About this listing
Picture yourselves at Happy Hound Cottage 20 feet from my 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. (My big cat, Chortle will likely say good night and/or good morning). 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 the complimentary “welcome" wine for your first night.
The two-acre property includes a one acre (Merlot) vineyard, my 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!
Note: Happy Hound Vineyard Cottage is fully compliant with all laws and regulations and I am current with all required reports and payments. The TOT certificate number is: 1054N
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. I don't come over to the very private cottage unless I've contacted you first. If I don't see you in passing and you don't choose to come to my front door (which is no problem), then I thank you for choosing HHC and enjoying it respectfully, and invite you back so we can meet.
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.
Bus Line 30 runs up and down the valley.
Vern's Taxi and Uber are active in the valley as well.
Private wine tasting drivers are available; please contact me for a referral.
Other Things to Note
My Transient Oriented Tax certificate number is 1054N.
Quiet hours are 10:00 pm to 7:00 am, to be observed by all guests ( a Sonoma County rule).
Maximum guests allowed is three people.
Maximum vehicles allowed is one (a Sonoma County rule).
Living area with seating for four, fireplace with heater blower, HDTV with dvd player.
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!