About the property
- Estate2250 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay4 nights
Multi-dwelling estate compound set on landscaped grounds with tremendous views
Elements is a private estate compound nestled on acreage in the magnificent redwoods of Sonoma County. Four detached buildings and expansive decking comfortably accommodates large groups. You'll be located within minutes of the beaches of the Sonoma Coast and the vineyards of the Russian River Valley, and be amazed by the solitude that surrounds you.
Some unique aspects of this property include:
- A jetted hot tub centered in a ring of redwoods
- Chefs kitchen with commercial range
- 6+ separate outdoor seating areas
- Free 150Mbps WiFi
- An extensive collection of family board games
The grounds have been landscaped with indigenous grasses and ferns, highlighting the phenomenal native redwood trees on the property, including a beautiful 500 year old redwood tree. Pathways and decks wind throughout, offering innumerable walks among ever-changing scenery, including a serene running pond, an antique stone masonry fountain, and an enchanting seasonal waterfall to delight and awaken the senses.
When you hike from the main compound, pathways become forest trails beckoning further into remote adjoining terrains still on the property. Austin Creek, with its numerous swimming holes and opportunities for river wading, is delightful in summer and winter alike.
The entire retreat is professionally lit to a stunning degree, complimenting its allure day and night.
Entertaining is effortless and everyone can still have their own privacy, while gathering together in the large entertaining areas. All 4 bedrooms, with a total of 3 king and 1 queen beds, are furnished with quality linens and down comforters. There is also 1 queen pull out bed in the living room of the main house, as well as an inflatable mattress that can be used as needed.
Main House & Kitchen
The main house is a contemporary craftsman structure with a great room combining the living room, dining room, and kitchen, a master bedroom with walk-in closet, and two bathrooms. The master bathroom has a large bath tub, and the other is exceptionally large with multiple shower heads and a walk-out to a Zen-inspired private garden. There is also an office with desk and printer.
The fully appointed kitchen is centered around a granite island and can accommodate multiple chefs. Appliances include a professional six burner gas Wolf range/oven, microwave drawer, stainless refrigerator/freezer, garbage compactor, serving trays, and complete dinner service featuring the kind of tableware you might find in a high-end restaurant. A pantry offers a variety of seasonings and other basics.
The main house is replete with fine attention to every detail, from the refectory-style dining table (comfortable seating for 8+), the deep Restoration Hardware leather sofa, to custom designed decorative Portuguese candle chandelier, which radiates throughout the main living area.
The West Terrace, BBQ, and Fire Pit
The West Terrace, accessed via a large sliding door from the main house, is the essence of indoor/outdoor living and is an example of what makes this estate so unique. The outdoor kitchen and gardens were crafted from river stone years ago when the property was a summer campsite. It now includes a state-of-the-art gas BBQ, sink, lighting, and seasonal herb garden. It's an outdoor living room and is a great place to enjoy a warm day or cool evening in the company of friends and family.
The original river stone fire pit is now the focal point of a modern and sophisticated outside entertainment area, including outdoor speakers controlled by your mobile phone via the Sonos Sound System.
The outdoor dining table with seating for 14+ was custom made from the center cut of a local redwood tree. It’s the perfect setting for a large family gathering or a romantic retreat.
The Guest House
The guest house has its own terrace and seating area. Its windows have beautiful garden views as well, but with different vistas, giving this two-bedroom space a unique atmosphere and privacy. It has two bedrooms, one with a king size bed, and one with a queen size bed, each with their own private entrance to the outdoors, connected by a common hallway to the bathroom. The spacious multi shower head bathroom offers a mini spa experience off a secluded and private patio.
The “cabin” is everyone’s favorite. The pine-paneled interior is a classic recreation of the traditional summer camp cottage. It has its own bathroom, luxurious king size bed, and heated outside shower. The cabin also adjoins a very large deck with its own views of the redwoods and gardens. It's a secluded gem.
The Yoga + Exercise Studio
This quaint structure is situated in the quiet of the lower gardens, accessible via a Japanese wood walkway. The deck off the back offers another sitting area with meditative views. The studio offers yoga mats, blocks, adjustable weights, mirrored wall and more. The yoga studio can also accommodate overnight guests if the need arises, using the provided inflatable mattress. It also has a Sonos sound system connected to the main house, controllable by your phone.
A Hot Tub in the Redwoods
At the center of the compound is the spa area, featuring a circular jetted hot tub situated in the center of an ancient ring of redwood trees. It’s truly a magical location: A soak in the Elements hot tub at night lets you link with nature and the starlit sky, a wonderful harmonious experience.
The Treehouse Terrace
There is a tranquility and peacefulness to this place that feels unique and special. It's one of those things that must be experienced to be appreciated. Not only does this deck perched at the top of the property offer some of the best views, it has this amazing restorative energy about it - it's difficult to describe, but many of our guests have agreed they can feel it too.
