Beautifully Renovated Mediterranean-Style Vineyard Retreat
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
St. Helena house description
La Buona Stella is a Napa Valley property furnished in European country style and surrounded by oleander, olive trees, rosemary and vineyards. The Mediterranean landscaping provides peace and seclusion, yet one can easily walk to the charming village of St. Helena.
The 2-acre property is comprised of a renovated main residence atop a stone wine cellar, a guest house, caretaker’s cottage, circa-1890 barns and outbuildings, swimming pool and spa, pool house with shower and changing room, courtyard with fountain, outdoor dining pergolas, lawn, vineyard and extensive fruit trees, herb, vegetable and flower gardens. Among the produce and animals raised at the property are wine grapes, olives, doves, rabbits and chickens. A full-time caretaker resides on-site.
La Cascina is the main residence renovated with Tuscan terra cotta tiles, light plaster walls, handcrafted beam ceilings, custom woodwork, imported door and window hardware, and recessed lighting. The comfortable, well-appointed living room and spacious dining area enjoy lovely vineyard views from floor-to-ceiling French windows framed in Italian tapestry fabric. A state of the art Sony flat screen/Blu-ray media system is featured in the living room. Adjacent is a gourmet country kitchen fully equipped with limestone counters, hand-painted cabinets, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Thermador double ovens and 4-burner gas range with griddle and grill, Franke double sinks, dishwasher, trash compactor, commercial espresso machine, Cuisinart, ice cream and yogurt makers, rice cooker, juicer, blender, etc. The bedroom wing includes a master bedroom with bay window over the garden and fountain, handcrafted king-size wood bed, floor-to-ceiling custom closets, TV/DVD, and lovely European fabrics. The inviting master bath has a Porcher claw-foot tub with European style handheld shower, imported French lighting fixtures, wood wainscoting and garden outlook. The guest bedroom with handcrafted queen size iron bed enjoys lovely courtyard and garden views from French doors to a Juliette balcony. In the den/third bedroom is an entertainment center with TV/DVD, iPod dock, plus an audio system controlling speakers throughout the house, pool, and courtyard. The spa bathroom with steam, rain head and handheld shower opens to the outdoor 7’ square therapeutic spa and swimming pool. The lower level of the house is the original winery with its Napa stone walls, plus a complete winery kitchen with zinc countertops, all appliances and Viking grill, and a laundry.
The guesthouse, Il Pollaio, is a charming, converted farm building with large open floor plan, vineyard views, garden outlook, shaded cobblestone patio, hammock and lawn. This spacious building has a sleeping alcove with queen size English iron bed, sofa bed, kitchenette with below-counter Sub-Zero refrigerator, spacious and charming bathroom, Italian wood-burning stove, TV/DVD, piano and large walk-in closet. Located far enough from the main residence to ensure its own privacy, the Pollaio is ideal for the occasional guest, or as a quiet study or office. Both buildings are air conditioned and equipped with fax machines and wireless internet access, bocce, pétanque, and croquet are provided. Tennis is readily available at nearby courts.
Meadowood Country Club and Resort – Relais & Chateaux
For a supplemental charge, guests may avail themselves of the Meadowood Resort facilities, including a 9-hole golf course, tennis courts, croquet, health spa, gym, outdoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi and miles of scenic hiking trails.
- Vacation Rental
- Pets Considered
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
- King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Ice Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
- Wood Fireplace
- Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer
- Satellite / Cable
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet
- Broadband Access
Pool & Spa
- Jetted Tub
- Private Pool
- Hot Tub
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Water Skiing
- Jet Skiing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Mountain Biking
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Fitness Center
- Basketball Court
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
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A truly magical property
A truly magical property
I have stayed at this property a few times & can't imagine staying anywhere else in the Napa Valley. The property's location (walking distance from Main Street in the adorable town of St Helena) combined with the privacy & beauty of the property itself, make for a rare combination that will please the most diverse tastes. Fresh eggs in the morning, fruit & vegetables from the garden, and the relaxation provided by the pool/spa/gardens all make it a delightful place to simply stay put. But equally compelling is its access to bike & hiking trails, the Meadowwood Resort & the winery tasting rooms around the Valley. The furnishings are tasteful, comfortable and clean, with a European elegance that is accurately displayed in the photos. And the owner & on-site caretaker go out of their way to make guests comfortable and anticipate their needs. I give the property my highest recommendation & can't wait to stay there again.
