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Extraordinary Estate Amid Vineyards: Best Location, View, Pool/Spa, Bocce

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Frommer's & HomeAway chose Brambleberry as their signature wine country property

Brambleberry is a luxurious and private 3+ acre gated estate in the heart of Sonoma’s quintessential Valley of the Moon wine country, surrounded by vineyards, near renowned wineries and wonderfully located for touring Northern California's wine country.

Selected May 2017 by HomeAway and Frommer's as their signature wine country property for Frommer's worldwide 60th Anniversary promotion - see and

Brambleberry was earlier featured in Travel + Leisure, whose writer chose to reside there exclusively during his county-wide tour.

Now in our 11th rental season, we've hosted over 300 vacation rentals and had many repeat guests. We commonly hear that Brambleberry is even more stunning than our photos suggest! For additional photos and information, please look on the web under WineCountryHouse. Upon request we act as virtual concierge to our guests, providing recommendations on wineries, restaurants, shopping and local attractions.

From its serene setting to its traditional house, Brambleberry distinctively combines authentic wine-country and farm aesthetics. Blackberries (great for picking) abound in wild brambles. Majestic oaks and redwoods, a seasonal creek and a seasonal pond, all on level grounds, create a park-like setting. Private and quiet, yet conveniently located, the traditional farmhouse-style home is set well back and reached by a long, tree-lined driveway. A wraparound veranda lined with mature wisteria provides a cooling retreat from summer heat. Take in pristine views of nearby Sugarloaf, the landmark Sonoma Valley peak, while luxuriating in the heated pool or custom spa.

The 2600+ sq ft home has been exquisitely updated with attention to its vintage style, with high ceilings and high-end fixtures and appointments. The comfortable furniture includes antique and period pieces. Antique prints and paintings and unique handcrafted treasures echo Brambleberry's vintage aesthetic. Brambleberry is fully handicapped accessible and has access ramps, an elevator and an accessible full bath.

Serious and casual chefs alike will delight in the large designer kitchen, featured in Better Homes and Gardens. Its dining nook seats 10 and overlooks the pool. Luxury appliances, including a massive Wolfe six-burner range and oven and Thermador convection oven, are complemented by granite counter tops, a marble baker’s counter, a center island ideal for gourmet meal preparation and high-end cookware and dishware. Adjoining the kitchen, the formal dining room has a beautiful trestle table and an office area overlooking the pool. Keep in touch with high speed internet/Wi-Fi, guest computer and printer/copier/scanner/fax. From the dining room enter the large, inviting living/family room with fireplace of local fieldstone and 60" plasma TV. When it’s cool, luxuriate before a roaring wood fire. Step outside to the wraparound veranda furnished with rocking chairs and vintage wicker and bistro seating. Also on the ground floor are a den, two half bathrooms and a large finished mudroom/laundry room with easy access to the pool, spa and bocce court.

Brambleberry can sleep up to 10. Large groups ideally include small children and not more than seven adults. Upstairs are three spacious bedrooms, all with views. The master has a king and a twin, one guest room sleeps four with a queen and trundle bed and the second guest room has a queen. Downstairs, the den sleeps two with a trundle sleigh bed and sliding doors for privacy. The master bath has a large stall shower and a freestanding clawfoot bathtub. The guest bath has a shower-tub combination.

The beautiful estate-size pool has salt chlorination and a recessed safety cover that keeps it clean and warm. Solar pool heat can be supplemented by gas heat in cooler months. After a swim, enjoy a warm shower in the outdoor changing room. A large custom stone spa is inviting year-round. The large bocce court with premium Har-Tru surface provides hours of fun for all ages. Comfortable outdoor seating on the patio and pool deck, extensive lawns and mature shade trees create the perfect setting for outdoor dining and relaxation.

Brambleberry is fully equipped for young children, including two Pack 'n Plays, high chair, stroller and baby monitors. A full collection of ride-on toys and wagons is available. Other amenities include two-zone central air and heat, water purification system, double-paned windows for warmth, security system, high-speed internet and Wi-Fi, three TV's (including 60” plasma HDTV) on cable with DVD/VCR, gas grill, croquet, horseshoes, bocce ball, ping pong and basketball.

So as not to disturb our neighbors and to comply with the local vacation rental ordinance, we don't allow on-site events, oversized rental parties or heavy entertaining. By prior arrangement, day visitors may be considered.

Brambleberry’s sophisticated interior appeals to discerning adults while its magical outdoors is a paradise for children of all ages. Brambleberry is a luxury retreat that will be part of many happy memories.

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Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017

About The Owner

Rob and Kathleen live in San Francisco with their two children. Kathleen is a native San Franciscan and Rob has lived in the City over 25 years. Following his dream to come to California, Rob, who grew up in Pennsylvania and went to college in New England, came West for graduate school (he is a Stanford grad) and has remained in California since. He met Kathleen shortly after moving to San Francisco.

