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Wine Country Stone Lodge in State Park

blair spangler

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, french, spanish
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

blair spangler

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2015
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Wine Country Stone Lodge in State Park

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

Kenwood House Rental Photos and Description

House, 5 Bedrooms with Detached Unit, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Be sure to click the video links below. This one of a kind stone lodge is located in the very heart of the Sonoma Valley. 2 stone fireplaces, professional kitchen, wine bar, chemical free lap pool with waterfall, 8 person spa/hot tub, stone fire pit with extensive outdoor lounging and dining areas plus a bocce ball court.

WE NOW HAVE ACCESS TO A RURAL EVENT FACILITY OR CAN HELP YOU LOCATE A BACK-ROADS VENUE OF CHOICE.

We have our own CULINARY & WINE EXPERTS on staff offering guests access to a vanguard experience of boutique wines and wineries, state of the art farmers/ranchers, and brings all these elements together via tours, cooking classes, private tastings/pairings and meals or events - tailor made to each groups predilections and schedules.

The house is 4000 square feet including 4 bedrooms/4 bathrooms in the main house and 1/1 in a separate but nearby guest cottage with its own full kitchen. All 5 bathrooms are en-suite and many have over-sized soaking tubs with showers. The master has a steam shower and 2 person tub. There is a separate theater room with 70' led screen, surround sound system and deep lounge seating. We have a caretaker who lives down the road and thus you can be assured of better service than from most vacation rentals.

The kitchen is vast with 2 islands, 2 dishwashers, requisite commercial equipment including a 6 burner Viking range with grill and full compliment of cooking tools and serving dishes. An adjacent 14 foot wine bar with temperature controlled refrigeration. A unique feature is the outdoor fire-pit (can also be used for cooking) under 150 foot tall fir trees which has both a propane and charcoal grills. A fabulous place to gather around a roaring fire as well as to cook or dine. If you want to relax completely we can arrange for our housekeeper to visit; Laura and Eric our private chefs can provide private meals or prepared food and catering as you prefer.

This is an interior designer's private residence; rustic, country French antiques abound with an easy 'feet up' level of comfort and ease throughout. It is situated just off the main valley floor, at the mouth of a granite canyon which becomes a state park, Sugar Loaf. The great room with mammoth old-world stone fireplace soars above 18 feet. The lodge is naturally air-conditioned; because the locally quarried stone walls are over 1' thick, it stays remarkably cool inside. The outdoor splendor merges with the indoors as all the front-facing first floor windows bifold back to open completely; secluded and picturesque. There are endless views to the forested peaks of the nearby state park. It is a 5 minute walk to famous wineries (Landmark, Chateau St Jean); hiking and horseback riding are just up the road. The world famous Kenwood Inn and Spa is just down the lane.

This lodge is equally splendid in summer or winter. When the rainy season starts in late fall, the nearby creek fills significantly and rushes by to the valley floor. It can sound like Niagara Falls is across the way; truly delightful. The nights are often cool enough even in the summer to use the fireplaces and fire-pit but they are wonderful in the fall winter and early spring.

12 miles from Sonoma Plaza, 10 miles to Santa Rosa; 30 minutes to the Russian River and Napa valley, 1.25 hours to San Francisco,Oakland or Sacramento airports. Santa Rosa airport is only 20 minutes away and now has nonstop flights from LAX, Las Vegas and Seattle.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
blair spangler (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2015

About blair spangler

I am interior designer trained in both the US and France. In 1999 I totally gutted and rebuilt this solid stone house, making sure it retained all the beauty of the original structure but all the comforts of a brand new home. Because my background is specifically in hospitality design, I think you will find that I have done well to anticipate the guests' needs as they come to the house for profound rest and relaxation as well as to partake of the wonders of the Valley of The Moon.

