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

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

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

This gorgeous, private and gated 1.8-acre estate located just behind the historic Sonoma Square, in the country. Newly remodeled in early 2014 & 2017, 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.

El Mirador 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 (more than 13 people).

*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 80+.

* This is a non-smoking property.

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

* For the safety and security of the property and our guests, the property has a security camera. It is visible above the garage and for privacy reasons, only faces the driveway and gate. As with all Nest cameras, it records both video and audio for security.

* Dogs are permitted, with prior approval, for the stated daily fee per pooch.

More Details

Steve Shepard
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

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

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


Sonoma Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • 1) Sorry, I am strict on the 8 over night guests and 5 day time visitors limits.
  • 2) Pets are $100 a night. Please let me know if you plan on bringing a pet please ask first.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • 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 ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 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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Wine Country Getaway, Luxury, Spa-like Estate, Sonoma Square, Amazing Views
average rating of 4.943396 based on 53 reviews

Perfect Sonoma Home

  • 5 of 5

The views are breathtaking! The house is spacious, stocked with essentials, beautifully decorated (modern country) and only minutes from the fantastic shops. It is truly a gem!

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic home - I can’t imagine a more beautiful house and view. Steve the owner is extremely prompt in responding to questions and provides a very thorough packet of information on the surrounding area. The kitchen is so well equipped and we loved being at the house so much that we wound up cancelling several reservations and cooking at home!

Also highly recommended is Greg Martino with My Sonoma Valley Driver who drove us to wineries, and Chef Brigette with White Apron Catering who came to the house and cooked our New Years Eve dinner!!

We can’t wait to return!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It doesn't get any better...

  • 5 of 5

$1,000,000 view

Pristine condition

Fantastic location (~2 miles to Sonoma square)

Amazingly quiet outside; very peaceful.

Owner communicates incredibly well.

We will be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The property of El Mirador is perfection in Sonoma A five star view and home !!

  • 5 of 5

Steve was responsive and so helpful with all our needs. The house is spectacular with recent renovations and beautiful designer quality decor. Everything is perfectly organized and the kitchen is very well equipped and wonderful for groups. Our family with three generations had an amazing week and we lucked into perfect weather.

Sonoma Square is a five minute drive and the towns of Yountville, St Helena and Calistoga are an easy drive. The pool is so beautiful and the setting so gorgeous we found it hard to leave. The beds and bedding are extremely comfortable and the bathrooms are lovely.

The guest cottage was perfect for two couples. Each room has its own bathroom. We highly recommend this home if you want a a phenomenal location with five star accommodations.

We would love to make this an annual trip for our family. Many thanks to the Shepards.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Peyton, You are very kind and I thank you for the nice comments. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and please do bring your family back anytime. Steve
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Loved, Loved, Loved the House!

  • 5 of 5

3 couples, plenty of room, we loved the house! We spent our days touring Napa and Sonoma and our evenings enjoying the house, cooking, eating outdoors and enjoying the pool and view.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great trip

  • 5 of 5

Very convenient comfortable home for 4 couples to enjoy Sonoma and Napa.

Evenings by the pool are a lot of fun. A great place to stay in and dine.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
56 Miles
Car: recommended

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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning Fee (weekly) $325 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

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

  • 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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