With its elusive balance of rustic luxury, this is the kind of property that will floor you with its understated beauty. Everything about it exudes California-style wealth and comfort, from those cottages dotting the verdant Napa hills to the front lounge’s stone fireplace. Beyond this, the dining room resembles a sophisticated barn of sorts, decked with polished stone tables, wood columns and bucolic splendor.
All of this makes for an elegant backdrop for romantic evenings or family celebrations, as long as everyone is willing to splurge. Servers are impeccable, professional and know how to keep their guests happy and at ease.
The magic of Chef Christopher Kostow and team lies in their ability to take just-picked produce and create dishes that are the very essence of laid-back luxury. Vichyssoise, with fermented potatoes and leeks and house-made buttermilk, is an absolute work of art, but wait, there's more. The pine cone—a giant one beautifully plated with greenery—hides a seductive chocolate cream within. Garnished with tiny slivers of crystallized baby pine cones cooked in honey, it's pure genius.