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Romantic, European, and Quiet Cottage in a Beautiful Tropical Garden

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

1 bedroom, with sitting room and fireplace, large bathroom and outdoor lanai

A romantic cottage retreat in a colorful Sonoma country setting that is close to the Sonoma Square by 1 mile. Tropical gardens, quiet, relaxing, colorful and one-of-a-kind. It is an experience to be remembered.

You will feel transformed to another era as you step into the sheltered walls of the 2 acre adobe compound and surrounded by 6 more.

The Hacienda was built by our own blood, sweat, and joy. Once you walk through the arched wall you are transformed to another place. We are told by people who walk through the gates that they feel like they are in the south of France, Italy, or Mexico. Our neighbors said it looks like an Italian villa.

The view of the grounds is full of tropical plants and colors. There are lush gardens and pathways to roam on and enjoy the lavender or sunflowers that are a hit each year when they bloom. You can dine under the oak tree or relax in the evening by the fire pit!

There are several places to hang out, eat, or play on the three lawn acres within the walls. However, your 1 bedroom cottage has its own private outdoor eating area and two patios to sit in, barbecue, or dine out under the old oak tree lit by an artistic chandelier at night. Sometimes our guests join us outside to eat and drink the many delicious wines from our hometown.

The sunsets are heavenly as the light changes to a warm golden hue that is so beautiful that you try to absorb every moment with your eyes or a camera.

In the summer you can help harvest the lavender or pick a bouquet of wildflowers or giant sunflowers and there is an organic vegetable garden that you are welcome to gather from.

We are only a little over a mile from the Sonoma square and you can easily see the fireworks from our lavender field.

The main house and grounds are available for events of all kinds.


The Casita has thick plastered walls with rich colors reminiscent of old Europe and a fireplace to get cozy by. The floors are all heated and the 3 rooms are built with old beams and vaulted ceilings.

The Casita has a sitting room, bathroom, and bedroom - all separate rooms from one another.

The walls are made from a green product and are 12 inches thick, so it stays warm at night yet cool on hot days and very quiet at nights.

Old and new come together: there are heated floors, French doors in both rooms that overlook the garden, European fixtures, large Mexican tile shower for two with a window that opens to red geraniums and wisteria.

The shower is open, private, and built for 2 with a window to view the garden. If you so inclined, there is a rustic outdoor bamboo-enclosed shower that is fabulous on a starry or full moon night.

Keywords: European, romantic, charming, quiet, tropical, colorful, beautiful, spacious ground, retreat, country, gardens, relaxing

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cena Jane and Roger Hartley
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 10, 2017

About cena Jane and Roger Hartley

The Hacienda was designed and built by Roger Hartley, a construction engineer. He was inspired by the secret walls he would pass by on the streets of Spain and Italy. Upon entering our gate you will be transported into another world, with fountains flowing, colorful gardens and birds of all kinds coming to nest in the red clay tiles. He planted 180 lavender plants that line the back of two acres and in July when it blooms we are truly in paradise. In the beginning when it was just a field of mud and a frame for the casita I came along and a romance was born. I started with just cuttings from a previous home and the garden started breathing. So over a four year period we inspired one another with our love for color, texture and form. We lived in the casita from the moment the walls were plastered. No toilet, no shower, no kitchen, but wow, was it fun. Our beautiful main house has been built and more walls to come and even a pool. It is a never ending creative process that we love sharing with our friends and family.

cena Jane and Roger Hartley purchased this cottage in 2004

Why cena Jane and Roger Hartley chose Sonoma County

What is unique about our property is the feeling of being far from the town yet very close to everything. I have arranged sitting areas all over the property to enjoy the passing of the day with the sun. They are like rooms in a house painted with plants. If you are a bird watcher, this is the place, especially in the spring. There is a photo op at every turn and some textural foliage to admire. We are always creating something new for La Vida Hacienda.

