About this listing
"Home Away From Home!" That's what our guests say about Bay Tree Cottage. We offer a full kitchen, super-comfy queen bed, art-filled rooms, pool and landscaped gardens, plus easy access to the Sonoma Coast, Redwoods, and world-class wineries.
Bay Tree cottage is your home-away-from-home in the heart of the wine country. Our fully equipped, one bedroom cottage is quiet, homey, peaceful and filled with original art. It's the perfect launching point to explore the fabulous scenery and great wines from the Sonoma Coast to the Napa Valley.
This is a private, non-smoking environment for relaxing and recharging. The Cottage has a full bedroom ( separate from the living room) with a large walk in closet (with a washer/dryer for your exclusive use)and a Queen sized bed. There is a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom with a shower. It is situated on a one-third acre property also shared by the hosts. We're minutes away from many of our area's top attractions—bike and hiking trails, the Russian River, world-class wineries, redwood forests, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, and top-rated restaurants. We're about 40 minutes from the magnificent Sonoma Coast. The drive there takes you through Bodega (where Hitchcock filmed "The Birds") and over the gorgeous California coastal range. You can also drive through the lovely Russian River Valley, stop at Armstrong Woods or the beaches at the Russian River. Heading south on the coastal highway you'll pass many beautiful Sonoma Coast beaches. Either route is a great day trip.
You'll find Bay Tree Cottage in a tree-filled, older, settled residential neighborhood in Larkfield, just north of Santa Rosa. We're just minutes from the Santa Rosa airport and two blocks from shopping and the Santa Rosa city bus; an easy walk to meet all your needs. A 15 minute walk takes you to the wonderful local Farmer's market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, with three great espresso spots on the way. The neighborhood gourmet grocery store has great barbeque on weekends, or you can enjoy pizza, Thai and Japanese cuisine or old-fashioned diner food just two blocks away.
Guests enjoy the Cottage's enclosed back patio where in season you can relax on the chaise lounges, watch the hummingbirds, and dine under the wisteria-covered arbor while gazing out at the pool. Lucy, our very guest-friendly dog, is happy to hang out with you outside —or if you prefer, she'll leave you alone. The cottage has its own private driveway bordered with irises (in season) and a Granny Smith apple tree. Your private front yard features native manzanita, a persimmon tree, daffodils, Camelias, more irises and our beautiful Bay tree. In season you're welcome to pick your own organic Granny Smith apples and make a pie! The persimmon tree is gorgeous in the fall and also has delicious fruit.
Here's a brief sample of what you'll discover ten minutes or less from your door: The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, the Santa Rosa Farmer's market, John Ash restaurant, Kendall-Jackson winery, Willie's Wine Bar, and hiking trails in Foothill and Shiloh Regional Parks. Fifteen or twenty minutes away, you can enjoy canoeing/kayaking/swimming in the Russian River, shopping and dining in Healdsburg and Sebastopol, and the famous Dry Creek Valley Wine Trail. Calistoga and the Napa Valley wine country are about 30 minutes away on a beautiful road where you'll see numerous vineyards and wineries. Healdsburg is only 20 minutes away but feels like you've to a perfect vacation spot. The town of Sonoma and city of San Francisco are about a 45- to 50-minute drive. You can make a day of it in the City, then return to your Cottage for a peaceful night.
AMENITIES AT BAY TREE COTTAGE INCLUDE: Free wifi, tv with cable, streaming Netflix and dvd player with a good supply of dvds; a fully equipped separate kitchen with a range, microwave, coffee maker, full sized refrigerator, and cooking/eating utensils as well as condiments; fenced-in private patio with chaise lounges; and swimming pool (unheated).
The living room has a comfortable sofa. The separate bedroom includes a large walk in closet with washer and dryer and a queen-sized platform bed. We've added a Tempurpedic-style topper to the mattress to insure maximum sleeping comfort. Our guests have raved about it! For our guests with babies we provide a Graco Pack and Play for your use. We also provide air beds for guests who need that. We have very comfortable full sized and/or twin sized air beds.
Both the living room and bedroom are cooled by ceiling fans.
All linens, shampoo and soaps are provided.
"D-Marie" homemade granola, fresh organic fruit, Greek yogurt and coffee, hot chocolate and assorted teas are provided for your first breakfast.
