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Mary Durney

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Penngrove Gardens Cottage, Craftsman's Bungalow

25 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Sonoma County House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Lovely, New in 2009, 2 Bedroom Craftsman Bungalow. Perfect getaway to the Wine Country and the Coast. We welcome you to Sonoma County.

Deck overlooking view of Sonoma Mountain and large rustic country garden for meandering and seating. Bronze period light fixtures throughout the house. Art nouveau details in bathroom tile. Gas fireplace in living room adds cozy feel. Lovely art work on the walls, of local area and by local artists. Excellent wireless access as Cottage has it's own router. Uverse TV, Internet.

Surrounded by adjoining properties which include many acres of rolling open space.

We offer information on the back roads and all the local restaurants, theater etc.

NEW Note: We are now connected to the VRBO on site billing system that allows guests to pay via credit card. Please also know that you do still have the option as in years past, of booking with us directly and arranging your payment via check or PayPal. Just let us know in your inquiry online if you want to book direct & we will send a quote. You may also just go ahead and book immediately with a credit card. VRBO has started to charge hosts a fee for use of the onsite credit card billing service so we have had to raise our rates per booking day by 4%. to cover this. Please see rates page for discounts on weekly stays or more or just plug in your dates and you will get that rate.Thank you,

More on the Cottage Below

The front bedroom has a queen bed. Extra bedroom is set up in the 'Garden View Room' with another double bed. It can be changed to a den with a couch for longer terms stays.

Large, rustic, Country Garden flourishes with many flowers most of the year has a table with umbrella for shade, four chairs and a Webber barbeque.

Reservations still in transit or monthly reservations still within cancel period may not show yet on our calendar. More info our house rules & refund policy provided upon your inquiry. Do Check with us if you see dates reserved as sometimes we have cancellations. Two night minimum stay Fri-Sun.

Due to the drought in California and also the fact that we are on a rural septic system, we do not books groups of 4 or more for stays longer than 4 days. Please inquire.

Centrally located a main, back 2 lane road, Old Redwood, in Sonoma County just North East of Petaluma near the small town of Penngrove, we are 6 mins down our road from historic downtown Petaluma. Our Road turns into Petaluma Blvd n. which runs into the center of town becoming the main street.

We 40-60 mins from San Francisco traffic depending, Two minutes from Hwy 101, or SSU-Eight -mins from South Santa Rosa, and 20 mins to Sonoma on a lovely back hwy near the house. Bus stops a 1 min walk- served by Golden Gate & Sonoma County Transit.North & South Bring your bike. .Note: Ask about rush hour weekday traffic coming up from Marin & SF & , When planning flights also keep in mind return traffic on Sunday afternoon going into the city from the country.

Please ask for our local Parks List with links that we can send you if you book.

A Nice Porta Crib and a highchair available upon request. There are a few crib linens and toys. \Sony TV with DVD & Video Player with great library of interesting & classic movies. Small stero unit with radio & CD player.

The house has one bath with full tub and shower inside and another half accommodation in a rustic out bldg off the garden path.

Laundry room, down the garden path.. is lightly shared but can be reserved for your exclusive use if need be.

$20. per person charge over four persons (per night), small children under 6 excepted.

Check in time 3:00 PM, Check out 11 AM (unless otherwise arranged) 4 person limit on stays of more than four days due to the drought.

Important Note: We are a "Pet Friendly" house & thou we try diligently to clean each time very well, we cannot guarantee zero pet dandruff exists in small amount after occasional guests with pets. If you have a serious allergy to pets please let us know, well in advance so we can take extra care for you.

There are two refrigerators. The small upright shown with freezer/ dinning area with freezer, and the under the counter one in kitchen cabinet photo. There is also a chest freezer on the deck for storing more frozen food.

Two night minimum especially on the weekends, however we can ocassionally book a one night if it is open close to the date or if it fits with another weekend reservation , ie if a Fri or Sun. Or during the weekdays. Please ask.

To view our recommended restaurants & businesses, parks collaspe the first 3 boxes or scroll down below to our recommondations. We also can send you our local & regional parks list with links after your booking.

We look forward to hosting your stay in Sonoma County

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING NEW LOCAL VACTION RENTAL ORDIANCES WE ARE REQUIRED TO POST ON OUR ADVERTISING::(Optional to read)

Maximum Overnight Occupancy: Maximum overnight occupancy for vacation rentals shall be up to a maximum of two (2) persons per sleeping room or guestroom, plus two (2) additional persons per property excluding children under three (3) years of age. (For our house this means a total of 6 persons over 3 years old.)

