Stonepine is paradise on earth. Nestled on 330 acres in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, the estate was built in 1925 as the Crocker banker family country retreat. In 1983, Gordon and Noel Hentschel purchased it, naming it Stonepine for the towering Italian Stone Pines. The original manor house, now called Chateau Noel, was built in 1925 in the Mediterranean style. It has a formal living room tastefully furnished in the Italian style and featuring a limestone fireplace crafted by European artisans. The foyer and library also boast fireplaces in the Italian design. Eight suites can be found at the top of a curving staircase leading to the second level. Room have such romantic names as Venetian, Cartier, Chanel and Taittinger, and range in price from $500 to $2000 a night. Cottages are also available. During the day you can go winetasting in the village or relax by the pool and enjoy the tranquil Tuscan-like setting. Tennis, croquet, hiking and golf on the four-hole course are also available. There are 12 formal gardens which are in full bloom come spring. At dusk, everyone gathers by the fire for cocktails followed by dinner in the formal dining room paneled with 19th century burnished cherry wood. For more information on this beautiful retreat, visit www.stonepineestate.com.