Why did I not blog the last few days? Because I was in Paradise!

Most would agree that Carmel-by-the-Sea is a slice of heaven. But just inland in Carmel Valley is Stonepine, a 330-acre privately owned resort that is paradise.

The owners and my clients, Gordon and Noel Hentschel, invited me to stay at Stonepine this past weekend for some equestrian activities which turned into a fun time both for me and my horse (photo to follow further down). But first, here is a photo of Chateau Noel that has graced many high society publications:

Stonepine's Chateau Noel in Carmel Valley CA

Have I whetted your appetite? Here is a little history on Stonepine: In 1983, the Hentschels purchased the Double H Ranch from the probate of the children of Henry Potter and Helen Crocker-Russell of the San Francisco banking family. It was a wedding gift to each other and the ideal location to raise their own future family. They renamed the 330-acre propery "Stonepine Estate" after the towering 80-foot Italian stone pines, which were planted from 18-inch saplings by the Russells more than 50 years prior. The resultant setting was more reminiscent of Tuscany than Northern Californa.

Stonepine encompasses 330 acres in Carmel Valley CA

The centerpiece of the Estate is Chateau Noel, the original Manor House of the Crockers that is surrounded by 12 formal Mediterranean-style gardens, which offer a lush picturesque respite from the California oak woods and rolling meadows of Carmel Valley. The Chateau gardens, which were awarded the coveted "Garden of the Year Award" in 1956 by the California Horticultural Society, were expanded and upgraded in the 90's by the Hentschels and will soon include a 30-acre Vineyard and Winery just outside the main gates of the Chateau. Check out the Gardens on www.stonepinegardentour.com

Stonepine Equestrian Center Carmel Valley CA

"Stonepine Equestrian" was the home of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association under the leadership of the then President Charles Russell. Today, it offers four separate training regimens in horsemanship, Hunter-jumping, Dressage, Western and Three-day eventing. Its stable setting is reminiscent of the Eastern Seaboard or farms of Virginia and Kentucky, nestled on the banks of the beautiful Carmel River.

Hella Rothwell at Stonepine Equestrian Center in Carmel Valley CA

Caption: Yes, that is me on "Happy", my wonderful gentle steed for the day.

For the past 25 years Stonepine Estate has been selected by "Corporate Meetings and Events" planners for its unique venues and high security capabilities. Perhaps even more impressive, however, is "Stonepine's Wedding," reputation for celebrity and society tête-à-têtes. Whether a California Country theme or a Grand Estate Celebration the setting is unrivaled in California or the world.

In the coming years "The Noel Foundation," a Charitable Organization founded in 1989 by Noel Irwin Hentschel, will headquarter at Stonepine Estate. Fundraising events and international gatherings will utilize this magnificent setting to further the many worthwhile projects it supports.

For more information and photos of Stonepine, quite a few taken by me over the years, click on www.stonepineestate.com

 For more information and photos about Carmel Valley, most of them taken by me, click on www.carmelvalleycalifornia.com

Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Broker/Owner/REALTOR 


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Comment balloon 4 commentsHella Mitschke Rothwell • October 01 2012 02:33PM


Great article about Stonepine!  I've never been there myself even though I've been to Carmel Valley many times.  I appreciate the opportunity to learn a bit more about such a nice place.

Posted by Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker (Intero Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Bryan: It is kind of hidden away, just past the Village. And the Village has turned into a wine tasting mecca. Those and restaurants like Cafe Rustica, the Cork Screw and Wills Fargo make it a wonderful place to visit. Oh, and don't forget the Running Iron, still with its "biker bar" reputation.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) over 6 years ago

I can understand, you gave yourself a gift. Good for you!

Sounds and looks like a wonderful place to be good to yourself. I added your info to my bucket list.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 6 years ago

Hi Hella, how wonderful is that!  Thank you for sharing the history of this beautiful place. I don't blame you for not blogging these past days, you truly had a slice of paradise to enjoy!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 6 years ago