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Laurie Ridgeway

Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Lofty Wine Country 'Zen' Modern Barn

33 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

Sebastopol Studio Rental Photos and Description

Large open studio with comfy King Bed, full bath with walk-in shower, sleeps 2

Perfectly situated off a country road that winds through the heart of Sonoma Wine Country Paradise, surrounded by the area's leading wineries and restaurants, this 'Modern Barn' has been transformed into the perfect private getaway vacation home.

You will be thrilled when you enter the Zen Modern Barn -- Romantic, stylish, modern and peaceful all describe this special light-filled lofty space with high open beam ceilings, the warm rich colors and lovely furnishings, including a very comfy king-size bed. We have recently added an air-conditioning system for maximum comfort in the summer months. There is a completely new fully-equipped kitchen with stainless refrigerator, full-size gas range and dishwasher, too! Loaded with appliances including Microwave, toaster, blender, cooking supplies, etc. Enjoy one of your own gourmet meals with fresh produce and local wine as you gaze out the many doors and windows to the vineyard. Enjoy the flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi. Sit outside and enjoy the night sky or morning birdsong on your private patio

that looks out on our Japanese-style garden and the old oak, pine and redwood trees and vineyards beyond. Its a perfect place for your morning coffee or to enjoy that bottle of wine you bought when wine-tasting that afternoon!

Local Wineries: We are truly located in Wine Country Central, an ideal starting point from which to explore dozens and dozens of renowned wineries. Joseph Swan and Martin Ray are within .25 mile with numerous within a 5-10 minute drive. We can't begin to list time all but some of our favorites are Gary Farrell, Rodney Strong, Ferrari-Carano, Arista, Hop Kiln, Lynmar Estates, DeLoach, Dutton Estates, Kendall-Jackson,La Crema, Murphy-Goode and Merry Edwards. 20 minutes to the delights of charming downtown Healdsburg, less than 15 to Sebastopol and Santa Rosa, a few miles to the Russian River .

The Dry Creek Valley, Chalk Hill and Alexander Valley wineries are all just a short drive through some of the most gorgeous scenery anywhere. The only hard part is choosing which ones to visit!

Restaurants: Sonoma County has become renowned not only for its wineries but also for its food known for using many of the local fine ingredients to produce many an award-winning dining experience.

Wonderful restaurants in Graton include Willowood Cafe and Underwood. Zazu is a farm to table restaurant in downtown . The Farmhouse Inn is just minutes away and serves first-class fare in an elegant turn-of-the-century farmhouse. Willy's Wine Bar is fun, you can order Wine 'Flights' for your own private wine tasting while sampling delicious tapas dishes to pair. Peter Lowell's in Sebastopol is one of our favorites for great savvy awesome food in a hip casual environment. Lunch on the patio at Coppola in Geyserville overlooking the estate is a special experience. You can reserve space at the pool there too!

Home to the Slow Food movement, the surrounding countryside is dotted with fresh produce stands like Andy's Produce, local dairies and cheese.

Explore the Farm Trail vendors where everything from fresh eggs and homemade

Local Towns to Explore: The house is ideally located to explore many of charming and picturesque towns that surround the entire region. Of course, the well-known village of Healdsburg is great fun, as picturesque as a Disney movie set. Built around a classic country town square, explore the many shops, boutiques and wine tasting rooms after a fine lunch or dinner in one of many gourmet restaurants.

Downtown Graton is little more than a block long but on it are 3 great restaurants including Willowood Cafe, Underwood Bar & Bistro and Mexico Lindo Restaurant, also Mr Ryder's which a great antique store. After lunch just walk over to the West Regional Trail for a walk or a bicycle ride through the oak trees, past vineyards and the apple cider vinegar plant.

About 15 minutes away on the Bohemian Highway, tucked into the redwoods, is the charming west-Sonoma town of Occidental. Home to one of our very favorite restaurants - Hazel, where two wood-fired ovens turn out truly inspired rustic Mediterranean cuisine and pizza. The little town also has Negri's, an old-fashioned authentic Italian restaurant, numerous cafes and charming antique stores.

