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Sonoma Charm: Winter Creek Cottage, Heart of the Valley of the Moon!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 1 bath country home, views!, only 5 miles to Sonoma Square

Winter Creek Cottage (Sonoma TOT #1032N) is situated in the prettiest - and most secreted - part of Sonoma. Just five miles from Sonoma Square, the Cottage feels like a million miles away, surrounded as it is by fields full of sheep, horses, birds an even the occasional llama! Look out in every direction and it's a feast for the eyes: new shoots of daffodils and tulips push their way up in the springtime, sultry summer with the slow pace of days gone by, fall colors in every hue and the crisp, temperate air of winter - each season has its charm and excitement.

Arrive by way of country roads. Just a hop, skip & a jump from Highway 12 and its easy connection to the main highways of California, in three turns you'll find yourself meandering through quiet country properties you thought were long-gone. Vineyards and horse farms define this magical part of the Valley of the Moon, where time seems to stand still (and yet there is excellent cell phone and high speed internet access, so you can be as connected as you wish). Turn up our private road populated by fewer than a dozen families, and roll up to Winter Creek Cottage, sitting on almost three acres of pristine land where meadows meet the forest.

Pull into your private driveway next to the big food garden, and unload in the privacy of a country setting. Once you bring in your bags, feel free to explore the property. There is a small creek that gurgles through the property year-round. Majestic oaks, elms and Ginkos shade the property in summer and make for riotous fall color. The gardens are old and lovely, with paths meandering over the small hillside next to the house.

The house itself is set up for charming country living. There are two spacious bedrooms, one with a king-sized bed and one with a queen. The king bedroom has its own door that leads to a private deck where you can begin your mornings surrounded by the gardens and hillside, or walk around to the main, back deck where the hot tub and barbeque are located. The queen bedroom is a glassed-in room - with the shades down, it becomes a cozy hideout yet with its own doorway out onto the main deck and hot tub; with the shades up, it is part of the glorious hillside outside the windows.

The sheets are 800-count cotton on both beds, and the beds are piled with hypo-allergenic, fluffy (and in winter, warm) quilts and blankets. The towels are plentiful, over-sized, and plush. There is great closet space, in case you're coming up for a wedding or other occasion and bringing your wardrobe.

The bathroom is Italian tile with a spacious shower. The lighting is excellent. The best part about the bathroom is that you can walk directly from the shower out one of two side doors and slide into the hot tub on the deck. Mmmmm.

The kitchen is large and well-stocked. You'll find everything you could possible need to cook all of the delicacies from the local Farmers' Markets. Or, simply uncork a bottle of your favorite wine and enjoy a spread of the many hand-made Sonoma cheeses and excellent local breads. There is a full-sized refrigerator, gas range, coffee maker, water filter, toaster, and many other amenities.

In the living room, which has big, comfy overstuffed sectional couches and chairs, there is a baby grand piano for you to play, an iPod player to listen to your favorite tunes, and of course a flat-screen TV with cable. There is high-speed internet throughout the property.

On the deck, relax in the hot tub after a long walk or a hard day out wine tasting. You can also barbeque under the stars, or simply enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon glass of wine.

You can walk on the hillside of the property and in the huge food garden - feel free to grab a handful of cherry tomatoes! - or wander down the road.

This property is a wonderland: far from the maddening crowds yet close enough to enjoy everything about Northern California. We hope you'll agree, and look forward to hearing from you.

More Details

Judi & Carl
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Judi & Carl

Carl is a physician and yoga teacher. Judi is a mindfulness trainer, executive coach for lawyers, and law professor. Carl's medical practice is up here in the Wine Country and Judi's mindfulness training and coaching practice is in San Francisco. We fell in love with Sonoma and decided to stake our claim on this gorgeous piece of land. When we aren't gardening or wine-tasting or hanging out with family and friends, we are bike riding or doing yoga or traveling. We have grown kids who love to visit the family compound, and a lavender-colored mini-labradoodle named Bleue who patrols the property looking for wild turkey and deer. Our house is just down the hill from Winter Creek Cottage so if you ever need anything, we're just a shout away.

Judi & Carl purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Judi & Carl chose Sonoma

'Sonoma County.' 'Valley of the Moon.' The very words conjure romance, open space and beauty. We were drawn to this area for all of those reasons. We've stayed for those reasons, too, but also because this area is incredibly vibrant. Plenty of days we spend puttering around, cooking for friends & family, and enjoying the incredible views, but when we feel like doing something more active, we hop on our bikes and ride into town, go catch a movie at the historic Sebastiani Theater, or - naturally - go taste a bottle from one of our favorite wineries. Every day feels like vacation here - we know we are incredibly lucky to live here, and look forward to sharing our little slice of heaven with you.

