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Still Light Pond Mini Country Estate

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,690 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath + Tent Cabin, Hot Tub, Pond

A glorious, picturesque mini estate with fishing and boating pond, redwood grove, orchard, and hiking trails, all set in a private sunny meadow. As featured in Sunset magazine, a gourmet, over sized country kitchen, antique mantle on wood burning fireplace and Parisian antiques complete the feeling of elegance and serenity. Step outside to a cozy covered porch with upholstered wicker furniture and large entertaining deck with hot tub and a view that takes your breath away. The house is adjacent to a 80 acre vineyard and features surround sound throughout the house with a high end Denon stereo system for auxiliary input devices. There is a Bose Wave system for CD's.

In counterpoint and worthy of Architectural Digest is the new modern master bedroom with Italian metal windows in wonderful contrast to the first growth redwood floors salvaged from a local Sonoma County Barn. Oversized beams that support the suspended ceiling and asymmetrical skylight creates the feeling that you are sleeping in a Redwood Grove in a W hotel setting. All this faces onto the pond, enormous redwoods and bathed in full sun. Fireplace, bath and separate shower, plus awarding winning designer touches.

In addition to the primary residence, there is a real miner's tent cabin on the property that contains a beautiful queen sized sleigh bed with top shelf linens. Brand new this year, the tent cabin has a space heater and limited power. The tent is located on the other side of the pond. Fall asleep with the sounds of the frogs and seasonal creek.

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More Details

Sue Hearn and John Gittins
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

About Sue Hearn and John Gittins

Hi everyone. Nice to meet you. We are John + Sue. John’s from Pittsburgh PA and helps run a local craft beer and Sue is a local Bay Area native working at an organic food company. We are a fun-loving, travel-obsessed couple who love to hike, kayak and chill in nature.

Sue Hearn and John Gittins purchased this farmhouse in 2014

Why Sue Hearn and John Gittins chose Sonoma County

When we stepped onto the property we had that ‘feeling’ that this place was special. The light, the views, the serenity and calm definitely spoke to us. There is truly a magical quality about Still Light Pond. From the private redwood grove with seasonal creek, to fishing in a corner of the pond, the stillness of the light, hiking trails, watching the birds from herons to egrets, private safari tent , all within a restored farmhouse property. It was love at first sight.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Whether you are looking for a relaxing retreat or discovery weekend of all the area has to offer-- wine tasting for world class pinots, organic/local food, canoeing or kayaking down the Russian River, golfing 20 minutes away at Bodega Bay or cycling the great backroads; the location will amaze you for its close proximity to so many diverse areas. It’s only a few miles from Russian River, 6 mi from the coast, close to Bodega Bay and Tomales Bay. Wine tasting, hiking, cycling and kayaking are our favorite activities, come enjoy them here at Still Light Pond.


Occidental Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • master bath - toilet , tub , shower , Romantic view bathtub
    guest bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Ensuite and also accessible to entertaining deck
  • Both Bathrooms are En Suite. The Guest Bathroom Opens to the Entertainment Deck and Sleeping Porch
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , ensuite bath and on other side of house as 2nd bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Gas Fireplace in Master. Pull Out Couch in Living Room. Tent Cabin with electricity & queen size bed for the adventurous. For Master Bedroom - Bring an eye mask if you don't want to wake up to the beautiful natural golden light. The view is spectacular.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

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Still Light Pond Mini Country Estate
average rating of 4.90625 based on 32 reviews


  • 5 of 5

please see the card we left at the house...

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a beautiful and peaceful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful stay at your place! So scenic and peaceful. Just looking at the pond was such a treat. Beautiful dragonflies and birds as well. The breeze seemed to keep away the mosquitos and even though we were there in a slight heat wave, the place really never got too hot!

You had all the supplies we could want in the kitchen.

Thanks again

Julie and Bob Fish

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property, but unfortunately not well maintained

  • 3 of 5

The house and the grounds are very nice. There were a lot of things we enjoyed and then there were several things, listed as amenities, that we could not enjoy due to poor maintenance.

I have to say that with all the 5 star ratings, I was more than disappointed.

The Good:

Very peaceful

Wonderful kitchen

Master bedroom is like heaven

Lots of windows all around to enjoy the beautiful outdoors

Furnishings are warm and comfortable

Lovely redwoods just outside the back door, really nice.

Not so good:

It was very hot during our visit and there is no a/c. Even with the two fans available it was still over 90 degrees in the house in the afternoon.

The ping pong table is not usable. Located in a dirty, unkept shed, with uneven floors. The table was covered with paint supplies.

The outside furniture and cushions had not been cleaned for some time. Covered in cobwebs and stains. Could not use even after attempting to hose them down.

The napping porch is covered in cobwebs and is so dirty we didn't even attempt to use.

Overall we made the best of it, but it could have been much better if we were able to use all the amenities advertised.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely and unusual place

  • 5 of 5

You won't get many better views from the master bedroom of this converted farmhouse....the lake and redwoods are just beautiful. Early in the mornings, you may see deer, egrets, and lots of quail. Charming, and, as one of the other reviewers noted, "quirky" in the decor, with a large, perfect kitchen (with a Wolf range and a SubZero refrigerator/freezer). Nice hot tub, gorgeous deck, and a very unusual safari-like tent perched on the other side of the won't be bored with a visit to Still Light Pond. Situated within a mile of Occidental, and close to Sebastapol, lots of vineyards and wineries, this home is perfect for a getaway. We had a couple of questions for the owners after our arrival, and they responded quickly to resolve them. We'd return in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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  • 4 of 5

We loved this property! The owners were very responsive and informative. We can't wait to schedule our next visit.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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The property is AMAZING!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently spent a few days at this wonderful property with another couple. Wine tasting, redwood visits, and sightseeing by the ocean during the day. Back to the house at night to make dinner in the beautiful kitchen and drink our purchases for the day , ending the evening in the hottub. Fabulous advice from Paul the caretaker! Great communication with the owners! We can't wait to go back. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Northwood, bodega bay
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Occidental Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Mar 16 2017 - Nov 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning fee $125
Pet Fee $25

Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.
Rates are for 4 people, additional guests will be charged $50 additional/day/guest.
Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday stay require a minimum of 1 week rental or weekly rate.
Ask about our repeat guest discount.
Please ask about our event rates, catering options.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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