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Sunny Garden Cottage, Quiet Country Lane, Forest & Views W/ Private Hot Tub

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace
  • Hot Tub


About the property

Charming studio cottage in peaceful, quiet setting

This unique studio guest cottage, set away from our main house, sits on a peaceful, sun drenched 2+ acres of very secluded land, down a quiet country lane, with seasonal creeks just beyond your private deck. You will delight in waking to the sounds of birds chirping and will likely see our resident family of deer roaming the property. You will enjoy the backdrop of eucalyptus, redwood, oak and fir trees as you sit relaxing in your own private hot tub, while also enjoying the views of apple orchards and tree-lined vistas in the distance. The cottage comes equipped with all the amenities you will need for your comfort and enjoyment, including plush bathrobes, organic bathing products, luxurious bedding, a stocked kitchenette with fresh ground local organic coffee and teas, and your own welcome basket upon your arrival including freshly baked and other delectable treats to begin your vacation in style.

Janet & Matthew Joyce
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2017

About Janet & Matthew Joyce

We're Janet and Matthew Joyce and we'll be your hosts during your stay. Since you'll be our only guests, you can be sure to have as much privacy or attention as you desire while you're with us. It's completely up to you.

We have been together for 32 years and it's been quite an incredible journey for us. We have been married for 25 of those years and we've raised two incredible daughters together. Before settling down, we spent years exploring the world, camping and backpacking, and meeting people from almost every continent. Parenting has been a remarkable and rewarding focal point of our lives for the past 23 years, and it has taken us from our beginnings in Santa Cruz, California where we both went to college, to Boulder, Colorado where we spent 12 wonderful years, and now back to our home in California where we feel truly blessed and settled.

Matthew is a consultant in the energy industry, working with corporations both large and small to make a difference in this world through promoting and implementing energy efficiency products and policies. He is also something of a Renascence man between his love of exploration, travel and literature, and his life-long passion for learning all things scientific, geographical and mechanical.

Janet is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent more than 20 years working with teenagers, families and couples. She is also an avid baker (which you will discover for yourself!), a passionate gardener, and a lover of science and literature.

We welcome you to our property and into our lives, where we will strive to make your stay with us truly memorable.

Why Janet & Matthew Joyce chose Sonoma County

We've traveled widely. It's been an adventure exploring the world's diverse mix of climates, peoples, lifestyles, and cuisines. Over time we've zeroed in on where and what makes us feel at our very best: Mild weather that's great for year round gardening and outdoor activities; abundant fresh organic locally grown food and wines; open minded people of diverse backgrounds and interests; and a rural lifestyle close to big city amenities and the beach. When we put it all together no place on earth makes us feel as relaxed, as at peace, and yet as revitalized as we feel when we're spending time on the property. It's a magical spot and we're not alone in our thinking. Visitors ranging from family and friends to cottage guests and even delivery people recognize there is something special about the place. Come join us and we think you'll feel it too.

What makes this cottage unique

Two words seem to be repeated over and over when people explain how they feel when they visit here: Relaxed and Recharged. Maybe it's the secluded setting, nestled between the shady forest and the open sunny orchard, the tweets and chirping of the birds, or glimpsing the strolling comfort of the variety of wildlife who share this land with us. Perhaps it's the private hot tub next to the seasonal creek; a romantic moment beside the glowing warmth of the gas fireplace; or a second helping Janet's outrageous baked goods. Everyone has their own special moments. We fully expect you'll discover your own.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Unfortunately, we missed the deadline for submitting a review, so my feedback today is partly to offset some of the comments that I perceived were negative in one of your last reviews and I was very disappointed in their comments.

Overall I would have given you a 5 star rating since the cottage was exactly as we hoped.

Regarding some of the comments made about privacy, the "rules" for the hot tub and the status of the bathroom. I found that there was a lot of privacy and we never felt there was a lack of privacy.

