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SEEKING FAMILIES, GROUPS OF OLDER ADULTS, SHORT or LONG-TERM EXECUTIVE stays. DISCOUNTS for TWO WEEKS or more! Children very welcome! 8 - 10 guests. Please contact owner for availability. NEW: BRAND NEW glittering GRATON CASINO nearby! Check it out!
Stay in a romantic, luxurious large master suite in an Italianate villa with stone balconies and arched covered veranda w/outdoor fireplace. Enjoy an over-sized whirlpool corner tub for two looking out over city lights at night, in your over-sized bathroom with a separate shower with spa jets for two. Surround yourself with the luxury of travertine, marble, and glass tile, with antique lighting. French doors in your bedroom lead out onto the huge round balcony, with access to the gardens, pool (heated in high season only, though you can use it year round), hot spa (open year round), and gazebo below. Upper master has private 13' balcony with mountain, valley, and city-light views, and extra indoor sitting area with views. House has 2 complete large master suites (bring your parents or best friends!). There are 2 smaller bedrooms downstairs, each w/queen bed and private exit to balcony and pool/spa area, shared bath with deep whirlpool tub/shower, and a smaller Victorian suite upstairs, w/queen bed, gas fireplace, and private glass-tiled bath (Victorian slipper tub w/shower). Relax with friends downstairs at the Victorian bar, or deal the cards for a friendly game at our Victorian poker table for up to 8. Small home gym in finished, carpeted garage. Free Netflix, Bluetooth Bose to play your music or Pandora on right from your phone, and new Bluetooth Karaoke machine (bring your music!)
No portable speakers allowed outdoors. Owners on-site nights only in owners' studio with no shared walls, separate entrance and approach. Our door is across a small downstairs balcony, across from the exit door of the rear bedroom. We can't hear you; you can't hear us. We are gone from 9 a.m. til 10 p.m. or later; your privacy is important to us.
CHAMPAGNE AND CHOCOLATES: We welcome you with champagne, roses, & chocolates, or help yourself at the wet bar or the Victorian bar in the parlor right outside your room. Go down for a relaxing swim or a hot spa at our jungle-style pool (heated in high season only, but can use year round) or take a glass of wine and sit among the morning glories in our formal, fragrant rose and perennial gardens, and watch as dozens of hummingbirds zip right over your head. We call our garden 'the Aviary.' Watch the hawks soar on the updrafts over the Open Space wooded canyon. Goldfinches, doves, and dozens of other wild birds crowd the feeders. Listen carefully, and you'll get to see one of the many wild quail families that live on our property. At night, a chorus goes up from the tiny tree-frogs that populate the pond. There are places to sit and take it all in everywhere. Our gardens are user-friendly!
A house truly made for outdoor living. Grill a succulent feast on our lovely 'Romeo and Juliet' style arched, covered upper loggia, right off the kitchen; sit around it's outdoor gas fireplace and play your guitar (acoustic only, please, no outdoor amplified music). So many balconies to choose from, all with gorgeous views! Each downstairs bedroom has it's own private exit to one of the balconies and the gardens, pool, and hot tub below.
We welcome quiet groups of family and friends; NO parties; sorry, NO weddings. House has many ipod docks and NEW, free unlimited NETFLIX and AMAZON movie and PANDORA music streaming! Or deal out the hands for a long night of poker and fun at our new Victorian poker table w/poker set, down in the Victorian bar room.
DOWN BEDDING: All of our beds now have down bedding and a choice of down or down-alternative pillows (100% cotton blankets for summer), and comfy feather beds (optional, in closets) or memory foam toppers. We now have one queen sofa bed for extra children or adults, with high-end, truly comfortable foam mattress, in the downstairs game room. Our beds are newer, high quality and very comfortable; we only use high thread count luxury 100% cotton linens, for a luxurious night's sleep. Two fluffy robes provided in every closet. There are also 3 large jetted tubs in the house, in addition to the Victorian slipper soaking tub.
NEW: Green Mountain Smoker/Grill for that perfect wood-smoked turkey, brisket, pulled pork, or whole salmon, in addition to traditional charcoal Weber. Small home gym w/rower, runner, and Chuck Norris slider, etc. in smaller carpeted garage. Free Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Pandora. KARAOKE machine has BLUETOOTH! Also a Bose with Bluetooth; bring your own music!
