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Cozy 1 BR Cottage 2 Blocks Sonoma Plaza !!

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Enter a calm, secluded environment and get away from the busy world in this charming, old-fashioned cottage with many Irish touches -- but also with wireless internet connection. Flat-screen cable TV, hundreds of channels, DVD player! Enjoy the easy two-block stroll to Sonoma Plaza, where you can choose from Sonoma's best restaurants and browse shops. This is a good base for taking walks.

Traditionally furnished living room has cozy, natural gas fireplace and sofa bed for additional guest (for modest additional rent, children under 12 free). Lovely kitchen has everything you need for light housekeeping. Small room off living room can be an office or nursery. Screened-in front porch is perfect for reading, cocktails, etc.; it looks out over lovely garden. Deer are often sighted in the backyard picnic area.

Available by the week, two weeks, three weeks or month; also selected weekends. Ideal for those who are vacationing, house hunting, relocating, visiting family or friends, extended business trips. Completely separate from main house of owner.

Keywords: Cottage, Kate Murphy's, Irish

More Details

Larry Murphy
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2017

About Larry Murphy

Rose and Larry Murphy, both retired teachers, are long-time Sonoma residents and in 1993 founded the popular local Murphy's Irish Pub on the Plaza. They have traveled extensively in Ireland have provided many Irish touches in the cottage. Now retired, Rose is a writer on Irish themes and Larry has embarked on a watercolor career. In 1988 and 1992 Larry was Sonoma's Mayor.

Larry Murphy purchased this cottage in 1975

Why Larry Murphy chose Sonoma County

The cottage is on our property, private but near our house. We have owned the cottage since purchasing the property in 1975.

What makes this cottage unique

Unique benefits: the cottage is accessible by foot to the famous Sonoma Plaza, downtown shops and restaurants and wine tasting rooms. It also has an old-fashioned charm that our guests appreciate.


Sonoma Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower over the tub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • tennis
Wi-Fi Internet Access, backyard picnic area with charcoal BBQ, many wineries nearby.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

Cozy 1 BR Cottage 2 Blocks Sonoma Plaza !!
average rating of 4.9 based on 20 reviews
San Luis Obispo, CA

THE place to stay in Sonoma

  • 5 of 5

I hesitate to give Kate Murphy's Cottage such a wonderful review because it will be that much harder to book next time. It has it all: perfect location, large, comfortable accommodations, an attentive host in the house in front, and even occasional deer in the morning. You couldn't stay at a better place in Sonoma.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Kate Murphy's cottage. The house was very clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. The location is awesome, walking distance to the square where all the restaurants and bars are. Larry was so nice and made sure that our stay was perfect. I would definitely recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Scenic grounds, comfortable home and in a very convenient location.

  • 5 of 5

Host, Larry Murphy, was very congenial and considerate.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A peaceful get away

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were traveling to Sonoma for a wedding and, as you know, hotels can be extremely expensive. We lucked out when we found this place. It's a great spot for 2-4 people with a kitchen and laundry. It's also walking distance from downtown Sonoma and a short drive from lots of great places to eat and drink.

Normally, Larry books for long periods of time but if you catch it just right you can book for a weekend.

The accommodations were very comfortable and had all the amenities you'd need for a short or long stay. The backyard is one of the few still undeveloped so it's very quiet and private in the mornings.

Larry is very kind and helpful. Our flight was delayed several hours and we ended up landing and arriving well after schedule. He left the lights on and made it easy for us to arrive without adding any additional stress.

Will definitely stay here again and would recommend to anyone looking for a home away from home.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfectly located and within walking distance of most of downtown Sonoma. Larry was flexible, accommodating, and very helpful. We enjoyed our stay so much and had a great amount of room in the cottage to cook and hangout as well as enjoy the adorable backyard. I would recommend this cottage to anyone.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Walking distance to the square

  • 5 of 5

Kate Murphy's cottage is an unassuming, down to earth rental that's perfect for anyone who wants to be close to the square and have a secure parking spot. The cottage has a great screened front porch with a view of the beautifully landscaped back yard. Would certainly recommend!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Murphy's Irish Pub

We are located in the heart of the California Wine Country, there are dozens of wineries within minutes of the cottage. However Sonoma has many other charms, many places of importance in early California history, such as the northernmost of California's famous Spanish missions, St. Francis Solano Mission on the Plaza, only three blocks from the cottage. Our restaurants are many, varied and close by, indeed many visitors don't get into their cars for days at a time.


Rates & Availability

Sonoma Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 2017 - Nov 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.0%

On selected three-day holiday weekends, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, 4th of July for example, we may require a three day minimum.

Generally, we attempt to book long term stays, so we only book weekends if the cottage is not rented shortly before the desired dates. We are trying to avoid losing a month-long booking because we have locked up a weekend in the middle. If you are seeking 2 or 3 nights and don't have lodging about two weeks before your desired dates, check with us again and if we are open we will be happy to accommodate you.

There is no City Tax on stays of 30 days or more. We do not charge cleaning fees, security deposits, or any other hidden charges. Unhappily, VRBO has recently (March 2016) added a service fee of 4 to 12 per cent if you book through their payment system. This is a fee we opposed and we do not see a penny of it.

We have a two week cancellation policy, if your plans change, please notify us at least two weeks prior to your arrival date. If a party were to fail to arrive without notifying us, we may charge an appropriate fee on their credit card.

Rates are stated for two guests. Additional adult guests are charged $40 per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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