The Stonepine Estate is an ideal retreat for those who want to get away from it all. This resort in Carmel Valley, California occupies 330 pristine acres and is flanked by beautiful gardens, lazy ponds, soothing waterfalls, and gently rolling hills. Adding depth to the gorgeous grounds of the Stonepine Estate are Italian stone pine trees, which are the inspiration for the resort’s name. Formerly a private estate for a notable banking family, the Stonepine Estate boasts a magnificent manor house to go with its enviable setting. Four smaller houses provide additional lodging options, and guests can choose from an impressive array of activities when looking for ways to stay busy.
The centerpiece of the Stonepine Estate is undoubtedly the manor house. Known as Chateau Noel, it dates back to the late 1920s and was the original manor for the Crocker Bank family. Eight bedrooms with jetted tubs figure among the Chateau Noel offerings, as do a formal living room with a fireplace, a 30-seat dining room, a wine cellar, a cozy library, an inviting terrace, and a media room that can be used for intimate wine tasting and dining. Complementing the Chateau Noel at the Stonepine Estate are three additional homes and a cottage. One of the homes, the Paddock House, has four rooms that are rented out separately. The other two homes and the cottage are rented in full, thus providing more in the way of privacy. Pictured here is the two-bedroom Hermes House, which counts a private back yard among its numerous amenities.
Originally known as the Double H Ranch back in the 1930s, the Stonepine Equestrian Center has a rich history. For some time, it was considered to be the premier thoroughbred breeding farm west of the Mississippi River. Some of the world’s finest horses have had the privilege of calling the center home. Examples include Majestic Prince, Countess Nashville, and Bolero Lady. Today, the owners of the Stonepine Estate – Gordon and Noel Hentschel – are dedicated to upholding the tradition and excellence of the Equestrian Center. Features of the extensive complex include the Blacksmith Bar, a jumping and dressage arena, a four furlong warm-up track, the Carriage House, a jumping and fybar dressage arena, and a new grass jumping arena. There’s also a main barn with a party room called "The Loft" and a separate shuffleboard pavilion. The Loft can be secured for group catered events. Among its features are billiards, ping-pong, foosball, and poker tables.
The 330-acre grounds at the Stonepine Estate might just be the resort’s biggest draw, as they allow for an array of rewarding activities. Of course, horseback riding is a popular pursuit, and the varying terrain lends itself well to hiking and mountain biking. Swimming in the Estate Pool and taking advantage of the tennis courts are just two other ways to stay busy at the Stonepine Estate, and the highly agreeable Carmel Valley weather is well-suited for picnicking. A stroll through the gardens can be a lovely lead-in or a fantastic follow-up to a picnic on the Stonepine Estate grounds. While exploring the grounds, guests can also venture over to the new vineyard to see how it’s coming along. The more you are willing to explore at the Stonepine Estate, the more you will reveal. This is a pretty magical place.