Winter Creek Cottage (Sonoma TOT #1032N) is situated in the prettiest - and most secreted - part of Sonoma. Just five miles from Sonoma Square, the Cottage feels like a million miles away, surrounded as it is by fields full of sheep, horses, birds an even the occasional llama! Look out in every direction and it's a feast for the eyes: new shoots of daffodils and tulips push their way up in the springtime, sultry summer with the slow pace of days gone by, fall colors in every hue and the crisp, temperate air of winter - each season has its charm and excitement.
Arrive by way of country roads. Just a hop, skip & a jump from Highway 12 and its easy connection to the main highways of California, in three turns you'll find yourself meandering through quiet country properties you thought were long-gone. Vineyards and horse farms define this magical part of the Valley of the Moon, where time seems to stand still (and yet there is excellent cell phone and high speed internet access, so you can be as connected as you wish). Turn up our private road populated by fewer than a dozen families, and roll up to Winter Creek Cottage, sitting on almost three acres of pristine land where meadows meet the forest.
Pull into your private driveway next to the big food garden, and unload in the privacy of a country setting. Once you bring in your bags, feel free to explore the property. There is a small creek that gurgles through the property year-round. Majestic oaks, elms and Ginkos shade the property in summer and make for riotous fall color. The gardens are old and lovely, with paths meandering over the small hillside next to the house.
The house itself is set up for charming country living. There are two spacious bedrooms, one with a king-sized bed and one with a queen. The king bedroom has its own door that leads to a private deck where you can begin your mornings surrounded by the gardens and hillside, or walk around to the main, back deck where the hot tub and barbeque are located. The queen bedroom is a glassed-in room - with the shades down, it becomes a cozy hideout yet with its own doorway out onto the main deck and hot tub; with the shades up, it is part of the glorious hillside outside the windows.
The sheets are 800-count cotton on both beds, and the beds are piled with hypo-allergenic, fluffy (and in winter, warm) quilts and blankets. The towels are plentiful, over-sized, and plush. There is great closet space, in case you're coming up for a wedding or other occasion and bringing your wardrobe.
The bathroom is Italian tile with a spacious shower. The lighting is excellent. The best part about the bathroom is that you can walk directly from the shower out one of two side doors and slide into the hot tub on the deck. Mmmmm.
The kitchen is large and well-stocked. You'll find everything you could possible need to cook all of the delicacies from the local Farmers' Markets. Or, simply uncork a bottle of your favorite wine and enjoy a spread of the many hand-made Sonoma cheeses and excellent local breads. There is a full-sized refrigerator, gas range, coffee maker, water filter, toaster, and many other amenities.
In the living room, which has big, comfy overstuffed sectional couches and chairs, there is a baby grand piano for you to play, an iPod player to listen to your favorite tunes, and of course a flat-screen TV with cable. There is high-speed internet throughout the property.
On the deck, relax in the hot tub after a long walk or a hard day out wine tasting. You can also barbeque under the stars, or simply enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon glass of wine.
You can walk on the hillside of the property and in the huge food garden - feel free to grab a handful of cherry tomatoes! - or wander down the road.
This property is a wonderland: far from the maddening crowds yet close enough to enjoy everything about Northern California. We hope you'll agree, and look forward to hearing from you.