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Beautifully Renovated Mediterranean-Style Vineyard Retreat

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 31 nights


About the property

Main House, 3 Bedrooms + Guest House, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6)

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, and chickens.

La Cascina

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 state of the art therapeutic Sundance spa and recently renovated swimming pool. The lower level of the house is the original winery with its Napa stone walls, plus a winery kitchen with zinc counter tops, all appliances and Viking grill, and a Laundry.

Il Pollaio

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 offer wireless internet access; bocce, pétanque, and croquet are provided. Tennis is readily available at nearby courts.

The property may be rented for a minimum 30 night stay.

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017

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.

The Owner purchased this house in 1989

Why The Owner chose Saint 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.

What makes this house unique

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 500 Napa wineries, and world renowned restaurants with a short drive, As we are sensitive to the traveler visiting the region, the house and the guest house are very well equipped with books and reading materials of every type, describing all the amenities and features the Valley has to offer.

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..."


Saint Helena House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Working Vineyard and Farm with exotic breeds of chickens, rabbits, doves. Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, 20+ varieties of fruit trees. 15-minute walk from St. Helena.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Elegant, breathtaking and mostly just magical!

  • 5 of 5

La Buona Stella is a magical estate nestled in on the east side of St Helena, just a short stroll into this quaint historic town. It's a destination my husband and I will never forget.

Between the tranquil vineyards to the Parisian charm, it's a fantastic, almost unbelievable setting.

Whether you enjoy a claw foot tub or an incredible three-headed shower, there are simply not words to describe this place.

As you wake up each morning, you almost feel like you've landed in the South of France. To say it's an exquisite mix of detail and comfort is an understatement.

My husband and I stayed for 3 months, as we took a closer look at the area.

Every morning, one of my favorite things to do, was to absorb the immaculate grounds. With fabulous specimens of fruit trees marked with descriptive signs, to the fresh vegetable gardens, it was my perfect dream - a gardener's nirvana. Oh, and did I mention fountains, so many breathtaking huge fountains.

Nothing is 'common' about La Buona Stella.

Whether it was to discover how many new eggs there were to gather each morning versus sip mimosas in your private jacuzzi gazing out at the vineyards, 'the struggle was real.' (haha) This estate is all set against a beautiful backdrop of the whole valley. Watching the morning dew disappear on the vines, it simply doesn't get any better. With roses to clip for a fresh bouquet, gorgeous places to sit and disappear with a book, it is quite picturesque. The one-of-a-kind barn from the late 1800's, is a photo opportunity in and of itself. Did I mention the 'Dutch door,' on a sunny day opening up like a painting to the pristine setting?

If you enjoy cooking, you'll relish having literally every imaginable pot/pan, and/or instrument you'd need or want.

Every time friends or family visited and stayed in one of the cottages on this property, they were blown away by the ambiance. From the wine cellar below to the glistening swimming pool overlooking pristine vineyards, it's nothing short of mesmerizing.

If you're looking for a true wine country delightful experience, this is it!

We will always treasure this time and relish the days we drove down our private lavender-filled road to paradise.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I brought our grown children to Napa for their 1st time here and we were lucky enough to find this home. It is so comfortable and has everything you would ever need to make your stay enjoyable. Naomi was so helpful from the 1st time we talked, even calling a couple of times during our stay to make sure everything was to our liking. She was a wealth of information about winery and restaurant recommendations not only in Napa Valley but in San Francisco where we flew into and spent a couple of days prior to coming to St. Helena. We gathered eggs everyday as well as apples, pomegranates and limes all from the property which was fun and delicious. The kitchen is very well stocked and we had a very fun evening one night grilling out by the pool. If you have a chance to visit the area, I highly recommend staying at this property!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A truly magical property

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2011
  • Stayed: June 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Meadowood Resort
Nearest Point of Interest
Culinary Institute of America
Nearest Point of Interest
La Buona Stella


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $5,000
Cleaning fee $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.