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THE BIRDHOUSE - Pool. Hot Tub. Stunning Wine Country Views. Private Deck.

Sebastopol, CA, USA
  • House800 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Vacation in the gorgeous rolling hills and vineyards of Western Sonoma County.


When folks come to visit, they never want to leave. This is why we created The Birdhouse. Now, it can be yours to enjoy.

I have listed in detail below the various highlights of The Birdhouse, but if you want to know how great it really is...just skip to the reviews section. Our guests sum up the beauty, comfort and peacefulness of this vacation rental way better than I ever could.

Here is my version....

Located one hour north of San Francisco, smack-dab in the middle of the world famous Sonoma County wine country. We are 20 minutes from the beautiful Pacific coast or the magnificent redwoods at Armstrong Woods. The Sebastopol area, a mere 10 minutes away, is bursting with world class wineries, restaurants, art, music, and so much more.

The Birdhouse at FancyNest Farm is perched among the pine trees with sweeping western views of the vineyards. This light-filled, one bedroom home is perfect for your next relaxing vacation in the wine country.


The main living area is open and spacious with 17' ceilings and ample seating. We want you to feel at home with thoughtful design touches that go beyond the normal vacation rental. Of course we have WiFi and TV. The living room is connected to the dining and kitchen area, making it easy to keep the conversation going. The sofa pulls out to a 4 1/2 inch queen memory foam mattress. The nook off the living room has a full size bed and good lighting. It is a perfect place for kids to sleep or to have an afternoon nap in the sun. The true highlight of the room is the bank of western facing windows...and the ever-changing view.


We have stocked the cabinets as if we were staying there; all that you need to cook an excellent meal as if you were home. Your basic condiments and spices are on hand because we would want that if we were on vacation. We included a microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker and grinder, crock pot and a dishwasher. The oak dining table has four mid-century chairs that mom bought back in '64 plus that great view. The sliding door off the kitchen opens to the multi-tiered deck which has an outdoor table, chairs and umbrella. The charcoal grill is at the ready in case you bring back oysters from Tomales. Or veggies from the many farmer's markets.


Without exception, everyone who walks into the bedroom is enveloped by serenity and peacefulness. Great attention was paid to create a space where your troubles can melt away. We invested in a top of the line memory foam mattress, (waterproof and bedbug proof encasements for your ease of mind) excellent sheets, high quality feather pillows and lovely down duvet and sea foam green blanket. We installed our incredible collection of oil paintings depicting images of San Francisco from the 50's, 80's and 90's. This original work was made by the Owners, Nancy Irish and her mother, Pat Irish Amez, as well as Pat's sister, Diana Creber. Sit on the comfy chair and gaze outside on the balcony overlooking the pool. A beautiful wooden dresser has a mirror and lighting. The large closet houses an iron and board for your convenience.


A path on the western side of the building leads you to the pool and hot tub, which is shared with the property owners. The pool is passively heated by a solar blanket during the late spring, summer and early fall months. The hot tub sits on a lovely perch where you will enjoy the amazing, 180 degree views. This is a place where you can further unwind and relax.

The owners take great care to leave the hot tub and pool area to the guests each evening for their personal use.


There is ample parking for two cars.

Washer and Dryer makes life even more relaxing!

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The property is 2 1/2 acres. Casual gardens spaces are interspersed with Mother Nature herself. We have many apple trees. The greenhouse is a work in progress. The lasting impression of this place is the vast sky. From many locations you have a 180 degree view of unobstructed openness. The BIRDHOUSE is named and lovingly decorated to honor the many varieties of birds who call FancyNest Farm home. Look up and you might see a red shouldered hawk drawing circles in the sky. Listen carefully to hear the hummingbird zipping about in the bottle brush trees. We provided a bird feeder and bath so you can have an upfront experience with the birds. On a clear night be prepared for a spectacular show of stars.

Property Manager

Nancy Irish and Doug Blumer

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About Nancy Irish and Doug Blumer

FancyNest Farm belongs to our Mother, Pat Amez. Pat, her daughter Nancy Irish and son-in-law Doug Blumer are the trio behind FancyNest. Pat is a renowned painter and several of her works are on display in The Birdhouse. She will even give a private tour of her original watercolors in her house if you ask nicely! Doug and Nancy are the leaders of a local Americana Band called 'The Bohemian Highway'. You will receive a copy of their latest album as a thanks when you check in. Many guests are thrilled to have a 'soundtrack' to their stay. Pat moved to this location with her family back in the mid-70's. Nancy graduated from the local high school. Fast forward to 2010...Doug and Nancy had lived for over 20 years in the heart of San Francisco's North Beach District. Pat was thinking about selling the place and moving on. Together, they decided to try to preserve the family homestead. The property has had many significant upgrades, and now we are focusing on the rental property.

