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Beautiful New House One Block from Sonoma Plaza and Sonoma Mission

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

House, Two Bedrooms, Library/Media Room, 2 Full Baths, 1/2 Bath (Sleeps 4-6)

HGTV included this house in its ‘Dream Home Sonoma' program as one of the beautiful homes of Sonoma. This custom-designed property, perfect for one or two couples looking for a wine country retreat, is located one block from the historic Sonoma Plaza with its tasting rooms, specialty shops, and restaurants. Leave your car at home and walk to everything.

Open the front gate. Walk along the curvy flagstone path and up a few steps to the sunny front porch. Open the double French entrance doors and you will find a home that is beautiful, immaculate, and relaxing.

The 'Great Room' has high ceilings, stunning reclaimed wood floors, a gas fireplace, and comfortable leather seating. The dining area features an 8' long French farm table with seating for eight. The fully-appointed kitchen was designed for the gourmet chef and is perfect for entertaining.

The house has 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed and ensuite bath. The upstairs bedroom has a queen bed and adjacent bath. Linens and tableware are luxurious. The library/media room, offering comfort and privacy, has a comfortable Queen sofa sleeper, 55' 'Smart' TV, gas fireplace, and adjacent half bath. Central heat/air conditioning and wireless internet are provided.

The house was built with our planet in mind. Green features include an on-demand hot water system, all Energy Star appliances, energy-efficient windows and walls, ceiling fans, and clean gas-burning fireplaces. The floors are custom Beech reclaimed from a former tobacco barn and 150-year old Midwest barn beams have been reused as fireplace mantels.

Outside is an award-winning garden that is a friendly haven for butterflies, birds, and gorgeous blooms accented by a softly burbling fountain.

Please check the calendar and terms before making inquiry. To be in compliance with City of Sonoma zoning regulations, we only rent for a minimum of 30 days. Thank you for understanding.

Keywords: luxury, new, gourmet, clean, comfortable, charming, Green, beautiful, close to Plaza

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

About Winnie

We live about an hour away from Sonoma. Our interests include photography, travel, art, reading, cooking, gardening, cycling, and, of course, wine! We designed and built this house in 2008 as our country retreat. We enjoy sharing it with others who love the wine country as we do. When we are at Chez Winnie, we enjoy some of the best wine tasting in the Valley, then walk to one of our favorite restaurants on the Plaza, perhaps watch a film at the Sebastiani Theater, and stop for ice cream on the walk home. It couldn't be better.

Winnie purchased this house in 2008

Why Winnie chose Sonoma

There are many beautiful vacation homes in Sonoma, but few capture the unique charm of life in the wine country like Chez Winnie -- and there are very few within walking distance of the Plaza.

If we want an adventure, there are so many things to do. Sonoma County was the first wine region in California. It enjoys a 55 mile picturesque coastline, beautiful redwoods, and is dominated by established lineages of family-owned vineyards and wineries.

Interestingly, approximately 35% of all Bay Area and Wine Country Michelin-rated restaurants are in our wine country.

What makes this house unique

A new home on one of the most charming streets in Sonoma, a beautiful garden, and one block from wonderful restaurants, wine tasting, and shops. As a recent guest said, 'When you step inside, you will realize that this is much more than a place to stay; it's like living the Sonoma experience to the fullest.'

Guestbook comments from the owner

Winnie -- Thank you for the opportunity to stay at "Chez Winnie". Our visit was relaxing and enjoyable!

Blessings and Cheers!
Sep 2013
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Nearest Airport
57 Miles
San Francisco International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Over 20 tasting rooms are within one block
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Golden Gate Ferry - Sausalito Ferry Terminal
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 12
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Cafe LaHaye - 'consistently outstanding' - Zagat
Nearest Ski
160 Miles
Lake Tahoe Ski Area
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Dillon Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Sonoma Plaza
Nearest Point of Interest
Sonoma Mission (historical)
Nearest Point of Interest
Sebastiani Theater
Nearest Point of Interest
Sebastiani Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
The Girl and the Fig Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Eldorado Kitchen
Car: not necessary

Both locals and visitors enjoy the many things to do in Sonoma. The Friday Farmer's Market is held year round. The Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers Market on the Plaza is held May through October. The widely-respected Ramekins Culinary School offers cooking classes year-round. If you like to swim, the Sonoma Aquatic Center features an Olympic size outdoor pool, an indoor 90 degree pool, and outdoor 102 degree spa -- all using the Hot Springs mineral water. Like to cycle? Bring your own bike or rent one nearby. Your adventures can start at the Sonoma Bike Path located 1/2 block from Chez Winnie and extend to the miles of backroads found throughout Sonoma County.

Here is a brief Calendar of Events. Be sure to check with the Visitor's Bureau on the Plaza when you arrive to get up-to-date information.

January/February - Friday Morning Farmers Market (every Friday throughout the year).

March - Savor Sonoma Valley Food and Wine Experience.

March/April - Sonoma International Film Festival. April in Carneros

May - Sonoma Historical Motorsports Festival

Summer Months - Broadway Under the Stars/Transcendance Theater at Jack London State Park

July - Fourth of July old fashioned parade and evening fireworks, Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon

August - Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

September - Red and White Ball, Wine Country Optics and Nature Festival, Sonoma Plein Air Festival, Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival, Sonoma Valley Crush Festival.

