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Beautiful, Historic Guest Ranch with Modern Amenities

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Comfortable, light filled living room with views of the surrounding mountains


Last updated: 04/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

VRBO Bear stayed here: We found this property to be beary special Read review

About the Property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathroom, 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.

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

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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 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. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower


  • Master Bathroom: toilet, tub, shower

    The master bath was recently remodeled....moreless

  • 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....moreless


  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Panoramic views of the Sonoma Valley, the Maycamas Mountains and Sonoma Mountain ...moreless

  • Rural:

    Located on Sonoma Mountain in a rural setting yet close to Glen Ellen, downtown Sonoma as well as Petaluma and Santa Rosa. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    The indoor dining table seats six. There are several outdoor dining options that can accomodate large parties. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Telephone:

    Cell service...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath and pool towels provided...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    The cottage features a beautiful wrap around deck with hot tub, fire table and multiple entertaining areas....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Seasonal organic vegetable garden, orchard, berries, chicken coop available for use by guests during your stay...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    A beautiful wood hot tub with valley views built into the cottage deck....moreless

  • Private Pool:

    The pool is available for use June through August. Pool is separate from the house and secure, ideal for families with young children. Pool may be heated May through September upon request. ...moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 17 traveler reviews
I found heaven on earth on Somoma Mountain! 03/29/2015

VRBO Bear stayed here:

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.

The VRBO Bear
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day Weekend
May 25 - May 29, 2017
4 night min stay
4th of July
Jun 30 - Jul 5, 2017
4 night min stay
Labor Day Weekend
Aug 31 - Sep 4, 2017
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Pet Fee $100 + tax
  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • Tax Rate 12%

Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/24/2017
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78 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Francisco International Airport
3.4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Glen Ellen bars and restaurants
3.4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
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!


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2006

About: 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 Mill Valley 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.

Why Santa Rosa, CA, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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!

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Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

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  • Comfortable, light filled living room with views of the surrounding mountains

    Comfortable, light filled living room with views of the surrounding mountains

  • The old guest book from Bruning's Summer Resort also known as Waldrue Resort

    The old guest book from Bruning's Summer Resort also known as Waldrue Resort

  • Entry


  • Eat-in kitchen

    Eat-in kitchen

  • Living room with plenty of seating and flat screen Tv

    Living room with plenty of seating and flat screen Tv

  • Upstairs sleeping lofts with four twin beds and reading nook

    Upstairs sleeping lofts with four twin beds and reading nook

  • Fire feature in entertainment pavilion

    Fire feature in entertainment pavilion

  • Pool on Sonoma Mountain

    Pool on Sonoma Mountain

  • Waldrue Resort Guests

    Waldrue Resort Guests

  • Master bedroom with views of pasture, valley and vineyards (king)

    Master bedroom with views of pasture, valley and vineyards (king)

  • Second bedroom (queen)

    Second bedroom (queen)

  • Open kitchen with Viking range

    Open kitchen with Viking range

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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