Inspired by European architecture and bordered on two sides by world-renowned vineyards, this romantic, picturesque home is ideally located on a private lane in historic west side St. Helena. Cushioned on almost two landscaped acres, the property enjoys the coveted feel and serenity of the country, combined with the luxury of being only a brief walk to Main Street's many amenities - evening concerts at Lyman Park, the post office, restaurants, boutiques and bakery. The gracious two-story, 6411 +/- sq. ft., 5BR, 5.5BA residence offers copious space for guests and large social gatherings while also providing intimate corners for soul enhancing solitude. Various details speak of the luxurious yet understated design of the home, including wood-burning fireplaces, wide-plank white oak hardwood floors, hand-stained imported tiles, custom and antique metal railings on stairs and balconies, solid wood doors, lofty first floor ceilings, and numerous French doors inviting effortless access to the artfully designed grounds. This beautiful home enjoys numerous amenities: a classic entry porch and hall with antique French gates, double 8' doors and custom iron stair railing; a handsome study off the entry hall with a wood-burning fireplace, built-in book cases, and dry bar; a powder room with marble counter and antique French sconces; an elegant living room with tall windows overlooking the front terrace and courtyard, gorgeous hardwood floors, and wood burning fireplace; a gracious dining room with iron European chandelier and direct access to outdoor entertaining; an open chef's kitchen with beamed ceiling, large walk-in pantry, custom cabinetry, Viking 6-burner gas cooktop, and double porcelain sinks; a luminescent breakfast room with views of the back gardens, and French doors to the trellised patio; a generous size family room with built-in book shelves and cabinets; laundry served by laundry chute; full bathroom with shower; mudroom; and 3-car attached garage with capacious game room above it. The second floor features: a petite balcony with antique railing overlooking the anterior courtyard; a luxurious master suite with French doors leading to a private balcony, 2 large walk-in closets, master bath with extra deep soaking tub, oversized shower, dressing table, 2 separate vanities and views of the back gardens; a romantic en suite bedroom with views of eastern vineyards; an additional full bathroom and three West-facing bedrooms, the middle of which serves as a project room with access to a spacious sun deck overlooking the back gardens. The outdoor spaces provide harmonic balance to the elegant interior design with a variety of tranquil settings, including 3 second floor balconies, and 3 ground floor courtyards, one of which features a trellised dining area and adjacent temperature controlled wine cellar. The property is particularly graced with views from all public and private rooms, from balconies, courtyards and sitting areas; life-enhancing views of terraced hillside vineyards, a poplar-lined lane, expansive lawns, Mediterranean inspired gardens, and fountains. Many properties are designed, at great expense, to impress. But so very few capture the indescribable pleasure of living in a comfortable home, in a private setting, surrounded by natural beauty, while at the same time being conveniently connected to one's community by a simple stroll. This property is a model for those very few exceptions. www.StHelenaLuxuryRetreat.