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Helen Tanner

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

Helen's Winecountry Hideaway

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Our cottage is a very lovely newly remodeled bungalow. in a quiet serene neighborhood only one mile from the Sonoma Plaza and near the Sonoma Creek.

The cottage is spacious and comfortable with 1600 sq ft and very charming. With an open kitchen, dining and living room which has 12' ceilings. There is a large wood burring fireplace with a gas starter, wonderful for those cool autumn or winter evenings. We supply firewood for the fireplace and firepit.

The spacious dining room features antique oak table and chairs for six. All PRO WOLF stainless appliances and all clad stainless cookware, Wustoff Cutlery, beautiful bright red dishes, serveware and crystal stemware await your use in the kitchen. Everything a gourmet chef will need to prepare those perfect meals ! There is an undercounter TV also. We suppliy all staples and spices for your use. We supply Peets Italian roast coffee and special teas for you. No need for bottled water as we have a Culligan state of the art reverse osmosis water filtration system in the kitchen.

You will find two master suites each with queen size plush pillowtop mattresses and all down bedding including pillows and high count luxury linens. Each bedroom has a full bath with walk in slate showers and soaking tubs with rainshower heads and handhelds. We supply an assortment of high quality bath products including Nexxus shampoo, conditioners, shower gels, bubble bath, and big fluffy white bathsheets, bathtowels and washcloths and there is a linen closet with abundance of more if needed.

The bedrooms are very private from each other and each one has a special feature one with sliders that go out to the patio and a lovely fountain and the other with a sitting room with nice down sofa and desk for computer etc. also a printer scanner fax copy machine and of course WIFI. Each bedroom has flat screen HD LED TV's and all cable channels are available. If there is another couple or a child who wants to stay the sofa in the living room is not your normal sofa it is a sofa bed that is very comfy with all down bedding and a feather topper. It is a very high end Restoration Hardware sofa .


Interior Walls are all soft sage colors with bright art and the flooring is Italian tile and oak . There are nice oriental rugs covering the floors in bright reds and sages. We have a library and DVD's for your use. There is a large flat screen HD TV in living room with surround sound system plus additional speakers on the patio. There are IPOD docking systems also.

Our patio and garden area are a standout and have been called by some "a little slice of heaven''. There are walkways meanderng thru the large well manicured flower filled yard. Also a grove of redwoods and bamboo trees and Japanese Maples, a large fig tree, a Meyer lemon tree and in summer a plum tree ..There is always an herb garden in summer months for your use. The patio itself has the same Italian tile that the house has. and it has a nice big firepit surrounded by large Adirondack chairs, A patio set with four comfy chairs and an umbrella for outdoor dining as well as a 48' Vermont Castings gas grill. There is also a flagstone patio with another sitting area in the sunshine it is wonderful on those days you want to just enjoy the sun the flowers and the quiet.. except for the birds and the squirrels. The yard is filled with 400 yr old Valley Oak trees and offers a Wonderful 'ZEN' like setting. These words are how most of my guests have described the yard and most say they don't want to leave even for dinner as they want to spend time in the garden and patio. I have flowers in the yard year-round as gardening is my hobby so it is always easy for me to make it beautiful as I love it. The patio and garden area is surrounded by little white mini lights in the evening for a magical feel .

This cottage is for people used to only the best. I have hosted two PGA Golf PRO's while they played the Charles Scwhab Cup Champions tournament. They both wrote nice reviews and loved my attention to detail. Ask me who they are?

Evening times you can hear the sound of crickets from the nearby Sonoma Creek and either that or the waterfall will lull you to sleep...I am a designer/developer in Lake Tahoe and put my experience to work in making this a perfect wine country getaway!!!

READ the reviews and you will see how very special this cottage is.

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  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Helen Tanner (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Helen Tanner

We are both in the real estate business David full time realtor Helen a developer/designer in Tahoe. We have been in this business most all of our lives and own and manage other properties ..We know what we expect when we travel and we try to do the same with the first class amenities we provide and the immaculate condition we have the cottage in for each guest.. David was born in SF and grew up in Redding CA where he was a fire Captain for CDF. He retired early to join Helen in the sales business. I was raised in Los Gatos CA where I worked with the family business of development and property management ..

We love to travel and go to new places but enjoy Maui the most!! We have traveled a lot and look forward to more but mostly we love to golf and travel to places where we can play the local and resort courses. We love Sonoma area for the golf and the closeness to the SF area as we love the theatre also.

Helen Tanner purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Helen Tanner chose Sonoma County

We love the convenience of the property to all the wineries and the Sonoma Square. It is within walking distance for our guests and the wineries are within five min from the cottage. The cottage is in a quiet neighborhood.

What makes this cottage unique

We love our little cottage and you will find that it shows and it has a warm and happy feeling the min you walk thru the door!! We have some guests who have returned to visit our cottage now as many as six times.. When you walk in the front door you can see out to thru the big French doors the beautiful yards with big large old oaks and the white roses that climb the fence, the flowers and the big fig and meyer lemon tree. Truly a gorgeous sight. The quiet is Zen like and some have called it my "little slice of heaven" it truly is.

