Janet & Matthew Joyce

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Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Charming studio cottage in peaceful, quiet setting

The garden cottage, set away from the main house, sits on a peaceful, sun drenched acre and a half of very secluded land, down a quiet country lane, with seasonal creeks just beyond your private deck. You will delight in waking to the sounds of birds chirping and will likely see our resident family of deer roaming the property. You will enjoy the backdrop of eucalyptus, redwood, oak and fir trees as you sit relaxing in your own private hot tub, while also enjoying the views of apple orchards and tree-lined vistas in the distance. The cottage comes equipped with all the amenities you will need for your comfort and enjoyment, including plush bathrobes, organic bathing products, luxurious bedding, a stocked kitchenette with fresh ground local organic coffee and teas, and your own welcome basket upon your arrival including freshly baked and other delectable treats to begin your vacation in style.

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Janet & Matthew Joyce (Owner)
Advertiser since 2014
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About Janet & Matthew Joyce

We're Janet and Matthew Joyce and we'll be your hosts during your stay. Since you'll be our only guests, you can be sure to have as much privacy or attention as you desire while you're with us. It's completely up to you.

We have been together for 30 years and it's been quite an incredible journey for us. We have been married for 22 of those years and we've raised two incredible daughters together. Before settling down, we spent years exploring the world, camping and backpacking, and meeting people from almost every continent. Parenting has been a remarkable and rewarding focal point of our lives for the past 20 years, and it has taken us from our beginnings in Santa Cruz, California where we both went to college, to Boulder, Colorado where we spent 12 wonderful years, and now back to our home in California where we feel truly blessed and settled.

Matthew is a consultant in the energy industry, working with corporations both large and small to make a difference in this world through promoting and implementing energy efficiency products and policies. He is also something of a Renascence man between his love of exploration, travel and literature, and his life-long passion for learning all things scientific, geographical and mechanical.

Janet is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent more than 20 years working with teenagers, families and couples. She is also an avid baker (which you will discover for yourself!), a passionate gardener, and a lover of science and literature.

We welcome you to our property and into our lives, where we will strive to make your stay with us truly memorable.

Why Janet & Matthew Joyce chose Sebastopol

We've traveled widely. It's been an adventure exploring the world's diverse mix of climates, peoples, lifestyles, and cuisines. Over time we've zeroed in on where and what makes us feel at our very best: Mild weather that's great for year round gardening and outdoor activities; abundant fresh organic locally grown food and wines; open minded people of diverse backgrounds and interests; and a rural lifestyle close to big city amenities and the beach. When we put it all together no place on earth makes us feel as relaxed, as at peace, and yet as revitalized as we feel when we're spending time on the property. It's a magical spot and we're not alone in our thinking. Visitors ranging from family and friends to cottage guests and even delivery people recognize there is something special about the place. Come join us and we think you'll feel it too.

What makes this cottage unique

Two words seem to be repeated over and over when people explain how they feel when they visit here: Relaxed and Recharged. Maybe it's the secluded setting, nestled between the shady forest and the open sunny orchard, the tweets and chirping of the birds, or glimpsing the strolling comfort of the variety of wildlife who share this land with us. Perhaps it's the private hot tub next to the seasonal creek; a romantic moment beside the glowing warmth of the gas fireplace; or a second helping Janet's outrageous baked goods. Everyone has their own special moments. We fully expect you'll discover your own.

