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

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Come on in, sink into the couch, or play something on the baby grand!


Last updated: 04/16/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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.
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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/16/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    We consider only well-behaved, well-trained dogs, and only by prior arrangement. There is a $25 per day additional charge for dogs. If you would like to request to bring your dog, please add that to your booking inquiry, and let us know the details, and we'll get back to you. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage


Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    800-ct cotton sheets, fluffy quilt, prvt. deck, view...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    800-ct cotton sheets, lovely hillside views, sunshine.......moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Italian tile, heat lamp, ample cabinet space...moreless

  • 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....moreless


  • Books:

    Please enjoy the large lending-library of books - and feel free to take one home and leave your old one behind for the next guests....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Enjoy the basic board games and please let us know which ones you wish we had, so that we can add them to our collection....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable, including HBO and On-Demand...moreless

  • Stereo:

    There's an iPod cradle and speakers so you can enjoy your music throughout the living room, dining room & kitchen....moreless

  • Television:

    Flat-screen TV with DVD player, HBO and On-Demand....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Mountain:

    The house sits up on a slight rise on Sonoma Mountain, with views up and down the lovely Valley of the Moon (Sonoma Valley)....moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    We are an hour from Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Stinson Beach, and Dylan Beach, to name just a few of the beautiful Northern California beaches you can reach for the day, from the house....moreless

  • River:

    The house is about 45 minutes from the fabled Russian River, where you can rent rafts, kayaks or canoes for a leisurely float downstream, or simply find a shady spot on the banks to sunbathe and swim....moreless

  • Rural:

    This is a gorgeous rural setting. There's a creek on the property, sheep in the meadow, horses in the pasture, llamas being raised up the road, and you may even hear a donkey bray over yonder!...moreless

  • Town:

    Even though we are in a quiet, country setting, we are only five miles to lovely Sonoma town, with its quaint square filled with wine-tasteries, up-scale local shops and intriguing galleries....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Full-sized washer-dryer....moreless

  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    There are enough plates & dishes for everyone. You might not even need to run the dishwasher the whole weekend....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Gas stove and oven, large refrigerator and counters, endless cupboards, plenty of sleek, modern plates, glasses (especially wine glasses!), mugs and cooking utensils, and all the staples you'll need....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    All of the basics and a few special touches.......moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Six-person hot tub ... nothing better than a good soak after a hard day of wine-tasting....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.8
from 6 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,750 $6,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning Fee $150
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Pet Fee $25


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.

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Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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

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Last updated: 04/16/2017
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90 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Francisco
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
40 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Sonoma Golf Course
60 Miles
Nearest Train
San Francisco
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
200 Miles
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Nearest Beach
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!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2011

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Sonoma, CA, USA:
'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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/16/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Come on in, sink into the couch, or play something on the baby grand!

    Come on in, sink into the couch, or play something on the baby grand!

  • The long view of the family room.

    The long view of the family room.

  • View of the dining & kitchen - and check out the deck.

    View of the dining & kitchen - and check out the deck.

  • Stainless steel appliances, view to the hot tub.

    Stainless steel appliances, view to the hot tub.

  • King bedroom with private deck.

    King bedroom with private deck.

  • Queen bedroom with door out to hot tub.

    Queen bedroom with door out to hot tub.

  • Queen futon - very comfortable!

    Queen futon - very comfortable!

  • Cozy bathroom - even the bathroom has a view.

    Cozy bathroom - even the bathroom has a view.

  • The whole deck (check out the hot tub).

    The whole deck (check out the hot tub).

  • Winter Creek Cottage - the view from the hillside. A little slice of paradise.

    Winter Creek Cottage - the view from the hillside. A little slice of paradise.

  • The neighborhood: vines!

    The neighborhood: vines!

  • Let the entertainment begin.

    Let the entertainment begin.

  • Close up of the living room - warm and inviting.

    Close up of the living room - warm and inviting.

  • Kitchen, with view to the living room and the hills.

    Kitchen, with view to the living room and the hills.

  • View of the dining table and outdoor table, from the kitchen.

    View of the dining table and outdoor table, from the kitchen.

  • King bedroom, looking inwards toward the hallway.

    King bedroom, looking inwards toward the hallway.

  • View from the queen bed.

    View from the queen bed.

  • Washer-dryer in the corner, right by the doorway to the hot tub & deck.

    Washer-dryer in the corner, right by the doorway to the hot tub & deck.

  • Outdoor dining - ahh.

    Outdoor dining - ahh.

  • Barbecue or just hang out.

    Barbecue or just hang out.

  • Flute player, welcoming you to Winter Creek Cottage.

    Flute player, welcoming you to Winter Creek Cottage.

  • Some of our neighbors.

    Some of our neighbors.

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