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Greek mythology comes to life at St. Helena estate on 45 acres

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Regal. Stately. Romantic. These are only a few of the words that begin to define this St. Helena estate’s air.

Galatea, a statue that came to life in Greek mythology, mirrors the design ethos at the St. Helena estate, which feels as if a myth or classical painting sprung into existence.

“The home’s fabulous light and picturesque Napa Valley views are a statement to Galatea’s romance,” said. Cheri Stanley of Sotheby’s International Realty, who is listing the fortress-like estate for $13.2 million.

Inlaid French oak flooring and coffered ceilings surround a Versailles-style formal living room. Views of Napa Valley through floor-to-ceiling windows brighten the stately dimensions. French architecture, complemented by Greek and Roman flair, is recreated throughout the estate fortress.

The outdoor pavilion evokes comparisons to the Parthenon. Tall columns frame the 1,050-square-foot space that includes an outdoor kitchen. Acoustics here most certainly accommodate a live reading of the Greek classic Prometheus Bound. Of course, with surround sound and 40-plus acres of open space, the dimensions readily await boisterous celebrations with modern decadence.

A handmade iron railing spools around a spiral staircase inspired by Chateau Chateaudun. Found in the turret, the spiral staircase borrows a theme from castles found in the Loire Valley.

Inspiration begets emulation in the family room. Here, the room is a recreation of one found in Chateaux Amboise, in France’s Loire Valley. Specifically, the family room mimics the great hall of the chateaux’s Charles VIII wing.

Solace and serenity await at the glass-domed conservatory just off the family room. Overlook terraced gardens from this sunny space rooted by a quartet of Majesty palm trees.

With the exception of a decorative emblem, the front entry is fashioned just the same as that of the 16th century Chateaux Azay-le-Rideau. The only change in this case is the choice of a porcupine in the emblem. The spiked creature was the symbol of Louis XII, and so installed here since much of the home’s design reflects his design style.

The listing includes a two story custom library equipped with an elevator, staircase, and floor to ceiling bookshelves imported from France. The library includes an original French Loire Valley Chateau stone fireplace, as well as retractable flat-screen television above the fireplace.

Greek mythology influences its share of details as well. Consider the marble fountain out front. Its creation trully harkens back to 530 B.C.. The lifesize statues at waters edge reflect mythological figures Ajax and Achilles, as painted by Exekias.

Easily overlooked is a thoughtfully crafted guest house bearing enviable scale and accessories. The stucture hosts a full kitchen and bathroom, along with fireplace. Stag ornamentation on the mantle serves as an aggressive statement piece.

A Wine Country home — on acerage, no less — needs a wine cellar. And naturally, the majestic estate exceeds and astounds. A refurbished castle door secures room offering enough storage space for more than 4,500 bottles.

Dug into the mountainside, the wine cellar emulates cavelike conditions. The tile mosaic adorning the room pays homage to the Galatea — the estate’s namesake.

Visit www.luxurysthelenaestate.com for full details.

Listing agent:
Cheri Stanley, Sotheby’s International Realty, (707) 287-6927,


cheri.stanley@sothebyshomes.com.

Details

Address: 256 Crystal Springs Road, St. Helena.

Price: $13.2 million.

Features: Greek, French, and Roman architectural influences await at this French Chateau filled with rich masonry and floor-to-ceiling windows. Expansive rooms flow easily from one to another for comfortable daily living in a space regal enough for any grand celebration. The home sits on more than 45 acres in St. Helena and includes a 4,500-bottle wine cellar. A 1,050-square-foot outdoor pavilion has tall columns and an outdoor kitchen.

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