Nancy Irish and Doug Blumer purchased this House in 1976

Why Nancy Irish and Doug Blumer chose Sebastopol

This location is special. The incredible expansive views just make you relax the moment you drive down the hill to the house. There is space just to sit and contemplate nature. Open sky to watch the hawks circling above. We honored the birds by focusing our design around being able to view these wonders of nature. The private deck is on the eastern side of the house which provides a secluded retreat for you to sit and watch the birds at the feeder and the bird bath. The Birdhouse looks west to the beautiful vineyards across the valley. Sunsets can be breathtaking.

What makes this House unique

Wake up to the sound of the California Quail chirping. The wild turkeys will gobble by. The soaring hawks. The beyond-the-speed-of-light humming birds. And thats just a few birds we can name. The house is light filled. Art filled. Comfort filled. You will relax here! We strove to make this an incredible place that WE want to spend time in. We are also centrally located to all that is wonderful about Western Sonoma County. You can walk along the magnificent Pacific coastline in under 30 minutes. You can stroll among the majestic redwoods at Armstrong woods. You can ride your bike on the back roads. Don't forget the many amazing wineries and great restaurants scattered around the area.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • Bedroom
        1 queen, Quality memory foam mattress and excellent bedding
      • Queen Sleeper Sofa in Living Room
        1 queen, A Delux Queen Sleeper Sofa is located in the Living Room.
      • Nook area off Living Room
        1 double, This is a full size bed in the nook area.
      • Crib
        1 baby crib, There is a folding crib in the closet of upstairs bedroom.
      • The queen bed is of high quality 6' memory foam with a bedbug/waterproof encasement. Down pillows and duvet, quality sheets, and a beautiful blanket. The bed frame is vintage 70's teak platform with built in side tables. Good bedside table lighting. One window faces west with sweeping views of the vineyards in the distance and the spa area in the foreground. The south facing balcony has a sliding door that overlooks the pool and the vista beyond. The walls are adorned with original paintings from the 50's - 90's from the owners and her sister. The mid-century theme is both stylish and relaxing. A dresser with ample storage sits across from a comfortable chair and reading light. We purposefully did not include a Television in this room to promote even further relaxation and relief from the stresses of life.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Charming Bathroom with modern sink and chrome faucet.
      • The bathroom is located on the second floor, just before entering the bedroom. The south facing window brings lots of light to this well appointed space. The tub/shower has a crisp, white shower curtain and liner, and stocked with shampoo, conditioner and body wash. The new sink and chrome faucet hold center stage. There are plenty of towels stored in the linen closet which hides behind a custom curtain.

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
          The rolling Redwood Tree filled hills on the western hills provide an incredible backdrop for the beautiful vine-filled hills across our valley.
        • Rural
          Vineyard views across the valley, the huge open sky, the birds, the apple trees are all attributes to this amazing location. We have that peaceful, easy feeling around here.


            • Away From It All


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      A portable floor A/C and heater unit is located in the Living Room. A fan is located in the bedroom.
                    • Fireplace
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Two movable passive electric radiator heaters located in the kitchen and bedroom. Plus, the wood stove heats the house very quickly.
                    • Internet
                      Wifi is accessible poolside!
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Linens Provided
                      Quality ironed sheets create a luxurious night of sleep. Many extra blankets and pillows are stocked in the downstairs closet.
                    • Living Room
                      With 17' tall ceilings this living space is beyond comfortable. Decorated with one of a kind art and the subtle bird theme, this living room will be a huge hit with everyone.
                    • Parking
                      Plenty of parking available.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Ample fluffy white towels are located in the bathroom closet and extras in the bedroom closet. We also provide soft large beach towels for the pool and spa.
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wood Stove
                      We provide wood for those chilly evenings...very romantic. Firewood is stacked outside front door.


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Automatic Drip Coffeemaker. We supply some coffee.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Not kidding, pretty much everything we could think of. If you lack something...let us know!
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          This space is open to the dining area, and has plenty of good light and views. We stocked the kitchen with all the little extras that help make your stay as perfect as possible.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Electric Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Salt, pepper, garlic, italian season, vinegar, olive oil, sugar, flour and many more condiments.
                        • Refrigerator
                          We keep many essential ingredients stocked in the fridge to assist your cooking needs. Mayo, mustard, butter, soy sauce and more.
                        • Stove
                          Electric Stove.
                        • Toaster
                          Toaster plus aToaster Oven


                            • Dining
                              Four mid-century chairs surround a glass toped table. The sliding door to the deck and a great view to the south make this a very easy place to spend many hours.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 5 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  A good supply of games, puzzles, card games and poker chips are located in the downstairs closet.
                                • Music Library
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Direct TV - basic channels
                                • Stereo
                                  We have a CD/radio in the Living Room. We have stocked a copy of our CD as well as some of our personal favorites.
                                • Television
                                • Video Library
                                  We have DVD movies for a variety of ages.


