3bedroom/2bath historic shingle house with antiques. Built in 1928 above scenic Silverado Trail, the historic home offers privacy above Napa River in oak woodlands. 0.9 mile walk/bike down a vinyard-lined road to historic St. Helena.
We named the house "Preservation House" because our focus has been to restore rather than modernize or remodel, both inside and out. Except for upgrades important for safety, like electrical service, kitchen ventilation, and fire protection, keeping the house's historic and authentic features is our goal. The house is 1,400 square feet and centers around an open livingroom-diningroom space with historic knotty pine walls and ceilings, in the tradition of a 1928 lodge. A large hearth with a woodburning stove adds to the cozy, intimate feeling of the livingroom, and both rooms are furnished with a mix of comfortable contemporary seating and period antiques and artwork. The woodburning stove is NOT operable because of fire restrictions in Napa Valley. We have cable internet, Roku-box viewing but not cable tv. WiFi is also provided.The kitchen has a large refrigerator and historic gas stove that works beautifully (no microwave). A covered porch off the kitchen is a great place to enjoy your morning coffee (i.e. Peet's coffee provided) and as a place to unwind in the evening. In the vernacular Italian building tradition, the house's downstairs bathroom is accessible through the covered outdoor porch rather than through an interior entrance; it's a utilitarian, full bathroom. According to a historian of vernacular architecture, Arne Alanen, Prof. Emeritus, U. of Wisc., many Italians thought it was unsanitary for a bathroom to open into the first story kitchen and living spaces directly. Both the upstairs bathroom and downstairs bathroom have a shower and the upstairs bathroom also has a tub. As throughout the house, the bathrooms feature authentic historic elements rather than remodelled features.
The house has three bedrooms with large operable windows, some with screens. There are box fans in each bedroom but no air conditioning. One bedroom has a king-sized, another has a queen-size, and the third bedroom has two twin-size beds. Upstairs there are softwood floors and an exterior entrance from the upstairs landing to the oak woodlands behind the house. Although we try to abate poison oak on the property, it is a native plant. Please be cautious of poison oak on the property.
It would be hard to find a property in Napa Valley more centrally located to the very best wineries, historic downtowns ((website hidden). Helena & Calistoga), or more bike-accessible than this property. Silverado Trail is the backbone connecting the finest wineries in the Valley and has continuous bike lanes. The house has the privacy of oak woodlands and vinyards, the Napa River Wildlife Refuge and historic Pratt Ave. Bridge while still being a quick walk, bike, or drive into historic downtown St. Helena - (website hidden)
There are great bike rental options in St. Helena.
Interaction with Guests
We want to give our guests the privacy to enjoy eachother. We will be onsite to meet you if at all possible and if not will make clear plans with you to make sure you have the key and other necessities. We also will be onsite for landscaping work including watering and for other chores.
Our property borders the Napa River (see aerial photo) and is in large part within the Napa River Wildlife Reserve. To the northeast the property is backed up to the Vaca Mountains and to the southwest is bounded by the Napa River and opens to the vinyards where several of the worlds finest wines are made in the Apellation St. Helena. During the busiest hours of the day, there is traffice noise from Silverado Trail at the house but as evening comes the greatest sound is crickets and frogs by the river, abundant bird-life, and almost no light pollution to hide the stars.
Walk or bike to town or local wineries. Of course, you can also drive. The Vine is Napa Valley's excellent bus service that runs up and down Highway 29; more on that here: (website hidden)
Other Things to Note
Downstairs stays cool if you leave the doors and windows closed in the summer. Upstairs box fans will help to cool the bedrooms, especially after sunset.
1. NO SMOKING (outside PLEASE do not dispose of any cigarette butts outside as the area has high wildfire danger)
2. Totally housebroken dogs are welcome! However, dogs cannot be left at the house when you are not there. You must take them with you. Also, dogs that are not housebroken or who chew on furnishings are not welcome.
3. Well behaved and closely supervised children are very welcome. The house does have many antiques and breakable items. The property has poison oak and Silverado Trail itself poses a hazard for unsupervised children. We are parents and love kids but this is not a great place for young kids without close supervision.