I don't feel you need a "privacy screen" etc. since part of the charm of the back deck is the fact you can see the sloping garden with birds, etc. If there was a screen then you would feel boxed in and it wouldn't be as nice.

I didn't find the rules regarding the use of the hot tub after 9 to be strange. Every hotel has late night rules regarding noise and in fact at most hotels you can't use the pool/hot tub late in the evening as you can at the cottage.

I found the bathroom charming, clean, and not too small. I like what you've done with the bathroom and it is a good size considering the overall size of the cottage.

The cottage has a rustic charm and overall, we were very pleased and found excellent value. I love all the touches (picnic backpack/fresh water/snacks/ robes and I could go on). You both have obviously spent a lot of time/effort thinking of the comfort of your guests and it shows. I was saddened by the negative review I read since I don't feel it was reflective of our experience and I truly wish I had left great review for you before we ran out of time.
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Sebastopol Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Small but efficient bathroom
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Sunny studio cottage with 1 queen bed.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The cottage is a perfect spot for a romantic getaway, writing retreat, secluded meditation escape, adventure travel, wine tasting tour or quiet location for staying while attending a family function or workshop nearby. We are a diversity friendly establishment where all are welcome!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)

Sunny Garden Cottage, Quiet Country Lane, Forest & Views W/ Private Hot Tub
average rating of 4.923077 based on 53 reviews

Quaint, picturesque and serene location

  • 5 of 5

Simple. Elegant. Cozy. Refreshing. Peaceful. Great resources for touring the area. Janet and Matthew have created a wonderful space for guests and are professional and friendly hosts. I thoroughly enjoyed the cottage.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your generosity, Katie! We are always delighted when our guests have such a positive experience staying in the Cottage, and it's even more rewarding to hear such lovely descriptors of the Cottage and of how relaxing and rejuvenating your visit was. Come back soon!
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Just what we hoped for, lovely, quiet, and restful

  • 5 of 5

Pretty space, inside and out. We came for quiet and rest and found just that. Cozy bed, soft linens, great hot tub under the stars, a pretty walk through the area, good restaurants and especially nice, homemade cookies, teas and coffee, cheese and crackers all there when we arrived. We'd definitely come back- and have encouraged friends to visit as well.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet get-away in the woods

  • 5 of 5

A delightful location, tucked in the woods where we heard owls, quails and coyotes. The cottage is clean and well equipped with a comfy bed and a hot tub that was great to soak in after a day of touring. It is very private and the hosts did a great job of providing us with what we needed and maintaining our privacy. We really enjoyed the 3 mile walking trail around the neighbourhood and seeing the wild turkeys, lemon groves and old orchards. We highly recommend you stay here!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to write your review! We’re so pleased that you enjoyed your stay so much (that you even decided to stay longer than you originally planned). We hope you find your way back for another visit! It was wonderful meeting and hosting you both.
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The cottage far exceeds the pictures and reviews .

  • 5 of 5

It is hard to put into words how unique the surroundings, cottage and Janet and Mathew were. The location was ideal for us to discover not only the wine areas but also the Pacific coast and redwoods. We found some great restaurants thanks to our hosts spending so much time and effort on providing info and previous renters reviews. We would absolutely return here and recommend highly to anyone visiting the area. I almost forgot the topping of the cake Janet and Mathew leave a wonderful basket of goodies which included Janet's homemade chocolate chip cookies. By and far the best cookies I have ever eaten. Thank you both for making this a peaceful most enjoyable visit.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I’m so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed the Cottage and our easy proximity to so many activities; whether it’s beach-going, wine tasting, hiking through old growth redwood forests or just exploring Sonoma County’s many gems. And thanks for the compliments to my own recipe, fresh baked cookies too. They’ve definitely become something that many guests say they’ve heard about and look forward to! Do come back and visit any time. It was a true delight meeting you and hosting you both.
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Nice Cottage in Scenic Sonoma

  • 3 of 5

Janet greets her guests personally, with a tour of her lovely cottage and freshly baked goodies to help you settle in. The cottage is essentially a single, open space very close to Janet's permanent residence. So understand what you're getting before you sign up, because this is not a private setting. The many rules, while logical, are solely geared to keep Janet in good standing with her surrounding neighbors, such as "no hot tub jets after 9pm", which cuts into enjoyment of the spa during the key wind-down time at night after a day of exploring wine country and the beautiful coast.

