By Amy Diehl | Photos by Grey Street Studios
Housetrends | August 2008
Fire. Water. Wood. Stone
These essential elements of nature all blend to create a feeling of peacefulness and serenity at The Villa Sorrento, Campagna Homes’ new model home situated on the Fox Hollow Golf Course in Trinity, Florida.
Elegant travertine marble floors create a flow through the dramatic circular rotunda of the foyer to the formal living room overlooking the pool and beyond. In the kitchen and family room, floors transition to richly stained wood planks. These floors, made of distressed hickory wood, have a custom stain color created for the builder that has become so popular that the manufacturer has named the color “Campagna.” Used in the family room, the office and other rooms throughout the house, this deep chocolate color creates a soothing palette from which to decorate.
“The home’s design is a Mediterranean style,” Andrea Campagna says, “but we wanted more of a Spanish influence.” This was accomplished using wrought iron elements and darker wood. In the round foyer of the home, the circular wood ceiling is punctuated by a massive wrought iron chandelier hanging on a long chain. Its partner graces the soaring ceilings of the formal living space nearby. Wrought iron railings, finished to match the chandeliers, grace the wrap-around staircase to the second floor and textured columns contribute to the old-wold feel. On the outside of the home, the dark woodwork stands out against the light walls and terra cotta roof tiles.
Warm and welcoming
At 5,763 square feet of air-conditioned living space, this home is spacious but not overly massive. An airy kitchen and family room offers a perfect place for gourmet dining, lounging or simply hanging out. The kitchen, with dual Sub-Zero refrigerators provides plenty of room for food storage. Additional chiller drawers blend discreetly into the cabinetry. A large stainless steel Wolf gas stove offers gourmet cooking opportunities. At the huge center island, side by side cooks will find plenty of counter space to work comfortably. Tawny granite countertops and pecan finished wood cabinets tie together this comfortable cooking space.
Storage is important in this day and age and the walk-in butler’s pantry in this home provides storage for all manner of treats. Next to the butler’s pantry, an elevator was installed to take family or guests to the second floor suites.
There are plenty of spaces to eat at villa Sorrento. A breakfast nook in the kitchen area is still large enough for six to sit comfortably and overflow guests can eat at the counter. For more formal dinners, a formal dining room off the foyer offers a spacious place to gather for Thanksgiving dinner. The wine will be easily accessed from the built-in wine cellar off the rotunda. For dining al fresco, a full outdoor kitchen and dining area is ideal for cool evening diner or an afternoon pool party.
Whether it is guests in town or just a stay-at-home family night, this home is the perfect retreat. If a movie night is in the cards, this house has a movie and entertainment room just for that purpose. The media room includes a large, built-in flatscreen television facing comfortable leather seating and a full wet bar. To work off excess calories there is an exercise room with an adjoining pool bathroom facing out towards the golf course.
For further entertainment, the upstairs game room offers a card game table and pool table plus access to a second floor balcony for lovely vistas overlooking the golf course.
Also upstairs are three full bedroom and bathroom sets. At the top of the landing where the elevator opens one suite has double doors and a wide step-in shower, designed with a person with physical restrictions in mind.
Water elements entice
In keeping with the wood and stone elements of the home, the master bedroom suite and office feature wood beam ceilings and rich wood furniture. Decorated in warm mocha colors and lush silks, the master suite is a quite, calm oasis overlooking the pool. A private, enclosed garden outside the master bath shower enclosure brings nature indoors.
All the gourd floor rooms of this home feature banks of glass windows which overlook the unique Hughes Group designed pool. The pool area blends form and function in an elegant, classy design sure to lure even reluctant bathers. Using a pattern of repeating squares, the architectural details of this area delight the eye.
A square sunning platform overlooks the pool and large, raised, square ten-seater spa. the spa spills water down into the overlapping squares of the pool. To balance the space at the other end, a set of four square islands with tall palm trees surround a square sunken fire pit. Imagine crossing your pool on stepping stones to sit around the fire pit on a chilly night—righ in the middle of the pool! A lava pot centered on raised rear wall of the pool further enhances the fire and water contrast.
The Villa Sorrento is a beautiful example of excellent craftsmanship with the end user always in mind. “When my father designs houses, he always says, ‘Would I want to live here'” Campagna Says, and the answer is a resounding yes.