Horsewoman and aficionado of thoroughbred
Developed Monterey Jack Cheese.
Country Inn: Built by Boronda, restructured
by Vanderbilt; located in Northern California.
The land, roughly 7,000 acres, was deeded
to Senor Jose Boronda by the Mexican Government in the 1830’s. The
Rancho became famous for its hospitality, merry fiestas, good cattle, wheat,
and fine cheese - now known as "Monterey Jack Cheese." In 1915, the
Rancho was purchased by Del Monte Properties, and continued to become
“the” place for many visiting dignitaries from all over the world.
In the early 30’s, Muriel Vanderbilt Phelps
became the new owner adding extensive stables for her thoroughbred race
horses. She too, did a great deal of entertaining. She also
built the large swimming pool.
23 rooms and 7 cottages transformed from
the Vanderbilt stables are paneled in knotty-pine and filled with informal
country antiques. Located atop a knoll above the Lodge, the Hill
House is the premier suite accommodation offering 3 bedrooms, 2 baths,
living room with fireplace, full kitchen and its own stables. Most
suites include a Jacuzzi, deck and view.
10 acres of lush gardens, lawns and lantern
lit walkways with swimming pool and poolside patio w/outside bar.
Gazebo for weddings in unique, picturesque country setting. Conference
center accommodates up to 50 guests. Terrace Garden hosts up to 300
guests alongside the oldest oak tree west of the Mississippi. Restaurant
for fine dining.
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