Solana’s vast 11-acres unveil themselves with a poetic sense of wit and wisdom. As individual elements in an ever-blossoming set of short stories, each region of her landscape stands alone: a unique destination and representation of a botanical ideal. As a complete composition, Solana’s grounds narrate a great odyssey. This journey, hundreds of years and thousands of miles in the making, tells an anthology of individual moments and interconnected adventures. High tea in formal gardens. An afternoon of contemplation in the Bali Bali. A passionate affair in the rose garden. A swing gently swaying in the wind. Each chapter, each district, contributes to the wondrous natural world that surrounds, supports and exalts Solana.
Upon entering the gates to Solana, guests are immediately taken by a grand sense of drama, and their first experience with Solana’s singular beauty. The knoll top position offers incomparable ocean and mountain views. A magnificent, palm-lined, elliptical motor court proceeds the main entrance to the residence.
On the west end of the property, a beautiful two bedroom, two bath guest house awaits. As an homage to the original residence, the guest house has a replica of the original Gladding McBean surround which frames the entry of the main residence.
Solana is home to numerous outdoor dining destinations. From expansive entertaining to private moments for two, Solana’s many terraces create unrivaled ambiances for every event imaginable. Lavish dinners on the ocean terrace offer sweeping views of the sea. Twilight events on the sunset terrace come alive as the day wanes and the evening city lights grow. For an afternoon bridal luncheon, the sunrise terrace imparts guests with an enduring sense of romance. Enjoy an intimate dinner on the north facing Montecito Peak terrace and watch as the foothills transform into their nightly luminescent frescos.
Sunset Terrace comes alive as the day wanes and the evening city lights grow. For an afternoon bridal luncheon, the Sunrise Terrace imparts guests with an enduring sense of romance.
An incredible 150-ft crescent-shaped lily pond rests quietly below the sunrise dining terrace and overlooks the entire Montecito Valley. At the waters edge, a Winged Victory silently presides over the foothills and graciously conducts a symphony of roses, which unfold at her back. Taking in this dramatic scene, it is impossible not to be overcome by the same century-old sense of wonder that has befallen all who have experienced this remarkable composition. Adjacent to the lily pond, a pool pavilion has two baths each with Portuguese tiles and a pair of George Washington Smith sconces.
Off the Portuguese Azulejos loggia, a beautiful swimming pool awaits.
Adjacent to the pool and overlooking lush lawns, a wonderful cabana is home to a cedar-lined sauna and two three-quarter baths. The soothing sounds from a 16th c Italian fountain-head add to the cabana’s peaceful ambiance.
The north allée is home to some of Solana’s most formal gardens that coalesce with the gentle sounds of two antique bronze fountains. A wisteria covered dining terrace, centered on Montecito Peak, provides a lovely backdrop for intimate occasions.
Gardeners, artists, writers and thinkers all delight in the lath house and art studio. As a wonderful environment for creativity and reflection, these spaces, tucked on the northern end of the grounds, offer peaceful solitude and serve as an inspiring muse for all endeavors.
The northeastern portion of the grounds is home to a number of whimsical delights. Meander across a stone stepping path to discover a charming turtle pond, enjoy al fresco dining under the wisteria covered wind and willows pergola or embrace your inner child with a playful swing-ride in an enchanting oak forest. Natural wonders unfold with every step in this incredible district.
Tucked beyond the southeastern corner of the residence, the alluring Four Seasons dining area awaits. Adorned with Terra Cotta tiles depicting the four seasons and an Italian fountain-head, this wonderfully private glen is the perfect backdrop for intimate dinner parties and late night card games under the moonlight.
Solana is home to an impressive collection of zoetic gardens. A visual feast, Solana's landscape comes alive through vivid colors, detailed manicuring, wild footprints, unexpected specimens and above all else, a skillfully layered design plan. Her gardens, quixotic and Edenic, provide ceaseless cycles of transformation and an evolving stage for the theatrics of seasons.
Curated as a collection of planning to delight all five senses, Solana’s gardens offer incredible range and depth. Extending from local to the exotic, the varietals delight, surprise and comfort all who experience their beauty.
Whether you prefer to experience the day's first blush in crisp winter air or a late night summer stroll in the moonlight, Solana's magical gardens, a botanical battalion, unfold with delight. The following pages highlight a sampling of the many plantings that call Solana home.