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Wine Country 'Zen' Modern Barn

Sebastopol, CA, USA
  • Cottage750 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights

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.

Property Manager

Laurie Ridgeway

Member Since 2007
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 14, 2018
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 Cottage in 2007


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, 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.


      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Rural
          Rolling vineyards and windy country roads border this rural property. The house looks out on vineyards and a Japanese style garden. Close to redwood forests and the Russian River.
        • Village
          Just 5 minutes from the charming villages of either Graton or Forestville.


            • Away From It All
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Maps
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                      Private driveway
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Safe
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided


                        • Kitchen
                          Full kitchen with dishwasher, range, refrigerator and microwave
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • Blender
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Table and 2 chairs inside and both patios have a table and 2 chairs, one is covered with an umbrella
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 2 people


                                • Books
                                • Books for Adults
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Looks out to the lovely Zen garden and maple trees and beyond to the neighboring vineyard.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Lovely garden view
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Patio


                                        • not suitable for children
                                        • wheelchair accessible


                                            • 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

                                                        • surfing
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • rafting
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • water tubing
                                                        • whitewater rafting


                                                            • 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.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              45 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Comfort in wine country

                                                              Marcia T.Saint James City, FL

                                                              Zen Barn is in the middle of vineyards and wineries. It is quiet and peaceful. One morning I woke to the wonderful sounds of the grapes being picked in the vineyard next door. It is very nicely furnished and comfortable. Loved having a full kitchen and making myself a cup of tea to drink out on the patio each morning. The bathroom is large and great for two people trying to get ready at the same time. Wi-fi works great and is a secure network. It is a little off the beaten path but that is exactly what we were looking for. Wineries are close by for wine tasting and Healdsberg and Santa Rosa are easy to get to in very little time. Someone mentioned backing up the driveway when leaving in a previous review. The first time is a bit tricky but if you go slow and take your time, it's not a problem at all. I highly recommend Zen Barn and would definitely stay here again.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you so much for staying with us Marcia, and giving such a great review. We would love to have you back anytime!

                                                              Laurie & Avian

                                                              Wine Country Retreat

                                                              Diane S.Minnetrista, MN

                                                              Country cottage with beautiful garden and view of vineyard. Close to multiple wineries and easy access to Guernville and Healdsburg. Studio with well appointed kitchen and comfortable bed. Owner was very friendly and responsive.

                                                              Great location...hidden but close to wineries and dining!

                                                              John H.

                                                              Very clean exactly as advertised. We would definitely stay here again.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you so much for staying at the Zen Barn and we hope you can come back again!

                                                              Laurie & Avian

                                                              Relaxing, Restorative, and Will Return!

                                                              Denice B.

                                                              Our stay at Laurie's lovely, Zen Modern Barn, was everything we had hoped for! It was exactly as described/pictured, and was a cozy, home away from home. There were neighbors at a comfortable distance, yet it was very private. Looking out the window into the neighboring vineyards was like being transported to a hillside in Tuscany. We were a quick drive from downtown Sebastopol and enjoyed exceptional meals at Handline, Gaijin Ramen and Peter Lowells. Corrine the property manager responded quickly and was very helpful when we had a question about operating the under cabinet lighting. We would definitely recommend this property to anyone who wants tranquility and an ideal place to stay that's convenient to many parts of Sonoma County. We are absolutely looking forward to our next opportunity to relax and stay at the Zen Barn.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you so much for your great review Denice and for staying at the Zen Barn. It sounds like you had a great time and we hope you'll be back!

                                                              Laurie & Avian

                                                              Great for wine tasting trip

                                                              Chris S.KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

                                                              Charming property in a great location for our wine tasting vacation. The Zen Barn was nicely furnished, comfortable, and cozy. We would come back!

                                                              Quiet, comfortable, convenient, and charming

                                                              Darrell H.Texas

                                                              We loved our stay here. Perfect location, as it is close to redwoods, coast, Santa Rosa, and many wonderful wineries. The “barn” had everything we needed, the king bed is very comfy, lots of towels, WiFi was great (we brought our Roku and streamed movies on tv), lots of cable channels, but who needs it. We took long walks on Vine Hill Rd in the evenings, sipped wine on the patio, grilled every night, and never went out... no need to. I recommend you check out Martin-Ray winery just a mile away.


                                                              Sebastopol, CA, USA

                                                              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!

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Cleaning Fee

                                                              Generally, we request a security deposit in the form of a check, along with an executed rental agreement. $150-175/nt or $895-1050/wk depending on season, plus $120 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

                                                              45 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.8/5
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                                                              Property # 237974