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Romantic, European, and Quiet Cottage in a Beautiful Tropical Garden

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Last updated: 09/21/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

A romantic cottage retreat in a colorful Sonoma country setting that is close to the Sonoma Square by 1 mile. Tropical gardens, quiet, relaxing, colorful and one-of-a-kind. It is an experience to be remembered.

You will feel transformed to another era as you step into the sheltered walls of the 2 acre adobe compound and surrounded by 6 more.

The Hacienda was built by our own blood, sweat, and joy. Once you walk through the arched wall you are transformed to another place. We are told by people who walk through the gates that they feel like they are in the south of France, Italy, or Mexico. Our neighbors said it looks like an Italian villa.

The view of the grounds is full of tropical plants and colors. There are lush gardens and pathways to roam on and enjoy the lavender or sunflowers that are a hit each year when they bloom. You can dine under the oak tree or relax in the evening by the fire pit!

There are several places to hang out, eat, or play on the three lawn acres within the walls. However, your 1 bedroom cottage has its own private outdoor eating area and two patios to sit in, barbecue, or dine out under the old oak tree lit by an artistic chandelier at night. Sometimes our guests join us outside to eat and drink the many delicious wines from our hometown.

The sunsets are heavenly as the light changes to a warm golden hue that is so beautiful that you try to absorb every moment with your eyes or a camera.

In the summer you can help harvest the lavender or pick a bouquet of wildflowers or giant sunflowers and there is an organic vegetable garden that you are welcome to gather from.

We are only a little over a mile from the Sonoma square and you can easily see the fireworks from our lavender field.

The main house and grounds are available for events of all kinds.

YOUR COTTAGE

The Casita has thick plastered walls with rich colors reminiscent of old Europe and a fireplace to get cozy by. The floors are all heated and the 3 rooms are built with old beams and vaulted ceilings.

The Casita has a sitting room, bathroom, and bedroom - all separate rooms from one another.

The walls are made from a green product and are 12 inches thick, so it stays warm at night yet cool on hot days and very quiet at nights.

Old and new come together: there are heated floors, French doors in both rooms that overlook the garden, European fixtures, large Mexican tile shower for two with a window that opens to red geraniums and wisteria.

The shower is open, private, and built for 2 with a window to view the garden. If you so inclined, there is a rustic outdoor bamboo-enclosed shower that is fabulous on a starry or full moon night.

Keywords: European, romantic, charming, quiet, tropical, colorful, beautiful, spacious ground, retreat, country, gardens, relaxing

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 450 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Catering Available

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3

  • Bedroom 1 casita: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • 'electric coffee maker ','wine glasses', 'Fresh herb garden', fresh vegetables in season', 'large yard for games', 'walk out to the lavender and pick a bunch to take home',' play frisbee in the field',' pick flowers',' great for neighborhood walking',' lots of trees and no sidewalks', ' massage available', 'bicycles to use on the near by bike path to town and wineries',...moreless

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    looking west at 6 acres, hills, trees of all kinds and our grove of palm trees, sunflowers, when in bloom...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

    There is a dining table in the casita plus 3 other tables outside , one by bedroom, Outside casita and under the oak tree....moreless

  • Dining Area

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    The casita is naturally kept cool in the summer months, due to the thick concrete walls...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Wood burning at waist high...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    The floors have radiant heat. You are never cold!...moreless

  • Internet:

    Works any where on the property...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All cotton sheeting....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The Casita has a very pleasant sitting room with view thru French doors of the many layers of the garden. My favorite!...moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    large parking are next to casita. all flat ground...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    space is available...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    A quaint waist high fireplace inside and a fire pit for outside near dining area...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    3 patio areas outside bedroom and main sitting room. Also large area outside under the oak tree for sitting or eating...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    2 covered patios,one outside the beroom covered in wisteria& the one outside the sitting room covered in passion vine, green all year...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    We are all about lawn and garden...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
high season
Apr 29 - Jan 2, 2017
2 night min stay
$250 $300
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,600

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$250
$1,300

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning $70 + tax
  • Tax Rate 9%

Notes:

$50 per day for a third adult


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 09/21/2016
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Location

50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Oakland and San Francisco, Sacramento

Car: Not Necessary

We are located in the county just next to the city limits. We are only a mile and half from the square. There is a bike trail to the square and can be rented.

