Far Afield is one of two significant historic estates remaining in the prime Montecito ''Golden Quadrangle'' commanding apx 10.5 acres with over 25 separate cultivated and native garden attractions. In 1916 famed American writer Hobart C. Chatfield-Taylor and wife Rose Farwell, Daughter of US Senator Charlie B. Farwell, purchased the land and named the property Far Afield by name blending, symbolizing the estate as their vacation home ''far away'' from their primary home. This Preeminent Mediterranean Villa Estate was designed in 1917 and completed in 1918 by renowned Santa Barbara architect Francis T. Underhill, outdoing his other masterpieces such as Villa Solana and La Chiquita. Today, after a 15-year exhaustive restoration completed in 2017, Far Afield delivers art and architecture thoughtfully finished with hand-crafted custom details using reclaimed 17th & 18th century building materials curated throughout Europe. Each of the parquet floor patterns were custom built on site with hand-cut French Oak, imported from historic Chateaus. A curated collection of Dutch, Italian and Spanish antique tiles are attentively integrated throughout the estate's interior and exterior. The elegance of the villa's architecture, facade and finishes are enhanced by the estate's unparalleled and completely updated infrastructure including a structural and mechanical engineering overhaul with added subterranean levels and state-of-the-art systems rivaling modern hotel resorts of today.
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