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Beautiful Dream Home - Private Spa Retreat

Nancy Bender

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, spanish
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Nancy Bender

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Speaks: english, spanish
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Beautiful Dream Home - Private Spa Retreat

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Napa House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 7



RENTAL RATES included are accurate, but

INSTANT-QUOTES are often incorrect.

Escape from the Ordinary into a completely remodeled and renovated Old Town custom vacation retreat.

This eclectic, one-of-a-kind rental home is located in Old Town on a beautiful quiet street, just blocks from Napa's Town Center.

The home is great for FAMILIES (children have separate wing in home and all bedrooms have TV/DVD players, desks, and reading lamps), perfect for reunions and getaways, and supurb for ROMANCE (Master Bedroom adjoins elegant bathroom SPA, with two-person Sauna, copper Japanese soaking tub, large open shower, antique French vanity, deep plush towels, and a stash of candles). The second bath has tub/shower combo and stained glass.

The large, very private backyard boasts a covered patio with antique gas heater, new top-of-the-line Jacuzzi hot-tub outside Master Bedroom and Enclosed Patio, large entertiainment deck with refrigerator, BBQ, eating area, bar, & dartboard. There is an outside shower with hot and cold water, located on the deck next to the swimming pool. A large fire-pit is located in a secluded part of the backyard, and is furnished with large cement animal-benches, cushions, long adjustable BBQ skewers for hot dogs and marshmallows.

Municipal and Federal Regulations: CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund if canceled with 3-months of arrival date. Full refund minus $100 if canceled with shorter notice if property is re-rented. If the property does not re-rent, the security deposit only will be returned.

This vacation rental is licensed by the City of Napa, Business License #25656, Vacation Rental Permit #VR09-0025.

The rental is offered in compliance with Section 3604(c) of the Federal Fair Housing Act (visit, which prohibits a discriminatory preference for a rental based on Race or Color, National Origin, Religion, Sex, Familial Status, or Handicap/Disability.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Nancy Bender (Owner)
Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
May 14, 2015

About Nancy Bender

After retiring from teaching at one of Napa's local high schools, my husband and I spent a year converting our 3-bedrrom family home into a unique, custom vacation retreat, then relocated to Tucson, Arizona in 2005.

Nancy Bender purchased this house in 1993

Why Nancy Bender chose Napa

Napa’s popularity is well established, with its bucolic landscape, laid-back lifestyle, and the exceptional food and wine that make it ideal for a sybaritic weekend getaway or well-deserved holiday with friends and family. Napa draws more tourism than any other wine region in California. Because of the region's amazing variety of wine-related venues and activities, we often refer to the area as California's 'Adult Disneyland'. Our home was re-designed and converted from a standard 3-bedroom residence into a true vacation retreat, with custom amenities not available in other homes, ensuring that your vacation experience will be special, whether you are on the property or 'out and about'.

What makes this house unique

Custom Master Bathroom Spa has an arched ceiling, custom skylights, and is furnished with a hand-crafted custom sauna for two people, built from imported Oregon cedar and California redwood. A Japanese Soaking tub was crafted on the pool deck from a solid sheet of copper, and installed next to the shower. The large backyard is beautifully landscaped, and has an inviting pool and very functional deck, lounge furniture, elevated BBQ Deck, and new 6-person Jacuzzi with waterfall faucet and underwater colored lights. The hot-and-cold shower, also located on the pool deck, combines “fun and function”, and was described by a guest as being “liberating, exhilarating, and magical”. It provides a bathing experience that is relaxing in an outdoor setting, under the stars and a huge redwood tree. In addition to these outdoor amenities, there is a fire/ /conversation pit in a secluded part of the backyard.

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Bedrooms 3
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Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Beautiful Dream Home - Private Spa Retreat
average rating of 4.230769 based on 26 reviews
Stanardsville, VA

Great family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 7 adults spent three memorable days at this very attractive house. Both the owner and the property manager were a pleasure to work with. Everything was very clean and in good working order. We did not use the pool or the hot tub, but we spent one evening sitting on the deck. We had enough chairs and everything we needed. We much appreciated the speed of the wireless since some of us had work to do. We made good use of the two living room areas which allowed us to do different things at the same time. We carefully had read all the rules and got our entire security deposit back. The house is within walking distance to downtown Napa, and there is a beautiful hiking area fairly close by. I would love to come back in the summer some time to make use of the pool.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Plano, TX

Napa is LOVELY! Problems we had at this property

  • 2 of 5

We are 4 women who have done an annual wine trip for several years. Napa was wonderful – fantastic wineries, restaurants, and helpful friendly people. The Visitor’s Center is a wealth of information.

VRBO website pictures are accurate. I did not catch there is limited seating in all 3 areas for eating and conversation. The home was clean but we had a similar experience as the review posted stating there were broken items in the home. The master shower and grill had problems which the property manager mentioned at check in. The grill was not usable. Toaster was also broken and replaced the next day.

