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Helen's Winecountry Hideaway

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Our cottage is a very lovely newly remodeled bungalow. in a quiet serene neighborhood only one mile from the Sonoma Plaza and near the Sonoma Creek. No fire damage to our quaint town or our cottage !! Our cottage is rated as "EXCEPTIONAL" by VRBO and all guests who have stayed and we have over 150 guest reviews. We are also a PREMIER PARTNER. A high standard on VRBO listings.

The cottage is spacious and comfortable with 1600 sq ft and very charming. With an open kitchen, dining and living room which has 12' ceilings. There is a large wood burning fireplace with a gas starter, wonderful for those cool autumn or winter evenings. We supply firewood for the fireplace and firepit.

The spacious dining room features antique oak table and chairs for six. All PRO WOLF stainless appliances and a

All-Clad stainless cookware, Wustoff Cutlery, beautiful bright red dishes, serve-ware and crystal stemware await your use in the kitchen. Everything a gourmet chef will need to prepare those perfect meals ! There is an under-counter TV also. We supply all staples and spices for your use. We supply Peets Italian roast coffee and special teas for you. No need for bottled water as we have a Culligan state of the art reverse osmosis water filtration system in the kitchen. Nespresso!! And gourmet chocolates for all guests!

You will find two master suites each with queen size plush pillowtop mattresses and all down bedding including pillows and high count luxury linens. Each bedroom has a full bath with walk in slate shower in the back bath and soaking tubs with rainshower heads and handhelds. We supply an assortment of high quality bath products including Nexxus shampoo, conditioners, shower gels, bubble bath, and big fluffy white bathsheets, bathtowels and washcloths and there is a linen closet with abundance of more if needed.

The bedrooms are very private from each other and each one has a special feature one with sliders that go out to the patio and a lovely fountain and the other with a sitting room with nice down sofa and desk for computer etc. Also a printer scanner fax copy machine and of course WIFI. Each bedroom has flat screen HD LED TV's and all cable channels are available. If there is another couple or a child who wants to stay the sofa in the living room is not your normal sofa it is a sofa bed that is very comfy with all down bedding and a feather topper. It is a very high end Restoration Hardware sofa . PortableHarmon-Kardon Bluetooth stereo speaker.

Interior Walls are all soft sage colors with bright art and the flooring is Italian tile and oak . There are nice oriental rugs covering the floors in bright reds and sages. We have a library and DVD's for your use. There is a large flat screen HD TV in living room with surround sound system plus additional speakers on the patio.

Our patio and garden area are a standout and have been called by some "a little slice of heaven''. There are walkways meanderng thru the large well manicured flower filled yard. Also a grove of redwoods and bamboo trees and Japanese Maples, a large fig tree, a Meyer lemon tree and in summer a plum tree ..There is always an herb garden in summer months for your use. The patio itself has the same Italian tile that the house has. and it has a nice big firepit surrounded by large Adirondack chairs, A patio set with four comfy chairs and an umbrella for outdoor dining as well as a new Weber propane BBQ. There is also a flagstone patio with another sitting area in the sunshine it is wonderful on those days you want to just enjoy the sun the flowers and the quiet.. except for the birds and the squirrels. The yard is filled with 400 yr old Valley Oak trees and offers a Wonderful 'ZEN' like setting. These words are how most of my guests have described the yard and most say they don't want to leave even for dinner as they want to spend time in the garden and patio. I have flowers in the yard year-round as gardening is my hobby so it is always easy for me to make it beautiful as I love it. The patio and garden area is surrounded by little white mini lights in the evening for a magical feel .

This cottage is for people used to only the best. I have hosted two PGA Golf PRO's while they played the Charles Scwhab Cup Champions tournament. They both wrote nice reviews and loved my attention to detail. Ask me who they are?

Evening times you can hear the sound of crickets from the nearby Sonoma Creek that will lull you to sleep...I am a designer/developer in Lake Tahoe and put my experience to work in making this a perfect wine country getaway!!!

READ the reviews and you will see how very special this cottage is.

More Details

Helen Tanner
Member since: 2006
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 18, 2018

About Helen Tanner

We are both in the real estate business David full time realtor Helen a developer/designer in Tahoe. We have been in this business most all of our lives and own and manage other properties ..We know what we expect when we travel and we try to do the same with the First class amenities we provide and the immaculate condition we have the cottage in for each guest.. David was born in SF and grew up in Redding CA where he was a fire Captain for CDF. He retired early to join Helen in the sales business. I was raised in Los Gatos CA where I worked with the family business of property development and property management ..

We love to travel and go to new places but enjoy Maui the most!! We have traveled a lot and look forward to more but mostly we love to golf and travel to places where we can play the local and resort courses. We love Sonoma area for the golf and the closeness to the SF area as we love the theater also.

