Located on East Valley Road down a peaceful lane is a home of charm and refinement. An elegant motor court encircles a stand of stately redwoods, the perfect backdrop for this French country masterpiece. A stone pathway leads to the residence entry which features an antique paneled door. The main foyer leads to both the formal living room and the family room and conveys a sense of volume and space with its open height staircase. To the right one enters the delightful formal living room with stone surround fireplace and open beam ceiling. Handsome flooring complements this warm and gracious room. One step up from the living room is the intimate dining room, also with fireplace; a gracious area for dining with views to the south garden and terrace. The country kitchen is a wonderful room, where painted wainscot and a spectacular La Cornue stove create a true chef’s paradise. A well designed and spacious butler’s pantry is adjacent to the kitchen, with easy access to the dining room. A lovely in-kitchen dining area and a comfortable and cozy family room with a large stone fireplace and hearth complete this exceptional room. French doors with handsome European hardware open out to the terraces, the perfect place to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the lush gardens. A small private office, full bath, storage and laundry room complete the ground floor. All rooms through out the house have been designed and decorated with the intent of creating a sense of privacy, calm and beauty.
The master bedrooms are all located on the second floor. A large media/office room with built in book cases shares a lovely bath with an adjacent bedroom. A charming additional bedroom overlooks the entry gardens and redwood grove. The master bedroom is large and inviting and offers a separate sitting area for quiet contemplation. Large private dressing rooms and beautiful master bath complete this spacious master suite. All rooms have unique ceilings with dormer windows, reminiscent of French Normandy architecture.
The gardens are truly a horticulturist’s delight. A stone paved path leads from the large terrace to the spectacular lawn area that is ringed with lush plantings, including ferns, camellias and maple trees. Majestic eucalyptus trees tower overhead and lead to a secluded creek and pond. There are many quiet nooks to enjoy the beauty and charm of this sprawling garden. In addition, a fenced, private, natural shaped swimming pool is located on the north side of the property; a sunny spot to enjoy an afternoon swim. The sandstone pool deck is shaded by a spectacular flowering cherry tree. The home also features a large two-car garage.
From its slate room and copper gutters, to its palette of warm colors, this delightful 1.2 acre Montecito property offers a French country ambiance in a setting of charm and privacy.