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

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View from rear of house; Sugarloaf Mountain, pool, privacy

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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2.75
  • Property type:Estate
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

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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 11th 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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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

Property Type

  • Estate
  • 2600 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Children Welcome:

    Very well equipped for children and child friendly...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Ramps lead to the front and rear of house. Elevator with outdoor access. Master bathroom shower can accommodate a wheel chair. Some limitations may apply....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 7-10

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single, 1 baby crib

    The twin beds are in a trundle-bed format (one pulls out)...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 twin/ single, 1 baby crib

    We have two Pak 'n Plays (folding child cribs)...moreless

  • Den: 2 twin/ single

    The two twins are in the form of a trundle bed...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    Exceptional views!...moreless

  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Large selection of travel guides and books on subjects of local interest as well as of fiction and literature....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Televisions located in living room, dining room and master bedroom....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    60" plasma HDTV in living room....moreless

  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Extensive DVD and Video library with classics and new releases certain to delight all ages....moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    View of Sugarloaf, famed Sonoma Peak and Mt. Hood....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Large eat-in kitchen nook (seats everybody) and adjoining dining room (seats six)...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Dual Zone Air Conditioning and Forced Air Heating....moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Maytag Neptune....moreless

  • Computer Available:

    Computer with large screen and printer set up in office nook....moreless

  • Elevator
  • Fireplace:

    Easy to use clean-burning wood fireplace insert. Can be set to warm the house if you desire. Of course the fire is a delight to watch, too. Plenty of good firewood on site....moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    Unlimited free calling in the U.S....moreless

  • Garage:

    Can be made available for longer-term rentals....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Energy-efficient gas forced hot air heating system; two zones. House is well insulated and warm (not drafty)....moreless

  • Internet:

    High-speed Comcast internet...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    High end linens, pillows, down comforters, bath and beach towels....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Fireplace; comfortable seating; books and videos; large room with games and play area at far end....moreless

  • Parking:

    Large parking area by house....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Maytag Neptune Frontloading Washer....moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Custom Napa Fieldstone Fireplace with Insert....moreless

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    Personal chef recommendations can be provided....moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Le Creuset pots and pans, good knives and complete selection of cooking tools and serving ware provided....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    Super-quiet new Bosch dishwasher....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Remodeled designer kitchen with ample counter space; well-equipped for gourmet food preparation. Eat-in dining nook seats ten comfortably....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Wolfe gas oven Thermador convection oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    6-burner Wolfe gas range....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Picnic table conveniently located outside of mudroom exit; additional seating on pool deck....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Wraparound veranda has Lloyd & Flanders white wicker furniture in rear for dining and relaxation; front porch has porch swing, wicker chairs and bank of rockers for enjoyment. Arbor at bocce court....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large level grounds. About a quarter-acre of lawn. Extensive gardens about the property....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Easy to use high-quality Weber propane grill....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub:

    Custom stone spa seats eight in magical setting. Powerful gas heater heats it up in minutes....moreless

  • Private Pool:

    Estate-sized pool with automatic child-safety cover and salt chlorination system. Solar-heated with gas heating available in cooler months....moreless

 

Reviews

Write a review 5
from 62 traveler reviews
Great stay at this California Wine Country estate with Pool 07/02/2010

VRBO Bear stayed here:


Grand Adventures in the Breathtaking Wine Country of Sonoma, CA

The drive to Brambleberry in Sonoma, CA was breathtaking and beautiful as we passed vineyard after vineyard. Upon my arrival, I was greeted warmly by the owner who took the time to acquaint me with all the amenities this property has to offer.

Brambleberry was the perfect getaway for our entire bear family. The solar heated pool, custom stone hot tub, outdoor shower with hot & cold water, ping pong table, hammock, porch swing and multiple tree swings provided us with endless fun. The owner also mentioned that a bocce ball court is being prepared for future guest enjoyment. There was outdoor patio seating for coffee in the morning and a picnic table with ample seating for lunches in the afternoon. There were movies, music and games for all ages. The owner also provides two pak-n-plays and a baby monitor for those young cubs that come to stay.

The wine country in Sonoma, CA was more beautiful than I imagined. We toured the Benziger Vineyards and the cool wine caves where the wine barrels are stored. We also had a chance to visit Imagery Vineyards near Arrowood all within 10 miles of the Brambleberry property. We found it very convenient that most of the vineyards were easy to locate off the main highway through town.

