Private room with very comfortable queen size bed looking out onto majestic trees. Our house is at the end of quiet Happy Lane (really!). We are about 2 miles from the historic Sonoma Plaza and within minutes of wineries and hiking and biking trails. Walking distance to restaurants, movie theaters,
We don't live in a mansion, just a comfortable, cozy, clean home surrounded by many beautiful trees. The bedroom looks out onto majestic oak and cottonwood trees and is directly across the hall from the guest bathroom. The room has a flat screen TV on which you can watch Netflix, Hulu Plus and a variety of other channels. You can also listen to Pandora and other music channels.
You are free to use the kitchen, living room and dining area and furnished outdoor patio and yard.
Interaction with Guests
We really enjoy meeting new people and will be happy to offer you a glass of wine and chat with you, but we are happy to give you as much privacy and time alone as you would like. We are very familiar with the attractions of the Sonoma Valley, as well as the entire Bay Area, and enjoy sharing our knowledge. John has been a tour guide in the wine country and the San Francisco area, so he can point you in the right direction. Ask us about private chauffeured tours at rates far below those offered elsewhere, and which include complimentary wine tastings at area wineries.
It's a short bike ride, a 30 minute walk, or 5 minute drive to the center of Sonoma. Buses to Petaluma and Santa Rosa are within walking distance.
Other Things to Note
We provide you with coffee, tea and pastries in the morning.
No smoking or pets please.
We had a truly memorable time staying with John & Merian. Firstly they are so warm and welcoming & have the sweetest dog. John was able to take us on a tour of local vineyards for only $45 per person- a snip of the price of any other tour you'll find. Then after this we relaxed in their garden with them and they put on a lovely spread of wine and cheese! They were kind enough to let us use their phone to make a dinner reservation too.
The bedroom was perfect and clean, as was the bathroom. Not only this but they had left a bottle of wine in the room for us.
In the morning breakfast was cereals and fresh pastries + coffee/tea, just what we needed.
The following day we didn't have big plans so John gave us some recommendations which we pursued- firstly we went north to Korbel champagne house (free tasting and tours), then to the Armstrong red wood just 10 minutes away for a walk. After this we took a drive to the coast and went from Jenna to Bodega bay before heading back inland. John had recommended all of this and it was brilliant.
We hope other people find this review helpful. If you need anywhere to stay in Sonoma John & Merian's house is a warm and welcoming must! We hope to one day see them again!
It was such a pleasure staying in John and Merian's home. John and merian have been great host since the very first moment we booked their place. They are very friendly and their house has such a great vibe. My husband and I felt really welcomed in their place. Our bedroom was comfortable and the bathroom was always clean as well as the house. We are Brazilians and because of this John played some good Brazilian songs during our breakfast. We felt even more welcomed... We totaly recomend John and Merian's place and we can't wait to come back!
Thank you John and Merian!
John and Merian made us feel very welcome in their cozy Sonoma home. When we arrived we had the wonderful opportunity to enjoy some wine, cheese and great conversation with them out on the patio. They provided hotel-grade towels, yummy breakfasts, a comfy bed and access to almost any show or movie we could ever want to watch. They also gave us great suggestions (and two-for-one wine tasting coupons) for vineyards in the area. We had a wonderful time. Thanks again John and Merian!
Convenient home-base location for a Sonoma weekend. Warm welcome upon arrival and our hosts made themselves available for all our questions before our stay
John and Merian were absolutely outstanding hosts! We stayed with them for 3 nights during our recent vacation to the wine country. Not only were they wonderfully hospitable providing us with a clean and comfortable room and bathroom, but they went above and beyond making us feel at home with breakfast in the morning and great conversation in the evenings over a glass of wine. If you are looking for an affordable place with an "at home" feel to stay on vacation than definitely send John and Merian a request!
We had a great stay with John and Merian. The room was very comfortable and really nice that essentials such as shampoo were offered as well as breakfast! We walked into Sonoma but got a taxi back in the evening. We did Johns wine tour and it was excellent, we highly recommend it particularly Naked wines where there was live music and free food. Went on a hike to the overlook trail which John recommended and it was a beautiful to look over Sonoma. We would definitely recommend a stay at John and Merians.
John and Merian are a warm and welcoming couple. They make you feel right at home. The house is located in a peaceful neighborhood but not too far from anything worth to visit.
We are a very friendly couple who live happily in Sonoma with our friendly and quiet Shih-Tzu dog. We go to work in a neighboring county during the week. John is a Social Worker and Merian works as a Property Manager . We love Sonoma and will be happy to show you around or help you decide where to go, but we will also respect your privacy and leave you free to relax in our home. We have travelled extensively within the United States and abroad, and enjoy experiencing different cultures.