Inspired by serene English country homes and bucolic Dutch-Flemish farmhouses, Summer Hill Napa Valley is an elegant singular 40-acre estate that emulates this aesthetic to appreciate its surrounding wine country landscape.
With a main residence comprised of three pavilions connected by breezeways and loggias, the estate maximizes grand views of the nearby vineyards and wineries, and is even consciously oriented to ensure panoramic views of the distant Vaca Mountains. From the soaring steel windows and limestone fireplaces, to the French doors and organic building materials, every detail of this home is curated and built with the finest craftsmanship.
As the collaborative conception between designer Rela Gleason and architects John Sease and Bobby McAlpine, each individual pavillion is adorned with pitched rooflines, native stone, and Western Red Cedar to both blend in and highlight the surrounding environment.
First, the main pavilion contains the kitchen, library, master and guest suites, and dining and family rooms. The cook's kitchen is complete with the most cutting-edge appliances, four islands, and a breakfast bar. The library is paneled in weathered cedar, and the adjoining family room provides a cozy stone fireplace and overlooks the infinity pool.
The living-dining salon is complimented by its 14-foot cedar beamed-ceiling, and glass and steel walls, the lavish master and guest suites contain their own separate limestone fireplaces and stone-walled gardens with outdoor showers.
The second pavilion is accessed by a connected, covered breezeway, and provides an additional bedroom with a full bath suite. The accompanying spacious suite can alternatively serve as an office or studio. The floor below offers a media room with a full bath, an underground wine celler that is naturally conditioned, and a large gym that could also function as a two-car garage.
By accessing the third pavilion via loggias threaded across to the main pavilion, a full apartment suite atop a two-car garage can be found. The living space includes a kitchenette, a full bath, a wood burning fireplace, and a porch with an outdoor shower.
Summer Hill's 40 acres is also home to a Tuscan olive grove, fruit orchards, alfresco terraces and canopies, and a two-acre Cabernet vineyard. There is also a separate walled garden with a second swimming pool and raised stone beds which elicit a blissful summer in Provence.
The property is listed by Arthur Goodrich of Sotheby’s International Realty and the Wine Country St. Helena Brokerage, and can be fully viewed here.
Photography by: Paul Rollins / Sotheby’s International Realty