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Charming House, Great Kitchen--2 Blocks to Historic St. Helena

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2 dishwashers, warming oven, 2 ovens, 2 sinks, 6-burner stove.

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Last updated: 07/07/2014
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  • Minimum stay:30 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

St. Helena house description

Charming House, great kitchen—2 blocks to Historic St. Helena.

Accommodations: House with garden, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths (sleeps 6)

The house is located in St. Helena, Napa Valley’s favorite town. Ideal location for exploring Napa Valley and Sonoma. Just two blocks from historic downtown—and just blocks or a short drive to renowned restaurants and wineries. The house has a spacious, open floor plan and an exceptional chef’s kitchen that is the heart and soul of the house. Designed by the cookbook author/owner for entertaining, the kitchen has a large island with stools, a high, peaked ceiling, beautiful cherry wood cabinets, two ovens (one convection), a warming oven, a microwave, two dishwashers, two full-size sinks, an ice maker, a semi-professional six burner gas stove, and lots of counter space and storage. The dining room is an extension off of the kitchen, furnished with a large Baker dining table and chairs. An 8-foot sliding door opens to the private back garden—ideal for dining and barbequing (there’s a natural gas Weber BBQ). The kitchen is fully equipped—food processor, immersion blender, plenty of pots, pans, cutting boards, dishes, sharp knives, and utensils, and a collection of cookbooks.

The house is beautifully furnished in an eclectic mix of antiques—Japanese tansu, art deco cabinet, marble topped nightstands, antique armoire—and classic furniture. The entire house has Italian terra cotta floor tiles. Central air-conditioning and heat make the house comfortable year-round.

The living room sits at the front of the house, with a French door that opens to the charming covered porch. A large stone wood-burning fireplace is the focal point of the room. There’s a 42-inch Flat screen TV with satellite TV, Netflix and Netflix Kids, a DVD player, and a collection of DVDs, plus connect ipod or iphone to speakers for your own music or play Pandora through TV or your own player. There’s broadband wi-fi (bring your own computer).

The spacious master bedroom has a remodeled bath with a counter-to-ceiling mirror and an antique marble-top cabinet. It has a king-size bed and an iPhone/iPod docking station/alarm clock. The cozy 2nd bedroom (queen bed) with an adjacent bathroom sits on the opposite side of the house, making it very private for two couples. The bedroom is bright and inviting with a sliding door that leads to the backyard. The third bedroom is near the master bedroom—furnished with a queen bed. A sliding door opens to the backyard and three 8-foot tall pocket doors open to the kitchen so the room can double as a den. The house is supplied with towels, linens—everything you’d need to move right in.

St. Helena is home to world famous wineries, some within walking distance, and many more just a short drive away in nearby towns—Beringer, Merryvale, Charles Krug, St. Clement, Beaulieu Vineyard, Alpha Omega, Heitz, Markam, Mumm, St. Superey, Hall, Provenance.

The house is just minutes to top Bay Area restaurants: Terra, Tre Vigne, Cindy’s Backstreet, French Bleu, Goose and Gander, La Condesa, Brassica.. And a short drive to The French Laundry, Meadowwood, Bouchon, Bistro Jeanty, Bottega, and Ad Hoc, SolBar, JoLe. A short drive to the world famous Culinary Institute of America that offers classes (book ahead), tours, shopping, lunch at the student café, and cooking demos. Close to Napa Valley Coffee Roastery and Model Bakery, and Gott's for burgers.

Spa at the Inn at Southbridge, mud baths and spas in nearby Calistoga (Indian Springs is my favorite). The town boasts an historic movie theater (Cameo Cinema) with first-rate films. There are also shopping, biking, hiking, art galleries, and a very special library with weekly programs. At Crane Park, there is tennis, a playground, and a skateboard park designed with input from famous skateboarder (and local), Walker Ryan. The town of Napa is about half an hour south, offering more wineries, shopping, and restaurants including Oxbow Market and The Wine Train. San Francisco is about 1-1/2 hours south.