Come and stay and see for yourself!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

A wonderful stay in your beautiful warm home!! Thank you and I hope we can make it back!!

Nick and Sue Price

PGA Champions Tour Player
Oct 2009
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(122 traveler reviews)
Helen's Winecountry Hideaway
average rating of 4.991803 based on 127 reviews

Lovely home with many extras

  • 5 of 5

Booked the hideaway for a girls weekend trip away in wine country. Location is easy and central to Sonoma. Quiet neighborhood - residential area well taken care of. The home itself is perfect - 2 cozy fluffy beds and a pull out couch, 2 fully stocked bathrooms (soap, lotion, shampoo, hair dryer, curler even) and a patio to die for. The patio and garden area are equipped with a gas grill and fire pit, gardens to admire, a few seating areas ... Really ideal for those nice cooler nights with twinkly lights setting the mood.

The kitchen has everything you need to cook and enjoy wine and a dining area to enjoy a meal.

Seriously, it was amazing. I'd love to come back another time and I highly highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Gena !! We hope you come back for another stay. I have a few guests that have stayed for seven times now. So make it happen and you will find it better everytime...We love nice people like you staying at our cottage. Helen
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All the comforts of home and more!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic home in Sonoma with attention to the smallest of details. Comfortable linens, plush towels, excellent coffee and fresh flowers throughout. We loved spending time in the beautiful backyard and since both the front and back are entirely fenced-in my son was free to roam. It was prefect.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking to have a family weekend in the Sonoma area with daughter, son-in-law, 12 year old grandson and their golden retriever. Decent hotels are expensive, and hard to accommodate a kid and a dog. I was a little nervous renting "sight unseen" - I needn't have been.. The "cottage" (it is really quite spacious) is clean and nicely furnished, clearly Helen's personal home and beautifully decorated. The kitchen is so well equipped, it has everything you could possibly need. The bedrooms are large with comfortable beds and nice bedding. Bathrooms are terrific, great showers. The back yard garden is unbelievable- so peaceful and serene. Several comfortable seating areas. And just a great location, very quiet neighborhood but just a mile from town. Close to "a million" wineries, and 15 minutes to the Sonoma Raceway (our destination this weekend). We really wished that we had had more time. Daughter is already planning a ""girls weekend"! Thank you, Helen, for making our Getaway so pleasurable - we will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Helen's house was everything advertised and more. From the moment we arrived until we sadly had to leave the house was perfect. We found everything we needed and more. After a day out visiting wineries we looked forward to returning to the house. We were there for seven days and used the fire pit every evening and spent a lot of evenings grilling out. The beds were fantastic and my wife and friends thought that the kitchen was on the money. Our trip was about wine country but we fell in love with Sonoma. The food, the plaza, and the people were fantastic. Thank you Helen for everything your house made our trip special.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So Serene

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I shared this lovely bungalow with our relatives and we were so happy with every bit of this adorable cottage. There was nothing we wanted for and the peace and serenity that were offered, from the garden, to the gathering room were exceptional! Everything was furnished for our comfort and the only thing we added were a few groceries since we enjoyed a couple of evenings cooking outdoors on the grill. Very thankful for Helen, her vision, and her attention to detail!!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a three night stay. That bit of trepidation we all have as we unlock the front door on a new rental immediately melts away. Helen’s cottage is beautifully decorated and in a fashion that says, “You’re home…it’s time to rest, relax and enjoy”. The living room and bedrooms are beautiful. The kitchen offers everything you need and the back garden is an absolute oasis of tranquility. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
San Francisco, Oakland or Sacramento
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
El Dorado Kitchen
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Eagle Vines or Chardonnay or Silverado or Oakmont
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Hwy 12 thru winecountry or Hwy 101 ot Hwy 80
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Girl and The Fig, Eldorado, LaHaye, Red Grape,Maya
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Bodega Bay and Point Reyes Station
Car: recommended

World Class Restaurants, Winetasting, Wonderful boutique shopping downtown Sonoma Square and Napa Outlet Stores, golf and world class spa,Wineries within five min of the cottage.


Rates & Availability

Sonoma Cottage Rental Rates

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Nov 30 2016 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

sec deposit $125 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

The clean out fee is $125. It is collected up front with the first half of the rental amt.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Sonoma Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Walk in slate shower remodeled with rainshower and handhelds
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , New white porcelain remodeled bath handhelds and rainshower
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , High quality new plush pillowtop
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Plush new pillowtop queen bed with clean mattress pads
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pottery Barn deluxe comfy with feather topper sofa bed
  • Queen size Feather beds. Each mattress is plush pillowtop top of the line mattress. Soft quilted mattress pads changed for each guest. Sleep Sofa (1) Queen size very comfy hide a bed in living room with fireplace. With a feather bed topper and all down comforter and down pillows also.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Wood-burning Fireplace, wireless internet, Cable LCD HD 46' TV with all the channels. TV's in Both master suites. IPOD docking station with speakers. Surround Sound with speakers on patio also . Wolf 36-inch Gas Range/Oven, culligan water purifier. Deluxe Cooking Utensils provided, Beautiful Backyard and Terrace with Adirondacks, Patio Set with Umbrella,

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