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Relax at Villa Serena - Views, Pool, Minutes to Plaza

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday living and enjoy some quality time at our relaxing and peaceful sacred retreat. Villa Serena is located in the prestigious Mission Highlands, just a six minute drive from the historic Sonoma Plaza. As you begin your drive up the hill you will be transported into a world of quiet tranquility.

Our luxurious private residence, surrounded by majestic oaks, olive trees and Chinese maples offers secluded privacy with sweeping views of the Sonoma valley and Mount Tamalpais.

Beautifully appointed, with great attention to detail, our home is comfortable and soothing while aesthetically pleasing to the Soul. All rooms have cathedral ceilings which fill with light while displaying stunning views of our natural gardens or the hills below.

Relax in the calming, inviting living room with its stone wood-burning fireplace or

dine in the glass solarium under the oaktrees on a moonlit night. Indulge in a mid-morning brunch outside on the spacious deck with captivating views or cook in our fully equipped kitchen which opens to the dining room and offers a lovely dining nook to sip on some wine.

Rest in our gorgeous master bedroom and admire the view, complete with a fully remodeled en-suite bathroom and soaking tub, or read a good book in our cozy guest room with luxurious bedding and linens and newly remodeled bathroom with soothing shower.

The open writer's den offers additional sleeping for two on the comfortable queen sleeper/sofa with beautiful views out to the pool garden.

The glorious pool in its lush garden setting beckons you on warm days and nights and is a tranquil haven for meditation and renewal.

Once you've experienced the magic at Villa Serena your Spirit will be touched by the Grace it bestows, and like some of our guests, perhaps you will find yourself returning year after year.


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Sonoma House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • 100 % refund if cancellation is made in writing 30 days prior to date of arrival.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Bathroom 1 (Master) recently remodeled with soaking tub, gorgeous vanity and beautiful marble tile floors Bathroom 2 (Guest) recently remodeled with gorgeous tile stall shower and marble tile floors and new vanity
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Gorgeous cherry wood sleigh bed with custom bedding, Twin or Single Beds (2) Iron sleigh beds with custom bedding, (1) Den features comfortable sofa bed with queen mattress,
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
Vaulted Ceilings Throughout, Hardwood Floors, Gated Entry, Private from Street, Roll Out Awning on Deck for Shade, Luxury Iron Furniture on Deck, Teak Furniture by Pool, Amazing Views from Every Room.


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(25 traveler reviews)

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Relax at Villa Serena - Views, Pool, Minutes to Plaza
average rating of 4.88 based on 61 reviews
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Villa Serena Sonoma CA

  • 5 of 5

The place was wonderful. A beautiful home, very comfortable with beautiful views! Loved it!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautifully appointed, stunning views

  • 5 of 5

Great wine weekend spent here with friends.

Beautifully decorated, huge space, gorgeous deck and social spaces. Nice bathrooms and great kitchen.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing property with great views!

  • 5 of 5

The property was perfect for our stay in wine country. It was just a short drive from the Sonoma Square and provided great views from the mountain. The hosts were super helpful and provided all the necessities to make the stay comfortable and enjoyable!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

As detailed in so many previous reviews, this is a wonderful home. The view of the valley from the large deck is just what I was looking for and the pool was great. The furnishings were exceptional and very comfortable. Even the bed and bath linens were top quality. The kitchen was stocked with more than enough of the basics. I really can't think of anything that was lacking. All in all, this home made for a very relaxing, rejuvenating getaway.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Retreat at beautiful "Villa Serena"

  • 5 of 5

The drive up to the villa was so pretty and just minutes from the Plaza in Sonoma, but very private and secluded. The Villa is beautiful and we really appreciated the Tuscan decor furnishings and the extremely comfortable beds. We loved the beautiful views from the decks of the valley and the pool area gardens. View is breathtaking! Villa has everything you would want or need for a wonderful vacation. You will love Jo, as she is so nice to work with. We will cherish our stay there.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. The view was amazing and the house beautiful and comfortable. We wished we could stay longer. The owner made us feel very welcome.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jo Howard, Alana Leigh
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About Jo Howard, Alana Leigh

We purchased our Sonoma vacation home in 2009. The minute we walked in and saw the view and experienced the calming effect of the property we knew it was for us. We have spent several years making improvements, painting, furnishing and turning the house into our 'home away from home'. The town of Sonoma is so close to San Francisco and yet feels like you are in another country. It reminds us of parts of Italy with the rolling hills filled with vineyards. We love Villa Serena and have enjoyed the times we've spent here. We hope you will find the serenity that the name implies.

Jo Howard, Alana Leigh purchased this house in 2008

Why Jo Howard, Alana Leigh chose Sonoma

It is only minutes from the historic Sonoma Plaza yet it has the feeling of being very secluded. We have been coming to Sonoma for the past 30 years and have stayed in many of the hotel resorts in the area. Now we have our own 'resort' and can come anytime we want.

What makes this house unique

One of the benefits of Villa Serena is it's location in the hills just above the Plaza. It is in an exclusive residential neighborhood with views of the valley. It is very private and the setting feels like you could be in Tuscany. The house has a wonderful flow to it and it is perfect for couples as well as a get-away for friends.

Guestbook comments from the owner

As proud owners of Villa Serena we would like to share with you the beautiful, heartfelt testimonials from our many guests from all over the world who have written in our guestbook about their stay in our magical retreat. Enjoy!

“Our five day stay at Villa Serena was surreal! Indeed, it was more beautiful than any of the photos we had seen online! Being able to dine on the deck with candlelight, enjoying tranquility, wine, and gazing at the stars was the perfect end to each day.” - Tami
Oct 2010
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the girl & the fig
"Wonderful food, great for lunch or dinner, just down the hill from Villa Serena"
Glen Ellen Star
"Small and always crowded but amazing food. About 20 minutes from Villa Serena "
Sonoma Plaza
"Old fashion town plaza, one of the few in California. Stop into the Visitors Bureau for som..."
The Sonoma Cheese Factory
"Fun to stop by and grab some cheese, French bread and picnic somewhere."
Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery
"Very close to the Plaza, about 8 minutes from Villa Serena."
El Dorado Kitchen
"Good food, love to eat in the patio during the warm nights. Just down the road from Villa S..."
Hot Box Grill -- CLOSED
"Interesting food, not fancy but worth the visit."
Buena Vista Winery
"Charming old winery inside a cave, about 15 minutes from Villa Serena"
Benziger Family Winery
"Great setting, fun to walk around, gorgeous gardens."
Swiss Hotel Bar and Restaurant
"Funky old hotel, Italian food, always crowded, just across from the Plaza"
Cafe La Haye
"Just off the Plaza, amazing food, 4 Star, reservations a must."
Viansa Winery
"Lovely views, located on the way to Sonoma, good to stop before coming to Villa Serena."
Red Grape Pizzeria
"A real local clientel, terrific food, great patio in rear, wonderful salads and I think the ..."
Car: necessary

Other Activities: Horseshoes, Shopping, Health/Beauty Spa


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $200 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.0%

2 night minimum. 3 night minimum over Holidays. All rates are for up to 4 people ($50 per night will apply for each additional person, maximum occupancy 6 people).
Rates do not include, occupancy tax of 12%, cleaning fee or security damage deposit.
$1000 Deposit required at time of booking.
$495/nt - $3100/wk - $11,000/mo Transient Occupancy Tax Certificate No. 690N

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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