About This Listing
Picture yourselves at Happy Hound Cottage 20 feet from our vineyard, in perfect privacy with a stunning view of Sugarloaf Mountain. Clean, contemporary space with fireplace, sliding doors to patio & vineyard. Walk to 14 wineries, bike to State park. Relaxing, fun, beautiful, sweet, romantic and memorable.
Happy Hound Cottage is named for my dog, Tahoe—who will happily greet you on arrival and possibly say good night and/or good morning (or not, if you otherwise prefer). HHC is in the heart of Sonoma County wine country (Kenwood), midway between the town of Sonoma and the city of Santa Rosa. Our central location is convenient for local excursions as well as day trips inland and to the coast.
I belong to several Sonoma Valley wine clubs and would be happy to extend guest passes to you. In addition to the many, many wineries and tasting rooms in Sonoma Valley, there are at least 12 within a short walking distance of HHC. Also, I can recommend many restaurants, markets, shopping opportunities and recreational activities.
HHC is situated at the northeast portion of our two-acre property and is essentially surrounded by vineyards. It is a newly constructed, contemporary and quiet, detached studio cottage—completely out of sight from my house and all surrounding homes. It has a gas fireplace for warmth and ambiance and a ceiling fan for comfort during the hotter weather.
HHC has a kitchen, a five-burner gas range, under counter refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave. The HDTV and DVD are viewable from anywhere in the cottage, as well as Wi-Fi service. Both the sleeping and seating areas look through an expansive sliding glass door, onto a private patio, my Merlot vineyard (steps away) and Sugarloaf Mountain (prominently in view). There is a gas-to-charcoal Weber grill just off the patio,
Enjoy our complimentary “welcome” wine for your first night.
The two-acre property includes a one acre (Merlot) vineyard, our house, a detached garage and HHC. A gazebo is nestled in the front garden with views to Hood Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain (please enjoy!). There is a “you cannot miss it” heritage Valley Oak in our front yard and a majestic Walnut tree at the back edge of the vineyard.
Raised-beds, organic vegetable and flower gardens are within limited eye shot of the cottage patio (please feel free to wander over and look). Enjoy a stroll through the vineyard, especially fun during bud break in spring, and color change (veraison) and ripening in summer and harvest in fall. Your stroll can continue through surrounding vineyards and through one of the largest Lavender farms in the county.
Sorry, but absolutely no smoking on the property. Thank you in advance for understanding.
My Special Sommelier
Do you want a Sommelier and Certified Wine Specialist to take you to boutique wineries, typically “off the beaten track?” My friend is available for a private tour of up to four wineries. The tour will be individualized to meet your taste and preferences and sense of adventure. (Fee negotiable).
Ready to Go
HHC was completed in July 2012 and is busy hosting guests! As your host, I'll be sure to help you feel comfortable during your visit and to free refreshed and re-energized when it’s time to return home.
See You Soon!
Please visit the vegetable garden, walk the vineyard and enjoy the gazebo!
Interaction with Guests
Available by text, call or email pretty much all the time to answer your questions. I love to greet guests when possible and then interact in person as much or as little as the guests desire.
Beauty. The beauty of nature and the opportunity for culture in the form of great wine and food. And a short drive to everything else.
Runs up and
I ask for no illegal activity or smoking on the property. I value quiet and basic respect.
Thank you in advance for understanding and abiding by my requests.
Living area with seating for four, fireplace with heater blower, HDTV with dvd player.
Carolyn was extremely helpful, and I felt very welcomed. Though only a short stay, the space was just wonderful in every way.
The place was just wonderful, the vineyards were just in front of the door, one of the nicest places I have ever stayed in. Carolyn was fantastic and super helpful with finding good wineries. Everything was as nice at it sounded, including a lovely bottle of wine waiting in the kitchen. I can absolutely recommend this place.
Had a great time in the cottage, very private and of course the beautiful view onto the vineyard! Loved it.
What an awesome stay! The Cottage was exactly as advertised. Very clean with nice modern touches. Their vineyard is literally steps from your door. The location is very convenient, minutes away from everything you would want and need for your stay in the Sonoma Valley. We hope to be back soon!
We would like to thank Carolyn for a wonderful stay at Happy Hound Vineyard Cottage. Although we never did get the opportunity to meet Carolyn in person, we were in contact with her on quite a few occasions. She answered all our questions promptly. The cottage was exactly as the pictures present...very clean with a modern decor. Such a quaint place to stay while visiting the Sonoma area. The kitchen is fully stocked and we enjoyed using the BBQ for a few meals also. It was so nice to be able to relax with a glass of wine, from one of the many wineries we visited on our stay, while sitting outside overlooking the vineyard....such a beautiful setting. The only issue we had was with the internet as it was intermittent at times. Carolyn was always prompt with rebooting for us. We would definitely love to come back again some day for another visit!