The first Friday evening of the month, from May through October, the Chamber hosts Cheers, a street party with wine tasting, music, and food. And during June, July, and August there are free concerts at Lyman Park two Thursdays a month. The Harvest Festival and Pet Parade are held in mid-October. Plus many wineries host music, movies, BBQs, and other events. Lincoln Theatre in Yountville has music and other live programs.

For a gourmet selection of groceries, good meats, and fresh produce, there’s Sunshine Foods downtown. Oakville Grocery and Dean and DeLuca (deli, wine, and specialty foods) are just a few minutes away by car. Fridays, May through October, the St. Helena Farmers’ Market at Crane Park is open from 7:30 to noon, rain or shine. Calistoga’s market is held year-round on Saturdays, 8:30 to noon.

Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king

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          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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          • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

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          • King size bed in Master Bedroom. Queen size bed in Bedroom # 2 and #3. Bedrooms 2 and 3 have sliding glass doors to the back garden. The Master Bedroom and Bedroom #2 have a bathroom with tub/shower....moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Cooking Utensils:

            Everything you need--sharp knives, pots, pans, etc. Immersion blender, blender, Cuisinart, espresso maker and coffee maker, Kitchenaid mixer on request....moreless

          • Kitchen:

            Large, fully equipped chef's kitchen. Two dishwashers, 2 ovens, 2 full-size sinks, 6-burner gas stove....moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            The kitchen is supplied with all utensils, dishes, and serving dishes....moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            Variety of spices, salt, pepper, sugar, flour....moreless

          • Stove:

            Semi-professional Dacor six-burner gas stove....moreless

          • Microwave
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Seating for 6 people

          Amenities

          • Parking Off Street:

            One space in driveway. Street parking. The garage is NOT available to guests....moreless

          • Living Room:

            Living room with French door out to front porch....moreless

          • Wood Fireplace:

            Beautiful stone fireplace with gas starter....moreless

          • Parking:

            1 space in driveway. No garage....moreless

          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board
          • Linens Provided
          • Clothes Dryer

          Other Amenities

              • You already know this, but the town is in the heart of Napa Valley and world famous wineries and tasting rooms. ...moreless

              Entertainment

              • DVD Player:

                Plus CD player/speakers in the kitchen with hook-up to your iPhone, iPod, MP3 player....moreless

              • Television:

                42-inch flat screen with Netflix and Netflix Kids....moreless

              • Books:

                Cookbook collection. Novels. Coffee table books. ...moreless

              • Video Library:

                About one dozen DVDs....moreless

              • Games:

                Cards, dominoes....moreless

              • Satellite / Cable
              • CD Player

              Communications

                  • Wireless Internet

                  Pool & Spa

                      • Jetted Tub:

                        In second bath. We are having a drought so please use minimal water in the tub....moreless

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        Patio in backyard. Dining table and chairs. Porch with table and chairs garden in front....moreless

                      • Lawn / Garden:

                        Private backyard with two tables plus 8 dining chairs. Two comfortable lounge chairs....moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill:

                        Weber Genesis with hook-up to natural gas, so you never run out of heat....moreless

                      Activities

                      • Churches
                      • Cinemas
                      • Library
                      • Restaurants
                      • Winery Tours
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Playground
                      • Shopping
                      • Walking
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Groceries
                      • Hospital
                      • Hiking
                      • Hot Air Ballooning
                       

                      Reviews

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                      Rental basis: Per property
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                      Winter Special
                      Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015
                      30 night min stay

                      $3,800
                      My Standard Rate
                      30 night min stay

                      $4,200
                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Mandatory Cleaning Fee $125
                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                      • Taxes Not included

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                      Last updated: 07/07/2014
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                      Location

