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Extraordinary Estate Amid Vineyards: Best Location, View, Pool/Spa, Bocce

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

Frommer's & HomeAway chose Brambleberry as their signature wine country property

Brambleberry is a luxurious and private 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.

Selected May 2017 by HomeAway and Frommer's as their signature wine country property for Frommer's worldwide 60th Anniversary promotion - see and

Brambleberry was earlier 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
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Calendar last updated:
July 17, 2017

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.


Kenwood Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Cancellation for stays of 4+ nights: full refund if cancelled prior to 90 days before; we make best efforts to re-rent; see specimen Rental Agreement
  • Maximum four (4) motor vehicles on premises (per County ordinance). Thank you.
  • Please review specimen Rental Agreement. All rentals require signed Rental Agreement. Thank you.
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 ...
  • 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.


Great stay at this California Wine Country estate with Pool

VRBO Bear stayed here

Jul 2, 2010

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! The VRBO Bear

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(66 traveler reviews)

Extraordinary Estate Amid Vineyards: Best Location, View, Pool/Spa, Bocce
average rating of 5.0 based on 66 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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Amazing Wine Country Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is our 4th time renting this property and it never disappoints. The property is fenced so our young kids can roam and ride bikes on the long driveway while the adults enjoy some wine and bocce. There are plenty of other kids activities to keep little ones entertained too- kids movies, toys, swings, ping pong table, etc. The pool and spa are wonderful and the stocked kitchen makes this rental an ideal vacation spot for families or a girls getaway. You really never need to leave the house, but if you are looking to wine taste the property is in an ideal location close to dozens of wineries, great takeout, and grocery stores. We will def be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Redwood city california


  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a week in this beautiful home. We were six adults and four children ages 4 to 8. Everyone enjoyed the peaceful setting. The rooms were comfortable and the kitchen well equipped for all meal preparation. The pool was great and the whole family had a great time. There is no need to leave the property, it is a destination.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Elk Grove, CA

Beautiful Estate, with incredible grounds and location!

  • 5 of 5

I hosted a cousins reunion and thanks to Kathleen, she made our reunion such a memorable experience. The house is perfect for backyard relaxing, enjoying the awesome pool and spa, while you sip some wine and play some Bocce. We enjoyed the beautiful gourmet kitchen, that was completely stocked with everything that we need to cook for our group each night. The house is so spacious and clean, that everyone had a room, a very comfortable bed and a place to just relax if needed. I would highly recommend and we can't wait to return for another getaway. Thanks to Kathleen, she is an awesome hostess.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular Home / Grounds + Accommodating Host

  • 5 of 5

We hosted our whole family at Brambleberry after the birth of our second child. Kathleen and Robert were amazing hosts, and the house was perfectly situated for the guests of every age. There were toys and equipment for our 2 year old, and he's already asking to go back.

We have stayed at many VRBO and rented homes, but for the beauty, activities, surrounding, and (heated) pool, we will definitely be back soon.

Kathleen and Robert were easy to work with, very responsive with recommendations and to our questions, and even their neighbors were more than accommodating. Would give 6 stars if possible.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything about Brambleberry in Kenwood is amazing--the location, the amenities, the cleanliness

  • 5 of 5

Kathleen and Robert are a joy to work with. Our family has stayed at Brambleberry on two occasions and it just feels like home. The grounds, the bocci ball court, the pool/hot tub, places to lounge, sit--it is a beautiful place. The house itself is also very nice and clean and the kitchen is a big perk. Brambleberry is also so conveniently located to three state parks and dozens of wineries. Thank-you and we will be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • 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

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 15 2017 - Aug 11 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
Summer II
Aug 12 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
Summer III
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
End August
Aug 26 2017 - Aug 31 2017
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
Oct 27 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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