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Shaun and/or Gerald Bybee

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, italian, Our daughter speaks French, Gerald fluent Italian

Estate Home Plus Farmhouse Pool-Private Lake-Vineyards-Wildlife Habitat

24 Reviews
Sleeps24
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms8
Half Baths2
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

Sebastopol Estate Rental Photos and Description

Large Estate home- 3 Bdr + 2full+2 half Bths , Farmhouse -4 bdr- 4 Bth/Up to 24

PLEASE NOTE: There are two homes on the estate. The $1095-per night rate posted is the nightly MINIMUM during low season for up to 8 guests for 3+ bedrooms of the 5,000 sq.ft. main wing of the estate home, and does not include the farmhouse or all 7+ bedrooms. The main estate home is very open and spacious for entertaining, and to accommodate extra sleeping areas we have opened up the farmhouse for additional bedrooms/baths and fees are reflected based on 1 or both homes. The rental fees for both houses, 7-9 bedrooms/sleeping areas for up to 18 adult guests is $1995-$2195/night depending on the season. Additional guests (including children of all ages) are $105/night ea. Can sleep 24 overnight with shared bedrooms/baths and can host an additional 12 DAY guests for additional fees. The VRBO rate calculator can be confusing and sometimes doesn't calculate correctly. When using the rate calculator please be sure to enter the total number of guests and in your email inquiry please specify the number of private bedrooms/beds required so we can provide an accurate budget for your stay. Because there are two separate houses available for guests we can sometimes accommodate smaller groups and couples when availability allows, particularly on weeknights or short notice, but will prioritize renting both homes at the same time . We keep the VRBO calendar updated so please check availability. It is always best to send a VRBO email request and follow up personally by email/phone so we can work out scheduling and a budget according to your specific needs, whether it be family reunions, birthday and anniversary celebrations, corporate off-sites, overnight meetings, sporting events, wine tasting tours, or longer term healing retreats. We are not able to host large weddings but can provide lodging for guests attending weddings in Sonoma County.

We give precedence to weekly bookings and larger groups. During the month of January we begin to confirm weekly reservation requests for both homes for the summer and fall. Once the first weekly requests have been accommodated, confirmed and scheduled we will attempt to fit in shorter 3 day minimum bookings for other groups giving precedence to large groups needing the use of both homes. We will consider and accept two day and short notice bookings occasionally if they can fit within and around other weekly and four night reservations. We appreciate your patience as we work to best accommodate the many hosting requests we are receiving.

The B Vineyards & Habitat main Estate house is a very large, well loved modern Mediterranean style family home with high ceilings, open floorplan, galleries, courtyards, and outdoor dining & living space with an attached organic/biodynamic garden that provides fresh produce for the host family, employees and guests as available. It is situated on a knoll overlooking bucolic vineyards, a large trellised pool, private recreational lake used for boating, water skiing, paddling, canoeing and swimming, Atascadero creek, and a vibrant wildlife and riparian habitat.

The original mid-century retro-style ranch farmhouse is also available for hosting additional guests and allowing for more bedrooms/bathrooms. The farmhouse reflects the historic use of the property as a dairy farm for over 69 years and is just steps away down a private path from the main estate house has up to 4 guest bedrooms, 1 small converted bedroom, 3 and a half baths, and kitchens available. It is surrounded by Redwoods, Cypress and an adjacent fruit orchard and has plenty of parking. Farmhouse guests share use of the main estate pool and spa when both homes are rented by the same group. All guests and residents share access to private the lake, walking & biking trails, recreation and the wildlife habitat.

Please be sure to visit the linked sites below for additional photos and information.

The main estate home is perfect for hosting family reunions, business meetings, healing, educational, and fine art retreats and corporate off-sites. The main wing of the estate home features multiple large bedrooms with multiple beds, private baths and a large dining gallery with family style kitchen, a large gallery style open interior, media room, winebar in the main wing with 3 private bedrooms , plus 2 private (curtained) sleeping alcoves w/European style convertible sofas and two twin beds in 2nd alcove.

Art and photo studios are also available by special arrangement in advance, there are open areas indoors and outdoors that could be suitable for yoga and dance. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate amplified music for outside parties, public events or weddings without special permits and advance arrangements due to the Sonoma County noise ordinance.

