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THE BIRDHOUSE - Pool. Hot Tub. Stunning Wine Country Views. Private Deck.

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Vacation in the gorgeous rolling hills and vineyards of Western Sonoma County.


When folks come to visit, they never want to leave. This is why we created The Birdhouse. Now, it can be yours to enjoy.

I have listed in detail below the various highlights of The Birdhouse, but if you want to know how great it really is...just skip to the reviews section. Our guests sum up the beauty, comfort and peacefulness of this vacation rental way better than I ever could.

Here is my version....

Located one hour north of San Francisco, smack-dab in the middle of the world famous Sonoma County wine country. We are 20 minutes from the beautiful Pacific coast or the magnificent redwoods at Armstrong Woods. The Sebastopol area, a mere 10 minutes away, is bursting with world class wineries, restaurants, art, music, and so much more.

The Birdhouse at FancyNest Farm is perched among the pine trees with sweeping western views of the vineyards. This light-filled, one bedroom home is perfect for your next relaxing vacation in the wine country.


The main living area is open and spacious with 17' ceilings and ample seating. We want you to feel at home with thoughtful design touches that go beyond the normal vacation rental. Of course we have WiFi and TV. The living room is connected to the dining and kitchen area, making it easy to keep the conversation going. The sofa pulls out to a 6 inch queen memory foam mattress. The blankets and pillows are located in the closet to the left of the front door.

The nook off the living room has a full size bed and good lighting. It is a perfect place for kids to sleep or to have an afternoon nap in the sun. The true highlight of the room is the bank of western facing windows...and the ever-changing view.


We have stocked the cabinets as if we were staying there; all that you need to cook an excellent meal as if you were home. Your basic condiments and spices are on hand because we would want that if we were on vacation. We included a microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker and grinder, crock pot and a dishwasher. The oak dining table has four mid-century chairs that mom bought back in '64 plus that great view. The sliding door off the kitchen opens to the multi-tiered deck which has an outdoor table, chairs and umbrella. The charcoal grill is at the ready in case you bring back oysters from Tomales. Or veggies from the many farmer's markets.


Without exception, everyone who walks upstairs into the bedroom is enveloped by serenity and peacefulness. Great attention was paid to create a space where your troubles can melt away. We invested in a top of the line memory foam mattress, (waterproof and bedbug proof encasements for your ease of mind) excellent sheets, high quality feather pillows and lovely down duvet and sea foam green blanket. We installed our incredible collection of oil paintings depicting images of San Francisco from the 50's, 80's and 90's. This original work was made by the Owners, Nancy Irish and her mother, Pat Irish Amez, as well as Pat's sister, Diana Creber. Sit on the comfy chair and gaze outside on the balcony overlooking the pool. A beautiful wooden dresser has a mirror and lighting. The large closet houses an iron and board for your convenience.


The only bathroom is located up a flight of stairs on the second level. It contains a toilet, sink and a bath tub/shower.


A path on the western side of the building leads you to the pool and hot tub, which is shared with the property owners. The pool is passively heated by a solar blanket during the late spring, summer and early fall months. The hot tub sits on a lovely perch where you will enjoy the amazing, 180 degree views. This is a place where you can further unwind and relax.

The owners take great care to leave the hot tub and pool area to the guests each evening for their personal use.


There is ample parking for two cars.

Washer and Dryer makes life even more relaxing!

Last comments...

The property is 2 1/2 acres. Casual gardens spaces are interspersed with Mother Nature herself. We have many apple trees. The greenhouse is a work in progress. The lasting impression of this place is the vast sky. From many locations you have a 180 degree view of unobstructed openness. The BIRDHOUSE is named and lovingly decorated to honor the many varieties of birds who call FancyNest Farm home. Look up and you might see a red shouldered hawk drawing circles in the sky. Listen carefully to hear the hummingbird zipping about in the bottle brush trees. We provided a bird feeder and bath so you can have an upfront experience with the birds. On a clear night be prepared for a spectacular show of stars.

More Details

Property Manager
Nancy Irish and Doug Blumer
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2018

About Nancy Irish and Doug Blumer

FancyNest Farm belongs to our Mother, Pat Amez. Pat, her daughter Nancy Irish and son-in-law Doug Blumer are the trio behind FancyNest. Pat is a renowned painter and several of her works are on display in The Birdhouse. She will even give a private tour of her original watercolors in her house if you ask nicely!

