Napa Valley features a diverse and eclectic array of homes and gardens from classic ranch style homes to grand Tuscan style villas. To provide a glimpse of some of the grand creations of the valley, the Napa Valley Symphony League created an annual Home & Garden Tour as a fundraiser for the Napa Valley Symphony more than a decade ago.
This year, event chairwoman Linda Doshier has led a small army of Napa Valley Symphony League members to create a stylish and interesting tour, scheduled for Sept. 25.
This year’s tour includes five distinctive homes and gardens located throughout the valley.
Italy in Yountville
The creation of an award-winning interior designer, this new, Italian-style farm house is both sophisticated and rustic, comfortable and elegant. Curved entry doors lead into a great room with hand-troweled plaster walls and dark hickory wood floors. A cathedral ceiling and skylights bring light and warmth to an expansive floor plan. The sleek, modern kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances, beveled glass cabinets and marble counter tops. The dining corner is surrounded by windows.
Outside, a stone-walled courtyard has a fountain, a salt-water lap pool, kitchen and seating around the fireplace. The plan also includes a cozy guest house.
This house in St. Helena was inspired by a tobacco drying barn, which the designer and builder Josh Chandler discovered in the south of France. The original corrugated tin barn, enclosed by old stone walls, housed an open kitchen, loft bedroom, office and garage. Chandler created a stone addition and connected the two buildings with a glass conservatory.
The living room has a concrete floor and massive steel fireplace. The 12-foot glass and aluminum doors and windows open onto the terrace. A pecan-planked staircase with glass siding connects the ground floor to the master bedroom, guest bedroom and a small sitting room. The master bathroom has antique plumbing fixtures; the other rooms, an original 18th century French oak floor laid in the chevron pattern.
Outdoor features include a stone wall, two 12-foot steel fireplaces, hand-hewn, salvaged cedar timber furniture and raised vegetable beds.
A touch of tuscany
At the end of a cypress-lined driveway is a 6,000 square-foot stucco home designed by the owners and inspired by Tuscan farmhouses. The residence, along with a stone winery and tasting room, is on 15 acres near Silverado Country Club and Resort. With views in all directions, it overlooks nine vineyard acres and Lake Cynthia.
The house, centered on a great room with a soaring ceiling, is furnished with Italian antiques and artifacts and decorated in warm colors. Its 5,000-bottle wine cave houses a collection of French and American wines. Outside is a covered entertaining area with kitchen and fireplace.
Country club residence reborn
This 1960s home, located at the Silverado Country Club, was badly damaged in a flood. When the owners razed and rebuilt it, they chose to keep the original footprint while extending a wall in the family room and master bedroom to create more space. They also elevated the original 8-foot living room ceiling to a dramatic, vaulted 14-foot one. In the new design, a great room combines the family room, dining room and kitchen into one spacious area that includes a window nook.
The living room has a large limestone fireplace and French doors that open onto a multi-level deck overlooking Milliken Creek. The landscaping includes an herb garden, roses and fruit trees.
This 35-year-old contemporary, single-level home was completely remodeled in 2001. The three-bedroom, three-bath interior now has slate and ebony finished hardwood floors with hand plastered ceilings and walls. A chef’s kitchen has concrete counter tops and handmade Italian glass backsplashes. Italian fusion glass tiles are also featured in the bathrooms.
The new owners also developed gardens with a koi pond and added guest house and a place for outdoor dining. The 40-foot lap pool is surrounded by tropical plants, roses and ferns.