The kitchen cupboard is filled with all you need to cook such as spices, condiments, rice, oatmeal, etc. It is fully equipped for cooking.
The owners live on this one-third acre site but you can visit and never see them unless you need something! Lucy, a Husky-McNab mix, is totally people-friendly. We keep the cottage a pet free zone for guests who prefer that, but she can join you in your patio area if you'd like. She's always up for making new friends! Guests missing their own dogs at home really enjoy hanging out with Lucy!
We recommend you stay for at least two nights but will accept one night stays at a higher rate of $175/night plus the cleaning fee.
Our past guests have stayed as long as two months and as briefly as two nights. They've come looking for a new home in the area, to participate in a bike race or the "Vine man triathlon", to teach or take classes, attend weddings, visit wineries or relatives, or just for a quick, relaxing get-away for a week or weekend.
Whatever might bring you our way, we invite you to come relax and enjoy Bay Tree Cottage. We're happy to recommend possible day trips, restaurants and wineries. We'll do all we can to insure your stay is a success. We love this area and are eager to share it with new friends!
Guests have their own private back patio, washer/dyer, seperate driveway and front yard.
The unheated swimming pool and the yard outside of your patio area are shared spaces. The concrete driveway is used only by the owners.
Interaction with guests
We introduce ourselves to our guests and show them the cottage. We are happy to recommend restaurants, day trips and our favorite wineries . If our guests want to interact with us we are happy to do so but also have many guests who enjoy complete privacy the entire stay. The cottage is a very private space affording guests as much alone time as they desire. We have a lockbox next to the front door which allows guests to check in very late if that best meets their needs.
Other things to note
Sonoma County charges a 9% transient occupancy tax (TOT). Our TOT number is 1457N.
We have a 3 night minimum stay during the Summer months of June, July and August.
No smoking and no pets. Not suitable for children over 2 years due to the unfenced pool. This home is in a quiet, older residential neighborhood.
The sleeping accommodations are one Queen bed (in the bedroom) and a twin airbed. We have a portacrib for infants as well.
As the cottage is on a septic system we request only toilet paper in the toilet. Also, please use the garbage disposal gently. The grey garbage can is for regular garbage and the blue one is for recyclables. The green cans are for yard waste.
POOL RULES: The pool is unheated but delightful on a hot day; non-glass items only in pool area (provided). Guests swim at their own risk as there is no lifeguard on duty. In the rare instances when children are present, they must be supervised by an adult at all times when outside the fenced patio area as the pool is not fenced.
There is a large gate between the guest driveway and the backyard. Lucy, our dog, will leap at a chance to fly through the gate and have an adventure in the neighborhood. Please, don't leave that gate open and watch her when you go in and out of that gate. We also ask you not to feed her your people food as she has a delicate tummy.
We don't charge a security deposit as we are trusting that guests will leave the cottage the way they found it. So far we've had only positive experiences so feel our trust has been well founded.
Upon check out, please place your used towels on the bathroom floor. Leave the bed(s) unmade. Wash, dry and put away any used dishes and take out your trash. Leave the keys on the desk and lock the front door at the knob . We hope you enjoy your stay and will come back our way again!
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
I've always enjoyed traveling, especially when I've stayed with a local family or in a vacation rental. My husband, Jesse, and I have worked to make our little cottage comfortable and peaceful for family, long time friends and new friends to visit. We have collected original artwork from local artists, often during "ArtTrails", an annual Sonoma County event during which artists open their studios to the public. In addition to working in the Health care field for the past 30 years, I also study painting and enjoy creating my own original art. Jesse is a song writer and jazz guitarist. His band, "Honey B and the Pollinators" performs 30s and 40s, standards and swing/Jive music. Need a fun dance band? Check them out on YouTube!
We consider ourselves so fortunate to live in this beautiful area. Sonoma County truly has the perfect climate and landscape! And our wineries can't be beat! Whenever we travel (which we enjoy as often as possible), we're always delighted to come home to Sonoma County. We're happy to share our favorite local sites and activites with our guests. Best food, best hiking and biking spots, Sonoma Coast beach, perfect day trip... just ask and we'll be happy to offer our ideas and insights.