Serene Mediterranean Villa, End-of-the-Road Privacy, Over-the-Top Kitchen
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- Minimum stay:1-5 nights
- Property type:Villa
- Pets considered:Ask Owner
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Moonshine Ranch, set on 75 acres at the end of a private road, offers unparalleled privacy and luxury in west Sonoma County, just 20 minutes from the town of Sebastopol. Travel through the gate and down the almost mile-long private driveway to arrive at a grand-scale entry tower with massive doors leading to the Mediterranean-style courtyard villa with contemporary flair and luxury finishes. The half-acre walled courtyard has luxurious gardens, koi pond, citrus trees, hot tub, outdoor fireplace and bocce ball court, with a backdrop of forest and hills and a creek running through the property. Enjoy the serenity of your own valley and at night listen to the owls.
The focal point of the house is a spectacular chef's kitchen, sporting a 6-burner Wolf Range with double ovens and griddle, a wood-fired pizza oven, indoor charcoal grill, a fireplace and a dining table that seats 12. Extra-deep limestone counters offer plenteous work spaces and a bar counter provides seating for socializing in the kitchen. Two Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers plus a side-by-side refrigerator provide plenty of cold storage and two Sub-Zero freezer drawers are also built in. The kitchen is fully equipped with high-quality cooking equipment, including a professional-style espresso machine and grinder, and stocked with some of the supplies you will need during your stay, like fine quality olive oil and other pantry basics. French doors offer views of the courtyard and the surrounding forest.
The main house is comprised of 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and an oversized living room, while the two guest suites adjoin the courtyard on each side of the entry tower. The living room has a wet bar, massive stone fireplace and is also lined with French doors that offer views of the garden and surrounds. Continue down the hallway to the two bedrooms at the far wing of the house. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed and includes a fireplace and Direct TV. The generous, light-filled master bath has separate shower and tub. The second bedroom in the main house has a queen-sized bed plus an extra-deep sofa/daybed also with Direct TV. The north guest suite has 2 queen-sized beds, a full bath with shower and a fireplace. The south guest suite has a king-sized bed, full bath with shower and a fireplace. All rooms have courtyard views. The laundry room has a separate entrance and a creative art space.
Outside the courtyard you will find an orchard and garden offering seasonal produce, hiking, a greenhouse, acres of meadows and a large pond with gazebo. Cowboy Town, available for day use, is a unique folly with log cabins, saloon, outdoor kitchen, firepit and even a stage for those with a theatrical bent.
Come to Sonoma County for a restorative vacation, partake of local cuisine, visit wineries, explore the beautiful Sonoma coast and enjoy the natural beauty that is Sonoma.
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Member since: 2015
- 4300 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Catering Available
- Breakfast - Booking Possible
- Lunch - Booking Possible
- Dinner - Booking Possible
- Private Chef
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms
- All bathrooms are tiled and have high quality fittings and fixtures.
- DVD Player:
- Satellite / Cable:
Built-in speakers in kitchen can be plugged into your phone, pad or computer. Sonos wireless sound system in living room and two bedrooms in main house. Please download the Sonos app for your device....moreless
- Away From It All
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 12 people
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
Cell phone service is spotty since the house is in a valley - Verizon works better than AT&T. Will install a repeater when I get improved internet service, meanwhile there is a landline available....moreless
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
Paper towels, dishwashing/cleaning supplies, spices, a range of condiments, pantry/baking supplies (flour, sugar, etc.), Amphora Nueva olive oil, salts, peppercorns, our own delicious well water....moreless
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Winter Holidays 2016-17
Nov 22 - Jan 2, 2017
5 night min stay
Jan 3 - May 25, 2017
2 night min stay
May 26 - Sep 5, 2017
2 night min stay
Sep 6 - Nov 21, 2017
2 night min stay
Winter Holidays 2017-18
Nov 22 - Jan 3, 2018
5 night min stay
Jan 5 - May 24, 2018
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Outcleaning $575 + tax
- Property Damage Protection $59
- Pet Fee $100 + tax
- Pizza Oven Lesson/Use $75 + tax
- Tax Rate 9%
Sonoma County Transient Occupancy Tax Certificate #1468N
If you want to use the pizza oven and do not have experience with such ovens, you will need to have instruction from me in order to use it safely and deliciously. Please let me know when you book if you plan to use the oven and whether you need just the lesson for$75 or a complete dinner with shopping, prep and clean-up ($800). Price does not include cost of ingredients and is based on 10 or fewer people.
ANy dditional cleaning fees are charged at $80/hr for two cleaners; furniture moving fee $50.
Owner's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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Year Purchased: 2014
About the owner: Although I am new to Sonoma County, I have lived in the Bay Area for over 40 years. I previously owned a top-rated vacation rental home in Hanalei, on the island of Kauai, so I know what visitors want and how to provide a top-quality vacation experience. My goal is to provide personalized service and responsiveness to renter's needs. I live in a house that is at the top of the driveway, just before the gate to Moonshine Ranch, so I am available in case of need.
Why the Owner Chose Sebastopol, CA, USA:
When I decided to sell my property in Kauai, i wanted to find a 'family compound" property closer to San Francisco, where my children live. Sonoma County had always appealed to me, with its combination of rural atmosphere, sophisticated food and wine and more laid back pace than Napa or Marin. When we found Moonshine Ranch, the whole family fell in love with it - the private setting, the quality of the construction, the beauty of the area, the lack of pretense.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
When you drive down Moonshine Rd, you would never imagine what awaits at the bottom of the valley. The approach and setting are spectacular! Then you come to the dramatic entry tower with double doors more than 13 ft tall and 3" thick. The south-facing courtyard is a gardener's delight and gardening is my hobby. It was especially exciting to find a house with radiant heated floors, which are so comfortable in the winter. The extensive stone work on the property, both in the courtyard gardens and along the driveway, is beautifully laid in the "dry-stack" style, i.e., with no mortar. All the interior doors in the house are solid planks, more than 2-1/2" thick. The quality of the materials and the timeless nature of the house design give this place a feeling of solidity and ease.
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In the courtyard looking toward main house.
Looking into kitchen at night, pizza oven glowing in the background.
Courtyard viewed through French doors from the eat-in kitchen.
Living room with piano and speakers
Master bedroom looking toward the rest of the main house.
Study bedroom with queen bed, daybed and TV.
South guest suite.
Toward the main house from the entry tower.
Across the lawn toward the "dragon" tree.
Across the lawn back toward the guest suites on each side of the entry tower.
First peek of the house as you come down the driveway.
350,000 gallon pond - picnic in the gazebo?
From the koi pond toward outdoor dining and fireplace, kitchen and living room
The kitchen is a playground for those interested in cooking.
The living room shares the courtyard views and has a massive stone fireplace.
The master bedroom has its own courtyard views and a fireplace.
Master bath - clean and bright.
North guest suite with 2 queen beds and garden views.
The mile long driveway leads you to the dramatic entry, with plenty of parking.
Courtyard walkway to the main house. No steps in case of accessibility concerns.
Play bocce ball on the oyster shell court.
Quiet garden room with hot tub.
Meadow and greenhouse with the "Large Dancer."
Cowboy Town, a collection of small rustic cabins with fire pit.
This listing was first published here in 2015.
Date last modified - Sunday, December 04, 2016
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