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  • Minimum stay:1-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Be sure to view our VIDEO to get a better understanding of the property (@ upper left corner of picture above, click video link). This one of a kind stone lodge is located in a secluded location at the very heart of the Sonoma Valley, all 5 bedrooms are large and have a private, ensuite bath. We have a caretaker nearby, so unlike most VRBO rentals, you can be assured of superior oversight and assistance. We now have access to a rural event facility or can help you locate a back roads venue of choice. If you want to check dates and specific pricing, you can do this very accurately on the upper right of this web page in the reservation box. Just enter the in / out dates and click “Get an Instant Quote” just under the BOOKIT button. The quote will be correct; we keep the online info up to date.

SONOMA COUNTY REGULATIONS FOR VACATION RENTALS WHICH WE MUST RESPECT AS WELL AS THE RIGHTS OF OUR NEIGHBORS: There can be no parties of any sort nor amplified music out of doors at ANY time. Fire-pit must be turned off and all conversation moved indoors by 10pm every night, no exceptions. Failure to heed these rules is ground for forfeiture of your entire deposit as we are at risk of loosing our rental permit; thank you!

CONCIERGE: We have a full-time concierge on staff well versed in the many and diverse activities at offer in the Wine Country. Formerly General Manager of a 5-star boutique hotel in the Sonoma area, Nicole's forte may be her in-depth knowledge of all the wineries, famous to up-and-coming, in the 2 county area. Let her organize tour and tasting itineraries for your group at those award-winning private wineries not open to the public including transportation and informative talks from owners or winemakers. She can arrange in situ private pours/tastings by some of the county's best winemakers or private chef presentations or meals with wine country pairings right at our property. Perhaps you want to know the best choice for hot air balloon trips or where to zip through the redwoods - ensure the most informed visit possible to this multi-faceted agricultural area. If you can dream it, we can organize it for you; there is a fee for service.

OVERVIEW: The house is 4000 square feet including 4 bedrooms/4 bathrooms in the main house and 1/1 in the nearby guest cottage with its own full kitchen. All 5 bedrooms have private baths and are uniquely appointed. There are 2 stone fireplaces, professional kitchen, turn of the century wine bar, chemical free lap pool, waterfall, 8 person spa/hot tub, stone fire-pit with extensive outdoor lounging and dining areas, bocce ball court and dedicated media room. It is situated just off the very center of the Sonoma Valley floor, at the mouth of a granite canyon which becomes Sugar Loaf State Park. The locally quarried stone walls of the first floor are over 1' thick, providing luxurious natural air conditioning. The outdoor splendor merges with the indoors as all the front-facing first floor windows bifold back to open completely. Secluded and picturesque, there are endless views to the forested peaks of the nearby state park while just minutes from the best wineries. Rustic, country French antiques abound with an informal 'feet up' level of comfort and ease throughout.

VIDEO: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAq8GYUNcyo.

CHECK-IN is guaranteed by 4:00 p.m. and checkout is at 11:00 a.m. We do our very best to accommodate early check-ins and late check-outs, but cannot make any guarantees until one week prior to arrival.

HIGHLIGHTS: Idyllic in the summer, the house is uniquely fabulous in the winter, spring and fall because of the great room and 2 stone fireplaces. Rainy, cool days are a delight with friends or family gathering around the massive living room fireplace and cooking in the vast professional kitchen with its 2 islands, 2 dishwashers and room for 3 to cook simultaneously at the professional Viking range. An adjacent 14-foot wine bar affords temperature controlled refrigeration for optimal wine tasting. When outdoor temperatures drop, there is radiant heat (under the limestone flooring) so one is more than comfortable in the high-ceiling, main floor spaces. When the rainy season starts, the nearby creek fills significantly and rushes by to the valley floor. It can sound like Niagara Falls is across the way; truly delightful. There is a bocce court in the side yard and a separate theater room with 70' led screen and surround sound system. The pool is a chemical free lap pool, 12’ wide by 50’ long. The antique European, hand embroidered linen sheets (dating fro the 1st half of the 20th century) will be line dried in the fresh country air (weather permitting), hand ironed and waiting for you to sleep ever-so deeply in.

