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Mountain Top Vineyard House on Private 60 Acre Vineyard

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Bath, (Sleeps 7)

Come “Live the dream” at Black Knight Vineyard House located on top of Taylor Mountain.

Majestic view, tranquil, private, vineyards to explore.

Private 60 acres, 32 of them is vineyards, 3 mountain tops to climb with unique 360 degree views of wine country and distant mountains.

Rejuvenate in the private six-person Spa that has 50 jets plus it has a lounging seat. It is kept at an inviting 100 degree year round and overlooks the valley.

The 1600 sq.ft. vineyard house offers: A Full Kitchen, Living Room, Den, 3 bedrooms, and 2 full bathrooms plus hot-tub.

The full-kitchen is completely outfitted for cooking and entertaining. An extensive collection of wine and cookbooks to inspire any chef.

Master Suite has a full sitting and dining area A California king bed, a full bathroom with rain shower and Jacuzzi tub.

There are two bedrooms with queen European pillow beds. One has a private deck that leads hot-tub.

The den can convert to a private bedroom for any extra guests with a full size futon.

There is a 42” High-definition Direct TV located in the family room. In the master suite a 32” Also, an extensive collection of DVD’s, books and games for all ages.

Numerous outdoor dinning areas. In the backyard is a stainless steel grill with searing plate for the master outdoor chef.

Watch the horses graze in nearby pasture or greet the neighboring cows that occasionally take shade under trees in the backfields. Deer, California quails, ducks, a Hoot owl, wild turkey, chickens and 2 lovable Labs can easily be found.

Our chickens provided fresh eggs whenever possible. In-season pick: blackberries, peaches, apples, apricots and plums. Lavender, Rosemary and Bay are located around the property and in the backyard of the vineyard house.

The Petaluma Wind gap provides a constant and cool breeze also occasional fog that is picturesque.

Solar power is powering the vineyard house.

Quite hours (10:00 P.M.-7:00 A.M.) to be observed by all guests

This Bennett Valley location has all the romance of the country and a vineyard but is also only minutes to Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park and Glen Ellen. This central location is ideal for day excursions to all of Sonoma valley and Napa Valley wine tasting. A quick drive to 101 and you can also be on your way to San Francisco for the day and evening. It does not come more convenient or more centrally located.

Relax and enjoy the magnificent views of the valley below and the mountains in the distance. Come “Live the dream” at Black Knight Vineyards.

More Details

DeAnne Black
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2017

About DeAnne Black

We purchased this property nine years ago,renaming it Black Knight Vineyards. Our last residence was in Pennsylvania. The entire family felt it was time to perhaps create something for the family. Our daughters (3) and I required that it be something that my husband was passionate about. Mitch being a a chemical engineer with an MBA, and a business turnaround specialist had many good opportunities to seek out. We had lived all over the world, even on a sailboat tasting excellent wine along the way. It seemed the obvious choice for our new business to be in wine since Mitch been a wine enthusiast for his entire life. We had a family meeting and agreed that we were all in for the adventure in Wine but with no snow. California here we come.

The first year was more work than anyone expected. With 60 acres of land, 25 acres of grapes, two houses, two huge barns and a couple small barns, we had more to do than we could get to. One of our top priorities was to reinvent the house on one of the secluded peaks. It was redesigned right from the beginning as a vacation rental.

We wanted this place to be a representation of our life. It is filled with furniture and art collected all over the U.S. and the World. It is so peaceful here that it just called out for a spa. We especially like the spa perched on the top of the hill overlooking the valley to the west. Comfort was also high on our list – We think you will agree that it has turned out great and is unique.

DeAnne Black

DeAnne Black purchased this house in 2007

Why DeAnne Black chose Sonoma County

From the start we were interested in some type of vacation rental as part of the business. About half of the properties we considered had potential for a vacation rental. Our bigger decision was were to start with the wine business. It is a complex business and very capital intensive. We choose to start with grapes since great wine must start with great fruit.

Sonoma is one of the top wine regions in the world. It is also one of the most beautiful locations in the US. We are privileged to have one of the best views around and we can share this with you.

