estate's rich historical legacy.
$15,000,000 | 1777 Inglewood Ave, Saint Helena, CA 94574 | View Listing
4 of 5 | A Grand Stone Estate Like No Other
Privately sited on 8 lots on the highly coveted Carmel Point, this grand stone estate was recently built with exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail and is without parallel in Carmel. Vaulted ceilings sit atop perfectly crafted, rough-hewn stone exteriors. Cobblestones dot the pathways through the private gardens and water features from the main house to the guest house and art studio.
$15,000,000 | 26262 Isabella Avenue, Carmel, CA 93923 | View Listing
5 of 5 | Custom, Incomparable Grandeur in Santa Fe
Custom-designed and built, an air of grandeur pervades the nearly 14,000-square-foot stone manor, yet every space is warm and welcoming. A third-generation German stonemason crafted mantels for this incomparable residence's 13 fireplaces and many other details. While outside is all rustic, irregular stone charm, inside is all lustrous plaster and cool antique Jerusalem stone, contributing to the regal ambience.