The Owner purchased this estate in 2005

Why The Owner chose Sonoma County

Growing up in foggy San Francisco, Kathleen's lifelong dream was to have a sunny getaway in the wine country. We looked at a lot of beautiful homes but fell in love with Brambleberry for its compelling setting and absolutely distinctive farmhouse aesthetic. We are fortunate to be able now to call it ours.

Kenwood is a delightful small town in the heart of "the real wine country", the Valley of the Moon in Sonoma Valley. It is convenient to everything the wine country visitor might want.

We spend a lot of our free time improving and maintaining Brambleberry, a true labor of love! We take great delight in hosting our vacation-rental guests and sharing our favorite local tips with them.

What makes this estate unique

Brambleberry has it all: location, serenity, privacy, luxury and comfort! Many if not most guests don't want to leave Brambleberry during their stay! This is our family's second home and we have appointed it to a very high standard.


Kenwood Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Cancellation for stays of 4+ nights: full refund if cancelled prior to 90 days before; we make best efforts to re-rent; see specimen Rental Agreement
  • Maximum four (4) motor vehicles on premises (per County ordinance). Thank you.
  • Please review specimen Rental Agreement. All rentals require signed Rental Agreement. Thank you.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Outdoor shower - shower , Hot shower; near pool; has changing area
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , The twin beds are in a trundle-bed format (one pulls out)
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , We have two Pak 'n Plays (folding child cribs)
    Den - 2 twin/ single , The two twins are in the form of a trundle bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Exceptional views!
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (3), Baby Cribs (1) Two Pack 'n Plays available., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Daybed in larger guestroom has pullout mattress that can be elevated to make additional queen. Den, with sliding doors for privacy, has sleigh bed with pullout mattress.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Gated property with phone service to the house for security, Long tree-lined driveway, Level extensive grounds in park-like setting, Yellow farmhouse with wraparound veranda, Pool has automatic child-safety cover with lock and key. Pool equipment has salt chlorination for that 'silky' and non-chemical feel. Solar-heated during the season; Gas heat available (at cost) to heat the pool during the off-season. Custom 12 x 65 foot bocce court with premium Har-Tru surface.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 69 reviews
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Brambleberry Getaway in Kenwood

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful, long weekend at Brambleberry. There was a total of 4 adults and (2) sets of kids ages 5 and 8 in our party. The house and grounds were so amazing that we really didn't need to leave the property, but local amenities were all nearby including Annadale Start Park for a morning hike (we walked there with the kids), Safeway for late night emergencies, wine tasting and kid friendly dining (although Sonoma county is known to have many fine dining options).

The house was very comfortable (especially the beds), and well stocked from the kitchen items to the pool toys. We tried to get the kids to sleep together, and there was plenty of room for musical beds at night. We all enjoyed the pool in the mornings and afternoons, as well as the rest of the property for biking, soccer, baseball, and basketball to lying in the hammock and swinging on the swings. There was plenty for the kids to do, which makes for a very enjoyable time for the adults. The moms were able to duck out for a Sonoma Mission Inn spa excursion (5 hours, not that anyone was keeping track...but the dads).

The communication with the owners before, during and after our stay was great. They were very accommodating to our needs, and provided excellent local recommendations. We would definitely recommend this home to others, and we hope to come back again soon. Brambleberry is a true home away from home.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2008
  • Stayed: Aug 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Another Great Stay at Brambleberry!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at Brambleberry, and it was another enjoyable visit for our family and for the family with whom we shared the house. There were seven kids between our two families, and Brambleberry had something to offer everyone. Our kids spent practically every day in the pool, which was heated and bathed in either sun or shade depending on the time of day (so we could choose whether to warm up or stay cool!) We all enjoyed the jacuzzi :)

The property is on large lot with a natural setting, and feels very secluded. Fruit trees surround the property, and our kids loved picking blackberries every morning. The grown-ups enjoyed sitting on the front and back porches where we could relax with our coffee while still easily watching the kids explore the surroundings.

The house comes stocked with movies (and a Roku), books, games, puzzles, legos, duplos, stuffed animals, scooters, a ping pong table, and a basketball hoop--so there was no shortage of things for the kids to do when they weren't in the pool. Our kids were never bored!

The only one issue I had was with the WiFi, which was available only under a guest mode that required a log-in pop-up / splash screen. This prevented us from using our Google Home that we brought in the hopes of listening to music in the house...oh well. Of course, I understand the security reasons for providing a guest mode only, so not really that big a deal.

All in all, this was another great vacation at Brambleberry, and we would highly recommend this place to anyone, but especially to those families with young children that are looking for a place to simply relax and let the kids swim, play, and roam.

