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Family-friendly 3BR home on quiet vineyard near Stanford & Palo Alto

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights

Description

Central Portola Valley House Rental Photos and Description

3BR, 1BA with full kitchen, laundry

This recently remodeled home is nestled among an oak grove, a waterfall garden and a vineyard in the hills above Stanford University. It's perfect for traveling families and groups, as well as startups visiting Silicon Valley or conducting off-site meetings.

The home is convenient to I-280 (5 mins away), Stanford (10 mins), Sand Hill Rd (7 mins) and both San Francisco (35 mins) and San Jose (25 mins). It's very close to Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Woodside, Mountain View and Los Altos. Levi's Stadium is 30 minutes away.

This is a storied property - it once was a hunting lodge visited by Hollywood celebrities like Bing Crosby. In the 60s and 70s it became a hippie commune before becoming a private residence. This house was once a stable and was converted decades ago to a guest house, then remodeled and updated twice in the last 10 years, including a new kitchen and bath in 2013.

In addition to all the amenities inside the home, there's a full tennis court, basketball, and in warm weather a pool, hot tub and sauna are often available (please confirm availability before booking - these are sometimes unavailable). A private half-mile walking trail encircles the property and a network of public hiking trails are available just outside the fence.

The self-contained house includes a kitchen, dining area, living room and 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom features a luxurious brass & iron queen bed fitted with 400-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. There's a 32" HDTV as well as a walk-in closet, dresser and full-length mirror.

The second bedroom includes a queen bed, desk and closet. The third bedroom has twin bunk beds, dresser and toys and books for young children. Additional sleeping is available on the convertible loveseat in the living room (can sleep 1-2).

The bathroom features a marble floor and granite slab on the sink and the shower. There are extra towels, pillows and blankets as well.

The full kitchen includes granite counters, premium cabinets and modern appliances: range, 2 ovens, microwave, dishwasher, disposal and full refrigerator/freezer with ice-maker and filtered water. Dishes, cups, silverware, pots, pans and utensils are available. There's plenty of counter prep space. In addition to the dining table, there's a bar-top with four stools.

The living room features a 60' HDTV with Blu-Ray DVD player, Wii gaming console and surround sound. You'll have one of Comcast's top internet and cable packages with ESPN, HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz and many other channels. There's also a selection of books & toys that are appropriate for young children.

The home has plenty of natural light and includes its own heating, air conditioning, full-sized washer and dryer and plenty of closet space.

Just off the tennis court is an outdoor patio with table, umbrella and chairs.

You'll have your own driveway and parking accessible through an automatic entry gate.

The surrounding area is popular for walking, running, hiking, cycling (road and mountain), and horse-riding. It's quite beautiful and rustic despite being minutes from I-280, Sand Hill Rd, Stanford and Palo Alto. Shopping and dining are minutes away, either in town, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, or beyond.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Bill Youstra
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 1, 2016

Reviews

Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Family-friendly 3BR home on quiet vineyard near Stanford & Palo Alto
average rating of 4.428571 based on 7 reviews
5

Great place

  • 5 of 5

This is a charming little guest house on a huge Portola Valley grape-growing estate. PV is horse country and a 15 minute drive, with no traffic, to downtown Palo Alto, although traffic can double that. The 2 of us spent June there. Everything about this, including the very hospitable hosts, is a delight. The house is protected by a security gate and is well equipped, with beautiful grounds, 3 bedrooms, a serviceable kitchen, and a big flat screen tv with a top shelf Comcast package included and a great box with pvr to record any shows. You don't get that at the 4 seasons. The rental was well organized, with detailed instructions for everything. The hosts offered us use of the pool any time we wanted and there was a totally idle tennis court the entire month, although my 11 year old grandson used it one day to shoot hoops with the hosts' 11 year old. We did miss having a gas bbq, but otherwise our month there was perfect.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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3

Not too inviting

  • 3 of 5

The location of this little house is lovely, and the kitchen was sufficiently functional, but there were many little problems that made our stay less than perfect. The mattresses were awful - everyone had back issues after just the first night. The duvets and matching pillow cases were obviously not laundered, which was just gross. There is no proper patio or even just a lounge chair outside, so no way to enjoy the lovely surroundings and weather. Just very upright iron chairs which can be placed either facing your car in the driveway or a nasty pile of junk wood scraps behind the house. The owner came by once to deliver something, and scurried back so quickly, without even a "welcome", that whenever felt comfortable asking about the pool.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so sorry the guests didn't enjoy themselves and wish they had contacted us. We generally get very good reviews here and elsewhere. We speak frequently with guests via email and text though we also respect their privacy while they're visiting. We check the conditions frequently and use a professional cleaner between visits. After this review we checked and verified that one queen and one twin mattress needed replacing, so we did so. In terms of the outdoors, a trail leads through the vineyard and around the property, and contrary to the review, there's a full patio on the tennis court with table, chairs and an umbrella as shown in the photos.
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5

beautiful location close to Stanford

  • 5 of 5

This little gueshouse is located nicely in the mountains next to Stanford. We enjoyed our stay and the visits of the dog from next door.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet Get Away

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed the little guest house. After a long day at the Horse Park at Woodside it was great to come home to the little house. The owners were very accommodating and helpful. The property was beautiful. Thanks for helping to make this a great weekend.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Serenity

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful property! So close to Stanford. Owners were very flexible.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway from Palo Alto

  • 4 of 5

Good for small families or people that need some space and prefer not to be in a hotel room. You will need a car to get here. It's a small house on the owner's estate, cozy and good if you need to relax away from the city. Three bedrooms (one with a small bed for a child). Be sure to make sure you can use the pool and/or private tennis court as they are awesome and closed during some periods.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
SFO
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Alpine Inn
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Palo Alto Municipal
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Caltrain, Palo Alto
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
I-280
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Portola Kitchen
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Half Moon Bay
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Central Portola Valley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
May 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
$395
$2,545
$6,847
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$345
$2,100
$5,650
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Central Portola Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Recently updated with granite countertop and shower, and marble floor.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Small Bedroom - 1 twin/ single
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Convertible loveseat (sleeps 1-2)
    Bedroom/Office - 1 queen
  • The master bedroom features a luxurious brass & iron queen bed fitted with 400-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. There's a DVD/VCR and TV as well as a walk-in closet, dresser and full-length mirror. The second bedroom has a twin bed and dresser. The third bedroom serves as an office with a convertible loveseat that can sleep 1-2. The bathroom features a marble floor and granite slab on the sink and the shower. There are extra towels, pillows and blankets as well.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis

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