Biggest problem was the spa. There was no chlorine in the float so the water became cloudy. The spa quit working twice. We had read the review from a previous renter who questioned the electrical system at the property and decided best to call the owner and report the problem.

The owner told us that she would have the company who installed the spa check it because it was still under warranty. She charged us the $79 trip fee because she said “if it hadn't stopped working while your group was using it, the service call would not have been necessary” (her words in an email). The invoice states ”Description of Work: Found mismatched amperage setting for spa and breaker. Changed from 50 amp to 30 amp to match breaker.”

The invoice also recommends that “the GFCI box should be moved 5' away from the water line before usage of the spa.” The invoice reads like electrical problems to me. There is no mention of any damage to the spa due to use.

The owner claims “The displacement of the water (caused by the spa being improperly filled with too much water over the recommended "fill line" for Jacuzzis) overflowed into the pump cavity of the spa and shorted out the lower pump, causing it to stop working when you were using it. When the cavity dried out and the pump was able to be reset, the chemical rings on the pump remained as evidence of the overflow”. The owner states the repairmen told her property manager this.

I am a 22 year spa owner, have had several people at my home in the spa and have NEVER had problems as described by the owner. Why water would be able to penetrate a cavity with a pump and electricity does not make sense to me.

I do not think it was our responsibility to pay the $79 trip fee to fix an amperage mismatch. I challenged the owner and she said the deduction was more than fair.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It’s unfortunate that deducting money from a security deposit causes a renter to submit a negative review. It is predictable. More than 70 groups have enjoyed our home since January, 2014, & we’ve deducted small amounts 5 times only. I believe we have 4 negative reviews. This predictable retaliation decreases our enjoyment from sharing our beautiful property with people we’ve never met. Each of these deductions resulted from tenants’ non-attention to provisions outlined in the Short Term Rental Agreement OR actions of renters during their tenancy. In this case, this renter chose to ignore the incident report sent to her by the property manager, a long-term employee of a large, well-established, licensed and bonded property management company in Napa. It documented her misuse of the hot tub. Breakers are installed to break the flow of electricity when there’s an abnormality at the receiving end of the current (in this case, the Jacuzzi), which then “trips” the breaker. It wasn’t the main breaker that was “tripped”, but rather the breaker located in the Jacuzzi motor itself. When these four women used the spa (a large, 6-person Jacuzzi), their weight & activity displaced a great deal of water, which flooded the cavity where the Jacuzzi pump is located. They used the garden hose to continually re-fill the water level, evidenced by the backyard hose found in the spa when they departed. The constant flooding caused the motor itself to trip its own circuit breaker. It took the pump cavity a few days to completely dry out, leaving remnants of mineral and calcium deposits from Napa’s water supply visible on the equipment itself. There was no reference to any pump repair on the work order because it didn’t need repair - - it simply needed to dry out. The size of the amp system (30 vs 50) was immaterial, as neither would have caused the hot tub to stop working WHILE THE RENTERS WERE USING IT. And because the Jacuzzi was still under warranty, their deduction was limited to the trip fee to diagnose why the spa wasn’t working. As for “broken items”, we had several after Napa’s August earthquake, but nothing significant existed when we resumed renting. Most all of our renters preferred to be able to enjoy the home while replacements were delivered. Negative reviews give positive feedback to homeowners when they are factual – we constantly strive to keep the property in pristine condition, so it can be enjoyed by everyone.
Johnson City, Tennessee, USA

FV Vacationers

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect home for the group of friends that got together from all over the country. The amenities including the pool and outdoor deck for dining were perfect. The various art pieces in the home added to the delight of the vacation. The owner and caretaker were wonderful to work with.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Lots of broken items and lots of rules.

  • 2 of 5

I am looking forward to the rebuttal of this review. I can't get the condition of the reunion rental home, especially now post earthquake, out of my mind over 3 months later. I should have written months ago.

We rented this property for 5 sisters (all over 50) reunion. Some of the sisters are also cleanliness freaks.

Upon arrival there were several items broken from the toaster to the coffee table with no top, but the biggest surprise was that we were warned when we got there that 1 of the 2 bathroom showers was not operable (making 5 women to share one shower). Keep in mind it is supposed to sleep 7. This is a partial list of issues.

Being from the construction industry, It would be interesting to see if upgrades at this property were permitted by the city of Napa. The workmanship was responsible for the inoperable shower and for the excessive electrical wiring in the home.

The upstairs room housed the tankless gas water heater and needs to be checked for exhaust issues and carbon monoxide leakage since the occupants awoke with headaches and symptoms of CO poisoning and feeling of suffocation. One of the occupants was the designated driver, so although in Napa, wine was not the issue.

The house shows well in pictures. We enjoyed the pool area but just 2 lounge chairs for a home that sleeps 7 is not enough. We ate out for every meal except breakfast even though we wanted to cook on the backyard grill we didn't because there was a separate cleaning fee for that.

