Set on a private road amidst 32± acres, this luxurious French country home offers enticing vistas and a welcoming rural respite. Anticipation, drama and illumination fill the entry breezeway that connects to two symmetrical pavilions.
The home was constructed in 3 stages – the “main house”, the “guest house” and finally, the grounds with a disappearing edge pool, plantings and gardens. Distinctive architectural features were used throughout. 12 ft ceilings accentuate the open floor plans in both pavilions while multiple banks of 8 ft French doors provide abundant light and seamless access to private garden areas, the rear terrace and pool.
The building of the “main house” started with the acquisition of breathtaking 18th century doors from France, one of the many artistic focal points of the home. The exterior paint was blended by colorist, Tim Caton, to achieve complex hues reminiscent of rural France. An “Old World” theme continues throughout the home with copper lined shuttered doors, handsome egg-shaped bronze knobs, brass overlays, lovely art wells, circa 1920 fans, alternating oval and square transoms and two muriatic acid-treated steel surround fireplaces. A set of sound-proof, upholstered double doors were created to ensure privacy in the large master suite.
The walled rear courtyard includes an expansive veranda with soaring outlooks over the Valley of the Moon and to the Bay. Sheltered by 30-year-old wisteria vines, it is the perfect venue for alfresco dining, relaxing or entertaining.
The house has been featured in three architectural books for its outstanding design:
A Good House is Never Done, John Wheatman
Sonoma Valley Style: At Home in California’s Wine Country, Kathryn Masson
Weekend Houses, Penelope Rowlands
As a full-time residence or second home destination, this home is an ideal urban escape and opportunity to live the coveted wine country indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Enjoy privacy and serenity, while being just minutes to town and just a little over an hour to San Francisco.
Property 32± acres Gated front courtyard Rear wisteria covered veranda runs length of the home 60’ x 8’ lap pool with solar heat and automatic pool cover Lush grounds with unique roses, fruit, citrus and olive trees, mature oak, madrone and manzanita groves Approx. 2 miles to downtown Glen Ellen
Architectural Details Architect: Wheatman & Associates Two pavilions connected via covered breezeway Approx. 2,736 square feet of indoor living space 3 bedrooms, den, 2.5 baths 12 ft ceilings throughout Front & rear access to outdoors from all rooms via multiple banks of 8 ft French doors 18th century Mediterranean entry doors with custom steel interior surface treatment Custom, blended exterior stucco paint by colorist, Tim Caton Plaster walls throughout Radiant heated stone floors Custom lighting, art walls Oval and square transom windows Sound system Antique 1920’s fans rebuilt in New Orleans Polished Indian granite throughout Copper lined exterior shutters
Public & Master Wing Wood burning fireplace with treated steel custom surround Open great room ceiling adorned with rustic, vintage decorative beams Kitchen Ample built-in cabinetry Portuguese tile Laundry room with new water heater Large walk-in pantry Access to walled yard with 18th century fountain Powder Room Mirrored wall
Master Suite Soundproof, upholstered double door entry Wood burning fireplace with treated steel custom surround 2 sets of French doors to covered view terrace and access to private garden Pocket doors at closet Master Bathroom Polished Indian granite vanity Tile surround shower over tub with picture window Guest Wing Guest suite Pocket door for privacy French doors to walled yard Bathroom Steam shower Mirrored wall Accesses walled yard 2nd guest bedroom with louvered doors, built-in bookshelves, pool terrace access Office with 8’ French doors to pool terrace Guest pantry with refrigerator
Other Features Tile roof ADT security system Private well 10,000-gallon concrete storage tank, gravity flow and hydrant 3-bedroom installed septic system Two parking areas Deer fencing Gated entry from private driveway