The Caldwell Vineyard Guest Cottage in Napa ValleyBy
WOW! We had a great weekend in Napa with good friends Andy and Lori. There is so much to tell you. Please excuse me if this gets a little long!
We were invited to stay at the Caldwell Vineyard Guest Cottage. John and Joy Caldwell were such gracious hosts. The highlight of the weekend was the Caldwell Vineyard Harvest Moon Party. It was held in the wine cave at the winery for members of their “Smugglers” Wine Club and guests. Caldwell wines were paired with a delicious multi-course meal prepared by Chef Gray Penir. Here is our menu:
Read more about the vineyard and their award winning wines here. Caldwell Vineyard (Love the opening picture of John and Joy!) Don’t miss reading about their Rocket Science blend and the competition to design the back label of the bottle. Here is the current label.
Although the Harvest Moon Party was wonderful I could not get enough of the recently renovated guest house. Joy worked hard to keep a turn of the century vintage feel in every room. This is not my typical style but this cottage was so well done for the setting. Many antique collectibles with touches of modern comfort scattered through out.
My pictures do not capture all the interiors (because the space was well lived in during our stay). Here are a few highlights.
The kitchen was recently updated with all contemporary fixtures with classic charm. The Kohler apron front sink, new base cabinets with pull outs and dividers, and new Neolith “slate look” countertops are a cook’s delight in a small compact space. Before choosing the Neolith Joy tested it for acid and wine resistance and it passed 100%. The antique (original) hutch was used for the upper cabinets and provided great niches for essentials such as the cutlery in mason jars, the well-loved cutting boards, an exceptional collection of Paromi teas and all white tableware.
The kitchen was well equipped with Smeg appliances…so modern but still vintage. (Sorry I don’t have a picture of them in the space. (Photographing this kitchen was a challenge because Andy and I love to cook!) For breakfast with the Caldwells, Andy prepared a delicious casserole made of fresh sausage (from The Fatted Calf Napa), potato and cheese. I contributed a caprese salad made with fresh basil and heirloom tomatoes from The Oxbow Market. The food was great but the conversation and stories with John and Joy were even better!
Here is a quick look at some other areas of the cottage:
The living space (please excuse the poor photography) was so comfy with the large down slipcovered cushions, sheep skin throws and the sisal & cow hide rugs. Several large windows provided lots of natural light that made it hard to photograph this space with my iPhone.
An interesting table was created from salvaged pieces of vintage, adjustable lumber jacks and rough hewn lumber. The photograph above the table shows our view of the mountains by photographer Suzanne Becker Bronk.
Many of Suzanne’s pieces are hung throughout the cottage. Above, is my favorite piece. The grapes looks so real you want to pick them.
Above is an antique wheat thresher made of wood and flint stones that Joy found many years ago. It fits perfect in the wall niche of the living room.
Shelving in the guest bedroom was well appointed with old pottery, bottles, candlesticks and other vintage items.
Vintage mirrors adorn two walls of the small bath adding extra reflective light and whimsical charm.
The dining area was furnished with a large wood plank table and mismatched chairs. The clever industrial style light fixture with two pulley mechanisms and chrome tipped bulbs created a great conversation piece. The amber bottles and baskets on the window sill added a splash of color.
As you all know I am a flower lover so I could not resist picking a bouquet from the cottage garden to add to the table. Beautiful roses, hydrangeas, and lilies grow right outside the window. Missing my NC garden. 🙁
I hope you enjoyed this tour of the Caldwell cottage. Which space is your favorite? Let me hear from you.
Until next week…
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