In the pouring rain, two garden design and writing friends and I made Bardessono our final stop on a whirlwind tour of Napa and Sonoma. I first wrote about this LEED Platinum certified resort/spa earlier this year in a post called The New Luxury. I was surprised to find that it wasn’t out in the country, but smack dab in the middle of the charming village of Yountville. The hotel/spa’s website makes it look as bucolic as the rest of Napa and Sonoma.
Even in the downpour, Bardessono’s landscape design did not disappoint. Arranged in a series of individual spaces that flow around clean lined geometric architecture, each of the tree themed courtyards had unique yet related visual identities. Richard Hestikind designed the stone and water features that are at the heart of the each space. In his statement about the gardens, he says ‘At one time, years ago, a natural stream wound through what is now the hotel grounds. The general goal of the water feature was to re-introduce emerging water into the courtyards in unique ways.’
The three primary courtyards: Olive, Birch and Magnolia are distinct yet related via their tree themes and materials.
The Olive courtyard fountain incorporates three stone olive grinding wheels.
A large circular pad leads to the bridges and winding path through the Birch courtyard.
The Magnolia courtyard was by far my favorite. Sprial stone work on the ground plane juxtaposed with rough hewn basalt verticals, water and those blooming magnolias made the rainy trek so worth it.
Both of my companions for the day also wrote about this stop..read their takes at Garden Porn and Alice’s Garden Travel Buzz. There will be some more from Miss R on this amazing day and other San Francisco Bay Area adventures next week.