On a spectacular St. Helena lane stands a rare and iconic Wine Country property with over a century of historic and architectural significance. With one-half in-town acre± on the original Spottswoode Block, this magnificent estate comprises multiple structures, the primary of which was the original stone building of the Esmerelda Winery (circa 1890s) erected to make wine exclusively for the venerable Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
Approach through latticed wood gates to a hand-set stone fountain and extensive olive Allée. Continue down a flagstone pathway bordered by “Just Joey” apricot tea roses past a Cécile Brünner Rose-covered craftsman style structure housing a 3-car garage and gorgeous full apartment above.
The main residence is the original stone winery building redesigned in 2007 by Fisher Weisman. Enter through the double doorway to a large formal entry with Venetian plaster walls. To the left a cozy library with stone fireplace and coffered ceiling. To the right and through a stone archway, vaulted ceilings and a massive solid walnut and antique mirror chimneypiece surrounding a grand fireplace greet visitors to the Great Room. Directly through the formal entry is a large dining room and chef’s kitchen with limed walnut millwork and white marble counters. A grand curved staircase in the entry leads to two bedrooms, custom closets, and large bath with walnut cabinets, figured brown marble, and large double shower incorporating the original exterior stone wall.
Out the kitchen's swinging screened door is a large courtyard with built-in BBQ, dining area, and adjacent Bocce court. A dark-plastered pool grounds the rear gardened courtyard along with a large pool house with full bath, partial kitchen, stone fireplace, and wine cellar. Folding doors of the pool house open fully to the pool area with outdoor fireplace to create a wonderful indoor/outdoor living experience.
This uncommon and truly spectacular St. Helena (and Wine Country) trophy is beyond belief and, remarkably, available. There exist few opportunities to own a property of such grace and presence.