Charming, Quaint & Clean Rural Retreat.
About Nicholas Freedman
Grew up in NYC, moved to CA first with Vanity Fair Magazine, now I operate a media rep firm specializing in health and wellness and outdoor sport. Backpacker, Climbing, Runner's Word and Bicycling are amongst our best clients. I am a committed father raising two on my own, media professional, sales animal... a city boy moved to the country with a foot in both. Now learning to keep animals and a large ranch while staying fit and enjoying this paradise of Sonoma.
Nicholas Freedman purchased this Cottage in 2013
Why Nicholas Freedman chose Petaluma
Found this place on my favorite lunch bike ride. Chance favors the prepared and I was ready to jump - this place had not changed hands in 70 years. All my neighbors are 4 generation ranches - I totally lucked out. The place was a mess, and polished up so well - now with working barns from the 1800, a 1920 granny unit that is my office, outbuildings and a fully renovated farmhouse... and the bunkhouse I am renting to you I hope... the place is a dream come true. It has so many things I love, old barns, cool forests, rock walls, owls, big views, wildflowers, all sorts of critters, spring water... and so much more..
What makes this Cottage unique
Out in the country and so close to town - great meals near and yet here tucked away it is so quiet and beautiful - seeing the landscape change as the hay is cut on the next hill, the grapes going down the road, friendly neighbors always waving - many nights I hear the owls hooting. I pick and eat from the orchard and my garden... eating my own chickens eggs. Work out - just walk up the dead end and from the top see San Fran and the bay. Washer and Dryer (and a pinch a kitchen) may be made available to you for your stay - just ask.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Children not allowed
Minimum age of primary renter:21
This is a country property - if you wanted to explore the ranch you need to ask first. No open fires - no use of fire pits. Quite hours after 10 PM and no loud music at anytime. This is a special space - please treat it well...
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
My wife and I stayed at this rental 3 years ago and we had such fond memories of our relaxing trip that we came back again. It was just as nice as we remembered. The cottage is the perfect size for the two of us and our small dog and the setting up on a hill overlooking nothing but farms and green trees is a welcome escape from city life. It’s just a short drive down the road to nice restaurants in Petaluma and also a convenient location to visit wine country or go out to the coast.
Well-appointed and charming cottage. Nicholas was a great host and very accommodating.
Great, cozy, and quiet. Had a great time here and the location was perfect for us.
Ranch Bunk House
The property was exactly as described..perfect relaxed out of the way location yet accessable to visit both Senoma and Napa or go to the coast by Bodega Bay/Dillon Beach. Petaluma restaurants are only minutes away. So glad we chose Nick's place and not the typical wine country touristy lodging.
Great rural location yet close to town and wine country. Loved the chickens and twin fawns that came to visit! Very special place!!
It was such fun to show you the nesting Great Horned Owls - not many people ever have the chance to see it... amazing to share it with you both.
Petaluma Ranch Living
We enjoyed the quiet and comfort of the ranch cottage and it's proximity to wineries, brew pubs, and town. Our dog was able to figure out the cattle guards for the walk up the road for the expansive views of the valley and beyond. The cows in the road added to our country experience. Nick was a gracious and responsive host. We recommend the cottage for your visit to the Sonoma area.
Note: the refrigerator is small (think dorm room size), and there are no facilities or utensils for eating on site (except the gas grill). We solved this by getting take out from the Petaluma Market and there were no concerns.
This is the bulls-eye for all of wine country - tons of great wineries all over, and the area is packed with entertainment. Check out Jack London State parks shows - Transcendence - Wow... I grew up in NYC and this show under the stars... Or the Green Music Center... just up the road. Lagunitas Brewery is just down the road and downtown Petaluma is 10 mins with amazing restaurants, antique and other small town shops. Sonoma is less than 20 mins away. Head from here on some of the best bike riding in the country or drive out to Point Reyes National Seashore- if you like Ousters and Crab... we have tons of it. Great hikes and parks - close enough to San Fran... every night is nice and cool for great sleeping and most days warm... it is a magical spot. On 50 acres - all of it looking out over the valley - the mornings light up with sun rise and each evening another sunset show.