670 Hot Springs Road
A rare and extraordinary piece of Art and Antiquity, Far Afield is one of two significant historic estates remaining in the prime Montecito “Golden Quadrangle” commanding apx 10.5 acres. Far Afield was parceled off from the Original Las Tejas Estate in 1916 by early South Carolina settler William Alston Hayne and sold to famed American writer Hobart C. Chatfield-Taylor and his wife Rose Farwell, Daughter of US Senator Charlie B. Farwell. Far Afield was named in part after Farwell (Far) and Chatfield (Field) combining their last names but with the symbolism the estate was their vacation home “far away” from their primary home in Lake Forest, Illinois.
In 1917, Architect Francis T. Underhill designed this gorgeous Mediterranean Revival (Villa) Estate and gardens inspired by his other noted masterpieces such as Villa Solana and La Chiquita. At enormous expense and time, a 15-year restoration project completed in 2015 delivers art and architecture thoughtfully finished with hand crafted custom details using 17th & 18th century reclaimed 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.
Far Afield is a legacy estate for the ages with everything you would expect to represent success, class and sophistication. Gated long canopied driveway approach set back several hundred yards from Hot Springs Road introduces an unassuming, yet unbelievably awe-inspiring romantic Main Villa and Guest Residence with indelible charm and character. Truly a trophy asset to be cherished by children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren for decades to come offered for the first time in over 30 years. A once in a lifetime opportunity with location, land, gardens, and pedigree architecture impossible to replicate today.