The town of Point Reyes, where you can stop for lunch, browse the remarkable bookstore or visit Cowgirl Creamery for ice cream or fresh cheeses, is about an hour's drive from the house and borders the Pt. Reyes National Seashore. If you are into nature, hiking ar canoeing this is a must! Hiking trails meander along the estuaries, through forest and across gentle hills where cattle graze. The birdlife is abundant with hawks, egrets, and herons among other shore birds.

More Details
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Laurie Ridgeway (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Laurie Ridgeway

Though we are from the Bay Area but moved to Palm Springs almost 15 years ago to live and work our dream was always to have a place in Sonoma County. In 2007 we had sold a house in the desert and took a vacation to the Wine Country and stayed at at VRBO rental. Suddenly our dream seemed possible - we could buy our second home in Sonoma and rent it out too! Over the years we have renovated and improved pretty much every inch of the property, and most of our times there are "working holidays". But we truly love it and it has become the place where we so often celebrate wonderful dinners with friends and family. And we love that others are enjoying it too!

Laurie Ridgeway purchased this studio in 2007

Reviews

4.8
based on 33 traveler reviews

Lofty Wine Country 'Zen' Modern Barn
average rating of 4.787879 based on 33 reviews
5

Wonderful Wine country get away... and more!

  • 5 of 5

We just got back to SF from our 4 day vacation stay at the Zen Barn and the memory of it will keep me warm and cozy until the SF fog melts away and Indian Summer returns! The studio itself was charming and very well appointed with designer touches and tasteful furnishings. The views out of the many windows and the sliding glass doors overlooking the gardens were so pleasing and restful.

The grounds where the gardens are located are beautiful with California native plants and fruit trees. Because of the drought, it is also very dry and dusty at this time of year so the surrounding area looks a bit dry. Be careful if you take food outside. Wasps were a problem and we had to retreat back indoors. The kitchen supples are adequate but a few things were a little tired.

The owner's dining and destination recommendations are spot on and personal long time favorites. I would add a visit to the (Michelin 1 Star) Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant off of River Road, just under 10 minutes from the studio. The dinner there was the highlight of our stay. As a dinner guest, you may use the pool and spa facilities onsite.

Both the owner and the onsite contact, Corinne were very pleasant and very helpful. 700 square feet is very generous for a studio and a spacious bathroom plus you can't beat the location off of Vine Hill road. We look forward to our next visit to the beautiful and restful Zen Barn!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us Eva. We're so glad you enjoyed your time at the Zen Barn and hope you will come back soon! Yes, the Farmhouse Inn is a must - thanks for recommending it. All the best, Laurie & Avian
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5

Zen Barn got a new fan

  • 5 of 5

Without any exaggeration, this is a truly beautiful retreat. Its location is perfect: easy to get to and easy to reach all the interesting places from Jenner to Sonoma from there. It is peaceful and quiet, but not isolated: there are people in the neighboring houses, but you never see them.

If you need to buy groceries, check out Andy’s – local produce, fresh and cheap – amazing, and just 10 minutes away. For all the conventional stuff, you can reach Safeway in Sebastopol in 15 minutes.

The house itself is cozy and well taken care of. WiFi is a little slow, but stable and cell connection is ok – altogether, communication technology worked great.

The kitchen is nice, but one important thing that is missing is the cutting board. If you want to cook, bring your own. Also: if you are a serous coffee drinker, bring a coffee grinder too.

Driveway is a little bit challenging: it is one way, and to get out you need to go backward, but it’s not too bad as long as you are backing out of it in the light of day.

Dealing with the owner and property management was easy: they are very responsive and helpful.

