Amadora in Sonoma - Excellent!
Submitted: September 14, 2012
Stayed: September 2012
My wife, daughter, two granddaughters, and youngest son stayed at Amadora for a week prior to and just following our other son's wedding to a local Sonoma lass. Our son lives in Sonoma, too, so we know the area quite well. We were very pleased with the house, extra room (billiard room with bathroom/shower & sleeper couch), and gardens. We also had a brother-in-law and his wife for a couple of nights; they are quite discerning and really liked the house as did our new daughter-in-law's parents! Our youngest son (22) stayed in the billiard room and appreciated it greatly.
The main house has a very nice kitchen, dining room, living room, sun room (with french doors), three bedrooms, and 1 and 1/2 bathrooms (the latter by one of the rooms). The beds are very comfy! The entire house has wonderful windows that provide beautiful sunlight and open easily for morning cooling. The large porch with chairs was a treat, especially for the girls!
The garden is beautiful and fun to wander through; we enjoyed the greenhouse, and the covered seating area with its fountain and chandelier. We also enjoyed sampling fruit from the trees, grapevines, berries and strawberries, as well as the many flowers! Although we did not have the time to enjoy either the hot tub or BBQ, they are very nice and we wish we could have used them.
Although about a mile from the Plaza, Amadora is actually well-situated. The biking/walking path to the downtown/Plaza area is nearby and is a very nice walk/ride that takes one past the Vallejo family house (run by State Parks). Driving into town is very easy, especially if one takes Verano east from the house rather than using Hwy 12. (Check a map.) A grocery store, drug store, and Starbucks are nearby (about 1/8 mile away), and restaurants are nearby, too. A park with many walking paths is just across Hwy 12. And the delightful Sonoma wineries to the north are easily accessed on via Hwy 12 or Arnold Drive. (IMHO, Sonoma wines and the Sonoma Valley are better than Napa.)
Joe is very well organized and easy to work with; he explains everything and even provided a binder (on the dining room table) that answered every question about the house and gardens. The housekeeper had the house ready and in great shape; the gardener does a fine job, too. Access by foot and vehicle is very good; parking behind large gates is ample for two vehicles and there is parking on-street, too.
Thank you very much for everything, Joe!
Marc P. and Family
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