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Owl Creek Cottage, Quiet Country Lane, Forest & Views With Private Hot Tub

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq ft
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Charming studio guest cottage in peaceful, quiet setting

The Owl Creek Cottage is a unique studio guest cottage, fully self-contained and set away from our main house, but sharing a peaceful, sun drenched 2+ acres of secluded land, down a quiet country lane, with seasonal creeks just beyond your private deck.

You will delight in waking to the sounds of birds chirping and will likely see our resident family of deer roaming the property. You will enjoy the backdrop of eucalyptus, redwood, oak and fir trees as you sit relaxing in your own private hot tub, while also enjoying the views of apple orchards and tree-lined vistas in the distance.

The Cottage comes equipped with all the amenities you will need for your comfort and enjoyment, including plush bathrobes, organic bathing products, luxurious bedding, a stocked kitchenette with fresh ground local organic coffee and teas, and your own welcome basket upon your arrival including freshly baked and other delectable treats to begin your vacation in style.

More Details

Janet & Matthew Joyce
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

About Janet & Matthew Joyce

We're Janet and Matthew Joyce and we'll be your hosts during your stay. Since you'll be our only guests, you can be sure to have as much privacy or attention as you desire while you're with us. It's completely up to you.

We have been together for 32 years and it's been quite an incredible journey for us. We have been married for 26 of those years and we've raised two incredible daughters together. Before settling down, we spent years exploring the world, camping and backpacking, and meeting people from almost every continent. Parenting has been a remarkable and rewarding focal point of our lives for the past 23 years, and it has taken us from our beginnings in Santa Cruz, California where we both went to college, to Boulder, Colorado where we spent 12 wonderful years, and now back to our home in California where we feel truly blessed and settled.

Matthew is a consultant in the energy industry, working with corporations both large and small to make a difference in this world through promoting and implementing energy efficiency products and policies. He is also something of a Renascence man between his love of exploration, travel and literature, and his life-long passion for learning all things scientific, geographical and mechanical.

Janet is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent more than 20 years working with teenagers, families and couples. She is also an avid baker (which you will discover for yourself!), a passionate gardener, and a lover of science and literature.

We welcome you to our property and into our lives, where we will strive to make your stay with us truly memorable.

Janet & Matthew Joyce purchased this guest house in 2014

Why Janet & Matthew Joyce chose Sebastopol

We've traveled widely. It's been an adventure exploring the world's diverse mix of climates, peoples, lifestyles, and cuisines. Over time we've zeroed in on where and what makes us feel at our very best: Mild weather that's great for year round gardening and outdoor activities; abundant fresh organic locally sourced foods and wines; open minded people of diverse backgrounds and interests; and a rural lifestyle close to big city amenities and the beach. When we put it all together no place on earth makes us feel as relaxed, as at peace, and yet as revitalized as we feel when we're spending time on our Sonoma County property. It's a magical spot and we're not alone in our thinking. Visitors ranging from family and friends to Cottage guests and even delivery people recognize there is something special about the place. Come join us and we think you'll feel it too.

What makes this guest house unique

Two words seem to be repeated over and over when people explain how they feel when they visit here: Relaxed and Recharged. Maybe it's the secluded setting, nestled between the shady forest and the open sunny orchard, the tweets and chirping of the dozens of species of birds, or glimpsing the strolling comfort of the variety of wildlife who share this land with us. Perhaps it's the private hot tub next to the seasonal creek; a romantic moment beside the glowing warmth of the gas fireplace; or a second helping Janet's outrageous baked goods. Everyone has their own special moments. We fully expect you'll discover your own.


Sebastopol Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please read and refer to our Rental Agreement for basic rules and policies, and be sure to contact us with any questions.
  • Check-In Time: No earlier than 4pm on your arrival date. Check-Out Time: No later than 11am on your departure date.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Small but efficient bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Sunny studio cottage with 1 queen bed.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The cottage is a perfect spot for a romantic getaway, writing retreat, secluded meditation escape, adventure travel, wine tasting tour or quiet location for staying while attending a family function or workshop nearby. We are a diversity friendly establishment where all are welcome!


