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Private Wine Country Retreat - 3 BR/2 BA on 8 Acres with Pool

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

'FRANZ HILL HIDEAWAY' property description:

This secluded hillside gem is nestled atop 8 acres of rolling, sun-drenched hillside in Franz Valley. The property is surrounded by oaks and offers complete privacy with which to enjoy the deck and pool. The tranquil and serene setting offers an idyllic retreat after a day of wine tasting in the multitude of surrounding wine regions, rafting the Russian River, biking the backroads or wild animal encounters at Safari West.

The property is perfect for entertaining with a fully-equipped kitchen, 500 square foot custom-built deck, gas barbecue, swimming, grass bocce and ping pong.

Located 1 hour and 15 minutes north of San Francisco, the property sits just above the Safari West Wildlife Preserve and is 15 minutes (door-to-door) to the Sonoma County airport.


-3 bedrooms each equipped with a queen-sized bed

-2 bathrooms with showers, 1 with bathtub

-30' x 15' in-ground pool

-500 square foot deck with pergola

-gas barbecue grill

-wood fireplace

-satellite tv

-dvd/blueray/playstation 3

-stereo receiver

-highspeed wi-fi

-computer & printer


-tree swing

-ping pong table

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Safari West, Pepperwood Nature Preserve, The Geysers, The Petrified Forest, Russian River canoeing, Mount St. Helena, The Culinary Institute of America, Sonoma County Museum, The Charles M. Schulz Museum, Snoopy's Home on Ice, Concerts at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Jimtown Store, Wine Tasting, Cooking Classes, Excellent Restaurants, Spas & Mud Baths

LOCAL EVENTS: winter wineland (jan), crab feast (mar), savor sonoma valley (mar), wine road barrel tasting (mar), dry creek valley passport (april), safari west's easter egg hunt & brunch (april), cheers st. helena (may-oct), taste alexander valley (may), safari west's mother's day mimosa brunch & tour (may), beerfest (june), healdsburg jazz festival (june), open studios (june), hot air balloon classic (june), lavender festival (june), sonoma county fair (july), reggae on the river (july), grape to glass (aug), russian river blues fest (sept), harvest festival (oct), healdsburg festival on the square (nov), yountville festival of lights (nov), wine & food affair (nov), napa valley film festival (nov)

LOCAL SPAS: solage, indian springs, the healdsburg hotel, mount view spa

RESTAURANT FAVORITES: willi's wine bar, solage resort, calistoga inn, the california culinary institute (cia), stark's steakhouse, cyrus, spoon bar, and many more!

Keywords: 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 6) - Wine country vacation rental on the border of Napa and Sonoma. Located next door to Safari West, you're just minutes from Calistoga and Healdsburg, and 15 minutes (door to door) to the Sonoma County Airport. Explore the Napa, Sonoma, Dry Creek, Russian River and Alexander Valleys from this centrally located vacation property. Swimming pool, tree swing, ping pong, deck, privacy.

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

What makes this house unique

Southern exposure bathes the property in sunshine. During the winter, enjoy evenings next to the fireplace in the vaulted-ceiling living room.


Santa Rosa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (3)
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
Hillside views, secluded hillside setting, complete privacy


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

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Private Wine Country Retreat - 3 BR/2 BA on 8 Acres with Pool
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 21 reviews

Very nice home and setting

  • 4 of 5

It was very dry & warm outside so the pool was excellent. the pool was so warm I loved it...the home is nicely done and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just OK, outside was not well kept

  • 2 of 5

We booked this property due to location to Calistoga. We were watching our daughters 6 week old while see participated in a wedding. My wife an I were excited to spend this time with our new addition, while taking advantage of the outdoor living space and pool. This was not the case as the outdoor furniture and pool area was in total disrepair.


Location to Calistoga was approximately 15-17 minutes.

Home furnishings were adequate and well kept.

Kitchen was fully stocked and had plenty of room.

Very private location and right next to Safari West

Pool was operating and clean


Outdoor furniture was in disrepair and very dirty.

Pool area was overgrown with weeds and grass.

Total outdoor area was not well kept and in need of repair, cleaning.

Yard needs some serious work. The pool area that we were so looking forward to was a complete disappointment.

