The private Scottish Manor on the Eel River is one of the most spectacular homes in the state. It was originally designed by Julia Morgan, the famed architect of the Hearst Castle. The current owners have painstakingly restored the 5,400 square foot manor, guesthouse, carriage house and the grounds over a four year period with architectural integrity and artisan quality with unmatched amenities. Dramatically situated overlooking the banks of the South Fork of the Eel River, the estate provides gorgeous views of the steelhead filled river that meanders through the ancient redwood groves.
This extraordinary country estate was originally designed to resemble a Scottish manor by Julia Morgan who also designed the Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA. The property was commissioned by hotel heiress Margaret Stewart in 1926, and built by Albert Farr. The property has been magnificently restored, that features classical and western architecture, and arts and crafts interior elements. The current owners have painstakingly restored the estate and grounds over a four year period with architectural integrity and artisan quality with unmatched amenities.
Staggering redwoods, organic fruit orchards and vegetable gardens are surrounded by English cutting gardens, specimen trees, a koi pond, and flagstone paths that lead you to hidden areas of serenity including an old fashioned camp fire picnic area. The current owner's gardener raises all the plants from seed and each foot of the property is beautifully landscaped and organized.
The property is fenced and walled, providing intimate seclusion that over 170,000 acres of protected redwood forests affords naturally. The property has the privacy and sophistication that has hosted dignitaries and leaders of Fortune 100, including Hollywood elite.
The main residence is an architectural restoration of an English Tudor. The 5,400 sq ft home has 3 bedrooms and 4+ baths, with all new state of the art electrical, water, security, HVAC, and mechanical systems. The manor style great room with exposed clear redwood beamed cathedral ceilings, wood burning fireplace and original leaded glass windows is spectacular. The inviting sunroom with hand painted murals by Eva Benbow and custom Pella wrap around windows overlooks the Eel River. The large chef's kitchen has custom cabinetry, top of the line appliances such as Wolf range, dual Bosch dishwashers, Sub zero built in refrigerator, built in breakfast nook, and copper salad and porcelain farm sinks. A luxurious master suite overlooks the river and the ancient redwood forest and is graced with a cathedral ceiling echoing the great room ceiling, a sitting area with gas fireplace and his and her baths. There are two additional en suite bedrooms and an office with built-in desk and cabinets. The finished basement includes an 800 bottle wine cellar crafted by a master artisan using imported blood wood, a mud room with a dog shower, and a craft area.
The elegant and spacious two bedrooms, two bath Guest House was completely restored and has its own kitchen, dining room, laundry room and a gas fireplace in the living room. Spaciously designed for the privacy of guests, the Guest House has a beautiful stoned veranda where one can eat outside and enjoy the tranquility of the Koi pond, river and nature.
The Carriage House was also restored and is a charming, completely furnished one bedroom and one bath living space nestled above the finished two car garage and shop. The spacious views from the Carriage House provide a true sense of the beauty grandeur of the property.
Walk out the walled compound and fish or boat the South Fork of the Eel River. Steelhead fishing begins in mid October with the salmon run and continues through March. Steelhead average 8 to 20 pounds. The South Fork Eel River is the largest tributary of the Eel River
If you wish to boat, you can launch your canoe or boat from the estate and float down the river and pull out in Garberville after a few hours and enjoy lunch at one of the many fine restaurants. If you want to golf, there is a 9-hole course few minutes from the estate. If you are looking for variety, there are 5 PGA rated courses within a 90 minute drive. For the hunter, you have died and gone to heaven. Humboldt County is in the B zone and deer and bear tags can be bought over the counter. There is boar, duck, turkey, and even Roosevelt Elk hunting in the county. For the ocean fisherman, you can head to the coast within an hour drive, and fish for Halibut, Salmon, Rock and Ling Cod, rock fish, shark and crab.