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Stunning Wine Country Gated Estate with Pool and Tennis Court

Owner

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Owner
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2015
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Stunning Wine Country Gated Estate with Pool and Tennis Court

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

Special Offer! Last Minute Booking Discount of 20%! April 23 - May 10

Sonoma House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Originally built in 1916 by the British Embassy for the Ambassador's vacation retreat, this beauty sits majestically on a knoll with spectacular views of the surrounding vineyards, Arrowhead Mountain and the Northern section of the San Francisco Bay. Updated over the passing years, the home offers all the modern conveniences but retains its original charm. The Main house is 3,500± square feet to include 2 spacious bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. A sun porch, large living room with fireplace, dining room & well-appointed kitchen are all oriented around the inviting (completely fenced) patio area complete with solar heated, in-ground pool.

A separate 2 bedroom Guest Cottage with 2 full baths, steam shower and sauna & a kitchenette is on the other side of the pool area. The Guest Cottage also offers phenomenal views of surrounding vineyards from its hilltop location. The grounds encompass 12.5± acres offering complete solitude and privacy behind a private gated entry. A (hard court) tennis court & a separate sport court with small pavilion area are included in the offering. Truly a quintessential wine country retreat property.

Keywords: Estate Home, Villa, House

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Owner
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2015

Why The Owner chose Sonoma

Originally purchased as a primary residence due to the unique qualities and private setting.

What makes this house unique

The property feels like it is a million miles away but is a stone's throw from Downtown Sonoma & Napa. You can choose to stock the refrigerator(s) and never leave or go wine tasting, enjoy world renowned restaurants in both Valleys, or partake in the many events held each weekend in Wine Country.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

4.6
based on 12 traveler reviews

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Stunning Wine Country Gated Estate with Pool and Tennis Court
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 12 reviews
2

visually stunning, however.......

  • 2 of 5

The property was actually visually EXTRAORDINARLIY beautiful. There were 360 degree views out of every window and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. The interior of the house had lovely antiques and a country kitchen with almost anything you would need in order to cook at home, which we did a number of times. 5* would seem to be the correct rating. But then there was the water and the septic system. We were told the water was potable even though it smelled metallic or worse. I used it to make coffee just once and looked in the back of the coffee maker. It was caked with black and disgusting. I bought bottled water after that which we used to drink and brush our teeth and if we could have, we would have bathed in bottled water, too. The water smelled terrible and had black and brown stuff floating in it. My husband and I showered in the casita, where our son and daughter-in-law were staying, because our master in the main house had only a tub and the water coming out of the faucet was smelly and brown with particles in it. Something was surely going on with the septic system, since someone was out there to look at it during our stay. We were there for a week with a baby and assumed the house would have a washer and dryer, which it didn't, but we were actually OK that it didn't because the water was so disgusting. So that's why the 2* rating. I know there was a drought going on but there was also something awry with the septic system.

In conclusion, when my son went to the airport, he was SERIOUSLY searched by TSA people because he didn't pass the test for explosives. They asked him if he worked on a farm. It had to have been the water.

The place was magnificent, in many ways 100% 5*, however, the water and the septic were a real problem. I suppose if you were staying only a night or two and eating meals out, it would be heaven (if you didn't care about a shower) but as a family there for a week, it was a problem. I waited four months to write this review because I was torn but in the end decided I had to do it.

Also, the deck off the casita is a mess. It absolutely needs to be refinished or replaced. And trust me, we never even opened the hot tub knowing what the water was like in the house and the casita.

Sorry for the terrible review......*****visually and zero * olfactorily = ** for me.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your positive comments, but are dismayed with your lengthy negative comments, which seem to focus on water quality during your stay 4 months ago. Rural Sonoma homes are on a well, not chemically treated city water like yours in Atlanta. Our valley soils have a high mineral content, and with the ongoing California drought it can result in a mineral odor. Living in the country, we are used to this. We’re glad you were happy with showering in the cottage, which is puzzling, since all the water on the property is from the same well (and the main house even has an additional double-filter system on incoming water). We bathe in the water daily and have never had an airport TSA “farm problem” on our extensive travels. For those who prefer, large jugs of Brita filtered water are in both the cottage and main house refers, plus a dedicated faucet at the house kitchen sink with further-filtered water. We are highly offended that you imply something is wrong with the septic system and there is some sort of crossover into the water – that is absurd. The septic tank is 5,000 yds. below the house & is at least 1,000 yds. from the well – and if someone came to check the system, it was simply our routine quarterly inspection to ensure everything is continuing to run smoothly (with a history of zero problems). We apologize if the bath tub had a few iron particles when turning on the water. If this particular tub is not used for a while, a few can break free from the iron pipes in this older home, but they are not harmful and are easily drained out by running the water. As for the Hot Tub, it is serviced weekly - and the posted Use Instructions require a special tablet be dropped in after use to maintain sanitized conditions. We try to be honest and open in our vrbo listing and communication/information. Perhaps you didn’t read the Rental Agreement that you signed when you initially booked the home: “WATER AND SEPTIC: The home and cottage are on well and septic systems. The mineral content in the water is high. The well water is safe for drinking but during certain times of the year has a mineral taste and odor. The septic system is tested quarterly.” Should future renters be concerned by this inflamed report, we ask you to please contact us to discuss your concerns. We have 6 years of very successful rentals and pride ourselves in the many happy times our renters have had at our lovely country home.
Atlanta, GA
5