Helen Tanner purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Helen Tanner chose Sonoma

We love the convenience of the property to all the wineries and the Sonoma Square. It is within walking distance for our guests and quite a lot of wineries are within five min from the cottage. The cottage is in a quiet neighborhood.

What makes this cottage unique

We love our little cottage and you will find that it shows and it has a warm and happy feeling the min you walk thru the door!! We have some guests who have returned to visit our cottage now as many as ten times.over the years we have had it on a vacation rental program. . When you walk in the front door you can see out to thru the big French doors the beautiful yards with big large old oaks and the white roses that climb the fence, the flowers and the big fig and meyer lemon tree. Truly a gorgeous sight. The cottage is quiet is Zen like and some have called it my "little slice of heaven" it truly is.

Come and stay and see for yourself!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

A wonderful stay in your beautiful warm home!! Thank you and I hope we can make it back!!

Nick and Sue Price

PGA Champions Tour Player
Oct 2009
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Sonoma, California

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Walk in slate shower remodeled with rainshower and handhelds
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , New white porcelain remodeled bath handhelds and rainshower
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , High quality new plush pillowtop
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Plush new pillowtop queen bed with clean mattress pads
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Restoration Hardware deluxe comfy with feather topper
  • Queen size Feather beds. Each mattress is plush pillowtop top of the line mattress. Soft quilted mattress pads changed for each guest. Sleep Sofa (1) Queen size very comfy hide a bed in living room with fireplace. With a feather bed topper and all down comforter and down pillows also.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Wood-burning Fireplace, wireless internet, Cable LCD HD 46' TV with all the channels. TV's in Both master suites. Harmon/Kardon Bluetooth speaker, play your favorite music from your phone, tablet, etc. Surround Sound with speakers on patio also . Wolf 36-inch Gas Range/Oven, culligan water purifier. Deluxe Cooking Utensils provided, Beautiful Backyard and Terrace with Adirondacks, Patio Set with Umbrella,


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Helen's Winecountry Hideaway
average rating of 4.9937105 based on 164 reviews

Lovely garden, everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

Great everything-included home for one or two couples to stay on quiet street with large secluded garden in the midst of Sonoma wine country.

  • Submitted: 31-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much John ! We are happy you enjoyed our cottage ! Heien
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Lovely cottage by the square

  • 5 of 5

Helen - We had a great time at your cottage this past weekend! It was fully stocked with everything you would ever need. We loved the backyard and the fire pit and the bedding was delightful! Thank you also for checking up with us once we got there to make sure everything was perfect. This will be our cottage every year for now on! We have a girls trip every year around the same time. - Laura Fuller, San Antonio, Texas

  • Submitted: 30-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice, quiet, centrally located Sonoma home.

  • 5 of 5

The house and gardens were very pretty. The home was in a quiet location, perfect for a relaxing weekend. In the middle of Sonoma, only a few minutes drive to Sonoma square and a few minutes more to local wineries.

  • Submitted: 21-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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The house is clean and very confortable!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely back yard to enjoy evenings and morning coffee! Kitchen had all the basic essentials.

  • Submitted: 11-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Woodlands, Texas

This cottage was adorable & conveniently located!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for a weekend wedding for our son. So cozy & comfortable! Plenty of towels, gourmet kitchen, they thought of everything! Gardens were beautiful! We were so busy with all the wedding events that we didn't have time to grill out! Perfect set up for two couples or a girls trip! We will stay here again! Perfect wedding weekend!

  • Submitted: 31-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much sweet Jan! You all were such perfect guests! We hope you come back again đź’•?
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Wonderful and Well Appointed Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Helen's! Her house is immaculate with comfortable furniture and really nice beds. The kitchen is fully outfitted with great utensils, equipment, and even a water filter! There were plenty of extra towels and the bathrooms were fully stocked with soaps and shampoos. Being January we didn't get to use the garden, but it is really lovely with a fire pit and a giant Meyer lemon tree. We would absolutely stay here again!

  • Submitted: 31-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay Katherine it was wonderful having you and your mom as our guests!! We hope you come back !! Helen
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
San Francisco, Oakland or Sacramento
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
El Dorado Kitchen
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Eagle Vines or Chardonnay or Silverado or Oakmont
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Hwy 12 thru winecountry or Hwy 101 ot Hwy 80
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Girl and The Fig, Eldorado, LaHaye, Red Grape,Maya
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Bodega Bay and Point Reyes Station
Car: recommended

We are not anywhere near the fire damage it is way north of our cottage. The Sonoma Valley and the town and our wineries were untouched by any damage.

We pray for all those affected by this horrible disaster .


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Sonoma, California

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 14 2018 - Dec 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$33 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$33 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

clean out fee C$197.76 + Tax
sec fee C$197.76 + Tax
Pet Fee C$197.76 + Tax

The clean out fee is $125. It is collected up front with the first half of the rental amt.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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