As soon as I saw Casa Cabernet on the HomeAway site I knew that's where I wanted to stay. I was visiting the U.S. for 3 months and, after a busy time on the east coast, wanted total relaxation and peace to unwind. The owner and I emailed over some time and that confirmed I had made the right choice. She is absolutely delightful and was a pleasure to deal with and to get to know. She has exquisite taste and it shows in both the cottage and the gardens.
I spent the month of October at Casa Cabernet and when I arrived at the cottage I thought "this must be heaven". Sooo peaceful, absolutely beautiful setting in gorgeous gardens with spectacular views of the mountains and surrounding vineyards. The cottage itself is perfect and beautifully maintained. From every window (even the bathroom!) there are stunning vistas that kept changing with the autumn colours. I went for strolls each day down the prettiest lanes that changed from green to yellow to red and I never tired of it.
I bravely hired a car (driving on the wrong side of the road for me!) so was able to explore not only the lovely town of St Helena, which is only a few minutes away, but all the other towns in the beautiful Napa Valley as well. I also ventured over to Sonoma and Healdsburg which were easy drives, as well as to the coast.
My one problem at the cottage was that I probably drank more wine than necessary! It was so lovely sitting in the courtyard having dinner and a wine, and then another ... looking at the sunsets and then the stars.
I was truly sad to leave St Helena and Casa Cabernet. It will be a month I will never forget and hopefully one day I can return from the other side of the world.