“Vetrina di Bellezza” (Showcase of Beauty)
Inspired, inspiring, tranquil yet energizing, exceptionally private yet convenient to all the acclaimed Napa Valley has to offer, magical “Vetrina di Bellezza” is, indeed, a “showcase of beauty.” Conceived and created by renowned designer Michael Holmes as both a personal retreat and vehicle for his creative virtuosity, this 23-acre estate nestled against a 100-acre agricultural preserve is nothing short of spectacular. Resting high above the valley, the main residence and guest house, together providing over 4,000 square feet of relaxed luxury, are constructed of rustic, earthlike Slumpstone in a gently flowing design emulating elements of nature. Even the striking entry gate, railing of the estates expansive decks, and several interior accoutrements mimic nature in their branch and root designs of copper and iron. An abundance of oversize, commercial-grade windows and doors allow optimal light, views of the surrounding landscape, and climate control; creating a seamless interplay of exterior wonders and interior comforts.
At no time is that interplay more apparent and commanding than in the evening when the setting sun and any passing clouds create an emotion-inspiring panorama of light, color and sheer wonder. Here, at “Vetrina di Bellezza,” the heavenly display sweeps the entire western sky, from Mt. St. Helena on the north, to Mt. Tamalpais and San Francisco to the south.
This magical aerie lies on 23 acres at the end of a lengthy and breathtaking driveway extending along a striking rock palisade several hundred feet above the southern Napa Valley floor. Emanating from the rock palisade is a 20-foot-high seasonal waterfall. The roadway is bordered with manzanita trees and other native foliage and provides expansive views of the valley as one approaches the residence.
With easy access to all of Napa Valley and the entire San Francisco Bay Area, “Vetrina di Bellezza” — as perfect for quiet contemplation as it is for world-class entertaining — would make an extraordinary year-round residence or pied-à-terre.