The best thing about our property is there is a lot of it and you feel like you are in another country. It's a beautiful and relaxing place to hang out.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: The Hacienda was designed and built by Roger Hartley, a construction engineer. He was inspired by the secret walls he would pass by on the streets of Spain and Italy. Upon entering our gate you will be transported into another world, with fountains flowing, colorful gardens and birds of all kinds coming to nest in the red clay tiles. He planted 180 lavender plants that line the back of two acres and in July when it blooms we are truly in paradise. In the beginning when it was just a field of mud and a frame for the casita I came along and a romance was born. I started with just cuttings from a previous home and the garden started breathing. So over a four year period we inspired one another with our love for color, texture and form. We lived in the casita from the moment the walls were plastered. No toilet, no shower, no kitchen, but wow, was it fun. Our beautiful main house has been built and more walls to come and even a pool. It is a never ending creative process that we love sharing with our friends and family.

Why the Owner Chose Sonoma, CA, USA:
What is unique about our property is the feeling of being far from the town yet very close to everything. I have arranged sitting areas all over the property to enjoy the passing of the day with the sun. They are like rooms in a house painted with plants. If you are a bird watcher, this is the place, especially in the spring. There is a photo op at every turn and some textural foliage to admire. We are always creating something new for La Vida Hacienda.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
We are told by people who walk through the gate that they feel like they are in the south of France ,Italy or Mexico. Our neighbors said it looks like an Italian villa. The casita has it's own outdoor eating area and two patios to sit in. The light at the end of the day is filled with a golden color that you try to absorb every moment with your eyes or a camera. Every year we plant giant sunflowers that create a livey happy wall around us. If you miss your pets we have a few of them also. Play ball with Poochini the pooch or enjoy Frisbee on the lawn.


Contact us

Speaks: english

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Photos

  • Can be the dance floor, dinner under the stars or just a sunset toast 
l

    Can be the dance floor, dinner under the stars or just a sunset toast l

  • Cozy bedroom with King bed and view of the garden with french doors

    Cozy bedroom with King bed and view of the garden with french doors

  • lots of light and privacy

    lots of light and privacy

  • the golden light that we live for

    the golden light that we live for

  • The grounds of the hacienda at sunset

    The grounds of the hacienda at sunset

  • Spring sunset when the garden comes alive with color!

    Spring sunset when the garden comes alive with color!

  • Wisteria like clusters of spring grapes

    Wisteria like clusters of spring grapes

  • outdoor areas for private parties under the Pale Verde tree

    outdoor areas for private parties under the Pale Verde tree

  • Casita sitting room with view of garden from  downcouch big enough for one perso

    Casita sitting room with view of garden from downcouch big enough for one perso

  • two person shower 2 sprayers with view of the garden

    two person shower 2 sprayers with view of the garden

  • private casita out door space

    private casita out door space

  • a photo op for your picture

    a photo op for your picture

  • We have events of all kinds

    We have events of all kinds

  • at night with fire pit, fountain and ambiance

    at night with fire pit, fountain and ambiance

  • Wisteria in ful bloom with fountain patio in background
Perfect for events!

    Wisteria in ful bloom with fountain patio in background Perfect for events!

  • Marble sculpture created by a friend

    Marble sculpture created by a friend

  • this table sat 100 people

    this table sat 100 people

VRBO #212285

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Thursday, September 29, 2016

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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Speaks: english
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  • Calendar last updated 09/21/2016

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