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Tahoe-Like Setting in Sonoma County Wine Country

(34 Reviews)

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Last updated: 03/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

2 BR, 1-1/2 bath, sleeps 5

Treat yourself to a quiet stay in a fully-equipped home for less than the price of a hotel room. Just an hour from San Francisco, this is the home of traditional jazz musician Lu Watters (1912-1989). The immaculate 1300 ft brick home is furnished with old-world Tuscan elegance, and has Italian tile and artwork throughout. Enjoy the 44' plasma TV with Bose sound system or listen to Lu Watters recordings from the days of his nightclub, Hambone Kelly's. Amenities include utilities, well-appointed kitchen, large capacity washer/dryer, natural fiber linens, and wi-fi. Easy access to highway 101 and the Sonoma/Napa wine country hot spots in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Napa Valleys, coastal beaches, Valley of the Moon, and the spa towns of Calistoga and Sonoma. Sonoma State University is on the same street, but on the east side of the freeway, downwind of the highway fumes Lu despised.

The man behind it all: The Sage Hen takes its name from 'The Sage Hen Strut,' a popular song Lu wrote on September 11, 1944, on his way to Hawaii on the SS Antigua, three days prior to composing Hambone Kelly. After the war and a three-year stint arranging for Bing Crosby, Lu opened his own nightclub, Hambone Kelly's, in El Cerrito, where he was the chef by day and the leader of his famous Yerba Buena Jazz Band by night. Lu had had his fill of celebrity by the time he settled in Cotati, preferring to open his home to the wild bird population rather than his two-legged fans. Lu was on a first-name basis with the coastal gulls, as he took regular trips to feed them hot dogs while he combed their beaches for stones and driftwood. His grounds are still a sanctuary for wild turkeys, mockingbirds, hummingbirds and raucous bands of blue jays, which Lu distinguished as 'the west jays and the east jays.

What some have to say: After arriving at the Sage Hen, this went from a good vacation to a great vacation! --John & Maria, New Jersey
First time here and exceeded expectations. --Rich & Eileen, Missouri
Never a more hospitable place. --Gary & Cheryl, Tennessee
We now feel like we're 'coming home' when we arrive @ the Sage Hen. --Hugh, Mary, Neil & Virginia, Vancouver BC
Great oasis in the beautiful Sonoma Valley. --Linda, Cam, Susanne & Paul, Canada
Awsome home! Loved every minute. --Nancy
One visit is all it takes to make it a habit. --Winnie, Nevada
Walking, wine-tasting, whale-watching, visiting redwoods, hike in Muir Woods...very nice week. David & Lucy, UK
Beautiful home, so clean, central location. --Ken & Gail, Rhode Island
Amazing choice for our honeymoon. --Keith & Melody, Michigan
Southern hospitality out west! --the Hendersons, South Carolina
You have a slice of heaven here. --Ruth & Bill, Ohio
We loved the European touches and American comfort. --the Muratore family, Belgium

What others have to say: We loved the history. Perfect location, convenient to everything. --Alice & Dave, Arizona
Cool, comfortable, soothing. Cotati is a great little town, too. --John & Laurie, Illinois
The homey atmosphere and quality are tops. --Mike & Linda, Michigan
A wonderful stay; beats a hotel any day. --Christine
We are 'repeat offenders.' No way could we stay anywhere else. --Denise & John, Ohio
House is superb. Very well located and spotlessly clean. --Stan, Ireland
Love the location and the wild animals. --Consuelo, John & Maile, Mexico
One of our favorite places. --Kimberly & Richard, Minnesota
A great house. Wish it was mine, I'd ship it home! --David, Scotland
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Member since: 2005

Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/25/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1300 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Events Allowed
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • With Prop. 64 we are 420 friendly.


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Barbecue
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda


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from 34 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Year round
Jan 1 - Jan 1, 2018
2 night min stay
$1,400 $3,800
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • none $0
  • Cleaning $65
  • Per-person (over 2) $25



2-night minimum, $200 deposit (no deposit for returning guests).

$250/night, $1,400/week; $3,400/month

$25 per additional guest over 2

$200 deposit to hold reservations. Balance is paid after arrival.

Check or cash.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 03/25/2017
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15 Miles
Nearest Airport
Santa Rosa
0.3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Apple Valley Center
40 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Larkspur Landing
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Washoe Creek
60 Miles
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 101 & Hwy 116
0.3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Apple Valley Center
200 Miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
Bodega Bay

Car: Recommended

Sonoma County, historically known for its apples and Santa Rosa plums, was once called the Redwood Empire. The agricultural focus has shifted to grapes, helping the wines in the tri-county wine production area (Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino) top the export charts by 9 out of 10.

Luther Burbank, a well-known botanist, lived and worked in Santa Rosa, where is home and grounds are open to the public. Jack London, America's most successful writer of the 20th century, built his home, Wolf House, in nearby Glen Ellen. His property is now a state park.

The well-loved creator of Snoopy, Charles Schulz, lived and worked in Santa Rosa, where visitors to the area can enjoy the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Snoopy's Home Ice, one of the 'most beautiful ice arenas in the world.'


Owner info

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Since passage of prop.64 we are 420 friendly.

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Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/25/2017

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