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Ranch Chalet -Cozy and Tranquil in the Solano/Napa Hills

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

Chalet, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Available once again after two years of a long term rental by a Family from Boston. We prefer residences of from 1 to 12 months duration from either private or corporate persons. Contact owners for shorter or longer stays,as rates vary.

Wild Horse is a unique, little known gem of an upland valley just 15 minutes drive east of Old Town Napa and is located at 1000 feet elevation within Solano County . Nearby may be found a plethora of restaurants and some of the finest vineyards in California.

The property is bordered on the west and south by the Vallejo natural reserve, to the east by Wild Horse ranch and to the north by vineyards. This traditional guest house/chalet is quiet, clean,modernized, private and convenient.

The adjoining countryside is rich in wild life and excellent for bird watching,

Located on a forested hillside overlooking Lake Madigan,the Vallejo natural reserve,vineyards,stables and oak covered hillsides to the east. There is an olive grove,three dwellings,a barn and horses on the 20 acres that has been owned by our family for over 50 years.

Keywords: Chalet, farmhouse, cottage, Napa, Wildhorse, Lake, view, cabin, horse, ranch, olive, farm, Napa, ranch house

More Details

Richard or Edna Bronson
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2017

About Richard or Edna Bronson

The property is owned by Richard and Edna Bronson. The family is involved in the wine industry,archaeology and farming. The owners live on the same property some 200 yards to the north. The owners speak Spanish,French and Italian. Richard is former Professor of Archaeology at the Univ. of California and Edna has worked as an import consultant in the wine import industry and is very knowledgeable regarding the culinary arts.

Richard or Edna Bronson purchased this chalet in 1974

Why Richard or Edna Bronson chose Napa County

Great location just 15 minutes from the town of Napa,adjoining the pristine Solano County watershed, yet located in sublime countryside accessible by private road on an estate with olives,horses and great hikes.

What makes this chalet unique

Borders Wild Life Reserve with views of Lake Madigan,horse paddocks and Kenzo Vineyards

All the joys of the countryside,yet within 15 minutes of Down Town Napa.


Napa Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a tub/shower. The lower bathroom has an ample shower with corner seat.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Hiking trail adjoins property


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

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Ranch Chalet -Cozy and Tranquil in the Solano/Napa Hills
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews
La Crescenta, CA


  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at many VRBO properties and this was by far, the best yet! The property was spectacular, the home warm and inviting and Rick and his wife and sister were perfect hosts! If you are planning a trip to Napa, this is the place to stay! Couples who are wine tasting or families who want a perfect outdoors experience for the kids, this is the place!Although it feels like you are a million miles away from the center of town, it takes only 15 minutes to get to the property. We'll be back!!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chalet on the mountain

  • 5 of 5

The chalet was perfect for our little getaway to visit the Napa Valley. It was remote and quiet which we desired to allow us to relax and unwind from our busy lives. The accommodations were near and clean and the surrounding area is breathtakingly beautiful. I would definitely stay here again.


  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tucson AZ

Wonderful retreat in the Napa Hills

  • 5 of 5

Only 15 min. drive outside of Napa but what a wonderful quiet retreat after a full day on the wine routes.

Just loved it. Beds were comfortable, bathrooms roomy - kitchen fully equipped. Hosts are very friendly and price is more reasonable for 3 BR place in Napa Valley. Also they have 3 horses to pet and a friendly dog who would gladly accompany you on walks through the gorgeous hillside.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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we enjoy the place

  • 5 of 5

fantastic place,we (5 person) like it very much.

it's convinient to drive to downtown and the chalet is so clean \comfortable\well equipped. If we have more time,we prefer to stay home all day.

Rick is so nice ,you can get any help and advices from him.

We will come back and recommand it to our friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Napa Countryside

  • 4 of 5

It is quite a scenic drive to the tranquil chalet. It was clean and a pleasant place to relax and unwind. All of my fellow guests enjoyed their stay as well.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Weston, Florida

Charming property and charming owners

  • 5 of 5

The Cabin was idyllic and literally at the end of the road up the mountain, tucked away from Napa. Our neighbours (the ones we actually saw) included horses, rabbits, deer, skunks and snakes - and for the latter categories we kept a respectable distance away from each other! There are also wild pigs, and mountain lions around, but we didn't see them.

Trails at the back of the cabin rose to the ridge top and gave commanding views right up Napa valley and down to the coastal plane as far as the Golden Gate bridge. The property itself was spotlessly clean, fully equipped and very comfortable (the beds were especially good). Our only constructive criticism would be to suggest some more dresser/closet furniture in the master b/room. The owners, with whom it was a pleasure to deal were kind, attentive, and interested in making sure we appreciated all that there was to see and do on their grounds and in the region generally. We would recommend, and indeed have already recommended this vacation rental to friends and relatives.

We were a family of five with youngsters ranging from 19 to 2. The grounds of the estate with walks and widlife would appeal to nearly all ages, but luckily we had some assistance with the more junior members from local relatives. Nevertheless as wine tasting tours go, Sterling (near Calistoga) is a good family option due to the cable car ride to the winery on top of a hill and for us adults alone, the Calistoga couples mudbath was a hoot: not sure my joints felt that much better for it, but it was fun and relaxing. Nearer to home we enjoyed the Oxbow market in Napa with the Model bakery, Ritual coffee and fabulous fruit, cheese and meat vendors to sell all the ingredients for a great picnic to take off for a day away. All told, we had a lovely time and were sad to come home.

Final word for the rookie traveller to the region and this high up location particularly - watch out for big swings in temperature in summer (85 degree fahrenheit highs down to 50 at night) - great for the grapes apparently, but pack some fleeces and warm stuff as well as the shorts and t shirts!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
OXBOW Market
Nearest Ferry
16 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Silverado Country Club
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Highway 29
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Oxbow Market
Nearest Ski
145 Miles
Heavenly Summit
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
Muir Beach
Car: necessary

The chalet is located on a property containing an olive grove,horse pasture and natural forest. The location is very scenic with view of Lake Madigan and oak covered hills rich in wildlife and native California flora. To the east the property adjoins Kenzo Wine Estates,which is very beautiful,well appointed and open to visitation by appointment. Lovely view walks begin at the chalet. It is a 15 minute run by car to the Oxbow Market and the world class restaurants of Napa town.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100

Rate for 6-11 months is $4000 Rate for 12-24 months is $3400

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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