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Vineyard Home w/ Pool, Private Lake, Views & Wildlife Habitat

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths2
Space 8,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Family home with vineyard views for up to 18 people

Our rates are based on double occupancy (i.e. couples) for up to 18 persons with some shared bedrooms for larger groups. For groups of more than 9 singles (i.e. 1 person per bed, multiple beds per room) there is a $500 single occupancy supplement. Additional guests (including children of all ages) are extra.

The homes can sleep 18 overnight with futons, shared bedrooms/baths and can host up to 36 day guests for additional fees. The VRBO rate calculator does not always calculate larger groups and extra guest fees correctly. When using the rate calculator, please be sure to enter the total number of guests and in your email inquiry please specify whether double or single occupancy and number of required beds and private bedrooms. We keep the VRBO calendar updated so please check our availability. It is always best to send a VRBO email request 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 retreats. We are not able to host large events with more than 36 total persons on-site.

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 spring months. Once the first weekly requests have been accommodated confirmed and scheduled, we will attempt to fit in shorter 3-day minimum bookings. We will consider and accept two-day and short notice bookings occasionally if they can fit within and around other weekly reservations. We appreciate your patience as we work to best accommodate the many hosting requests we are receiving.

Our Estate house is a very large, well-loved Mediterranean style family home with high ceilings, open floor-plan, galleries, courtyards, outdoor dining & living space. The home is perfect for hosting family reunions, business meetings, healing, educational, and fine art retreats and corporate off-sites. While the estate house is not a contemporary "Luxury" residence, it is expansive, warm and open with modest 1990s style finishes, quarry tile dining gallery and kitchen and carpeted bedrooms and alcoves. The main wing of the estate home features 2 private and 1 shared bedroom with multiple beds, 4+ bathrooms and a large dining gallery with family-style kitchen, a large gallery style interior, media room, wine & coffee bar. The home also has two 2 curtained sleeping alcoves furnished w/European style convertible sofas and three twin beds that are great for kids or singles. The home is situated on a knoll overlooking bucolic vineyards, a large trellised pool, a private recreational lake used for boating, water skiing, paddling, canoeing and swimming; the Atascadero creek, and a vibrant wildlife and riparian habitat.

Our property is situated just 2 miles northwest of Sebastopol, minutes away from the towns of Graton, Santa Rosa, Occidental, North of Petaluma in the heart of world class organic cuisine, restaurants, wineries, farms, produce markets, & organic food producers. Access to the Sonoma coast beaches, Russian River, Sonoma wine Appellations, is minutes away and 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 owner/managers reside on the property and are available by email prior to your stay. They will be available by phone during your stay should you have any issues or questions.

Shaun and Sera offer concierge services for groups and can assist with logistics, tours, meals, catering, and produce/alcohol shopping for a rate of $45/hr. Please don't hesitate to inquire when requesting your booking.

Sonoma County TOT Certificates #1123N & #2499N.

Keywords: Large, Vineyard Estate Home, Pool, Private lake, Lakefront, Farm house, Wine Country, Sleeps 18 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

Gerald Bybee
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2017

About Gerald Bybee

Gerald Bybee is an award winning photographer and digital fine artist turned wine grower & lake and habitat steward. Gerald is available onsite to help with the logistics and details of your wine country getaway and to help with planning your recreational activities, events and working retreats.

Gerald Bybee purchased this estate in 1996

Why Gerald Bybee chose Sonoma County

This site, in the heart of the green valley viticultural appellation, formerly the last certified Raw Milk Dairy in Sonoma County, is a unique mix of agriculture, open space, residential and recreational assets and prime example of biodynamic lifestyle. The riparian habitat, dense bird and wildlife, and the 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 views 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 Barlow center has recently opened in our downtown area:, and offers a plethora of local food, wine, art galleries and artisans. The town of Graton is just 5 minutes away with excellent restaurants and bars. Santa Rosa is just 10 minutes east along Highway 12, Occidental 15 minutes west, and Bodega Bay and the rugged Sonoma coast less than 25 minutes West.

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.

