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Sonoma Estate Amid Vineyards: Wraparound Porch, View, Pool/Spa, Bocce, Location!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, amid vineyards; rare farmhouse style; views, amenities

Brambleberry is a luxurious 3+ acre gated estate in the heart of Sonoma’s quintessential Valley of the Moon wine country, surrounded by vineyards, near renowned wineries and wonderfully located for touring Northern California's wine country. Brambleberry has been featured in Travel + Leisure, whose writer chose to reside there exclusively during his county-wide tour.

Now in our 10th rental season, we've hosted over 300 vacation rentals and had many repeat guests. We commonly hear that Brambleberry is even more stunning than our photos suggest! For additional photos and information, please look on the web under WineCountryHouse. Upon request we act as virtual concierge to our guests, providing recommendations on wineries, restaurants, shopping and local attractions.

From its serene setting to its traditional house, Brambleberry distinctively combines authentic wine-country and farm aesthetics. Blackberries (great for picking) abound in wild brambles. Majestic oaks and redwoods, a seasonal creek and a seasonal pond, all on level grounds, create a park-like setting. Private and quiet, yet conveniently located, the traditional farmhouse-style home is set well back and reached by a long, tree-lined driveway. A wraparound veranda lined with mature wisteria provides a cooling retreat from summer heat. Take in pristine views of nearby Sugarloaf, the landmark Sonoma Valley peak, while luxuriating in the heated pool or custom spa.

The 2600+ sq ft home has been exquisitely updated with attention to its vintage style, with high ceilings and high-end fixtures and appointments. The comfortable furniture includes antique and period pieces. Antique prints and paintings and unique handcrafted treasures echo Brambleberry's vintage aesthetic. Brambleberry is fully handicapped accessible and has access ramps, an elevator and an accessible full bath.

Serious and casual chefs alike will delight in the large designer kitchen, featured in Better Homes and Gardens. Its dining nook seats 10 and overlooks the pool. Luxury appliances, including a massive Wolfe six-burner range and oven and Thermador convection oven, are complemented by granite counter tops, a marble baker’s counter, a center island ideal for gourmet meal preparation and high-end cookware and dishware. Adjoining the kitchen, the formal dining room has a beautiful trestle table and an office area overlooking the pool. Keep in touch with high speed internet/Wi-Fi, guest computer and printer/copier/scanner/fax. From the dining room enter the large, inviting living/family room with fireplace of local fieldstone and 60" plasma TV. When it’s cool, luxuriate before a roaring wood fire. Step outside to the wraparound veranda furnished with rocking chairs and vintage wicker and bistro seating. Also on the ground floor are a den, two half bathrooms and a large finished mudroom/laundry room with easy access to the pool, spa and bocce court.

Brambleberry can sleep up to 10. Large groups ideally include small children and not more than seven adults. Upstairs are three spacious bedrooms, all with views. The master has a king and a twin, one guest room sleeps four with a queen and trundle bed and the second guest room has a queen. Downstairs, the den sleeps two with a trundle sleigh bed and sliding doors for privacy. The master bath has a large stall shower and a freestanding clawfoot bathtub. The guest bath has a shower-tub combination.

The beautiful estate-size pool has salt chlorination and a recessed safety cover that keeps it clean and warm. Solar pool heat can be supplemented by gas heat in cooler months. After a swim, enjoy a warm shower in the outdoor changing room. A large custom stone spa is inviting year-round. The large bocce court with premium Har-Tru surface provides hours of fun for all ages. Comfortable outdoor seating on the patio and pool deck, extensive lawns and mature shade trees create the perfect setting for outdoor dining and relaxation.

Brambleberry is fully equipped for young children, including two Pack 'n Plays, high chair, stroller and baby monitors. A full collection of ride-on toys and wagons is available. Other amenities include two-zone central air and heat, water purification system, double-paned windows for warmth, security system, high-speed internet and Wi-Fi, three TV's (including 60” plasma HDTV) on cable with DVD/VCR, gas grill, croquet, horseshoes, bocce ball, ping pong and basketball.

