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California's Historic Stonepine Estate Offering Luxury Package

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Renowned as one of California's most exquisite historic estates, Stonepine Estate Resort in picturesque Carmel Valley is now available full-time for leisure and business travelers looking for a truly unique luxury estate experience.

Located among 330 secluded acres of rolling oak-studded hills on the scenic Monterey Peninsula of Central California, the intimate 20-room Stonepine Estate Resort is the destination of choice for guests seeking luxury comforts and traditions that are more European than Californian, without leaving the country.

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With new features, amenities and a special Stonepine Estate Experience Package, Stonepine, a member of Historic Hotels of America, is a historic retreat that is timeless.

The package includes a two-night stay at the resort, full European breakfast each morning, champagne and hors d'oeuvres and dinner for two at Chateau Noel, one private massage for two, one picnic lunch for two and a Western riding lesson at Stonepine's Equestrian Center or a trail ride for two on the estate grounds. Rates for the package range from $1,150 to $2,950.

To celebrate the resort's full-time availability, Stonepine offers new features and amenities including:

  • The Blacksmith Shop: the resort's original blacksmith barn that cared for such famous equine residents as Majestic Price and Bolero Lady, has been reincarnated as a western-themed bar
  • The Carriage House: a rustic event space that also houses the antique carriages from the Stonepine Carriage Collection
  • The Waterfall Pavilion: straight out of a Hollywood set, Stonepine's beautiful pavilion with two waterfalls connecting three ponds, is a fully-furnished outdoor living room that can accommodate a plethora of events from dream wedding receptions, concerts and high tea to candlelight private dinners
  • The Greenhouse: a horticulturist's dream, where guests can learn to transplant and pot plants and view the Hawaiian Orchid collection, enjoy lectures from gardening experts and learn about the properties historic gardens
  • The Cutting and Vegetable Garden: Stonepine guests enjoy daily bounty from this new garden, including fruit, herbs and vegetables. An espresso/cappuccino and croissants breakfast can be served in the garden's Belvedere
  • The Screening Room and Wine Cellar: a cozy place to watch a DVD from the resort's library while enjoying a meal in the dining area. Guests can pick their favorite vintage from the adjacent wine cellar

Originally the private residence of Henry Potter Russell and Helen Crocker-Russell, of the legendary San Francisco banking family during the early 1900s, Gordon and Noel Hentschel purchased the property from the Russell family in 1983.

The Hentschels restored the estate to its former glory and reopened it as Stonepine Estate Resort in 1986. The following year Stonepine joined Relais & Chateaux, the Parisian luxury hotel organization that features some of the world's magnificent estates and received its Purple Shield, the highest ranking and the only property receiving that designation in the US.

In 2005 after counting among its guests heads of state, companies and Hollywood elite, the Hentschels decided to utilize Stonepine as their family's private residence, but kept the property available for select group business.

"We wanted to raise our seven children in the special environment that is Carmel Valley and it was a wonderful location for our family," said Gordon Hentschel. "Now, our children are all young adults and have ventured onto their own paths and we are thrilled to be able to once again share the beauty and exceptional atmosphere available at Stonepine with the world. Coming to Stonepine is truly a visit back to a bygone era, where a slightly more formal approach to hospitality, we call it estate hospitality, is offered by an extremely caring and highly-trained staff."

For more information, visit the resort's Web site at
www.stonepinecarmel.com.

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