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The Ranch Above ~ Incomparable 70 Secluded Acres, Maximum Privacy & Maximum View

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Last updated: 12/23/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

St. Helena farmhouse description

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A veritable nature preserve of 70 secluded acres on a ridge at the Napa/Sonoma county line, home has a breathtaking vanishing edge pool with views to Mount St Helena and beyond. 300 degree views of both the Sonoma and Napa valleys are seen from the 1200 sq ft Summit viewing/dining deck just behind the main house. Nature is just BIG up here. Every design choice has been made to to improve ones ability to sense and absorb the splendors of rural Sonoma county. We do our utmost to create the ultimate vacation environment, anticipating ones every need. The gardens at the house are at their beginning: wisteria will droop over the metal armature at the front of the house and roses will abound in the side yard.A floral cutting garden and herb garden are established adjacent to the house and designed for resident guests' use.

Every one of the 7 bedrooms has its own bath. The media room has its own adjoining bath and can accommodate 3 twins or a King. The pool is 60 feet long and the surrounding deck exceeds 3000 sq ft with barbecue area and fire-pit. 8 person (known to hold more!) hot tub in a high meadow clearing with open skies overhead to allow for optimal star gazing, bocce in the back yard, and a media room with 70' flat screen and surround sound. Extensive area for outdoor seating and dining including dining tables both inside and out. The kitchen was designed for our chefs, thus professional quality: 10' island, 4' range, 3 refrigerators, 2 dishwashers, options for state of the art cooking equipment, etc. The owner. a european trained interior designer, has used antique furnishings and finishes throughout. The refinement of the design adds much to the overall experience and level of relaxation affordable at this awe-inspiring property.

Particulars:
We have a caretaker who lives on a neighboring property, so unlike most VRBO rentals, you can be assured of better oversight and assistance; someone is almost always on call. There is firewood on the premises and all the fires will be stacked, ready for your match to set them alight. The pool is truly chemical free with numerous in-water benches.

Events:
We now have access to a nearby rural event facility or can help you locate a back-roads venue of choice. Ask us about any size or type of rural wine country event; we have a 5 star concierge on staff. The size and scope of this property affords unique venue choices for wine tasting events, dinner parties for all celebrations, ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, even hayrides to a private dinner on the Summit deck if you are in the mood!

Corporate Retreats:
We are uniquely well configured to provide both the mind expanding natural environment plus the required amenities and services to truly insure blue ocean level creativity.

Location, unique features:
We are so high up, 2500 feet (we are slightly above neighboring Pride Winery), that we are actually rarely affected by the bay area fog or “marine layer”. For vacationers this guarantees endless warm summer nights and much hotter average temperatures during the day - ideal for taking advantage of the pool and grounds. All the bedrooms are air-conditioned to be sure. This is basically a state of the art “green” structure with superb climate control. For cooler periods we have radiant floor heat throughout. The 70 acre ranch is located near the Napa/Sonoma county line and thus uniquely affords easy access and touring of both valleys. We are 15 minutes from the corner of Highway 12 and Calistoga Rd in the Sonoma Valley or just under 15 minutes from the center of St Helena in the Napa Valley. From the Ranch you can drop down to the center of either valley, approaching your destinations from the “side” thus avoiding the encumbered main valley north/south traffic. We are 2 hours from San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento. There is an airport in Santa Rosa, 40 min from the house; several commuter flights per day from Seattle, San Diego and LA.

Sleeping options:
We can convert the Media Room to become an 8th bedroom. A large space, yet this is not a traditional bedroom, does not have storage, does include private connecting bath, no AC but has large ceiling fan and additional fans can be added. Has 3 twin beds with option for an additional king. When set up with optional king mattress, the majority of theater seating is eliminated, then this room no longer functions as a media room for other guests. Obviously accommodating a group of couples vs a group of singles a different set up.There are a variety of daybeds/trundles on property; fees can apply for additional guests, linens and or set ups, please inquire for full details.

