Vintage House At The Estate Yountville

Vintage House Guestroom

Some topographies are so indigenously gifted that gilding their grounds becomes a lovelorn labor of reflection and regeneration, and when done best, a bespoke union of the two.  Updating a property in the Yountville region of California’s Napa Valley not only requires this remarkability, it demands it.  So when the feverishly anticipated Estate Yountville announced plans to debut Vintage House, formerly Vintage Inn, on some of the most lauded real estate the west coast can boast, visiting was never an if, only a when.

An admirably ambitious project, the Vintage House transformation is the first of a three-pronged rebranding effort that will additionally introduce Hotel Villagio and The Spa at The Estate.

Vintage House Pool Overview

Perhaps the only flaw one can attribute to California’s most revered wine region is that most of us don’t get to live there.  Since opening its doors in August, the Vintage House has quietly evoked the illusion that just maybe we can.  At least within the coveted hours of our stay.

An enveloping hominess escalates an experience that was already revelatory, now, beneath brilliant whitewashed beams and sunlit stonework, this transformation has transcended the usual upgrade, even by Napa Valley standards.  While the region seems to be undergoing a renaissance of redefining it’s appeal not just for the hard-core oenophile, but for the larger breadth of lifestyle lavishers, Vintage House can qualify its transform as one that has trail blazed the trend.

Vintage House Suite

Flanked in fixtures that furnish in a feel far more residentially idyllic than remote resort, it’s easy to plunk into a tufted chaise, light a fire (a wood burning one in each room), and assume the bedroom is your own.  By design the overall composition, while visibly modernized and thoughtfully, tastefully fashioned, is not so easily defined.  Aged, oaky floorboards beneath soaring ceilings, farmhouse sconces and ornate chandeliers, white wooden palisades framing a swoon rendering vantage point: contrasts are common and unify an impression that is both lux and accessible.  The result is as relaxing as it is rejuvenating: a house in a hamlet, yes to both.

And as is rightfully requisite to wine region architecture and artistry, the interiors play up the exteriors.  Lodging is made to glorify the landscape in every complementary way, elevating an idyll to meet the ever-evolving wine region regimen of locavore libation and farm to fork fare.  Rooms resonate luxe living with their high beamed ceilings (an architectural adornment not just reserved for that fabulous lobby – we’ll get there in a minute), weathered floorboards, original rugs and collections of retro prints that decorate the walls. Vintage House invites us to grow and gather alongside a loveliest region busy pioneering the same.

Vintage House Bathroom

With Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, a quick frolic out the front, through a lobby that is fetching in not just its luminous glow but with service as kind as it is competent, it’s a thrill to come “home” to this haunt from wherever your day or evening has taken you.  Soaring windows anchor an artfully designed bi-level space.  Upstairs the loft like spread can be rented out, but when it’s not, it’s yours for night caps and noshes.  There is such an ease in elegance established here.  Valet parking is included, bikes are there for the riding, and marbled bathrooms are well-appointed with ESPA amenities that would designate decadence even without the double rain showerheads.  One visit will inevitably generate the want for more.

A quiet pool, heated year-round, with cabanas available on a first come first serve basis, will make for such a refreshing respite come summer.  Our visit was a winter one, with steam visibly rising from the Jacuzzi.  Water features pave the trail to most rooms throughout the property, fusing a unifying solitude of greenery and fountain.

Vintage House Pool

Breakfast, included with your stay, is its own definable experience.  Housed in a magnificently aged brick cottage, the provisions manage to succeed the culinary excellence that is wine country expectation.  The lox is fresh, the berries abundant, banana bread still warm; the environs an invitation to rush nowhere and stay for as many rounds of coffee as you feel.  The warmth of the wood fire only accentuates such.

And while Vintage House is the first upgrade in The Estate Yountville project, the Spa at The Estate is due to undergo its transformation this February, already exceptional by virtue of aestheticians and ESPA amenities.  Request Tanya, a master of her craft, a masseuse at the top of her game.  I personally can’t wait to see what comes on the other end of their upgrade.  They have already proven they can galvanize what was already great, and add a fine tune and a finesse that makes the remarkable, immeasurably so.

The Spa at The Estate

Napa Valley endured a hard hit this year with those fires.  Its recovery is refreshing, rejuvenating, and rehabilitating.  A trellis tinselled countryside, a beauty that cannot be held back, a community that is gracious, familial, and generous.  It is a true treat to visit and revisit, to see what it is that they’ve done, what they will continue to do. And while it may have been impossible to think that in region and relish, Yountville could be improved upon, with the opening of Vintage House, and the projected completion of The Estate Yountville, it is clear these gifted grounds have yielded the first of what promises to reveal another legacy rising from a land that seems to know no other way.

The Details

Vintage House at The Estate Yountville, 6541 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599, USA

Tel: +1(707) 944-1112 / Toll Free: 0800-351-1133

Website: www.vintagehouse.com

The hotel is located 56 miles north of San Francisco in California’s renowned Napa Valley.