There is nothing to compare to gathering in front of a big fire. Often even summer nights are cool enough to allow for a blaze. There are 2 stone fireplaces on the first floor. The living room fireplace is right out of the days of yore when stone lodges had oversized fireplaces as the center of the household. One of the first floor king bedrooms has its own stone fireplace. A memorable gathering place is our outdoor fire-pit under 150 foot tall fir trees with adjacent propane grill- a fabulous place to encircle your group around a roaring fire, share stories and tall tales. There is firewood on the premises and the fireplaces will be stacked, ready for your match to set alight.

Culinary options galore: We are so fortunate that the renowned chef John Ash and his right hand, Mei Ibach, are managing the culinary program. John Ash is often referred to as the “Father of Wine Country Cuisine”. His namesake restaurant, John Ash & Company, was the firsts culinary marvel of its type when it opened its doors in 1980. Today he is an acclaimed author and much sought after teacher, and consultant. If desired, Mei can add her unique Thai and Indonesian background to her wine country flavors - mingling exotic Malay and Chinese spices. Let Mei or John create the menu of your dreams; whether you want a big outdoor barbecue with a selection from John’s newest cook book, or a 6 course sit down extravaganza with the most exquisite wine pairings the county has to offer. Team building cooking events are a very popular group activity to consider.

We can make arrangements/recommendations for any of the following (concierge fee may apply):
Private chef for a luxury in situ experience or any and all catering
Event planning
Wine tastings, pairings, private tours
Stock the frig with your list of preferred delights
On site cooking classes
Team building culinary workshops
Daily cleaning, fire rebuilding
Driver for winery tours, dining out in the area

HOUSE RULES:
County Enforced Quiet hours: 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. every day, year round.
Outdoor amplified music is not permitted at ANY time on the property
Max number of vehicles permitted: 5
Total Number of guests allowed: 10 overnight guests and 4 day guests. A total of 14 combined overnight and day guests permitted at any time. Day guests must vacate property by 10:00 p.m.

Sonoma County TOT number: 720N

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Property Type

  • House
  • 4000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Other (See Description)

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  • Bedroom - upstairs guest: 1 queen

    balcony attached bath with tub shower combo...moreless

  • Bedroom - master: 1 king

    500sft w/balcony, pvt bath 2 pers tub & separate shower...moreless

  • Bedroom -downstairs front: 1 queen

    prvt bath with shower...moreless

  • Bedroom - downstrs rear: 1 king

    all stone, fireplace, pvt bath with soaking tub/shower combo...moreless

  • Bedroom - cottage: 1 queen

    pvt. soaking tub/shower combo,deck. steps from main house...moreless

  • King size beds (2) 1 downstairs in fireplace bedroom, one up in master, Queen size Beds (3) 1 downstairs in front guest room, 1 upstairs opposite master bedroom, 1 in cottage. Twin day bed with trundle in cottage, (1) possible to have air mattress in media room upon request, extra fees may apply. Cannot exceed 10 overnight guests....moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

Entertainment

  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:

    an enormous library of art and design books as well as paperback novels...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    (4) one of the 4 is 70' led flat screen with surround sound...moreless

  • Stereo:

    speakers throughout the home allow for house wide or room controlled listening...moreless

  • Television:

    (4) one of the 4 is 70' led flat screen with surround sound...moreless

  • VCR

Theme

  • Away From It All

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View:

    Sweeping views of peaks of Sugarloaf state park...moreless

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    large outdoor dining as weather permits. we also have a beautiful hand carved bar that seats up to 5...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    natural ac. ...moreless

  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace:

    1 large stone fireplace in the living room and a stone fireplace in bedroom 3...moreless

