Vignoble House History
Nestled among some of St. Helena’s most elegant wineries, Vignoble House is the perfect destination for wine country visitors. Before it’s 2011 renovation led by architect Jon Lail, the property was known as the Oliver House Bed and Breakfast and was aptly named due to the large olive grove that separates the home from the Silverado Trail. More than 40 olive trees remain and over 100 lavender plants line the drive and a diverse variety of plants adorn the garden and property.
Situated on four acres of ground that was settled several hundred years ago by Russian emigrants, the estate features spacious lawns, a large swimming pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a bocce court and decks with two separate seating areas. Antique maps and French “affiches” were carefully collected to compliment the warm and inviting great room which also features a fireplace and vaulted ceiling.
The three-story home offers four bedrooms: two with king-size beds and two with queen beds. The informal dining room accommodates 10 and there are family rooms on each of the two main floors. The French country kitchen was updated by contractor Frank Borges, who also renovated Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, and features a six-burner Viking cookstove.
The Terrace Suite on the main floor features a king-size bed and en-suite bathroom. The room’s fireplace adds warmth and the room also offers access to the terrace.
The Grove Suite on the main floor features a queen-size bed and attached bathroom. The suite offers access to the terrace and overlooks the lawn and olive grove.
The Lavender Suite on Repite’s lower floor features a queen bed, en-suite bathroom with tub and art by local artists.
The Garden Suite, also located on the lower level, features a king-sized bed, a large walk-in closet and an en-suite bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub. A walk out terrace offers access to the estate’s tranquil and shady lawn.
The recreation room on the lower floor features an additional fireplace and entertaining space with a gaming table as well as walk out access to the lawn and bocce court.
Also on the lower level, the media room was designed for the sports enthusiast and features state of the art sound. Two artists are featured: Chicagoan Marc Hauser, whose portraits of Michael Jordan and Arnold Palmer are signed as well as his notable work “BF on the Beach.” In 2012, Houstonian Travis Hedemann created “French Wines” for the house as a commission and companion to his 2009 piece “Italian Wines.”