"My husband and two children (7 and 8 years) rented this beautiful house with close family friends (children 4 and 5) for a Sonoma wedding during Labor Day weekend. Everything else was booked, or wouldn't allow CHILDREN (they're house trained, for Pete's sake), but we ended up being overjoyed to have landed in our beautiful St. Helena house! The bedrooms are large, with walk-in closets. Plenty of space for two families, including all our wedding gear and kids' swim stuff. Each bedroom has a bathroom ( only one tub, but that was fine because our children are older) - so convenient! The kitchen is VERY well-appointed. There were serving bowls and platters. Pots and pans and serve ware and flatware and a very good sized pantry. There is a laundry room, which would have been amazing if we had stayed longer than 3 nights! The children and the adults also enjoyed an enormous backyard patio, featuring a regal 350 year-old California Oak, and a charming front porch swing that saw a lot of miles that weekend, to the glee of the children. I also feel it's necessary to comment on the warmth and friendliness of the homeowners. The proprietress greeted me when my children and I arrived early on Friday, helped us bring in our many, many groceries, and gave us the tour of the house. She was immediately friendly to me, and lovely and sweet with my children. I felt an immediate connection with her. Afterwards, if I had a question and texted her, she replied immediately, which I found both courteous and professional. Our stay happened to be during the 6.0 earthquake that struck the area at 3:20 am Sunday morning. Both owners (husband and wife) went out of their way to come over with lanterns in their PJs in the middle of the night (the power was off), just to check that we all were ok and the house was intact. Thankfully, other than the power and a few other minor things we all we're well, but their concern was very appreciated. I think the weekend by far surpassed our expectations. I'd love to go back and stay again. It was as comfortable as home, but felt like a vacation considering the comfort and beauty of the house, and the fact that we could walk to St. Helena in minutes for all the beautiful shops and restaurants, the park and downtown. It was absolutely lovely. I'd recommend this home to anyone who wanted to have a relaxing stay in St. Helena with all the comforts of home, and being just steps from wine country."
Date of Stay: August 2014
Review Submitted: September 12, 2014