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Wine Country Getaway, Luxury, Spa-like Estate, Sonoma Square, Amazing Views

Bedrooms 4
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

El Mirador (from Spanish, from mirar to look, affording a view of the surroundings)

This gorgeous, private and gated 1.8 acre estate located just behind the historical Sonoma Square, in the country. Newly remodeled in early 2014, the property features 4 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms, a large living room with 13 foot french doors offering endless views of the Sonoma hills, and a 26 foot dining patio for gathering friends and enjoying the weather.

Come enjoy the view over the pool, relax on a daybed suspended from a perfectly placed old oak tree, while listening to the koi pond quietly cascading in the background, BBQ warming your dinner as you sample some local wine and cheese.

This could be one of the finest places to sit and relax after a long day of wine tasting, hiking, ballooning, biking, shopping or just enjoying the slow paced local atmosphere.

*Please note: the property is not permitted to host weddings, receptions or large parties.

*The pool is solar powered. Thus it is typically warm enough for swimming from April through October, often into November. During hot summer months the temperature is often in the 80s.

* This is a non smoking property.

* Fire pit is closed due to fire danger (we need rain!)

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Steve Shepard
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2017

About Steve Shepard

I have lived in the Bay Area my entire life and have no intent of leaving. Between Marin, Sonoma and Tahoe I can; bike, hike, ski, eat, dine and play just about anything with some of the worlds great people.

Steve Shepard purchased this estate in 2013

Why Steve Shepard chose Sonoma County

Having lived in the Bay Area my entire life I truly believe Sonoma is one of the great hidden gems of the world (and yes I have traveled extensively. The best comparison I have found is the slow pace of Southern France) Where Napa may have the name for wine, Sonoma has access to all the great wine PLUS small old town charm. The Sonoma Square (one of two, Healdsburg is the other) offers a relaxed atmosphere that has not changed 100 years. This is also the birth place of California for the history buffs.

El Mirador (from Spanish, from mirar to look, affording a view of the surroundings) offers unparalleled views from Mount Tamalpais past Mount Diablo, in the middle, through the east bay. Truly amazing on a clear day. All while less then 5 minutes (under 2 miles) from the square. Read the reviews as pictures just cannot do it justice. The house was fully remodeled in 2014 and has all the bells and whistles you could ever ask for while keeping the quite of this tranquil hilltop location. You will not be disappointed.

Sonoma TOT #: 133N


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)

Wine Country Getaway, Luxury, Spa-like Estate, Sonoma Square, Amazing Views
average rating of 4.9512196 based on 41 reviews

Everything was magnificently organized so that we could enjoy this remarkable home.

  • 5 of 5

A stunning property in the heart of Sonoma

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Property!

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for 4 couples, like a private resort. The sunrises every morning were incredible. Steve was attentive and made sure everything was great, would certainly recommend this property and stay there again!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Modern charm with exquisite view!

  • 4 of 5

This property was highly recommended by friends and they were not wrong! The house is close to everything - just a short distance up the mountain from downtown Sonoma. The view of the bay in the distance is one that anyone could wake up to every morning... sipping coffee from the covered porch or sitting on the gorgeous pool deck. The home is perfect for 4 couples and decorated with amazing style. The amenities such as the grill, kitchen, sound system and organization are a bonus. Steve was attentive and truly cares about his home and wants his guest/s to enjoy all that the area has to offer. The only minor problem was the pool being too chilly to swim (as it is only heated by a solar cover which was not working properly) so we did not really get to enjoy the pool.... but we were also too busy seeing all that Sonoma, Healdsburg, Napa and St Helena had to offer! We will be recommending it to anyone who is looking to stay in the area and plan to return again!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aaron, thank you for such a nice review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay at the house and were able to see so much of the wine country! I am sorry the pool was not a little warmer (October was a little cold and rainy so the solar panels, on the roof of the house, could not keep the pool warmer) You are welcome back anytime but please try June-August when the pool is closer to 90. Safe travels, Steve
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Spectacular House and Setting

