Petaluma Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description
Chateau / Country House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths (Sleeps 8)
Visitors to this ranch are stunned by the natural beauty of its setting, (only 30 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge) and the comfort and tastefulness of the house itself. Sitting quietly at the top of a hill and accessed up a long winding private country driveway, coastal live oaks and California bay trees mark the hillsides of this iconic California landscape. Set on 200 acres there are amazing views of hills and valleys in every direction, but not one sign of civilization anywhere. This is true country, yet only 10 minutes to Petaluma and 40 minutes to San Francisco restaurants. Hawks and eagles abound and the iconic turkey vultures soar on the wind currents overhead. The resident owl hoots at night! Flocks of wild turkeys and herds of deer are everywhere. After visiting local sights for a few days, many visitors ultimately just sit on the front porch to read a book and enjoy the view for the rest of their visit.
The house is set right in the middle of natural wild fields (no suburban manicures lawns here!) surrounded by magnificent coastal oaks and bay trees. The property is intentionally left mostly wild as nature intended it to be. That is part of its great charm, pure serenity and comfort amid a secluded natural setting.
There is, however, much to do if you wish to be active. There is a large pool with built in hot tub (extra $100 hot tub fee not included in rent), and a paddle tennis court just beyond the pool. There are great opportunities to hike on the property in the winter, spring and early summer, or at nearby parks. The property is perfectly located for visiting all of the local sights. Point Reyes National Seashore and the magnificent California coast (and redwoods), Sonoma and Napa Wine Country, Stinson Beach and San Francisco are all less than an hour away. The closest town Petaluma is 10 minutes away, and has a lovely historic center with many restaurants and stores.
The house was designed to have large entertaining spaces so the living room and kitchen/dining are both very large. There have been many wonderful lunches on the porch! The house has 4 charming bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, one private and one shared between the two upstairs rooms. Three bedrooms have queen beds, and the fourth has two twin beds. The twin bedroom uses the half bath in the hallway and a shower in one of the other bedrooms. The country kitchen has lots of counter space and an enormous island workspace. A large wooden country table seating 12 people sits nearby and french doors open beyond the table onto the wrap around porch. There is a 6 burner Wolf range, with large oven, plus a second oven and other high end appliances. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need for a country feast. The house is beautifully decorated with fine furnishings. The house is well adorned with art and curios. The main porch runs 70+ feet and wraps both sides of the house.
A caretaker lives in a separate dwelling on the property, and the owner is 30 minutes away.
Make your reservation soon while it is available!
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
About Andrew Spiegel
Two brothers (one a lawyer, one a businessman) from San Francisco own the property and have been in this special corner of Marin and Sonoma Counties for 40+ years. Their mother purchased this particular property in 1988 and built the house in 2000. It is currently enjoyed by their families and children as a weekend and summer house.
Andrew Spiegel purchased this chateau / country house in 1988
Why Andrew Spiegel chose Petaluma
There is very little like this fabulous region of California and the house sits beautifully amid wild, natural, unmanicured fields. Yet, it has the interior finish and furnishings of a much larger, elegant country estate. The property sits quietly away from the hubbub of life up a long driveway on top of beautiful completely private hill. There is not another house visible from the property! There is a caretaker on site who lives just beyond the entrance gate and keeps a close eye on everything, but should only be contacted in an emergency. There are extraordinary vistas in every direction that make even the most jaded, seen everything, done everything, world traveler, swoon. Yet, the property is centrally located to easily visit all of the wonderful spots north of San Francisco. Unlike Napa which is a long days drive from the spectacular coastal region (Point Reyes, Stinson Beach, Bodega, Tomales Bay) and Sonoma which is much further from The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, Three S Ranch sits in the middle of all of these attractions. 30 minutes to the coast, Point Reyes, Sonoma Town Square and the Golden Gate bridge, 40 minutes to Napa, Healdsburg, the Russian River and San Francisco restaurants. Everything is within easy reach. Yet, you are secluded on your own country mountain top.
What makes this chateau / country house unique
There are virtually no other houses for rent in this area of Marin/Sonoma. Look around VRBO! If you want peace and quiet in a country setting without being too remote from local attractions, this is the property for you. Most other houses for rent around Petaluma are much more suburban. This house is rural yet it is exceptionally well appointed. Unique, in our minds!