Have you dreamed of ranch living? Of really getting away from it all? Then look no further than the beautiful and celebrated Rockpile Ranch. With a history full of Jesse James outlaws, the Pony Express, and Bonanza TV series, Rockpile Ranch is the perfect escape from reality. With over 800 acres for you to enjoy, wake up among the oldest vines in the region and watch for hawks and deer across sweeping vistas with the provided binoculars. During the day, take a walk to the natural spring and listen to the waterfall or angle for small fish off the dock in the pond. If you’re a little more adventurous, take one of our mapped hikes to the ancient petroglyphs dotted around the property. Not feeling like moving? No problem, sit on the front porch with a book, the back deck with a glass of wine or nap in the shade on the lawn.
Rockpile Ranch is the perfect location for family vacations, birthday trips or getaways with friends; we can host them all! Between the main Farmhouse and the Throop House, originally a Pony Express Station, we have 6 bedrooms plus a loft, with an ability to sleep 14 comfortably and 16 with a squeeze in the loft. Being completely off the grid, all of the power comes from a solar array on the iconic barn. Charge your camera (you’ll need it!) by the power of the sun!
As you ascend from the floor of Dry Creek Valley, you wind through forests of madrone, oak, pine, and manzanita. Driving along the ridge allows for expansive vistas across dramatic hills and valleys. Approaching the ranch, you enter another forest which opens to the first vineyards of Rockpile Ranch. Through the deer fence you descend through the trees where it opens to lush gardens, sprawling lawns, ordered vineyards and a charming yellow farmhouse with a lovely front porch set amongst mature flowering trees.
The Farmhouse has 3 queen bedroom upstairs and 4th bedroom with 2 twin beds. 2 full bathrooms, one with a tub and one with a shower, complete the upstairs. Downstairs, the large eat-in kitchen invites you to slow down, enjoy the view and take it all in. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the built in breakfast nook, or grab a bite to eat at the island. Although off the grid, enjoy the many comforts of home, including a gas Wolf range, dishwasher, microwave oven, propane fridge, Keurig coffee maker, a selection of K-cups and teabags, basic cooking ingredients (or have it fully stocked in advance), plus all the dishes, cookware, and glassware you could need. The living room is comfortably furnished with a wood stove. Sit by the fire and play cards or board games or enjoy a glass of wine at the 8 person dining table. If building a fire isn’t your thing, there is also central heating available. The adjoining den/media room, which overlooks the multilevel deck and garden, has a flat screen TV and DirecTV as well as the internet router.
Over the hill and around the barn is the Throop House, a house you can add on to your rental, was at one time a stop on the Pony Express. Now the Throop House is a comfortable 2 bedroom house with a loft for kids or close friends. The cozy open plan living room features a bright red wood stove, plus a TV and DirecTV. The kitchen is fully stocked with the exception of a stove. If you are looking to took the Farmhouse has a full kitchen. Enjoy the sun rising over the vines from the gorgeous deck.
The fun doesn’t stop at sunset! Besides being fully stocked with cards and family board games, we also host “cowboy cookout” dinners, weather permitting and subject to availability. Watch the stars with no light interference through the telescope from the deck. BBQ up some amazing Sonoma County steaks or chicken on the new gas grill.
No need to stress about what to bring as we are as full service or self-catering as you need. Give us a list and we can stock your fridge for you. If you prefer to do it yourself, we provide all the bedding, linens and towels, shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc. Ask us for particulars and if we don’t currently have it, we can provide it.
* Please note, the property is a functioning vineyard and staff members may be seen on the ranch at various points during your stay, including the on-site caretaker.
** Also, we do not allow for weddings or events at the ranch, as it is extremely remote and all of the power is provided by a solar source.
*** Lastly, hunting and firearms are not permitted on our property. If we hear that you or your party are hunting or shooting firearms on our property, you will be asked to leave the premises immediately and you will not be refunded for your stay.