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Owl Creek Cottage, Quiet Country Lane, Forest & Views With Private Hot Tub
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews
Louisville, KY

Highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful cottage! Janet and Matthew are both very welcoming and kind. Every detail has been thought of, down to delicious homemade cookies! Clean and comfortable and highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: One of the many joys of hosting guests in our sweet Cottage is meeting such wonderful people from all over the world, and making new friends from near and far! Thanks so much for your review, and we’ll look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Sweet place! We enjoyed our stay...quality throughout the space!

  • 5 of 5

Our host Janet is a fantastic baker! Thanks for the excellent cookies upon our arrival! And the yummy muffins on our way out...very generous! We loved the space...the trees were so beautiful! The hot tub was nice to soak in and there were so many nice quality items and touches within the room! Thanks again

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review, and for your compliments of my baked goods; my secret joy and passion! We were delighted to host you both and do hope you’ll be back for a future getaway! The hot tub and the peaceful forest will be waiting for you :)
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Wonderful Experience!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Owl Creek Cottage in August, 2018. Everything was perfect and exceeded our expectations!

The cottage was spotless, the atmosphere was very relaxing which included a special bonus of a hot tub on the deck in a wooded area where unique birds chirped and sang while soaking in the water. We felt zero stress there! A wonderful escape from our busy lives! We would highly recommend Owl Creek and Sonoma County. Be sure to visit Salmon Beach and Bodega Bay!

Margaret and Robert Lincoln, Michigan

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really do give the “white-glove” treatment to the Cottage between each guest to ensure maximum relaxation and de-stressing in this unique setting, and it’s so rewarding to hear that our efforts hit the mark for you! And we’re pleased to know how much you enjoyed the hot tub overlooking our serene little private forest. We hope to see you on a return visit!
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What a Traveler's Gem!

  • 5 of 5

Janet and Matthew are consummate hosts. Janet has thought of every little detail that could possibly make your stay enjoyable. This lovely, peaceful and spotless cottage is much larger than it looks in the photos. The towels are scented with lavender and reminiscent of a spa. Every cooking convenience that one would need to prepare a meal is supplied except for the food, and Janet’s freshly baked cookies are definitely a hit! The bed is very comfortable and we slept extremely well after relaxing in the pristine spa on the deck overlooking the forest. The quiet atmosphere allowed us to unplug and recharge. Although a TV is present, we preferred the restful sound of the birds. My husband visited his family, while I explored the many interesting sites in the area. The location of the cottage is conducive to both. We plan to stay here again when visiting in the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: All I can say is I’m blushing from this wonderful review!! And, how lovely to hear that the Cottage exceeded your expectations, and that you had everything you desired for your comfort and relaxation during your stay. Please come back anytime :)
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Cute garden cottage in wine country.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here. The location is so Central to the beach, some of the best wineries, and even San Francisco. The hot tub was so relaxing and the accommodations were just what we were looking for during our get-away. We would highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review! We’re delighted that you found our location, being so close to the multitude of nearby wineries as well as the beautiful Sonoma Coastline, to enhance the restful experience of your stay! We hope to see you again :)
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Wonderful location, sizable cottage, well supplied, lovely garden, quiet location.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage in Sonoma. Close to wine country activities, restaurants, beer and food purveyors. Had a lovely two night stay. Was visiting for a family wedding in Santa Rosa. This location was perfect for us to have a break from the hustle and bustle of family activities. Would definitely return to this location when staying in the area. 5 🌟?

