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Sonoma Wine Country Home, 'America's Most Romantic Towns' Travel & Leisure, 2014

Bedrooms 2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


chateau / country house
Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Chateau / Country House, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Casacalenda at Carneros offers 2 bedrooms and 2 baths + den in the desirable east side of Sonoma, near Napa.

Ideal for 1 or 2 couples or a small family, Casacalenda is named after the picturesque hill town overlooking the Biferno River Valley in southern Italy, where the owner's great-grandmother was born. With more than 30 wineries nearby, Carneros is the closest wine region to San Francisco and the second oldest center of wine production in California, spanning both Sonoma and Napa counties.

The home features 2 bedrooms, each with queen beds and french doors to a deck or stone patio, a master bath with a Jacuzzi Whirlpool tub and shower, a 2nd bath with double sinks and a walk-in shower, a den/TV room, livingroom with gas fireplace, dining room and newly upgraded gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, a Culligan purified water system, a Jennair gas range with grill, and a Bosch dishwasher.

Amenities include a six-person hot tub, a Weber Genesis Gas Barbecue,a farmhouse-style dining table, leather sofas, a game/card table with 4 chairs, an Ipod speaker tower, CD player with outdoor speakers, and a 40' flat screen TV, as well as garden furniture , a hammock for two, and an outdoor table with umbrella. The house is supplied with quality linens and bedding including down blankets and imported woven coverlets, a Krups coffee grinder and Capresso european coffee maker, a picnic basket, all glasses, dishes, utensils and cookware are included.

Set in tuscan gardens with Italian cypress, olive trees and low stone walls, the house looks across to a working organic farm and is situated among neighboring vineyards, yet it is only 2 miles from the Sonoma town plaza with its fine restaurants and entertainment and 4 miles from Napa. Perfect for bicycling in the vineyards and picnicking at the many picturesque wineries nearby.

County of Sonoma Vacation Rental Permit No. ZPE11-0199.

County of Sonoma Transient Occupancy Certificate No. 875N

Please note: Sonoma County Ordinance mandates Quiet Hours from 9pm to 7am and restricts number of vehicles to 3, off street.

Keywords: Carneros, Wine country, East Sonoma, Villa, vineyards

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2017

About The Owner

Donna Dell is a retired employment lawyer and former Labor Commissioner of California. Having a love of travel since her early career as an international airline employee, Donna always found herself attracted to northern California's rugged coastline and picturesque hillsides, reminicient of her family's medieval village in southern Italy.

The Owner purchased this chateau / country house in 2011

Why The Owner chose Sonoma County

Having shared my Irish Beach vacation home on the Mendocino coast for more than twenty years with return guests, including many 2nd generations, Carneros seemed the perfect addition. The convenience of its location to San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma, along with the variety of activities available to all ages, prompted me to start looking in the Carneros region about 8 years ago. The moment I finally walked into this house I knew I'd found my Casacalenda!

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Three days in the wine country followed by 3 days overlooking the ocean in beautiful Mendocino County make the perfect California vacation! Please visit VRBO property #275652 to view Donna's Irish Beach vacation rental.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Sonoma Wine Country Home, 'America's Most Romantic Towns' Travel & Leisure, 2014
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Great House and Location for Sonoma and Napa Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We went with another couple and it was perfect. Good separation of spaces. Very well kept and clean. Even better than the pictures. It would be great for families with kids too - maybe next time we'all bring the kids - or not :-)

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lexington, MA

Very comfortable house for touring wine country

  • 5 of 5

My husband, our adult daughter, and I stayed here for a few days in March. It's a beautifully maintained home in a quiet neighborhood not too far from the center of town. The two bedrooms were most comfortable. After touring, we loved sitting out in the private back yard in the afternoon and in the hot tub on cool evenings. The kitchen and the dining room were well equipped for eating in, and we enjoyed local restaurants as well. Our wine tour ended up being a private tour (as it was somewhat off season) and our guide picked us up and dropped us off at the house; so convenient! The cable service at the house does not support streaming from one's computer, but the owner provided many DVDs to choose from. Unfortunately during our stay, the wi-fi wasn't working so we had to go to a cafe to access our email. Nevertheless, we had a lovely time and would stay there again. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review! After much back and forth with the internet provider they finally sent someone out who determined that the foliage on a tree was obstructing the satellite reception, so they moved the dish and all is back to normal! Thank you for your patience - Donna
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Oakland, CA

Super Charming

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriends and I went up for a few days for a girlfriends/wine weekend and really enjoyed our stay at this Sonoma oasis. The home was welcoming and Donna left a bottle of wine for us to start the weekend right! We spent most of our time outside on the patio (super pleasant) -- the weather was perfect and the hammock outside was extremely comfortable. The hot tub was the perfect end to the day. The property is well maintained and inviting. I highly recommend this rental and look forward to returning very soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So nice and relaxing :)

  • 5 of 5

I booked this house for 2 nights to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday. This house was great to come back to after a long day of wine tasting and shopping. It's private and quiet with everything you need. You can tell the owner is very thoughtful and accommodating. A welcoming bottle of wine (which was delicious) was waiting for us when we arrived.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Yazmin, Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm very happy that your husband's birthday weekend was a success. We look forward to your next visit. Best regards, Donna
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Cuter, sweeter and nicer than described!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I traveled with another couple to spend a weekend in Napa. We were looking for something quiet and homey for a little rest and relaxation. What a wonderful home! We had an amazing weekend and were just a short drive from so many vineyards and wineries. I enjoyed a serene walk every morning (while the others slept!), we all enjoyed the hot tub and cooking meals together, and we loved the farm life surrounding us. We would highly recommend to anyone looking for a charming experience in wine country.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Deanna, Thank you for your gracious comments - I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us! Enjoy your travels . . . Donna
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Los Angeles, CA

There's No Place Like This Sonoma Home!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I made a quick weekend trip with some friends and couldn't have been happier with this house. It's very charming with lots of pleasant outdoor spaces for relaxing. My only regret is that we weren't at the home much since we were often out and about. We'll be back!!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Chardonnay and Sonoma Golf Clubs
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Napa Wine Train
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Fremont Diner
Nearest Beach
46 Miles
Car: recommended

Gateway to the Napa and Sonoma wine country. Over 30 wineries nearby.

Bicycles available on the property. Additional bicycle rentals nearby.

Perfect for picnicking at the wineries.


Rates & Availability

Sonoma Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 15 2016 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
New Rates for 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning (7+ nites $100) $80 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

*House cleaning fee is $100 for 7+ night stay and $150 for 15+ nights
Deposit is fully refundable up to 2 weeks before arrival (30 days for holiday and event weekends). Within 2 weeks of scheduled arrival all prepaid rental costs will be fully refunded, however, the deposit will be refunded only if we are able to re-book the reservation.
Deposit may be applied to a later booking.

Owner will forward reservation form. A security deposit of $300 for 2-4 night stays and $500 for 5+ night stays must be paid by check to confirm your reservation. The check will be held uncashed and returned marked 'void' providing the house is left in good condition. Full rental payment made by check or Mastercard is due 2 weeks before arrival to allow enough time to mail the map and instructions

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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Sonoma Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Jacuzzi and shower in master bath. Double sink and walk-in shower in guest bath.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1) In Den
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
Incldes Ipod/MP3 speaker tower, clock radios, hair dryers.

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