Imagine waking up every morning to azure skies and verdant windswept landscapes, with sun-kissed vineyards surrounding you. You feel as if you are in a Cézanne painting, tucked away in the hills of Provence. Except you’re not in France—you’re worlds away in California, not far from the pleasures of Sonoma County wine country. It’s just the sort of scene that Maison Sur Le Lac, a new $8.5 million estate listed by Mary Anne Veldkamp of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Santa Rosa, promises with its 7.5 private acres.

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Aptly named for its breathtaking setting overlooking Shiloh Lake, the elegant French country estate sets the tone immediately as you enter its gates and sweeping drive. The main residence pays homage to France’s wine country traditions with liberal use of limestone, both inside and out. Classic stone balustrades surround the expansive terraces while adding elegance and style.

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Grand European-style interiors—a formal living room, dining room and family room—invite both entertaining and a feeling of intimacy. French doors open to terraces for seamless indoor/outdoor flow…a reminder that the beauty of nature is never far away.

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An elegant wood-paneled office, as well as five bedrooms, six full baths and one half bath, all fulfill the requirements of most modern lifestyles; meanwhile a separate guest house with a bedroom, full bath, full kitchen and living room offers both pool and stunning lake views. Formal English gardens surround the home with boxwood, roses, reflecting pool and fountain, rock walls created with some native stone, olive trees, and meandering pathway under the Heritage oaks. Sprawling lawns surround the infinity edge pool and bocce ball court, all with stunning views of the lake. Privacy and relaxation abounds here…it’s like living in your very own Provençal dream.

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Set adjacent to the exclusive Mayacama golf course and close to Healdsburg and Sonoma County Airport as well as world class wineries and restaurants, Maison Sur Le Lac makes it possible to enjoy a true life of leisure. It’s a picture of wine country not all that different from what Cézanne captured in his paintings more than a century ago—and one that a discriminating buyer will surely admire for years to come.

Maison Sur Le Lac is offered at $8,500,000 by Mary Anne Veldkamp of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Santa Rosa Bicentennial.