Tertulia...Private Luxury Estate with Pool, Spa & Vineyard Views

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Last updated: 10/20/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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Tertulia at Amber Ridge – where good friends and family gather in stunningly beautiful, peaceful surroundings to enjoy each other’s company over great food and wine. Deep relaxation, pleasant conversation, laughter and joy ensue! Tertulia is a fabulous two-acre Wine Country sanctuary surrounded on all sides by vineyards as far as the eye can see, with views of the foothills in the distance.

The elegant main home is a 4br/3ba, nearly 4000 sq. ft., two-story, gated estate with central heat/AC, a spectacular gourmet kitchen, abundant high end architectural details and custom finishes, fine furnishings, and the entire home is floored in honed hickory hardwood made even more comfortable with the addition of many beautiful area rugs. The accommodations can also include a lovely, spacious 1br/1ba loft above the 3-car garage, with lovely attached bathroom below. The extensively landscaped 2-acre grounds with in-ground pool and spa, outdoor kitchen, dramatic outdoor dining area and large gas firepit are surrounded by vineyards on all sides including those that produce a famed Kosta Browne Pinot Noir.

This beautifully appointed home offers the best of both worlds. Enjoy the spectacular setting of Tertulia as well as the fabulous dining, wine tasting, galleries, and shops of charming, historic, upscale Healdsburg - the “crown jewel” of Sonoma County’s Wine Country, only 5 miles to the north. This very special home is located in the heart of Sonoma County- the “Tuscany” of Northern California - with Napa valley just over the hills to the east.

Imagine awakening to the cool tranquility of an agrarian setting among the vines. Enjoy your morning coffee or tea from a rocking chair on a shady porch overlooking luscious landscaping, manicured vineyards and the hills beyond as hot air balloons drift silently by overhead. Contemplate your day’s agenda – perhaps planning meals to make the best use of fresh offerings from Tertulia’s garden planters or a local farmer’s market, or maybe plotting your path to a winery or two before your coveted dinner reservation at a Healdsburg restaurant or a meal prepared by, or for, your group in the generous chef-friendly indoor and outdoor kitchens.

When afternoon arrives, like clockwork, notice the afternoon breezes that clear the warm air before sunset. As evening falls slowly, gather on the patio to watch the sun fade along with the din of conversation. You might choose to dine al fresco at the majestic redwood slab table under the shelter of two ancient black walnut trees. And to end your day, unwind in the pool and spa as you gaze at the stars above – so bright in the dark night sky removed from the city lights. This is Tertulia at Amber Ridge.

From the Front porch you first arrive in the Bluestone Upper Courtyard framed by beautiful syar stone sitting walls and gardens with Hydrangea, Camellia, Dwarf Barberry and a specimen red barked Japanese Maple. Continue down the generous steps into the Main Sculpture Courtyard framed by additional walls and Green Beauty Boxwoods to marvel at the the sculpture by renowned local artist Bruce Johnson, "EKO". Lookout over the cascading meadow of local grasses - Atlas Fescue, Mat Rush, Oriental and Purple Fountain Grass, Veldt and Autumn Moor Grasses and lavender ... off into some of the finest vineyards in the Russian River. Relax under the arbor of the majestic 100 year old California Oak while others enjoy an afternoon game of Bocce in the world class setting.

Fruit Trees: Adding to the grove of Pendolino and Manzanilla Olive Trees, the following fruit trees have been added: Cherry, Snow White Peach, Flavor King Pluot, Burgundy Plum, Fuyu Persimmon, Washington Navel Orange, Meyer Lemon, Black Mission Fig, Pineapple Guava bush, Dwarf Raspberry Bushes, Asian Pear, Bay Tree, and English Black Walnut Trees.

Arrive at Tertulia through the secure iron gate to the rock-walled entrance and paved driveway lined with Crape Myrtles, lavender and roses. The driveway turns past the house to rejoin the paved private road for easy exits. Abundant outdoor amenities include: a large, seating-wall enclosed, dining patio with plenty of outdoor furniture shaded by two specimen olive trees; a generous full-featured outdoor kitchen with BBQ, sink, refrigerator and counter prep space; a 40' x 18' heated in-ground pool including an inset spa to comfortably seat 8 guests with an automated safety cover; a generous pool deck with chaise lounges and umbrellas; a stunning 18' redwood slab picnic table nestled in the shade of two mature black walnut trees; an oversized natural gas fire pit. And just across the driveway is a workout room with Precor treadmill, an Elliptical trainer, a Diamondback recumbent bike, mats and light weights, and a 40” Flat ScreenTV and DVD player.