So as not to disturb our neighbors and to comply with the local vacation rental ordinance, we don't allow on-site events, oversized rental parties or heavy entertaining. By prior arrangement, day visitors may be considered.

Brambleberry’s sophisticated interior appeals to discerning adults while its magical outdoors is a paradise for children of all ages. Brambleberry is a luxury retreat that will be part of many happy memories.

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About The Owner

Rob and Kathleen live in San Francisco with their two children. Kathleen is a native San Franciscan and Rob has lived in the City over 25 years. Following his dream to come to California, Rob, who grew up in Pennsylvania and went to college in New England, came West for graduate school (he is a Stanford grad) and has remained in California since. He met Kathleen shortly after moving to San Francisco.

The Owner purchased this estate in 2005

Why The Owner chose Sonoma County

Growing up in foggy San Francisco, Kathleen's lifelong dream was to have a sunny getaway in the wine country. We looked at a lot of beautiful homes but fell in love with Brambleberry for its compelling setting and absolutely distinctive farmhouse aesthetic. We are fortunate to be able now to call it ours.

Kenwood is a delightful small town in the heart of "the real wine country", the Valley of the Moon in Sonoma Valley. It is convenient to everything the wine country visitor might want.

We spend a lot of our free time improving and maintaining Brambleberry, a true labor of love! We take great delight in hosting our vacation-rental guests and sharing our favorite local tips with them.

What makes this estate unique

Brambleberry has it all: location, serenity, privacy, luxury and comfort! Many if not most guests don't want to leave Brambleberry during their stay! This is our family's second home and we have appointed it to a very high standard.


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(58 traveler reviews)

Sonoma Estate Amid Vineyards: Wraparound Porch, View, Pool/Spa, Bocce, Location!
average rating of 5.0 based on 58 reviews
San Francisco, CA

Brambleberry Getaway in Kenwood

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful, long weekend at Brambleberry. There was a total of 4 adults and (2) sets of kids ages 5 and 8 in our party. The house and grounds were so amazing that we really didn't need to leave the property, but local amenities were all nearby including Annadale Start Park for a morning hike (we walked there with the kids), Safeway for late night emergencies, wine tasting and kid friendly dining (although Sonoma county is known to have many fine dining options).

The house was very comfortable (especially the beds), and well stocked from the kitchen items to the pool toys. We tried to get the kids to sleep together, and there was plenty of room for musical beds at night. We all enjoyed the pool in the mornings and afternoons, as well as the rest of the property for biking, soccer, baseball, and basketball to lying in the hammock and swinging on the swings. There was plenty for the kids to do, which makes for a very enjoyable time for the adults. The moms were able to duck out for a Sonoma Mission Inn spa excursion (5 hours, not that anyone was keeping track...but the dads).

The communication with the owners before, during and after our stay was great. They were very accommodating to our needs, and provided excellent local recommendations. We would definitely recommend this home to others, and we hope to come back again soon. Brambleberry is a true home away from home.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2008
  • Stayed: Aug 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Family Vacation/Reunion-Private & Convenient

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this delightful Sonoma Estate. Plenty of room for 6 adults and 2 children. We spent our days enjoying the beautiful pool and backyard. (And Bocci Ball Court) The bedrooms were comfortable as was the family room. The kitchen and dining room worked perfectly for us. The location was convenient for wine tasting and there were plenty of choices for dining out. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five stayed in this wonderful home for a long weekend in early December. It felt like home from the minute we walked in. The owners seem to have found the perfect balance of luxury and comfort. From the cozy beds with quality linens to the stunning kitchen to the comfortable living room we had everything we needed to feel at home. They also had plenty of toys, games, scooters, etc. to keep the kids occupied. Outside the house is beautiful too with an incredible wrap-around porch, heated pool and spa, bocce court, and lots of peace and quiet. There is even a persimmon tree in the yard for those visiting in the fall!

We want to especially thank the owners for going out of there way to make our stay easy and comfortable. Thank you! We're already talking about when we can visit again!

