|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Tucked away & secluded 8,000 sq. foot stucco home constructed of thick strawbales in the classic Italianate manner, nestled at the end of a long meandering 3 mile country road passing cows & nature the house is set amongst the oaks on a 100 acres, with sweeping views of Alexander Valley. Six bedrooms, 6 marble bathrooms with a sink in the guest bath from a Hamman from Istanbul.
The entrance graced by a cobble stone entering a classic rotunda reaching two stories; views down the valley & over coastal hills. Master suite w/ private balcony, elegant bathroom w/ double shower & tub. First floor has 13 foot ceilings. Two fireplaces grace the house, a formal living room & dining room; the other end a great room adjoining kitchen. House is centered around a gourmet kitchen with white Carrera marble counters, an 8 burner Wolff stove and two dishwashers. A gracious 60 foot pool surrounded on both sides by lush grass & lavender, patio w/ seating and dining abut south facing lawn.
Surrounding towns & wineries: Let me begin by describing the local towns that are near our house. Geysersville is a small town that was founded a hundred years ago to support the Italian grape growers and the sheep farmers. In this quaint town, an original family from Geyserville has returned to open a great family restaurant called Catelli’s and down the street is a hip pizza restaurant. This town is 5 miles from our house & well worth a visit for the evening or lunch. The town of Healdsburg is 6 miles away from Geyserville and has become a hot bed for chefs looking for a new outlet. The well known chef Charlie Palmer opened Dry Creek Kitchen in the beautiful Healdsburg Hotel to name a few. There are too many wineries to name in the area but they can be found on the internet under Dry Creek and Alexander valley wineries. Francis Coppola just opened the newly renovated winery that used to house Souverian. It’s a gorgeous property and should be on your agenda, reservations are needed.
House and gardens: The house its self is quite unique & most individuals note when they arrive that the photos do not do it justice. The house is built of straw making it more similar to the construction one would find in Europe. The exterior walls are 3 feet thick with stucco on the outside and plaster on all the interior walls; the ceilings are 13 feet high. The house is surrounded by gardens, olive trees and grass as well as the natural setting of oak trees. The full length of the back of the house has a 60 foot pool with chaises & umbrellas on decks at each end.
Interior details: The first floor is entered through a vestibule paved with cobble stones. One enters into a rotunda that connects to the formal dining room and living room with a large fireplace. On the other end of the house is a great room featuring a seating area next to the kitchen that merges with the antique farm table set in front a second fireplace. The kitchen is very large, 200 square feet with a large prep island in the middle & three other working or serving counters. The kitchen is completely setup for individuals who love to cook and entertain guests. The first floor also features two bedroom suites on either end of the house.
Moving up the curved staircase on the outside of the rotunda, one will find four bedrooms, each with its one bathroom. The master bathroom is very large with two shower heads & a claw foot tub with views all the way down the valley. (830N certificate no.)
Traveling with a large group it was difficult to find somewhere with 5 or more baths and this house was perfect for our group of 12, every couple had their own room and bathroom. The photos that shows rooms with twin beds were made into very comfortable king beds and the house has lots of space both indoors and out to spread out. Spending time in the pool, with that view was a great way to wind down after days out wine tasting. We made most of our dinners and breakfasts at the house and the kitchen was great, lots of room and all the dishes, pots, pans and serving items we needed. We were there during a very warm week in September, with temperatures reaching the low 90s, and while the house was not quite cold inside during the day it was comfortable and we had no issues sleeping at night. (We are from the Texas and used to always having air conditioning, so we were quite surprised by this). The drive while mentioned in other reviews does take some extra effort in how you plan your day, the isolation was sort of nice....we heard coyotes at night and the star gazing was great.
Pros: The view, the pool, the kitchen, the house fits a large group of couples traveling together, lots of room to spread out and nice space inside and out. The bedrooms and bathrooms were all very nicely furnished with nice fixtures.
Cons: There are no window coverings...this was not at all an issue for those in the 4 rooms on the second floor but those in the 2 rooms on the 1st floor felt a little exposed. Water pressure upstairs is a little light in some showers. Surfaces in the kitchen (wood and white marble) were lovely but took some extra diligence to make sure they didn't get damaged.
