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Wine Country Bliss Out!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Chateau / Country House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

Romance with nature at your own 12-acre wine country retreat! Enjoy sunset views, peace, and the beauty of the wine country all on your own private, country get-away! We call it Cinque Terre.We are on the mountain that divides Sonoma and Napa counties yet 15 minutes to Hwy 12 with wine tasting rooms, fine dining and gourmet grocery store.

This nature-lovers getaway is ideal for a couple (or maximum of four) and features separate 'casitas.' Each room (Kitchen, Bed House, Barn, Bath House) is separate, but only steps away from each other. The Bed House with a king-size bed and walk-in shower has two deck and french doors and plate-glass window viewing the Valley of the Moon. The Barn House has a queen bed plus sleeping loft and opens to beautiful forest views with a private stone staircase to the hot tub. Hot tub is closed during winter months.

The Cucina, or kitchen house, hosts all-around windows with a full kitchen and living area featuring folk art, a wood stove, big screen TV and stunning sunset and forest views. The Bath House is a separate full bathroom with a clawfoot tub, forest views, and outdoor shower.

Several garden terraces for lounging. Star gaze on the 250 ft. deck at the Tin Lodge or stroll along the rolling trails. This is all private, just for you!

BONUS! Free VIP Tasting voucher to our guests for Benziger Winery in Glen Ellen.

Cinque Terre offers you complete solitude and communion with nature, with all the amenities of a uniquely original hideaway featuring decks, gardens, stone steps and patios, hot tub, full indoor kitchen, indoor wood stove, separate bath house, authentic Sioux tipi, outdoor gas grill, washer/dryer, ceiling fans, Satellite TV/VCR/CD/stereo, high speed internet, full privacy, sunset views, birdwatching, star gazing, and walking trails. All linens, kitchen utensils, and hand-made soaps included.

The property is only occupied by one guest/rental at a time, so privacy and solitude are guaranteed. We are located above Glen Ellen in the heart of the wine country in Sonoma County, near the Napa Border, 15 minutes up the mountain road.

Pets are always welcome to Cinque Terre, but our retreat is strictly reserved for non smokers.

Ask about our mid-week one night special!

Keywords: Retreat Property


More Details

Maurine Killough
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2017

About Maurine Killough

Cinque Terre was founded by the Smiling Eyes Tribe, a hybrid group with big hearts and open minds. Caretakers, Maurine and Daniel, invite you to come visit this special place.

Maurine Killough purchased this chateau / country house in 2000

Why Maurine Killough chose Sonoma County

Very unique and unconventional experience. A perfect blending between nature and comforts. Folk art, hot tub, separate casitas, completely equipped kitchen, satellite TV and internet.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

There is a cleansing energy about the place. so peaceful and in connection with nature. feels far away from urban life.

Guestbook comments from the owner

You’re right! We did not want to leave! Our last minute decision to stay turned into a great surprise when we arrived and saw how beautiful your property is. We loved the detail and thought put into every piece of this beautiful place. What a beautiful place to wake up to the New Year! We would love to stay again in the future.
Dec 2009
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Glen Ellen Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
Linens and hand-made soaps provided, Microwave/Convection Oven, Folk Art, Patios and Decks, Stone Stairways, Gardens, Solitude, Sunset Views. BONUS! Free VIP Tasting voucher to our guests for Benziger Winery in Glen Ellen.


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Wine Country Bliss Out!
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 48 reviews

Wonderful spot for enjoying the wine country

  • 4 of 5

Everything was wonderful. This is a charming retreat for our stay. Only thing that made our stay difficult was the heat we experienced during our stay. If it wasn't for that it would have been so much better. Highs around 115 made it difficult to get comfortable.

Would definitely recommend this place for anyone else, just check the weather first ;)

- Mark M

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ugh! Record high temperatures and our air conditioners just could not keep up. Glad you enjoyed what you could in spite of the unusually hot weather.
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A Few Things Left Out

  • 2 of 5

This was not the place to stay if you were going wine tasting with a group in my opinion.

