Vista del Rio - Grand Hacienda in Santa Ynez.
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Nestled in the heart of Santa Ynez Valley on 50 acres of pristine ranch land, Vista del Rio is bordered by the Santa Ynez River and the world renowned Alisal Ranch. Rambling pastures, rolling hills, and local vineyards of the Santa Ynez wine country provide the setting for what promises to be a spectacular world-class vacation in the equestrian tradition.
Once through the private iron gates, a tree-lined driveway meanders past extensive rose gardens, fenced pastures, and rich pastoral land to the dramatic portico entry of the magnificent Hacienda and stables.
The grand interiors of the home have a welcoming and relaxed feel. The Living Room, in true ranch style, presents a rustic and sophisticated beauty; emphasized by earth tones, warm textures and inspired use of woven fabrics, iron and leather. The soaring truss-beam ceilings frame the heart of the room, centering around the massive 2-story stone fireplace. The furnishings are inviting with two sitting areas, a grand piano, and French doors leading to the grounds and fountain outside.
Formal Dining in the Great Room provides seating for 12 at a custom wood table. Large distressed church doors open to reveal floor-to-ceiling windows with unexpected views of the attached impressive European-style stables. With 20-foot open beam ceilings, a remarkable rotunda, and high tech stalls, this is a First Class functioning equestrian environment.
As expected, a generous Country Kitchen adds to the appeal of the home. Meals and entertaining are often the core of a great family vacation, and with a fully equipped kitchen with fine culinary accoutrements, mealtime will be a happy adventure. Step down to the charming breakfast room, complete with fireplace, television and French doors leading to the terrace.
The expansive terrace extends the length of the house and offers a variety of great places to sit and relax on large comfortable sofas. A vintage glass and iron table is a wonderful place to dine 'al fresco', and the nearby fireplace will keep you warm on cool nights.
The Master Suite is a romantic sanctuary with a large 4-poster bed. The stucco walls and corner fireplace play off the already earthy warmth and comfort of the room. A private enclosed patio includes a spa and access to the terrace. The pine counters of the Master Bathroom are a natural extension of the bedroom. A large spa bathtub is the centerpiece of this spacious room, which also includes a large walk-in shower with dual heads and 'his and hers' sinks. The walk-in cedar closet is an impressive element of this suite with its four walls of glass closets and an additional full bathroom.
Three more guest bedrooms complete the main house accommodations. The Patio Suite is highlighted by a queen size 4-poster bed, a full bathroom and French doors to the terrace. The Library Suite has a king-size bed, sitting area, full bathroom and French doors to the grounds. Attached to the Library Suite is the 4th bedroom with 2 twin beds and an exterior door that opens to the ranch office of the stable. The Library Suite makes a perfect haven for a young family with small children.
A smart contemporary feature of this home is the fully mirrored gym complete with Apollo 250 universal gym, elliptical, free weights, TV, mats and stair steps to create your own personalized workout routine while on vacation.
There are two private Guest Houses located on this rambling property, each with its own unique flavor and relaxed accommodations. The charming 1930's Guest House features a wrap-around deck that overlooks the entire property, taking in views of the riding arenas, expansive lawns, pool, rose gardens and mountain vistas. Inside are 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen, a formal dining room, and spacious living room with television and generous stucco fireplace. This is a very special spot for the guests honored to stay here.
The Bunk House is a quaint spot with one bedroom and a full bathroom. A kitchenette and living room with leather sofas complete this space, with windows that overlook the adjacent riding arena and surrounding pastures.
In the center of this spectacular property is the sun-drenched pool terrace, surrounded by lawns with a rose garden perimeter. An abundance of chaise lounges, both single and double-wide, provide relaxing seating options for everyone, and a large round stone and wrought iron table is a great setting for poolside meals or snacks.
The grounds offer endless possibilities to explore nature during long walks on the property. You will find yourself drawn to the Santa Ynez River which flows through the property. It is great fun to drive upstream just a bit, put your inner-tube in the water, and float down the lazy river back to the property!
The architectural heritage of this spectacular Hacienda and surrounding grounds are dramatically enhanced by the classic equestrian stables and riding facilities. From your first breathtaking views to the many luxurious charms you will experience, Vista del Rio provides a one-of-a-kind World Class vacation with the relaxed friendly atmosphere of ranch life at its finest!