While we were initially somewhat struck by the close proximity of her home to the "private cottage", we had to say that Janet could not have been a more caring and considerate hostess. Once she had us settled, she disappeared completely. While the rear deck and hot tub are visible from her decks, we did feel we had a bit of privacy to enjoy the spa. A privacy partition on or just off the deck would go a long way to giving this fun little cottage the private feel you want when renting like this. Again, Janet does everything possible to give her guests all the privacy they desire. In addition, the information binder she provides covers absolutely every possible interest you may have for the region, to include exciting and scenic drives to the coast and back, beautiful local walks through adjacent orchards, great local wineries and restaurants, etc. She even has extra copies of popular info sheets so you can grab and go. While there may have been a few cobwebs here and there in the house and on the deck, everything was clean and the important stuff like the bed and the coffee are top notch! There is a microwave, toaster oven and small fridge/freezer, so you will not be "cooking" in the cottage. Plan accordingly. We truly grew to love our little cottage experience and found the single room layout large and very comfortable. The bathroom is quite cramped with the smallest sink and no screen on the window (which is the only ventilation), but everything works great. Shower stall needs a thorough scrubbing with an honest and determined detergent, but has 2 shower heads to help increase effectiveness. Nice. The gas fireplace was also warm and wonderful.

With updated bath and kitchen facilities and a more private deck with more customer-focused rules, this would be a "5" rated experience. Janet is already a "5" as a hostess. :?)

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I’m glad to hear that you found your stay at the Cottage to be so lovely, and I genuinely appreciate the acknowledgement of our great customer service. Yet I am truly disheartened by the disappointments mentioned in your critique. As I hope future guests will see from our many reviews, we really work overtime to attend to every detail; from cleanliness and freshly baked treats, to our abundant information and resources, to providing a cozy and romantic setting. We are committed to ensuring that our guests have an exceptional experience from start to finish! Of course, this also means that if our guests should have concerns at any point during their stay we welcome and encourage communication and feedback, and are always available to address anything that might come up. While this guest found our nighttime quiet hours to be challenging, that “rule” is truly the only guideline having anything whatever to do with simply being respectful neighbors (all of whom are an acre + away). All other information concerns the care and functioning of the Cottage itself. The private hot tub is for the exclusive use of our guests 24/7, and we consistently hear how peaceful, serene and magical the late night hot tub experience is with the gentle sounds of the surrounding forest and our great horned owls hooting softly through the trees. It is always my most heartfelt wish that our guests have a superb experience and that they take warm and lasting memories home of their time at the Garden Cottage and Sonoma County.
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Peaceful and private cottage with lovely views

  • 5 of 5

Janet and Matthew's cottage made the perfect retreat for our stay which was close to our daughter's wedding venue in Sebastopol. The unit's private deck area with hot tub was just what we needed during this busy but exciting time. Quiet and peaceful with lovely tree views, we were quite pleased with our choice. Janet is very thoughtful, providing tasty high quality snacks, good coffee, fresh fruit and yummy crackers and cheese. She warmly greeted us upon our arrival to welcome us and to show details of the unit. I would suggest that more details be provided in finding the unit. Once we found it, Janet showed us the installed red arrow sign indicating the driveway/road so that it could be seen easily at night.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have often heard guests remark that the quiet and seclusion of the Cottage and property are the perfect complement to the hectic pace of attending family (or other) events nearby. So I’m delighted to know that was the case for you as well. And thanks for the feedback on the directions, too. We do send out an advance packet of information to all our guests with links, resources and information about the Cottage and the area and we always include an attachment with detailed driving directions too. I apologize if you may have missed that one, but so glad that once you found us it was easy from there! Also, we took your advice and added reflective tape to both sides of our mailbox so that it is much more visible for night arrivals! We're always looking for ways to improve our guests' experience, so thanks again for that!! We hope to see you back soon for another stay. The hot tub and fresh baked treats will be waiting.
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Oakland & San Fran 50 mi, Sonoma County Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Underwood Bar & Bistro, Graton, CA
Nearest Ferry
44 Miles
Golden Gate Ferry, Larkspur, CA
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Sebastopol Golf Course 4 mi, New Links Bodega Bay
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Amtrak Santa Rosa/BART station, Richmond, CA
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
French Garden and many others, Sebastopol, CA
Nearest Ski
250 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Doron Beach, Bodega Bay, CA
Car: necessary

