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Take a step back to the roaring 20s and prohibition 30s. This impeccably maintained grand estate, built in 1917 as a summer retreat for the SF Rand family, has a storied past including use as a Speakeasy during prohibition (secret staircase behind the bar and all!). Just a beautiful 10 minute scenic drive from the quaint wine country village of Glen Ellen with its world class wineries and restaurants, Crane House is perfectly situated high on a hill with sweeping valley and mountain views. Within view of the home and a few minutes drive are the new Weill concert hall with its rich venue of world class symphonic and other musical performances, and the just opened Graton Resort and Casino, California's largest.
Crane House is the perfect place to host friend and family reunions or multi-family get-togethers. The home has several separate sitting, playing and gathering areas providing ample space for larger groups to spend time together or enjoy a few minutes of alone time. Children are welcome and can even have their own separate space to sleep and play.
Each bedroom includes a brand new king (1) or queen (4) Serta Perfect Sleeper bed with luxury bedding, and has its own adjacent bathroom, as well as private access to the outdoor living areas. Personal Keurig coffee makers and a complimentary sampling of coffees and teas are provided.
The living room comfortably accommodates 8-10 guests in front of its oversized fireplace and well-stocked bookshelves - not to mention the beautiful valley and mountain views from the living room, dining room, and bedrooms.
The upstairs speakeasy is where the real fun begins. Guests will gather at the bar, enjoy a friendly game of poker or pool, play Scrabble or pass the time with a challenging puzzle, or sit in front of a fire watching football or a good movie. The 175 x 104 inch sectional sofa can comfortably seat the whole gang!
Crane House is equipped with state-of-the-art home theater and whole-house zoned Sonos sound system - so bring your smartphone or tablet, download the free Sonos app, and have the music you love at your fingertips and in your control, in each room and each outdoor living area.
While nearly everything in the home is new, furnishings have been lovingly selected to both fit the period and style of the home and provide our guests with all the comforts of a modern home.
A beautiful new pool and pool house with outdoor kitchen, eating, and sitting areas will be completed by summer 2014.
Bed and Bath Configuration:
Main House/First Floor,
1 King with Private Bath,
1 Queen with Private Bath,
2 Queens with private toilet and shared bath,
1 Single with private bath. There is also a guest house which is included in rate but not listed on site. (If used, additional cleaning fee of $65 may apply) Photos available upon request.
1 Queen Suite with shared bath and coffee center,
4 Bunkbeds (150-160 pound max) with shared bath.
The Pool is scheduled to be completed April 30th 2014. (Photos to Follow)...moreless
Like no other you are likely to find anywhere. This game room was a Speakeasy during Prohibition and retains all the charm of that by-gone era. The perfect place for a family or group of friends....moreless
Cards, board games, puzzles, pool table, poker table....moreless
An eclectic selection of pre-set Pandora stations plus a wide selection of Internet radio stations covering all genres. Play your own music very easily....moreless
State of the art Sonos sound system throughout house and outdoor areas. Download a free app and play your own music or enjoy the pre-set Pandora stations and a wide selection of Internet radio....moreless
Four flat panel TV's, including 60 inch in Speakeasy sitting area....moreless
High Season 2015 May 26 - Sep 3, 2015 3 night min stay
Labour Day 2015 Sep 4 - Sep 7, 2015 3 night min stay
High Season 2015 Sep 8 - Nov 1, 2015 3 night min stay
Extended Stay Oct 8 - Oct 8, 2015 1 night min stay
$1,550 flat fee
Thanksgiving 2015 Nov 26 - Nov 29, 2015 3 night min stay
Christmas 2015 Dec 24 - Dec 27, 2015 3 night min stay
New Years Dec 31 - Jan 3, 2016 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
Cleaning Fee$455 + tax
Property Damage Protection$99
Guest House Cleaning Fee$75 + tax
Pool heat$350 + tax
100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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About the owner: I am a 17 year resident of Sonoma County and an emergency medical services business owner providing services throughout the U.S. I grew up in rural Iowa and lived an worked for 20 years at my alma mater, the University of Iowa in Iowa City, before making my way to the West Coast with interim stops in Texas and Colorado. I have four children and five grandchildren, all on the West Coast and most of them living right here in Sonoma County. We use Crane Estate ourselves for family get-togethers since it has much better spaces for our large group than my own home!
Why the Owner Chose Glen Ellen: I love old homes, especially homes with stories, which is certainly the case with Crane Estate. While I couldn't justify owning such an expansive home just for my own personal use, I could justify sparing no expense to make it an ideal property for families and groups of friends, including but not only my own, to use for special occasions. I have hosted my own annual gathering of close high school friends at Crane House as well as family holiday gatherings and it is everything I hoped it would be. I now want to make this special experience available to you and your friends and/or families.
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House: Crane Estate is located in the beautiful Glen Ellen area - a spectacular 10 minute drive through some the most gorgeous wine country you will encounter anywhere. We are minutes from world class wine tasting - or we can arrange a wine tasting experience at the house.
If music is interesting to you, Crane Estate sits directly above and just a few minutes drive from the new Weill Symphony Hall built as a virtually exact replica of the Boston Symphony's Tanglewood. Go to www.gmc.sonoma.edu to check out their world class event schedule.
If you enjoy a wager now and then, the new Graton Resort and Casino, California's largest, is also within the Crane House panoramic valley view and just a few minutes drive.
Within a short drive of Crane House are a wide range of activities - golf, tennis, horseback riding, wine tasting, music, gambling, the stunning Northern California coastline, some of the world's best restaurants - but it is also a home you might not want to leave. We offer full concierge services to support either or both choices - limousine, wine tours, dinner reservations, catering, private chef, child care, food shopping and more. Our goal is that you will love your experience at Crane House so much that you will be looking forward to your next visit as you are driving out the gate to head home from this one.