House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
About Valerie Blackketter
I grew up here, climbing the Oaks and exploring the surrounding hills. The Oaks are native, but my Mom planted all the other trees and shrubs on this 1.6 acre hilltop estate. Now this is our retirement home, and I have inheritied my Mom's appreciation for the land and her love of gardening!
Why Valerie Blackketter chose Browns Valley
We have two dogs and a parrot who travel everywhere with us, and they love exploring the hillsides on this property. We come here several times a year to upgrade the property and just to share the relaxed atmosphere with family, friends and neighbors.
What makes this House unique
We always enjoy the quiet tranquility of this wooded setting, only disturbed by the chatter of squirrels and the night time calls of owls. And yet it is only one mile for CA Hwy 29 with access to all the attractions of downtown Napa and wineries up the Valley. Makes a great setting for your next family gathering, business retreat or wedding reception!
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Great location but more dated than we expected. Otherwise well furnished.
A beautiful property
We stayed at the Great Oaks estate from July until October as we were waiting to move into our new home. It worked out extremely well for us. The pictures really don't do the front and back yard justice - the property is so beautiful, secluded and massive...and extremely close to town. The actual inside of the home is a definite throwback to the 1950's but in a very charming and comfortable way. While the interior of the house and the kitchen aren't fancy, it has everything you need. The home is very well stocked and the property manager is very responsive and helpful. For example, the original stove broke while we were there and the owner compensated us generously for our inconvenience and is putting in a new stove (a great bonus for the next visitors!). Another great amenity is the housekeeper that comes every two weeks and a gardener every week. This home worked out so well for us and I would definitely recommend it.
Napa At Its Best!
We needed a "home" while looking for a home and this was perfect. Loaded with charm, privacy and conveniently located to town, shopping and wineries. The owner was very responsive whenever we needed anything and couldn't be easier to work with.
It's always challenging for us to find vacation homes because we have 3 dogs, and this place is "doggy heaven." They were able to wander the extensive property and stay out of mischief.
Compared to other places we looked at, the rental cost was very affordable. It also included semi-monthly house cleaning service which was a bonus that I didn't expect.
If you are looking for a "blast to the past" (circa 50's), this will not disappoint. Not recommended for those looking for the typical modern conveniences/luxuries found in a newer home.
I recently had a great stay @ this property. It was private, yet only a few minutes from shops, banks, restaurants and grocery stores. Valerie, the Property Manager, was wonderful. She was available for any questions or needs I had & responded quickly. I recommend this private oasis if you are looking for solitude, yet need to be close to civilization. You really do get the best of both worlds here! I will be returning.
Great house on a hilltop
We loved our stay in this home. It is a beautifully-preserved '50s ranch with gardens all around. You can see some vineyards in the distance from the backyard.
It was a great jumping-off point for our tour of the Napa Valley, and I would definitely recommend it for anyone coming to see wine country.
We recently stayed 3 nights at the end of May and the house is absolutely amazing. The pictures do not do it justice, we miss the house so much already and we just got back. The owners so great and responsive it makes setting up the stay so easy. They have paid attention to every detail and they give you very specific instructions on how to fully enjoy the home. The house is spotless when you arrive. It is on a large piece of property, very private and secure, it is your own hidden oasis. You are quick 8 minute drive to Downtown napa, 30 minutes to St. Helena, 1 hour to Santa Rosa. Very cool old school charm, comfortable beds and plenty of area sit and talk with your family and friends. Nice large open kitchen so you can cook at talk with people, outdoor heater and BBQ. They have every utensil and kitchen amenity you can think of also!!! 5 Stars really is not enough. Thank you we will be back for sure.