Culinary options galore:
We are pleased to have a myriad offering of culinary and wine services for our guests. We are fortunate to have the renowned wine country chef John Ash and his staff managing our culinary offerings. Many believe John to be the “Father of Wine Country Cuisine”. The sky is the limit for culinary events or classes, winery tours or private tastings, or any scale of private dining or catering that John and his staff can arrange to meet your preferences.

Services our concierge can arrange (fees may apply):
Private chef for dinners on the pool deck in the living room or at the summit viewing deck.
Catering of any style or price point
Wine tastings
On site cooking classes
Team building culinary workshopsTours of local wineries
In residence facials, massage, yoga, etc.
Transportation
Additional accommodations
Restaurant recommendations / reservations
Daily cleaning
Stock the frig or run errands

Because we are a Design Company with diverse talents we offer truly one-of-a-kind options. We have a selection of vintage items for rent: furnishings and accessories of all sorts, a large collection of mix/match vintage china, flatware, serve-ware and table linens.We are adding to these collections all the time. We can execute space planning and styling or even renderings as might be required.
A large selection of the furnishings, lighting, european bedding and antiques in the house can be ordered and/or customized for your private purchase. Let your imagination out to play with us...

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Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 5000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

      • Catering Available
      • Breakfast - Booking Possible
      • Lunch - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Booking Possible

      Onsite Services

      • Housekeeper Optional
      • Chauffeur
      • Concierge
      • Massage
      • Private Chef
      • Staff

      Suitability

      • Events Allowed
      • Long-Term Renters Welcome
      • Children Welcome
      • Non Smoking Only
      • Pets Not Allowed
      • Wheelchair Inaccessible

      Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 16

      • Carousel Suite: 1 king

        2 prs tub @ fireplace, adjoining shower in enclosed bathrm...moreless

      • Jardin Suite: 1 queen

        Opens directly onto cutting garden, Prvt bath...moreless

      • Doris Day Suite: 1 king

        Prvt bath, numerous chandeliers...moreless

      • Cajun Suite: 1 king

        soft lavender plaster walls, oriental carpet,Prvt bath...moreless

      • Aubusson Suite: 1 king

        Antique Vanity, Prvt bath, aubusson hand made carpet...moreless

      • Vie En Rose Suite: 1 king, 4 twin/ single

        largest rm:king + 2 trundle = 4 twins or 2 queen options...moreless

      • Penthouse: top flr guest house: 1 king, 1 twin/ single

        600 sq ft, 12' ceilings, private deck w/ hot tub, prvt bath...moreless

      • Media Room: 3 twin/ single

        prvt bath. can convert to 1 king. this is not a typical bdrm...moreless

      • each and every bedroom has its own ensuite private bath.

      Bathrooms: 8 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

      Entertainment

      • Books
      • DVD Player
      • Music Library
      • Satellite / Cable
      • Stereo
      • Television:

        70' flat screen with surround sound i Media room...moreless

      • Video Library

      Theme

      • Adventure
      • Away From It All
      • Family
      • Romantic
      • Spa
      • Sports & Activities
      • Tourist Attractions

      Attractions

      • Churches
      • Health/Beauty Spa
      • Live Theater
      • Restaurants
      • Winery Tours

      Local Services & Businesses

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

      Leisure Activities

      • Antiquing
      • Bird Watching
      • Horseback Riding
      • Scenic Drives
      • Sight Seeing
      • Walking
      • Wildlife Viewing

      Location Type

      • Mountain View:

        located on a ridge at the Napa/Sonoma County line . we are 15 minutes from the very center of either valley. with sweeping views of both counties below...moreless

      • Rural:

        located on a ridge at the Napa/Sonoma County line . we are 15 minutes from the very center of either valley. with sweeping views of both counties below...moreless

      Sports & Adventure Activities

      • Hiking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Rock Climbing
      • Tennis

