When the Vixens made a Sunday drive to the quaint foothill gold mining town of Jackson in Amador County to check out Villa Privata, we were blown away.  What an awesome, unique and totally cool venue!  From the convenient parking lot, the first impression is truly a “villa” standing grandly on a hillside.  Enter through majestic wrought iron gates, step over the greeting words “Amore” stamped in the threshold, and you’re instantly transformed to another time.  Pass through the handsome Tutti Bar and pick up a signature beverage (created by your own caterer or mixologist) before wandering back through the Villa. This property feels as if visiting ancient Italy with the old, weathered Italian roof tiles, and the mixed use of stone and brick.  I was not sure if the building was actually an old gold mining ruin, but in fact, it was built by a very clever craftsman just 10 years ago.  What an architectural gem!!

A variety of spaces comprise Villa Privata – the largest is the open air courtyard, called Terrazza Privata which is shaded by large heritage oaks.  A wedding ceremony could be held on a brick and rock stage with a water feature that flows through pottery vessels into a small pond.  Just to the side is the true one old building on the grounds which used to be for wine storage.  Incredible wooden doors lead into this small, delightfully cool (temperature wise) space that could be used for another bar and gathering space.  Walk the staired pathway using fantastic wrought iron railings to just above the wine room to enjoy the perfect vantage point to overlook all that is happening on the Terrazza – you’re now standing on the roof of the wine room.  There is a fireplace backdrop (not a working fireplace, but lovely for lining with candles) and we could envision dancing under the tree canopy, or even use this space as a romantic lounge.

For interior function, the Camera Privata is steps off the Terrazza.  With its fantastic stone and brick walls, gleaming aged oak wood floors, exposed beams and unique caged nautical light sconces, there is yet another awesome built-in bar.  Again, our minds were reeling with possibilities for this space.  Certainly a small ceremony or dinner party would be perfect and so do-able during the winter months. The large kitchen is a dream for the professional caterer you are allowed to bring in.

Villa Privata even has two suites on property which are convenient for getting ready prior to a wedding, and wonderful for the bride and groom to slip away after the wedding for overnight accommodations (at this writing, the suites are not completed, but in the future these will be available). Also in the future, another space (called “the Ruins) will be opened up in front of the Villa within the old demolished ruins of the former Buscaglia’s Italian Restaurant (a landmark in Jackson).  The owner is planning for this unique area to be another option for a dinner party, wedding ceremony, or pre-social space.  Awesome!

If you’re looking for an intimate, unusual, romantically beautiful venue, look no more!  We thank Mike Regan of 5 Finger Photo for capturing all the charm and detail of Villa Privata.

~ Vixen Lora