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Exclusive, tranquil, family friendly

900 Meadowood Lane, St Helena 94574

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At a Glance

This sprawling estate in the Napa Hills was severely damaged in fires in 2020. What is open now can be thought of as Mini Meadowood, which feels even more intimate than the original and beloved property.

Indagare Loves

  • Opportunities on property to play croquet, golf and tennis, as well as swim or hike
  • Low key, country estate décor, with white clapboard cottages
  • The Restaurant at Meadowood, a destination in itself (which is currently closed but set to reopen in the nearby Napa Valley Reserve)
  • The stunning spa, which offers amazing treatments


This privately owned property reminds me of a New England summer enclave. Its white clapboard cottages are sprinkled over a 250-acre private estate with hiking trails winding past tennis courts, croquet lawns and a nine-hole golf course. Founded originally as a private club in the 1960s, the property maintains a genteel, all-American atmosphere, and it does still operate as a club for local members.

Meadowood suffered devastating damage in the 2020 Glass Fire, and has only partially reopened. There are currently under 40 rooms, all of which are on the southern portion of the estate. These rooms are relatively new and very nice, with homey touches like cushioned window seats, stone fireplaces, wicker porch furniture and well-chosen coffee-table books and novels. No connecting rooms, which had been favorites for groups of friends and families, are available yet.

There’s a large spa and incredible sports facilities, including a beautiful pool. Guests will also notice an emphasis on Meadowood traditions including wine tours (escorted and self-guided) and fabulous picnics. It’s also the longtime home of the acclaimed Restaurant at Meadowood, which has three Michelin stars and (as of January 2022) will reopen at the adjacent Napa Valley Reserve.

Who Should Stay

Couples, families and friends who have a history at Meadowood will still find much to love at this casually upscale resort with numerous outdoor sport and activities. First timers may want to hold off until it is fully reopened, although foodies could come for the restaurant alone.

Written by Melissa Biggs Bradley

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