Jun 2016
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Sebastopol Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 8000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 24
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • 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
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 24 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom #1 - toilet , tub , shower , 2 toilets, 1 shower, 1 tub, 2 sinks
    Bathroom #2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom attached to Main House Bedroom #2.
    Bathroom #3 - toilet , Toilet & sink bathroom in main gallery of house.
    Bathroom #4 - toilet , Half bath attached to Main House shared bedroom (#3).
    Bathroom #5 (Studio Wing) - toilet , shower , Large shower with bench. (Attached to main house bedroom #4)
    Farmhouse #1 - toilet , shower , Retro blue -shared access from hallway: 32x60' shower
    Farmhouse #2 - toilet , shower , Small ensuite retro bathroom: Farmhouse bedroom #1
    Farmhouse #3 - toilet , shower , Patio access. Attached to farmhouse studio apartment bedroom
    Farmhouse Utility Facilities - toilet , shower , Toilet & utility shower near laundry facilities.
  • The main house has shared bathroom facilities with showers amongst all rooms. There is one deep soaking tub and one standard bathtub. The farmhouse has 1 bedroom with ensuite bathroom and 1 shared bathroom off the main hallway. The lockout apartment attached to the house also has a bathroom which can be accessed by the outdoor patio. There is also a utility shower and half bath near the laundry facilities at the end of the house.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Main House #1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , California King plus trundle twin beds + attached bathroom
    Main House # 2 - 1 queen , Full bathroom attached
    Main House #3 - 1 king , 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Shared bedroom + 1/2 bath attached.
    Main House #4 (Studio Wing) - 1 queen , This private bedroom is only available by prior arrangement
    Main House #5 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 bunk bed , Large annex room with various beds. By request only.
    Farmhouse #1 - 1 king , California King Bed + ensuite bathroom + shower
    Farmhouse #2 - 1 king , 2 sleep sofa /futon , King bedroom in a lockout studio apartment attached to house
    Farmhouse #3 - 1 queen , Queen bedroom with patio sliding doors
    Farmhouse #4 - 1 queen , Laundry facilites in room.
    Farmhouse #5 - 1 double , Converted office room, double bed + half bath access
  • While we have 24 person capacity, this is based on 2 persons per bed. In addition to the rooms listed, we have 2 twin beds in a curtained alcove for extra single persons. Please note that facilities are shared, this is a home and not a hotel! It is important to confirm whether you will be two persons per bed or singles in every bed before arrival. Thank you.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • 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
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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Vineyard Home w/ Pool, Private Lake, Views & Wildlife Habitat
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 27 reviews

Silver Anniversary Gathering and Getaway at the Bybee Estate!

  • 5 of 5

Let me begin by saying there are very few properties which can successfully accommodate 18 houseguests and up to 18 additional day guests in either Napa or Sonoma Counties. Add to that a bucolic setting on an 80+ acre property, a well stocked kitchen and an open layout plan which could seat 34 guests for a special occasion (a belated Silver Anniversary.) Our hosts Shaun, Gerald and Sera were both helpful and attentive. The chef/caterer they recommended was a pleasure to work with. Although it rained on and off the three days we stayed at the property, we were able to use the hot tub and walk around the lake to stretch our legs. At first I thought signing a waiver when entering the property (for insurance purposes) would be offputting to our day guests, but everyone signed them. I look forward to experiencing the property earlier in the year to take full advantage of the pool and canoes/kayaks on the lake.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceptional Lab Retreat Location!

  • 5 of 5

Our lab group of 18 (including professors, research assistants, and family members) had a fabulous weekend at the Bybee Estate! Sera took care of all our pre-arrival logistics (including providing a ton of spot-on recommendations about what to do in the local area), and Shaun handled our check-in and any questions we had on-site. I could go on and on about how helpful and accommodating they were for our group and our needs. Sera even decided to open up the private wing of the house to make sure we had enough space for the group -- this was so much appreciated! We particularly enjoyed taking the kayaks and SUPs out on the lake, using the grill for dinners al fresco, and playing in the pool/spa/ping pong table area. Everything you need to have an enjoyable weekend on a gorgeous property is there, and at a very affordable price for a large group! Thanks again Sera and Shaun for helping our lab have a relaxing and productive weekend.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

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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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

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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Rates & Availability

Sebastopol Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 18 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day
May 25 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 30 2017 - Jun 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 18 guests; add $115 per night, per additional guest
Independence day
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 18 guests; add $115 per night, per additional guest
Summer II
Jul 6 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 18 guests; add $115 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 18 guests; add $115 per night, per additional guest
Holiday rate
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 18 guests; add $110 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 18 guests; add $110 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Linens/cleaning/utility $995 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $3,000
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates are based on shared Bed/room occupancy (i.e. 2 persons per King Queen bed, multiple beds in each room). For single occupancy, (i.e. 1 person/bed multiple beds shared rooms large groups of singles / business associates) a $500 linen/laundry surcharge will be assessed. Based on the total number of persons in your group, we will provide you with either one or both homes in order to stay within the scope of our permits. Sonoma County has a 12% Temporary Occupancy Tax for vacation rentals.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
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Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
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Nearest Golf
1 Miles
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Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
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Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
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Nearest Beach
12 Miles
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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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