The Estate's expansive trellised patios, lawns, trails, pool, gardens, orchards, vineyards and open space habitat trails are all shared by the farm stay guests and residents. The estate is a working organic vineyard with family orchards and gardens. The home, bucolic views, riparian habitat and property are the perfect backdrop for film production, wildlife photography, art, writing, teaching, education, healing and working retreats.

The estate is situated just 2 miles northwest of Sebastopol, minutes away from the town of Graton, Santa Rosa, Occidental, North of Petaluma in the heart of world class organic cuisine, restaurants, wineries, farms, produce markets, organic food producers and natural healing spas. Access to the Sonoma coast beaches, Russian River, Sonoma wine Appellations, is minutes away and the estate is just 60 miles from SFO. Walking and cycling opportunities abound with many cycling events and tours passing the property directly. The Joe Rodota walking/biking trail is adjacent to the north vineyards. The estate feels secluded and private for relaxation but is only minutes away from world class wine tasting, cuisine, recreation, golf, cycling, spas, sightseeing, surfing and whale watching along the rugged picturesque Sonoma coast. We will help plan a wine country retreat to suit your specific interests, aeducational, recreational, and/or healing needs.

The owner managers reside on the property and are on hand to host families and groups and assist with logistics, tours, meals, catering, shopping and stocking the pantry with fresh local produce, meats, cheeses and wines per request and hourly rates. Please don't hesitate to contact us directly to discuss the specific needs of your group.

Sonoma County TOT Certificates #1123 & #2499N

Keywords: Large, Vineyard Estate Home, Pool, Private lake, Lakefront, Farm house, Wine Country, Sleeps up to 24, West Sonoma County, Sebastopol, Estate, Villa, Gallery, Chef's Kitchen, Family reunions, retreats, healing center, Sonoma, Graton, Bodega, Occidental, Family reunions, wine tours, wine tasting, recreation, corporate off-site, meetings

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Shaun and/or Gerald Bybee (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, italian, Our daughter speaks French, Gerald fluent Italian

About Shaun and/or Gerald Bybee

Gerald Bybee is an award winning photographer and digital fine artist turned winegrower and habitat manager. Shaun Bybee a former photo producer & stylist, is the resident rental manager, concierge, organic gardner and cook. They are available on site to help with logistics of your vineyard retreat and to host recreational activities, photo seminars, productions and working retreats.

Shaun and/or Gerald Bybee purchased this estate in 1996

Why Shaun and/or Gerald Bybee chose Sonoma County

This site, formerly the last certified Raw Milk Dairy in Sonoma County, is a unique mix of agriculture, open space, residential and recreational assets. The riparian habitat, dense bird life, and opportunity to create a sustainable agricultural enterprise brought us from SF to West Sonoma County.

What makes this estate unique

This property provides a secluded retreat for larger families and groups with a wide variety of recreational opportunities on site as well as access to the coast, Russian River, vineyards, wineries, organic farms, food producers,fine restaurants and bucolic rural landscape. It also offers seclusion and privacy. The bucolic private estate can provide all you need for a relaxing or active getaway. We are well located with a large natural and mature organic vineyard landscape, yet mere minutes to downtown Sebastopol. The brand new Barlow center has just opened in our downtown area: http://thebarlow.net/tenants/, and offers a plethora of local food, wine, galleries and artisans. The town of Graton is just 5 minutes away with excellent restaurants and bars. Santa Rosa is just 10 minutes away Occidental 15 and Bodega Bay only 25 minutes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Gerald and Shaun,



We had a great time this weekend. We loved everything about the home and the setting. It was truly perfect for our reunion. We had family members visiting from all over the US and other parts of the world. The rooms and kitchen were spacious and well appointed. There was always enough seating room for everyone. The kids (and grown ups) loved the pool and the grassy area outside the home. We unfortunately (or fortunately) didn't find the toys in the cabinet in the master bedroom until the day we were leaving. We appreciated the two pack n plays for the babies. We really didn't have to leave except for the grocery store. So thank you for helping us have a memorable time.



Thanks again. Hope to be back some day.



Anu
Jun 2016
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Reviews

4.8
based on 24 traveler reviews

Estate Home Plus Farmhouse Pool-Private Lake-Vineyards-Wildlife Habitat
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 25 reviews
5

Spectacular setting for a fabulous family reunion!