Maximum Number of Guests and Daytime Visitors. The maximum number of total guests and visitors allowed at any time in a single vacation rental shall not exceed the maximum overnight occupancy plus six (6) additional persons per property during the daytime, or sixteen (18) persons, whichever is less, excluding children under three (3) years of age. Vacation rentals with larger numbers of guests and visitors may only be allowed subject to the granting of a use permit. Notwithstanding, maximum guest limits may be exceeded on the following national holidays: Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas, so long as the holiday event does not otherwise trigger the requirement for a special or cultural events permit.

(In our house this means a total of 12 including you who are staying overnight per the rental contract people listed.)

Noise Limits. All activities associated with the vacation rental shall meet the general plan noise standards contained below. Quiet hours shall be from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. The property owner shall ensure that the quiet hours and limits on outdoor activities are included in rental agreements and in all online advertisements and listings.

Amplified Sound. Outdoor amplified sound shall not be allowed at any time associated with a vacation rental

Parking: Parking shall be provided as follows: a minimum of one (1) on-site parking space for a vacation rental with up to two (2) guestrooms or sleeping rooms. On-street parking may be considered for up to one (1) of the required parking spaces. The number of cars vehicles allowed for overnight guests shall be limited to the off-street parking available, as demonstrated by the application

.Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, adventure seekers, girls or boys getaway, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway.

Keywords: New Bungalow House, Sonoma Wine Country, Coast, Historic Petaluma, Beautiful Garden, Pet friendly

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Mary Durney (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Mary Durney

We have owned our property in Sonoma County for 35 years. I have been a publisher of note cards and prints and I have two daughters 28 and 34 who grew up here but now live in Europe/Arizona. My studio is in a barn on the property and I own another house next door (not visible from the cottage) where we have had the same loyal tenants for 35 years. The property is surrounded by many acres of rural open space. The land below the house has fruit trees and a cottage style garden with lots of wonderful flowers which return years after with the seasons. Sometimes fresh tomatoes, herbs or other garden produce is available to guests.

Very safe neighborhood and close to all local amenities.

I have spent 30 years in sales, design and marketing in the business community in California and have many connections and resources available. To see some of my landscape images of our area at 'nautilusimages'.

I had always wanted to be a 'tour guide!, but our vacation rental now allows me the opportunity to share this area I love with visitors. We welcome you to our land, your special place to stay.

Mary Durney purchased this house in 1978

Why Mary Durney chose Sonoma County

Great rural setting but close to all the attractions of Sonoma County. Back scenic hwy close to the house takes one to downtown Sonoma in 20 mins.

Only 6 mins to downtown historical Petaluma with nice shops, antique stores and scores of world class resturants of every cuisine..

10-15 mins to Santa Rosa. 40-55 mins to San Francisco, depending on traffic.

What makes this house unique

Lovely New 2 Bedroom Craftsman Bungalow Deck Overlooking view of Sonoma Mountain. Close to the senic beaches of Sonoma County. This is a "cottage sized house" but feels larger because of glass dors & many windows & the decks.

Spacious Garden for meanders or seating Centrally located on main road in Sonoma County Two minutes from Hwy 101, or SSU-Eight -mins from Santa Rosa, 6 mins from Petaluma, 40-55 minutes from San Francisco depending on traffic.

Bus stop a 1 min walk- served by Golden Gate (From Petaluma) & Sonoma County Transit local buses. Bring your bike

Perfect setting for that weekend getaway to the Coast or Wine Country. (Two bedrooms One with a Queen & one with a double bed. Extra airbeds for children available with plenty of extra blankets & linens for them.

Well equipped kitchen with all needed to cook any great meal. We keep some basic supplies there such as oil & vinegar, spices, some condiments, coffee filters, paper towels etc.

Pet friendly with space to walk you dog in our garden & small pasture area. Mostly fenced except small pass thru places to which temporary gates can be added if need be for longer stays. (please ask) The second bedroom is quite small but has a big bay window looking to the garden and it's own sliding glass door with small deck, stairs down to drive area or garden & walk in closet.

Reviews

4.7
based on 25 traveler reviews

Penngrove Gardens Cottage, Craftsman's Bungalow
average rating of 4.72 based on 25 reviews
Los Angeles, CA
5

Truly Enjoyed Our Stay - Charming, Modern Features and Centrallly Located

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I recently booked this cottage in Penngrove for a trip up to wine country. I looked through so many properties in our price range, and of the few we liked, this one seemed to really fit the bill. My conversations with the owner on the phone were very easy, she was straightforward, pleasant, and responsive. Booking the place was very easy.

When we arrived, she was there to greet us and the cottage was exactly what we had assumed from the description. We were pleased with the level of quality of the cottage both inside and out. The paint, trim, and kitchen features all have been recently updated, and the kitchen had more than we could ask for as far as cooking staples and tools. Also, the wi-fi was very nice to have.