When there were not enough towels the manager did respond quickly and brought pool and bath towels.

To top off our experience with all of the rules in the binder - we ran around the home throwing out all garbage, recyclable items and stripped the beds putting linens in the laundry room, etc. then we were charged for using the microwave to reheat leftovers. I still shake my head thinking it is hard to believe that reheating left overs trumps all of the broken items in the home. This one fee was the straw that prompted me to write the review.

I am not the sister that arranged the reunion, and like many people, I rarely speak up regarding negative issues, I just needed to provide my opinion.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry to read this report, and understandably upset. Thankfully, we rarely get renters who don’t read e-mail responses or the rental documents that are forwarded prior to renting. Yes, the glass on the living room coffee table was missing; it was accidently broken by the previous renter, and the custom glass replacement had not arrived before this group arrived, a situation beyond our control. We accommodate hundreds of guests a year; if a toaster breaks and we’re not notified, we wouldn’t know. For this reason, our welcoming paperwork underlines the statement: Please notify current property manager immediately if ANY items were not clean or functioning upon your arrival. This document was signed, along with the contract. (We were eventually notified of the broken toaster, and it was replaced immediately, within two hours.) And yes, unfortunately there are 10 rules in the rental contract, dictated by the City of Napa, and are included on the rental documents signed prior to renting. No new rules were given upon arrival. All legally licensed vacation homes in Napa have the same rules; the binder simply repeats them. The shower is, and has never been broken. It was custom-built and unique; instructions about how it operates are given upon arrival, always. The electric panel underwent total electrical upgrades in 2006; inspectors for Napa's Building Department performed a site inspection prior to the house receiving its licensure. And the Fire Department inspects the home every year. The pool deck is well furnished, with 3 lounge chairs, two large benches with cushions and deck rocking chairs. Unlike most homes, we don’t have a required cleaning fee. We request that the house be left as found (except for the “normal cleaning” we always do . . . floors, sinks, tubs, toilets, etc.) The microwave was clean when they arrived, and left dirty. The Departure Checklist (signed prior to renting) explains the small charges if items used aren’t left clean. Renters are instructed to NOT strip the beds – linens are much easier to check for stains when they are left on the bed. This report is simply not accurate, nor timely. If the home were in the condition implied, we’d have many poor reviews. As this lady stated, she is “not the sister that arranged the reunion” – we will now request that all documents be shared with everyone in the group prior to arrival.

Perfect Napa Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I loved my experience at this house. I was here for my sisters bachelorette party weekend. This house was so perfect!! Perfect size for our group. GREAT backyard. Close to Downtown Napa. We all loved it. Nancy was a pleasure to work with also. All around a great experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Milpitas, CA

Great Two-Family Retreat

  • 4 of 5

My family of 3 stayed in this home with our good friends (another family of 3) and everyone, including the two 2 yr olds, loved it! We wish the pool had been heated, but it wasn't and the weather was too cool for us to enjoy the pool. The hot tub was great and we took advantage of that. This hour has character and the outdoor space in the back yard was great for kids & adults alike. Thanks for allowing us to celebrate the birthdays of two hard-working moms in the beauty that is Napa!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Car: recommended

City of Napa Business License #25656 and City of Napa Vacation Rental Permit #VR09-0025

This rental is offered in compliance with Section 3604(c) of the Federal Fair Housing Act (visit, which prohibits a discriminatory preference for a rental based on Race or Color, National Origin, Religion, Sex, Familial Status, or Handicap/Disability.

Other Activities: Napa Valley Winery Tours and outings


Rates & Availability

From $380 Per night

Napa House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Summer
May 22 2015 - Jun 18 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
High Season
Jun 19 2015 - Sep 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $135.00
Pet Fee $100.00
Refundable damage deposit $500.00
Tax Rate 12.0%
Notes Weekends are rented in 3-night blocks, Friday to Monday morning, whether two nights or three nights are used.

Required Cleaning Fee $150 - $160, depending on size of group
First-half rent + refundable $500 Security Deposit required to reserve and confirm dates. Second-half rent + Napa tax + cleaning fee required two weeks prior to arrival.

Second-half rent + Napa tax + cleaning fee due 2-weeks prior to arrival.
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Napa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Resort
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Japanese soaking tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Pool Deck - outdoor shower
  • Fixtures in Master Bathroom are custom-made, including the Copper Japanese Soaking Tub and 2-person Sauna There is a hot-and-cold shower outside by the swimming pool.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , Automatically-inflatable AeroBed
  • Bedroom Accommodations are as follows: Queen pillowtop in the Master Suite, Queen pillowtop in Hall Bedroom; King pillowtop in the Upstairs Bedroom.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
New 6-person Jacuzzi Hot Tub; Fire/Conversation Pit in a secluded area of the backyard, equipped with special campfire utensils for hot dogs and marshmallows. Property Manager on-call 24-hours a day.

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