This Estate, the site of "Food & Wine" magazines "Italian Lunch in a Sonoma Vineyard" sits atop a rolling hill minutes from Sebastopol, Redwood forests and the Pacific ocean. Relax around the outdoor fireplace, play bocce ball and visit the over 100 local wineries. Post card views from every room.
The house is a 3000 square foot single level home with a master suite and 2 additional bedrooms with a shared bath. The living room in the front of the house has a 180 degree view of the vineyard and valley below. It sits above a 4 acre vineyard that annually produces 250 cases of premium Pinot noir wine. Across the valley is a 300 acre Kendall Jackson vineyard and two other vineyards are adjacent. With a Bocce Ball court, a semi enclosed courtyard with fireplace and a granite table that seats up to 12 persons, the house is great for entertaining. Food and Wine Magazine did their "Italian Lunch in a Sonoma Vineyard" article with chef Michael Chiarello and winemaker, Jamey Whetstone who produces wine from my grapes.
There are lawn chairs and a picnic table with umbrella. Enjoy an afternoon Bocce Ball game with a glass of wine or relax with a good book in the lower courtyard.
Interaction with Guests
I live on the property and will be glad to help with wine tasting, local restaurants, even arranging gourmet meals to be prepared in the courtyard. Paella is a specialty of Gerard Novitsky who beat Bobby Flay in his Smack Down television show.
The Estate is located in the heart of Sonoma County's famed wine country and within 45 minutes of over 100 wineries. Maps of wineries are provided. The Pacific Ocean is a 30 minute drive through Bodega, where Alfred Hitchcock's movie "The Birds" was filmed. Whale watching is popular on the bluffs at Bodega Bay. Armstrong Woods has wonderful giant Sequoia Redwood trees less than an hour's drive away. And the beautiful Russian River provides canoeing and fishing. Fine dining is available in Sebastopol, Santa Rosa (12 miles away) or Healdsburg (45 minutes away).
If you are arriving by air, the closest airports are San Francisco International, Oakland International and Santa Rosa Regional. Your will need a car as there is no public transportation to the vineyard. A map and driving instructions will be provided when your reservation is confirmed.
Other Things to Note
WEDDINGS: My daughter's wedding was held at the vineyard. The views truly are spectacular. Guests numbered about 100. We erected a 30'x60' tent on the driveway for seating. After the ceremony, the chairs were replaced by dinner tables while guests enjoyed cocktails on the lawn. Later, dancing with a DJ in the barn on a wooden floor laid for that purpose. If you are planning a wedding, please inquire about options and additional charges for the venue and other items (tent, catering, etc.) that can be provided for an additional cost.
The property is fenced and gated. The gate code will be provided a few days before your arrival. Keys to the house will be available when you arrive. There are large, flat screen, High Def TV's in the Family Room and the Master Bedroom connected via DirecTV satellite. A Propane 3-burner grill is available in the courtyard and two patio heaters, together with the outdoor wood burning fireplace, make a comfortable place to chat over a glass of wine in the evening.
No smoking and no pets. No loud parties after midnight. No Long distance telephone calls, please use your own cell phone. The wine cellar, downstairs office and walk in closet are locked and off limits. Please call me for any needs you have. I live on site and will happy to help you, if I can.
Ken was a great host! He provided all the information that we needed before we arrived, and then welcomed us warmly when we arrived. He gave us a complete tour of the lovely villa and explained how everything worked and where everything we needed was. When we had questions, he provided answers and helped assure that everything went smoothly.
The pictures online are beautiful, but the Tuscan Villa is even more impressive in person. The idyllic setting, with wildlife around and the vineyard, are lovely. The bright stars at night, the fountains, lemon tree, bocce court, rows of grapes and more add up to provide the perfect rural wine country setting. Inside the villa there are beautiful touches in every room.
The villa is located at the top of a large hill on a quiet country road. The neighborhood includes horses, a llama, sheep, and other farm animals.
I would recommend arriving in daylight, as the final approach to the villa includes some twists and turns, and a steep hill that leads up to the driveway.
The area has lots of wild life, the vineyards spread in every direction. Just Beautiful....
Great place to stay. Beautiful house and surroundings. Countryside beautiful. Kitchen well-equipped for our two barbecues & meals. Host was responsive to every request. Would definitely stay there again. *****
This was one of the best vacations I have had . The house was absolutely lovely, the views outstanding and we all had a great time.
Beautiful place with stunning views and an idyllic setting. Stayed with 3 couples, and Ken was a great host-- there if we needed anything, but giving us privacy, as well. And the bocce court is a fun addition. Would definitely come back!
What a quiet restful house! It felt like a little bit of Tuscany. The home is out of Sebastopol a few miles but an easy drive to anywhere in Sonoma County. Ken is a very pleasant host. His little dog and cats add a honey element.
Kens home in Sebastopol is amazing! Perched high in the rolling hills with endless views. The house has everything you need and more! Relax outside, play bachi, enjoy a quiet evening inside enjoying the views. A short drive to many vineyards and downtown Sebastopol.
Ken had a couple people lined up to help with any issues. Very helpful.
Definitely recommend this property to anyone looking for a place to stay in Wine country
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Semi-retired wine grape grower. Love to entertain and know many of the winemakers personally. Can arrange dinners at Bella Vigna Vineyard, organize wine tastings and suggest local points of interest to visit. Love food, wine and fun people. I am offering an apartment, perfect for a romantic interlude for a couple, or the main house that sleeps up to 6.. Quiet, beautiful views, in a working vineyard property.