Make your way to the formal main entrance via a walkway shaded by a row of majestic birch trees, and let the tour begin! From the front entry hall, find a welcoming view through the library to a beautiful antique rug, round table and oversized handcrafted Mexican vase, and further on through the sliding glass doors to a generous wrap-around veranda overlooking a grass lawn edged by flower beds, olive and oak trees, and vineyards and hills beyond. Turn just to your left and move down the window-lined hallway to find the true heart of Tertulia – a generous kitchen worthy of the most discriminating chef.

The kitchen transitions to an informal dining room with a large farmhouse table seating up to 12, a floor-to-ceiling antique oak hutch with an eclectic library of cookbooks, and double sliding doors opening to the arbor-covered side porch that looks out onto the two established black walnut trees and beautiful redwood picnic table, providing shady daytime shelter and a lovely interplay of light and shadow as the sun moves across the sky. Beyond the walnut trees, discover the planter boxes filled with organically grown seasonal herbs and vegetables for your use to enhance your culinary experiences at Tertulia.

Back inside, from the informal dining area, it is a couple of steps up into the living area with two large sofas, a lovely wool area rug, twin coffee tables, two leather cube stools, and a large entertainment center anchored by a wall-mounted Samsung 55” LED 3-D TV with a Sony Blu-ray player, Yamaha surround sound receiver, Xbox 360, whole house WiFi, and a DISH HD receiver. Wharfedale speaker towers stand on each side of the entertainment center providing a great audio experience in the living area, and the home has a whole house sound system with ceiling-mounted speakers in the kitchen, living room, formal dining room, and Master Suite. There is a main level bedroom with queen bed.

Beyond the formal living room is the formal dining room with a large window overlooking the manicured lawn, a beautiful dining table and chairs seating 8, a unique limestone fossil side table, cloisonné sconces and lovely artwork. Past the dining room is the large antique rug that welcomed you as you entered the home. At the end of the room, find a quiet sitting area perfect for contemplation or an intimate conversation, or to browse the internet from your laptop on the whole home wifi.

Returning to the library, continue through to the entry again and down the hallway to the staircase. First discover the full bath at the foot of the stairs, with a large tiled walk-in shower, and lovely pedestal sink. Then follow the banistered stairs to the second floor. First pass the quiet pocket-doored laundry room with a new large Maytag washer and dryer set, iron and ironing board, and the large linen closet just across the hall.

On the left is the large Master Suite with a beautiful ebony wood 4-poster king bed, antique wood and marble topped nightstands, beautiful lamps, an iHome clock radio docking station, a comfortable leather chair with ottoman, a desk, a large 8-drawer dresser, a wall-mounted Samsung 46” LED HD TV with DISH HD receiver, a small pocket-doored, walk-in closet, and a set of glass sliding doors leading to the Master’s balcony. The en suite master bath features a lovely clawfoot soaking tub with a large draped window overlooking the majestic black walnut trees. Double pedestal sinks and an extra large walk-in shower with rainforest showerhead and a shower wand complete this beautiful master bath.

Across from the Master Suite are the third and fourth bedrooms, both with queen beds, wall-mounted Samsung 32” HD TVs with DISH HD receivers, nightstands, lamps, chairs, one with a secretary desk, and one with a side table, and both with iHome clock radio docking stations, and wide sliding-door closets. Completing the upstairs is a shared, third full bath with a large pedestal sink and a large tiled walk-in shower.

Considering the splendor of it all and the spectacular and abundant amenities and features of this magnificent property, you may never want to leave, and when you do, you will likely want to come back soon. While Tertulia at Amber Ridge is the perfect place to relax and soak in the surroundings or entertain friends, it also provides easy access to the many adventures to be enjoyed in Healdsburg and the surrounding areas.

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Property Type

  • Estate

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console:



  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available:

    Chefs Monica Sallouti and Garrett Adair are recommended by us for catering services....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub


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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Security Dep $995
  • Reservation Fee $50
  • Cleaning Fee $450 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11%


$1300/nt Jan - Apr, $1350 May - Oct, $1300 Nov - Dec (Main House); 3 nt min

$1500/nt Jan - Apr, $1550 May - Oct, $1500 Nov - Dec (Main w/ Loft); 3 nt min

5-7 nt min for summer’s high season - Memorial– Labor Day & Holidays

11% Sonoma County Bed Tax – Detailed cleaning - $3300 - $450

$995 refundable security deposit

• TOT #: PM0006

• Quiet hours between 10 pm and 7 am must be observed by all guests.

• Maximum occupancy: 10 guests

• Maximum # 0f bedrooms and cars: 4

• No Outdoor Amplified Music at Any Time.

Manager's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 10/20/2016
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Wine tasting, Vineyard tours, close to the Redwoods, close to the Northern California Coastline and its activities, world class dining, specialty shops, art galleries


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