Glen Ellen hilltop with views and stone paths on the 10 acre organic property with views of the San Pablo Bay. Patio and viewing platform with daffodils covering the hillsides in February and March, peonies blooming in May and June and and roses blooming through December. Olives are harvested in late fall and winter. Wine events and tastings thoughtout the summer and fall in Sonoma and in the Sonoma Valley and tastings continue through the winter. My site is private and quiet with beautiful surroundings. Pitch dark nights and great star viewing are possible in the country as there is no ambient light. The electricity is provided by solar panels hidden at one end of the 10 acres.
The bedroom is 12' x 24" and is well insulated in my barn. It has a delux McCroskey queen sized bed, a 62" flatscreen TV, access to a washer and dryer, and electric heat and fans. The bathroom is shared in the cottage by a separate back door (both doors are lockable) and the shower is shared by guests. There is also a half bath consisting of a private composting toilet (no odor!) and sink in the barn just for this bedroom with a lockable door.
The downtown of Glen Ellen has several top rated restaurants and an excellent market with good coffee drinks as well. Glen Ellen Star, Fig Cafe, and Glen Ellen Oyster and Martini Bar and Restaurant are one and one half miles from my home at the intersection of Arnold and Warm Springs Road. Just a little further south at Jack London Village, you will find YETI which is a Nepalese/Indian restaurant treasure and the top rated Olive and Vine. Sonoma and Santa Rosa are both about 25 minutes away and Kenwood is 10 minutes with more restaurants and stores. I highly recommend the Kenwood Restaurant on Highway 12 and a Portuguese restaurant in Sonoma named LaSalette, off the Square in an alley on the movie theatre side.
If you are interested in walking, my paths will provide nice up and down opportunities as will my road for half a mile up and down the hill. Mosquito netting that covers the armchairs on the platform, and will make evenings delightful there at dusk and after dark. Be sure to take a flashlight or your phone with a flashlight app at night!
A new amenity is now a small picnic kit and basket that can keep a bottle of wine cold, with a basket with wine glasses, implements, cheese knives and cutting board for cheeses to take with you to the patio or platform or around the area. All you need to provide is the food!
Nearby is a world famous Botanical garden, Quarryhill, at the intersection of the north end of Arnold Drive and Highway 12. Jack London Road in the center of Glen Ellen leads to Jack London Park and his Beauty Ranch which is now a state park run by private fund raising owing to California's budget problems.
I am cosmopolitain and well travelled and love sharing my home and my extraordinary site with with visitors.
Visitors have described my setting as "A Little Bit of Heaven," and I agree!
|Room type:||Private room|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||No Charge|
|Weekly Price:||$1085 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$2600 /month|
|Check In:||12:00 PM (noon)|
|Check Out:||12:00 PM (noon)|
This space was a great find! We stayed just one night in Marde's converted horse barn. The room was warm, clean, and cozy. We arrived after dark (don't use Apple or (website hidden) GPS), and didn't see the spectacular view until early the next morning. The full bath and shower up at the house were great, and always available.
Great place! High up in the hills, and very comfy bed! Would definitely recommend!
Marde was very welcoming and has a beautiful property, we definitely enjoyed our short stay!
Marde's place is gorgeous and a wonderful place to stay. She is a generous host. She is happy to chat but also gave us all the privacy we needed. The location quiet and off the beaten path-which is great. We spent part of the night staring up at stars above through the clearest sky I've ever seen. Even notching 3 shooting stars. The bed in the converted barn is very comfortable. It was not an issue to walk to the house for either shower - robes and shoes provided; nor was the eco toilet for night time needs any problem. Blankets, picnic cloth, glasses etc... were considerate and nice. The lite breakfast was nice and coffee good. The porch looking over the valley was worth a visit unto itself. The wifi signal in the barn was a little weak for Netflix - but the stars above compensated for that. Only consideration is if you are not comfortable driving on narrow climbing roads - the 3minute climb to the summit on which Marde's place sits might be harrowing. Pictures were accurate. We will definitely come back again. Strongly recommended.
It was a lot of fun! The property is very beautiful, large, and peaceful. The paths and the view from the lookout point are really beautiful. I can't imagine how long it took to build it all (and expensive). There was even a pumpkin patch with some veggies growing around. We had a really nice time, and the croissants and coffee in the morning was nice. I'd recommend staying here if you're okay with other people being around.
A few minor details:
1. The lookout point chairs were basically destroyed. They're full of holes and are a bit gross. But if you can get past that it's a beautiful view.
2. The TV is broken even though it is advertised in the photos and amenities. We didn't really want to watch it except for one time late night.
3. There was a guy staying there who was always around, and he was very nice. But if you are expecting privacy, you can only get that if you stay in the barn.
4. It may not be clear to those who view the listing that there are people renting 3 rooms (2 in the barn and 1 in the house I think), in addition to the 1 room that a guy stays in who basically runs the airbnb for the fall I believe. So it's not as private as it may seem at first.
It was overall a good experience but a few things were not as advertised.
Marde's Hilltop barn was awesome! We really enjoyed our stay. Marde was very accomodating, gracious and friendly. The place was cute, clean, and was very serene and calming. The property views were really incredible. I highly suggest talking a walk on the land and checking out the little porch area where you can see all the hills and beauty of the area.
My girlfriend and I stayed here over the weekend and we loved the place! It was a really nice weekend getaway and Marde was a very hospitable host. I highly recommend this place and I would love to stay here again.
We came back to stay with Marde in her magnificent barn on the top of a Sonoma wine country mountain. We could have explored new but we're enchanted by the property and Marde's hospitality. The grounds are huge, and cover an interesting shape over the hilltop, including an amazing sofa deck with mosquito nets and a view over the valley. The barn ir beautifully converted yet still exposes stall bars and doors - dreamy!
Marde is a fascinating and well traveled host, and is a pleasure to talk to. There was another couple staying in the house and were not aware of their presence until we were packing to leave.
Marde's home is truly heaven on Earth. It is hard to describe the peaceful elegance of her home and property. Marde herself is generous and concerned for the well-being of her guests. She even lent me a nightgown when my luggage failed to arrive! This is a place to relax and forget about the world......
The lack of AC in the studio was never a problem. We stayed during an extreme heat spell where the temperature rose above 110F in the vineyards almost every day we were there. At night, the weather was brisk and refreshing....perfect sleeping weather.
Also, if you stay with Marde, don't miss the Star Cafe just in the center of the lovely little village of Glen Ellen. This was a memorable trip and we look forward to staying with Marde again in the near future!
Vivienne and Carl