Sonoma House Rental Photos and Description
House, 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)
Be sure to click the video links below to see more pictures and get a better understanding of the layout. This one of a kind stone lodge is located in a secluded location at the very heart of the Sonoma Valley, all 5 bedrooms are large and have a private, ensuite bath. We have a caretaker who lives just down the lane, so unlike most VRBO rentals, you can be assured of superior oversight and assistance.We now have access to a rural event facility or can help you locate a back roads venue of choice. If you want to check dates and respective pricing you can do this very accurately on the upper right of this web page in the reservation box. Just enter the in / out dates and click detailed pricing. The quote will be correct; we keep the online info up to date - accept for the cleaning fee which is not included in the quote and is $450 due at check in.
Overview: The house is 4000 square feet including 4 bedrooms/4 bathrooms in the main house and 1/1 in the nearby guest cottage with its own full kitchen. All 5 bedrooms have ensuite baths. 2 stone fireplaces, professional kitchen, wine bar, chemical free lap pool, waterfall, 8 person spa/hot tub, stone fire-pit with extensive outdoor lounging and dining areas, bocce ball court and dedicated media room. It is situated just off the very center of the Sonoma Valley floor, at the mouth of a granite canyon which becomes Sugar Loaf State Park. The locally quarried stone walls of the first floor are over 1' thick, providing luxurious natural air conditioning. 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. Rustic, country French antiques abound with an easy 'feet up' level of comfort and ease throughout.
Idyllic in the summer, the house is uniquely fabulous in the winter, spring and fall. Rainy, cool days are a delight with friends or family gathering around the massive fireplace and cooking in the vast professional kitchen with its 2 islands, 2 dishwashers and room for 3 to cook simultaneously at the professional Viking range. An adjacent 14 foot wine bar affords temperature controlled refrigeration for optimal wine tasting. When temperatures drop, there is radiant heat (under the limestone flooring) so one is more than comfortable in the high-ceiling, main floor spaces. When the rainy season starts, the nearby creek fills significantly and rushes by to the valley floor. It can sound like Niagara Falls is across the way; truly delightful. There is a bocce court in the side yard and a separate theater room with 70' led screen with surround sound system. The pool is a chemical free lap pool, 12’ wide by 50’ long. The sheets will be line dried in the fresh country air (weather permitting), hand ironed and waiting for you to sleep ever-so deeply in.
There is nothing to compare to gathering in front of a big fire. Often even summer nights are cool enough to allow a blaze. There are 2 stone fireplaces on the first floor. The living room fireplace is right out of the days of yore when stone lodges had oversized fireplaces as the center of the household. A unique feature is the outdoor fire-pit (can also be used for cooking) under 150 foot tall fir trees with adjacent propane or charcoal grills - a fabulous place to gather around a roaring fire as well as to cook or dine. There is firewood on the premises and all the fires will be stacked, ready for your match to set them alight. You can retain our caretaker to rebuild the fires for you daily if desired.
Culinary options galore: We are so fortunate that the renowned chef John Ash and his right hand, Mei Ibach, are managing the culinary program. John Ash is often referred to as the “Father of Wine Country Cuisine”. His namesake restaurant, John Ash & Company, was the firsts culinary marvel of its type when it opened its doors in 1980. Today he is an acclaimed author and much sought after teacher, and consultant. If desired, Mei can add her unique Thai and Indonesian background to her wine country flavors - mingling exotic Malay and Chinese spices. Let Mei or John create the menu of your dreams; whether you want a big outdoor barbecue with a selection from John’s newest cook book, or a 6 course sit down extravaganza with the most exquisite wine pairings the county has to offer. Team building cooking events are very popular group activity to consider.
We can make arrangements/recommendations for any of the following:
private chef for a luxury en situ experience or any and all catering
wine tastings, pairings, private tours
delivery of fresh local produce from our friends who run an organic farm
stock the frig with your list (can go to Costco for volume purchases)
on site cooking classes
team building culinary workshops
driver for winery tours, dining out in the area
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
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 including 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 Sonoma
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 the Sonoma Valley. 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. With adjoining 14' French wine bar and enormous fireplace, this unique structure affords a one-of-a-kind gathering place for friends and family.