Water from the tap in the house had a horrible smell. It made showering, washing face and brushing teeth a challenge. The check in sheet indicates that this is common for water from the well. There was nothing common about this smell, it was horrible!

We have used VRBO all over the world and have seen great value and comfort in 95% of the properties we have rented. I can tell you that this property was a complete disappointment. The property was not worth the asking price. If I would have know beforehand we could have rented a 3 bedroom cottage at Indian Springs Resort in Calistoga for less. I my opinion I would stay away from this property until the owners invest time and energy in getting the yard and outdoor living spaces taken care of. If you just need the home then it was just fine except for the water smell.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have been back and forth with Kevin H. after seeing this review was going to post. No inquiries were made about our property prior to their stay and no comments were made during it so this review caught me by surprise. We are always contactable and could have tried to address any concerns if they were brought to our attention. I get the feeling that this group would have been better off staying at one of the hotels in Calistoga which is at the core of the problem. While I concede that our property may not be a perfect fit for everyone, the overwhelming majority of people who have stayed with us have enjoyed their stay. It is a country property on 8 acres so don't expect manicured gardens. We can't justify the massive amount of water it would take to keep the entire backyard green. The back two acres are fully fenced and has landscaping. What you get is total privacy, a nice pool, a backyard for your kids or pets to run around in and a well outfitted property. The backyard faces South and so it's impossible not to have some weathering of the furniture. I have just now posted pictures taken this past Sunday, July 15th, 2017 so that people can see for themselves what to expect when it dries out. We want people to know what they are getting and rather than rebut what I feel is an unfair statement about our property I will let these pictures taken from my phone speak for themselves. As for the comment about our yard needing extensive work, we did quite a bit of hardscaping this past winter. We do have well water and it does contain hydrogen sulphide which causes the smell to which this renter refers. It's a gas and cannot be removed through filtration and as a gas is more prominent in a hot shower. We are part of a small water company and our water is tested yearly with inspections by Sonoma County so it is completely safe to drink and use. Our water is filtered with secondary filtration for drinking water coming out of the fridge and softened as it's otherwise hard and full of calcium. We don't notice the smell and this renter has been the first to complain so vociferously. We always encourage people to ask questions before booking and we feel we are always responsive and honest. For instance you are going to drive 10 minutes if you need milk. VRBO is moving more towards an online booking format and I'm not sure that encourages questions. Thanks, Franz Hill Hideaway
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Santa Rosa 2016

  • 4 of 5

The house was very nice ! Peaceful and secluded - we had a wonderful time ! The pool was great - it was refreshing - especially since the last day we were there it was 99 degrees . Thank you Jeff !

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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A wonderful respite from the City Fog

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely long weekend out of the deep San Francisco fog. We never even left the property, enjoying the pool, the deck and the spacious, well appointed kitchen. All the instructions were clear and Jeff was very responsive and helpful beforehand to make sure we would be comfortable.

We did bring our dog with permission which was great for us. The only drawback was that, since he is furry, he got covered in burrs from the grass. The grassy area immediately around the house and up to the pool was very dry and long-not as it appeared in the photos. This is understandable since it is the height of summer but the flagstone pool deck was difficult to navigate as a result.

Aside from that, it was a nice, comfortable property, was easy to stay in and provided a perfect getaway. Thank you Jeff!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very relaxing

  • 4 of 5

House was nice, remotely located but near enough to towns or Calistoga/Napa Valley for wine tasting. Had great sun during the day for lounging at the pool. Also nice is that a good chunk of the 8 acres behind the house is fenced, so those visiting with a dog don't need to worry about your pup running off.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing weekend, great house

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our long weekend here. The beds were comfortable; the house was so well stocked (especially the kitchen!) and clean; and the property is really well maintained. The tip sheet we received before our stay was so helpful and the owner even let us know of events happening in the area the weekend of our stay. We are looking forward to returning. Thanks again, Jeff!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Sonoma County
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Point of Interest
Safari West

Located midway between Santa Rosa and Calistoga with quick access to all of the North Bay's wine growing regions.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $150
Damage Deposit $500

Holiday rates will be higher.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund