Old World charmers: European-style country estates in the heart of Sonoma County
Slide 1 of 22
4002 Old Barn Road, Healdsburg – $4,250,000
3 Beds, 5.5 Baths, 4,468 square feet. Year built: 1998. Lot size: 10.01 acres
Exterior: Bonjour mon amie! Visit France in Healdsburg with this French-style château in the heart of Alexander Valley. (Photos courtesy BAREIS. Property listed by Peter Shidler, Keller Williams Realty)
Slide 2 of 22
Formal dining room: Enter servants stage right with silver serving trays in hand. Yep, it's that fancy.
Slide 3 of 22
Formal living room: Your Rococo style furniture will finally have a home inside of this uber-posh living room with classic marble fireplace and parquet floors.
Slide 4 of 22
Library: Only the best view for the king of Château Bois de L'Est (that's Eastwood Castle for all you non-Francophiles).
Slide 5 of 22
Interior: Okay, well maybe there are views to spare inside of this palatial Healdsburg abode.
Slide 6 of 22
Kitchen: Marble counter-tops and a stove fit for a chef in the kitchen at 4002 Old Barn Road.
Slide 7 of 22
Bedroom: Elegant and spacious, but maybe a little understated for a master suite in home that calls itself a castle.
Slide 8 of 22
Wine room: A full on subterranean wine cave - now we're talkin' luxury.
Slide 9 of 22
Exterior: Grab your bicycle and explore this 10-acre Alexander Valley estate on two wheels.
Slide 10 of 22
Exterior: A perfect spot for a morning espresso and the news on the terrace at 4002 Old Barn Road.
Slide 11 of 22
Exterior: A little bit of French wine country, a lot closer to home.
Slide 12 of 22
12413 Elliott Lane, Sebastopol - $2,195,000
4 Beds, 4 Baths, 4,287 square feet. Year built: 1977. Lot size: 2.66 acres
Exterior: Cheerio mate! Check out West County’s version of an English country estate. (Photos courtesy of BAREIS. Property listed by Douglas Bohling, Artisan Sotheby's International Realty)
Slide 13 of 22
Exterior: This expansive home enjoys a Sebastopol mailing address but it's really in Freestone, that means privacy and plenty of it.
Slide 14 of 22
Exterior: People go on holiday visiting homes like these, you could own it.
Slide 15 of 22
Interior: Kickin' it old world in the great room at 12413 Elliott Lane.
Slide 16 of 22
Library: What is that Lord Grantham? You think Mary IS capable of running the estate! A Downtown Abbey-esque library in the heart of rural Freestone.
Slide 17 of 22
Library: I love the stained glass doors here, it adds another level of opulence to an already impressive study.
Slide 18 of 22
Interior: A cozy spot for sewing or listening to music under a turret at 12413 Elliott Lane.
Slide 19 of 22
Bedroom: A master-suite fit for the Lord of the manor.
Slide 20 of 22
Exterior: Grab a pint and head out on the terrace for some of the best views west county has to offer.
Slide 21 of 22
Exterior: A darling little hillside gazebo perfect for a late night rendezvous.
Slide 22 of 22
Exterior: Ah, they thought of everything here. Grounds fit for a lovely afternoon stroll at 12413 Elliott Lane.
You’ve traveled around the globe, maybe a few times, but in the end you’ve decided that there’s no place like home. These two Sonoma county estates have all the flamboyancy and charm of posh European abodes but they don’t require a plane ticket to get there.
There is something appealing about the mystery and drama of historic European estates. I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a Downton Abbey addict and I have frequently pondered making a trip across the pond to visit a country home or two on holiday.
So let’s go on a virtual vacation, shall we? And check out two Sonoma County residences with plenty of Old World charm worth considering.
First we’ll visit “France,” where 4002 Old Barn Road does a great job impersonating a Burgundian chateâu. This expansive Alexander Valley castle features a spring-fed pond, carriage house, wine cave, formal dining and living rooms and a massive European-style terrace perfect for dining al fresco. The Healdsburg stunner even has a clever name, Château Bois de L’Est. That’s Eastwood Castle for all of you non-Francophiles.
For our next trip, let’s pop over to England in Sebastopol. 12413 Elliott Lane may be regal but it’s certainly not stuffy. The great room features a cool wood paneled hearth that looks like something straight out of the 19th century. The study is Lord Grantham-approved with a window seat, parquet floors and built-in shelving.
Interested in seeing more? Click through our gallery above for a trip around the world, that’s right around the block.