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Kelly Nelson

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

The Oak Haven! Private, nature retreat in wine country with Hot Tub!

39 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Glen Ellen House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath with Deck, Hot Tub and Forest Views. Sqft: 1,408 Lot: 9,016

Welcome to The Valley Of The Moon! Glen Ellen, a little gem in the heart of the rolling green hills of wine country, is only 20 minutes from downtown Sonoma and prides itself on offering something amazing for everyone. With many epic state parks and famous vineyards just a few minutes away, I invite you to relax and enjoy wilderness and fine wine at your doorstep in my vacation home away from home, The Oak Haven. Take a load off, you deserve it!

Nestled among giant oak trees, hugging an uninhabited sprawling forest and across from Morton's Warm Springs (open only during the summer months), The Oak Haven is a sanctuary with gorgeous views that offers the blissful indulgence of a welcome retreat. Come and see the deer, turkey, fox and other wildlife that inhabit the woods. When it rains, a gurgling stream borders the property flowing amid grey stones and golden leaves.

Featuring a spacious deck, grill, outdoor table with umbrella and ample seating, The Oak Haven is the perfect spot for drinking and dining in the sunshine or shade. Enjoy a hot, bubbling soak under the brilliant stars after dinner in a comfortable six person hot tub!

High, sloping, wooden ceilings, large windows, a dining table for six, gorgeous antique furniture, hardwood floors, beautiful ceiling fans, well appointed lighting and a pellet-burning fireplace create a luxurious, relaxing experience with natural lighting and a quaint, rustic feel.

For indoor entertainment, high speed internet is readily available. Enjoy your preferred media on our portable 50 inch flat screen Apple TV and surround sound speaker bar. You can easily surf for movies, news, HBO shows, sports, iTunes and many more in high def. Apple TV also offers access to your personal iTunes music library from your laptop or iPhone.

For reading enthusiasts, there's a plush lounging chair with a light and foot rest by the fireplace. Local hiking and biking guide books, cook books, board games and classic short stories is close by.

Crack a bottle of local, organic wine in our well appointed, fully stocked kitchen. Gleaming in black, silver and green with large sun lit windows, our kitchen also offers ample storage space, an electric stove top, a double oven, a large stainless steel fridge and all new appliances including a microwave, toaster, juicer, coffee grinder, tea kettle, coffee maker and french press.

The master bedroom suite features a queen bed, newly remodeled bathroom, an open walk in closet that serves as a little room where you can use our treadmill, antique armoire, ceiling fan, AC window unit, base board heater plush new carpet and a sliding door out to the surrounding deck.

The cozy middle room offers a floor fan, space heater, and comfy double bed, for those couples that like to snuggle close and an antique reading table.

The front bedroom features a queen bed, antique armoire, new carpet, AC window unit, fan, base board heater and closet.

Both the master bath and the guest bath have been remodeled with beautiful tile floors and new vanities, lights, sinks and fixtures. The bathrooms also come with organic bathing gels, shampoo/conditioners and hair dryers.

For those of you with dogs, we have an extra large 4ft wide X 8ft long X 6ft high dog kennel on the side of the house opposite the hot tub for added pet security while on premises. I ask that you please clean up thoroughly after your pet, don't allow them on the furniture and make sure they don't disturb the neighbors.

Off street parking accommodates up to 3 cars. Driving from SFO will take approximately 90 minutes outside of rush hour and from the Oakland Airport, the commute is approximately a 1 hour and 30 minutes.

TOT certificate number: 1387N

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kelly Nelson (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Kelly Nelson

I'm from the Pensacola area of Florida but have greatly enjoyed living in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1999. I'm a musician and have been in touring bands for almost 20 years. I'm also an artist of mixed media. I have a great love of nature, fitness and holistic living.

Kelly Nelson purchased this house in 2013

Why Kelly Nelson chose Sonoma County

As a nature lover and avid hiker, I was drawn to Glen Ellen for it's numerous state parks and cycling opportunities. Awe inspiring natural surroundings took my breath away and had me coming back to the area time and time again. When I decided to look for a vacation home, privacy was on the top of my priority list. I said yes as soon as I walked into the house in 2013. The house was perfect with an uninhabited forest on one side, a sloping hill behind us and a nice, tall fence separating our property from a friendly neighbor, Jim. I also fell in love with the quaint, near by town of Sonoma for it's diverse culinary offerings, lovely town square, artisan craft stores and wine tasting opportunities.

What makes this house unique

Waking up to the early morning sound of song birds and ravens while wandering outside with a steaming cup of hot coffee only to find a mother deer and her fawn gazing up at me calmly was one experience out of many that made me fall in love with this place.

Enjoying the intense greenery of the forest playing off the dappled light on our deck while lounging in a rocking chair watching the sun fade to brilliant hues of red and gold with a glass of pinot noir was another.