The Latest in Entertainment & Technology
Located throughout the property you'll find all the latest that technology can offer including three HDTV’s, a full range of cable programming (On-demand, HBO, Showtime, ESPN, Sports, and more), Blu-ray DVD players, and high speed internet (150 Mbps). In the main house, you'll find a 55-inch curved OLED HDTV with an Apple TV, full cable access, as well as access to free movies on Netflix, Amazon, and more. The property is served by an enterprise-grade wireless system, with range throughout the grounds including the decks. In-wall USB chargers are available in all bedrooms and the office.
A Sonos sound system, complete with Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, and more, offers music and entertainment in the main house, the Guest house, BBQ area, spa area, and the yoga studio. All of this technology is here to serve your real world reality while you enjoy the calm and escape that this retreat provides.
EV Charger Now Available!
A complimentary Level 2 EV charger is available for your use during your stay to charge your Tesla, Volvo, Volt, Leaf, or other electric vehicle.
Please note that Elements is intended for quiet, relaxing vacations and not events nor parties. Please respect our maximum occupancy limits. There are many wonderful locations nearby for you to hold your special day, and Elements can make for an ideal spot for you and your group to relax and enjoy after your event. Also note that there is parking for 4 cars only, and no street parking is available.
Heather & Bryan
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 19, 2018
About Heather & Bryan
We live in the town of Sonoma, not too far from Guerneville and Elements. We lived in downtown San Francisco for the better part of a decade, and often spend summer weekends in Guerneville and Sonoma. We're absolutely thrilled to share our "home in the Redwoods" with you, a very special place. We've made numerous upgrades since acquiring the property in 2015. Our goal is to create a space that exceeds your expectations in every way. We ourselves make it up to Elements on a regular basis and love the serenity that abounds here. It's one of those places that you must visit to truly appreciate. We both work in the tech industry, but have found a calling in hospitality. We've been hosts on VRBO for over 8 years in San Francisco and Sonoma, having happily hosted hundreds of guests from around the world. Just as we love traveling the world ourselves, we love sharing what we can with travelers and hearing their unique stories.
Heather & Bryan purchased this Estate in 2015
Why Heather & Bryan chose Cazadero
When we first saw Elements it was love at first sight. You really have to visit to understand the feeling of serenity that surrounds you here. We live in the city, and while we've come to love the convenience of it all, we immediately appreciated that Elements felt worlds apart from all that hustle and bustle even though it was a short drive away - we knew it was a place that we wanted share with family and friends for years to come. The western part of Sonoma Valley has a much milder climate, which is why its ideal for the Pinot Grapes. This area has a blend of fine wines and great food, along with a unique environment with the Redwoods and the Coast. We think it's the perfect balance of what Sonoma County has to offer.
What makes this Estate unique
There is a tranquility and peacefulness to this place that feels unique and special. It's one of those things that must be experienced to be appreciated. The upper deck has this amazing energy about it - it's difficult to describe, but many of our guests have agreed they can feel it too. The views over the redwood forested canyon and the abundant sunlight is really all you need to reconnect with what it means to be alive. When was the last time you sat in a jetted hot tub surrounded by 100 ft tall redwoods? The experience cannot be missed. Be sure to check out our 500 year old "grandfather" redwood tree - this "dwarf" was among the few trees spared in the entire valley in the 1800s. The Elements features a chef's dream kitchen with a high-end Wolf® 6-burner industrial stove, All-Clad® cookware, microwave drawer, Keurig coffee maker, replete with all the small appliances, cups, glasses, and tools that any chef could ask for. And while you may be away from it all, you can stay connected at the Elements. With a fast internet connection and enterprise-grade wireless, you can stay as plugged-in as you want. Elements is also equipped with a variety of high-tech entertainment options, including a 55-inch curved OLED HDTV, a Sonos sounds system with speakers throughout the property, and Nest thermostats. Elements has a high-end cable subscription, replete with HBO, ESPN, Showtime, On-Demand Movies, and so much more. Additionally, the Apple TV has access to Netflix and several other apps and games. It's a great way to relax after a long day of exploring or wine tasting, or catch up on the game back home. Rain clouds in the forecast? Don't fret! Elements is also wonderful in the rain - the incredible Austin Creek valley is gorgeous, and you can hear the seasonal creek roar. We're also equipped with the latest technology to keep you warm and safe - the property is connected to a generator and high battery systems to ensure that you are never inconvenienced.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
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.
A perfect getaway with every amenities!
Could not have asked for a better experience! Room to gather and room to spread out! Stayed in and cooked as a group, made some-mores, used the hot tub, played games.....totally enjoyable! Safe for a toddler. Luxurious and cozy! I recommend this fabulous little compound to any group wanting together time. Thank you to the very responsive hosts. Not a single negative thing to say. Everyone was very comfortable. Hoping to return next year!
Amazing property in the woods
Absolutely beautiful and tranquil location in the middle of the redwoods. We loved the different buildings, as it is perfect for obtaining a little privacy when you are more than one family staying together. Beautiful outdoor terraces and so quiet, that you really feel like being in the midst of a forest. For your kind information: during the day the temperature outside is very warm, but in the morning and the evening it gets quite cold and you'd definitely prefer eating inside the house.