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many guests have booked the Cottage for the privacy it provides during family events in the area, and we’ve consistently heard echoed that this increases the enjoyment of the experience. We’re so glad to hear our close proximity to so many wineries and great culinary adventures also fit the bill for you!
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Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Underwood Bar & Bistro, Graton, CA
Nearest Ferry
44 Miles
Golden Gate Ferry, Larkspur, CA
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Sebastopol Golf Course
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Amtrak Santa Rosa/BART station, Richmond, CA
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Willow Wood Market Cafe, and many others!
Nearest Ski
250 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Doron Beach, Bodega Bay, CA
Car: necessary

The Owl Creek Cottage is located down a private country lane in the hills just 10 minutes from downtown Sebastopol, making it convenient to all that Sonoma County has to offer. And trust us when we say, that's a lot!

Once you venture out and explore the surrounding area beyond the Cottage you will delight in so many Sonoma County offerings. The ones listed below are just a taste:

There are more than 400 wineries in Sonoma County and virtually all of them are within a one hour drive of the Cottage. There are 75 wineries and tasting rooms within 15 minutes of us alone, including some world class vineyards and some quaint, small tasting rooms as well.

The charming small towns of Sebastopol, Graton, Forestville, Occidential and Freestone are all less than 10 minutes away offering nightlife, restaurants and bakeries, coffee and tea houses, bookstores, specialty boutiques, spas, antique shops and art galleries.

There are 20 local outdoor farmers' markets in Sonoma County (many are open year round), ensuring that you can enjoy locally sourced organic produce and a wide variety of local artisanal crafts and specialty foods, breads, cheeses, jams and honey every day of week, except Mondays.

Bodega Bay's fresh seafood, beaches and the dramatic scenery of the Sonoma Coastline are just about 20 minutes away via a scenic drive from the Cottage. We've got redwoods growing right here on the property. But if you want to explore Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve it's less than half an hour way across the Russian River in Guernville. There you can stroll or hike among some of California's oldest living redwood trees.

And for outdoor enthusiasts there are also: more than 140 miles of beautiful hiking trails both along the magnificent coastline and in the hills and forests of Sonoma County, hundreds of miles of road and mountain bicycling trails from easy, meandering paths to strenuous, technical rides, canoeing and kayaking, windsurfing, open ocean and/or fresh water fishing, and even hot air ballooning opportunities nearby.

Within Sonoma County you can also enjoy an array of cultural activities including, live Shakespeare plays, internationally recognized musical acts, symphonic performances, museums, shopping outlet stores and the Art Trails tour of local artists' studios and the Farm Trails tour of Sonoma County's artisanal producers, agriculture and family farms.

We will provide you with up to date calendars and lists of local events, schedules for Farmers' Markets, maps of the area, restaurant menus, pricing and menus for the day spas, winery and tasting room hours and pricing, and even our own local favorites and recommendations, all to enhance your enjoyment of our area.

The Owl Creek Cottage is very well designed for everything from a super relaxed and low-key, private romantic get away to an action-packed adventure based vacation experience. And everything in between!

We're glad to tell you even more. Just send us a note with your questions and we'll be happy to fill you in!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Refundable Damage Deposit $300

Please Note: The Owl Creek Cottage is a separate and fully self-contained guest cottage sharing the property with our primary residence. This unique setting allows you to have as much privacy or as much attention as you desire during your visit.

We collect and remit the required Sonoma County transient occupancy tax of 12%
TOT Certificate #3016N

Note: HomeAway/VRBO has added a system-wide "Service Fee." This fee is charged by HomeAway and is collected and paid to HomeAway (not the property owner) and is based on a percentage of the total booking.

Single night stay can sometimes be arranged: Total of $260-all inclusive. Call 707-634-4894 to inquire.

Cancellation Policy: 100% refund with 30+ days notice prior to arrival date.
50% refund with 15+ days prior notice. No refunds with 14 days or less prior notice-unless vacancy is filled. Full refund is always given for canceled dates that are filled by another guest.

Rates are subject to change until the booking is confirmed.

Check In Time is: 4pm (or later if needed) on arrival date
Check Out Time: No later than 11am on departure date

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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