KINGS HILL CELLARS
Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California
High on a hill amid the rolling lands between Santa Rosa and Calistoga, this 64± acre Kings Hill Cellars estate is a consummate winemaking retreat and an idyllic getaway for relaxing and communing with nature. In addition to a stately main residence, the property offers pastoral horse pastures, barns, and paddocks; a peaceful pond surrounded by mature trees; chicken coops; three large organic garden beds; pear, apple, orange, pomegranate, lime, and fig trees; a pig pen; a barn with upper-level living space; two sheds—one also serving as a golf cart garage—a skeet-shooting area; a well and water storage system; an established custom crush facility for home wine making, and a one-bedroom apartment and office located directly above it. Environmental stewardship is of great importance, with three solar grids supplying power to the home and five Tesla batteries and propane available for backup. The property is also thoroughly equipped with fire suppression systems including five fire hydrants and stainless steel hoses with sprinklers. PG&E also serves the property as well.
At the culmination of a long gated paved drive, the regal Bavarian-style main residence welcomes with a classic stucco façade bearing a representation of St. Florian, patron saint of chimney sweeps and firefighters. The home is roofed in concrete tile, and its distinctive turret was crafted from copper. A variety of handsome stone has been used for floors, countertops, and tiles; warmly hued wood appears in ceilings, doors, eye-catching millwork, cabinetry, hand-carved details, and built-in bookshelves; and Old World inspiration can be found in colorful stained glass and ornate iron stairway railings. Anchoring the home is a welcoming open living space with a vaulted skylit ceiling and a uniquely built-in woodstove. Steps away is the kitchen, which boasts a wood- and stone-topped island, plentiful storage, and top-caliber appliances. The circular formal dining room is ringed with windows and capped with striking ceiling beams. Bedrooms are restful and quiet—among them an owner’s suite featuring a well-appointed walk-in closet and a bath with roomy shower. An alluring flagstone patio, a deck, and a solar-heated swim spa encourage outdoor enjoyment and appreciation of the views.
Vinicultural magic takes place in the custom crush facility, which includes a temperature- and humidity-controlled barrel room with concrete floors and walls, a sink, cabinets, shelves, and 10-foot doors. Long- and short-term visitors will appreciate the secluded guest apartment above the winery. It features reclaimed distressed oak flooring, vaulted beamed ceilings, a gas fireplace, a bath with a claw-foot tub and a shower, a fully outfitted kitchen, and views of the Calistoga Palisades, Mt. St. Helena, Geyser Peak and the Coastal Range. An inviting concrete patio accompanies the building and can be used by all.
The Shone Group
, Sotheby's International Realty