Visit one of our areas many fine gourmet restaurants, or dine-in by cooking in our gorgeous chef's kitchen, with granite island and stools. The kitchen is stocked with basics. There is both a formal dining room and a kitchen nook with fabulous Open Space views of the valley below. There is a large living area next to the kitchen with comfy seating, a large flat screen smart T.V. in living area and one tv in each bedroom, ipod docks, telescope, and gas fireplace. A lovely covered, arched veranda with outdoor fireplace, propane grill, lots of seating, and breakfast bistro set is perfect for sipping wine and watching the view (wild hawks, birds, deer and other wildlife are plentiful). There are 3 other balconies in back, including a majestic inlaid travertine round one with fountain, and a private one w/bistro set and view off the upper master bedroom. There is a large patio area around the pool, with many loungers and lots of other seating, and 2 different gazebos in the lawn and rose gardens. This house is perfect for enjoying outdoor living.
Close to everything!: BRAND NEW FABULOUS GRATON CASINO, just opened! Come try your luck at the slots, or take in a live music show; win one of 5 new cars every weekend!
Drive an hour to our beautiful Sonoma County wild beaches and cliffed coves, walk in giant redwoods at Armstrong State Park, kayak or canoe on the Russian River, or fish at Lake Sonoma. Hundreds of gorgeous wineries and tasting rooms in every direction. Tour the beautiful gardens and historical tasting rooms of Korbel Champagne Cellars. Visit the quaint historical towns of Calistoga or St. Helena, or hike in our beautiful state parks. For a unique side-trip, visit Safari-West African Wildlife Park, just minutes away, where you ride in jeeps past free-roaming animals, with no crowds. Visit the historical squares of Sonoma and Healdsburg for many choices in first-class dining and shopping. We are happy to act as concierge for you, and make reservations, arrangements, or recommendations for whatever you need, from a private chef to a masseuse, to a wine concierge who will come right to the house for a private tasting. We even have a wonderful professional photographer (voted Best in Petaluma) who will come preserve your memories! Come enjoy the luxury!
NEW: Want a special dinner cooked for you at home? Try one of our fabulous recommended private chefs, who will create an incredible 5 course meal including delectable homemade desserts, while you enjoy hanging out and relaxing with friends, at a very reasonable price. They will also do very special breakfasts, or even a cocktail party (no extra guests, please). They do all the shopping, serving, and cleaning up, too!
PRIVATE WINE TASTINGS: We have two to offer. First, sample some of the richest reds you've ever had (some whites) with winemaker Bill Wertzberger of wertzbergerwine.com (check out Bill's website!), who will do private tastings only for our guests! You will meet Bill at the wine cellar out in the lush Dry Creek Valley, one of the most beautiful wine valleys around. OR, if you prefer, Sabrina Krauss, our wine concierge, will come to you at the villa, serving up an eclectic collection of boutique winery reds and some whites. Why stress about driving? Sabrina has served me all of the best wines I've ever had; she really knows her stuff. She can also get you anything you find at other wineries, and ship it to you for less than most wineries (do NOT ship wine yourself - you'll pay a premium!). Let us set you up with an appointment for Bill or Sabrina, or both!
MASSAGE: Let us help you arrange a relaxing massage right at the house, about $70 for 75 minutes. Mishi gets high marks from our guests who have hired her, as does Liza! Hire them both!
WINE COUNTRY DRIVER: Donna of Donna's Wine Country Chauffer has been ferrying our guests for many years, for a very reasonable hourly rate. Donna knows all the wine roads and YOU set the itinerary, going wherever you want, for however long you want. Just ask us for her number.
And how about photos to remember your special time with family or friends? We have one available, voted Best in Sonoma County. Just ask.