                                    • Balcony
                                      A private balcony off the master bedroom creates the feeling of The Birdhouse. Thru the branches of an impressive pine tree is the pool below.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      A private three-tiered deck features a glass top table and chairs with an umbrella for having that wonderful lunch or evening cocktail. Party lights illuminate the deck by night.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      There are seasonal flowers of many kinds, including sunflowers, cosmos and many more.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      A Charcoal Webber Grill. We provide charcoal and a lighting chimney and tools.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • smoking allowed
                                          Smoking allowed OUTSIDE ONLY in designated areas.
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible
                                          There are four stairs to get to the fromt door. The porch deck has three stairs and the bathroom and bedroom are located upstairs.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              A 40' long kidney pool surrounded by incredible views. Children must be supervised. The owners of the property share in use of the pool by day, guests have private use in the evenings.
                                            • Hot Tub
                                              A hot tub/spa is located adjacent to the pool area. Set in a spectacular location for the best views possible you can enjoy the gorgeous vineyards, open sky, the dancing stars overhead at night.


                                                • library
                                                • bay/sound
                                                • cinemas
                                                • coin laundry
                                                • festivals
                                                • forests
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • live theater
                                                • marina
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • horseshoes
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • gambling casinos
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • photography
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • whale watching

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • rafting
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • water tubing


                                                                • The Birdhouse is stocked with thoughtful items to make your stay as stress free as possible. We planned for the chefs among you. Also for the readers. It also includes a wonderful wood stove that can not only warm the entire house but adds that magic to a getaway home. On the occasion that a guest has noticed an item that would make their stay better, we have made our best efforts to respond as soon as possible with a solution.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                  39 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews


                                                                  Trish and KevinSan Francisco

                                                                  We enjoyed our stay here. The house is comfortable and clean and the view is beautiful and peaceful. The one thing to be aware of is that the pool is not heated and it isn’t ever covered.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks, Trish, for choosing the Birdhouse! Yes indeed, as our listing states, we don't have a heated pool. Late Spring thru early Fall we use a solar blanket cover to help maintain temps in the high 70's to low 80's. We don't employ the cover until May as it isn't effective in the cooler months. We haven't had folks swim in March before!

                                                                  Wonderful! Quiet! Beautiful location!

                                                                  Lauren p.

                                                                  Doug and Nancy couldn't have been nicer. Lovely place to stay. Small issue with the sink dealt with immediately. Would love to stay at the Birdhouse again!

                                                                  A True Home Away from Home

                                                                  John V.

                                                                  This is our third time at The Bird House. It is a perfect location and the scenery is beautiful. The house is just the right size and perfectly equipped. A truly lovely place.

                                                                  Extremely clean and welcoming

                                                                  Jason S.Alameda, CA, USA

                                                                  Great quiet space to relax. Close to great food selections and wineries, allowing for easy day trips to and from the birdhouse. Would recommend to anyone!

                                                                  Beautiful Property, Amazing Hosts!

                                                                  Jennifer S.

                                                                  We had the pleasure of staying at the Birdhouse with our baby, toddler and dog. The house itself was great and had everything we needed. Comfortable beds, well stocked kitchen, a nice deck to enjoy the outdoors. It was very clean and well cared for. The pool was wonderful and my toddler spent hours in it daily. I loved being outdoors in the quiet at night looking at the stars. Nancy, Doug and Pat were very friendly. The best part of each day was chatting with owner Pat poolside and learning about her incredible life and career. My son can't wait to return to "Pat's house". We will be back and I highly recommend this rental.

                                                                  Great spot!

                                                                  Lorna T.San Francisco, CA

                                                                  We loved our stay at the Birdhouse. It was clean, cozy and the Nancy and Doug were lovely hosts.


                                                                  Sebastopol, CA, USA

                                                                  We are 4 miles from downtown Sebastopol, downtown Occidental, and 15 miles from the ocean at Bodega Bay. It takes one hour from our door to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. We are surrounded by many beautiful vineyards, organic farms and orchards. The area is known for its wine, of course, but also for its food and agriculture. There are 20+ wineries within just a few minutes of the house. Sebastopol and the surrounding area boasts a dizzying array of indoor and outdoor entertainment including music, theatre, art galleries, antique stores, restaurants, hiking, redwood forests, beaches, cycling and farmer's markets, zip lines and so much more. Our property is 2/1/2 acres on the western facing slope in a former apple orchard. Two separate vineyards occupy the hillside opposite our place. The sounds of the local rural farms drift across the wind. On top of the hill across the valley is the 30 acre BioOrganic farm belonging to the amazing restaurant, THE FRENCH GARDEN. You will have to have dinner there! Little towns surround our place like Graton and Occidental where you can go zip lining among the treetops. In Freestone you can fine one of the most renown day spas or the best bakery ever! The Russian River is just down the crooked road where you can raft or float down stream. Among the many wineries we are proud to have Korbel Champagne, just to name one. You might have heard about Napa County and all the great wine. But that is really all they have to offer. We have great wine as well, but we also feature so many more natural wonders to visit.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Cleaning Fee
                                                                  Pet Fee
                                                                  Additional Guest Fee
                                                                  $0 - $25
                                                                  Tax Rate

                                                                  Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. We are registered with the County of Sonoma as an operator of a vacation rental. Permit Number ZPE14-0074

                                                                  39 Reviews
                                                                  Wonderful 4.9/5
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