Doug and Nancy are the leaders of a local Americana Band called 'The Bohemian Highway'. You will receive a copy of their latest album as a thanks when you check in. Many guests are thrilled to have a 'soundtrack' to their stay.

Pat moved to this location with her family back in the mid-70's. Nancy graduated from the local high school. Fast forward to 2010...Doug and Nancy had lived for over 20 years in the heart of San Francisco's North Beach District. Pat was thinking about selling the place and moving on. Together, they decided to try to preserve the family homestead. The property has had many significant upgrades, and now we are focusing on the rental property.

Nancy Irish and Doug Blumer purchased this house in 1976

Why Nancy Irish and Doug Blumer chose Sebastopol

This location is special. The incredible expansive views just make you relax the moment you drive down the hill to the house. There is space just to sit and contemplate nature. Open sky to watch the hawks circling above. We honored the birds by focusing our design around being able to view these wonders of nature. The private deck is on the eastern side of the house which provides a secluded retreat for you to sit and watch the birds at the feeder and the bird bath. The Birdhouse looks west to the beautiful vineyards across the valley. Sunsets can be breathtaking.

What makes this house unique

Wake up to the sound of the California Quail chirping. The wild turkeys will gobble by. The soaring hawks. The beyond-the-speed-of-light humming birds. And thats just a few birds we can name.

The house is light filled. Art filled. Comfort filled. You will relax here! We strove to make this an incredible place that WE want to spend time in.

We are also centrally located to all that is wonderful about Western Sonoma County. You can walk along the magnificent Pacific coastline in under 30 minutes. You can stroll among the majestic redwoods at Armstrong woods. You can ride your bike on the back roads. Don't forget the many amazing wineries and great restaurants scattered around the area.

Guestbook comments from the manager

The Birdhouse in Sebastopol truly is a relaxing haven! We enjoyed watching the sunrise and sunset over the neighboring vineyard from the wonderful deck above the house. We also enjoyed meals there while quiet breezes tinkled the wind chimes and cooled the air at the end of the day. The inside of the house is a feast for the eyes...vibrant colors and gorgeous art pieces of every medium grace the walls and shelves. The kitchen is well-appointed and provided everything that we needed during our stay....including a beautiful bouquet in the window to greet us. Each and every window in the Birdhouse has a different view of the surrounding area that draws your eye back again and again. The pool and spa were enjoyed by all of us...everything you would need from sunscreen to towels was provided. We look forward to returning whenever we are in the area.
Oct 2014
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Sebastopol House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Only Bathroom located on 2nd floor with tub/shower.
  • The bathroom is located on the second floor, just before entering the bedroom. The south facing window brings lots of light to this well appointed space. The tub/shower has a crisp, white shower curtain and liner, and stocked with shampoo, conditioner and body wash. The new sink and chrome faucet hold center stage. There are plenty of towels stored in the linen closet which hides behind a custom curtain. Please don't use the shower and/or the laundry/dishwasher at the same time because it will decrease the water pressure.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , Quality memory foam mattress and excellent bedding
    Queen Sleeper Sofa in Living Room - 1 queen , A Delux Queen Sleeper Sofa is located in the Living Room.
    Nook area off Living Room - 1 double , This is a full size bed in the nook area.
    Crib - 1 baby crib , There is a folding crib in the closet of upstairs bedroom.
  • The queen bed is of high quality 6' memory foam with a bedbug/waterproof encasement. Down pillows and duvet, quality sheets, and a beautiful blanket. The bed frame is vintage 70's teak platform with built in side tables. Good bedside table lighting. One window faces west with sweeping views of the vineyards in the distance and the spa area in the foreground. The south facing balcony has a sliding door that overlooks the pool and the vista beyond. The walls are adorned with original paintings from the 50's - 90's from the owners and her sister. The mid-century theme is both stylish and relaxing. A dresser with ample storage sits across from a comfortable chair and reading light. We purposefully did not include a Television in this room to promote even further relaxation and relief from the stresses of life.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
The Birdhouse is stocked with thoughtful items to make your stay as stress free as possible. We planned for the chefs among you. Also for the readers. It also includes a wonderful wood stove that can not only warm the entire house but adds that magic to a getaway home. On the occasion that a guest has noticed an item that would make their stay better, we have made our best efforts to respond as soon as possible with a solution.