We love families. Adults must be with children at pool at all times. There are also many balconies in back, so supervision of younger children a must. Children are very welcome, as we feel parents make responsible guests!...moreless
Main floor is top floor, accessible from garage, with 2 bedrooms, kitchen, dining, and great room, plus outdoor gathering balcony. But must climb one flight down to lower floor, and two outdoor flights down to pool. Most elderly people can do the stairs with help (the outdoor ones are wide and flat). No wheelchair ramps, sorry....moreless
Entire rear of house faces Open Space and forested valley, with Mt. Taylor views. Watch wild hawks ride the wind-currents, and deer and other wildlife drink from creek. City lights view at night....moreless
Plenty of high-end 100% cotton towels, high thread-count luxury sheets and linens, and robes provided. Beds have deep down-topped 'feather beds,' down and down-alternative comforters, and down and down-alternative pillows for that extra luxury....moreless
All cooking and baking pans provided, along w/barbecue utensils for outside gas grill on covered balcony. We have a large new Wok style pan, a crock pot, and a large stock pot as well as too many other pots, pans, and bakeware to list, and full BBQ utensils. You need bring nothing for the kitchen....moreless
gorgeous gourmet chef's kitchen with all new, stainless appliances, 6-burner Viking stove, 2 complete convection ovens, and a large granite island with comfortable sitting stools with backs. Both formal dining room and kitchen nook dining with incredible views....moreless
Large covered (arched) balcony off kitchen nook, has outdoor fireplace and view extension with bistro set. Huge round lower Italianate balcony, with fountain. Private 13 ft. balcony off upper master. Small shade balcony....moreless
2 outdoor gazebos, one with view of Open Space, one in English garden for small birdwatching. Make sure you sit at least one evening for a glass of wine in the garden gazebo and just watch the hundreds of hummingbirds, finches, etc....moreless
Spa is inground, attached to jungle-style pool. You will be our only guests, so it is private. Remote control on/off, temp. control, waterfall, and colored light shows, works from any window of house for convenience. Must be turned OFF overnight and when not using for hours at a time. Heats quickly....moreless
Gorgeous 40 ft. jungle-style heated pool w/attached hot spa, and waterfall. Colored, changing lights at night for beautiful ambience as you look out over city lights. There are several comfortable, padded pool lounges, a shade gazebo, and a floating lounge as well. Pool is heated to 80 in summer, higher in winter, but sun warms to mid-80's in summer. Pool heat is included ONLY with full-price rentals. Deeply discounted rentals may add it on as an option (spa heat is always free). DISCOUNT available for those who do not feel they want or need pool heat ($25/day or $200/wk.)...moreless
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High Season 2015
Apr 1 - Oct 31, 2015
2 night min stay
Low Season 2015/2016
Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2016
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
NO PARTIES/WEDDINGS or events! We do not have public parking and have noise restrictions.
THANKSGIVING, XMAS, NY: HIGH SEASON rates apply regardless of auto-quote. Thanksgiving week and Dec. 19 - Jan. 4 are at HOLIDAY RATE (same as High Season).
ALL 1-Nighters, when accepted, are $100 extra (accepted on short-notice only at our discretion).
DEEP DISCOUNTS for stays of TWO and THREE WEEKS! Inquire.
Pool heated High Season only. Spa can be heated year-round up to 104.
Free Referrals for private tastings, masseuse, chefs, drivers, etc.
$50/nt xtra person fee per person if over TEN guests, waived for one or two small children.
No cancellations less than 60 days before arrival, unless I can book some or all of your dates. 15% fee all cancellations. Please purchase trip insurance (read the find print of each policy).
Pets allowed by permission only. $75 pet fee. We prefer checks; 2% processing fee for credit cards. No Amex.
We are a peaceful property, looking for quiet groups who do not expect to party outdoors late at night. We are geared towards families, extended families, groups of older adults (age 40+), and executive rentals. Children very welcome!
Half down at time of booking; second half due 60 days prior to arrival. Checks preferred, but Visa or MC taken if necessary, 2% processing fee for credit cards. No Amex. NOTE: Homeaway quotes may not be accurate. Always ask owner for written quote.
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We are located in the hills above Santa Rosa, in the heart of Sonoma County, 10 min. from downtown Santa Rosa and just a short drive to hundreds of fine wineries and about 45 min. from San Francisco and the beautiful Sonoma Coast. The quaint towns of Healdsburg, Calistoga, and Sonoma are nearby, with their many fine restaurants, art galleries, and pampering spas. We are ten min. south of the Dry Creek Valley on Hwy 101, 20 min. from Calistoga (Napa), and 10 min. north of the Sonoma Valley. Or just relax at the villa and enjoy our English-style 'hummingbird' gardens from the many benches and gazebos around, with literally hundreds of birds zipping around the flowers and flowering trees. You may even see a wild hawk soaring above the open space valley we back up to. At night there are city lights, and by day there are views, views, views!