What makes this cottage unique

We must have looked at fifty properties before we found Winter Creek. But the minute we set foot on this property, we knew we were home. It's hard to say what clinched the deal. Was it the views from every direction - sheep to the north, horses to the south, the mountain above us? Or was it the parade of wild turkeys marching to the creek in springtime, or the deer and foxes every evening? Certainly the house has its own charm, with the gigantic, round picture window looking out over the Valley, the light coming in from all sides, and the spacious deck looking over the creek. But there's something more, something intangible, about this property. Everyone who visits us feels the magic of this land. We feel it every day. We hope you have the chance to join us here, to experience this magical spot.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Winter Creek Cottage is situated in a great location. It is a 5-10 min drive to downtown Sonoma and an easy drive to Napa. At the same time that it is convenient, it is also snuggled out in the beautiful countryside, a long way from any hustle or bustle it is incredibly quiet and supplies absolute privacy.The hot tub is well maintained and enjoyable both day and night. The cottage has everything you need for your stay--kitchen equipment, plenty of towels and linens, basic things for the bathroom. The Cohen's were helpful with all our questions and very hospitable--supplying us a nice bottle of red wine to welcome us and a bubbly for Christmas. They live close by, but are not at all intrusive, being there only if needed. We think this cottage gives a nice slice of Sonoma-living, and was a cozy retreat for the Christmas holiday
Dec 2013
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Sonoma Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Italian tile, heat lamp, ample cabinet space
  • The bathroom is tiled in Italian tile and has a powerful shower - perfect after a long day of wine-tasting, hiking, walking, day-tripping to the beach or City...and especially great for a quick rinse before dunking into the hot tub out on the deck. There's cabinet and counter space for everything you'll need for the week or weekend, and a large, well-lit mirror so you can see how beautiful you look if you're dressing for that special Sonoma occasion.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 800-ct cotton sheets, fluffy quilt, prvt. deck, view
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 800-ct cotton sheets, lovely hillside views, sunshine....
  • Bedroom #1 has a king-sized bed with 800-count cotton sheets, a warm, hypo-allergenic quilt for winter, and an overhead fan to supplement the air-conditioning for summer. There is a lovely old-fashioned bureau and large closet. A sliding glass door opens to a secluded deck that looks out onto the hillside and a walkway to the main back deck and hot tub. Bedroom #2 is a former sunroom and is surrounded by windows. The queen bed has 800-count cotton sheets and comforters. The view of the hillside makes you feel like you're outdoors. There is a large armoire spacious enough for a week-long stay. A private outdoor entrance leads to the hot tub and the main deck. Bedroom #3 is a sofa-futon that is located in the ante-room of Bedroom #1. It is perfect for a third couple or additional adult in the party, or for older children. We also have a portable crib for our smallest guests.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming


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Sonoma Charm: Winter Creek Cottage, Heart of the Valley of the Moon!
average rating of 4.857143 based on 20 reviews

Amazing sunrise and beautiful moon lite nights.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved our stay at winter creek cottage. My husband and I stayed in the room with wrap around windows and where greeting each morning by beautiful sunrises overlooking a lovely landscape. We made breakfast every morning in a comfortable and well stocked kitchen. Later we would stroll the surrounding grounds with our grandson who love the wild turkeys and humming birds that he would encounter along the way. The house is accommodating, comfortable and spacious. We had lots of fun and made use of the hot automatic jacuzzi and the patio covered BBQ area. Every evening we would sit in the living room where the large windows let in the moonlight that illuminated our get together. I would definitely recommend this amazing rental property when staying in Sonoma. I am sadden by the fires that engulfed certain areas in Napa and Sonoma and hope that this beautiful property was spared.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Laura, thank you for your kind words. We're so glad you had such a nice time at Winter Creek Cottage. And thank you for your concerns about the fires. We were incredibly fortunate - the Cottage emerged unscathed. Unfortunately many of our friends and neighbors were not so lucky. But, the California Wine Country has come together as a community to survive this tragedy and to rebuild, and already there is much more love in the air than smoke. Thanks for adding to that love with your beautiful family. We hope to see you again at the Cottage! Judi & Carl
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Great get away

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this cottage. Perfect for a romantic getaway. It’s convenient to wineries in Sonoma without the traffic.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a charming and peaceful get away with a perfect location. Thank you for opening up this charming place for all to enjoy.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Soldotna, Alaska, USA

Nice place and location

  • 4 of 5

House was well equipped with plenty of linens and cookware in the kitchen. Lovely to sit on the porch. We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very quaint. True reflection of the Sonoma area....

  • 5 of 5

Very quaint. True reflection of the Sonoma area. Easy drive to all of the wine country areas: Napa, Calistoga, Healdsburg, etc.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Katy, Texas

Sweet cozy little place for families,

  • 5 of 5

This charming place is in the heart of sonoma valley, easily accessible from Napa also, the house is on the small side as everyone had to share a bathroom but other than that it was everything we expected and more! Outdoor hot tub was really great,, our family really had a sweet sweet time. We will definitely visit again!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Sonoma Golf Course
Nearest Train
60 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
200 Miles
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Point Reyes National Seashore
Car: necessary

The fabled Valley of the Moon in Sonoma County needs no introduction. Nestled in the verdant hills just an hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma is a charming yet dynamic county with many exciting attractions: wine tasting, great eateries, fabulous hiking, walking and biking, antiquing, festivals in Sonoma Square, shopping, golfing and many other forms of recreation. Once you've tasted all of the wines in the Sonoma Valley, the Napa Valley with its storied vineyards and wineries, and fabulous new upscale restaurant scene, is only a short, 20-minute drive. In the other direction, we are an hour's drive from the breathtaking waves of Northern California's best beaches, and from the hiking trails of some of California's most gorgeous wilderness areas. We are equally close to the museums, unparalleled dining, and great shopping of San Francisco.

And you can also arrive at Winter Creek Cottage with a load of your favorite delicacies and wines, prop your feet up or slide into the hot tub, stare out at the sheep in the pasture and the horses in the field...and never leave! The house is a haven unto itself, a quiet respite where you can drink in the countryside from all angles. Or, you can wander into town for a drink, a glass of local vintage, fabulous shopping, or a show at the historic Sebastiani theater.

Come visit the magic that is the Valley of the Moon in Sonoma Valley!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 12.0%

For children under 12, our $25/person/night for groups larger than four doesn't apply. In other words, kids are included! We're also happy to consider well-behaved dogs for an additional $25/night.

All rates are subject to change until your reservation is confirmed.

If you don't hear from us within 24 hours, please email us at

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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