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THE BIRDHOUSE - Pool. Hot Tub. Stunning Wine Country Views. Private Deck.
average rating of 4.847826 based on 48 reviews

Beautiful, relaxing ambiance with all the necessities and more

  • 5 of 5

The home was clean and had all the stated amenities. The outdoor area was beautiful! It was fun to relax under the sun by the pool during the day, and stargaze from the jacuzzi at night. The land was also perfect for our dog to run around and chase the birds. Doug & Nancy were very welcoming and checked in with us when we arrived. They live on property, but down the road a bit. They are very respectful of your privacy, but also available if needed for anything. We added a couple friends to our reservation the day before arrival, and they were very accommodating. I'm always looking for different experiences when I travel, but this is the first VRBO that I hope to go back to again and again!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always humbled by the terrific reviews, but you really summed up what we are trying to achieve at the Birdhouse!!! We’ll see y’all next time.
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Lovely private spot

  • 3 of 5

Hosts were helpful; nice views from the house. We didn’t realize the only bathroom was upstairs, and, had there been sun, wished we would have asked in advance for private use of the pool during the day. The location was convenient to everything we were interested in doing.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Alice, We strive to include all pertinent information in our general description of the Birdhouse! We are especially cognizant of the fact that the bathroom is located on the second level, and we have advertised it as such. In addition, we state that the pool area is often shared with the property owners during the day hours but the space is offered as private during the evening and night time hours. Please don't hesitate to ask us any questions prior to booking. We aim to please. We were sorry you had to leave earlier than expected.
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Lovely & Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

The Birdhouse is a wonderful location and environment -- a great escape!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

The Birdhouse is so calming and beautiful. Doug, Nancy and Pat were very helpful and kind. All the little touches and decor The Birdhouse have are perfect. The trees and birds and beauty surrounding you was such a treat to wake up to every day. The pool is beautiful and very relaxing. The only down side was it was it was hard to leave!! I hope to be back soon!

Sara and family ;-) x

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

Beautiful peaceful family getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is one of our favorite vacation rentals we’ve stayed in. Gorgeous views and minutes to downtown Sebastopol, the beach, and wineries... although once you are at the Bird House you really don’t need to leave to enjoy beautiful Sonoma County. Lovely art and detail-oriented decor and amenities. Bedding and beds were extremely comfortable. The hosts were exceptionally welcoming and have thought of everything. Our young kids were in heaven playing in the pool and hot tub and enjoying the bird themed decor. We slept 5 comfortably thanks to the pull out beds. This property is very impressive and the photos can’t do it justice. We hope to be back next time we are in California!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, gorgeous, tranquil property!

  • 5 of 5

Nancy, Doug and Pat ensured we had all we needed. Great getaway location.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Car: necessary

We are 4 miles from downtown Sebastopol, downtown Occidental, and 15 miles from the ocean at Bodega Bay. It takes one hour from our door to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

We are surrounded by many beautiful vineyards, organic farms and orchards. The area is known for its wine, of course, but also for its food and agriculture. There are 20+ wineries within just a few minutes of the house. Sebastopol and the surrounding area boasts a dizzying array of indoor and outdoor entertainment including music, theatre, art galleries, antique stores, restaurants, hiking, redwood forests, beaches, cycling and farmer's markets, zip lines and so much more.

Our property is 2/1/2 acres on the western facing slope in a former apple orchard. Two separate vineyards occupy the hillside opposite our place. The sounds of the local rural farms drift across the wind. On top of the hill across the valley is the 30 acre BioOrganic farm belonging to the amazing restaurant, THE FRENCH GARDEN. You will have to have dinner there!

Little towns surround our place like Graton and Occidental where you can go zip lining among the treetops. In Freestone you can fine one of the most renown day spas or the best bakery ever!

The Russian River is just down the crooked road where you can raft or float down stream. Among the many wineries we are proud to have Korbel Champagne, just to name one.

You might have heard about Napa County and all the great wine. But that is really all they have to offer. We have great wine as well, but we also feature so many more natural wonders to visit.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Pet Fee $25

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. We are registered with the County of Sonoma as an operator of a vacation rental. Permit Number ZPE14-0074

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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