HHC was everything we wanted and more! Carolyn is such a gracious host, offering more amenities than we could even think of wanting. Not to mention the space itself and the views are both absolutely beautiful. The cottage is a very central location for basically any wine regions you'd like to visit, and is within walking distance or a very short drive to many many more. We didn't get a chance to meet Carolyn during our stay, but felt welcome and comfortable the entire time. Wish we could've stayed longer (or forever...). I highly recommend HHC for your trip to wine country!
Caitlin and Tim
About the Host, Carolyn
After nearly two decades of living in the East Bay (Oakland), I realized a long held passion for the beauty, scale and easy pace of Sonoma Valley by moving to Kenwood.
Happy Hound Cottage is named for my sweet lab/terrier mix, Tahoe.
I was born and raised in Southern California near Pasadena. I have degrees in Theology and Environmental Psychology and work at MIG, Inc. (planning, design and communications) as a Principal and Chief Operating Officer. While I commute from Berkeley on a near regular basis, I find it well worth the trip, enjoying the beauty of the valley and views of horses, cows, sheep, chickens, oak groves and vineyards. I love each season: winter with its striking dark barks and green hills; spring as the grape buds break; summer when the vines are so vital; and fall as the landscape turns so colorful and—of course—harvest!
I enjoy fresh, local food and sharing good wine. I love visiting with my warm and kind friends, walking the vineyard and tending to the gardens (vegetables and flowers). I also enjoy sharing our love of Sonoma Valley with others.
I belong to several wine clubs and would be happy to extend guest passes to you, as well as provide suggestions to the many other Valley wineries, tasting rooms, restaurants, markets, shopping opportunities and recreational activities.
I'll be sure to help make your stay at HHC one you'll want to experience over and over. Cheers!
Spanish Bar and Grill, specializing in organic and gluten free options. Small owner-operated (Steve and Colleen). Go for tapas, great saucesand local character. Seasonal organic produce for sale.Sonoma Highway CA 95452
A quick hop across the street from HHC. Fantastic Pinot Noir, gorgeous gardens around and within the protected courtyard and fountain, gift shop, picnicking and Bocce ball.Adobe Canyon Road Sonoma CA 95452
Recently opened in former Blackstone Winery location. Focus on single vineyard Zinfandel. Ask for Jim and let him know you’re staying at HHC.Sonoma Highway Kenwood CA 95452
Easy walk through HHC vineyard and Chateau St. Jean vineyard. Art gallery. Charming tasting room with outdoor patio and herb garden. Ask for Annette and let her know you are staying at HHC.Sonoma Highway Kenwood CA 95452
About a 12 minute walk through the vineyards. Indoor seating and outdoor trellis dining in the Kenwood Plaza. Small, owner-operated (Jackie and Alex,). Great food, nice wine list and wonderful hosts.Sonoma Highway CA 95452
A lovely walk through HHC and Chateau St. Jean vineyards. Specialty: small production Italian varieties Italian varieties (Sangiovese) and other fabulous reds! Very low key.Sonoma Highway Kenwood CA 95452
Aabout a 12 minute walk from HHC. Highly recommend trying the Kick Ranch Sauvignon Blanc and—definitely—their Pinot Noir. Ask for Paul or Patrick and let them know you’re staying with us at HHC.Sonoma Highway Kenwood CA 95452
Easy walk from HHC, through the vineyards. Beautiful Mediterranean gardens and vistas of the Valley. With their lovely grounds, many consider this a must see. Gift shop, picnic area and Bocce ballSonoma Highway CA 95452
Easy walk through HHC and Chateau St. Jean vineyards. Small, family-operated winery, offering small production, fine Red wines in a unique tasting room.Sonoma Highway Kenwood CA 95452
Sonoma is centered around this square (also known as the plaza). Designated a National Historic Landmark. A place of history, beauty and community gathering. Park once and walk to many tasting rooms.Sonoma Hwy. Kenwood CA 95452
An easy walk, again, through the vineyards. Mayo offers a sit-down, seasonal seven-course food and wine pairing. Reservations recommended.Sonoma Highway Kenwood CA 95476
This tasting room houses five small, family-owned Sonoma County wines under one bungalow-style tasting room, with a variety of wines. It offers shaded picnic areas, outdoor tastings and a gift shop.Sonoma Highway Kenwood CA 95452