What makes this cottage unique

We are told by people who walk through the gate that they feel like they are in the south of France ,Italy or Mexico. Our neighbors said it looks like an Italian villa. The casita has it's own outdoor eating area and two patios to sit in. The light at the end of the day is filled with a golden color that you try to absorb every moment with your eyes or a camera. Every year we plant giant sunflowers that create a livey happy wall around us. If you miss your pets we have a few of them also. Play ball with Poochini the pooch or enjoy Frisbee on the lawn.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Only such a beautiful couple could reate such a beautiful place! We'll never forget this experience. Hope to return to do it again.
Jun 2009
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Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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Romantic, European, and Quiet Cottage in a Beautiful Tropical Garden
average rating of 4.733333 based on 38 reviews
Boulder, Colorado

Comfort & Peace: everywhere you go

  • 5 of 5

This property left us with the feeling of living indoor & out, with so many comfortable options. The night's rest was heavenly with luxurious bed and windows open. The warmed floors soothed our transition to morning as did the fireplace to evening. The thoughtfully curated space felt country European. We loved meeting the hosts and their sweet dog, along with other guests who wanted pictures taken on the beautiful grounds. We would definitely stay at Hacienda again! Thank you for sharing your special place with those away from theirs.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Beautiful and peaceful with convenient location to Sonoma.

  • 4 of 5

The property was close to town but we felt like we were far away in our own peaceful oasis.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Inspiring beauty

  • 5 of 5

Hacienda de Amor was an experience of beauty, comfort and inspiration. We found all aspects of our stay to be nothing less than perfect! Cena, Roger and Poocini are the perfect hosts and share their artistic landscape of love with generosity and grace.

It is a wonder that we found this special spot on the earth and we hope to return someday and stay connected in spirit until then..

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

I loved staying at La Casita--the architecture, garden, artwork and many beautiful details all made it feel like a real hacienda. I would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Relaxing atmosphere with beautiful gardens

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at the casita as an anniversary trip. We received a warm greeting from Poochini and Roger upon arrival and had a very relaxing week.

The house is beautifully built with French doors and nice wood-frame windows ... the construction keeps the inside cool on hot days and allows for some great breezes to come through. Opening the doors also gives you a great view of the garden.

The patio is the perfect place to sit in the morning with some coffee (coffee maker, coffee, cream, and sugar were provided!) or at night sipping some wine while the sun sets. And on hot days it provides a cool shady spot to relax. There's plenty of lighting at the larger outdoor table for sitting outside at night.

In terms of location, you can drive to Sonoma Plaza in about 5 minutes, and access lots of wineries with easy access to main roads like Rt 12, 116, and 121.

Overall - if you're looking for a quiet, relaxing place to stay in Sonoma, we definitely recommend this one!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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La Casita

  • 5 of 5

We love this place. We actually want to scare people away from here, and write a negative review so my wife and I can have this slice of heaven ALL to ourselves! But that would not be fair . So, all we canszy is if ever look at this place on VRBO and are not sure about booking a stay here even after looking at all the pictures and great reviews--stopand go no further in your search for a "nice" place. You will not be disappointed in any way. In fact, like us, you will have wished to stay longer! The owners, Roger and Cena and (poochini), a very friendly orange cat, the immaculate grounds are are all you need to relax and unwind. The weather here in September was perfect too, but evenif it was not, it wouldn't matter because you are transpoted to a different place. A place you will no doubt cherish and come back to. I have never been to heaven or Italy, but you don't haveto. All you need to do is stay here and you will be there! We are coming back without a doubt and I encourage all to do the same and look no further then this magical place in Sonoma called La Casita or Hacienda De Amor.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Oakland and San Francisco, Sacramento
Car: not necessary

We are located in the county just next to the city limits. We are only a mile and half from the square. There is a bike trail to the square and can be rented.

The best thing about our property is there is a lot of it and you feel like you are in another country. It's a beautiful and relaxing place to hang out.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $70 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

$50 per day for a third adult

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Sonoma Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    - toilet , shower
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 casita - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
'electric coffee maker ','wine glasses', 'Fresh herb garden', fresh vegetables in season', 'large yard for games', 'walk out to the lavender and pick a bunch to take home',' play frisbee in the field',' pick flowers',' great for neighborhood walking',' lots of trees and no sidewalks', ' massage available', 'bicycles to use on the near by bike path to town and wineries',

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