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Beautiful, Historic Guest Ranch with Modern Amenities

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

The Ranch on Sonoma Mountain is an historic guest ranch situated just outside the charming village of Glen Ellen in Sonoma County. Located on the slope of Sonoma Mountain with breathtaking views of Sonoma Valley, The Ranch is unlike any other vacation rental in Sonoma because it combines luxury accommodations with a farm stay experience.

At the Ranch you have the opportunity to relax in 'The Cottage', a luxury, private 3-bedroom home while enjoying all the Ranch has to offer, including a luxurious salt water pool with panoramic valley views, seasonal organic vegetable garden, orchards, vineyard, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and strawberry patches, chicken coop and more. The Ranch on Sonoma Mountain is an ideal vacation destination for families or anyone interested in wine country living as it has been experienced by California families for over a century.

The Cottage at The Ranch on Sonoma Mountain was built in 1898 as the primary guest quarters for the popular Bruning's Summer Resort from the late 1800s to 1915. The Cottage is situated at the end of a private drive on twelve acres of rolling hills studded with oak trees, vineyard and orchards. Recently remodeled and professionally decorated in a comfortable agrarian chic style, the Cottage has an open and bright floor plan, gourmet kitchen with Viking Range, three bedrooms (including an old-fashioned sleeping loft), and two full baths.

The Ranch is conveniently located approximately one and a half hours from San Francisco and is accessible from downtown Glen Ellen as well as from Highway 101 via Rohnert Park or Santa Rosa.

2017 Wildfire Update: We are thankful and relieved to report that the Ranch escaped the terrible wildfires completely unscathed. It was a terrifying week as we watched the fires creep up Sonoma Mountain. On Friday October 13, the fire reached our neighbor's property. We are so grateful to our neighbor, Robert, who bravely chose not to evacuate and was on site to alert fire fighters to the threat. Thanks to their efforts, the fire was extinguished at the edge of our property line and without damage to our property, any neighboring structures or diminishing our beautiful views. Our hearts go out to those in our community who were not as fortunate.

A Day at The Ranch on Sonoma Mountain:

In the morning, sip your coffee or tea outdoors while enjoying the abundant wildlife including rabbits, wild turkeys, quail and more. For breakfast, collect you own fresh eggs from our pasture raised chickens, pick wild blackberries and gather seasonal fruit from our orchard.

In the afternoon, grab some towels, pack some cold drinks in the red wagon and follow the gravel path to the pool. While you splash and play, enjoy panoramic views of the valley. On your way back to the cottage, gather pick fresh fruit for your dessert (blackberries, figs, French plums and rhubarb grow along the path).

In the evening, enjoy a glass of wine on our view deck or take a walk through our ancient vine vineyard. For dinner, snip baby lettuce, pick heirloom tomatoes off the vine and gather other fresh vegetables and herbs from our abundant organic garden. Enjoy the sunset as you dine outdoors on our generous deck overlooking Sonoma Valley. Later, gather around the outdoor fire pit for marshmallow roasting. Before bed, pour a glass of Pinot Noir on the view deck and savor the starry silence of life in wine country.

County Requirements for Vacation Rentals:

Quiet Hours: 10pm to 7am

Max Guests: 8

Max Vehicles: 3

TOT #1151N

Our rates and calendar are up to date so please check the Calendar section for availability.

More Details

Property Manager
Kristin (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

About Kristin (Owner)

We are a professional family with two elementary school-aged sons. I am a 6th generation California native, raised on the San Francisco Peninsula. My husband grew up in Latin America. We were high school sweet hearts and have been together ever since. We live in Marin and we spend our weekends at The Ranch whenever we can. As our boys get older, we find it increasingly difficult to coordinate Little League schedules and birthday parties with our weekend getaways to Sonoma. This led us to decide to share The Ranch with you on VRBO.

