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Randy Knight

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

Exquisite Wine Country Villa, Winery And Wine Cave, Villa Montebella

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 30 nights


Glen Ellen Villa Rental Photos and Description

Incredible secluded Villa with wine cave, gym, tennis, pool, theater & 10 Baths

Acres of tranquil privacy with a large vineyard of world class Cabernet Sauvignon.

Italian Riviera Villa in the heart of the California wine country. Perched atop it’s own small mountain, the magnificent Villa Montebella commands spectacular wine country views of two majestic valleys and the San Francisco Bay. Come and experience the bounty of Sonoma County with our Sonoma Wine Discovery Program. Featuring tours of our vineyards and wine cave, tasting of our wine and other wines of our neighboring wineries. Free and discounted tasting passes, expanded tours and special tastings at several of our local wineries are included. We also offer a complete viticulture seminar and the ability to work our vineyards for a further understanding of what makes Sonoma County the best wine region to visit in the world.

The long private drive winds upward through a canopy of live oaks until the stunning Villa bursts into view surrounded first by a necklace of ten acres of terraced world class Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards then manicured lawns, exotic plants and beautiful gardens, highlighted by the sights and sounds of dozens of soaring palms gently swaying with the breeze. The only thing missing from this Italian inspired Villa is the Mediterranean Sea!

The secluded property is surrounded by hundreds of acres of oaks and madrone trees with views of numerous vineyards in all directions. Enjoy your privacy in this oasis of tranquility where not even a single car can be heard in the distance and yet the entrance is just a mile away from world class dining and wineries. The unparalleled location is just the beginning. The estate features a massive seven thousand square foot wine cave filled with exotic art and complete with a game room with championship shuffleboard table, ping pong, air hockey and foosball. Lean up to the cave’s rustic wine barrel bar for a glass of our exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon before sitting down for dinner at the cave’s dining tables.

The prestigious main house features twenty foot high massive beamed ceilings with large skylights and a very large and lavish living room with wood burning fire place. There is a formal dining room, library and media room, a large master suite with an incredible tiled shower room with four shower heads fit for a sultan and two other bedrooms with fantastic views. The recently renovated enormous commercial grade kitchen features dual Viking ranges, three sinks, dual dishwashers, large Sub-Zero refrigerator and industrial sized outdoor gas grill. There is seating for twelve around a central island plus two window benches and enough production capability to operate a fairly large restaurant. Perfect for the most discriminating gourmet cook in your group or simply pick from our list of renowned local chefs on call* to come and prepare a delectable meal on site. The main house also features a spa facility with huge outdoor ten person sunken hot tub, steam and dry sauna rooms, lounge area where you can enjoy a massage, body treatment or any selection from our full spa menu*. Then stroll over to the exquisitely tiled forty-five foot outdoor *heated saltwater pool and lounging area and enjoy a relaxing swim with wonderful music provided by the multi-zone Sonos system that operates throughout most of the property.

All rooms have music systems, Wi-Fi and Satellite television. There is a specially designed and acoustically superior THX twelve plus person theater room complete with Xbox 360 + Kinect, hundreds of movies on DVD and thousands available on demand. There is also a lobby/office area and a well appointed spacious gym with a personal trainer* and Yoga instructors* available. Have the match of your life on our freshly renovated lighted tennis court with views of the San Francisco Bay. If that’s not enough activity how about basketball, an exquisite bocce ball court, grass volley ball or badminton and croquet!

We do not allow weddings of any size or large events at Villa Montebella.

T.O.T. # 1127N

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  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Randy Knight (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
Speaks: english


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)
Exquisite Wine Country Villa, Winery And Wine Cave, Villa Montebella
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Amazing villa!

  • 5 of 5

This was probably the most spectacular villa I have ever stayed at! And the owners were lovely. The pool, the movie theater, the kitchen, the game room, everything was amazing. And it has an amazing view with beautiful sunsets. It's also right near Glen Ellen so one can grocery shop, taste wine and go out for lunch or dinner.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful comments Milena. We hope to have you back very soon.
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Exquisite Wine Country Villa

  • 5 of 5

Several years ago my sister organized a special birthday celebratory trip to Italy for our whoie extended family. This year my wife and I are celebrating our 40th anniversary and wanted to do something similar. However, just the thought of organizing on overseas trip and vacation rental for a quite sizable family group was daunting. Not to mention the expense! After much research, we saw a VRBO ad for Villa Montebella. It looked absolutely exquisite and met all of the criteria we wanted for a special getaway. So we booked it nearly a year in advance. After spending 3 days in San Francisco, we made the easy drive up to Glen Ellen and found our way to the villa. The pictures on the website - while fabulous - don't do the place justice! It is absolutely exquisite. After winding up a steep, tree-lined driveway you are stunned as you see the first view of this magnificent estate! We were met at the villa by one of the realtors managing the property for the owners. Randy gave us a great guided tour of the property and all the information we could require to enjoy our stay. The views were magnificent from anywhere on the property. The estate is lined by lush vineyards and overlooks a magnificent valley and hills that are reminiscent of Tuscany. The multiple master suites are lavish and very comfortable, particularly in the main house. The gourmet kitchen exceeded everyone's expectations and was a joy to cook in. The 45' salt water pool, newly-refurbished tennis court, game room, exercise room, home theatre, etc.... were all absolutely amazing! And the ultimate "cool" item was the 7,000 sq. ft. wine cave! We had our 40th Anniversary dinner catered in the cave and it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ambience, warmth, service (and food) were all absolutely incredible. And after this wonderful meal and celebration - while many of the adults retired for the evening - many more stayed up and thoroughly enjoyed the wine cave's game room! Lots of fun! I can't recommend this place more highly. It is absolutely stunning and our 3 days at Villa Montebella provided memories that we will treasure for the rest of our lives!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Weekend Wedding at the Villa

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a beautiful place in the wine country to hold an intimate wedding ceremony and also to say farewell to California as we are planning on moving out of the state. Villa Montebella was the place to have it! It was absolutely incredible to drive up the road and see the view of the Villa up on the hill. The property is amazing!