You have Santa Rosa, Calistoga, 12 vineyards, many dining options, the only Petrified Forest in CA, and so much more within 15 miles of this amazing rental property. Come and see for yourself all the beauty and adventure Brambleberry & Sonoma, CA has to offer!

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring I
Apr 24 - Apr 27, 2017
3 night min stay
$720 $875
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$5,050

Rates are based on 7 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

April last weekend
Apr 28 - Apr 29, 2017
2 night min stay
$875
Spring II
Apr 30 - May 25, 2017
3 night min stay
$720 $875
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$5,050

Rates are based on 7 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 - May 28, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,030
Late Spring
May 29 - Jun 9, 2017
3 night min stay
$720 $875
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 7 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Summer
Jun 10 - Aug 26, 2017
7 night min stay

$5,400
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 - Sep 4, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,030
Harvest
Sep 5 - Oct 26, 2017
3 night min stay
$720 $875
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Pre-Thanksgiving
Oct 27 - Nov 21, 2017
2 night min stay
$515 $775
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$3,100
Thanksgiving
Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2017
4 night min stay
$875
Pre-Holiday
Nov 27 - Dec 21, 2017
2 night min stay
$515 $775
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$3,100
Holiday
Dec 22 - Jan 1, 2018
3 night min stay
$720 $875
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$5,050
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$875

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • House cleaning $250 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $2,000
  • Tax Rate 12%

Notes:

* 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.


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

69 Miles
Nearest Airport
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.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

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.

Why the Owner Chose Kenwood, CA, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
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.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

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Photos

  • View from rear of house; Sugarloaf Mountain, pool, privacy

    View from rear of house; Sugarloaf Mountain, pool, privacy

  • Pristine view of Sugarloaf in spring, spacious grounds and privacy!

    Pristine view of Sugarloaf in spring, spacious grounds and privacy!

  • Front of house with wraparound veranda; level lawn is great for games!

    Front of house with wraparound veranda; level lawn is great for games!

  • Enjoy morning sun and view from rear veranda; Lloyd & Flanders wicker seats 6+

    Enjoy morning sun and view from rear veranda; Lloyd & Flanders wicker seats 6+

  • Spacious eat-in kitchen; center island and marble pastry counter

    Spacious eat-in kitchen; center island and marble pastry counter

  • Family room area; game table; reading chair and ottoman; French doors to veranda

    Family room area; game table; reading chair and ottoman; French doors to veranda

  • Spacious master features hand-made Aireloom king mattress and luxury bedding

    Spacious master features hand-made Aireloom king mattress and luxury bedding

  • Spacious bedroom with Queen four-poster, day bed with trundle and love seat

    Spacious bedroom with Queen four-poster, day bed with trundle and love seat

  • Light and charming guest bath upstairs; shower over tub and large marble counter

    Light and charming guest bath upstairs; shower over tub and large marble counter

  • Gorgeous farmhouse with wraparound porch set well back on park-like grounds

    Gorgeous farmhouse with wraparound porch set well back on park-like grounds

  • Estate-size pool and spa (beyond) in early spring; changing area/shower on left

    Estate-size pool and spa (beyond) in early spring; changing area/shower on left

  • Catch the afternoon sun on front veranda; porch swing, wood rockers and wicker

    Catch the afternoon sun on front veranda; porch swing, wood rockers and wicker

  • Front entry leads to 3 upstairs bedrooms; living room at left and den to right

    Front entry leads to 3 upstairs bedrooms; living room at left and den to right

  • Warm by the fieldstone fireplace; enjoy cable and Netflix on the 60" plasma HDTV

    Warm by the fieldstone fireplace; enjoy cable and Netflix on the 60" plasma HDTV

  • Dining room with office overlooking pool & rear yard; family/living room beyond

    Dining room with office overlooking pool & rear yard; family/living room beyond

  • Upstairs hallway with master to left, large guest bed in center, bath to right

    Upstairs hallway with master to left, large guest bed in center, bath to right

  • Large master bath with soaring ceiling; clawfoot tub and large shower stall

    Large master bath with soaring ceiling; clawfoot tub and large shower stall

  • Second guest BR - "The Beautiful Room" - has fabulous views year-round

    Second guest BR - "The Beautiful Room" - has fabulous views year-round

  • Exuberantly colored mudroom with new washer/dryer; quarter bath; access outdoors

    Exuberantly colored mudroom with new washer/dryer; quarter bath; access outdoors

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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