Greystone Manor, circa 1930sGreystone Manor has a rich history that dates back to the Californio Rancho period. Originally part of the Santa Rosa land grant, Greystone Manor was built on land that was purchased by Harry Jones in 1927, founder of Cambria Development Company and builder of Cambria Pines Lodge. Mr. Jones, along with his brothers Robert and Clement, subdivided the land into 12,000 lots, which were sold as vacation rentals. Robert Jones built the Manor in the late twenties or early thirties. Originally, this was a working ranch. The bell tower, which is currently inoperable, would call the workers in from the field to eat in the “mess hall,” which has since been remodeled into the master bedroom.
Over the years, the Manor has had a variety of owners, each adding their own unique personality and distinctiveness to the property. A covered walkway, hitching post, and carriage house are reminders of the original builder’s vision. Built in the style of an American Tudor, the home was constructed with local Carmel stone, pitched roofs and twelve foot ceilings. The living room has a French chateau ceiling from Europe. Part of the original house was a vault, which is believed to have been built to keep the grant deeds secure.
In the sixties, two artists lived and worked here: noted oil painter Arne Nybak lived in the Main House while Phil Paradise, one of the leading lights of the California Watercolor Movement, lived in the Woodside Cottage at the opposite end of the property, where the owners now reside. The artists transformed the mess hall into a studio. On sunny days, they would often host showings by other local artists in the back courtyard as well as exhibiting their own works. Arne Nybak was also part of the curatorial staff at Hearst Castle, and he added an impressive custom, carved mantle which was gifted to him by Hearst. Additionally, Mr. Hearst had a Eucalyptus tree which had been struck by lightning on his property, which he gifted to the artists. This magnificent tree was split into two trunks, and can be seen from the front of the property.
Since the thirties, this home was loved and lived in by several different families. By 2010, it had fallen into disrepair, when it was purchased by the inventor of the Bump-it, Kelly Bennet. It was lovingly restored, and true to its roots, was transformed into a vacation rental. Greystone Manor has been the cornerstone of Pine Knolls for more than 80 years, and will continue to provide an indelible mark upon all who visit this beautiful home.