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Monday, April 30, 2012

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A small boat made by a family friend floats on the home's Monet-style pond. 

// Photos by Steve Tague

As you drive up a curving road lined with fir trees that ends at a home with a tower, you could be forgiven for thinking you were transported to France. The home of Marci and Steve Taylor, who own Domaine Margelle Vineyards near Silverton, was designed to look like a traditional French country house. “Growing up, I was always interested in France,” says Marci. “I was lucky to travel there with a French friend, and she introduced me to the warmth and friendliness of her family and friends, and I wanted the home to reflect that.”

The Taylors bought the 130-acre property, which overlooks vineyards and the distant Coast Range, in 2005. Its 50 acres of vines were originally grown as a commodity crop, and they began by reworking the property. “We worked every Sunday for two years hacking blackberries, building walls and sculpting the forests,” says Steve. 

To plan the property, the Taylors worked with creative consultant Nick Thomas of Nick Thomas Design in Portland, who oversaw the project and also fabricated the home and vineyard’s metalwork. “The property is orchestrated so that there are discoverable destinations, such as the manoir, the cottage, the barn and the landscape visible from the house,” says Thomas. “The property and its paths are designed to lead you places.”

Domaine Margelle Vineyards takes its name, which translates as Stone Wall Estate, from the long red walls built from excavated rocks. Jose Martinez, a gardener who had worked for the Taylors at their Portland residence, built the walls. “Jose told me he could build rock walls, so he brought his whole family out one Saturday and built a section of wall to show us,” says Marci. “The wall around the vineyard is officially known as the Martinez Family Wall.”

The traditional French country home of Marci and Steve Taylor.
One of the properties defining rock walls.
The vineyards at Domaine Margelle near Silverton.
The sweeping entrance to the Taylor home.
An elegant water feature on the grounds of the Taylor home.
Steve and Marci Taylor enjoy the fruits of their labor.
The expansive living area with a Juliet balcony and grand views.
The fireplace damper is part of the French fleur-de-lis design in the mantel.
A sitting area for drinks, breakfast or enjoying the view.
The Monet-style pond frames the front of the house.
The home has several unique staircases.
Metalwork is part of the overall look.
Burnished beauty in a powder room.
Chaud is French for \"hot.\"
Marci Taylor at work in her studio, filled with natural light.
A breathtaking view can be had while soaking in the tub .
The \"teardrop\" staircase that leads to the wine cellar.
The wines of Domaine Margelle in the wine cellar.
Domaine Margelle wine and antique wine opener.
The pond frames the house and its porch.
Marci and Steve Taylor enjoy a sunset on their property.
The main floor of the Taylor home.
The ground floor of the Taylor home.
The top floor of the Taylor home.
The traditional French country home of Marci and Steve Taylor.PHOTO STEVE TAGUE

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+1 #1 RE: View from the vineyardDr Kwin 2012-05-04 08:56
Truly the most beautiful home I've ever seen--and to think its the home of part of my family
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+1 #2 Bridal ConsultantShana Schacher 2012-05-04 13:29
The weddings that I have been a part of at Domaine Margelle have been absolutely stunning. From the wine, to the views, to the hospitality of Steve and Marci, this truly is one of the most beautiful venues I have had the honor of working at.
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