We're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Elements. We agree that Elements is a special place for families and groups with different buildings and spaces to gather and have privacy. As you note, ours is a Mediterranean climate - in the fall, travelers should expect pleasantly cool mornings and enjoyable warm afternoons. Layers are key!
If you are looking for something special...
You've found it at Austin Creek! In celebrating a milestone birthday I wanted to combine my love of friends, nature and wine all in one spot. We spent our days horseback riding, canoeing and visiting wineries and our nights on the property making delicious dinners with the most beautiful scenery around us. The pictures are somewhat true to life but can't capture how incredible it actually is. Clean, bright, and surrounded by the forest. It's a special property and upon arrival many commented they didn't want to leave. Every detail is considered and, believe me, we had a group who had high expectations! Heather was amazing to work with and very accommodating to my questions. It's about 20 minutes to everything but that only aided in our reasoning to spend time at the property even more. Stop looking. Book this place! You and your travel companions will have your expectations exceeded!
Thank you for the wonderful review of our home. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you back again soon!
Beautiful property but needs attention- Gas leaking!
We spent our family vacation at Austin Creek Elements. The house is beautifully furnished and the kitchen is well equipped. The beds are comfortable and bedding is very nice quality.
The hot tub was a treat, to relax beneath the tall trees.
We did report a gas smell to the owners who replied that this is normal for a high end stove. We were instructed to leave a window open. It is never normal to smell gas from any kind of stove and this solution was not reassuring. No one came to check for the gas leak, and we had to leave a window open and the vent fan on all week.
There was also a problem with ants in the yoga studio and the cabin. The small cabin is really small! No room for a suitcase and the heater was not working.
The wifi was very good, however there is no cell service at all in the area. If someone needs to reach you by phone, you will need to warn them in advance that there is no cell service.
The house could use a good cleaning and the outdoor cushions were stained.
I doubt we would stay here again. Not as "luxury" as we expected for the rental fee.
Thank you for your feedback Chebbul. We're pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Elements and that liked the high-end furnishings, redwood hot tub, and natural beauty of the property.
I apologize for any miscommunication or concern about the stove. Our commercial Wolf propane stove is a cooking machine, with 25K BTU burners and a large oven. Given that the range has seven always-on pilot lights, a slight smell of spent propane odorant can accumulate when the house has been closed for a bit. Simply opening a window or turning on a fan for a few minutes will clear it out. Our stove is professionally serviced on a regular basis and it gets high marks from guests for its raw cooking power as compared to what they're used to back home. If you're a chef or foodie like us, you'll love it.
You're right that being in the woods means that you sometimes trade good cell reception for nature's beauty. Verizon and Sprint have good reception, others not so much. That's why we offer a phone system with free domestic long distance and fast wifi service. Many cell phone providers offer cell forwarding or wifi calling these days (Google Fi, Xfinity, AT&T), and many of our guests come to Elements to get away from it all - so it's rarely been an issue for our guests - but good to keep in mind!
We take great pride in the quality of the furnishings and high-end appliances at Elements - our ultimate goal is to provide a superlative experience that exceeds your expectations. It sounds like we missed the mark in a few areas for your stay this time, and for that we apologize.
I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay overall and look forward to you staying again with us in the near future.
The most incredible home and exceptional experience
My fiance and I spent 4 nights at this amazing home. Calling it a home does not do it justice - it's an experience in nature where the owners thought out every detail. Heather and Bryan were wonderful to communicate with and we hope to go back and stay at their home every year. Thank you!
Thank you for your review and for the kind words. We look forward to having you back again next year!
This was my second time at Elements with a group of old friends. It's tucked away on a hill, surrounded by trees -- like a giant treehouse. The property, with its separate sleeping quarters and various lounging areas, is thoughtfully laid out, so you can be together without feeling on top of each other. It also has an elegant, minimalist aesthetic (while still being very comfortable) -- a very nice change from the shabby basement furniture or country cute you often get with vacation rentals. We hope to come back again.
Thanks for your review Sandra! We're glad you appreciated the designer furnishings and various outdoor lounge areas. We think it makes entertaining with large groups easier and more fun for everyone. We look forward to having you and your group back soon!
Elements Austin Creek is a majestic compound located on a five acre ridge above historic Austin Creek. Once you breathe the air and see the vistas you are aware of the profound spirit penetrating the property. This extremely private estate consists of four buildings and a spa thoughtfully situated among spectacular gardens and towering redwoods with breathtaking panoramic views of Magic Mountain and its adjoining watershed. Other Activities: shopping, rafting, kayaking, boating, rock climbing, spa, miniature golf
Additional information about rental rates
Elements is a licensed rental with the County of Sonoma. Please support local tourism and ensure a safe stay by only renting from licensed vacation rentals. TOT Certificate No. 822N. An important note about maximum occupancy: Maximum occupancy is limited to 8 adults and a maximum of 4 cars. County ordinances prevent any larger gatherings and is monitored. If you're planning on hosting an event that would bring more than 8 guests to the property, please contact us first to arrange. You will waive your deposit if you hold an event for more than 8 people at the property without prior permission, in addition to being responsible for any and all county fines. Thank you for your understanding.