      Dining

      • Dining:

        accomodate 16 both at indoor table and at outdoor patio...moreless

      • Dining Area
      • Seating for 16 people

      General

      • Air Conditioning:

        all bedrooms ...moreless

      • Clothes Dryer
      • Fireplace
      • Hair Dryer
      • Heating:

        radiant in floor heat. Even the floors of the showers are heated...moreless

      • Internet
      • Iron & Board
      • Linens Provided:

        100% Italian linen sheets...moreless

      • Living Room
      • Parking
      • Telephone:

        free long distance...moreless

      • Towels Provided
      • Washing Machine

      Kitchen

      • Coffee Maker
      • Dishes & Utensils
      • Dishwasher:

        2...moreless

      • Kitchen:

        professional quality, 3 refrigerators, large capacity icemachine, dual fuel 48' professional range, 2 dishwashers...moreless

      • Microwave
      • Oven
      • Pantry Items
      • Refrigerator:

        3 total...moreless

      • Stove
      • Toaster

      Outside

      • Lawn / Garden
      • Outdoor Grill

      Pool / Spa

      • Hot Tub
      • Private Pool

      House Cleaning

          • Housekeeper Optional
           

          Reviews

          Write a review 4.9
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          Rental basis: Per property
          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
          Christmas & New Years
          Dec 20 - Jan 2, 2015
          4 night min stay
          $2,440 $2,690
          Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
          $17,990

          Rates are based on 16 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

          Winter
          Jan 3 - Mar 31, 2015
          2 night min stay
          $1,290 $1,790
          Fri, Sat, Sun
          $9,440

          Rates are based on 16 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

          April
          Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2015
          2 night min stay
          $1,660 $2,025
          Fri, Sat, Sun
          $12,290

          Rates are based on 16 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

          May
          May 1 - May 20, 2015
          3 night min stay
          $2,077 $2,520
          Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
          $15,390

          Rates are based on 16 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

          Memorial Day
          May 21 - May 25, 2015
          4 night min stay
          $2,684 $2,959
          Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
          $19,790

          Rates are based on 16 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

          May
          May 26 - May 31, 2015
          3 night min stay
          $2,077 $2,520
          Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
          $15,390

          Rates are based on 16 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

          Summer thru Harvest & HOLIDAYS
          Jun 1 - Oct 31, 2015
          4 night min stay
          $2,685 $2,959
          Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
          $19,790

          Rates are based on 16 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

          November
          Nov 1 - Nov 22, 2015
          3 night min stay
          $1,889 $2,290
          Fri, Sat, Sun
          $13,990

          Rates are based on 16 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

          Thanksgiving
          Nov 23 - Nov 30, 2015
          4 night min stay
          $2,440 $2,690
          Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
          $17,990

          Rates are based on 16 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

          December
          Dec 1 - Dec 20, 2015
          2 night min stay
          $1,498 $1,820
          Fri, Sat, Sun
          $10,990

          Rates are based on 16 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

          Christmas & New Years
          Dec 21 - Jan 2, 2016
          4 night min stay
          $2,440 $2,690
          Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
          $17,990

          Rates are based on 16 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest


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          Fees and Rental Conditions:

          • cleaning $550
          • Property Damage Protection $49
          • Refundable Damage Deposit $3,000
          • Tax Rate 9%

          Cancellation policy:

          Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


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          Last updated: 12/23/2014
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          Location

          15 Miles
          Nearest Airport
          Sonoma County/Santa Rosa

          Car: Necessary

          EXCEPTIONAL ACCESS TO BOTH COUNTIES / WINERIES. The elevated yet central location of this property affords maximum privacy yet easy access to not one but both Wine Country valleys. There are a bounty of boutique wineries in the immediate vicinity. We provide more info on wineries and vineyards at blairspangler.com. Traffic especially in Napa county has become very problematic on weekends. With one 2 lane country road the only north/south option, traffic slows to a crawl from 10am to 7 pm in high season. From the Ranch you can drop down to the center of either valley, approaching your destinations from the “side” thus avoiding the encumbered main valley north/south traffic.