  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    wireless...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    there is ample room for 4 vehicles within the gates of the home...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    intercom throughout the house...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    2 exquisite all stone fireplaces. Plenty of wood on premises....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    in bedroom 3...moreless

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Catering Available:

    private chef and we can have the refrigerator stocked for your arrival...moreless

  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    completely stocked with cooking machines and utensils, serving dishes, etc...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    2 dishwashers for easy entertaining...moreless

  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    commercial kitchen...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    There are usually lots of spices, some flour and sugar available. Refrigerated items, oils or cooking sprays are not stocked....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Viking...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio:

    a great fire pit is just waiting for you to sit back, relax and enjoy the cool evenings...moreless

  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    pool is a legal lap pool and is chemical free with an auto cover,...moreless

  • Sauna:

    masther bathroom has a steam shower...moreless

  • Steam Shower

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
August 2016
Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$1,350 $1,550
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$10,500
Labor Day Wknd
Sep 1 - Sep 5, 2016
3 night min stay
$1,500
Sept-Oct 2016
Sep 6 - Oct 31, 2016
4 night min stay
$1,675 $1,800
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$11,725

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Nov-pre Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 1 - Nov 23, 2016
2 night min stay
$1,525 $1,725
Fri, Sat, Sun
$10,675

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 24 - Nov 28, 2016
4 night min stay
$1,949

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Nov-post Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 29 - Nov 30, 2016
2 night min stay
$1,525

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Dec-pre holidays
Dec 1 - Dec 22, 2016
2 night min stay
$990 $1,085
Fri, Sat, Sun
$6,900

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Dec-holidays 2016
Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2017
4 night min stay
$1,675 $1,949
Fri, Sat, Sun
$11,725

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

January 2017
Jan 2 - Jan 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$980 $1,195
Fri, Sat, Sun
$6,900

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

February 2017
Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2017
3 night min stay
$980 $1,195
Fri, Sat, Sun
$6,900

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

March 2017
Mar 1 - Mar 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$1,175 $1,400
Fri, Sat, Sun
$8,200

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

April 2017
Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,175 $1,400
Fri, Sat, Sun
$8,200

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

May 2017
May 1 - May 24, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,525 $1,725
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$10,675
Memorial Wknd 2017
May 25 - May 31, 2017
4 night min stay
$1,675 $2,025
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
June 2017
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2017
4 night min stay
$1,525 $1,725
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$10,675
July-October 2017
Jul 1 - Oct 31, 2017
4 night min stay
$1,675 $1,949
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$11,725
November 2017
Nov 1 - Nov 22, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,525 $1,725
Fri, Sat, Sun
$10,675
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 23 - Nov 26, 2017
4 night min stay
$1,949
Nov- post Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 27 - Nov 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,525
December 2017
Dec 1 - Dec 21, 2017
2 night min stay
$980 $1,195
Fri, Sat, Sun
$6,900

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Holidays 2017
Dec 22 - Jan 1, 2018
3 night min stay
$1,675 $1,949
Fri, Sat, Sun
$11,725

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $2,000
  • cleaning fee $450 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11%

Notes:

2014 Rates

Nov 2014 $1525 M-Th & 1725 F-Su $10,675/wk 3 night min.

Dec 2014 $1070 M-Th & 1300 F-Su $7500/week 2 night min


Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.


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Location

  • Kenwood Vineyards

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  • The Kenwood Restaurant

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    "fabulous place for a soak and message. also just a gorgeous design job to tour. i like the k..."

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  • The Girl & the Gaucho -- CLOSED

  • Kaz Vineyard & Winery

  • Landmark winery

  • Cafe Citti

    "wonderful local, family run italian style deli. i ate here daily when the house was under re..."

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  • Lepe's Taqueria

    "really fresh, well priced and authentic mexican. great to grab a big take out (not an interi..."

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  • Oliver's Market

    "great local market - larger than the glen ellen market so a little more selection. both are ..."

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  • Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

    "just at the ned of our road. you can hike to several summits and see for miles. "

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  • Landmark Vineyards

    "this is within walking distance of the house - so no designated driver needed! see my commen..."

