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The Birdhouse - Vacation Heaven. Pool. Hot Tub. Private Deck. Wine Country Views

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Your Haven On The Hill!! The Birdhouse overlooking the pool.


Last updated: 04/22/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

You Just Found Your Haven on the Hill

When folks come to visit, they never want to leave. This is why we created The Birdhouse. Now, it can be yours to enjoy.

Located one hour north of San Francisco, smack-dab in the middle of the world famous Sonoma County wine country. We are 20 minutes from the beautiful Pacific coast or the magnificent redwoods at Armstrong Woods. The Sebastopol area is bursting with world class wineries, restaurants, art, music, and so much more.

The Birdhouse at FancyNest Farm is perched among the pine trees with sweeping western views of the vineyards. This light-filled, one bedroom home is perfect for your next relaxing vacation in the wine country.

Describe the 750 sf.ft., two-storied, one bedroom house, please...

The main living area is open and spacious with 17' ceilings and ample seating. We want you to feel at home with thoughtful design touches that go beyond the normal vacation rental. Of course we have WiFi and TV, but there is also a nook specially designed for reading. The living room is connected to the dining and kitchen area, making it easy to keep the conversation going. The sofa pulls out to a 4 1/2 inch queen memory foam hateful bar across the back. The reading nook even has a single pull out sofa. The true highlight of the room is the bank of western facing windows...and the ever-changing view.

What about the kitchen...

We have stocked the cabinets as if we were staying there; all that you need to cook an excellent meal as if you were home. Your basic condiments and spices are on hand because we would want that if we were on vacation. We included a microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker and grinder, espresso machine, crock pot and a dishwasher. The glass dining table has four mid-century chairs that mom bought back in '64 plus that great view. The sliding door off the kitchen opens to the multi-tiered deck which has an outdoor table, chairs and umbrella. The charcoal grill is at the ready in case you bring back oysters from Tomales. Or veggies from the many farmer's markets.

The Bedroom...

Without exception, everyone who walks into the bedroom is enveloped by serenity and peacefulness. Great attention was paid to create a space where your troubles can melt away. We invested in a top of the line memory foam mattress, (waterproof and bedbug proof encasements for your ease of mind) excellent sheets, high quality feather pillows and lovely down duvet and sea foam green blanket. We installed our incredible collection of oil paintings depicting images of San Francisco from the 50's, 80's and 90's. This original work was made by the Owners, Nancy Irish and her mother, Pat Irish Amez, as well as Pat's sister, Diana Creber. Sit on the comfy chair with reading light or outside on the balcony overlooking the pool. A beautiful wooden dresser has a mirror and lighting. The large closet houses an iron and board for your convenience.

Talk about the pool and hot tub?

A path on the western side of the building leads you to the pool and hot tub, which is shared with the property owners. The pool is passive heated during the spring, summer and early fall months. The hot tub sits on a lovely perch where you will enjoy the amazing views. This is a place where you can further unwind and relax.

What else is there?

There is ample parking for two cars.

Last comments...

The property is 2 1/2 acres. Casual gardens spaces are interspersed with Mother Nature herself. We have many apple trees and a small vegetable garden. The greenhouse is a work in progress. The lasting impression of this place is the vast sky. From many locations you have a 180 degree view of unobstructed openness. The BIRDHOUSE is named and lovingly decorated to honor the many varieties of birds who call FancyNest Farm home. Look up and you might see a red shouldered hawk drawing circles in the sky. Listen carefully to hear the hummingbird zipping about in the bottle brush trees. We provided a bird feeder and bath so you can have an upfront experience with the birds. On a clear night be prepared for a spectacular show of stars. We have a fire pit to keep you warm while you take in the hushed beauty.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 750 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Renters must be over 25 years old....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    We welcome children but encourage parents to realize that we are located on a slope and have a fenced in pool....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well behaved pets are welcome. We add an additional $25/day for pets....moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    Smoking allowed outside only in designated areas....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    The porch deck has three stairs and the bathroom is located upstairs....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom: 1 queen

    Quality memory foam mattress and excellent bedding...moreless

  • Queen Sleeper Sofa: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    A Delux Queen Sleeper Sofa is located in the Living Room....moreless