To summarize: I am a new fan of Zen Barn and am looking forward to coming back to this wonderful place.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us recently Alex - we're so glad you enjoyed your stay. I did want to note that there are two cutting boards in the slot between the refrigerator and microwave - I'm sorry you didn't see them at the time. We don't have a coffee grinder because we have never had a request for one since most people grind their own - but good to think about. And yes, the driveway can be challenging to back out of since it is at the back of the property (I am not a good reverse driver myself so I understand)- but it's the price you pay to be able to pull up to the house and have private parking I guess. But overall it sounds like you enjoyed it and we'd love to have you come back.
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5

Very Comfortable, Quiet and Well Appointed Large Studio

  • 5 of 5

The Zen Modern Barn was spacious, comfortable, and well appointed on a larger property with gardens, large trees, and a vineyard in the distance. Views out any window include gardens and treescapes. Very quiet area. The king size bed was a dream with comfy pillows and linens. The kitchen was well equipped and modern - easy to prepare meals. The bathroom is large and well, I wish I could take the shower home! Management was very helpful and we had great communication. If you are not familiar with the area, this is a good, yet fairly rural, central location between Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Guerneville and surrounding areas. Goat Rock Beach just south of Jenner is spectacular, as well as a walk in the redwood forest at Armstrong Redwood State Park in Guerneville.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

An Absolute Delight!

  • 5 of 5

The Wine Country 'Zen" Modern Barn was the perfect home base for visiting Sonoma and Napa wineries, as well as for driving up the awesome California coast and experiencing the magnificent redwood forests. The studio was so much more than "just a studio." It was spacious, beautifully decorated, immaculately clean, and it afforded a lovely view of neighboring vineyards. It was totally private and quiet. The patio looked onto a pretty garden, and was where we could quietly enjoy our glass of wine at the end of the day. This was "made" for 2 retired people who like to get away from the "maddening crowds." Although the kitchen had everything one would need to cook a meal, we chose to just have our breakfast there each day, and eat lunch and dinner wherever our day took us. As much as it seemed that we were "away from it all," we actually were only a short distance from stores, restaurants, etc. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend the 'Zen' barn, and when our new wine supply runs out, we may just return for another "go" of it!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lois. We love imagining our guests enjoying the Zen Barn exactly as we intended and it sounds like you did! I really hope you find the time to come again soon. Thank you again or staying with us. Best, Laurie
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4

Nice place, but not the place for us.

  • 4 of 5

The property is nice and rustic, and the interior is recently updated. We enjoyed staying there, but it just didn't click with us, and we just had a few logistical problems. We rented an odd car, (a high-performance convertible) and had trouble backing it up in several places, most notably the driveway, but it was a problem in several places. The big problem was that we hike a lot, and the zen barn is no-shoes-indoors, but there's nothing to lean against or sit on near the door while you take your shoes off. I almost went through the glass door once trying not to fall over. I caught myself, but I could have used a chair. These are first world problems for sure, and the place is all one big, spacious room, so for a lot of people I think it would be great, but for us just OK. I don't regret staying there, but I'm looking for places more suited to our needs for future trips. The owner was a pleasure to deal with, and all of the check-in, check-out and payment arrangements went swimmingly.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Michael, I wa surprised to see your review just now since you stayed at the Zen Barn almost a year ago! I am wondering if you are remembering it correctly because the entrance to the house is a wood door and the slider is on the other side which is not where you would enter. Near the front door is a table and chairs you could have sat at and taken shoes off at. In any event, while we appreciate no shoes if people are comfortable with that, it is not at all mandatory. We used to have a messy mulberry tree near the entryway that was the reason for that request but it was replaced with a nice clean maple. The driveway can be challenging since it winds but it is what gives you privacy and is easier if you back down it. I am sorry you were inconvenienced though.
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5