This place is absolutely INCREDIBLE! You feel like you are so far removed from reality in a place that resembles Tuscany. It overlooks Alexander Valley and has an amazing backyard space and pool. The house itself is just incredible- so spacious and gorgeous inside. Can't say enough good things about this space- celebrated a big bday here and enjoyed every minute of it!
Beautiful home located in a beautiful spot. You feel like you're vacationing in the Italian countryside, though only 1.5 hours from San Francisco. Kitchen, bed linens, pool, grounds -- everything is tastefully and elegantly done. The only minor complaint is the water pressure, whcih is extremely low and the showers were unusable in a couple of the bathrooms. That could be due to the extreme drought conditions of the area. This is a great house for a group looking to get away from it all for a few days.
We held our company offsite at this fantastic villa. It was a great place, very fresh, lots of room for both leisure and work. Everything was as advertised and met or exceeded our expectations. We're considering making this an recurring destination for our annual off-site.
This home is absolutely stunning. It is in a beautiful setting, it is peaceful and wonderfully appointed. The pool just induces calm. The owners were communicative and flexible when we had a last-minute emergency that forced us to change a date related to our stay.
As for the "rules" the previous reviewer commented on, I found them understandable -- the owners have a great home that they want kept in good condition. There wasn't anything so onerous that it interfered with our enjoyment of the home. And, yes, the drive to the home is up a long dirt road, and your car will get dirty -- that's the price of privacy! We found the seclusion marvelous.
Our young kids had a ball running around outside the house, swimming, and all sharing a big bedroom on the top floor.
We would stay again, and bring friends.
There is no denying that this is one nice big house, & my husband & I have rented homes all over the world, but there are some things one needs to know/put in your contract before you book this house: If you like to sleep in, there are no shades or screens on the windows, The pool is VERY cold. They seem to have a problem w potatoe bugs in the pool- we had to cleaned it everyday. The dirt road up to the house is VERY long/windy/dusty- wish we knew prior to signing contract, difficult to go out at night as road it not lit. Think about renting a car, we spent $$$ detailing our 3 cars. You only get 1 set of towels for the whole week- you are not allowed to use their laundry facilities, but they are not locked. Which leads to our biggest complaint- there is a binder of "do not's" that awaits you- MAKE SURE OWNER APPENDS TO YOUR CONTRACT. There are laminated notes all over the house telling you not to let water run, in the kitchen about not moving bags, boxes or anything across the kitchen counters -seriously! Owner stated the area was under extreme water shortage yet local reservoirs were 98% full & they water their lawn twice a day. DO NOT THINK about using anything from their garden (lemons, herbs, etc..) they are counted before & after your stay. Recommend if you have children tell the owners to put EVERYTHING in the living room away. This room has so many personal fragile/antiques items you won't use it and it's 1/4 of the public space (wasted from a rental POV) and owners where pissed something irreplaceable broke! Don't be surprised if owners are at gate the day of departure (they told us they were out of town) & unfortunately we had a few things break during our stay, some due to natural causes & human. All or our communication was via email, so we were going to email them when we got home. Their contract is one sided- ensure you change to cover yourself for natural causes (sun umbrella broke due to unexpected wind) we asked for receipts before reimbursing them for items. They wanted to charge us for top of the line umbrella, when we knew it was wasn't. They never provided receipts & just sent us our deposit minus what they felt we owed them. Take pictures upon arrival. We are contemplating taking them to court. Not sure they really are comfortable renting their home, and maybe they shouldn't. Owner expects you to stop your vacation to call her about everything! We would have been better off at $$$$ local hotel. Owners attitude was caustic.
The perfect getaway for those who want to relax and enjoy the quiet of the country away from the hustle & bustle. Located up a meandering three mile country road, high on a hill outside of the quaint town of Geyserville, above the Alexander Valley location of many wineries, the well known family restaurant Catelli's, a fantastic pizza restaurant Diavola, with others Dry Creek ( Charlie Trotter), Barndiva, Zin to name a few in Healdsburg. The house is a 25 minutes drive to the town of Healdsburg.
(830N certificate no.)
Other Activities: canoeing/kayaking, hiking & biking
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Apr 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
|Cleaning fee||$335 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$2,000|
Holidays such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years are all at the High Season rate & a four night minimum