6000 miles east of the Napa Valley, in the Rhone River area of Southeastern France, at the base of the Alps, the country houses have evolved an architectural style comprised of thick earth walls, clay roofs, stone floors, large timbers, and certain timeless proportions that only come from many generations of artisan builders working with nature to create comfort. If you’ve ever had the fantasy of owning a country house in the south of France, but the airline fares and time zone changes simply don’t work for you, 4024 Hagen Road, Napa, CA just might.
The owners (and the builders) spent months traveling the small country roads southwest of Grenoble, trying to capture the image and feeling of both the materials and proportions that made these simple country houses so timeless and compelling. Back in Napa, they took their photos and notes, and working with architect Michael Baushke of Apparatus Architecture, used them to guide the construction of an authentic French farmhouse and garden complex – not a replica, or a reproduction, but a capturing of the essence of what it’s like to live in the Isere’ valley.
If you want to wake up in the morning and pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming, this property might just be worth looking into.
Two acres along an oak-studded creek, with authentic pise d’terre Rhone River Valley French farmhouse, guest house, studio, and outbuildings
Located at the end of a shady private lane across from the fifth tee of the Napa Valley Country Club
Flanked by Silverado and Palmaz vineyards, backed up against Mount George in the East Napa Hills, and beside a historic great blue heron rookery
Three separate points of entry, two behind custom steel gates
Quarter acre fruit and olive orchard enclosed by a four-foot-high rammed earth wall, complete with raised vegetable beds, rose garden, greenhouse, and tool sheds with clay tiles and glass roof salvaged from historic Napa buildings
Walled courtyards with grape and rose arbors, persimmon trees, water elements, stone table seating twelve, pizza oven, barbeque grill, bird baths, and two specimen Magnolia denudate
3 car garage with 12″ PISE walls, flat clay roof tiles, and 30A Tesla charger
3 car carport with 4,500 watt solar array
16 gallon per minute well and 800 gallon storage tank