THE LODGE IN KENWOOD CA is a one of a kind stone lodge located in a secluded location at the very heart of the Sonoma Valley near all the famous wineries, all 5 bedrooms are large and have a private, ensuite bath. We have a caretaker nearby, so unlike most VRBO rentals, you can be assured of superior oversight and assistance. We now have access to a rural event facility or can help you locate a back roads venue of choice, ideal for corporate meetings, dinner parties, wine tastings, team cooking classes, rehearsal dinners, elopements or small weddings. If you want to check dates and specific pricing, you can do this very accurately on the upper right of this web page in the reservation box. Just enter the in / out dates and click “Get Details" which appears once you enter dates. The quote will be correct; we keep the online info up to date.
We have a wonderful video of the house which you can find on youtube under the name The Lodge in Kenwood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAq8GYUNcyo
This video is also to be found on this site; it is the last photo in the gallery of images here. Click on the arrow that appears in the center of the last photo, #25.
CONCIERGE: We have a full-time concierge on staff well versed in the many and diverse activities at offer in the Wine Country. Let us organize tour and tasting itineraries for your group at those award-winning private wineries not open to the public including transportation and informative talks from owners or winemakers. We can arrange in situ private pours/tastings by some of the county's best winemakers or private chef presentations or meals with wine country pairings right at our property. Perhaps you want to know the best choice for hot air balloon trips or where to zip through the redwoods - ensure the most informed visit possible to this multi-faceted agricultural area. If you can dream it, we can organize it for you; there is a fee for service.
OVERVIEW: The house is 4000 square feet including 4 bedrooms/4 bathrooms in the main house and 1/1 in the nearby guest cottage with its own full kitchen. All 5 bedrooms have private baths and are uniquely appointed. There are 2 stone fireplaces, professional kitchen, turn of the century wine bar, chemical free lap pool, waterfall, 8-person spa/hot tub, stone fire-pit with extensive outdoor lounging and dining areas, bocce ball court and dedicated media room. It is situated just off the very center of the Sonoma Valley floor, at the mouth of a granite canyon which becomes Sugar Loaf State Park. The locally quarried stone walls of the first floor are over 1' thick, providing luxurious natural air conditioning. The outdoor splendor merges with the indoors as all the front-facing first-floor windows bifold back to open completely. Secluded and picturesque, there are endless views to the forested peaks of the nearby state park while just minutes from the best wineries. Rustic, country French antiques abound with an informal 'feet up' level of comfort and ease throughout.
CHECK-IN is guaranteed by 4:00 p.m. and checkout is at 11:00 a.m. We do our very best to accommodate early check-ins and late check-outs, but cannot make any guarantees until one week prior to arrival.
HIGHLIGHTS: Idyllic in the summer, the house is uniquely fabulous in the winter, spring, and fall because of the great room and 2 stone fireplaces. Rainy, cool days are a delight with friends or family gathering around the massive living room fireplace and cooking in the vast professional kitchen with its 2 islands, 2 dishwashers, and room for 3 to cook simultaneously at the professional Viking range. An adjacent 14-foot wine bar affords temperature controlled refrigeration for optimal wine tasting. When outdoor temperatures drop, there is radiant heat (under the limestone flooring) so one is more than comfortable in the high-ceiling, main floor spaces. When the rainy season starts, the nearby creek fills significantly and rushes by to the valley floor. It can sound like Niagara Falls is across the way; truly delightful. There is a bocce court in the side yard and a separate theater room with 70' led screen and surround sound system. The pool is a chemical free lap pool, 12’ wide by 50’ long. The antique European, hand embroidered linen sheets (dating fro the 1st half of the 20th century) will be line-dried in the fresh country air (weather permitting), hand ironed and waiting for you to sleep ever-so deeply in. *Please note in the rainy season (typically November-March/April) outdoor cushions are stored.
There is nothing to compare to gathering in front of a big fire. Often even summer nights are cool enough to allow for a blaze. There are 2 stone fireplaces on the first floor. The living room fireplace is right out of the days of yore when stone lodges had oversized fireplaces as the center of the household. One of the first-floor king bedrooms has its own stone fireplace. A memorable gathering place is our outdoor fire-pit under 150-foot tall fir trees with adjacent propane grill- a fabulous place to encircle your group around a roaring fire, share stories, and tall tales. There is firewood on the premises and the fireplaces will be stacked, ready for your match to set alight.
Culinary options galore: We are so fortunate that the renowned chef John Ash and his right hand, Mei Ibach, are managing the culinary program. John Ash is often referred to as the “Father of Wine Country Cuisine”. His namesake restaurant, John Ash & Company, was the firsts culinary marvel of its type when it opened its doors in 1980. Today he is an acclaimed author and much sought after teacher, and consultant. If desired, Mei can add her unique Thai and Indonesian background to her wine country flavors - mingling exotic Malay and Chinese spices. Let Mei or John create the menu of your dreams; whether you want a big outdoor barbecue with a selection from John’s newest cook book, or a 6 course sit down extravaganza with the most exquisite wine pairings the county has to offer. Team building cooking events are a very popular group activity to consider.
We can make arrangements/recommendations for any of the following (concierge fee may apply):
Private chef for a luxury in situ experience or any and all catering
Wine tastings, pairings, private tours
Stock the frig with your list of preferred delights
On site cooking classes
Team building culinary workshops
Daily cleaning, fire rebuilding
Driver for winery tours, dining out in the area
County Enforced Quiet hours: 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. every day, year round.
Outdoor amplified music is not permitted at ANY time on the property
Max number of vehicles permitted: 5
Total Number of guests allowed: 10 overnight guests and 4-day guests. A total of 14 combined overnight and day guests permitted at any time. Day guests must vacate the property by 10:00 p.m.
SONOMA COUNTY REGULATIONS FOR VACATION RENTALS WHICH WE MUST RESPECT AS WELL AS THE RIGHTS OF OUR NEIGHBORS: There can be no parties of any sort nor amplified music out of doors at ANY time. Fire-pit must be turned off and all conversation moved indoors by 10pm every night, no exceptions. Failure to heed these rules is ground for forfeiture of your entire deposit as we are at risk of losing our rental permit; thank you!
Sonoma County TOT number: 720N