Other Activities: Walk in the Redwoods along the Russian River (or canoe through them!), go wine tasting in the gorgeous Dry Creek, Alexander, Sonoma or Napa Valleys, or take a jeep tour through Safari West, among African animals, sipping wines or enjoying a ranch style feast afterwards. Taste champagne at Korbel Champagne Cellars on your way out to our beautiful wild coast, then circle back south for seafood in Bodega Bay, and check out the little antique and treasure shops in the towns of Bodega and Sebastopol.
Golf: We have several golf courses nearby. There is the Fountaingrove Country Club, the public Bennet Valley Golf Course, and the most beautiful one of them all (though only 9 holes): Northridge, out under the Redwoods on Hwy 116, about 20 min. away, on the road to the coast. Golf beneath the giants.
Ski: We are three hours by car from Tahoe, with it's many ski lifts, and 5 hours from Yosemite (for summer sightseeing). If you don't feel like driving that far, our beaches are only 35-40 min. away and beautiful any time of year! (Too cold to swim, though, bring a picnic or a fishing rod!)
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: Hi, we're your hosts, Maureen and Kevin. We have lived in Santa Rosa for 25 years and 30 years. We know you'll fall in love with the natural beauty of our area, as we have: the soaring redwoods, the wild, rocky coast, and the miles and miles of green, rolling, oak-studded hills and vineyards. We enjoy meeting people from all over the United States and the world, and doing everything we can to make sure that their vacation in wine country is the best ever, from buying a birthday cake to making reservations at the best restaurants, to arranging drivers, chefs, and masseuses, or even a private wine tasting right at the house!
Why the Owner Chose Santa Rosa:
We did not buy it, we built it, not as a vacation rental, but as our family home, while our daughter was in high school. We planned out every artistic detail of our villa ourselves; it is truly a house like none other. Kevin and I still live in and enjoy our beautiful property and gardens, in our caretaker's studio (no shared walls), to ensure our guests have help at their fingertips. We are there nights only and have our own approach and entrance; your privacy greatly respected.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
A special place for families, and extended families to reconnect. Children are very welcome, as are groups of older and senior adults. Also, we are looking for 1-3 month (or 2-3 week) executive stays. Contact us if you are in need of high end corporate housing for short term.
Jungle-style swimming pool, with attached spa on right. Spa seats 8 comfortably
View of pool, lavender & rose gardens, and many loungers.
View from the terraced lawn
Loggia off breakfast nook - has outdoor fireplace
Formal dining area off Great Room w/buffet table and separate wet bar w/wine fridge.
view of breakfast nook from kitchen island w/welcome roses.
Travertine sink in powder room
Upper Master marble and glass double-vanity
Glass & marble lower Master bath with double vanity, jet tub and walk-in shower.
Same small upstairs queen room as previous picture - real gas fireplace area with 1877 antique mirror. Private bath w/tub/shower.
Front of house and long driveway in Spring, with lavender blooming.
Rock roses and lavender - watch out for hummers!
View of the home from the backyard pool area, showing two of the three balconies
Jungle pool and attached hot spa, waterfall
Main round balcony, 60' long, one of 4
Gourmet kitchen w/2 ovens, Viking stove, glass tile and cherry cabinets, balcony
Downstairs game room/Victorian Bar, with comfortable queen sofa-bed (new replacement mattress, memory foam, no coils). Poker table for 8 with drink and chip holders. Electric fireplace.
Large upstairs King Master, with sitting room w/suede couch, flat-screen tv, very lg. private bath with separate walk-in spa shower and jetted tub with view windows. Two long marble vanities, private toilet area, walk-in closet. This gorgeous room has private balcony with views of pool, gardens, Open Space valley, and city lights at night. Unobstructed views.
Lower master, with king euro-top bed, flat-screen tv, electric fireplace, large private bath w/separate jetted corner view marble tub and walk in travertine shower, walk in closet, and private exit out onto large round balcony, garden, and pool area. This room has balcony view, valley views and city light views are from corner tub.
Small queen bedroom upstairs, with private bath w/pedestal sink and Victorian slipper tub/shower combo. This room is small, but has flat screen tv and real gas silver Victorian fireplace.
Smaller queen bedroom, w/shared bath.
View over Open Space valley that borders our land.
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