The bonus of this location is that while we have a peaceful, rural vineyard, we are very centrally located with easy access to Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park and ALL the wine areas.

It really is the best of all worlds.

What makes this house unique

As our guest you are welcome, and encouraged, to explore the vineyards. Walk, run, picnic or bike, it is a new vista on each of the three peaks on the property.

Many guest are looking forward to sampling the wine region and the wines of Sonoma a second to none. Our central location is excellent for multiple day trips in different directions, all easy to get to.

Napa is 35 mins away and San Francisco is 45 mins away and a direct route over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time here - just wound up being one night. Perfect for two couples. Three of the four of us did the first Levi's Grandfondo in Santa Rosa. Needless to say, the cold pool, hot tub and sauna were all food for the bones and muscles! The view is amazing! We also enjoyed hearing the wind among the trees. A walk through the vineyard is a must. Another great view up above the Merlot & Pinot grapes. If you are lucky - Mitch will let you barrel taste his private stash! Yummy - We loved the Zin he had in a 1/4 barrel. We enjoyed talking with DeAnne and Mitch and hearing their story of how they got here - cheers to them for taking a risk we have all thought about.

We hope to return!
Nov 2009
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Santa Rosa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Town ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Full Jacuzzi tub, Rainfall shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • King size beds (1) European Pillow Top in the new Suite available starting September 1., Queen size Beds (2) Enjoy the European Pillow Tops and designer pillows in the Willow Room and Bordeau Room., Double Beds (1) Convertable futon in the Den. Den can be closed off as a third bedroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) This 8 inch futon is a very comfortable double. The room can be set up as a additional bedroom upon request.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Your are welcome and encouraged the explore the 60 acres of mountaintop vineyards. With three separate peaks, the view is constantly changing. Enjoy the views and privacy all around on the three decks or enjoy a walk in woods or hilltop senic overlooks.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)

Mountain Top Vineyard House on Private 60 Acre Vineyard
average rating of 4.707317 based on 49 reviews


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Our family rented this property over Thanksgiving. We were excited because the property looked beautiful, but what we experienced was the opposite. We arrived at the main property and had trouble finding the rental home (the instructions were not clear). We heard the homeowner saying to her husband, “these people are just driving around the property,” even though we had only been there for 5 minutes. This was a really poor way to be greeted; surely they must have been expecting us. From the moment we entered the house, it was a disgusting experience. It smelled like wet dogs/rodents and it was very obvious it hadn’t been cleaned. There was dust on everything, the tables had residue from previous guests, there were cobwebs/spiders in every room, stains on the carpet, and the floor was covered in hair, dust, etc. We additionally found 2 black widows in the main bedroom. We spent a good hour vacuuming cobwebs and still managed to miss some. We had to go buy floor cleaner and sweep/mop the entire house our first night there – what a way to start a relaxing vacation (NOT)! We swept up 2 dustpans full of debris. When we opened the refrigerator to put our groceries away, we noticed that there were no “farm fresh eggs” as had been advertised. We tried to use the BBQ, but it was horribly disgusting and frankly just a health hazard (old grease, debris, rat feces, etc.). They advertised having internet access, but we couldn’t find the WIFI password anywhere. We called/texted the owners and were finally told to take a bottle of the wine to make up for their lack of WIFI. If the internet was down, this should have been mentioned BEFORE we arrived. This type of neglect to detail is extremely unprofessional. One thing I also noticed was that the bedroom closets did not have doors on them. In our room there was stuff being stored in the closet that was unpleasant to look at and also took up closet space we could have been using. In all of the owner’s responses to poor reviews on VRBO, she makes it a point to always mention how her family is “busy with the grapes”. I am sorry, but that is not an excuse! If they can’t handle running multiple businesses at once (she mentioned they have 5 separate businesses), then they should hire a property manager. Whether or not their grapes are taken care of makes no difference to the people staying on the property. Guests are paying to have a nice experience and that should be a priority to the homeowners just as much as their grapes!!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: All reviews are taken with respect good or bad and appreciated. Every one of the concerns mention are being addressed. The guest house has been closed since Christmas for renovations and upgrades. It will be reopened in February with new furniture, flooring and fresh paint etc.
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Lovely escape

  • 5 of 5

Staying in a vineyard is a very special thing to do when in wine country and Black Knight Vineyard's guest cottage is a lovely and peaceful place to do it. The home is well appointed and includes a great hot tub and a pool, the latter of which we were out of the season to use for our stay but would be great in the summer.