blair spangler purchased this house in 1998

Why blair spangler chose Kenwood

This location is in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, also known as the Valley of the Moon. To me it is the most beautiful section of either the Sonoma or Napa Valleys. This lot is located in a canyon, the only such geographical particulars of its type in Sonoma. The Canyon provides cool and shade in the relative extreme heat of the Sonoma summers. Everything is green and cool in the shelter of Adobe Canyon in the summer and fall while the Valley is burnt and arid, grass-less hills and dusty heat. Views are spectacular to the state park that surrounds this rural location. It is so dark at night you can't see to walk without the moon and the stars are huge and ever-so bright. The house construction was started in about 1949 by a crazy naturalist who continuously added on to the property for the next 10 years or so. They did a lot of hunting in the valley up till the 1960's. There is a cement block shed behind the house that was a walk in cooler where they hung the deer and mountain lion carcasses. We still have some mountain lion in the area -but they stay up in the park, never any problem. If they find any bear they trap them and take them up to Lake County. What is now the guest cottage was actually built to house racoons - luckily they had long departed when I took possession in 1998. The original owner had also started a tunnel under the little Adobe Canyon Rd so all the animals (who he sometimes hunted) could cross to get water in the creek. This is rather an indication of his eccentricity as even today there is not any traffic to speak of on this road for it has no outlet beyond the state park itself. I gutted the entire house in 1999. The trusses and wood ceiling in the great room were put in at that time.

What makes this house unique

The uniqueness of the solid stone-walled lodge is beyond compare. The kitchen is quite large and is a unique experience, part of one vast great room measuring over 1000 square feet with splendid views, 14' French wine bar and enormous fireplace, this unique structure affords a one-of-a-kind gathering place for friends and family.

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 37 traveler reviews

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Wine Country Stone Lodge in State Park
average rating of 4.864865 based on 37 reviews
5

Our 60th Birthday celebration with five couples was a huge success at the Kenwood Lodge!

  • 5 of 5

We found the lodge to exceed all of our expectations. The photos on the listing were accurate. The quality and ambience of the indoor living space as well as the numerous outdoor gathering spaces were fabulous! The property was very clean and well-maintained and the owners were very helpful in assisting us in every way. The highlight of our trip was our Saturday evening at the Lodge with a private chef and his staff for our birthday celebration. The huge kitchen, bar area and dining/living room were perfect for our party. We also enjoyed exploring Sonoma and Napa Valley's many wineries and had an excellent driver from Napa Valley Custom Tours to assist us. Mustards Grill never disappoints! Hiking in the Sugarloaf Ridge State Park was right down the road. We also enjoyed the Kunde mountaintop wine tasting as well. Thank you Blair and Nicole!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
4

Husband's 60th birthday celebration

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Sonoma. We had 5 couples who spread out when it was time to go to bed, but found the gathering areas great for our large group. The only thing lacking was the air conditioning, it was not as cool as we like at night for sleeping. So I think fans in each bedroom closet would be a nice addition for extra cooling needs. Outside area nice for sitting around by the fire pit and talking about the day's adventures. I would rent this house again. Thanks for the memories.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: One of the idyllic features of this stone house is that it is naturally air-conditioned. This is impossible to document clearly on the VRBO site, but this following text that I am posting here is published to all guests in the package we send with the agreement to execute in their booking process. This condition of the Lodge is made most clear. Because this house has so much solid stone, it stays remarkably cool in the summer. In fact so cool that you you often find yourself opening the windows during the summer months actually to let the heat in. Nights are always cool, in the 50's to low 60’s, which contributes to the cooling of the stone structure, even though summer days can get into the high 90’s. All the front facing windows on the first floor bi-fold open completely. It is wonderful to have a cool summer house in the wine country and be able to have windows open to the great outdoors vs. having to keep everything closed up for AC, as is the case everywhere else in the Wine Country. We do have big fans in the upstairs bedrooms - which is the only area that ever gets really warm - and extras in a downstairs closet. I am so sorry this guest was not absolutely and completely comfortable. Normally the cooler nights in the Sonoma Valley make for excellent sleeping conditions. This house is truly cool at night, but it is not that sort of refrigerated feel of AC if one prefers that experience. As a reminder: if you are in need of assistance or dissatisfied while staying at the Ranch, please contact us so we may remedy the situation post haste. I have been renting this house since 2001 and to the best of my knowledge this is the first complaint we have ever had about the temperatures in the house. The proof of that is in the 30 plus reviews before this one. There is not one complaint about the AC - to the contrary. Thank you.
5

