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Helen's Winecountry Hideaway

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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. Nespresso!! And Godiva chocolates for all guests!

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 . Bose Bluetooth stereo speaker ..

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. BOSE BLUETOOTH

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.

More Details

Helen Tanner
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017

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 theater 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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Sonoma Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
  • 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
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  • 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 , Restoration Hardware deluxe comfy with feather topper
  • 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 ...
  • 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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Helen's Winecountry Hideaway
average rating of 4.993243 based on 153 reviews

My Dream Home

  • 5 of 5

This VBRO is my dream home! Ideal for two couples (rooms are on separate sides of the house to allow for complete privacy), great kitchen with a big open front room that leads out to a charming large garden area with plenty of seating and a fire pit. There were so many nice extras in this home; fresh flowers, chocolates, a bottle of wine, plenty of books, LARGE luxury towels, and a super soft comfy (I don't want to get out of) bed! I really wish I had an extra day just to stay in and enjoy the house more. I will book this one again, thank Helen for making my 30 year wedding anniversary so memorable and enjoyable!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Tiphanie ! We hope you come back soon and I am so glad you enjoyed the cottage !
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Clean, cozy, relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

The property was accurately described. Very clean and cozy. My daughter and I spent a few days there relaxing in the garden and the Sonoma area. We took an Uber (which was quite reasonable and quick) whenever we went into the square or for dinner. The bed in the master suite was quite comfortable. I would definitely rent Helen's Winecountry Hideaway again.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, peaceful, and well-equipped

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in Helen's pretty cottage and enjoyed sipping a glass of wine in her lovely garden after fun days touring Sonoma and Napa sights. The cottage is quiet, comfortable, and attractive, with everything you would need for your stay. We grilled out one night and just relaxed on the patio, admiring the backyard garden, but we were close enough to dine out in Sonoma and enjoy the town too.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming Garden

  • 5 of 5

Recently stayed at Helen's Hideaway for our daughter's wedding. A very busy weekend, so it was nice to come back to such an inviting space. The home's two bedrooms are at opposite ends so you feel you have your own private area if sharing the home. The kitchen has everything you might need from spices to a Nespresso! Plenty of parking, just beware the driveway gravel likes to go with you so take your shoes off when you enter. The backyard has lovely paths, a firepit, and benches throughout. The pullout sofa sleeper is in the livingroom -- not the sofa in the bedroom as I had assumed so keep that in mind. It's a short drive to the center of Sonoma. A great place to relax and drink some local wine.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

Two couples enjoyed a lovely weekend at Helen's cottage. The house is comfortable, well appointed and very conveniently located to downtown Sonoma. The backyard was absolutely delightful. We would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint Comfy Get-Away in Sonoma

  • 5 of 5

Our family savored our stay during the Mother Day's weekend. Helen's Hideaway had everything we needed to make the weekend stress-free. The property was immaculate and was fully equipped. We used the kitchen to prepare a Mother's Day brunch and then sat outside in the beautiful backyard to enjoy the morning sun. We also gathered in the evenings around the fire in the fireplace to sip wine, play games, and enjoyed each other's company.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards
Glen Ellen Star
Chateau St. Jean
The Kenwood Restaurant
Kenwood Farms & Gardens
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Pet Fee $150
Damage Deposit $175

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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