House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
About Joanie Paternoster
My husband Steve grew up on the farm where the cottage is located. We married in 1974 and purchased the farm from Steve's parents in 1976 where we have farmed citrus and operated a farm-management business. We raised four children who are now grown , and two of them still work with us in our farm-management business.
Joanie Paternoster purchased this House in 1976
Why Joanie Paternoster chose Terra Bella
Steve's parents first lived in the cottage before they moved to the house where we now live, which is located across the driveway. We had always thought the cottage would be a great little honeymoon, or vacation cottage, so we worked on getting it ready for vacationers.
What makes this House unique
The cottage is in a rural setting, with the sounds of birds singing in the mornings, and frogs serenading at night. There is a huge swing set in the front yard which Steve built. There is also a gypsy wagon designed and built by Steve and Joanie on the cottage property, with a campfire pit, and large picnic table.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
If visiting family, they may come over for dinner.
Smoking is allowed in outside areas.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Family Get Away
Our So. Cal family stayed at the cottage for a mini vacation, while there we visited Yosemite, about 4 hours away and Sequoia about 2 hours away. The home was perfect the hosts very kind. There were dogs and cats whom my kids loved playing with. We spent some time roaming around the orchards. Nights were peaceful. Would stay again if ever in the area and would definitely recommend to friends.
Cozy & Comfortable
Our stay at the Terra Bella cottage was delightful. It has all the charm and coziness of a turn-of-the-century home. Decorated in country farm style with warm cheerful colors. The hosts Joan and Steve are welcoming and offered several local suggestions for food and exploration.
The icing on the cake was access to fresh oranges for fresh squeezed OJ in the morning.
What a wonderful place to stay! The cottage was very beautiful, with garden flowers all around. There were fresh flowers, oranges, and delicious bread waiting for us when we arrived. Steve and Joanie were also kind enough to take us on a tour of their citrus groves, as well as the pistachio groves they farm-manage. We learned a lot and had a great time. If you get the opportunity to stay here, we definitely recommend it!
It was a pleasure hosting Justin and Miki! They are appreciative, pleasant guests and we enjoyed showing them the farm. They also left the cottage very clean.
We hope they can visit again sometime!
Joanie is a great hostess and we were as pleased as we can be. We would easily return.
Thank you all; it was a pleasure meeting you and having you stay on our farm!
Best Vrbo experience ever!
It was lovely to be hosted by Steve and Joanie. The cottage was absolutely lovely, cozy and very clean with a beautiful garden. Once you get inside and move around the house, you can see how they have put a lot of thought to take care of every detail to make the stay as comfortable as possible. The surrounding area is really peaceful and quiet with a lot of privacy. There is access to the pool outside and they also put up hammocks for us under the cool shade. The hosts were readily available to assist with our requests. I would recommend it to anyone planning to visit the area. If it is available, just get the place. I am pretty sure you will be very happy with it. Thank you Joanie and Steve for hosting us.
P.S. - The paintings in the house are really beautiful and actually made by the Paternoster family.
To start with, we were greeted with some delicious banana bread and a welcome message. What was surprising that the message was in our native language. It felt really good and gave us a lot of joy. The cottage has two bedrooms with very comfortable beds. There is also a pullout couch. There are two bathrooms with a big soaking tub. The kitchen is very well stocked with coffee, tea and bottled water available for drinking and cooking. Lots of seating areas outside of the cottage if you just wanna chill on a good day. We were also treated to a guided tour of the gypsy house.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and hope to visit the place again. The best rental experience so far for us!
Oh! Thank you so much! It was a pleasure having you here and we're so glad you enjoyed the garden!
We love staying at the farm cottage and enjoy the tranquillity & beauty of the gardens. Joanie creates such a welcoming environment. We couldn’t ask for a better home away from home when we are on vacation!
Free farm tours. Fresh fruit and garden produce available (seasonal)