- Guest Wine lover (US)
- Date of stay 06/03/11
- Review Submitted 12/14/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, girls getaway, pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
One Month Rentals Minimum. $10,000-$25,000/month depending on season and number of guests.
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Year Purchased: 1989
About the owner: Currently, I reside with my family in the Bay Area and have worked in the residential real estate brokerage field for many years. Attending school in France and subsequently living there, I became a Francophile and developed an interest in good food, wine and the beauty of the Mediterranean landscape. I was born and raised in Manhattan, so qualify as a native New Yorker, and have always been drawn to the temperate climate of the Bay Area and the beauty of its surroundings. In my free time, I enjoy cycling, hiking, gardening, swimming, dining and sharing a glass of wine with family and friends I invite up to Napa to appreciate the many pleasures this Valley has to offer.
Why the Owner Chose St. Helena:
My husband and I were looking for a weekend retreat within close driving distance to the City where we worked, and found the Napa Valley to be the perfect location! We wanted a home that made us feel that we were on vacation, and would be the archetypal Napa Valley experience. We found the property by chance, while touring friends through Napa Valley who were visiting us from Florence, and who named the property "La Buona Stella", in Italian for "the lucky star". It was love at first sight. We loved the old barns from the late 1800s on the property along with the existing old Zinfandel Vineyard, outbuildings, chicken coops and magical setting amongst the vineyards spreading out as far as one can see. To the original beauty, we added a 15 year labor of love in the creation of the fountains, and in the planting of the olive trees, Italian cypress, rosemary, lavender, and other Mediterranean plants, and then we renovated the buildings and outbuildings in order to duplicate the settings we adored in the south of France and Tuscany. From the feedback we have received from friends and guests alike, we feel we have achieved a unique compound that offers peace, tranquility, and beauty.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Waking up in the morning, and starting the day by walking over to the chicken coop to collect the fresh eggs is only one of the many unique features of the property! Ending the day sitting in the soothing outdoor Jacuzzi with therapeutic jets under the stars, and overlooking vineyards as far as the eye can see, is another magical moment. My friends and guests have often commented on how much they enjoy the rural quality of the compound, the extensive vegetable and herb gardens, the many varieties of fruit trees, including 5 varieties of fig trees, and the ability to create a meal just from the bounty of the gardens. In addition, the many outdoor sitting areas create the feeling of "outside rooms" providing quiet and seclusion, yet one is only a very short walk to the charming town of St,. Helena, with its European style cafes, exceptional state of the art movie theater, The Cameo, and numerous exceptional restaurants.. The property is in the very center of the Valley, on the Valley floor, so one has access to the any of the almost 400 Napa wineries, and world renowned restaurants with a short drive, As we are sensitive to the traveller visiting the region, the house and the guest house are very well equiped with books and reading materials of every type, describing all the amenities and features the Valley has to offer. Our resident property manager, Victoria, is highly appreciated by our guests for adding enjoyment to their stay in the many ways she is helpful. My membership at The Meadowood Resort, affords my guests the ability to enjoy golf, tennis, croquet, heated pools, spa, and gym at a world class destination. The words "sanctuary", "magical oasis" , "a combination of luxury and simplicity", have all been used by my guests to describe their experience at La Buona Stella. And most importantly, I have been told and concur that , "when you pull up the driveway, you know you are on vacation..."
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