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Janet & Matthew Joyce

Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english

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

38 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Charming studio cottage in peaceful, quiet setting

The garden cottage, set away from the main house, sits on a peaceful, sun drenched acre and a half 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.

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Janet & Matthew Joyce (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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 30 years and it's been quite an incredible journey for us. We have been married for 24 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 22 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.


based on 38 traveler reviews

Sunny Garden Cottage, Quiet Country Lane, Forest & Views W/ Private Hot Tub
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 38 reviews
Portland, Oregon

Idyllic wine country escape

  • 5 of 5

Excellent location for your Russian River wine experience.

Super cute little cottage with all the amenities you could need (hot tub, fireplace, outdoor seating, expertly curated guides, local history books, fridge, sink).

Great setting - wake to the sound of all sorts of birds (owls, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, etc.).

Outstanding hospitality (complimentary cookies, snacks, fruits, coffee).

You really can't go wrong staying here. If we found ourselves back in the area, we'd book again in a heartbeat. There are TONS of wineries in the area. While it's a little bit off the beaten path, towns with wine tours are only a few minutes drive and there's Uber - a return trip from Healdsburg (we slowly made up way up there through the day) was only $30.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely review, Mike! We are thrilled when our guests have such a positive experience, and our hope is always fulfilled when you take wonderful memories of your vacation home with you. It was a pleasure meeting you and we truly hope you find your way back for another visit!
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Janet and Matthew's cottage for a weekend and everything about our stay was perfect. It's clear that they take time and care to keep the cottage pristine and stocked with anything you need and even things you don't know you need. The spa and view of the starts at night were an especially excellent way to end each evening.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review, Lauren! We do our best to anticipate and provide everything our guests might need so you have an exceptional experience staying in the Cottage, and we appreciate the nod. We hope to see you again for another getaway in the future.
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fabulous weekend getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

my husband and I just stayed in Janet's beautiful cottage. it was our mommy/daddy weekend away and we couldn't have picked a more relaxing, private, clean, romantic place to call home for a few days. Janet was very sweet and had thought of every little detail to make this a wonderful place to stay. she had a goodie basket upon our arrival with fruit, fresh coffee and delicious home made chocolate chip cookies!! we loved the jacuzzi, it was super romantic and relaxing to sit and look up at the bright and beautiful stars after a long day of adventure. (she provides laundered robes) we enjoyed the cozy wood burning fire place and the collection of games she provides. the cottage is very peaceful and private. every morning was wonderful to wake up to the sounds of birds and to enjoy a cup of coffee on your private balcony. if your looking for a place that is private but yet so close to restaurants and all the activities this is the perfect place!! we will defiantly try and make another trip here in the future!

thank you Janet for making our mommy/daddy weekend amazing by all the special touches you do to make your place wonderful!!

your truly,

Danielle & Chris

folsom, ca

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Danielle & Chris - Knowing how important it is to have that special alone-time (especially when you have little ones at home), I’m just thrilled that you found the romantic and private setting you needed for recharging your “Mommy & Daddy batteries!” It makes me feel so good to know that The Cottage and all the special touches hit the mark for you! And thanks so much for taking the time to write such a beautiful review. I hope you have a chance to come back soon. The door will always be open for you!!
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at the cottage for 4 nights and thoroughly enjoyed it. Janet is very responsive and accommodating. She met us upon our arrival and explained everything we needed to know about the cottage. The fresh locally ground coffee and home made cookies were a terrific touch. The cottage itself is clean and cozy. The bathroom is small but worked fine for the two of us. The fireplace and the hot tub are great features. We spent two days visiting local wineries including a side trip one afternoon to Napa. We also spent a day traveling to the Armstrong Redwood preserve and then on to Bodega Bay and the coast. Our favorite breakfast spot was Willow Wood Cafe in nearby Graton. Howard's Station in Occidental is a great spot too. We enjoyed casual dinners at Hole in the Wall in Sebastopol. Sebastopol also has a trendy area in town called The Barlow with several local restaurants, tasting rooms, a brewery and several other local shops. Our favorite wineries within 10 minutes of the cottage were Merry Edwards, Marimar, and Balletto. We had a great time and we were very happy with our decision to stay at the cottage.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Jon for letting us know how much you enjoyed your stay at the cottage and in Sonoma County! With more than 75 wineries and tasting rooms within 10 miles of the cottage, it’s so helpful to hear which ones you liked in particular so travelers to the area can narrow it down. And thanks for the suggestions on restaurants and activities as well. Those are definitely some of our personal favorites too! Please come back for another visit. We’d love to host you again any time!
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Lovely cottage and area!

  • 5 of 5

We used this as our base for our 5 day trip to California. We attended the Winterwineland event over the weekend, spent a day driving up the coast, and a day seeing the sights around Sebastopol and Santa Rosa. It's a very warm, inviting cottage in a quiet countryside setting with a very comfortable bed. Everything was immaculate. The owner (Janet) had stocked the cottage with fresh ground coffee, fresh baked cookies, and some other nice snacking items. She met us upon our arrival and went over everything with us. We looked forward to our nightly hot tub soaks on the private deck. There's a nice hiking path next to the property that we enjoyed twice (in between rain storms). In the cottage there is a binder that the owners prepared with suggestions for dining options, hiking trails, and other local favorite places/sights that we used with all the options we chose being great! Gypsy Cafe, Howard's Station, and Lococo's were our 3 favorite restaurants. Couldn't be more pleased with our choice for our trip! Highly recommend this cottage!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jan, I know future guests always appreciate hearing about your local favorites, so thanks very much for taking the time to write about yours here and in our guest book! We continue to put lots of work and energy into creating our “Big Book” inside the cottage with all the restaurant menus, hiking guides, local suggestions, maps and resources for our guests to help make your experiences in the area that much more enjoyable, so it’s wonderful to hear that you found it so useful! Please do come back for another visit when you can. It was wonderful having you!
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Previous reviews were right!!!

  • 5 of 5

Every review that I read about this cottage was correct. We could not have had a better experience! The cottage had everything that we needed and it was beyond clean! Janet and Matthew were amazing hosts and we highly recommend this place to anyone! Thanks again!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your validation, Jim! It means so much to know that we’ve hit the mark once again. It was delightful having you here at the Garden Cottage for your first annual visit!!
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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
52 Miles
Amtrack/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

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Refundable damage deposit $300

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.

Guests may pay by personal check directly to owner. Call: 707-634-4894

Cancellation policy: 100% refund with 30+ days notice prior to arrival date.
50% refund with 16-29 days prior notice. No refunds with 15 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

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Sonoma County Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
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
  • 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
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed ...
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!

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