|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Originally built in 1916 by the British Embassy for the Ambassador's vacation retreat, this beauty sits majestically on a knoll with spectacular views of the surrounding vineyards, Arrowhead Mountain and the Northern section of the San Francisco Bay. Updated over the passing years, the home offers all the modern conveniences but retains its original charm. The Main house is 3,500± square feet to include 2 spacious bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. A sun porch, large living room with fireplace, dining room & well-appointed kitchen are all oriented around the inviting (completely fenced) patio area complete with solar heated, in-ground pool.
A separate 2 bedroom Guest Cottage with 2 full baths, steam shower and sauna & a kitchenette is on the other side of the pool area. The Guest Cottage also offers phenomenal views of surrounding vineyards from its hilltop location. The grounds encompass 12.5± acres offering complete solitude and privacy behind a private gated entry. A (hard court) tennis court & a separate sport court with small pavilion area are included in the offering. Truly a quintessential wine country retreat property.
Keywords: Estate Home, Villa, House
Originally purchased as a primary residence due to the unique qualities and private setting.
The property feels like it is a million miles away but is a stone's throw from Downtown Sonoma & Napa. You can choose to stock the refrigerator(s) and never leave or go wine tasting, enjoy world renowned restaurants in both Valleys, or partake in the many events held each weekend in Wine Country.
We rented this house with a few friends to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday, and it was absolutely perfect. The historic house has so much character while also meeting every need. We only wish we could have stayed longer, and cannot wait to come back!
Well-stocked and comfortable furnished country home and guest house in ideal Sonoma location. 3 miles to Sonoma town center.
Beautiful views, large gourmet kitchen. A perfect reunion destination. Everything we needed.
My family stayed here recently and were dismayed by the number of notes and instructions in the house admonishing guests to BE CAREFUL or THIS IS THE OWNER'S PERSONAL BLENDER--BE CAREFUL. Many doors and cabinets were locked, which is fine, but coupled with the unfriendly notes and list of rules written in an inhospitable manner it was really off-putting. As soon as we arrived, we were also instructed to sign a list of house rules to obey. It was almost as though the owners hate to rent out their place but are forced to, so they've compromised by leaving these notes. When I rent a home, I like to feel like an invited and welcome guest....I've rented many homes in Sonoma and never experienced anything quite like this. Although the property manager was very nice, we won't be returning to this property.
AMAZING House! Perfect for 4 couples. There were so many places to sit together inside and outside. The rooms were big and the furnishings were unique and tasteful. The beds are SUPER comfortable! We can't wait to book this place again.
Eight girlfriends from high school spent a wonderful weekend at this lovely home. The views were stunning, the pool and grounds were big and beautiful and I stayed with 3 others in the casita behind the home. I liked being in the separate quarters for morning coffee with a few girls, because all we really wanted to do in the house was talk, talk, talk. There were so many cool places to sit together inside and outside. The rooms were big and the furnishings were unique and tasteful. Very close to drive to Sonoma square. Everyone raved about the house. I would recommend it to adults who can appreciate all the quality and history of the home.
The property was actually visually EXTRAORDINARLIY beautiful. There were 360 degree views out of every window and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. The interior of the house had lovely antiques and a country kitchen with almost anything you would need in order to cook at home, which we did a number of times. 5* would seem to be the correct rating. But then there was the water and the septic system. We were told the water was potable even though it smelled metallic or worse. I used it to make coffee just once and looked in the back of the coffee maker. It was caked with black and disgusting. I bought bottled water after that which we used to drink and brush our teeth and if we could have, we would have bathed in bottled water, too. The water smelled terrible and had black and brown stuff floating in it. My husband and I showered in the casita, where our son and daughter-in-law were staying, because our master in the main house had only a tub and the water coming out of the faucet was smelly and brown with particles in it. Something was surely going on with the septic system, since someone was out there to look at it during our stay. We were there for a week with a baby and assumed the house would have a washer and dryer, which it didn't, but we were actually OK that it didn't because the water was so disgusting. So that's why the 2* rating. I know there was a drought going on but there was also something awry with the septic system.
In conclusion, when my son went to the airport, he was SERIOUSLY searched by TSA people because he didn't pass the test for explosives. They asked him if he worked on a farm. It had to have been the water.
The place was magnificent, in many ways 100% 5*, however, the water and the septic were a real problem. I suppose if you were staying only a night or two and eating meals out, it would be heaven (if you didn't care about a shower) but as a family there for a week, it was a problem. I waited four months to write this review because I was torn but in the end decided I had to do it.
Also, the deck off the casita is a mess. It absolutely needs to be refinished or replaced. And trust me, we never even opened the hot tub knowing what the water was like in the house and the casita.
Sorry for the terrible review......*****visually and zero * olfactorily = ** for me.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
September - October 2016
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Holiday rates upon inquiry
$500 Security Deposit
50% rental rate 60 days prior to arrival
50% rental rate 30 days prior to arrival