The Little House on the Hill

House - Entire home/apt · Clovercrest Drive, Cloverdale, CA 95425, United States

The Little House is a studio cottage with kitchen, bathroom, queen bed, sitting/dining area with a TV for movies (no cable) and wireless internet. Wine, coffee, light snacks and a gorgeous view complete a quick wine country getaway.

Your host, Susan
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The Little House is a studio cottage with kitchen, bathroom, queen bed, sitting/dining area with a TV for movies (no cable) and wireless internet. Wine, coffee, light snacks and a gorgeous view complete a quick wine country getaway.

The Space

A separate cottage, The Little House is a large studio (450 sq ft) with a kitchen, bathroom, queen bed and a sitting/dining area with a flat screen TV set up for movies (no cable). Of course we have wireless Internet. A bottle of wine, coffee and light snacks await.
The Little House is right for a couple, two friends (or one person) who love to read, dine, sit on the deck, rock in the hammock, watch movies and drink wine. Ideal for the traveler serious about wine tasting, dining and relaxing (or for the more active -- biking and hiking). We are on a hill, just outside of town. Cloverdale is a modest town 5 minutes from the Alexander Valley, 10 from Geyserville, 10 from Dry Creek , abput 18-20 minutes to Healdsburg and the Russian River Valley and 30 to the Anderson Valley,

Our Little House is fully equipped, comfortable and everything you might want – but homey and slightly eccentric. The kitchen has a 2 burner stove, microwave and roaster oven.

It isn't fancy but very serene. It is a bit removed from it all, but walking distance to town (down a fairly steep hill) and a short drive to what we consider the best of wine country.

Although you will have a private deck, feel free to enjoy our huge deck under a 150 year old oak tree overlooking the town of Cloverdale and the Alexander Valley. Use the barbecues.

Cloverdale is the northernmost town in Sonoma County and one of the few that retains its “pre-wine” roots. Definitely not the chic of Healdsburg or St. Helena, but authentically Sonoma County, friendly and usually quiet. The restaurants are varied and traditional but fun. Suggestions are in the Little House.

Healdsburg shops and restaurants are an 18 minute drive by freeway or 20-30 through the Alexander Valley vineyards. Be sure to ask us about our favorite restaurants, bars and shops in Healdsburg and wineries in all the Valleys.

Geyserville, with Diavolo (a truly great modern Italian restaurant) and Catellis (more traditional but Todd and Susan's go-to spot for dinners in the bar) and half a dozen tasting rooms is a 10 minute drive and more fun than a day in Napa. The Russian River is five minutes and Lake Sonoma (boating) is 15 minutes. Or, after tasting as much wine as you can handle, take a day to drive through the Redwoods to the spectacular Sonoma coast (1 hour). We leave tasting maps, a list of our favorite restaurants, wineries and other spots.

Dogs are welcome in the fenced yard and house, as are smokers if you promise to smoke outside. We aren't the Four Seasons or the Ritz, but we spent many years of cozy weekends in The Little House and hope you will too.

Guest Access

Off street parking, 2 decks, laundry room

Interaction with Guests

When we are there, you are welcome for a glass of wine with us on the deck. Often we are not there, though. Feel free to ask for recommendations of any kind. But, we assume you want your privacy and honor that.

The Neighborhood

We are just outside the town of Cloverdale, in a semi-rural location. Walking distance to town (down a hill). A car is necessary, although taxi service is available. While not in the vineyards, convenient to dozens of wineries and away from the craziness

Getting around

You can rent bikes in (email hidden) or in (email hidden)They will have suggestions for rides through the vineyards or over the hills

You can find good hiking (email hidden)

Other Things to Note

You can find good hiking (email hidden)

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 0
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $550 /week
Check Out: 1:00 PM
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • My boyfriend and I had an amazing time at the Little House on the Hill! The cottage was the perfect amount of space and the view was amazing! The kitchen was stocked with snacks and wine, which we greatly appreciated after a long day on the Russian River. Susan provided a guide to the surrounding area which helped us decide where to go for dinner. There was also a great movie collection that we took advantage of. We briefly met Susan in the morning, and she was very helpful about which wineries we should stop by before heading home. Overall a very pleasant and relaxing time, we hope to be back as soon as we can!

    June 2014
  • Lovely stay. Susan was an incredible host and Cloverdale is a great place to visit.