The owner was extremely courteous. One of our concerns (why we have not used vrbo.com very much) with this type of property is the privacy, as well as feeling like you are just sleeping in a strangers house. Much to our relief, this cottage does not convey that feeling whatsoever. While the property does have another home on it, the orientation and location of the cottage means you virtually cannot tell. She even made a point to assure us that our privacy was one of her main concerns, and she would not be jeopardizing that.

This place is very clean and neat, with a few nice little details you can tell come from the owner. The most obvious is the outside garden, which is beautiful and peaceful. You can tell she cares by the quality of the home and her obvious desire to keep her renters as happy as possible.

Penngrove is near Petaluma and the Sonoma/Napa area is about 35 minutes the other direction. We ate dinner at an amazing restaurant in Petaluma our first night (arrival), and then spent the day in Napa and Sonoma the following day. After the heat and the wine, it was nice to come back to the secluded cottage to relax and talk. There is a great organic market in Cotati, where I got all of the fixings for a home cooked breakfast our final morning...all of these and many more points are outlined in her "guide" that she leaves there for you.

Overall, this is a great little place to stay, and I cannot really think of anything negative to report. Just yesterday we received a card in the mail from her wishing us well and thanking us for staying.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Cute cottage

  • 4 of 5

Mary was great and the cottage is darling, well-equipped and appointed. The grounds and gardens are beautiful and peaceful. The cottage is on a busy road but the back is really nice.

Enjoyed our stay and the close proximity to many things. Many good restaurants near by. One of the main reasons we picked this cottage was it was pet friendly. Really safe and enjoyable for all of us.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks you for your nice review. Your pets were well behaved and I appreciate your taking such good care of the Cottage.
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Fresno California, USA
4

A perfect place to recuperate

  • 4 of 5

Penngrove Cottage was an great place to stay as I was receiving medical treatment at UCSF. The location met the requirement that I be within 60 minutes from the medical facility. It also allowed easy access to the highway on “Clinic days”. The beautiful surroundings created a peaceful, healing environment. I’m a city girl so being in a rural setting (pastures all around, a rooster ‘cockadoodleldoing’ all day, horse corral in the distance, dramatic skies and cloud formations) was novel and lovely.

With one restroom and tub-shower the cottage would be cramped for 4 adults. Inviting one other adult to visit worked out fine. It WAS nice though, having a second bedroom which we used as a workspace. The kitchen was well-equipped with a nice gas-stove and quality cookware and appliances. Storage space was adequate as was the separately housed laundry room. All in all, the space met our needs. Accommodating our 2 small dogs was certainly a bonus ( and a big reason we chose this rental)!!

Mary herself is very generous, thoughtful and pleasant. While respecting our privacy, she was also attentive to our needs. She delivered fresh-cut flowers from the wonderful walking garden. Spring was the perfect time of year to be here; the garden burst into colorful bloom. She even brought newly potted hyacinth for the back deck!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! It was a privilege to be able to provide the Cottage for your healing space. You were wonderful guests in every way and we will miss you! Sharing flowers with you during your stay was a pleasure and I am glad you enjoyed the garden so much as it is something we really care about here. Please come again for a respite from the city in the future. Mary
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5

Comfortable, cozy, and affordable.

  • 5 of 5

Mary is friendly and almost too helpful. Literally, the woman goes out of her way to make sure you have everything you could possibly need during your stay. She's even helpful afterwords, contacting us because we'd left a few items behind and offered to mail them to us. The cottage is near the 2 other dwellings on the property, and off of a main road, but there's a nice little garden overlooking rolling hills in the back and we didn't interact with anyone else but Mary. We didn't notice any noise from the road, and we live in a rural community. We were traveling with our one-year-old and Mary even dug out a box of age appropriate toys from her personal belongings for us to use during our stay! The cottage is very tastefully decorated and there were plenty of extra towels and linens. There's a fantastic grocery store 2 miles up the road, a locally-owned Trader Joe's-esque place, with a take-out Greek diner next door.

My only suggestion is that she have a sign out by the road, something cute, but noticeable posted on the outside fence, because the driveway definitely sneaks up on you.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review. We have avoided a sign you suggest here as we don't want to advertise that there is a vacation rental on the road as it could be a risk for guests who are away for a whole day thou we have never had an intruder in 37 years! (Also for those periods when the house is empty.)As it turns out I had already bought materials for a sign I designed to alert guests as they drive in . Thanks for reminding me!
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5

Cozy little getaway

  • 5 of 5

We spent a very happy three nights in Mary's little cottage. Mary was a super hostess, attentive to all our needs even during the evening hours.

