A’Tuscan Estate was once known as The Williams House. Dr. Williams built it in 1928 for himself, his wife and two young daughters. Dr. Williams practiced medicine for many years in McMinnville, seeing patients in his home office and often accepting chickens, pigs and produce for payment during the Depression years. Dr. Williams also maintained an office on Third Street.
The exterior of A’Tuscan Estate, recently landscaped to enhance the architectural beauty of the home, features a long covered porch facing south and set with comfortable tables and chairs to enjoy a morning coffee or an afternoon cheese tray and wine.
Relax and savor the flowers and plants, watch the passersby, or simply take a bit of time with your traveling companions. A magnificent copper beech tree presides over the front lawn, offering shade and a visual treat changing with the seasons. The north lawn is a grassy delight, extending along the rear of the house and leading to the Carriage House, a charming patio; another option for dining al fresco. Inside the Carriage House you will find Jacques’ extensive cook book library as well as comfortable sofas, chairs, tables and a half bath. Guests are welcome to also store bicycles and biking gear safely in the Carriage House.
During the summer, try your hand at Petanque (the French version of Bocce Ball) or, if you prefer, Bocce. Roses and lavender surround our court, and we are always happy to introduce you to this relaxing game or arrange a tournament.
Inside A’Tuscan Estate you will find a lovingly maintained home, complete with the original Honduras Mahogany woodwork, oak hardwood floors, gracefully curving banisters and elegant sliding pocket doors that create an intimate setting in the formal dining room and living room. A’Tuscan Estate has been refurnished with a European flair, decorated with lovely antiques and artwork.
Guests are welcome to make themselves at home throughout the house. The living room has plush sofas that invite you to sink in for conversation or a game of backgammon. A chessboard awaits those with more challenging aspirations. A fireplace warms the winter evenings and interesting artifacts abound. The dining room is decorated with a Provencal flourish; bright colors beckon the guests to the breakfast table.
A peek in the kitchen of the main house reveals Jacques’ culinary kingdom; copper and stainless steel compliment the granite countertops while tempting aromas will entice your morning taste buds. Freshly baked breads and pastries, clafoutis, lovely light quiches made with ostrich eggs and crepes are but a few of the many culinary delights that may emerge from the kitchen any given morning.
Guests staying in the Craftsman Annex are also welcome in all of the common guest areas of the main house. The Craftsman Annex has an impressive Copper Beech tree in front of the house and a very comfortable porch with cushioned wicker chairs and settee at the entrance. Behind the Annex is an additional patio with citrus trees, herbs and flowers during our warmer months. Mimosa trees are one of the first signs of spring, followed by a parade of daffodils, roses, lavender and other flowering plants. There are tables and chairs on the patio and a nice grassy area in which to relax. A grill is available for outdoor chefs! Feel free to help yourself to the herbs and to ask for any items you might need for cooking in the Annex kitchens or on the Annex patio.
Associations and Awards
We are proud to be members of the following organizations:
- Bed and Breakfast of Yamhill County www.oregonwineinns.com
- I Love Inns www.iloveinns.com
- Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild www.oregonbandb.com
- McMinnville Downtown Association www.downtownmcminnville.com
- McMinnville Chamber of Commerce www.mcminnville.org
- Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2012 www.tripadvisor.com