October - ARTrails Open Studio Tour, Glen Ellen Village Fair

November - Holidays in Carneros, Heart of Sonoma Wineries Open House

December - Christmas by Candlelight in the Sonoma Mission, Lighting of the Snowmen Festival at Cornerstone


Sonoma House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Town ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Ensuite Master Bath - Travertine stone - toilet , shower , Custom vanity, 2 sinks, natural stone shower, Toto Washlet
    Powder room/Half Bath - toilet , Custom vanity, Gerberit wall-mounted toilet
    Bathroom 2 - Carrera marble - toilet , combination tub/shower , Pedestal sink, 25 inch deep soaking tub/shower
  • 2.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - Private, main floor - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - Private - 2nd floor - 1 queen
    Library/Media Room - Comfortable Queen sofa sleeper, gas FP, HDTV/surround sound
  • Bedroom One, located on the main floor, has a California King bed, ensuite Master bath, plantation shutters, and French doors leading to the backyard landscape. Bedroom 2, located on the second floor, has a Queen bed, adjacent bath, and brightly lit views of neighboring gardens. Both bedrooms feature high quality linens and robes, ample closet space, and ceiling fans. Sleep Sofa (1) - A comfortable Queen sofa sleeper is located in the Library/Media Room.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
The house is located in a historic area and we are respectful of our neighbors. No parties are allowed.


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Beautiful New House One Block from Sonoma Plaza and Sonoma Mission
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews
Shelburne, Vermont

Comfort and Style

  • 5 of 5

Having stayed at Chez Winnie five times, one could not ask for more! Gracious and attentive owners, prime location, and a well appointed home in the heart of wine country. As soon as one walks through the front door it speaks of home. Warm and comfortable with everything you could wish for. Gardens with an abundance of roses, herbs, and the scent of wisteria. Sipping wine under the pergola or coffee on the front porch becomes a way of life. Sonoma life at its best!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ambler, PA

5 Star plus!!!

  • 5 of 5

The month of Feb. 2015 was by far, one of our greatest vacations. We rented Chez Winnie on the recommendation of another friend and she did not steer us wrong! Talk about could not have asked for a more perfect spot. The front porch and comfortable rocking chairs offered us the opportunity to enjoy morning coffee or evening wine. The house sits on a quiet street within a short walk of the town square. Restaurants, bakeries, post office, library, movie theater, grocery stores and boutique stores are all at your finger tips. We even walked to local wineries! The town and towns people are lovely. We found this to be true of all the towns we visited and because the location is so perfect, we drove off to explore a different town almost everyday. Hiking was superb. The layout of the house is quite comfortable and because the bedrooms are located on two different floors, it offers privacy to more than one couple. We found the furnishings to be well cared for, the house was immaculate and the kitchen was very well appointed. It was difficult leaving and we look forward to another Chez Winnie adventure.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Naples, FL


  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Chez Winnie for an entire month in July and what a fantastic experience. Chez Winnie is a 5-Star residence within 2 blocks of the Square. The house is not your typical rental. It has all the appointments of a home away from home, including a wonderful backyard garden, a relaxing front porch and a trellis sitting area to watch life go by in Sonoma.

The beds were very comfortable with fine linens and bedding. The master bathroom was spacious and the walk in shower was terrific.

We ate most of our meals in with an ocassional walk to some of the finest restaurants found in Sonoma County. The kitchen with it's Wolf range and the outside bar-b-que grill made preparing meals a delight and not a chore.

Great wi-fi and Direct TV.

We could not have asked for a better rental than Chez Winnie and the best part was the communication and friendship we developed with Winne - she is the BEST!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review. It was a pleasure having you as our guests!
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South Burlington, Vermont

Par Excellence

  • 5 of 5

Charm, comfort, and convenience best describe the abundant gifts Chez Winnie has to offer. Nestled within a garden which is a feast for the eyes, it is a true refuge offering peace, relaxation, and tranquility. We could choose a lazy morning, book and coffee in hand, on the front porch or a lingering afternoon under a wisteria laden pergola sipping a fine wine from the region. Just a block away, we strolled around the historic Sonoma Plaza with its fine restaurants which satified our discerning palates. Whatever beckoned us, wineries and vineyards, breathtaking views along accessible hiking trails, walking to the weekly farmer's market, biking on a paved path or back country roads, or sampling a delicious local cheese,

were within a stone's throw. The house's interior is lovely and meticulously cared for tastefully decorated and well equipped. It's owners exude warmth and welcome, attention to details and helpfulness. They have made our stay at Chez Winnie over the past four years memorable and an invitation to return time and time again.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Naples, Florida


  • 5 of 5

This home is so enjoyable and close to the square. Beautiful chefs kitchen, great master bedroom and bath, very relaxing front porch. Close to many fine wineries and restaurants.

We have had friends visit and all have been very impressed with this property. We look forward to our return in 2015! Owners are very responsive to any need.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bob and Joyce -- Thanks for the wonderful review. We enjoy sharing Chez Winnie with you and we look forward to seeing you again next year.
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Bristol, Vermont

The memories will linger....

  • 5 of 5

30 April 2014

Dear Winnie & Bob,

Once again we leave Sonoma and your beautiful home filled with gratitude for how fortunate we are to have had this opportunity. The physical surroundings of both Sonoma and your home are elegant and at the same time filled with warmth. You are so generous to open your home to us and also open your hearts in friendship.

The words that surround the daily experiences are connection and community. Each year it becomes more clear what a unique place Sonoma is. This was the best year yet!

The memories will linger…

With Heart,

Diane & Mike

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: February 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500

Housekeeping is provided every two weeks and at end of stay by our friendly and responsible housekeeper. Housekeeping fees are to be paid directly by Guest to housekeeper in cash (U.S. dollars).

There is no (0%) occupancy tax add-on. We are in compliance with City of Sonoma zoning regulations.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.