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Absolute Heart of Sonoma Valley, Pvt bath for Every Bedroom, Concierge on Staff

Bedrooms 5
Space 5,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

THE LODGE IN KENWOOD, 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 12),

THE LODGE IN KENWOOD CA is a one of a kind stone lodge located in a secluded location at the very heart of the Sonoma Valley near all the famous wineries, 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, ideal for corporate meetings, dinner parties, wine tastings, team cooking classes, rehearsal dinners, elopements or small weddings. 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 Details" which appears once you enter dates. The quote will be correct; we keep the online info up to date.

We have a wonderful video of the house which you can find on youtube under the name The Lodge in Kenwood:

This video is also to be found on this site; it is the last photo in the gallery of images here. Click on the arrow that appears in the center of the last photo, #25.

CONCIERGE: We have a full-time concierge on staff well versed in the many and diverse activities at offer in the Wine Country. Let us 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. We 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.

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. *Please note in the rainy season (typically November-March/April) outdoor cushions are stored.

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


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 the property by 10:00 p.m.

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 losing our rental permit; thank you!

Sonoma County TOT number: 720N

More Details

blair spangler
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About blair spangler

BLAIR SPANGLER DESIGN GROUP is an ensemble of creative individuals striving to provide life changing experiences where guests can relax and explore the wonder of rural Sonoma County. Blair is an interior designer trained in both the US and France. In 1999, she 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, we 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.

blair spangler purchased this house in 1998

Why blair spangler chose Kenwood

THE LODGE IN KENWOOD CA is located 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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Kenwood House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Cancellations received on or more than ninety (90) days prior to commencement of the Rental Term the security deposit shall be refunded, less $250
  • Terms of the contract prevail. Failure to comply can lead to forfeiture of security deposit. No parties or more than 5 cars without written approval.
  • We reserve the right to refuse service and to come on property without notice if/when we believe rules are being broken. Pls respect our neighbors!
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • detailed in bedrooms. each bedroom has private bath
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom - upstairs guest - 1 queen , balcony attached bath with tub shower combo
    Bedroom - master - 1 king , 500sft w/balcony, pvt bath 2 pers tub & separate shower
    Bedroom -downstairs front - 1 queen , prvt bath with shower
    Bedroom - downstrs rear - 1 king , all stone, fireplace, pvt bath with soaking tub/shower combo
    Bedroom - cottage - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , pvt. soaking tub/shower combo,deck. steps from main house
    media center - 1 queen , air mattresses may be added for a fee, pls inquire
  • 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.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • Steam Shower
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Absolute Heart of Sonoma Valley, Pvt bath for Every Bedroom, Concierge on Staff
average rating of 4.8444443 based on 45 reviews

Perfect escape in wine country

  • 5 of 5

We loved every moment at this beautiful property. Gorgeous home with plenty of space for our group of 9. Luxury kitchen that made vacation cooking fun, and enjoyed an amazing dinner on the beautiful patio. We enjoyed the hot tub everyday....the perfect way to relax after a day of wine tasting.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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GORGEOUS. A Slice of Hospitality Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

The pictures do not do this home justice. It is surrounded by walls of Ivy, protected and shaded by majestic redwoods and the furnishings bring an elevated aire to the casual familiarity of Kenwood.

The staff is extremely attentive and considerate of every ask you may have. If you're looking to stay somewhere and have a place to relax and lounge look no further.

We loved the fire pit, grand outdoor dinner table, canopy bed near the pool and closing gate to allow the kids to roam freely.

Highly recommended, its a lush secret!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relax in Wine Country

  • 5 of 5

A great way to stay in wine country...relaxing at this lovely property in Kenwood. We found ourselves enjoying dinner outside under the trees, having wine around the gas fire pit and when the weather turned a little cooler the beautiful stone fireplace in the great room was even more inviting. Spacious home that gives you privacy and room to gather. Having Chef Kelly MacDonald prepare us breakfast and dinner is highly recommended and a must....thank you for a wonderful time in wine country with our friends.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent property, well maintained and very good customer service.

  • 5 of 5

We booked villa for 3 nights. Villa is beautiful, well equipped and very well maintained. Everyone in the group enjoyed the stay. Pool was nice and clean and hot tub was jam on bread. Only thing I would say is it is not for 12 adults. 5 bedrooms can accommodate up to 10 adults and 2 children. Even with that we really enjoyed our stay at the villa and for sure can come back again.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Please know that there is an option for a true 6th bedroom which we do successfully by converting the large meeting room to a private bedroom. We install a true king bed (no fold out or futon). There is an adjoining bath with shower, a large dresser, and armoire. This room is at one end of the first floor so has plenty of privacy. This guest did not request this option so they could not have been aware. We have photos to show how this works.
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Beautiful setting, easy access to wine country

  • 4 of 5

I wish the outdoor part of the property was prepared a little better i.e. Cushions wiped off

Blown or swept patois.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Cindy, We are truly disappointed to learn that you found the patio area was lacking. We do always blow the leaves on the ground and off the furniture before every arrival. With fall upon us, the leaves can be difficult to manage. Checking with staff, we can absolutely confirm we blew twice before your arrival, the day before and the day of, the later in the hour before your arrival. Do you recall that at the time of check in staff apprised your group of the leaf issue and asked if you wanted us to close the pool cover to keep it pristine for any swimmers - and you declined? Thus we are not surprised that later your first day - or certainly by the morning of your second, there were some leaves on the furniture. This comes down to the difference between a luxury hotel and a luxury vacation rental in the former you get less space and amenities but more service and staff. With vacation rentals it is the opposite, you get an entire estate with private pool, but no staff on site. We continually strive to provide the idyllic vacation experience and can provide daily or bi-weekly cleaning service at a fee for service. If anything is broken we would of course repair at our cost and asap. Thank you again for staying with us, we hope that you will come again. Please call us directly should you wish to discuss your stay Sincerely, Blair Spangler Design Group
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Fantastic property with gorgeous outdoor space!

  • 5 of 5

Blair and her team were so wonderful to work with and the property was amazing! A beautiful outdoor space in the heart of Sonoma Valley, just what we were looking for! Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
santa rosa
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
route 12
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
kenwood restaurant

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $550 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $3,000
Tax Rate 14.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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