Leaning out over our balcony in the pitch blackness of night (no street lights!) as crickets came to life under cover of darkness in a cacophony of song while gazing up at incredibly clear stars so bright and shining was yet one more.


based on 39 traveler reviews

The Oak Haven! Private, nature retreat in wine country with Hot Tub!
average rating of 4.717949 based on 39 reviews

Private, quiet, clean, very comfortable. Home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed the hot tub almost every evening and some mornings, too! Wonderful location. Well equipped kitchen. Well maintained. Kelly was very responsive and left clear instructions for everything. Will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice location

  • 4 of 5

This was a great house in a nice location! We had a nice time and the dogs were happy too! The one downside would be the "dog run" which was a cage run on concrete. I was picturing a fence in side yard but maybe I didn't look at the advertised photos hard enough.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A real home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

We felt right at home. Beautiful setting. We even had deer walking through the yard. The hot springs right across the street was an added bonus!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. The location was perfect and enjoyed hearing the turkeys and seeing the deers in the morning. The bath robes were a nice touch. The house has everything you need.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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good location

  • 3 of 5

PRO's: Big living space and bed rooms; Apple TV; filtered water; new refrigerator.

CON's: Damp, musty smell right when we walked in the front door; old oven that ran hot and burnt food; ants in the kitchen; uncomfortable mattresses and old pillows; very small hot water heater that is not able to handle two bathrooms, a dishwasher and clothes washer; one toilet out of service for the first 2 days.

Perhaps this property did not put its best foot forward. It has potential and is a good location to hiking and wineries.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, we've never received this weak of a review. We're so sorry that you were not completely satisfied with the house, Rob. I'd like to address a few of the complaints. First of all, we had no idea there was an issue with the bathroom. I only heard about that when I called to check in on how the guests were doing in the house. Once notified, a plumber came to resolve the issue immediately. Additionally, it clearly states in our house manual that it's best to stagger showers due to a small water tank especially if you take very long showers. Also, while occasionally, when there are heavy rains such as we've had recently in Sonoma County, ants make their way into the kitchen, this is not a chronic problem. Ant traps have been ordered. Perhaps the musty smell was also due to the wet weather. We will address that as well with our house keeper. While we have positive reviews on the beds, I have ordered down pillow toppers and new pillows along with down comforters for extra measure. Food burning in the oven has also never been raised as an issue. We would ask anyone baking or broiling food to please be observant such that food does not get burned for the safety of the house and everyone in it. Our goal is to create and maintain a vacation get away that is beautiful and clean. Thank you, Rob, for bringing your complaints to our attention so we that can resolve them immediately. Cheers! Kelly
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Lester Prairie, MN

Enjoyable Wine Country Vacation

  • 4 of 5

We rented this cottage mid-March for 10 days. We enjoyed our stay, even though we arrived in a rain storm that had knocked out the electricity for a couple of hours. Making dinner in a strange kitchen by the light of a phone was an adventure. Thankfully we had brought charcoal for the grill. The kitchen was large enough to allow more than one cook. The pantry was well stocked with coffees, creamers, and spices. The decor was rather dark, but did not inhibit our comfort. The location made wineries easily accessible being just off Hwy 12, midway between Kenwood and Glen Ellen.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Fig Cafe
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Nearest Airport
20.8 Miles
Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport (STS)
Nearest Barpub
4.1 Miles
Bluegrass Bar & Grill
Nearest Ferry
32.2 Miles
Vallejo Ferry Terminal
Nearest Golf
9.9 Miles
Sonoma Golf Club
Nearest Train
13.3 Miles
Sonoma Traintown Railroad
Nearest Motorway
1.9 Miles
Sonoma Highway, SR 12
Nearest Restaurant
3.4 Miles
The Fig Cafe and Winebar
Nearest Ski
18.7 Miles
Lake Sonoma Ski, Sail, and Paddle
Nearest Beach
36.3 Miles
Sonoma Coast State Beach - Bodega Head
Car: necessary

There is so much to do so close by! The following is a list of places 5-15 minutes from the house.


Sugar Loaf State Park,

Mount Hood,

Jack London State Park (historic buildings and grave), Sonoma County Regional State Park,

Quarry Hill Botanical Gardens,

Annadel State Park.


Kunde Estate Winery,

Benziger Family Winery,

Chateau St Jean,

Arrowood Winery,

Imagery Estate Winery.


Rates & Availability

Glen Ellen House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Pet Fee $20
Cleaning Fee $160 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

All weekend rentals are a 2 day minimum.
Check in is at 4:00 and check out is at 11. Feel free to ask about early check in and late check out!

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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Glen Ellen House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1408 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Newly renovated
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , Newly renovated
  • Both bathrooms have been recently remodeled and feature newly tiled floors, lighting, vanities and fixtures. Our master bathroom has a spacious, new, glass shower stall with matching wall and floor tiles.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , includes a master bathroom
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen
    Middle room - 1 double
  • All the bedrooms feature gorgeous antique furniture.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • swimming

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