A few things:

1. This place is at the top of the mountain. Getting to and from this house caused everyone in our group to get sick because it is at least 15 minutes up a winding, and sometimes one lane, road. It could not be more out of the way for where it is. Once you get there, it is solitude but it was not practical for a base of operations for wine tasting. If you have ever gotten car sick, bring dramamine.

2. The second bath just has an outdoor shower. So, its 2 bath but one shower is outside. I did not think that was clear in the ad and it sounded like there was a bonus outdoor shower.

3. The place was dirty when we arrived but after some emails they remedied that. However, stopping in to shower for dinner was not possible without using a dirty towel.

4. The toilet in the master flushes once every 20 minutes due to a slow fill. For obvious reasons, that was less than ideal.

5. It is in the middle of nowhere so if you want to get away and be away, its probably perfect.

6. The master bedroom smelled like death around the washing machine. It was obviously a dead animal or something but it was unbearable if standing over there.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes! Don't stay here unless you want a retreat experience. This is all made very clear in our wording...we are five miles up a curvy mountain road. Yes, there's an indoor shower in main bedroom. 2nd bathroom only has bath--that's the one with outdoor shower. We felt so bad about the cleaner misunderstanding arrival time--our bad! this is a brand new cleaning person so he did not have the schedule perfect and he did not check the mouse trap. We gifted two bottles of wine to say sorry. Thanks for telling us about the slow flush, we found the pipe was clogged so that has been fixed. Gosh, i so wish you would have told us about that bad smell! I would have had cleaner come right over and trash that trap. This is the first bad review we've gotten in ten years, but that's OK...this place is rustic and we want potential guests to know that!
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Woodsy Wowee

  • 5 of 5

It was a drizzling and soon to be a foggy evening when we wound our way up up up the mountain road to Maurine's place. Had I been crazy to book this place, so far from the Glen Ellen town center? Crazy like a vineyard fox! We were wary when we piled out of our cars—this is an unconventional private property, spread over four or five clustered buildings in the forest—and by the end of the 2-nite stay were all sitting around the kitchen finding excuses to squeeze every last minute out of our experience, even crafting a small bouquet of flowers for the maid, or whoever would next sit at the kitchen table. I slept like a beautiful dream on the king bed in the main cabin, awakening to a bluebird beating his wings against the glass-walled view from my pillow, a bucolic portrait of cloud-embraced trees and flora. Breathe, now I breathe deeply just remembering those mornings. My friend stayed in the smaller cabin behind us, and we would all gather in the communal, warm kitchen/living room, drinking wine or coffee, stoking the woodstove, gabbing, reading aloud from internet bits and even watching a movie or two. The blend of private/shared space has a brilliant and detailed yet rambling hippiesque vibe we guessed was a labor of both love and talent. Forgive me, Maurine, but I had to take a couple of the exquisite personalized soaps in the bath, so taken was I by the scent and textures. If I don't make it back someday, this place will always haunt me, whispering that life is short, that I should have returned.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego

Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our group enjoyed the solitude and quiet Cinque Terre provided. It was a perfect set up for 2 couples, we had everything we needed. We didn't mind the walk outside to the bath house, even in the rain! We appreciated the thoughtfulness of Maurine and Dan, they went above and beyond to make sure our stay was memorable. Our dogs were in mountain heaven!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tampa fl

Best Place To Stay!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We can't wait to come back to this townhouse! One of the best places we have stayed! How nice to have coffee on two different decks of your choice. The unit was well decorated & spotless. We cook slot and had everything needed Cynthia was wonderful to work with.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a gem!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a dog-friendly place in Sonoma and stumbled upon this secluded hideaway. We stayed 2 nights and would have liked to have lingered longer. The grounds are well-kept, the facilities perfectly in order, and the vibe is unbeatable. Bring your provisions as you don't want to have to head down the road because you forgot some milk or whatnot. In fact, that's really the only downside I can find-- if you wanted to get to town its a bit sketchy on an unfamiliar one lane road at night--but there's really no reason to leave! We hope to visit again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our place is a unique retreat-you will have 12 acres to yourselves. it is rustic, but has all the amenities. It is for nature lovers and those who love adventures off the beaten path.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Additional Guest Fee $50 per person per night


Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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