VISIT RURAL SONOMA COUNTY!! We live in a redwood forest surrounded by some of the nation's most spectacular countryside: Bodega Bay, Tomales Bay, Armstrong National Forest! We want to share our slice of paradise with you! :)
CHARMING CARRIAGE HOUSE AMIDST REDWOOD FOREST IN RURAL SONOMA COUNTY (WINE COUNTRY!!!)
Be our guest! Just seven miles from the quaint town of Sebastopol and twenty minutes from the Pacific Ocean and Bodega Bay, you'll find a PRIVATE, detached guesthouse located beneath towering redwoods. Here, you may walk the surrounding area's beautiful countryside, shop for precious antiques, spend a romantic evening on the town or at a fine restaurant, take a plunge in the Pacific, and shuck oysters at some of nearby Bodega Bay's most sought after establishments. Or, stick around "Redwood Shire." and meander our property's winding nature trails and extensive redwood forest, test your bocci ball skills on our professional court, or simply spend a leisurely day indulging in breathtaking scenery. This charming, handcrafted cottage guarantees you'll feel right at home.
Amenities include: WIFI, television , DVD player, outdoor grill, parking space, front deck. Kitchen includes, fridge, range, stove, coffee pot , microwave. and propane heat. NO SMOKING.
Located above an art studio (second level)
You'll have access to our private "carriage house" and the woods surrounding our property. Our property is large and fenced, which is ideal for your dog.
Interaction with Guests
We're here to help if you need us, but plan to stay out out-of-your-way, if you don't. Please let us know if we can do anything to make your stay more enjoyable.
A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS:
Aside from tasting vino, there's lots to do in northern California– everything from biking and hiking spectacular redwood forests and trails along the rugged northern California coastline to exploring small towns and fishing. Here are a few of our favorite activities (and also some from our children):
HIKING, BIKING, DRIVING, AND HORSE-BACK RIDING TOO: The ancient coastal redwood is the tallest living thing on our planet! These remarkable trees live to be anywhere from (phone number hidden) years old and grow to a diameter of 12 to 16 feet, standing around 250-feet-tall. Some trees survive more than 2,000 years and tower above the ground at 350 feet. Hike amongst the country's biggest redwoods on fun, easy day trails at Armstrong State Park and Muir Woods. Or, enjoy hiking above the surf at Bodega Head, where several breathtakingly scenic trails include a 3.75-mile trek to Bodega Dunes Campground and a 2.2-mile walk to Salmon Creek Ranch.
Bike rentals and bike tours in Sonoma County, one of the best ways to see countryside. For bikes and tandems that can be delivered to your door, check out Bike Rentals and Sales. For wine country bike tours, try Wine Country Bike Touring Center or Bike & Kayak Adventures.
Chanslor Riding Stables offers horseback rides along the area's spectacular beaches and pristine Salmon Creek.
Sonoma County’s Bohemian Highway is one of the most scenic drives in California. This special 10-mile roadway winds through towering redwoods, gorgeous pastures, rocky ravines, and three charming townships seemingly forgotten by time: Freestone, Occidental, and Monte Rio.
CANOPY TOURS: Zip throught the redwoods on an eco-adventure for 2.5 hours (reservation required) at Canopy Tours.
GOLF: On the oceanfront, Bodega Harbour Golf Links is an 18-hole, Scottish-style course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. For an unforgetable round amongst 150-foot-tall redwood trees test your skills at Northwood Golf Club in Monte Rio.
SPAS: Indulge in Sonoma County's premiere day spa at Osmosis Day Spa and Sanctuary.
BY THE SEA: The Bodega Bay Surf Shack rents boards, windsurfing gear, bicycles, and wet suits. They also offer surfing lessons. Bodega Bay Kayak rents kayaks by the half-day and provides guided tours. Bodega Bay Pro Dive offers diving instructions, rentals, and expeditions. Bodega Bay Sportfishing Center organizes harbor cruises, full-day fishing trips, and whale-watching excurions. They also sell bait, tackle, and fishing licenses.
FARMERS MARKET: Besides the obvious guaranteed-fresh and local produce, the Bohemian Farmers Market in Occidental also services locally made artisan goods and live music (open 4pm until dusk Friday).