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  • Kenwood Market

    "this is a little market less than a mile from the house - so it is on the list of things i r..."

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  • Glen Ellen Village Market

    "for gourmet grocery shopping i recommend the glen ellen market or olivers. both included in ..."

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20 Miles
Nearest Airport
santa rosa
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
route 12
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
kenwood restaurant
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
Beach

famous wineries within walking distance, fabulous hiking in the state park. kitchen is large and suitable for catering and or foodies who want to pull out all the stops. the outdoor fire pit area allows for grilling on propane, charcoal and/or wood fire. on-staff concierge for custom tours, tastings, event planning.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1998

About the owner: I am interior designer trained in both the US and France. In 1999, I totally gutted and rebuilt this solid stone house, making sure it retained all the character of the original structure but including the luxuries 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 the Valley of The Moon. Let our concierge help you plan the idyllic trip to this amazing area with ever-changing things to seen do - and so much to learn about wine and various other agricultural products.

Why the Owner Chose Kenwood, CA, USA:
This location is in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, also known as the Valley of the Moon; to me the most beautiful part of the Sonoma Valley. The coastal indigenous tribes of the area, Miwok, Pomo and Wintun peoples, referred to the "Valley of the Moon" in their legends. The phrase "Valley of the Moon" was first recorded in an 1850 report by General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo to the California Legislature. According to Jack London, who had a ranch here, the Native American word Sonoma means "valley of the moon." He used it for his book of the same name. But there are several other possible translations for Sonoma (see Sonoma County, California). According to the Miwok tribes that lived in the valley, and the Pomo, it meant "valley of the moon" or "many moons". White settlers may have accidentally translated the words "many moons" into "valley of moons". Miwok legends say that the moon seemingly rose from this valley, or was "nestled" in the valley, or may have even sprung up multiple times in one night! The house construction was started in about 1949 by a crazy naturalist who continuously added on to the property for the next 10 years or so. They did a lot of hunting in the valley up till the 1960's. There is a cement block shed behind the house that was a walk in cooler where they hung the deer and mountain lion carcasses. We still have some mountain lion in the area - but they stay up in the park, never any problem. If they find any bear they trap them and take them up to Lake County. What is now the guest cottage was actually built to house raccoons - luckily they had long departed when I took possession in 1998. The original owner had also started a tunnel under the little Adobe Canyon Rd so all the animals (who he sometimes hunted!) could cross to get water in the creek. This is rather an indication of his eccentricity as even today there is not any traffic to speak of on this road for it has no outlet beyond the state park.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This lot is located in a canyon, the only such geographical particulars of its type in Sonoma. The Canyon provides cool and shade in the relative extreme heat of the Sonoma summers. Everything is green and cool in the shelter of Adobe Canyon in the summer and fall while the Valley is burnt and arid, grass-less hills and dusty heat. Views are spectacular to the state park that surrounds this rural location. It is so dark at night you can't see to walk without the moon and the stars are huge and ever-so bright. I gutted the entire house in 1999. The trusses and wood ceiling in the great room were put in at that time as were the hand-cut pillowed limestone floors and the pool. We convinced the owners to allow us into a local stone quarry which had long been closed - to retrieve enough of the same stone to execute the pool terrace and decks. This one of a kind structure affords a truly memorable gathering place for friends and family.


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Speaks: english, french, spanish

 

Photos

  • twilight shows off continuous indoor / outdoor living

    twilight shows off continuous indoor / outdoor living

  • bocce behind the fire-pit

    bocce behind the fire-pit

  • cottage interior includes kitchen, bath and trundle bed

    cottage interior includes kitchen, bath and trundle bed

  • dining room provides al fresco dining

    dining room provides al fresco dining

  • main floor king bedroom

    main floor king bedroom

  • Second Flr queen bedroom w/ private bath, balcony & endless views to state park

    Second Flr queen bedroom w/ private bath, balcony & endless views to state park

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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