Being just off a busy road, we were concerned that it could be noisy. Not so! The house is really solid and the windows are well insulated. We really didn't notice any street noise (and we slept in the front bedroom which is closest to the street). All of the living space in the house is oriented toward the hills, with lovely views of neighboring farms and the foothills beyond.

We were there on a rainy weekend in winter, so the garden wasn't in all its spring glory, but it was still a beautiful little respite. Our daughter spent a lot of time back there poking around and taking pictures of the bulbs that were just peeking their heads out, and trees about to bloom. The back deck is a great place for an afternoon glass of wine and a BBQ.

Mary's kitchen is well-equipped for cooking full meals for a family. Plenty of fridge space (two fridges), electric appliances, cooking utensils, and a few things to make it feel like home - placemats, a GREAT selection of teas, ground coffee, loads of spices, and a few essential condiments in the fridge. The bathroom was equally well-stocked with extra shampoos, conditioners, soaps, tampax, pads, and other sundries. More towels than we needed, and extra clean bedding in the dressers in case we wanted to change mid-stay. I have rented A LOT of VRBOs and Air BnBs all over the word, and you rarely find an owner who spends the time and money to stock all these special things in the house for their guests.

We'll definitely stay again! (family of three, by the way).

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and glad you enjoyed our Art too. Our new 5 ft high 3 ft thick earth, sound wall and the grove of tall Redwood between the Cottage & the road as well as all our other trees out there help too. & The line of big live oaks by the house have been growing for 40 years.
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Cozy but Noisy

  • 3 of 5

This is a nicely furnished bungalow, including some lovely artwork and hardwood floors. There is a good amount of road noise, being right next to a busy road--which isn't too bad if you're not a light sleeper or if you are used to noise. It also was a little crowded with adjacent properties so I didn't get a good feeling of privacy, although no-one disturbed me while there, and the owner was very nice, and accommodating of my dog. It could have been a bit cleaner in areas, but again, the owner was gracious and agreeable to resolve the issue.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This guest lives in a,quiet remote area of the mountains & may not be used to urban-rural settings. We mentioned that there would be some road noise at rush hr times but that we had great sound insulation in our walls and 90% of guests are not bothered by it.(We ask) Please see our other reviews. Our house it situated on an full acre with adjoining properties set away from it by 1-3 acres away each with a nice view of Sonoma Mt. Our other rental is across the drive many yards away and is totally invisible from all views from the Cottage & yard & also divided by a 5 ft x 20 ft tall, bamboo hedge & a barn and only visible when one drives into parking area.Those tenants have 1 car which goes out only once a day, very quiet older couple. See our prior reviews re privacy of cottage. We we try hard to make sure all our guests are comfortable & happy. First time In 6 years that anyone said the house not in excellent order.
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Santa Rosa
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Penngrove
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Sausalito
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Berkeley
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 101
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Several in Penngrove and Many great in Petaluma
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Dillon
Car: necessary

Close to both beautiful coastal areas, wineries and rural country side but also very easy to get to S.F., bus available too.

Large health club 1.5 miles away with everything including big indoor heated pool.. sells temporary memberships, reasonable rates, open 24 hrs Mon-Thurs, and Weekends until 10 PM

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Rates & Availability

Petaluma House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Spring & Summer
Apr 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
$186
From
$197
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,070
$3,600
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2016-2017
Oct 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$176
From
$186
Fri,Sat,Sun
$995
$3,550
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$180
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $65 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 9.0%

If balance is paid by check, it must arrive seven days in advance of check in, or PayPal 5 days ahead,otherwise cash accepted at check-in.
Our rare one night rentals are usually only on a weekday for 1 or 2 persons and include the usual re-cleaning fee plus a $25. one night fee. We usually require a 2 night stay which our rates/costs are figured on. Tx

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Amenities

Sonoma County House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , Extra toliet in Laudry room, outbuilding, rustic
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , plus Vanity, nice tile and fixtures
  • 1 full with tub & shower in the house plus extra toilet stall in the laundry room down the garden path (laundry sink only there. )
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1) We have a queen bed in the front bedroom Quality mattress & box spring, (1) Double beds available in garden view, smaller back bedroom, \ Plenty of linens & extra sheets. Twin or Single Beds (1) We have single and double airbeds if needed for a fifth guest, Child Beds (1) We have two nice Porta Cribs and a highchair. There are a few crib linens and toys but bring a couple of the child's as well., Baby Cribs (1) We have two folding portable cribs in very good condition, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) We have airbeds and linens for additional guests.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Wonderful big 1/4 acre of garden and pasture behind the house.

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