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Perfectly situated near Santa Barbara, California, on ten acres of pristine land between the rolling foothills and the sparkling Pacific Ocean, you’ll find this Mediterranean-inspired equestrian estate complete with its own vineyard. Conveniently close to the charming village centers of Montecito and Summerland, this dramatic rural sanctuary has everything a sophisticated cowgirl could desire: the glamour of a Mediterranean villa drenched in Old World charm, the most advanced modern amenities, a private vineyard, lush orchards of apricot, apple, blood orange and plum, elegant loggias overlooking the pool and countryside, and a state of the art equestrian facility.

The wall of arched doors opens to coastal breezes.

The formal living room features a unique tin and walnut coffered ceiling and an impressive  carved stone fireplace. rugs throughout the residence are from Medallion Rug Gallery in Palo Alto.

The unusual use of black limestone for the mirror frame, sink console, and mosaic border trim in the master bath create a glamorous ambiance. Elegant sconces with silk roman shades bathe the room in a golden glow.

In the master bedroom, cascades of opulent silk draperies and the printed velvet bedding–along with the hand-knotted, loomed rug–give the master bedroom a privileged feel.

Provasi created the inviting chaise. The electric wax chandelier is from Murray’s Ironworks, who did much of the custom made iron work throughout the estate. Many of the furnishings were designed and custom made by Debra Kay George Interiors, or were sourced by Debra George-Ryan. 

A six-stall stable with paddocks, feed room, tack room, exterior stalls, and dressage arena are part of the carefully maintained equine facilities.

Comfortable outdoor seating to view the various activities is a must!

This property offers horses everything that they could ever want.

An antique French table graces the estate’s own 1,700 bottle wine cellar.

Two acres of vineyards produce Riesling grapes, harvested for a private label with Napa’s Waugh Cellars.

Stately oaks, olive, avocado, and pepper trees dot the local terrain.

A European style gravel drive and motor court lend an aristocratic feel to this stunning and quiet retreat, set back from the stresses of the world in an enchanting locale, carefully designed to satisfy the senses and nourish the spirits of both cowgirls and horses alike!

All photos are courtesy of Jim Bartsch.

(Originally published in the June/July 2013 issue of Cowgirl Magazine).