Whether the goal is harvesting grapes or galloping on horseback, these vast captivating ranch estates—from Florida to California wine country, with the not-so-wild West of New Mexico in between—offer room to relax till the cows come home
Bates Ranch Vineyard
Just 50 minutes south of Palo Alto on a historic stagecoach route near the Santa Clara Wine Trail, this verdant 932-acre setting enjoys heritage oak trees, serene gardens, a spring-fed lake, more than 22 acres of vineyards, land for cattle grazing, and miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. A pool and tennis court accompany the beautifully preserved William Wurster–designed main residence; the estate also offers a three-bedroom guesthouse, caretaker’s and foreman’s residences, barns, corrals, and stables.
Offered at: $15,000,000
Location: 6545 Redwood Retreat Road, Gilroy, CA 95020
Banyan Lodge Ranch
An hour north of Palm Beach, this 3,640-acre ranch is a lush, idyllic Florida retreat featuring a private lake with a dock, a convenient landing strip, abundant wildlife, and various versatile outbuildings. The heart of the property is a handsome five-bedroom lodge that boasts a wood-paneled great room with a lofty beamed ceiling and an oversized stone fireplace, a charming cook’s kitchen, a screened-in swimming pool, and a breezy wraparound porch.
Offered at: $12,721,800
Location: 43153 Us Highway 441 North, Okeechobee, FL 34972
Nestled between the town of Taos and the nearby ski valley, this 24-acre retreat is surrounded by more than 1,000 acres of largely undeveloped land, resulting in staggering 360-degree vistas. Ideal for horses, the property includes a corral and a stable as well as an exercise room and a greenhouse. Architect Antoine Predock, who referred to the sophisticated yet comfortable 5,000-square-foot main residence as “a poem on the landscape,” designed it with respect for New Mexico traditions and with entertaining in mind.
Offered at: $2,450,000
Location: Taos, NM 87514
In the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, this 116-acre oasis is composed of gently rolling terrain, lush pastures, 40 acres suitable for vineyards, and equestrian facilities that include an eight-stall barn, an arena, covered and open pens, and barns. The elegant 6,500-square-foot home offers four bedrooms, formal living and dining rooms, a family room, an open kitchen, a wine cellar, an office, and a four-car garage. Among the other highlights are a pool, patios, a tennis court, a greenhouse, and a four-bedroom manager’s residence.
Offered at: $9,495,000
Location: 1430 Count Fleet Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Chalk Hill Farm
This artful agrarian estate—composed of two contiguous parcels totaling 119 acres—is nestled in a region renowned for its wineries and boasts gently rolling hills, grazing pastures, wooded canyons, farmland, flowering shrubs, rambling roses, and ornamental gardens. The larger parcel features a stylish contemporary residence, a luxurious pool, a pool house with kitchen cabana, numerous outdoor living and entertaining areas, and perennial and citrus gardens. The second parcel offers an excellent building site and approximately four acres suitable for a vineyard.
Offered at: $6,900,000
Location: 11720 Chalk Hill Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448