This charming French Normandy cottage is a romantic retreat, private but close to downtown. Within walking & biking distance to bistros, movie theaters, restaurants, shops, grocery, famous Russian River Pub, bakery, bike trails, more!
• The cottage is a honeymoon hideaway or wedding guests' stay, a writer's retreat, or a comfortable home base for wine tasters, shoppers, bicyclists or even conference attendees.
• You're close to town but far enough away to avoid the hubbub of traffic and street noise. There's plenty of safe street parking and private gate access to the cottage and rear brick and ivy-walled courtyard. The cosy cottage is perfect for two.
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• You're welcome to sit at your own courtyard table with umbrella for breakfast or eat inside surrounded by antiques collected over the years. Or, sit under the wisteria overhang outside for snacks and wine!
Small fridge, dishes, and utensils are there for you. Do simple cooking with the microwave and toaster oven or enjoy meals at the hundreds of cafés, bistros, or restaurants in the area. When you're in Sonoma County Wine Country, you'll find the food just as fabulous as the wine!
Interaction with Guests
• We are full-time residents of the main house. You will see us coming and going, gardening, and doing chores all around the place. Of course we expect to meet you, but we know you are on a getaway holiday and may be on the go all the time.
• We're here if you need information, advice, or directions. There's about 60' between our home and the cottage to give you plenty of privacy.
• The Historic McDonald District invites your walking exploration of this and the adjacent streets filled with beautiful homes a century or more old. The trees are mature, the gardens are gorgeous, and the folks are friendly. Experience the history of the varying period architectural styles and imagine who may have resided in them a century ago.
• Find the McDonald Mansion or other homes where the movies "Shadow of a Doubt," "Scream," "All My Sons," "Pollyanna," and "Happy Land" were filmed.
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• The wide streets invite bicycling--bring your own or rent at one of several nearby bicycle shops. You will find peace and beauty in the neighborhood during any season of the year. Bring a camera, too!
• City buses and taxis can take you here and there. Rental cars are available at the Charles Schulz Sonoma County Airport which is serviced by Horizon Air (Alaska)--about 15 minutes north. The Airporter bus travels back & forth from this regional airport to the Oakland and San Francisco airports. There are always bikes! This is biking country where you'll often see pelatons pedaling the back roads, including frequent Century Rides, the Grand Fondo, and the Tour de California!
• Here are some great spots you can walk to:
7 minute walk to Dierk's Midtown Café and Superburger
9 minute walk to Bruno's on 4th
4 minute walk to Pacific Market, Village Bakery, and Carmen's Burger Bar
20 minute walk to Luther Burbank Home & Gardens
11 minutes to bicycle to Prince Memorial Greenway trail system along Santa Rosa Creek
24 minutes to walk to the city center
• Jump in your car and within 10-15 minutes you can be at 10 different wineries east on Sonoma Hwy 12. Driving north or west will take you to hundreds of famous and fabulous wineries and tasting rooms.
Other Things to Note
• A complimentary bottle of wonderful Sonoma County wine awaits your arrival.
• French roast ground coffee and Cuisinart coffeemaker are in the kitchen. In the fridge are also bottled waters and juices.
• You'll also find a picnic basket outfitted with plasticware, napkins, and paper plates if you decide to go to one of our many local parks or a winery for a picnic. (Many wineries have gourmet delis where you can buy bread, cheese and other goodies to go with the wine you've just purchased. Then head outside to their picnic tables!)
• Our guest binder is filled with information about Santa Rosa and the surrounding area--maps to wineries, info about galleries and museums, restaurants, bike rental shops, the zip line, the ocean and beaches, the Russian River and canoe rental locations, and just about anything you'd like to know about our beautiful county and beyond.
• His and Hers bathrobes are available in the antique wardrobe.
• No smoking inside cottage. No pot, weed, period.
• We're not set up for pets, but a teensy weensy non-barking non-shedding dog might be OK. Talk to us.
• The cottage is not meant for families. But if you have one happy, young, quiet baby and a Pack 'n Play, we could discuss it.
• No partying or loud noises. This is an established neighborhood that expects quiet.
Sandy was at the gate to welcome us upon arrival at this lovely cottage in an attractive neighborhood of Santa Rosa. We had a convenient place to sit outside and view her gardens. Sandy and Bud were both helpful with restaurant suggestions and making sure our bikes were secure for the night.
We were looking for a nice little getaway spot in Santa Rosa for a mini-vacation weekend, and this private French Normandy-style cottage at the rear of Bud and Sandy's property proved the perfect choice. The bright garden and wide brick patio fill your view from the ample windows, lending an open feel to the cozy, romantic lodging. Close enough to walk to some great eateries and only a brief drive to the heart of town. Sandy and Bud are warm and inviting, yet allow you all the privacy you need to feel right at home. We'll definitely look to stay here again whenever we visit Santa Rosa.
We had a great time staying at Sandys cottage. The place was cute and had everything listed on the posting. Sandy was flexible on the time to check in. She was easy to reach. I recommend staying at her place for a complete experience.
Bud and Sandy's was fabulous! The house is lovely and has a charming, sunny courtyard. The space is immaculately kept, has a comfortable bed in a cozy bedroom and a separate sitting area/kitchenette. Short Uber or longer walk from downtown Santa Rosa, as well as a shorter walking distance from several other restaurants. I would absolutely stay again!
This was my first B&B experience, so I didn't know what to expect. The hosts were very kind and met us at our car with umbrellas and helped get us and our luggage into the cottage. It was pouring rain. I wish the sun was out during our stay because the garden looked very sweet and I would have loved to spend some time out there soaking it up. They lent me an umbrella until I could find mine. We also left a library book there and they sent it too us right away. Perfect timing, no late fees. There was a half a bottle of wine in the fridge and some breads for breakfast which my husband enjoyed. (It was a working trip for me and so I couldn't drink. I'm also wheat free dairy free. But it was sweet to have the treats there and there was juice and bottled water in the fridge too. I brought my immersion blender and was able to make smoothies in the morning for my breakfast in the little kitchen area.)
I do wish I could have spent more time there as it was a very cute space. Though it was in the same price range as the hotels we were looking at, I also wish it had cost a little less. But then, I think that is my own desire to have to not pay so much to spend time volunteering. (When I say the trip was for work, it was a volunteer job). Even so, the next time I'm up assisting in that area, I'll probably try and stay here again if it is available, because it was a very sweet/cute space.
The cottage is beautiful, warm, welcoming and cozy. Fresh breads, juice and coffee for breakfast. Wine in the frig. Great wifi. And Sandy and Bud are wonderful hosts. Couldn't ask for more!
The cottage is lovely and cozy and Bud and Sandy were terrific hosts, very warm welcome and with tons of information about the area without being overbearing. Just a delightful experience and we are sure to return. I especially want to see the garden in the summer!
The location is very good and the neighborhood itself is worth a walk around just for the pretty and varied architecture.
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