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Casa La Paloma - Historic Sonoma, Old World Charm, Great Location

Sonoma, CA, USA
  • House2500 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps9
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

2000 sq. ft home with a beautiful large backyard garden and patio

Step into the spirit of Early California Sonoma by staying at Casa la Paloma – one of Sonoma’s historic homes from the mid 1800s. It has been carefully renovated for comfort, convenience, the maintenance of its historic character and has received awards from the Historic Society. Filled with old world charm of Spanish/Mexican California, it is located right downtown only a block from the Plaza. It’s unique location provides you with the comfortable feeling of being in a neighborhood and the fun of being only a short stroll from the life of the Plaza – walk to the Farmer’s Market, the best restaurants, the historic Sebastiani theater and endless wine tastings. You’ll be pleased you don’t have to drive home!

Casa La Paloma has a lovely spacious backyard with old fruit trees, flowers & a pond with a fountain. Here, you can bar-be-que, have a small family gathering, entertain friends for supper or just relax.

The large Great Room, with it’s original Salt Box architecture, creates a wonderful space with antique Spanish furnishings and charmingly combines the kitchen, dining area with a table for 8 and the living room.

The kitchen has everything you could need for quick meals or a gourmet dinner.

In the old Parlor/Library you can quietly read, watch TV, check your email or send the kids there to play board games.

Off the Great Room you’ll find the Master Bedroom with it’s beautiful eclectic antique furnishings including a queen wrought iron canopied bed, European armoire and French doors which open to the patio. The adjoining spacious Master Bath has been completely remodeled for comfort.

The seconded downstairs Bedroom is in the heart of the older part of the house. It has a queen brass bed and is romantic, cozy and charming. Here, the spirit of the building welcomes you warmly.

Upstairs, in the older part of the house, there are 2 more bedrooms.

Sunny and sweet, the room on the right has a touch of French antique décor, a full size bed and lots of closet space.

The bedroom on the left, also sunny and warm, has a full brass bed and a wrought iron single. Perhaps this is the best room for the children or a couple with a child.

There is no bathroom upstairs in this part of the old historic house.

Just downstairs off the kitchen, there is a second small newly remodeled bathroom with a corner shower which is shared with the downstairs bedroom.

The spaciousness, lovely garden and great location make Casa La Paloma a perfect location for special occasions – a place for the wedding friends and family to stay, host out of town guests who have come for a conference or workshop and would like to stay longer to tour the area etc.

Casa La Paloma’s great location, charm, and the feeling of old Sonoma will enhance your visit.

Special Features

Kitchen and Dining

Fully equipped for family and entertaining

Place settings for 12

Property Manager

Moona O'Toole

Member Since 2008
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 13, 2018
About Moona O'Toole

On returning to the U.S. after living in Europe for 5 years on a dime and teaching English, I found the small town of Sonoma and settled here while going to Sonoma State University to get my master’s degree and raise my daughters. Sonoma had all the feeling of being in Europe, especially Italy, with the climate and vineyards. My daughters could ride their ponies to town and tie them up in the Plaza in those days. While still teaching English as a Second language, I decided to open a Mexican import store in order to indulge my love of Mexico and traveling. Casa La Paloma had all the local history and Early California feeling I am so fond of. Recently, I have renovated the building with modern amenities and returned it into being a home with Colonial Spanish décor and Early California Sonoma ambiance.

Moona O'Toole purchased this House in 1985

Why Moona O'Toole chose Sonoma

The beauty of this property is in it's history. It was built as a home in the 1870s although it's adobe insulation in walls goes back to earlier times. It was the Bates family home in the 1800s.I have always maintained it's historic character and appreciated it's beautiful large garden area It is close to the Plaza but just enough away not to be too noisy and to have a neighborhood feeling. The best of both worlds.

What makes this House unique

It is a short walk 1 block to the Plaza but just enough away not to be too noisy and to have a neighborhood feeling. The best of both worlds. It is located on the East side of town with close access to the local original wineries and picnic areas. You can even ride your bikes. If you plan to go to the Napa Valley, just a couple of blocks more to the East and you are on your way without going through town traffic.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
        • Queen size Beds (2) Master Bedroom & downstairs Bedroom - fine linens - down quilts & pillows, Double Beds (2) Upstairs bedrooms - fine linens, down quilts & pillows, Twin or Single Beds (1) fine linnens, down quilt & pillow


        • 2 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, combination tub/shower, Master Bedroom bathroom
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, shower

          Location Type

            • Downtown
              Half a block from Sonoma Plaza. There are many wine tasting rooms and restaurants on the Plaza, all in walking distance so there is no need for a car or the hassle of parking.