          RURAL LOCATION: The drive up to the ranch is spectacular but curvy. The driveway is a gravel rd of one mile - all weather passable; I zip up it in my prius with ease. But it is wise to plan ahead as a run to the grocery store is a 1/2 hour plus errand. We are happy to assist with stocking the house and/or arranging drivers etc. The caretaker is often available to run errands for a minor fee.

          WARM NIGHTS, UNIQUE WEATHER DUE TO ELEVATION: After purchasing this one-of-a-kind location, I was surpriseD to learn how unique the weather is here. We are so high up, 2500 feet (we are slightly above neighboring Pride Winery), that we are actually rarely affected by the bay area fog or “marine layer”. For vacationers this guarantees endless warm summer nights and much hotter average temperatures during the day - ideal for taking advantage of the pool and grounds. All the bedrooms are air-conditioned to be sure. This is basically a state of the art “green” structure with superb insulation, climate control etc. For cooler periods we have radiant floor heat throughout which is so comfortable.

          We are 2 hours from San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento. There is an airport in Santa Rosa, 40 min from the house; several commuter flights per day from Seattle, San Diego and LA.

           

          Owner info

          Year Purchased: 2012

          About the owner: I am interior designer trained in both the US and France. I totally gutted and rebuilt this farm house, making sure it retained the character of rural wine country living but included all the comforts of a brand new home. Because my background is specifically in hospitality design, I think you will find that I have done well to anticipate the guests' needs as they come to the house for profound rest and relaxation as well as to partake of the wonders of both the Sonoma and Napa wine country region.

          Why the Owner Chose St. Helena:
          I have been an interior designer all my professional life and am honestly consumed by the creative process. That said, I am always striving to refine the environments I create. For me that refinement means bringing the beholder closer to nature and their own creative process - to both uplift the inhabitant with the level of aesthetic musicality I provide, but of equal import, to maximize one's sense of relaxation. In my experience a relaxed mind is a creative (or playful) mind. What could be better or more important to life on this planet? I am ever amazed by the splendor of this region and I hope to provide environments that make this fact more available and deeply appreciable. Come meet the fox and bobcat and all their cohorts that roam on this ranch - may they cause you to pause and rejoice in the wonder of life.

          The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
          The sheer size of this property is its fundamental uniqueness and prowess. The views and sense of vastness afforded by its ridge-top location, above both the Napa and Sonoma valleys, fills one with a sense of the magic of this geography and the profundity of the time honored agricultural and culinary traditions thriving in the northern California wine country - (like no where else this side of the atlantic or pacific actually). Nature is all but undisturbed and thus busily flourishing. I have lived in numerous other areas of both Napa and Sonoma counties, but until I moved here in mid 2012, I had no idea such an undisturbed sense of the wild still existed in this part of the world. The wildlife is abundant and with that comes a sense of profound stillness encouraging one to truly disconnect from the pressures and pace of our everyday world. A place to 'get back to your roots' and consider what life is essentially about; where you have been and where you want to go. Halcyon days await.....Come kiss the stars.


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          Speaks: english, french, spanish

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          Photos

          • View from living room at sunset

            View from living room at sunset

          • Remnant from French Merry-go-Round adorns bed in Carousel Suite

            Remnant from French Merry-go-Round adorns bed in Carousel Suite

          • pool deck withfire-pit,  26' awning and sofa, antique french wrought iron chairs

            pool deck withfire-pit, 26' awning and sofa, antique french wrought iron chairs

          • Living room looking toward dining area and Carousel Suite beyond

            Living room looking toward dining area and Carousel Suite beyond

          • powder room with unusual antique sink

            powder room with unusual antique sink

          • view from tub are in Carousel Suite

            view from tub are in Carousel Suite

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          Date last modified - Sunday, December 28, 2014

          $1,290 - $2,959 per night (USD)
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          7 Bedroom / 8.5 Bathroom
          Sleeps 16

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          Speaks: english, french, spanish
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          • Calendar last updated: 12/23/2014
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