  • The queen bed is of high quality 6' memory foam with a bedbug/waterproof encasement. Down pillows and duvet, quality sheets, and a beautiful blanket. The bed frame is vintage 70's teak platform with built in side tables. Good bedside table lighting. One window faces west with sweeping views of the vineyards in the distance and the spa area in the foreground. The south facing balcony has a sliding door that overlooks the pool and the vista beyond. The walls are adorned with original paintings from the 50's - 90's from the owners and her sister. The mid-century theme is both stylish and relaxing. A dresser with ample storage sits across from a comfortable chair and reading light. We purposefully did not include a Television in this room to promote even further relaxation and relief from the stresses of life....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom : toilet, combination tub/shower

    Charming Bathroom with modern sink and chrome faucet....moreless

  • The bathroom is located on the second floor, just before entering the bedroom. The south facing window brings lots of light to this well appointed space. The tub/shower has a crisp, white shower curtain and liner, and stocked with shampoo, conditioner and body wash. The new sink and chrome faucet hold center stage. There are plenty of towels stored in the linen closet which hides behind a custom curtain....moreless

Other Amenities

  • The Birdhouse is stocked with thoughtful items to make your stay as stress free as possible. We planned for the chefs among you. Also for the readers. It also includes a wonderful wood stove that can not only warm the entire house but adds that magic to a getaway home. On the occasion that a guest has noticed an item that would make their stay better, we have made our best efforts to respond as soon as possible with a solution....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Direct TV...moreless

  • Stereo:

    We have a CD/radio in the Living Room. We have stocked a copy of our CD as well as some of our personal favorites....moreless

  • Video Library:

    We have several movies for a variety of ages....moreless


  • Away From It All


  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Vineyard views across the valley, the huge open sky, the birds, the apple trees are all attributes to this amazing location. We have that peaceful, easy feeling around here....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    Four mid-century chairs surround a glass toped table. The sliding door to the deck and a great view to the south make this a very easy place to spend many hours....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    A wall A/C and heater unit is located in the Living Room. A fan is located in the bedroom....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Electrical wall heater in the living room. Two movable passive radiator heaters located in the kitchen and bedroom....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Quality ironed sheets create a luxurious night of sleep....moreless

  • Living Room:

    With 17' tall ceilings this living space is beyond comfortable. Decorated with one of a kind art and the subtle bird theme, this living room will be a huge hit with everyone....moreless

  • Parking:

    Plenty of parking available....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Ample fluffy white towels are located in the bathroom closet. We also provide soft large green and white striped towels for the pool and spa....moreless

  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Not kidding, pretty much everything we could think of. If you lack something...let us know!...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    This space is open to the dining area, and has plenty of good light and views. We stocked the kitchen with all the little extras that help make your stay as perfect as possible....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Electric Oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Salt, pepper, garlic, italian season, vinegar, olive oil, and many more condiments....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Electric Stove....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Toaster Oven...moreless


  • Balcony:

    A private balcony off the master bedroom creates the feeling of The Birdhouse. Thru the branches of an impressive pine tree is the pool below....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    A private three-tiered deck features a glass top table and chairs with an umbrella for having that wonderful lunch or evening cocktail. You will still enjoy those great views from the deck....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    There are seasonal flowers of many kinds, including sunflowers, cosmos and many more....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    A webber grill with charcoal and a lighting chimney and tools....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    A 40' long kidney pool surrounded by incredible views. Children must be supervised at all times....moreless

  • Hot Tub:

    A hot tub/spa is located adjacent to the pool area. Set in a spectacular location for the best views possible you can enjoy the gorgeous vineyards, open sky, the dancing stars overhead at night....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$225 $250
Fri, Sat
$1,350 $6,000

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $25
  • Cleaning Fee $75 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 9%


Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. We are registered with the County of Sonoma as an operator of a vacation rental. Permit Number ZPE14-0074

Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/22/2015
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Car: Necessary

We are 4 miles from downtown Sebastopol, downtown Occidental, and 15 miles from the ocean at Bodega Bay. It takes one hour from our door to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

We are surrounded by many beautiful vineyards, organic farms and orchards. The area is known for its wine, of course, but also for its food and agriculture. There are 20+ wineries within just a few minutes of the house. Sebastopol and the surrounding area boasts a dizzying array of indoor and outdoor entertainment including music, theatre, art galleries, antique stores, restaurants, hiking, redwood forests, beaches, cycling and farmer's markets, zip lines and so much more.

Our property is 2/1/2 acres on the western facing slope in a former apple orchard. Two separate vineyards occupy the hillside opposite our place. The sounds of the local rural farms drift across the wind. On top of the hill across the valley is the 30 acre BioOrganic farm belonging to the amazing restaurant, THE FRENCH GARDEN. You will have to have dinner there!

