In St. Helena, A World-Class Resort Compound To Call Your Own, $28MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 101 Rutherford Road, St. Helena
What: Calling this a “7-bed, 9-bath, 3-half bath house” is a serious understatement.
There’s no shortage of luxurious properties in Napa County, and whether they’re inspired by classic Tuscan and Provençal villas or traditional farmhouses, almost all of them have at least a few acres planted with grapes (and some with their own private wineries).
Taking five years to bring from conception to completion and dubbed Round Hill, this spectacular property’s approach differs from the area’s agrarian-based estates. Developed from the ground up and modeled after the world’s best resort properties, it’s grand without being formal, intelligently planned for both entertaining and quiet retreat, and always connected to the outdoors.
Located in an area obsessed with food and wine, you’re never far from a really good meal. The famed Auberge du Soleil is downhill; the restaurants of Yountville and St. Helena are close by. At home, the main kitchen and the adjaecent poolside outdoor kitchen (both below) have been intelligently planned for entertaining, whether it’s two people or two hundred. Best of all, serious prep and entertaining logistics can happen in the dedicated caterer’s kitchen on the lower level, accessible by elevator.
Retreat: Occupying the entire top floor, the luxurious master suite and its two baths all open to a private terrace.
Two dressing rooms flank the master suite. The larger of the two, below.
Another wing of the house, removed but not remote, holds a pair of guest suites with sitting rooms, baths, and outdoor spaces. A few steps away there are two equally luxe freestanding guest houses (the smaller of the two below) with their own kitchens and private outdoor spaces.
The lower level also has the obligatory wine cellar (1,700 bottles!) plus a gym, a serious laundry room, and a very private staff apartment.
From Who: Round Hill is a project of San Francisco investors/philanthropists/serial renovators Pamala and Ted Deikels, a couple with decades of development and design expertise (also throwing parties).
More: Have a look at the agent’s website for additional images plus a link to the property’s floor plans. Or go straight to the video.