ZEN BARN PROVIDES THE PERFECT SPOT FOR A MEMORABLE WEEK IN SONOMA & NAPA

  • 5 of 5

The Zen Barn was all we had hoped for as our "home base" for a 10th anniversary trip to wine country. For two persons, this is an absolutely lovely, truly secluded and beautifully appointed "cottage-style" accommodation in view of vineyards and surrounded by just bountiful herb and flower gardens. We were pleased with the location that affords easy and close access to Sebastopol, other charming towns, groceries, many wineries, farm stands, and bike trails. We loved coming back to sit out in the garden after a day of wines, tastings and exploring the area, and enjoy the quiet charm of the patio and recap the day. The kitchen is well-appointed, so cooking was a breeze. The owners have really thought of just about everything. We could not have been happier with our choice of the Zen Barn. Everything in the description is accurate. It is just beautiful inside and out. It has the perfect balance of art, antiques and appointments that exude an artistic, and yet comfortable interior that we loved coming back to. It is the perfect romantic setting for a couple, and we would not even consider staying anywhere else! We have already discussed when we want to return. The neighboring vineyard was harvesting Syrah grapes at the edge of the Zen Barn property early one morning. We had a wonderful and educational conversation with the harvest staff. We spent a day in Healdsburg near the square, where are so many tasting rooms! Then, can make an informed decision of which wineries to visit. Lunch at Willi's Seafood was fresh and well presented. A lunch at Hopmonk in Sebastopol was really fun, great food, and the staff gave us wonderful recommendations for nearby destinations and wineries. We had a memorable dinner at Canetti''s (Tuscan fare) and were treated wonderfully by the owner. We highly recommend Canetti's for a genuine Tuscan dining experience.

Our favorite wineries in Sonoma, which we rate here by quality of the wine and hospitality of the staff include: Martin Ray, Martinelli, Woodenhead, Portalupi, Toad Hollow and too many more to mention. Locals are wonderfully helpful - do not hesitate to ask! We returned to Peju in Napa - that any visitor should include in their wine country travels. Amazing wines, incredible gardens, architecture, fabulous tasting room and memento shopping. Every wine we tasted was from a family-owned winery. Our favorites were almost ALWAYS from the Russian River Valley. Thanks to Corinne & Laurie, for a wonderful week!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Nina and Todd - we loved having you as our guests. Yes, please, make it your Sonoma Wine Country destination and come back whenever you can! Laurie & Avian
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
The Farmhouse Inn
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Jenner or Bodega Bay
Car: necessary

Ideal Location near numerous world-class wineries, a few minutes from great restaurants. Tucked privately into picturesque Wine Country setting, your own little world:)

Other Activities: Winetasting!

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Rates & Availability

Sebastopol Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall
Sep 2 2016 - Nov 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
$175
From
$195
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,150
 
 
Winter
Nov 29 2016 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
$160
$950
 
 
Spring
Mar 1 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
$175
From
$175
Fri,Sat,Sun
$995
 
 
Summer
May 27 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$175
From
$195
Fri,Sat
$1,095
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$150
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $120

$150-175/nt or $895-1050/wk depending on season, plus $110 cleaning fee
Holiday rates are higher, minimum days may be more than average
Best Deal in Sonoma Country!!! $150-175. Huge Modern Loft in the Heart of the Wine Country

Half to reserve and balance 30 days prior to check-in.
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Holiday rates and min. days are generally more

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Sebastopol Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
Building Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Recently built, this brand new spacious bathroom features a large tiled walk-in shower and beautiful tiled floors. Windows above the shower bring the treetops into view.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • This large studio, with ultra comfy king bed looks out through tall sliding doors and windows out across a tree-surrounded acre and vineyards beside. This converted 'dance studio' boasts lofty heights with open beam ceilings and is sure to elevate your spirits and inspire your heart.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
This lofty light-filled studio is beautifully appointed with an eclectic mix of Asian antiques and modern design. The fusion of the old and the new is evident in the brand-new kitchen where above the dark wood cabinets, that beautifully offset the lighter wood floors and stainless appliances, is an antique wooden family crest that once adorned one of the owners' grandfather's Sonoma County winery back in the 1950's.

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