Kristin (Owner) purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Kristin (Owner) chose Santa Rosa

It was love at first sight, really. Historic property, 12 fenced acres, two homes, barn, orchard, vineyard, pool, seasonal creek, valley views, oak trees and more. It was a project for sure but that too, drew us in. I have always had a passion for historic restoration and viewed this property as an opportunity to be a steward of an important piece of California history.

Also, our eldest son was nearly two years old at the time we purchased the property. We wanted him, and our second son who soon followed, to grow up loving the land and having the same kind of freedom we both had as a children to roam and explore. At the Ranch, children and grown ups alike have the opportunity to develop a sense of self sufficiency in nature by climbing trees, building forts, collecting eggs and picking the food they will cook eat for their meals.

What makes this cottage unique

The Ranch has been inhabited by Californians and our native predecessors for hundreds if not thousands of years. Based on stone artifacts found around the property, the land on which the Ranch now sits was likely a camp for the Costal Miwok Indians.

The Ranch on Sonoma Mountain (then 160 acres) was purchased by C.H.W. Bruning, a German immigrant, on June 17, 1876 for four thousand dollars. The property was owned by various members of the Bruning family, who sold or divided it until separate parcels over the years until we purchased the original home site in 2007. Around 1910, the Ranch shared a property line with Jack London's Beauty Ranch, as can be seen on maps on display today at Jack London State Park.

The Brunings operated a summer resort called either Waldrue or Brunings Summer Resort from the late 1900s until 1915. Guests traveled by train to Glen Ellen and were then transported via horse and buggy up the mountain. Wives and children would often come for the week while husbands would often travel from the City just for the weekend. Guest accomodations included several small cottages or platform tents, the largest being what we now call The Cottage on Sonoma Mountain. Dining and entertainment was offered in the main house which still stands near Sonoma Mountain Road. Guests can view the original guest book from Bruning's Summer Resort during their stay.

Prunes were the primary crop through the prohibition. One French prune tree remains from the original prune orchard. During this time the Brunings also tried their hand at poultry farming and raised white leghorn chickens. In 1946, the Brunings installed a concrete pool which served the triple purpose of recreation, fire protection and irrigation source. The pool allowed the Brunings to plant grape vines for the first time, the same gamay vines that grow today. Rumor has it that one year the family shipped the harvest to Chicago by train where the grapes were sold to Al Capone!

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a way to start our West Coast trip! We enjoyed the Ranch and your stylish and warm cottage tremendously; the scenery, the vineyard and the blackberries! We would love to come back!
Jul 2013
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Santa Rosa Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , The master bath was recently remodeled.
  • The charming shared bathroom features an original clawfoot tub and separate shower and a hand painted vineyard mural. The recently added master bathroom features a freestanding tub, glass enclosed shower and valley views. The Master Bath was recently added and features a shower and soaking tub with views of the valley.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 king
    Guest Room - 1 queen
    Sleeping Loft - 4 twin/ single
  • The master bath has a charming slanted ceiling, sliding door to the view deck, panoramic valley and mountain views as well as lovely views of the rolling oak studded hills. One additional bedroom downstairs with a queen bed. Upstairs is a charming sleeping loft with four twin beds. A mini-crib and a bassinet are also available.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


I found heaven on earth on Somoma Mountain!

VRBO Bear stayed here

Mar 29, 2015

This property is absolutely stunning inside and out. With wrap-around porches, the views from every angle are to die for. We woke up every morning and enjoyed coffee on the porch overlooking the beautiful scenery. The house is gorgeously decorated inside as well. The beds were outfitted with the finest linens and were very comfortable. The bathrooms both have luxury bathtubs and stand up showers. The kitchen was stocked with all of the essential appliances. There is plenty to do at the ranch guest house. There are lots of different sitting/entertaining areas, a hot tub, chicken coop, pool, a zip line, fire pits, lush gardens and the list goes on! The pool is just a short walk from the house and offers even more stunning views. It felt like being transported to Italy! The zip line is also a fun addition to the house. If you’re looking to visit wineries, there are several nearby and it was only a short drive to Sonoma, Napa and Yountville. I highly recommend the Guest Ranch on Sonoma Mountain for anyone looking for an unforgettable vacation.