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Setting for a Relaxing Family Ladies' Retreat

  • 5 of 5

I booked this gorgeous home for a getaway weekend for the ladies in my extended family to celebrate special birthdays for my mom and aunt. Our goal was for serenity and relaxation in Sonoma County. Brambleberry not only met, but exceeded our wishes! The sprawling grounds offered much opportunity for relaxation and family together time. We loved everything and spent much time in the pool, on the swings/hammock and in the seating area on the wrap around porch. The owners were very warm, welcoming guides to our time on the property. They even introduced us to the winery next door (happily tasted and purchased some of their delicious varietals) and to a wonderful service that provided massages at the house. We look forward to creating future family memories at this amazing rental property!!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved It

  • 5 of 5

Our parents were visiting from NY and it was lovely to spend a week with them at this great house. Highlights for us included the gated driveway, the wonderful wrap-around porch, the swimming pool, and the incredible privacy. Walking distance to Annadel State Park, and the beautiful live-oak and fir forests. Thank you Brambleberry!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The best place for the best birthday ever

  • 5 of 5

It might seem strange that someone old enough to be celebrating a 70th birthday would consider it the best ever. But partly thanks to the beauty of Brambleberry, it was. In short, my family and I simply didn't want to leave. We did, of course, because Brambleberry is so convenient to sensational restaurants and wineries, but we'd have been just as happy lounging all day each day on the wraparound porch, or soaking in the spa, or playing in the pool, or dozing on the hammock....or doing ping pong or bocci ball on the authentic bocci ball court. The house is wonderfully cozy and bountifully equipped, the beds are comfy, the silence induces sleep. And the hosts bend over backwards to make sure all goes well. Brambleberry was perfect for our family reunion, and I think would be just right for a reunion of any kind.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
69 Miles
Santa Rosa (18 miles) and San Francisco (SFO)
Car: necessary

Wine tasting - Over a dozen award-winning wineries located within five minutes of the property, Glen Ellen wineries within ten minutes and dozens in Sonoma Valley up to 25 minutes away. Central Napa Valley is a half hour over a scenic mountain road. Healdsburg, 35 minutes away, is the gateway to Russian River, Alexander and Dry Creek valleys. Take a scenic drive to the spectacular Sonoma coast.


Rates & Availability

Kenwood Estate Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Mar 3 2017 - Apr 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring Holiday
Apr 7 2017 - Apr 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 24 2017 - May 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend
May 25 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 3 2017 - Aug 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 27 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

House cleaning $250 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Tax Rate 12.0%

* PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A PARTY HOUSE! We do not allow events, parties or entertaining (beyond the guests who are staying at the house). We take the Sonoma Vacation Rental Ordinance very seriously and we monitor occupancy very closely.
* We generally prefer no more than seven adults. An additional $75 per person, per night beyond seven, not to exceed ten adults. The house sleeps up to ten with children.
* The nightly rate is $1,000 and three night minimum for major holidays such as Memorial Day Weekend, July 4th and Labor Day Weekend. Christmas and New Year's Eve Weekend is a three night minimum at the standard rate. Thanksgiving is a four night minimum at the standard rate.
* Please inquire about midweek discounts and "last minute" pricing.
* Cancellations subject to penalty if within 90 days (60 days for non-holiday rentals of three or fewer nights) of check-in.

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Kenwood Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Outdoor shower - shower , Hot shower; near pool; has changing area
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , The twin beds are in a trundle-bed format (one pulls out)
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , We have two Pak 'n Plays (folding child cribs)
    Den - 2 twin/ single , The two twins are in the form of a trundle bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Exceptional views!
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (3), Baby Cribs (1) Two Pack 'n Plays available., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Daybed in larger guestroom has pullout mattress that can be elevated to make additional queen. Den, with sliding doors for privacy, has sleigh bed with pullout mattress.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Gated property with phone service to the house for security, Long tree-lined driveway, Level extensive grounds in park-like setting, Yellow farmhouse with wraparound veranda, Pool has automatic child-safety cover with lock and key. Pool equipment has salt chlorination for that 'silky' and non-chemical feel. Solar-heated during the season; Gas heat available (at cost) to heat the pool during the off-season. Custom 12 x 65 foot bocce court with premium Har-Tru surface.

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