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Sunny Garden Cottage, Quiet Country Lane, Forest & Views W/ Private Hot Tub
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Sunny Garden Cottage, Quiet Country Lane, Forest & Views W/ Private Hot Tub
+1 -707-634-4894
Sebastopol Sonoma County
Mission, BC, Canada

A Lovely Vacation Getaway

  • 5 of 5
We just returned from a week's stay at this lovely property. Quiet and secluded, it is the perfect base from which to explore Sonoma. The hosts are fantastic, so welcoming, and the cookies and scones Janet baked for us were delicious. The woods behind the cottage is full of bird life and you can hear birdsong all day from the noisy Acorn Woodpeckers to warblers. Hummingbirds are constantly at the feeder outside the cottage window. The hot tub is exclusive to the cottage. It's private and is screened from the road and the main house. It's a welcome relaxation after a busy day of sightseeing. There is much to do in the surrounding area. The beach is just a short drive away. There are vineyards everywhere and most have a tasting room where you can sample their product. Sebastopol is a delight with great little cafes. We recommend East West Café and the Gypsy Café on Main Street. Patisserie Angelica (only open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) for dessert. If we could, we'd give Janet, Matthew, and their vacation home away from home six stars.
  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much, Tony! How wonderful meeting you both. Matthew and I truly enjoyed sharing wine and great conversation with you as well. Thanks also for your recommendations for activities and restaurants in the area. I’m blushing at your compliments to my baking, and at the thought of receiving six stars in your review! We hope to see you again on your next visit to the area, and maybe even with your instruments in tow. All the best to you and Penny!!
Sunny Garden Cottage, Quiet Country Lane, Forest & Views W/ Private Hot Tub
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Sebastopol Sonoma County
Knoxville, TN

So happy -- and productive

  • 5 of 5
What a lovely find. The hosts were fantastic. Janet even went the extra 100 miles and made gluten free scones and chocolate chip cookies while we visited. I shared the cottage with a close friend -- it is a small space so if you are with someone you must like each other a lot. We had a very productive writing retreat. The location was fantastic; close to great restaurants, Osmosis spa, and a nice walking road. I recommend the cottage and owners very highly. Hope to make this an annual event!
  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Laurie! It was great having you both here for your writing retreat, and we're delighted that you found the cottage and our location to be helpful in your process. Matthew and I very much appreciate your compliments to us as hosts as well! We really do make every effort to ensure that our guests feel comfortable and even pampered during their stay, and it's wonderful to hear that we are hitting the mark. It would be just fantastic to have you back for your annual writing retreat here at the Garden Cottage. All the best!
Sunny Garden Cottage, Quiet Country Lane, Forest & Views W/ Private Hot Tub
+1 -707-634-4894
Sebastopol Sonoma County
Santa Cruz

Relax and Luxuriate in Wine Country Paradise!

  • 5 of 5
Relax and Luxuriate in Wine Country Paradise!

I couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing and luxurious place to spend a three-day retreat. Upon arrival owners Janet and Matthew, who were friendly and respectful of my privacy, greeted me warmly and I loved that. After being given a few operating instructions regarding the hot tub and given the keys I was left to my own devices in this corner of paradise.

I am chemically sensitive and was delightfully surprised to see that all the amenities including dish soap, toiletries and even down to the laundry detergent used to launder the linens are locally sourced and organic without harsh chemicals. I slept more restfully in your corner of paradise because of that attention to detail.

The cottage is well appointed and beautifully furnished-- no detail unattended to, the photos do not do the cottage justice-- simply lovely. Everything one could want in a kitchen has been thought of including delicious organic coffee, scrumptious fresh homemade GF chocolate chip cookies and in the morning delicious fresh baked GF blueberry scones.
Thank you Janet, what a fabulous baker you are, it’s a treat to have yummy GF goodies! Fresh flowers, cheese and snacks in the kitchen, your attention to detail is phenomenal!

Everything one could need is at your disposal here. What a lovely cottage and rejuvenating get-away, you two thought of everything!

It was delightful to luxuriate in the private hot tub overlooking the forest then spend time relaxing in the lounge chairs --bird watching--spotting junco’s, chickadee’s, titmouse, woodpeckers and hummingbirds while sipping a cup of tea. This property is even designated an urban wildlife sanctuary; it truly is a sanctuary for all life!

Thank you Janet and Matthew for providing a wonderful place to recoup relax and rejuvenate.

