History: A’Tuscan Estate was once known as The Williams House. It was built in 1928 by Dr. Williams 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. 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.
Too cool or too warm to be outside? Inside the air-conditioned Carriage House there is plenty of room to browse through an extensive library of cookbooks, or we can set a table for up to fifteen for breakfast or our specialty five course dinner; a gourmet dining experience prepared by Chef Jacques. Please see our specials page to make arrangements for dinner. During the summer, try your hand at Petanque (the French version of Bocce Ball) or, if you prefer, Bocce. Our court is surrounded by roses and lavender, 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 chess board 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. In the evening, the dining room may be transformed to an elegant and intimate ambiance for those who may opt for our gourmet five course private dinners. Dinners may be arranged prior to your arrival and are always custom designed to suit your tastes. See our dinner photo album! - See a Sample Menu »
A peek in the kitchen 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.