A little know fact, there was a special contingency as part of the advance team which always precedes any Presidential visit. Their primary mission was to check out the local real estate for a possible West Coast haunt for the President after his leaving office.
We all know the President is first and foremost a Texan and would never abandon his ranch there. Another little known fact and something kept very quiet for obvious reasons, his love of the Napa Valley and desire to have a small abode here to use for those special upscale events which require a little more decorum than cowboy gear and barbecue. At the top of his list of possible properties was the newly completed Castello di Amorosa, better know to the locals as Sattui’s Castle.
Besides the normal requirements any former President would need for a future residence; room to entertain, for staff, for security, etc.; there were a list of unusual criteria which I have just uncovered. Here are just a few I found unique and very unusual:
On those special occasions when the guests are required to wear cowboy hats, the rooms had to be spacious enough so the hat wouldn’t be the entire focus of the event
There is an old family dining set with chairs, which I am told resemble thrones, and the rooms had to be regal enough to make the chairs feel down home
The President is really into carrying off the fair maiden and riding into the sunset
The President has always wanted a moat and drawbridge
Unfortunately for him, Darryl Sattui said no to selling his Castle to anyone. In non-jest, it is truly one of those exceptional properties in the Napa Valley and if you every get the chance to visit, it is a must see.