                      Minutes to world-renown wineries--Beringer, Merryvale, Franciscan, L. Martini, Charles Krug, St. Clement. Five to about 30 minutes to a dozen of the SF Chronicle's Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants--Bouchon, Terra, Meadowood, Redd, Ad Hoc, Bottega, Bistro Don Giovanni, Oneotri, Morimoto, French Laundry, Solbar. Short walk to excellent restaurants--Terra, Brassica, Goose and Gander, French Bleu, Cindy's Backstreet, Tre Vigne, La Condesa. Culinary Institute of America is 5 minutes away. Fifteen minutes to Calistoga, Yountville. Five minutes to Rutherford/Oakville. Half hour to Napa. Walk to the amazing library and to the historic Cameo Cinema that features the top movies!

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2001

                      About the owner: I live in Deer Park, St. Helena, not far from the rental, so I am usually available if you need me. I designed the kitchen for easy cooking and entertaining--and to make my work life easier. My long culinary career has included living in Umbria, Italy for 1-1/2 years to research and write a cookbook (The Dog Who Ate the Truffle), developing recipes for food companies and publications, styling food for photography, and acting as PR director for Beringer’s Italian wines. I am also a cooking teacher—I taught most recently at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena. My love for Italian desserts inspired my partner Bill and me to start From Napa, an artisan Italian food company.

                      Why the Owner Chose St. Helena:
                      I moved to St. Helena from Marin County, where I grew up, so I could walk to my job at Beringer Vineyards. I selected this house because I liked the historic feel of the neighborhood, proximity to town, the open floor plan, and private backyard. It's been my favorite house to date. We moved to Deer Park because we needed space for our business.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      The kitchen is extraordinary--especially if you like cooking and entertaining. I remodeled it in 2003, but it looks like I did it yesterday. It is a very comfortable house with easy access to the outdoors.


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                      Speaks: italian, english

                       

                      Photos

                      • 2 dishwashers, warming oven, 2 ovens, 2 sinks, 6-burner stove.

                        2 dishwashers, warming oven, 2 ovens, 2 sinks, 6-burner stove.

                      • Gourmet kitchen with peaked ceiling, facing dining room.

                        Gourmet kitchen with peaked ceiling, facing dining room.

                      • Front porch.

                        Front porch.

                      • Living room.

                        Living room.

                      • Master bedroom.

                        Master bedroom.

                      • Master bathroom.

                        Master bathroom.

                      • Bedroom #3, opens to backyard.

                        Bedroom #3, opens to backyard.

                      • Bedroom #2, with sliding door to backyard.

                        Bedroom #2, with sliding door to backyard.

                      • Second bath.

                        Second bath.

                      • Private backyard with sliding door entrances from 2 bedrooms and the dining room

                        Private backyard with sliding door entrances from 2 bedrooms and the dining room

                      • Dining room, opens to backyard.

                        Dining room, opens to backyard.

                      • Front porch with French doors into living room. Perfect for morning coffee.

                        Front porch with French doors into living room. Perfect for morning coffee.

                      • Living room with view of dining room and sliding doors to backyard.

                        Living room with view of dining room and sliding doors to backyard.

                      • Living room with stone fireplace and French doors to front porch.

                        Living room with stone fireplace and French doors to front porch.

                      • Spacious master bedroom.

                        Spacious master bedroom.

                      • Bedroom # 3 off of kitchen, opens to backyard.

                        Bedroom # 3 off of kitchen, opens to backyard.

                      • Front entry.

                        Front entry.

                      • Bedroom #2, with adjacent bathroom and slider to backyard.

                        Bedroom #2, with adjacent bathroom and slider to backyard.

                      • Private backyard--century-old shed at end of yard adds to rural feel.

                        Private backyard--century-old shed at end of yard adds to rural feel.

                      VRBO #423083

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                      This listing was first published here in 2012.

                      Date last modified - Monday, June 23, 2014

                      $3,800 - $4,200 per month (USD)
                      7

                      3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 6

                      View calendar: Updated 07/07/14
                      Minimum stay: 30 nights
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