The cottage is located down a private country lane in the hills just 10 minutes from downtown Sebastopol, making it convenient to all that Sonoma County has to offer. And trust us when we say, that's a lot!

Once you venture out and explore the surrounding area beyond the cottage you will delight in so many Sonoma County offerings. The ones listed below are just a taste:

There are more than 400 wineries in Sonoma County and virtually all of them are within a one hour drive of the cottage. There are 75 wineries and tasting rooms within 15 minutes of us alone, including some world class vineyards and some quaint, small tasting rooms as well.

The charming small towns of Sebastopol, Graton, Forestville, Occidential and Freestone are all less than 10 minutes away offering nightlife, restaurants and bakeries, coffee and tea houses, bookstores, specialty boutiques, spas, antique shops and art galleries.

There are 20 local outdoor farmers' markets in Sonoma County (several are open year round), ensuring that you can enjoy locally sourced organic produce and a wide variety of local artisanal crafts and specialty foods, breads, cheeses, jams and honey every day of week, except Mondays.

Bodega Bay's fresh seafood, beaches and the dramatic scenery of the Sonoma Coastline are just over 20 minutes away via a scenic drive from the Cottage. We've got redwoods growing right here on the property. But if you want to explore Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve it's less than half an hour way across the Russian River in Guernville. There you can stroll or hike among some of California's oldest living redwood trees.

And for outdoor enthusiasts there are also: more than 140 miles of beautiful hiking trails both along the magnificent coastline and in the hills and forests of Sonoma County, hundreds of miles of road and mountain bicycling trails from easy, meandering paths to strenuous, technical rides, canoeing and kayaking, windsurfing, open ocean and/or fresh water fishing, and even hot air ballooning opportunities nearby.

Within Sonoma County you can also enjoy an array of cultural activities including, live Shakespeare plays, internationally recognized musical acts, symphonic performances, museums, shopping outlet stores and the Art Trails tour of local artists' studios and the Farm Trails tour of Sonoma County's artisanal producers, agriculture and family farms.

We will provide you with up to date calendars and lists of local events, schedules for Farmers' Markets, maps of the area, restaurant menus, pricing and menus for the day spas, winery and tasting room hours and pricing, and even our own local favorites and recommendations, all to enhance your enjoyment of our area.

Wine Country Garden Cottage is very well designed for everything from a super relaxed and low-key, private romantic get away to an action-packed adventure based vacation experience. And everything in between!

We're glad to tell you even more. Just send us a note with your questions and we'll be happy to fill you in!


Rates & Availability

Sebastopol Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $85

Note: HomeAway/VRBO has recently added a system-wide "Service Fee." This fee is charged by HomeAway and is collected and paid to HomeAway (not the property owner) and is based on a percentage of the total booking.

Single night stay can sometimes be arranged: $215 with $85 cleaning fee.

Cancellation policy: 100% refund with 30+ days notice prior to arrival date.
50% refund with 15+ days prior notice. No refunds with 14 days or less prior notice-unless vacancy is filled. Full refund is always given for canceled dates that are filled by another guest.

Rates are subject to change until the booking is confirmed.

Check In Time is: 4pm (or later if needed) on arrival date
Check Out Time: 11am on departure date

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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