4. Show extra caution as you exit the driveway onto Silverado Trail or turn on or off of the historic Pratt Ave. bridge. The curve in the road requires extra caution.
5. The varnished woodwork, historic rugs, and other antiques are unique. We are grateful for your care.
6. Please use the provided coasters for your drinks (of course, wine glasses, other glasses, and mugs are provided).
7. Please leave the house locked up with two lights left on, per instructions that you will find at the house.
I had a nice stay at the Preservation House. The location, practically walking distance from St Helena town, is fantastic. It is as advertised, which is to say not modernized. Normally that isn't my thing, but I liked this house. It definitely has character. It could be a little cold in the upstairs where there is no heat. I think it was unseasonably cold for a couple of days while I was there. Normally heat won't be an issue. The heater downstairs is powerful but in order to heat the upstairs you'd have to make the downstairs quite hot. It really wasn't a problem. There were ample extra blankets to use, I was just too lazy to use them. The sound of the traffic in the morning didn't really bother me. I thought it would, but it didn't. That's even without running a fan which all but makes it impossible to hear the cars. The hosts were great. Extremely responsive/friendly and very nice to leave the fridge stocked with a few breakfast staples.
Ed and Yvonne were great hosts! The process of checking in and out was seamless, they were very responsive and flexible, and we had everything we needed for a nice breakfast in the morning. Great spot if you're taking a trip to the Napa area.
Ed was very helpful throughout the stay. He had no issue making himself available to answer any questions. The house is exactly what we expected and met our needs. The close proximity to downtown St. Helena and the wineries a perfect location for a vacation. We can't wait to stay here again! Thanks for a very hospitable stay!
Warmy and Cosy house.
It's so close to Downtown St Helena.
We had good time there.
The Preservation house was perfect for our weekend trip to Napa. It is a quaint, cozy house, with great location. Edward and Yvonne were great hosts - extremely attentive and responsive in the days leading up to our stay. The fresh eggs, orange juice, and bread for toast in the refrigerator were a nice touch.
I would absolutely stay here again.
We were looking for an evening spot to relax and play games in the middle of a two-day post-wedding trip to Napa County, and this turned out to be an ideal venue. Whereas many of the properties listed as being in "wine country" on Airbnb would require a minimum of a half-hour drive out of Napa Valley, the Preservation House is located less than a five minute drive from cute downtown Saint Helena and directly off of Silverado Trail, and also only a couple of minutes down the road from Meadowood. The house has a distinctive subdued character, with dark wood paneling throughout and a commitment to vintage decor, but also plenty of lighting in the evening. The spacious downstairs was perfect for recuperating in the evening and lounging in the morning. Edward and Yvonne have also furnished the house with a few small perks that made the experience more homey, such as orange juice and eggs for the morning and an interesting selection of art and books. We never wound up meeting Edward, but he was very quick and reasonable in responding to queries. I would absolutely recommend the Preservation House to anyone planning a group Napa trip.
We have a great stay in Napa Valley. The accommodation was ok. The place definitely had a lot of character with the wooden walls and location among the trees. The only issue we had was the proximity to the road with high traffic. As a result, the bedrooms were quite noisy and sleeping was difficult. The back bedroom was better for that issue.
The house was very clean and it was lovely to find some food and juices in the fridge!
Location is ideally close to the best vineyards and restaurants of the region.
I would recommend this place.
Yvonne and I have four "children" between that ages of 22 and 15. We live between San Francisco and Saint Helena, California. I'm an architectural historian and we both are dedicated to keep the authentic historic character of our home intact and well maintained. The ceiling and walls of the living and dining rooms are lined with 1928 knotty-pine and Persian rugs, lending the house a warm place to cozy up with family and friends after a day in the beautiful Napa Valley.
The house is set at the edge of an oak forest along the wine country's most scenic route, Silverado Trail, and across from the Napa River and from the greatest wineries in the US. It's a scenic walk (about 2 km) down a vinyard-lined road to the lively and lovely historic Main St. of St. Helena, Beringer Winery, and the California Culinary Institute just to name a few great destinations. I speak German and French and Yvonne speaks some Finnish and Spanish. Native San Franciscans, we'll gladly do what we can to steer guests to the amazing places in the greater Bay Area and beyond.