Everyone loved the views of the beautiful Sonoma valley and hillsides. Having separate houses along with the main house was great so guests could all have some privacy. The kitchen was incredible (we spent a lot of time cooking) and so were all the different rooms/suites that everyone stayed in.

Everyone loved the wine cave which is where we had our ceremony. Did we mention the great pool, hot tub, sauna, bocce ball, tennis court, and our own theatre to watch movies! It was so fun and relaxing. We wish we could have stayed a week!

A once in a lifetime experience for sure.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review Sharon. I want to emphasize that this was an intimate wedding with about 16 people as we do not allow large weddings do to traffic, noise and county restrictions. But there is not a more wonderful place in all of wine country to make a special memory for the right group.
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Los Angeles, CA

Executive Offsite

  • 5 of 5

We recently rented the villa for an executive offsite the team had a fantastic time! Our company is food based and we were looking for a place with a large chef's kitchen. This place was perfect for cooking our team dinners and the tranquil setting gave everyone the opportunity to relax and enjoy the spectacular surroundings. The house was fully furninshed with everything could want! A truly perfect setting!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Montebella family trip

  • 5 of 5

This place in a word is magical. Certainly all the features of a multi-million dollar estate, add charm and style and you have the perfect equation in Montebella. My family of sixteen, ages 4 to 84, all had the trip of a lifetime. In fact the only problem was getting people to explore Napa and Somona, as they didn't want to leave the 22 acre estate.

If you really want to treat yourself go to Montebella!

FYI the managers, Sheryl and Randy were terrific and on 24 hour call.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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san rafael, ca

happy renter

  • 5 of 5

From the moment I drove up the driveway, I was awestruck by the beauty of this villa. Where do I begin? We rented this resort for my birthday, inviting 6 other couples, for the weekend last spring. It was spectacular! The photos don't do it must see it in person. The main house is gorgeous, yet very comfortable, with a very large kitchen fit for entertaining. The views are absoluteley amazing from the porch swing off the kitchen, where we sat & had coffee in the mornings. The upstairs main bedroom is stunning, which is where my husband and I slept. It was nice to fall asleep to the sounds of nature. Our friends were amazed by the gorgeous suites in the other structures, all very private and quiet. But the focal point for us was the pool! Sitting outside in the sun by the pool, looking at expansive vineyards and the beauty of glen ellen....let's just say we didn't want to leave! The wine caves were very cool and would make an excellent space for some type of event. There is a hot tub, tennis courts, bocce court, wet/dry sauna and theater (wow!). There wasn't one thing we were wanting for or missing here. It was a trip of a lifetime. Well, hopefully not as our friends are begging us to rent this treasure again!

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
San Francisco and Santa Rosa
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Jack London Inn
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Sonoma Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Several fantastic restaraunts just a mile away
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Bodega Bay
Car: necessary

Glen Ellen is a charming small town just minutes from the city of Sonoma. Several excellent restaurants and a world class market and deli await just a mile from the street entrance and Jack London and Annadel State Parks are only a few minutes away. Be sure to try our favorite restaurant, Olive and Vine and enjoy a great wine tour at the Benziger Family Winery.


Rates & Availability

Glen Ellen Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
30 night minimum stay
Low Season
Dec 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59 + Tax
Estimated Cleaning Fee $600 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

$2,750 Weekend Night Thursday through Sunday
$2,500 Weekday Night Monday through Wednesday
$17,000 Week
There is a one week minimum for Thanksgiving at $20,000
Average monthly rent is $60,000 June through August is $75,000 per month
*Extra charge to heat pool off season of $250 per day
3 Night Minimum June through October
Additional charges apply for more than 10 people

We accept checks and major credit cards. Credit card processing charge is 3.25% of amount charged.
50% of rent is due to reserve your dates and the balance of the rent is due 60 days before your stay.

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Glen Ellen Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 9000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 10 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
    Bathroom 8 -
    Bathroom 9 -
    Bathroom 10 -
  • 10
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • King size beds in 4 very large master suites with full bathrooms with coffee makers, refrigerators and cozy robes. A baby crib is available upon request. 2 sleeper sofas and several Aerobeds for extra options. There are also sofas in several of the master suites.
  • Air Hockey
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Villa Montebella is an incredible resort offering a 7,000 sq. ft. furnished Wine Cave with Game Room 22’ Shuffleboard - Air Hockey – Foosball – Ping Pong - Darts 12 + Person THX Movie Theater with Pop Corn machine and Xbox 360 + Kinect 45’ Salt Water Pool and Huge Patio Area 10 Person Hot Tub Spa Area with Wet (Steam) and Dry Sauna Full Bath and Lounge Area Complete Spa Program, massage, manicure, pedicure, hair stylist etc. available* Well appointed Gym with Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor available* Completely renovated lighted Tennis Court with modified Full Court Basket Ball and Tennis Instructor available* Bocce Ball Court Volley Ball/Badminton Court Croquet

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