George Bouton built NEALA with stone collected from one of the farms spring-fed streams. The stone rises still from the stream, fractured as if ready for todays mason. Bouton elected to build in the Greek Revival style that became popular after the War of 1812 as the rejection of all things English while embracing the democratic ideals of Ancient Greece. The stone walls at NEALA are 18 thick rising two stories and capped by a low-hipped roof. The deep front portico is classic Greek Revival with tetra style fluted Doric columns. Anecdotally it is believed the entire decade was required to complete construction. As the manor rose, the Italianate style of architecture began to emerge and, typical of later Greek Revivals, took flower at NEALA in the deep eaves, broad cornice and ornate brackets. Today, this exceptional manor enjoys the patina of original heart pine complemented by mellowed furniture-grade Honduran mahogany hand-selected for the library in the 1992 restoration. 10 ceilings throughout create a tenor of grace and comfort. There are seven fireplaces in NEALA, six with propane features and a wood-burning fireplace in the library. Wide center halls upstairs and down are hallmarks of the South where entertaining remains essential to country living. There are other structures on NEALA that speak to 19th construction by their stone foundations. These include the deep floor storage house and a large one-story barn. Predating the house by 25 years, the farm manager's residence was built in 1829 and housed the Boutons while they built the manor. The croquet court is, naturally, more recent and awaits renewed interest but the swimming pool and bluestone decks are ready for summer evenings. Just off the pool area is a charming guest house called the "Bunk House", an antebellum barn with one bedroom, living room, kitchen and full bath.
Neala may be also be purchased with 458 acres with a vineyard. The 458 Acres includes another two story, frame guesthouse/farmhouse dating to the early 20th century and occupies alongside the vineyard. In early 2002, the vineyard of approximately two acres was planted on a gently sloping south-facing hillside. NEALA produces wines in the French tradition from the fruit of Vinefera varietals Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Production has been about 500 cases with a bold red as the signature wine.
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