And for us, there was no surer sign of a good time than seeing our kids cry when we had to leave.

Thank you Brambleberry!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another special week at Brambleberry

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time renting this special secluded property. And again, we were all transported to our dream home - Brambleberry! Our kids love this home. The last time we stayed here was two years ago, and the children still remember the outdoor and indoor layouts: they remember the spacious grounds in the front and back of the home, the fruit trees, the blackberry bushes, the rope swings, the relaxing hammock to the side of the home, the incredible solar heated pool (with it's cool automatic retractable cover), the pool toys in the pool chest that the owners provide for guests, the relaxing Jacuzzi, the super convenient outdoor shower enclosure, the cool basketball hoop, the fun plasma scooters, the rustic red wagon, the ping pong table, the bocce ball court, and the grass area in the front of the home where they played soccer. When we arrived the other week, we were all excited to experience these outdoor pleasures that Brambleberry offers. We dove right in. They could not get enough of the swimming pool each day. It never got tiring. The kids had a blast in that pool. The house is stocked up in games, toys, and books for all ages... which is another plus. The children were always entertained by the things in the home....playing with legos and blocks, playing board games, running around from room to room. And what an impressive huge TV. We all enjoyed watching movies on this screen. For the kids, it was like being in a theater. The kitchen is beautiful and we shared wonderful meals together at the large rustic dining table that sits in a cozy nook area. One of the highlights on the trip was picking the ripe blackberries. They were so delicious. The children couldn't get enough. And we managed to bake two blackberry pies near the end of our week stay, and boy were they delicious! Of course, the elevator was another popular feature of the home and was a convenient and fascinating way for the kids to get to our bedrooms upstairs. I think the thing that stands out is really how peaceful it is at this property. It is very isolated from the adjacent properties and it feels like you are on a private island. If you want to de-stress or disconnect and you seek peace and want to be in nature with an incredibly beautiful landscape, this is the property to visit and experience. It has so much to offer both for adults and children. I highly recommend this property. It's an unforgettable experience each time, and we can't wait to return someday...again.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another wonderful week at Brambleberry

  • 5 of 5

Another wonderful week for our extended family of 10 at Brambleberry. The house and grounds are both beautiful and functional for us. One member uses a a wheelchair and used the elevator to reach the master bedroom and fully accessible master bathroom. The pool is a main attraction for us and provided many hours of joy for all. There are toys and books for children as well as bikes and a jogging carriage. Some of us went running and hiking in the nearby hills and were treated to beautiful sights of vineyards and mountains. We also took road trips to Jack London's home and to nearby Sonoma. We'll be back again.

Ward and Peg Olsen

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Wine Country Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is our 4th time renting this property and it never disappoints. The property is fenced so our young kids can roam and ride bikes on the long driveway while the adults enjoy some wine and bocce. There are plenty of other kids activities to keep little ones entertained too- kids movies, toys, swings, ping pong table, etc. The pool and spa are wonderful and the stocked kitchen makes this rental an ideal vacation spot for families or a girls getaway. You really never need to leave the house, but if you are looking to wine taste the property is in an ideal location close to dozens of wineries, great takeout, and grocery stores. We will def be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a week in this beautiful home. We were six adults and four children ages 4 to 8. Everyone enjoyed the peaceful setting. The rooms were comfortable and the kitchen well equipped for all meal preparation. The pool was great and the whole family had a great time. There is no need to leave the property, it is a destination.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
69 Miles
Santa Rosa (18 miles) and San Francisco (SFO)
Car: necessary

Wine tasting - Over a dozen award-winning wineries located within five minutes of the property, Glen Ellen wineries within ten minutes and dozens in Sonoma Valley up to 25 minutes away. Central Napa Valley is a half hour over a scenic mountain road. Healdsburg, 35 minutes away, is the gateway to Russian River, Alexander and Dry Creek valleys. Take a scenic drive to the spectacular Sonoma coast.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $275
Additional Guest Fee $75 per person per night
Damage Deposit $2,000

* PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A PARTY HOUSE! We do not allow events, parties or entertaining (beyond the guests who are staying at the house). We take the Sonoma Vacation Rental Ordinance very seriously and we monitor occupancy very closely.
* We generally prefer no more than seven adults. An additional $75 per person, per night beyond seven, not to exceed ten adults. The house sleeps up to ten with children.
* The nightly rate is $1,000 and three night minimum for major holidays such as Memorial Day Weekend, July 4th and Labor Day Weekend. Christmas and New Year's Eve Weekend is a three night minimum at the standard rate. Thanksgiving is a four night minimum at the standard rate.
* Please inquire about midweek discounts and "last minute" pricing.
* Cancellations subject to penalty if within 90 days (60 days for non-holiday rentals of three or fewer nights) of check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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