I highly recommend this cottage! Upon a return visit to Janet and Matthew's lovely oasis in paradise I look forward to exploring the many nearby towns, resorts, restaurants and wineries to experience. I can’t wait for the next adventure! To quote a movie, “I’ll be back!”
  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Susan! We are so happy that your stay in the Garden Cottage was so relaxing, and that you found it a peaceful retreat. We make every effort to provide a comfortable experience for our guests, which is why we go the extra mile with all organic cleaning products, soaps and lotions. It’s rewarding to hear that effort is working for the chemically sensitive traveler! Thanks also for your compliments of Janet’s baking. It’s truly her delight (and secret passion). We hope you’ll find the time to return for another visit in the near future. You’re always most welcome!
Sunny Garden Cottage, Quiet Country Lane, Forest & Views W/ Private Hot Tub
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Sebastopol Sonoma County
Northeast Ohio

Peaceful paradise in wine country

  • 5 of 5
Janet and Matthew,
Thank you for sharing your piece of paradise with us. Two days was simply not enough time! The garden cottage would be a comfortable spot to settle into for much longer. The pictures on the website are spot on -- it really is that beautiful, and the cottage has anything you could possibly need or want.

Your welcome and introduction to the property and the area were warm and helpful. We had a great lunch at the French Garden Bistro after you described the nearby veggie gardens. We also arranged a tasting at Freeman Winery based on your list of nearby wineries. What a treat! We had a private tasting in their cave, with owner / wine maker Akiko Freeman. What a great story they have, and what wonderful wines!

Janet's bakery treats, and the cheese and cream in the fridge were absolutely perfect! We are still taking about the homemade crackers, and I suspect I'll be looking at recipes and trying to make a batch myself when we return home.

We would love to stay at the cottage again when our travels bring us back to Northern California and wine country. Thank you for a wonderful stay!
  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you Beth! It was lovely meeting you and Ken. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in the Garden Cottage and your visit to Sonoma Wine Country. We appreciate your review of the Freeman Winery, and Ken's suggestions of other wineries to include in our guest information book as well. We do hope your travels bring you back to our area for a longer visit, and we'd love to have you stay in the cottage any time!
Sunny Garden Cottage, Quiet Country Lane, Forest & Views W/ Private Hot Tub
+1 -707-634-4894
Sebastopol Sonoma County
Carmel Valley, CA

Peaceful, quiet, yummy!

  • 5 of 5
This rental is a spacious studio - with all amenities accounted for, and then some! The owners are friendly, respectful, and thoughtful. We were greeted with cookies fresh from the oven, instructions around the hot tub and fireplace, and then left to our own devices - just what we wanted!!!
The fridge was stocked with all that we could need, and more - healthy snacks, juice, fruit, nuts...The delicious, organic, locally roasted coffee ready to brew. Muffins were at our doorstep in the morning! Did I mention the cookies were amazing???! Baked by the owner herself!
The area is populated by homes on large parcels, and secluded by vegetation, but within easy distance to Sebastapol, restaurants, and wineries.
We ate at Backyard in Forestville - meh, Farmhouse - awesome, and Hopmonk - great lunch. We also had a sandwich at Jimtown that was amazing. Took a few loaves of Wildflour bread home...
Great winery visits at White Oak, De Varro, Mari Mar.