Type of Hotel: Luxury Boutique Hotel

Number of Rooms: 80 rooms and suites including complimentary Wi-Fi and complimentary Valet Parking.

Insider Tip: Go in off-season as rates are extraordinarily reasonable and Napa is no less delightful. Winter in wine country is a wonderful time to visit, if the sleepiness of the town does not dissuade you. A wine country holiday is one to experience.

Price Band: Medium

Reviewer’s Rating: 9/10

Author Bio:

Jolie Loeb is a Luxury Lifestyle columnist based in Los Angeles.

Photographs courtesy of Vintage House at The Estate Yountville by Will Pryce Photography

28 Comments

  1. Comfortable, welcoming, aesthetically pleasing, great food and warm staff…that was my take away from this wonderful property. What a sheer delight to spend time at the Vintage House, can hardly wait to return to either this property or their new expansion, Villagio Inn and Spa. Also, something I didn’t expect…when a property advertises it’s rooms, most of the time they show a room that would be one of their better, more expensive ones. In this case, the room they show is what you get. Safe travels.

  2. This place looks BEYOND beautiful. Those rooms…the hot tubs presumably attached to the rooms. So lovely. Is this an adult-only stay? Or are kids (who are inclined to stay quiet so as not to disturb the beautiful surrounding) allowed?

    • Ah – but it only looks like an adult only stay! Our girls thoroughly enjoyed their visit here. The breakfast alone makes it worth their while, and should you chose to visit during the holidays, they spare nothing in terms of tinseling their town to the nines. Bikes are available, pool cabanas – both first come first serve, and its central Yountville location means one of the sweetest cities in CA is sprawled outside the door, most of it within walking distance (hello, Bouchon Bakery). Gott’s Roadside makes for a great family friendly (and NV iconic) meal (or two, as was the case in our case), and in winter there’s outdoor ice skating. So fun. Couldn’t really recommend more highly.

      • As always Jolie, I just love your writing. It makes me happy. Thank you for a wonderful story about this special place. Its now at the top of my get out of SF list (and into those bathtubs!!).

  3. Your first sentence is in itself a work of art! What a gift you have for writing and painting a picture in the reader’s mind of the experience. Thank you! Wine country is on our list to visit next year and this property looks like perfection!

  4. Wish I could get in there and dive into that comfy bed. Looks like a perfect place to rest up before another round of wine tasting. The kind if place you hope is a romantic getaway, and not the scene if an illtimed spat. La Vida!

  5. There was nothing that didn’t deliver far beyond my expectations. Our room? Perfection! I could live beneath it’s white wooden faulted beamed ceiling fan forever! Linens…soft luxurious and comfy. Bath accessories and towels …hot water temp. precise…you’ve arrived in heaven! The little brick house complimentary brunch/breakfast was a complete surprise, The room itself had vintage surrounding surfaces. The natural stone fireplace, aged woodwork, brick and fantastic flooring plus furnishings took my breath away….and then I saw the scrumptious buffet! We denied ourselves nothing during our stay…we visited everywhere but our family breakfast together in the brick house continues to revive the sweetest Napa memories imaginable. I intend to make Vintage House our family tradition. Plus but not last, all personnel were kind gracious..and very accommodating. We were welcomed and made to feel right at home from their first smiles.

  6. This looks like such a lovey spot. I could spend half of a weekend indoors. I’m glad you shared this with us. I look forward to visiting.

  7. They did a fantastic job of updating this beautiful spot in Yountville. The lobby is stunning and had a great, inviting warmth. The staff is very accommodating and they have free valet parking (where do you ever see that?). We loved the updated rooms and the fact that you could have a beautiful lit fireplace every night. While most people will crowd to this place during the summer/warmer months, it was a spectacular stay in the winter. Definitely worth it next time you make your reservations at French Laundry across the road . . .

  8. Love the cottage look with the high wooden ceilings! And anytime there is abundant coffee and fresh banana bread, I’m interested!
    Thanks for this recommendation.

  9. Well, this settles it. I have to make a plan. You are the second person to gush about this property. I’ve been to the Village Inn & Spa before, and found it a lovely, modest getaway. I understand that The Vintage House has its same relaxed loveliness–without the pretense–and a small stone’s through from much that’s revered in Napa. I love it when I can have the best of both worlds. Now I just need a reservation!

  10. Gorgeous! Not like I ever need a reason to visit wine country… but I wasn’t expecting that the interior shots would make me want to redecorate my whole house, too!

  11. Wow! What a wonderful description of this little slice of heaven. We’re due to be in Napa in the spring, and I’ll definitely check this place out. And you’re right – its location in Yountville can’t be beat!

  12. It is heartening to hear of the resilience of the Napa/Sonoma area after nature had it’s way in the Fall. We look forward to a visit to our beloved CA Wine Country. If Vintage House is half as beautiful as the description we will be going back again and again! We are already committed Wine Country fans — and after reading this sumptuous review it looks like we may have to add Vintage House and the spa to our Must Do list. Once is never enough!

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