Little towns surround our place like Graton and Occidental where you can go zip lining among the treetops. In Freestone you can fine one of the most renown day spas or the best bakery ever!

The Russian River is just down the crooked road where you can raft or float down stream. Among the many wineries we are proud to have Korbel Champagne, just to name one.

You might have heard about Napa County and all the great wine. But that is really all they have to offer. We have great wine as well, but we also feature so many more natural wonders to visit.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1976

About the owner: FancyNest Farm belongs to our Mom, Pat Amez. Pat, her daughter Nancy Irish and son-in-law Doug Blumer are the trio behind FancyNest. Pat is a renowned painter and several of her works are on display in The Birdhouse. She will even give a private tour of her original watercolors in her house if you ask nicely! Doug and Nancy are the leaders of a local Americana Band called 'The Bohemian Highway'. You will receive a copy of their latest album as a thanks when you check in. Many guests are thrilled to have a 'soundtrack' to their stay. Pat moved to this location with her family back in the mid-70's. Nancy graduated from the local high school. Fast forward to 2010...Doug and Nancy had lived for over 20 years in the heart of San Francisco's North Beach District. Pat was thinking about selling the place and moving on. Together, they decided to try to preserve the family homestead. The property has had many significant upgrades, and now we are focusing on the rental property.

Why the Owner Chose Sebastopol:
This location is special. The incredible expansive views just make you relax the moment you drive down the hill to the house. There is space just to be, sit and relax. Open sky to watch the hawks circling above. And the trees and the birds. We honored the birds by focusing our design around being able to view these wonders of nature. The private deck is on the eastern side of the house which provides a secluded retreat for you to sit and watch the birds at the feeder and the bird bath. The Birdhouse looks west to the beautiful vineyards across the valley.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Wake up to the sound of the California Quail chirping. The wild turkeys will gobble by. The soaring hawks. The beyond the speed of light humming birds. And thats just a few birds we could name. The house is light filled. Art filled. Comfort filled. You will relax here! We strive to make this an incredible place that WE want to spend time in. We are also centrally located to all that is wonderful about Western Sonoma County. You can access the magnificent Pacific coastline in under 30 minutes. You can stroll among the majestic redwoods at Armstrong woods. You can ride you bike on the back roads from our place. Don't forget the many amazing wineries and great restaurants scattered around the area.

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Your Haven On The Hill!!  
The Birdhouse overlooking the pool.

    Your Haven On The Hill!! The Birdhouse overlooking the pool.

  • The comfortable living room.

    The comfortable living room.

  • The view from the nook.

    The view from the nook.

  • Looking down from the stairs to the main living area.

    Looking down from the stairs to the main living area.

  • Stunning dresser has plenty of room for your duds.

    Stunning dresser has plenty of room for your duds.

  • The Dining Table with 4 mid-century chairs.

    The Dining Table with 4 mid-century chairs.

  • View from the sofa in the Living Room.

    View from the sofa in the Living Room.

  • New sink and chrome faucet adds a modern touch.

    New sink and chrome faucet adds a modern touch.

  • Another tier of the deck with more seating.

    Another tier of the deck with more seating.

  • Sweeping Vineyard Views from the pool.  Ah, country living.

    Sweeping Vineyard Views from the pool. Ah, country living.

  • A vineyard across the valley.

    A vineyard across the valley.

  • The Birdhouse on the west side.

    The Birdhouse on the west side.

  • Welcome!  Enter The Birdhouse......

    Welcome! Enter The Birdhouse......

  • The reading nook.  A well-lighted, cozy place to spend time.

    The reading nook. A well-lighted, cozy place to spend time.

  • Looking upstairs.  A great wood burning stove and original artwork.

    Looking upstairs. A great wood burning stove and original artwork.

  • Please, make yourself comfortable in this uber-relaxing bedroom.

    Please, make yourself comfortable in this uber-relaxing bedroom.

  • The door to a balcony overlooking the pool.

    The door to a balcony overlooking the pool.

  • Sliding door leads to the deck and the BBQ.

    Sliding door leads to the deck and the BBQ.

  • Even the bathroom has a great view.

    Even the bathroom has a great view.

  • Dining al fresco on your private deck with marvelous views.

    Dining al fresco on your private deck with marvelous views.

  • Stairs to the deck.

    Stairs to the deck.

  • Our new hot tub and seating area...what a way to relax and unwind.

    Our new hot tub and seating area...what a way to relax and unwind.

  • The hillside behind the Birdhouse.

    The hillside behind the Birdhouse.

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Minimum stay: 2 nights
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