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a wonderful long weekend staying at this house. The house was just perfect for our family of four adult couples, with 4 bedrooms, each with each own bathroom. It was decorated very well and extremely comfortable. And it had an amazing backyard area with a large inviting swimming pool, as well as outdoor table for 8 or more for meals. The setting, above Sonoma Square in a wooded area is beautiful, and so relaxing. The house owner was completely responsive, and easy to contact. We would highly recommend the house and hope to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: June, Thank you for your kind review of El Mirador. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and I would welcome you and your family back anytime. Steve
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Extraordinary and special in every way - this house and it's setting are a MUST SEE!!

  • 5 of 5

We were 6 women, celebrating a big birthday for one of us, and together we wanted a place to chill, get to know each other (as we came from disparate locations) and celebrate.

The house was furnished with great style and detail. The general feeling was refined, neat and clean, with whitewashed wood floors and great furniture pieces (greys and white). There were wooly throws draped across the furniture and beds that gave such a cozy, homey feeling to the rooms.

The most extraordinary view of the hills and valleys of Sonoma wine country was directly beyond the house and pool in the back yard. You are literally on top of a mountain and above the town of Sonoma, which is only 5 or so minutes down the hill. From this spectacular perch, we watched a few hot air balloons fly by in the distance and were lucky enough to be there for the full Harvest moon, which was spectacular.

The outdoor dining setting contains a 12 foot wood table with enough chairs to accommodate 12. This area is reachable from the kitchen and the living room through classic French doors. The table area had lights and heaters as well and was surrounded by screens with magnetic closures to keep out the bugs.

We arranged for a local chef to cook dinner for us on the big birth day and had a fabulous meal created by Chef Tiffany.

Each of the 4 bedrooms had a full bath, king size bed, very fine linens, duvet covers and pillows, with French doors to the outside. These bedrooms are again decorated in the same classy style as well. Because the surroundings and setting are so breathtaking, we were glued to the spot and only ventured out for little trips to the square, the store and one day to visit a winery.

We just loved it and most of us are already planning our next get away there, soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carol, Thank you for such a thoughtful review. I am so glad you and your friends had an enjoyable time! Please come back and stay at El Mirador again. Steve
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Perfect home for a family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This well appointed home is ideal for families of all ages. Very private gated property with stunning views makes you feel miles away, yet charming downtown Sonoma is only minutes away. Steve has updated the home with a fresh, modern style that is both luxurious and practical and was available and helpful with all inquiries. It was the perfect family getaway.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
56 Miles

3 minute drive to the square, yet in the country side!


Rates & Availability

Sonoma Estate Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 17 2017 - Feb 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Prez Weekend
Feb 16 2017 - Feb 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Feb 27 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - May 23 2017
4 night minimum stay
Bottle Rock
May 24 2017 - May 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 7 2017 - Aug 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2017
Aug 31 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Fall/Harvest 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Cleaning Fee (weekly) $325 + Tax
Pet Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 9.0%

Check in at 4:00 pm
Check out at 10:00 am
I can not offer a early check in or late checkout until the week before reservations as we may have someone checking in/out the same day.

Owner'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.
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Sonoma Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • 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 Room
  • seating for 7 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , in carriage house
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , in carriage house
  • There are four bathrooms. Two in the main house and two in the carriage house
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom in main house.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , two twin or a king bed in carriage house. A must see!
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 1 king or two twins. Second bedroom in carriage house
  • The property sleeps eight with multiple bed configurations. Two bedrooms in the main house both with king beds. One bedroom with en suite bathroom. Both with ample closet space, including one large walk-in. Two bedrooms in carriage house, each with en suite bathrooms. One bedroom has a sitting area. Bedrooms can have king beds or two twins each. Carriage house balcony with views.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
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  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
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  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming

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