pictures don't do it justice!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 8 (4 couples) stay here for my husband's 40th b-day. The pictures don't do it justice!! The sunrise and sunset pictures that we took during our stay were stunning.

The property manager (Elizabeth) was very easy to work with and answered all of our questions.

Since our stay, I have recommended this property to many others because I know that anyone would enjoy their stay on this amazing property. We'd love to return!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Los Angeles, New York and Dallas
5

Three couples who love the wine country

  • 5 of 5

Our party of old friends arrived on a beautiful, sunny day after a stop in the San Francisco Marina. The Bay was sparkling that day, but nowhere near the way our eyes lit up when we entered the gate to this Sonoma estate. What a wonder! Our only concern, we might drop or break some of the great furnishings and gourmet kitchen supplies. As it turns out, Mother Nature did some of that for us in the biggest quake in 25 years. But it gave us more time to spend in the most beautiful setting any of us have ever enjoyed in the Bay Area. The pool was great for this lap swimmer. Our only regret, none of us are tennis players. The casita gave two of our couples plenty of room and dinner in the big house was one of the highlights of the stay. Naturally, we left a few pounds heavier, but with high anticipation for our next visit to this wonderful place. I hesitate to say what a bargain it was for fear the price may go higher. No hotel could possibly compare.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The owners are delighted that you left such a glowing report on vrbo about your stay in the house, and want to thank you for it. They also want to thank you for being such troopers during the earthquake! Although it certainly had to provide war stories for many cocktail parties to come, it does take some grit to get through one of them.
Downers Grove, IL
5

OUTSTANDING PROPERTY!

  • 5 of 5

We spent two nights in downtown San Fran and then we rented this property for a long weekend with three other couples. The three couples were all connected to us as family and friends plus the eight of us have never all traveled together (I was a little concerned).....this home was perfect! Everyone had plenty of their 'own' space. The home and guest house are very spacious and the pictures do not do it justice. It was above and beyond our expectations! We went to dinner the first night in downtown Sonoma, large restaurant on the corner, can't remember the name of it (hotel attached)....great food! We had booked a day of wine touring with Sonoma Wine Tours (Soussan Taleghanii) and visited four different wineries via a limo....it was a great day! Since drinking wine all day we ordered dinner that night from an Italian restaurant and had it delivered....another great idea! The next day we relaxed around the pool (too chilly to swim, but lots of sun) and then drove to downtown Napa - the girls did some shopping while the guys watched the world series. We came home that night and used the very large grill to make burgers....another great evening!

I have to say, everyone thought this was one of their best trips ever! I am hoping we will be back some day!

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Chicago, IL
4

Great stay

  • 4 of 5

The house and property is absolutely stunning! We used the tennis courts, hot tub, both kitchens.. it was fully equipped and better than we expected. The water smells a little funny but other than that- it was perfect!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Los Gatos
5

Incredible character in an amazing home with "wow" factor!

  • 5 of 5

I rented this estate for my wife's surprise 40th birthday party. We had massage therapists come by, hired a private chef for a gourmet dinner and had some friends stop by for a lunch by the pool. This home has wonderful character and is a true wine country experience with lots of charm, a chef's kitchen, great pool and comfortable beds. It wowed my wife and our guests. The dinner with our small group at the large dining room table was a very memorable experience as well. Highly recommended for a special occasion or just a great escape.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

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Rates & Availability

From $1,000 Per night

Sonoma House Rental Rates

Special Offer! Last Minute Booking Discount of 20%!

Special Offer From:
Dates Apr 23, 2015 to May 10, 2015

Get a 20% discount if you book one of our open weekends. May 1-3 or May 8-10. Two night minimum at $800 per night.

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
April 2015
Apr 1 2015 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
$1,000
 
 
May - June, 2015
May 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
$1,100
 
 
July - August, 2015
Jul 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
$1,200
 
 
September - October, 2015
Sep 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
$1,200
 
 
November - December, 2015
Nov 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
$1,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Tax Rate 9.0%
Notes Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Holiday rates upon inquiry
$500 Security Deposit
50% rental rate 60 days prior to arrival
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Amenities

Sonoma House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • Four bathrooms
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna
  • jetted tub
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Concierge service available, please inquire.

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