There was ample space for one or two small families. Main opportunity for improvement would be to provide a few more shelf stable items like olive oil / cooking spray so guests don't need to re-buy repeatedly some items they are used to seeing elsewhere. It looks like a large spice rack was added just prior to my stay so it seems that the owners are already taking steps towards including these staples.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Good Year

  • 5 of 5

If you are a wine lover then you have watched the movie "A Good Year" several times. If you do not have the time or the money to visit a winery in France to appreciate the views and the experiences of a small family run winery then the house on the mountain top at black Knight winery is a perfect alternative. The views from the house are spectacular. During the day you see horses, goats,sheep and of course vines. At night you can see the stars in amazing quantities. Along with the show in the sky is an absolute silence. A perfect environment to relax and enjoy the wine that you purchased from the many nearby wineries that day. If you run short you also have the option of purchasing wine made by Black Knight from a display of bottles stocked at the house. If you need to add some variety to those relaxing evenings then the outdoor hot tub is an excellent spot for star gazing and viewing city lights miles away in the distance. If you have a group with various tastes there is still wifi and TV with a strong channel line up. You can also pop in a DVDs of "A Good Year" from the house's movie inventory.

Day trips within a reasonable commute include the city of San Francisco, several options to see the huge Redwoods, and a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway just to mention a few. And of course the endless number of large and small wineries within a small distance.

Where else can you stay and become actively involved in the winery process? I was fortunate to participate in and/or observe: punching down the grapes, de-stemming, bottle filling, corking and labeling. All while having one on one conversations with winery owners about any detail of the process that you want to know more about. Other than the disappointment of not meeting Russel Crowe and Marion Cotillard this was one of the most memorable vacation weeks ever for my wife and myself.

Thank You so much!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a View

  • 5 of 5

What a cozy cottage with a beautiful view! Our hosts Deanne and Mitch provided a hands on tour of wine making. Their daughter Lexi hosted a one on one wine tasting . The kitchen has all the amenities one could ask for. The beds were comfy and cottage was clean. The hot tub in the evening was a relaxing place were we could sip our wine and enjoy the stars and valley view. Food stores and eateries are nearby. Wine country was at our doorsteps and exploring the many wineries was easy to do.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Piece of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from an awesome vacation in Sonoma County. Our stay in the Mountain Top Cottage @ Black Knight Vineyard was definitely a little piece of heaven. The views are breathtaking and change constantly from a beautiful sunset to the fog rolling in & out creating picturesque moments. The cozy cottage offers a great retreat after a day of exploring the many attractions of the Sonoma Valley.

Mitch & DeAnne were accommodating and invited on a tour of their wine making . Their daughter Lexi provided us with a private wine tasting and also lots of information and history of the property. I do wish we had devoted more of our visit on actually participating in their operation.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private with a Great View

  • 5 of 5

Black Knight was a perfect place to stay for our ladies get away. The home was clean and had all the amenities we needed. The view was great and the home was a quiet get away. We had a great private tour and tasting of the family owned and operated vineyard and were fortunate to be able to see some of the harvest. We loved the Sonoma wines and the relaxed atmosphere of the area. I would recommend it to my family and friends. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Santa Rosa
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Willis Wine Bar
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
San Rafael
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Bennet Valley Golf Course
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Santa Rosa
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Route 101
Nearest Restaurant
1.8 Miles
Cattaneo Trattoria
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Bodega Bay
Car: necessary

Over 300 wineries are at your reach from this central location. Every direction affords a different, yet exciting adventure in wine country from this convenient location.


Rates & Availability

Santa Rosa House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Pre Summer
May 2 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 31 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 5 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $15
Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

Cancellation over 30 days before check-in get 90% refund
Cancellation under 30 days before check-in get 25% refund plus any amounts we are able to re-rent.
Cancellation under 7 days before check-in get 10% refund.

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