This property exceeded expectations from the moment you pull in the drive. With the vineyards surrounding the property and horse and hobby farm neighbors you feel like you are in your own country estate in the valley, however its location to wineries to the north no more than 30 minutes away or a 5 minute drive to Oxbow Market and Napa downtown you are close to everything. Inside marble bathrooms and open kitchen appointed with granite and stainless appliances impress, however furnishings are comfortable, warm, and welcoming to relaxing by the fireplace. A rare property with each bedroom having a private bathroom with walk in showers and closets is beyond that of hotels or a bed and breakfast, all allowed us to stay together as a group but not give up privacy or comfort. From the outdoor pool and hot tub, views of the Mayacamas mountain range in the west above Yountville allow glimpses of hot air balloons in the morning and sunset in the evening. If the property was it, I would stop here, however I have to mention it’s owner Ellie. She went above and beyond, going out of her way to make sure our group had the best experience possible by taking care of many inquiries, offering assistance at any notice, and extreme personal generosity. I found this a mark of a professional, yet she became a true friend as we enjoyed our tour and tasting she offered at her new winery Eleven Eleven. Located a few miles from the house, an exquisite building refinished with reclaimed wood and barrels they have created a great space. In addition, they have crafted an excellent portfolio of wines with winemaker Kirk Venge, the son of legendary Nils Venge who had the first Napa cabernet to be rated 100 points by Robert Parker. Kirk also responsibility for managing his own vineyard near Calistoga shows a testament to Ellie’s hardwork and belief in the cabernet grown around the house. I personally enjoyed the Syrah with its good balance of structure and smoothness and also the excellent fuller bodied Rose, which immediately won over the women in our group when enjoyed lounging out back poolside. All of these pieces came together to create a vacation experience for our group we will certainly not forget and intend to make an annual. Saying it won’t simply be enough, but thank you Ellie. Our group is truly grateful and can't wait for our next visit.
ZC and the Midwest Crew