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Green Living

  • 5 of 5

My family came in to celebrate my last weekend in California, and the 6 of us had a fantastic time. The weather was chillier then expected, so we did not get to enjoy the pool as much as we would have hoped for that weekend. The hot tub was magical though, with impeccable views! You drive past redwood trees and vineyards to get up to the home, which is way up in the mountains. We loved the fresh eggs we ate from the chickens on the property. There were also many fruit trees that we were able to use. My sister was complaining that we had no orange juice for mimosas, and we turned around to see there were 5 oranges growing on the tree right next to the deck! We also enjoyed the bountiful lemon tree, and made fresh squeezed lemonade. It was wonderful not to have to drive to town for these things. The home itself is beautiful, with lots of little sitting nooks. The kitchen is a dream. I want to go back and live there forever!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for visiting the Ranch on Sonoma Mountain. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and that you were able to enjoy fruit from the orchard and eggs from the coop. Please come back and visit us again soon!
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Beautiful but $$$

  • 4 of 5

The Ranch has stunning views and gardens, chickens etc. which make for a memorable experience but for the price it was listed I was disappointed at the size of the house, which can sleep 8 but 4 people are sharing an attic loft. In addition, there was a stain on the carpet leading up to the loft, as well as on the windowsill. As a family that likes to cook we were constantly needing to wash plates and dishes in between meals to keep going. Also, the kitchen did not even have 8 full dinner plates. The outdoors and great hot tub definitely make this a special place so I am sad not to give it 5 stars!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views, huge property, private!

  • 5 of 5

Kristin's house is on a narrow, curvy mountain road but when you arrive it is a private oasis of calm with beautiful views and everything you need to entertain yourselves and your kids! Outside there is a pool (gated and set away from the house), hot tub, fire pit with seating area, zip line, trampoline, chicken coop, veggie garden, orange and lemon trees. Inside is a gourmet kitchen stocked with everything you might need, modern furnishings. In short, do not miss this place! Thank you Kristin for your hospitality, we had a wonderful time!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Victoria, BC, Canada


  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful stay at the cottage. The kids loved the pool, zip line and trampoline. The adults enjoyed the gourmet kitchen and sitting by the fire in the evenings. The chickens and veggie garden were an added bonus! Thank you Kristin for sharing your home with us. We would come back in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Wonderful, relaxing get away!

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated my birthday for 5 days at Sonoma Mtn. Road house and had the most wonderful time. The location was perfect for relaxing. Everything from the views, sunshine, the pool, garden, fruit trees and well appointed cottage to the quiet...those wonderful breezy nights. We will return!

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Please come back and visit us again!
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Great spot for rest and recuperation!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely well kept home, it was very hot outside,

100 plus degrees. Unusually hot, taxing the air conditioning, otherwise we had a great time!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
78 Miles
San Francisco International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3.4 Miles
Glen Ellen bars and restaurants
Nearest Restaurant
3.4 Miles
Glen Ellen bars and restaurants
Car: necessary

The Ranch is located approximately 10 minutes outside the village of Glen Ellen. Glen Ellen offers several restaurants and bars as well as an outstanding gourmet grocery store. 10 minutes past Glen Ellen is the historic Sonoma Square with quaint shops, restaurants, tasting rooms and museums. Guests with with young children (especially boys) won't want to miss Traintown, which is located a few blocks away from the Square.

Drive 20 minutes to the west is the metropolis of Santa Rosa, where guests can find all the comforts of home including Costco, WholeFoods, Target, Trader Joes, Walgreens etc.

The recently opened Graton Rancheria Casino is a short 15 minute drive away.

Vineyards and tasting rooms are just about everywhere!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $100
Damage Insurance $79

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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