Mom's Birthday Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our Mom was turning 79 and the siblings decided to do something special. We all had different ideas but our themes were consistent: nature, family time and good food and drinks. We decided on the Wine Country Stone Lodge. We had a wonderful two full days together. The great room and kitchen is awesome for gathering and cooking. The yard and pool area are lovely. It finally rained in California and we enjoyed the large fireplace. In the living room we set up a 1000 piece jigzaw puzzle on the large rustic coffee table. The dining room was perfect for gourmet dinners and good games of Rook. The kitchen is a wonderful gathering place if you are a family of cooks, which we are. Lots of room to work and visit. There is also a great BBQ outside. While BBQing prime rib, we enjoyed the firepit! We did venture out, though briefly, for some wine tasting, hikes and of course, a trip to Whole Foods in Sonoma. If you are looking for a spacious but intimate place to gather with friends or family, this is the place. Ray the caretaker is the best. Oh, and my Mom said "this was my best birthday ever" and she was sincere. This was our first time using VRBO and it won't be our last!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

perfect house for a perfect weekend away with friends

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely incredible weekend away in Sonoma thanks to this awesome lodge. We were a group of ~30 year old friends -- some of us spent the days cycling the roads between Sonoma and Napa, some went wine tasting, and some hung out around the house. Whatever folks were looking for, the place was perfect. It was a beautiful spot tucked away from the busier parts of Sonoma and Napa. The caretaker and housekeeper were great -- we got a good tour of the place and everything was ready to go (and they waited late until we arrived -- traffic was terrible getting out of SF). The pre-made fires were a very nice touch.

I can't think of anything that would have made our stay more comfortable. We cooked large meals together for every meal, and found the kitchen to be quite well equipped. Everything we needed was there and we loved the two dishwashers.

A+ all around.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
los altos, ca
5

weekend stay

  • 5 of 5

we had a extended family gathering to celebrate a major birthday. the house was perfect for two married couples with their two children each, who each stayed on one floor of the mainhouse. the grandparents wisely stayed in the guest house where we could sleep late.

with a very large great room and a separate media room, the house provided maximum utilization for many adult and children activities. the property is well designed with pool, hot tub, bocce ball court, lawn for children games, terraces for relaxing, firepit for marshmellow roasting, etc.

the property was very clean with extremely responsive caretaker and housekeeping staff.

major hiking and wine tasting was one to two miles away.

we had a wonderful time and would do it again.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Cleveland
5

Fabulous Home!

  • 5 of 5

We traveled to Sonoma for a long weekend of wine tasting with 4 other couples, and could not have been more happy with this home. It was well-furnished and maintained, and the outdoor spaces were wonderful! There were many benefits that you would have found in a hotel, like soap and shampoo/conditioner, hairdryers in every bathroom, etc., but you had the comfort of staying in a private home with your own pool, hot-tub and kitchen! The owner was very helpful in providing numerous resources for wine-tastings, restaurants and driver services. I highly recommend this home for a relaxing get-away! Also recommend Kunde vineyards Mountain Top Tasting, which is right around the corner, and Imagery Winery which is just a little further down the Sonoma Highway. Thanks to the owner for opening up this beautiful home to us!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Santa Rosa

wine tasting, cooking classes, local spa with full treatments within 1 mile, steam shower @ master suite, chemical free swimming pool, fire pit

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Rates & Availability

From $1,070 Per night

Kenwood House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
2015 Jan- March
Jan 3 2015 - Mar 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
$1,070
From
$1,300
Fri,Sat,Sun
$7,490
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
2015 April- May
Apr 1 2015 - May 21 2015
3 night minimum stay
$1,525
From
$1,725
Fri,Sat,Sun
$10,675
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
2015 Memorial Day
May 22 2015 - May 25 2015
4 night minimum stay
$1,675
From
$1,949
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$11,725
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
2015 May 26 thru Oct & Holiday
May 26 2015 - Oct 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
$1,675
From
$1,949
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$11,725
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $450 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Property Damage Protection $49
Tax Rate 9.0%
Notes additional2014 Rates

Nov 2014 $1525 M-Th & 1725 F-Su $10,675/wk 3 night min.
Dec 2014 $1070 M-Th & 1300 F-Su $7500/week 2 night min

Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Kenwood House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
large outdoor firepit, steam shower

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