    June 2014
  • The Little House on the Hill was perfect for us. Susan's husband Todd greeted us and gave us a quick orientation & tour. It's a bit small/cozy, but perfect for two and it seems pretty well equipped with lots of little thoughtful touches (e.g. there were a few snacks and drinks in the fridge for us -- nice after a long drive.) The internet worked well. The bed was a bit softer than we're used to, but perfectly adequate. We enjoyed sitting on the small deck off the kitchen with a view of the surrounding hillside and part of the valley below in the morning.

    This place, while nothing really fancy, is a good value given the size and overall state of repair. The host couple seems very nice and thoughtful and easy going about how they set up and run their "Little House on the Hill" rental. We would certainly consider returning if in the area again.

    June 2014
  • Wonderful stay! The cottage had everything needed and the view was just stunning. Todd was a great host. He brought me milk to go with my coffee once I mentioned that was an important part of my morning, and this in addition to available wine, beer, and snacks. I'd love to come back for longer.

    May 2014
    Response from Susan:

    Thanks. Todd enjoyed meeting you.

    May 2014
  • Really could not have asked for anything more, Susan was amazing! Once my girlfriend and I arrived, we were greeted with a warm hello and spot on recommendations on what to do for the day. After going on a bike ride through the Alexander Valley, we visited some of the wineries recommended and could not have been happier. Upon returning home for dinner, we sat on the porch and had some of the wine and locally brewed beer that Susan left for us in the fridge.

    Susan set the bar high for any other airbnb I do. Would definitely come back!

    May 2014
  • Susan was a gracious, knowledgeable host with a wonderful cottage that was the perfect outpost for our weekend in the wine country that abounds all around the immediate area. The cottage has an awesome view, was private and Susan greeted us with treats and a refrigerator stocked with local beers and wine. We didn't have time to explore Cloverdale itself, but it looks to be a laid back, charming smaller town. The number of nearby wineries is astounding and mecca for beer enthusiasts Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa is close at hand. Another solid Air BnB winner to which we hope to return!

    May 2014
  • Susan was a gracious and very helpful hostess. She was quick to offer suggestions for activities and restaurants (try Savvy on First if you do go). The guest house was even better than expected. There is a large kitchen that leads to the private deck, which was not included in the listing photos. Views from the deck are amazing. The kitchen and refrigerator were stocked with all kinds of drinks and snacks. I only wish we could have stayed longer. We will definitely be back to stay at Susan's guesthouse. We liked the neighborhood so much that we have started looking for a vacation home of our own, but until then - we will be revisiting Susan's guesthouse. Thanks again for a great trip, and we will see you soon!

    May 2014
  • My husband and I stayed at Susan's for 1 night. We had my daughter's wedding to attend and unfortunately, were unable to enjoy the little patio with the most amazing views..
    The house was very clean, comfortable and with many thoughtful touches, ie a bowl filled with snacks after a long day hiking or sightseeing, wine, coffee, etc.
    The bed was very welcoming with soft linens and more than enough blankets...
    As an AIRBNB host myself, I thought this was an amazing little rental, centrally located to wineries, restaurants, biking trails, etc.
    Susan was gracious, welcoming and very accommodating to our schedule...
    I highly recommend!

    May 2014
  • Our stay at the Little House was wonderful! Susan was away so we didn't have the pleasure of meeting her, but she made it very easy for us to get in and get settled. The space is private, clean, is set up very nicely with anything you could need, and has fantastic views (complete with an awesome hammock!)
    The town is very cute and of course has quick access to many fabulous wineries.
    We definitely recommend this to anyone taking a look!

    May 2014
  • We had a great time at the Little House on the Hill. The house was perfect for 2, the bed was comfy and the view and hammock were nice extras. Susan and Todd are very friendly and perfect hosts (with a wealth of info on everything in the area). Thanks to both of you!!

    April 2014
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We are Northern California natives who love to travel, drink good wine, spend time with friends and folllow the Giants. We diverge on opera (Susan) and English football (Todd). We get enthusiastic about local restaurants, wineries, drives and walks, so pepper us with questions. Susan loves to suggest spas and shopping and Todd is a handyman and can make sure your stay is perfect. We've spent most of our lives in Marin County and San Francisco so can also help out with what to see and do in Marin and The City.
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