Willow Heights Mansion joined the Léal Vineyards portfolio of properties in 2011 and has undergone a complete 'Luxe Transitional' renovation. This style gives Willow Heights Mansion a revered class and ambiance reminiscent of Old Hollywood, combined with modern flare. Enjoy the splendor of marble fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, wrought iron railings, grandiose mirrors and a sweeping veranda overlooking the plush mansion surroundings and valley below.
This is a unique oasis where friends and family can gather in a relaxed and private setting and enjoy the exclusive use of this exquisite mansion. The mansion is nestled in the western hills of Santa Clara County, between San Jose and Morgan Hill, where the serene beauty of California's Coast's natural landscape surrounds panoramic views of the valley below.
From a simple elopement to a grand affair, Willow Heights Mansion offers everything you need for an exclusive, picture-perfect day. We'll take care of all the details so you can savor every moment of your special event. The Mansion is available year-round for exclusive use accommodating up to 250 guests.
Frank Léal is the founder, owner and winemaker of Léal Vineyards, providing the direction, resources, business acumen and determination for growth. East Coast American born Frank Léal left his blue-collar career in Silicon Valley behind in search of a selection of sites inspired by nature − to build on his passion and appreciation for great hospitality, food and wine. While exploring the Central Coast, Mr. Léal purchased 50-acres of rolling northern foothills in San Benito County, and founded what is now known as Léal Estate Vineyards.
Mr. Léal's commitment to tradition mixes with innovation that begins in the vineyard, but this is just one of his many focuses. Mr. Léal's burgeoning empire is bolstering with new projects including "The Grove," a new farm to table restaurant and "Hacienda de Léal," a Spanish-inspired hotel − joining his 50-acre Vineyard and Estate and two additional wedding and event locations named "The Barn" and "Willow Heights Mansion." Today Mr. Léal reflects living the Central Coast way of life through beautiful, natural settings, agricultural sensibility, gracious hospitality and exceptional culinary and wine experiences − mixed with award-winning wines and a portfolio of venues with a unique sense of place. Live+Love+Léal … as he calls it.
Chef Mark Johnson was born and raised in Morgan Hill, California. After receiving a degree in Business, Mark went on to study culinary arts at the California Culinary Academy le Cordon Blue in San Francisco, graduating at top of his class. Mark continued his career at Gary Danko Restaurant in San Francisco where he studied under award winning Chef Gary Danko ("Best Chef California" James Beard Foundation) for eight years, refining his skills as a Sous Chef.After traveling through Europe studying local cuisine, Mark returned to his hometown of Morgan Hill. He was then hired as the Executive Chef for Frank Léal and his four properties, including The Grove Restaurant, Léal Vineyards, The Barn, and Willow Heights Mansion.