Art / Lifestyle November 19, 2021

High-End Hospitality: 5 Inviting Guesthouses

Whether in California’s wine country or on the rolling plains outside historic Santa Fe, these welcoming guesthouses allow visiting family and friends to unwind in seclusion and style.

Houston Hacienda

Houston, Texas | Ann SingletonMartha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty 

Beneath mature shady trees on 1.29 acres in the coveted Broadacres area of Houston, this Spanish-style hacienda is filled with elegant Old World character, from cypress ceiling beams to vintage terra cotta tile. Highlights include formal living and dining rooms, a sunroom, a study, and three tranquil bedrooms. A refreshing swimming pool and classical fountain are nestled amid lush emerald lawn and enchanting tropical landscaping. The secluded guesthouse includes its own kitchen and media room.

Luxurious Mill Valley Lodge

Mill Valley, California | Pattie LawtonSotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

Amid the redwoods in the hills above Mill Valley, this unique haven offers numerous decks showcasing idyllic views of the canyon and surrounding flora. Inspired by the getaways on the banks of Lake Tahoe, it features a chef’s kitchen, a living room with a stone fireplace and beamed ceiling, a dining room with a deck for alfresco meals, a family or media room, and a wine cellar. In addition to guest suites, the estate includes a detached one-bedroom guesthouse with its own deck and balcony.

Contemporary Southwestern Oasis

Santa Fe, New Mexico | Tim GalvinSotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – 326 Grant Avenue Brokerage

Golf course and mountain views distinguish this soft contemporary oasis in the exclusive community of Las Campanas. Highlights include a living room with a stacked-stone fireplace, a dining room that accommodates 12, a wine cellar and tasting room, a gourmet kitchen with stainless-steel Viking appliances and a built-in banquette, and a breezy traditional portal or covered patio. The freestanding two-bedroom guesthouse affords consummate privacy for visitors.

Santa Fe Sanctuary

Santa Fe, New Mexico | Chris HaynesSotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – 326 Grant Avenue Brokerage

In the rarefied environs of Las Campanas, one of the most desirable communities in the Santa Fe area, this sophisticated estate consists of a warm, welcoming, stylish two-suite main residence and a guesthouse, both centered around a flourishing landscaped courtyard. The guesthouse features its own living and dining area with a fireplace and an open kitchen, one bedroom, two baths, and a delightful media room with cozy daybeds.

The Farrow Ranch

Geyserville, California | Sheri Morgensen & Jessica WynneSotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

One of the most significant properties in wine country, this 194.33-acre estate on a private road in Alexander Valley is a peaceful retreat offering resort-caliber amenities and producing vineyards. It encompasses a three-bedroom residence, a three-bedroom ranch home dating to the 1880s, landscaped grounds, a swimming pool and spa, a well-appointed guest and pool house, tennis and bocce courts, hiking trails, rolling hills, grazing pastures, a seasonal creek, and a pond with an entertaining pavilion.


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