The Little House is a studio cottage with kitchen, bathroom, queen bed, sitting/dining area with TV for movies (no cable) and wifi. Wine, coffee, light snacks and a fine view complete a quick wine country getaway.
Often 1 night is fine, just ask!
Often 1 night is just fine -- please inquire
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 , about 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. No granite counter tops, here. 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. Both have great outdoor patios in the back. The Russian River is five minutes for walking and swimming 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.
Off street parking, 2 decks, laundry room
Interaction with Guests
When we are there, you are welcome for a glass of wine 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.
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
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
We have just installed a hot tub. Be sure to ask for instructions
Susan made sure everything was comfortable and ready for my stay. The Little House was as advertised, clean, and quiet. My hosts even had coffee and snacks ready in the event I couldn't get to the grocery store right away. Their recommendations for things to do were spot on, and I never had to ask for a thing. This was a great visit. Thank you!
The Little House of the Hill is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. Susan was very accommodating to check-in and check-times and the cottage was very well kept. Wish we could have stayed longer!
Wonderful little treasure nestled in the hills. The weather was absolutely perfect which only added to the ambiance. Sitting in the hot tub under the beautiful oak tree and starry night, with a glass of wine was magical! The cottage itself was super cozy and completely accommodating. All was thought of and made for many memories to cherish!! Thank you!
Susan and her husband Todd are such nice hosts, and the property is really, really beautiful. The hammock and the hot tub are such great additions, and we enjoyed them a lot. Cloverdale is not too far from Dry Creek Valley wineries and from downtown Healdsburg where so many great restaurants are located. My boyfriend and I recommend this place for sure!
This was our second trip to the little house on the hill and I look forward to many more. It is cute, cozy, and comfortable. The bed is very comfortable, and the views are spectacular! It is extremely clean and you can tell that they take nice care of the space. The owners are friendly and respond very quickly to any questions, yet are not intrusive. I look forward to staying there again in the future! Thank you Susan and Todd!
Little house on the hill was wonderful. We were welcomed with chocolate and wine. Hot tub and BBQ were unexpected treats. Cloverdale is a very small town, but it was perfectly what I was looking for.
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.