"Over the last 20 years my husband and I have been lucky enough to rent houses and apartments from Maine to Los Angeles to Paris, and the Bess Vineyard rental is one we will never forget, and plan to use again, for the next large family get-together. It really is that good. Comfortable without being "precious," easy to use, well managed, lots of outdoor living space with stunning views, large wild berry patches along the driveway, not to mention an incredible pool that we used every day, and a very private setting complete with a vineyard.
We were in Sonoma for our son's wedding, with family ranging in age from 19 to 67. The house worked for all of them, though people who are set on every window having a covering may have quibbles with this space...but the coverings really aren't necessary, because it is so private. The much bigger asset is the huge number of Windows...the light and ventilation throughout the house is wonderful! And while we were incredibly lucky with the weather, if the house does get warm, almost every room is equipped with a free-standing fan.
The kitchen is well-stocked, though one extra-large skillet would be a nice addition. There is only one refrigerator, but we found a cooler in the garage that we could have used if needed.
The yellow jackets were fairly abundant outside, but we found plenty of bug spray and citronella candles, and all our big meals were out on the deck, day and night--what a pleasure!
Thank you, Astrid, for being so responsive as we settled in that first day. And thank you, Mara, for the fast responses to our correspondence. Your house made our family celebration as perfect as it could be."
Date of Stay: August 2016
Review Submitted: August 28, 2016