                • Family
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Spa
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Iron & Board
                        • Air Conditioning
                          Throughout house
                        • Fireplace
                          Electric fireplaces are in the master bedroom, 2nd downstairs bedroom and library.
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                          Throughout house
                        • Internet
                          Great high speed internet throughout house and garden
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Linens Provided
                          Table clothes Napkins kitchen towels
                        • Living Room
                          Great room.
                        • Parking
                          There is room for 2 cars in the driveway and 6 more in the extended driveway behind the house, as well as free street parking.
                        • Telephone
                          Land line available
                        • Towels Provided
                          Towels for bath and spa provided
                        • Washing Machine


                            • Coffee Maker
                              Expresso Coffee Maker and coffee grinder
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Place setting for 12 Cooking Utensils Cuisenart pots and pans Blender Mixer
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              Fully equipped for family & entertaining - place settings for 12
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                              Bosch gas stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  Dining Table for 8, Island for casual meals for 4
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 8 people


                                    • Books
                                      Information on wineries, history of Sonoma, restaurants plus novels.
                                    • CD Player
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Stereo
                                      CD player and music system with iPod dock
                                    • Television
                                      (3) Main TV in Library, 1 in master bedroom, 1 upstairs in bedroom 1 - Flat Screen, + dvd player & cable.


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          Large private garden with fountain and pond, lawn and fruit trees.
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Bar b que on the patio with an excellent gas grill.


                                            • smoking allowed
                                              smoking allowed only outside
                                            • wheelchair accessible
                                              Main / ground floor is wheel chair accessible

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Hot Tub
                                                  An outdoor hot tub adds to your pleasure with views of the garden.


                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • festivals
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • library
                                                    • museums
                                                    • playground
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • winery tours

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • walking

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • cycling
                                                                • hiking


                                                                    • Picnic table, patio chairs and tables

                                                                      12 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      great weekend

                                                                      Andrew p.

                                                                      We spent a long weekend at Casa La Paloma. The house is fantastic--- built in the late 1800s, decorated in southwestern motif, large living area, large back yard. The house is one block from the plaza--- perfect location. Perfect.

                                                                      Charming, eclectic home in perfect location!

                                                                      Elizabeth G.

                                                                      Our group of 8 ladies had a fabulous time staying in this warm and inviting home! The location was walking distance from the picturesque downtown Sonoma area, and we started each morning by walking to a local bakery for coffee and breakfast. Moona did everything to make sure we were comfortable and even checked in to see if we needed anything. We also loved spending time on the outdoor patio where we enjoyed wine and the perfect Sonoma weather. I'd definitely come back and stay here again!!

                                                                      Charming property, beautifully decorated

                                                                      Olivia W.London

                                                                      Three generations of our family stayed at the beautiful Casa La Paloma for Thanksgiving, and it could not have been a more perfect trip. The house is perfectly situated on a quiet turn just off Sonoma's main square, and had everything we needed for our stay. A huge amount of love and care has been poured into the home; Moona has thought of every comfort for guests, it is beautifully decorated, and the kitchen had every possible piece of equipment and wonderful chinaware for our enormous Thanksgiving feast! It is probably the only holiday rental we have stayed in where we felt we were in someone's home rather than a place that is used for short vacation lets. Thanks again Moona!

                                                                      Great location

                                                                      Amy L.

                                                                      Went to Sonoma with a large group of family, had a great time. Very comfortable atmosphere and great location just walking distance to the Square.

                                                                      Beautiful, cozy property in an absolutely amazing location

                                                                      Annesa V.Denver, Colorado

                                                                      Casa la Paloma is a gorgeous property which offers everything you could possibly need for the most perfect Sonoma getaway. Located within easy walking distance to the square, this home is beautifully decorated, has comfortable beds with cozy linens and is stocked with all you need to create a gourmet meal should you choose to stay in one evening. The backyard is stunning and serene and allows you to relax after a day of exploring. Moona, the property owner, was incredibly accommodating and made sure all of our needs and requests were met. This home has to be one of the best places to stay in Sonoma and we look forward to the opportunity of staying there again soon!

                                                                      Lovely getaway!!

                                                                      Celeste P.San Francisco

                                                                      Just finished a weekend here with a group of girlfriends in our early 30s. We had so much fun catching up on the patio, sitting in the great room and sharing meals. The kitchen was well stocked and there were all sorts of amenities and the location to Sonoma square can't be beat. We can't wait to return! Moona was also so accommodating and helpful.


                                                                      Sonoma, CA, USA

                                                                      Depending on the time of year there are many events, festivals and Tuesday night Farmers Market at the downtown Plaza (seasonal). The Farmers Market is full of food vendors, music and fresh produce from the area. Or the Plaza is a great location for a picnic, wine is allowed in the Plaza Park. Get your picnic supplies at the Sonoma Cheese Factory or Vella Cheese just a short walk on East 2nd Street, take Spain Street east and a left on 2nd passed the field of Clydesdale horses.

                                                                      Rates & Availability

                                                                      Taxes and fees are additional

                                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                                      Cleaning Fee
                                                                      Damage Deposit
                                                                      Tax Rate

                                                                      - Stays of 3 or more nights, including weekends, are at our standard rate of $750/nt. - There is a 4 night minimum stay for some special events and the following holidays: New Years; Memorial Day, Labor Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas. - Prices are subject to change until the reservation has been confirmed by the owner. - There is a $750 security deposit, held by credit card information, for each reservation.

                                                                      12 Reviews
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