  • 5 of 5

This gorgeous vineyard estate proved the perfect setting for an absolutely brilliant family reunion. Where else could we so comfortably have housed more than 20 people -- and seated them all at one long table for dinners? And where else could all of them, representing four generations and ranging in age from 92 down to 2, have been so happily engaged all day every day, whether relaxing in the pool and the hot tub; canoeing/kayaking/paddle-boarding on the private lake; strolling through the vineyard picking luscious wild blackberries; popping over to the coast (just eight miles away) to climb a mountain, bask on a beach, and/or hug a redwood tree; watching movies and the Olympics on the massive flat-screen TV set; reading quietly in the shade; playing fiercely contested backgammon tournaments; posing for group photos; or cooking up a storm three times a day? The two houses are generously furnished with everything anyone could possibly need or want by way of state-of-the-art kitchen equipment, bzillions of fluffy towels, exquisitely comfortable beds, etc. Every minute of our stay was joyful, for all of us. And our hosts were genuinely warm, gracious, welcoming, and helpful, always available but never intrusive. We are SO GRATEFUL to Shaun, Sera, and Gerald! We all left hoping to return soon and often.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, MO
5

Exceeded Expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Our large family had 8 couples that needed rooms with privacy and space for kids. This worked out very well for us. The kitchen has a 6 burner gas stove and Dacor convection ovens and lots of cooking utensils. We were able to cook all the meals that we wanted. It is an open kitchen with a massive dining room area and we all got to eat together. However, if you want other places in the houses to get some quiet, it works well for that also. It is close to many activities or you can just hang out under the pergola, at the fire pit, at the pool or hot tub or paddle the lake. It was calm, relaxing and quiet. The main house is a bit newer than the farmhouse but everything is very well cared for and very clean. The beds are very comfy! The owners are great to work with. I would highly recommend it and we would go back.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing retreat experience!

  • 5 of 5

I hosted a retreat for my scientific group at B Vineyard. I did not know the area very well, but i was quite pleased about the natural beauty of the settings and the facilities themselves. I did not know a place like this existed so close to home. We had an extremely productive meeting with very little distractions that can come with off site events. Gerry and Shaun were very helpful. Everyone had a terrific experience and left feeling inspiring. This exceeded my hopes and expectations.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This group of doctors and research scientists from UCSF was a joy to host! They worked hard during the retreat but took time to enjoy the lake, habitat, , kayaks, SUPs, pool and spa! They were extremely respectful of the homes and the property. The kitchen was well utilized but everything was clean and back in its place when they were done. I suppose one could expect that from some of the most talented medical research scientist in the world led by a neurosurgeon ! We will welcome them back any time.
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Occidental, CA 95472
5

Spectacular Property & Wonderful Proprieters!

  • 5 of 5

B Vineyards is one of the most beautiful, private and relaxing properties that I have ever

worked at - and being a private chef, I have worked at many. The lush, expansive grounds, lake, vineyards and beautiful homes with stunning views literally take one's breath away.

Stress drops from the moment you drive thru the gate and onto the goregous property -

once leaving the car, the peaceful & magical energy of B Vineyards just envelopes & seduces. You can't help but just surrender & completely relax…. a delicious glass of local wine completes the experience! Shaun is wonderful to work with; very helpful, accommodating, a gracious & informative hostess and just a lovely person all around.

I would not hesitiate to recommend B Vineyards to anyone seeking an exceptional, world-class vacation, reunion, romantic get-away or seminar experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Hosts

  • 5 of 5

We rented the space for a company function, and the process went very smoothly. Shaun was amazing to work with, accommodating and very helpful with suggestions. The group really enjoyed their stay and the amenities of the property. I would definitely recommend it for future meetings, or vacation rentals!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Philip

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at B vineyards. The house and location are amazing. Gerald (owner) was always helpful and easy to deal with. Our kids loved the trampoline and pool and all that outdoor space. We wished we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Barlow Event Center
"The new downtown in Sebastopol. "
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"Nice place to go drink some California bubbly! Local haunt."
Lynmar Estate
"Great patio to sit and sip some of their world class wines."
Underwood Bar & Bistro
"Another local hideout - step into a great bistro on our one-steet town of Graton. Fabulous ..."
Merry Edwards Winery
"Local winemaker of world class wines."
Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary
"Beautiful spot for a getaway spa day."
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Sonoma County Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Underwood Bar & Bistro
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Larkspur Ferry
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Sebastopol Golf course
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Highway 101, Hwy 116
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Underwood, Willowood, Peter Lowell's, The Barlow
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Dillon, Salmon Creek, Doran
Car: recommended

Active vineyard and family farm, bird & wildlife Habitat, Kayak, Canoe, Stand Up Paddleboarding SUP, Slalom Water Ski Course, Wakeboarding, Tubing and Boating by Invitation Hosted by Owner. Near Sonoma Coast, diving, surfing, golf, private and public wine tasting, Russian River Valley Green Valley appellation discounted estate and local wines, tours, logistical/concierge assistance. Farmstay, meals, local organic foods, catering.

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Rates & Availability

Sebastopol Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer thru Harvest
May 31 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$1,295
$8,840
$33,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $105 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday rates
Nov 22 2016 - Nov 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
$1,295
$8,840
$33,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $110 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday rate
Dec 20 2016 - Dec 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
$1,295
$8,840
$33,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $110 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$1,095
$7,495
$27,995
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $105 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Linens,cleaning,utility $795 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $3,000
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Min. rate is for up to 8 guests inc. children over 3yrs. Additional fees apply for extra guests, bedrooms, Art studio and farmhouse. The main estate home accommodates families & groups in 4+ bedrooms. Farmhouse adds 5+ private bedrooms/ 4 baths for more guests. Please specify total number of guests & children to calculate base rate for your group. We can then provide a more detailed budget proposal. Holiday rates for specific weekends will apply: Memorial Day / 4th of July / Labor Day. Please see holiday pricing.

All Fees payable in advance to confirm reservation, security deposit at least 30 days prior to arrival or when reservation is confirmed.
Payable by check or wire transfer preferred. Credit Cards accepted with service charge. Security deposit payable by Credit Card through PayPal

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Sebastopol Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 8000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • 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 24 people
Bathrooms:
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1A of King bath - toilet , tub , 1 of 3 rooms off MB. 3rd rm: counter 2 sinks
    Bathroom 1B of King bath - toilet , shower , 2nd of the 3 rooms off MB. 3rd rm: counter 2 sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom off of Queen bedroom.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , sink
    Bathroom Main wing shared guest - toilet , sink
    Farmhouse 1 - toilet , shower , Blue retro shared access from hallway with 32x60' shower
    Farmhouse 2 - toilet , shower , Private in large King Bedroom Yellow retro sink toilet show
    Farmhouse Studio - toilet , shower , King Studio attached Bathroom
    Farmhouse Utility Bath & Shower - toilet , shower , Bathroom & utility shower near laundry & den bedroom
    Bathroom 4 (art studio by special arrangements only ) - toilet , shower , Large shower with bench
  • Master King suite bedroom Twin day trundle beds for families /groups has 2 large attached bathrooms plus two sink mirroed vanity and walk-in closet. 1st bathroom has a large shower / toilet, 2nd has a deep soaking tub /toilet Multiple other baths with showers/tubs plus 1/2 baths. Farmhouse has 4 bathrooms and one with outdoor access.
Bedrooms:
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Main House # 2 - 1 queen , Private bath attached
    Main House Convertibles/Alcoves - 1 queen , 3 double , 1 child bed , shared baths
    Farmhouse #3 - 1 queen , Shared bath w/tub
    Farmhouse #5 - 1 queen , Shared bath w/32x60' access shower
    Farmhouse #1 - 1 king , Private Bath w/shower
    Main House #4 (Art Studio wing) - 1 queen , Only available upon request. Private bath
    Farmhouse #4 - 1 double , w/adjacent hallway 1/2 bath
    Farmhouse #2 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , King Private Bath / Shower/kitchenette
    Main House Bedroom 1 (family) - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , trundle twins combine to king & two baths 1-shower/1-bathtub
    Main House #3 - 1 king , 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1/2 bath attached
  • Available beds depending on configuration: King size beds (4) , Queen size Beds (5), Double Beds (1), Queen convertible(1) Full size Futon convertibles (4) Grayco portable play pen (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2): Available upon request/art wing: Queen(1) European style double convertibles (3), Bunk Bed single over double (1) and 2 Twins twin trundle (1) Please confirm number of separate beds and configurations needed prior to arrival.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Wildlife Habitat, Birding, Organic farming, gardening programs, wetlands, ponds, Boating Water Skiing, Kayaking, SUPing,Trails, Art Studios, All on Site. Near public tennis courts, gold courses, beaches, surfing, cycling, walking trails.

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