Unique 'Off-Grid' Eco Napa Wine Country Private Retreat

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Bluetail House is located in a secluded location surrounded by nature


Last updated: 06/22/2016
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  • Minimum stay:31 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

If you're looking for a unique property from which to explore Napa Valley look no further. Bluetail House is a one of a kind eco house nestled in the hills away from the busy valley floor. Less than 15 mins from the delightful town of Saint Helena and yet a world away from the worries of everyday life our house is a perfect retreat in which to unwind.
The house is completely 'off grid' meaning all electricity is generated and stored on the property via solar. In case of poor weather a backup generator provides additional peace of mind protection. Fresh water is provided by a deep well and undergoes state of the art filtration, softening and UV sterilization to provide safe drinking water.

The first floor is open plan with zones suitable for entertaining. Two pairs of double doors open out onto a deck and delightful native California garden to provide indoor/outdoor entertainment.

Upstairs the master suite with queen sleigh bed, joining footed tub, shower & wc. Guest bedroom with twin iron frame beds.
Open living downstairs. TV den with queen sleeper sofa. Fully equipped Chef's kitchen with Wolf range, refrigerator, electric kettle, toaster, coffee-maker. Breakfast area seats six-eight with further entertaining room with table for up to ten in living area. Wood-burning stove. Off-street parking for up to 3 vehicles. Pretty yard with vegetable beds and uninterrupted views of the countryside. New traditional cedar wood hot/cold tub. Propane gas for back-up generator. Hi-speed wifi, Sonos sound system throughout house, satellite tv.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1750 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    Large Master Bedroom with on suite bathroom...moreless

  • The large master bedroom has plenty of room to relax in style. Space to read and work or simply lie in bed and take in the views off the nearby vineyard and hills. En suite bathroom includes freestanding tub overlooking field as well as walk-in shower. The second bedroom fills with light from two windows overlooking the front and side of the house. Two wrought iron beds add great style to this bedroom. The television room can be convert into a full size double bed with canvas curtains to provide some privacy....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Master bathroom: toilet, tub, shower


  • Downstairs Bathroom: toilet, shower


  • Master bathroom includes a freestanding enamel tub offering private views across the nearby fields. Large mirror and washbasin. Walk-in shower and toilet. Downstairs bathroom includes a large walk-in glass shower....moreless


  • Games:

    Scrabble and board games. A playstation is also available with some games....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    Fill the house with your music via WiFi SONOS system. Amp provides sound to kitchen and living room. Extra speaker can be used indoors or even outside. Or choose digital radio from around the world....moreless

  • Television:

    HD TV with Satellite Directv and HD DVR. DVR comes loaded with selection of popular films in HD....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    Peekaboo view of nearby Lake Hennessy from master bedroom. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Dining space is provide by a long table that can comfortably take up to eight settings seating provided by original french Tolex chairs. A further kitchen table and benches seats four....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Gas Dryer...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Satellite internet is provides speeds up to 10 Mbps....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    White 500 thread count cotton sheets and comforters are provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The open plan space provides zones for different activities. Wicker armchairs and leather sofa by wood-burning stove. Iron high chairs at kitchen bar. Television area has L shaped swede sofa....moreless

  • Parking:

    Off street parking on gated driveway for up to 3 cars....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    White cotton bath & hand towels and facecloths are provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washing machine and dryer located in upstairs cupboard....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Heating can be provided by free standing wood-burning stove. Oak woodstore located at back off house....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Kmix filter coffee maker and electric kettle...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Stylish white crockery and rustic iron cutlery celebrate the country setting. For 12 place settings....moreless

  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Duralit double toaster...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Raised Deck in front of house can also accommodate table for outdoor eating....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Seating area with large sun umbrella surrounded by natural garden planted with native California flora attracts butterflies and hummingbirds....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Brand new Cedar hot tub steps from house. Great for relaxing under the stars or cooling off in the heat of the day. Fast water heating provided by gas pool heater....moreless



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from 7 traveler reviews
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My Standard Rate
31 night min stay

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning Fee $180
  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • Tax Rate 14%

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 06/22/2016
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: We moved to nearby Marin County from London in 2000 and became US citizens a few years ago. We both work in creative fields - film production and writing. We have dogs and love to spend time in our house in St Helena, at the coast in Marin and Sonoma or visiting San Francisco.

Why the Owner Chose Saint Helena, CA, USA:
Love at first sight! When we first took the beautiful 15-minute drive from Highway 29 in St Helena to look at the house, we felt as if we were entering an enchanted part of the wine country. The house is located at the end of a 1.5 mile lane lined with oak trees and surrounded by wineries and fields with the occasional glimpse of nearby Lake Hennessy.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Come experience the beauty of off-grid living. In 2013 we worked with solar and water system specialists and invested in a complete update to ensure the very best reliability available in power and water. Solar energy is stored in a brand new 830 amp hour battery bank. Batteries usually recharge 100% by mid day and can run for several days without recharge. In the rare event that the sun doesn't shine for days on end, an automatic backup generator kicks in to recharge the batteries powered by propane.

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Speaks: english, french

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Bluetail House is located in a secluded location surrounded by nature

    Bluetail House is located in a secluded location surrounded by nature

  • Native California garden attracts butterflies and humming birds

    Native California garden attracts butterflies and humming birds

  • New cedar hot tub

    New cedar hot tub

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Master Bathroom

    Master Bathroom

  • Magical native oaks on the drive up to house

    Magical native oaks on the drive up to house

  • View across garden to neighboring vineyard

    View across garden to neighboring vineyard

  • Views of nearby vineyard

    Views of nearby vineyard

  • View of house across neighbors field

    View of house across neighbors field

  • Chefs kitchen

    Chefs kitchen

  • TV area can also convert into a fold out full size bed

    TV area can also convert into a fold out full size bed

  • Second bedroom

    Second bedroom

  • View of lake as seen on approach to property

    View of lake as seen on approach to property

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Friday, July 15, 2016

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