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

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths2
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

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 http://www.frommers.com/6for60 and https://www.homeaway.com/info/media-center/press-releases/2017/Frommers-HomeAway-Anniversary.

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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More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 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.

Map

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.

Amenities

Kenwood Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • 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
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Occupancy limited by County ordinance; strictly enforced. No additional overnight guests; no day guests. Max. 4 vehicles. Quiet hours 10 p.m.-9 a.m.
  • Our observant neighbors may report big groups, pets, excess cars, noise. May use exterior security camera (no audio) on driveway/pkg area to verify.
  • Rental Agreement (see uploaded copy) must be signed. Rentals of 4+ nights need 90 days prior notice for full-refund cancellation; we try to re-rent.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • 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 ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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 75 reviews
San Francisco, CA
5

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
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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5

A beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

This Kenwood property was fabulous. Very quiet, serene, and beautiful outdoor areas to take in the mountains and vineyards. We had every room occupied and still had plenty of space and Kathleen was wonderful to work with. She offered a very thorough walk-thru when we arrived, was available for any concerns or questions, with a quick response and offered lots of towels, paper products, coffee, laundry and access to so many amenities of the house. The only items that were a bit different were the showers and how to access the hot water. Every shower eventually got hot water, but it would come and go during your shower so you had to adjust from too hot to too cold numerous times. However, I would highly recommend a stay at Brambleberry. I will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco
5

Relaxing weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Brambleberry was the perfect location to spend my birthday weekend in! Location, space, amenities, and hospitality are the reasons why I am giving this a 5 star review!

Location

Only less than two hours away from SF, Brambleberry makes it feel like you are in an entirely different country. Kenwood is such a small picturesque town with beautiful vineyards, restaurants, and market places nearby. Only about a 15-20 mins drive from Napa or Santa Rosa but definitely less "touristy" and quiet. The house itself is located in a quiet private residential neighborhood so all you hear throughout the night are crickets. On the last night we were there, a vineyard couple doors down was hosting a wedding reception and though you could faintly hear the music from the backyard, it was quiet right at 10pm so neighbors are respectful - and in turn, so should you. (Not a home you'd throw big and loud parties in!)

Space

We were 7 adults and had a lot of space to roam around and not feel crowded. Bedrooms were spacious and some had an extra bed inside. We had my kids and in-laws on Saturday but even then, the kids had plenty of space to run around and explore.

Amenities

Pool, grill, AMAZING KITCHEN, bocce court, basketball court, ping pong table, hammock, games, and oh my goodness, a wall full of BOOKS in the living room - just some of the amenities this home has to offer. We spent three days there but felt it wasn't enough to fully take advantage of the house. My husband even joked around saying it probably has the same, if not more, amenities than a five star hotel without the crowd - and I totally agree with him!

Hospitality

Kathleen was a wonderful host. She gave thorough instructions on how to "navigate" around the house and gave wonderful suggestions on what to do during our stay. I made it a point to let her know my itinerary out of courtesy and glad I did cause she gave us a couple of suggestions on where to go (spa, vineyards, restaurants) based off of my original plans and glad we went with hers. I've stayed in numerous airbnbs/vrbo rentals before and she was the only host to personally email me back thanking us for staying and asking how our time was spent. She also let me know we left a camera charger in the kitchen (I love that she was there during checkout and really made sure we didn't leave anything behind) and is gracious enough to mail it back to us.

Thank you for a wonderful stay! We look forward to coming back again real soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL
5

Beautiful Brambleberry!

  • 5 of 5

Brambleberry was even more beautiful and inviting in-person than the photos revealed! We were greeted by one of the owners, Rob, and his friendly grounds manager, Aspen (who picked some fresh basil for us to use with breakfast the next morning).

Brambleberries were plentiful and sweet and we took advantage of the well attended garden (with fresh herbs beside the basil, cucumbers, and lavender)! We enjoyed wonderful, relaxing breakfasts in the perfectly appointed kitchen. The lush and lovingly cared-for backyard was the best place to be after a long day of winery tours, sightseeing, and other outdoor adventures. My boys also took full advantage of the climbing ladder, ride-on toys, ping-pong table, bocce, and of course, the basketball hoop and beautiful pool (which was the perfect temperature)! The outdoor furniture was comfy, but still country chic.

The bedrooms were fitting for everyone one in our family. We had plenty of room to move around, but at the same time we felt cozy and secure.

We had everything we needed...and if we didn't, Rob and Kathleen were just a phone call away. The elevator, more of a unique find among wine country homes like this, was such a valuable perk for my (older) mother. The house is situated in beautiful Kenwood, far enough removed from the main highway to enjoy true peace and tranquility, but still just a short drive from wineries and all the tasty dining spots in Glen Ellen, downtown Sonoma, and Santa Rosa.

This was truly an amazing and memorable vacation and my children are already asking when they can return to Brambleberry again! Thanks Kathleen and Rob!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect Sonoma Country Estate

  • 5 of 5

Brambleberry was the site of a 50th birthday celebration for me and my best friend since childhood, along with four other guests. The property is situated on private,beautifully cared for 3 acre landscape filled with flowers, fruit trees, and your very own pool and custom hot tub, with gorgeous views of the mountains. A lovely kitchen garden is steps outside of a large gourmet kitchen, which is fully appointed with Le Creuset cookware and two ovens. We spent many happy evenings cooking and drinking our wine discoveries from the day. The interior of the home is beautifully appointed with gorgeous linens and four poster beds that allow you to sleep peacefully as the cool breezes of Sonoma come through the open windows. A wrap around veranda offers wicker chairs and wisteria blossoms to support your coffee drinking or wine sipping! The owners are supportive and responsive. We are already planning our next trip!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Medford, New Jersey
5

Idyllic Country Estate

  • 5 of 5

From the minute you step on to the shady porch and envision enjoying a glass of wine on the porch swing, Brambleberry envelopes you in its warm vibe and hugs you gently until it's time to go home. The accurate and detailed description is spot-on and the welcoming hosts, the Lunbecks, think of everything right down to hand soap, coffee filters and detailed instructions for operating the pool, spa and more. Brambleberry's central wine country location makes it a perfect couples or girlfriend's escape and even families with young children will enjoy the beautiful yard, complete with a tree swing, bocce, ping pong, croquet and even a charming horse swing made from a tire. Pick the berries, relax poolside, cook with your friends and explore the vineyards. This refined and relaxed country estate offers everything you want for a wine country vacation.

Brambleberry is a gem you'll want to return to again and again and my only complaint is that I don't live closer and can't visit as often as I'd like.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.

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