An ambience of late-19th-century American classicism pervades this timeless 10.69-acre vineyard estate in California’s Napa Valley.
Once a winery owned by Capt. Thomas Amesbury, the property has been transformed into a luxurious private compound, decidedly modern and offering an array of high-end materials and up-to-the-minute amenities. Nevertheless, period features have been retained to preserve the estate’s timeless charm.
A gated drive sheltered by a allée of mature trees leads across the property toward the heart of the compound, which consist of a 3,500-square-foot three-bedroom home, a guesthouse with two bedroom suites, a congenial poolhouse that includes a game room and full bar, and a carriage-style three-car garage topped by charming one-bedroom caretaker’s cottage.
The primary residence is an indelible example of a historic country manor, boasting a Mansard-style shake roof and charming dormer windows. Rugged stone interior walls have thoughtfully been retained.
Fireplaces display handsome carved overmantels and details, and many rooms feature stately ceiling beams.The generous living room is accented by a fireplace, eye-catching ceiling lines, a welcoming bay window seat, and doors to a trellis-topped patio, which in turn gives way to the swimming pool and grounds.
Nearby is a sophisticated kitchen with butcher-block island, white cabinetry, and custom-fitted appliances with façades to match; a Dutch door offers easy access to the patio and pool.
The luminous master suite has its own fireplace as well as wide windows and a balcony offering a view of the domain. Accompanying the bedroom is an opulent bath with a skylight and soaking tub. Guest bedrooms are enchanting and inviting; additional visitors can be comfortably accommodated in the guesthouse, plentiful windows and high ceilings filling it with glorious natural light.
The collection of structures surrounds an expansive sun-drenched patio punctuated by spots of cool, relaxing shade. A second vine-draped trellised patio with a rugged stone fireplace links the guesthouse and poolhouse.
These alfresco living and entertaining areas give way to an azure swimming pool, and just beyond lie lush emerald lawns, impeccably manicured formal gardens designed by the revered Walter Guthrie, pathways, roses, fruit trees, vegetable beds, fountains, and a tennis court with a lighted viewing pavilion.
No Napa Valley estate would be complete without at least a nod to the area’s wine-centric culture; accordingly, this property includes more than seven acres of Merlot-producing vineyards, which have thrived for more than a century, as well as an olive grove sourcing an exceptional proprietary oil.
An ideal position along the western bench of the Napa Valley floor affords excellent views of the Mayacamas Mountains.