About an eight minute drive south. Five generations of Kunde family have farmed their biodynamic property. Tables set around a large person-made lagoon. Very focused on customer service. Ask for Kat.Sonoma Highway Kenwood CA 95452
About 15 minutes south. Offers indoor and outdoor seating with views to Sugarloaf Mountains and the Kunde Vineyards. Considered a premier dining experience.Sonoma Highway CA 95452
About a six minute drive north. Fabulous food and wine pairings (reservations recommended).Beautiful outdoor space with views and manicured gardens, and a large assortment of fine wine.North Pythian Road Santa Rosa CA 95409
This 1,750 acre park is surrounded by wilderness near the top of Mount Hood. Spectacular views! Heavy duty trails. Horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and picnic tables.Los Alamos Road Santa Rosa California 95409
Right up our road! Many trails, views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Sierra Mountains.The Robert Ferguson Observatory offers several telescopes for star and planet gazing.Adobe Canyon Road Kenwood California 95452
A 10 minute drive south. Winemaker Chris, raised in Australia’s grape country, easily engages in conversation about wine. Must taste his Port and Late Harvest Zin. Wow! Let them know you’re at HHC.Dunbar Road Glen Ellen CA 94552
This quaint farmhouse-like restaurant features both local and international flavors. The chef, Ari, worked many years at the French Laundry in Yountville.Arnold Drive Glen Ellen CA 95442
An American Bistro of California cuisine with a French twist. Steak to seafood to pastas. Outdoor seating along the Sonoma Creek or deck. Oysters!Arnold Drive Glen Ellen CA 95442
This 5,000 acre park is one of the most popular recreation areas in Sonoma County. Biking, fishing at Lake Ilsanjo, wildlife viewing.Channel Dr Santa Rosa CA 95409-5701
Country French home cooking. Seasonal menu, with ample focus on vegetables. A favorite of the locals. No corkage fee. Open nightly and for weekend brunch.Arnold Drive Glen Ellen CA 95442
Décor and feel of the Jack London era. Rustic indoor and al fresco outdoor seating along Sonoma Creek. Steak to duck to burgers to salads, and more. Weekday lunch, daily dinner and weekends brunch.Arnold Drive Glen Ellen CA 95442
About a 15 minute drive south, in Glen Ellen. Five family-generation owned. Tram tours of biodynamic vineyards, gardens and wildlife sanctuaries. Fun and fabulous picnic areas.London Ranch Road Glen Ellen CA 95442-9728
Napalese-Indian, based on local seasonal offerings. International / local beers and an extensive wine list. Indoor and outdoor seating overlooking Sonoma Creek. Daily lunch and dinner. Michelin star.Arnold Drive Glen Ellen CA 95442
Locally-based owners offer an elaborate menu designed for the seasonal offerings. Buffets to family-style suppers to full dinner selections. In Jack London Village.Arnold Drive Glen Ellen CA 95442
Jack London lived here from 1905 until his death (1916). Visit his cottage and Wolf House. Walk to a dam, lake and bathhouse built by London. Other hikes in fir and oak woodlands. Picnicking.California
About a 12 minute drive south. Enter through a long, dirt driveway just past BR Cohn. Fantastic flight of five red wines. Fabulous family and vineyard dogs. Let them know you’re at Happy Hound.Sonoma Highway Glen Ellen CA 95442
Local favorite serving regional Mexican classics. Take out, but outdoor seating in rear parking lot. Daily-made, organic grown corn, stone-ground tortillas. Authentic 18-ingredient Oaxacan red mole.Boyes Hot Springs CA 95476
In the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa. National reputation for premier dining (Michelin Star and AAA Four Diamonds). Casual cocktail lounge with starters and selected items from the Sante menu.Boyes Boulevard Sonoma CA 95476
Featuring seasonal ingredients with an extensive wine list and full bar. Indoor seating and garden patio dining. Daily lunch and dinner, and Sunday brunch. On the Square.West Spain Street Sonoma CA 95476
Local sustainable and organic ingredients. Indoor, sidewalk, garden patio seating and wine bar. On the Square.1st Street West Sonoma CA 95476
Local farm-driven cuisine, emphasizing seasonal produce. Open daily for lunch and dinner, and Sunday brunch. On the Square.1st Street West Sonoma CA 95476
Easy walk through HHC and Chateau St. Jean vineyards. Sustainable farming has produced a dynamite flagship Cabernet Sauvignon: TyTanium, among other wines. Small gift shop. Very low key.8th St E # 460 Sonoma CA 95476