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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.

Recently updated with fresh paint, new flooring,subway back splash and granite counters in kitchen. Room darkening window treatments, additional lighting and comfortable chairs, just to mention a few of the upgrades.

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. 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.

Private tours of our property, vineyards candidate winery can be arranged by appointment.

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 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 1, 2018

About DeAnne Black

We purchased this property eleven 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 Santa Rosa

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
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
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
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sound/bay 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.


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Mountain Top Vineyard House on Private 60 Acre Vineyard
average rating of 4.714286 based on 57 reviews

Great out of the way place

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful views. Deer in the backyard one morning. Very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Black Knight Vineyards and the Black family are awesome!

  • 5 of 5

Was like staying with family friends. Quiet and comfy cottage on top of hill with views from chairs and hot tub were spectacular, and far surpassed any stay at area hotels. Personal wine tasting and walks through the vines lent to a memerable vacation experience that will not be forgotten. Thank you Black family!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved our return stay at Black Knight Vineyard. It is a very special place.

  • 5 of 5

The location is wonderful, high on a hill in a beautiful vineyard with idyllic views. We had the perfect weekend until the fires broke out and threatened all of wine country. We will be forever grateful to the Blacks for rousing us in the middle of the night and urging us to leave immediately. We got out safely and were relieved to learn a few days later that the Blacks and their property were also unharmed. We are saddened by the devastation the fires wrought and hope our favorite wine country area will recover and thrive in the near future.

Thanks again to Black Knight Vineyard owners!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unforgettable! PLEASE, READ...

  • 5 of 5

I’ve been looking forward to writing this review, but it’s taken a while to figure out words to describe this place and our stay…

WORTH THE HYPE… My girlfriends and I found the perfect place to stay in wine country, cottage at Black Night Vineyards (BNV). Posted pictures, stunning; dog & tractor, warming; excellent reviews were selling point. During booking process, hostess, DeAnne, was helpful & hospitable, answering any questions and helped plan sights to see during stay. But, this place was so much more than we imagined.

WHAT A SETTING! We arrived late at night, winding up a dusty gravel drive that ascended forever. By morning, however, we quickly became aware of our surroundings; a setting no other! A mountain-top retreat with sweeping views onto Sonoma Valley, with rolling vineyards to one side and cattle grazing at hillside on the other. The trees and rock outcroppings on the property were out of a landscape painting. We spent our first morning taking pictures in cozy robes provided by our hosts, DeAnne and Mitch.

The cottage was clean, comfortable, decorated nicely, and well-appointed; very home-like. Every window had views of the countryside or vineyards beyond. Relaxing in the hot tub, whether in the morning’s fog or during sun set over the valley, was simply unforgettable!

THE VINEYARDS. During our visit, my girlfriends and I toured all around the region (Sonoma, Napa, San. Rosa…), all a short distance from our retreat. BUT, the highlight was spending a day on the property with Mitch at Black Knight Vineyards. Post cards came to life that day, but with an authentic and rural appeal I can’t explain. We drove thought the vineyards on the back of Mitch’s tractor (dog running alongside), stopping to learn about the uniqueness of his property and grape growing process, while tasting varietals along the way. We even got to press grapes and see the family’s wine-making process, all done by hand. Our tour ended in a rustic old barn built into the hillside, the “tasting room”. We sat amongst oak barrels, spoke of wine and life, while sipping the most delectable wine I’ve had. Sparkling, chardonnay and pinot was, particularly noteworthy.

The Black family and their vineyard, Black Knight, are the genuine article. Something, I’m so grateful to have experienced! It’s something I won’t forget for a very long time. And, although I live on a different coast, I can honestly say, I’ve found my home in wine country! I’ll be back again. Thank yo

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great view and peaceful atmosphere

  • 4 of 5

Great view and peaceful atmosphere

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Relaxing place with a beautiful view.

  • 5 of 5

This place was great. We had 7 adults and we fit nicely into this house. Slipping into the hot tub just as the sun was setting was amazing! This place feels secluded, yet you are only 5 miles from downtown Santa Rosa! All around this was a nice home base to hang out and enjoy the scenery! I would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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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.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $15
Tax Rate 12.0%

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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