How designers turned a historic California home into The Ink House

Castellucci Napa Valley, a family-operated luxury brand, has soft-opened The Ink House, a four-bedroom boutique luxury inn in St. Helena, Calif.

The Italianate residence—which has two stories with a 360-degree viewing observatory measuring 6,000 square feet—was re-imagined by architect Howard Backen of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects and was restored by the Castellucci family. Sarahliz Lawson Design designed the interiors.

Built in 1885 by Napa Valley pioneer Theron H. Ink, The Ink House has been a Napa Valley landmark for more than 130 years. It started as Helios Ranch in 1878, when Theron purchased and built a single-family home on the property. In 1985, Helios Ranch was recognized by the National Park Service and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Purchased by the Castellucci family in 2013, the property was fully restored to pay homage to the building’s history, but with a modern twist.                        

The guestrooms was inspired by the inn’s history. Rooms have design elements that tell the story of Theron Ink, the inn’s original owner; his wife Harriet; and the Helios Ranch. There is an “Elvis Room,” inspired by the singer who stayed in the property while filming “Wild in the Country” in 1960.

Every guest staying at the property has a personal maître d’étage who will curate the guests experience based on their preferences and requests.

The Ink House grand opening is slated for January 2018.