We are already looking forward to our next visit - and Janet's cookies!
  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Anna! It was wonderful meeting you and Aaron. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay in the cottage and that it was just what you were looking for. And I thank you for complimenting my baking. It's truly a pleasure for me to share. I'm sure our future guests will appreciate your reviews of some of the local restaurants and wineries as well. We would be delighted to have you back any time you're in the mood for another getaway in Sonoma County! P.S. Matthew loved the Scrimshaw.
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Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary
Willow Wood Market Cafe
Underwood Bar & Bistro
Hole in the Wall Restaurant
Andy's Produce Markets
Taylor Maid Farms
French Garden Restaurant & Bistro
Iron Horse Ranch and Vineyards
West County Regional Trail
Sebastopol Cookie Company
Merry Edwards Winery
Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Oakland & San Fran 50 mi, Sonoma County Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Underwood Bar & Bistro, Graton, CA
Nearest Ferry
44 Miles
Golden Gate Ferry, Larkspur, CA
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Sebastopol Golf Course 4 mi, New Links Bodega Bay
Nearest Train
52 Miles
Amtrack/BART station, Richmond, CA
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
French Garden and many others, Sebastopol, CA
Nearest Ski
250 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Doron Beach, Bodega Bay, CA
Car: necessary

The cottage is located down a private country lane in the hills just 10 minutes from downtown Sebastopol, making it convenient to all that Sonoma County has to offer. And trust us when we say, that's a lot!

Once you venture out and explore the surrounding area beyond the cottage you will delight in so many Sonoma County offerings, like the ones listed below:

There are more than 400 wineries in Sonoma County and virtually all of them are within a one hour drive of the cottage. There are 75 wineries and tasting rooms within 15 minutes of us alone, including some world class vineyards and some quaint, small tasting rooms as well.

The charming small towns of Sebastopol, Graton, Forestville, Occidential and Freestone are all less than 10 minutes away with restaurants and bakeries, coffee and tea houses, bookstores, specialty boutiques, spas, antique shops and art galleries.

There are 20 local farmers' markets in Sonoma County (several are open year round), ensuring that you can enjoy locally sourced organic produce and a wide variety of artisanal crafts every day of week, except Mondays.

Bodega Bay's fresh seafood, beaches and the dramatic scenery of the Sonoma Coastline are just over 20 minutes away via a scenic drive down highways 12 and 1. We've got redwoods growing right here on the property, but if you want to explore Armstrong Redwood State Preserve it's less than half an hour way across the Russian River in Guernville.

And for outdoor enthusiasts there are also: miles of beautiful hiking trails both along the magnificent coastline and in the hills and forests of Sonoma County, road and mountain bicycling, canoeing and kayaking, windsurfing, open ocean and/or fresh water fishing, and even hot air ballooning opportunities nearby.

Within Sonoma County you can also enjoy an array of cultural activities including, live Shakespeare plays, internationally recognized musical acts, symphonic performances, museums, shopping outlet stores and the Art Trails tour of local artists' studios and the Farm Trails tour of Sonoma County's artisnal producers, agriculture and family farms.

We will provide you with up to date calendars and lists of local events, schedules for Farmers' Markets, maps, restaurant menus and phone numbers for everything from local massage therapists and drivers for your wine tasting tours, to coupons and pricing at the day spa, wineries' tasting room hours, and even our own favorites and recommendations, all to enhance your enjoyment of our area.

Wine Country Garden Cottage is very well designed for everything from a super relaxed and low-key, private romantic get away to an action-packed adventure based vacation experience. And everything in between!

We're glad to tell you even more. Just give us a call!

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Sebastopol Cottage Rental Rates

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Cleaning Fee $50
Notes Single night: $150 with $50 cleaning fee.

Guests may pay by personal check directly to owner. Call: 707-634-4894

Cancellation policy: 100% 30 days prior to arrival date. Refund of 50% of deposit with 15-29 days notice.

No refunds with less than 15 days prior notice unless vacancy is filled.

Check In Time is: 4-6pm (or later if needed) on arrival date
Check Out Time: 11am on departure date

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Sebastopol Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
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  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Sunny studio cottage with 1 queen bed and 1 queen futon couch that can sleep an additional two people.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
The cottage is a perfect spot for a romantic getaway, writing retreat, girl's weekend, secluded meditation escape, adventure travel, wine tasting tour or quiet location for staying while attending a family function nearby. We are a diversity friendly establishment where all are welcome.
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