Pepper Hill Farm
Experience designer Helene Aumont’s French Country Farmhouse in the quaint Village of Ballard. Reminiscent of her childhood home in Corsica, this romantic property evokes the grace and beauty we have come to associate with the South of France. The Provencal vibe pairs beautifully with its relaxed sophistication. Lush flowering gardens and mature olive trees embrace the farmhouse and pool surrounded by multiple entertaining areas for effortless indoor/outdoor living.
The interior of the residence is grounded with limestone and distressed Pine floors that offset 2 Provencal doors in the foyer. The vestibule opens to a charming great room highlighted by a XVIII Century French corner cabinet and a built-in XIX Century bar with an original Italian marble counter. The remodeled kitchen with new stainless appliances and beautiful painted cabinetry opens to a sunny breakfast nook overlooking the kitchen garden and orchard.
The focal point of the very comfortable living room is an original Sartres masonry limestone fireplace and the living space is enhanced with iconic crown moldings, double hanging windows and French-style doors. A sunlit music room and personal study is adjoining and is one of Ms. Aumont’s treasured spaces.
A large screened veranda provides year-around casual dining and offers enchanting views of the pool and gardens. Additional summer porches are accessed off of the primary bedroom and bath lending an air of a by-gone era when life was so simple.
The library, formerly a large bedroom, enjoys custom-upholstered walls and new seagrass carpet. Additionally, a beautiful ensuite bath features a luxurious steam shower, floors and walls of limestone, and an African mahogany vanity. The exquisite primary bedroom adds another romantic dimension to the residence. It is entered through XVIII Century Venetian palazzo doors. The spacious room is banked by large French-style doors leading to two summer porches with captivating views of the backyard oasis. High ceilings and the impressive Sartre Limestone fireplace accentuate the luscious yet intimate feeling of the room. An ensuite bath with an Ultra Therapeutic Jacuzzi is the epitome of luxury. The Moroccan tiles along with blond barre floor and deco dots, Bagues antique sconces, and a large walk-in closet complete the room.
The second level bedrooms have been tastefully redone with seagrass flooring throughout and have vaulted ceilings and gorgeous mountain and canyon views. A newly remodeled full bath features Carrara and Nero Marquina details plus a marble vanity, exposed shower and bath with Sigma faucets. The additional guest room is a large fully finished attic room with a full bath and shower.
This serene space is the perfect refuge to dream and let one’s creative juices flow. This sanctuary at Pepper Hill comes with a clever artist studio/office/pool house where French doors allow light to flow through the space and has its own ¾ bath. Mature rose gardens bank the cottage and it is the perfect place to work or enjoy as a guest.
The farm is completed by a charming old-world barn with 4 stalls and a tack room, plus the arena where Aumont’s Friesian horses lounge under colorful Sycamore trees. This enchanting 5-acre retreat is located within walking distance to fine dining and a quick stroll to the historic and acclaimed Ballard School. Only 5 minutes from the trendy town of Los Olivos and 30 minutes to Santa Barbara, this property is “le must” for a life well lived!