CAN'T-MISS SPOTS: Wildflour Bakery in Freestone (140 Bohemian Hwy) makes the most delicious brick-oven bread, scones, biscotti, and coffee anywhere. All served warm. (Try the cheese-filled bread). While here, be sure to hit up the artisan cheese shop next door, which is divine! Seafood-lovers, Hog Island Oysters is an unbeatable dive oyster bar located smack-dab in the sand on beautiful Tomales Bay. Nearby, Nick's Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar is an outstanding seafood-lover's haven with an authentic atmosphere that overloooks Tomales Bay in the town of Marshall (open breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Another favorite is The Rivers End in Jenner (population 107), which is a short drive from Bodega Bay. Test the local beer at our favorite brewery and spend an afternoon outside on the patio at Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma. For a step back in time, eat at the Underwood in Graton. For a fresh, local breakfast, hit up Howards Station Cafe (a historic train station converted into a local-favorite restaurant) in Occidental. Be sure to stop by the bar at the circa-1879 Union Hotel, which is located a few doors down. The Town of Occidental is a quaint picture-perfect village. Occidental was originally a 19th-century logging town. Today, it's home to shops, restaurants, and rustic saloon-style bars, which line the single, main-drag to make this petite town the perfect place to soak up the small-town vibe. Our hometown, Sebastopol, is surrounded by aging apple orchards and rolling hills of new vineyards. It's known for antiques, apples, and coffee. It's a great place to walk around and shop for a morning or an afternoon. Sonoma County's Bodega Bay might feel worlds away from the Wine Country you'd expect, but really it's only a short drive through the beautiful countryside to the Russian River Valley's lush vineyards, known for Premier Pinot Noir and fine beer crafting. Perched on bayside bluffs, the coastal village of Bodega Bay attracts visitors for its beaches, fishing, surfing, tidal pools, and whale-watching. As the heart of Sonoma County's wine culture, Healdsburg has emerged as the region's hot, new destination. Chic boutiques, tasting rooms, and foodie restaurants abound in the town's picturesque central square. Healdsburg is a must-hit spot whether you just want to stroll the streets, sample the cuisine, or soak in the Northern California flavor. Petaluma! This delightfully charming town is chock-full of historic Victorian homes and a seriously charming downtown with top-notch restaurants, bars, and shopping. Point Reyes is a quaint cape town: a must-hit spot, if you're staying in a cottage along Tomales Bay. There's plenty to see and do in Point Reyes from dining and visiting small shops and local galleries to climbing the town's historic lighthouse, making it perfect locale for a low-key morning or afternoon afternoon. Make sure to visit the Cowgirl Creamery and take home some delicious artisan cheeses!
GROCERY STORES: We have a local Fircrest and a Whole Foods in downtown Sebastopol.
DRINK AND BE MERRY!!:
Sonoma is famous for a climate and setting conducive to making some of the best wines in the world. Our property is located just south of the Russian River Valley. For those of you interested in sampling some of the wine of the region, we’ve put together a few suggestions for tasting in the area. Freestone also boasts a fantastic bakery and incredible artisan cheese shop. Their tasting menu is a little pricey, but delicious, ranging from $15 (for 4 wines) to $20 (for 6) and above. Philippe, who is Parisian, served us when we visited and is obviously very knowledgeable about both Californian and French wine, for those of you interested in the comparisons. We love their FogDog Pinot Noir.
Just north of Sebastopol, you’ll find Lynmar vineyards, a stylish, polished venue in an outdoor setting overlooking a vineyard and garden, with nice-looking lunches available. This is a classic California tasting in a relaxed atmosphere. They have a nice rosé, some chardonnays, and are especially known for their Pinot Noirs.
De Loach nearby also makes a reliable California Pinot. We haven’t been to their winery, but apparently it has picnic tables.
We have also heard good things about Hanna winery on Occidental Road, known for its Sauvignon Blanc, which is apparently cheaper and as good as the award-winning Sauv from Merry Edwards nearby (according to the Lynmar folks). Hanna has picnic tables. Nearby is Baletto, which is also supposed to be superb. Ironhorse, northwest of Sebastopol, is also supposed to be good for sparkling wines, with excellent sweeping views of the valley.
Taft on Occidental Road is friendly and unpretentious – their tasting is only $5.
Hopkiln winery is a nice, almost kid-friendly tasting experience, and highly recommended, if you want to bring a picnic lunch, as they have picnic tables overlooking a pond. We have been there with our friend’s toddler before (who enjoyed the Pinot sorbet a little too much!).
We haven’t been to their tasting rooms, but we really like the Zinfandels (medium to full-bodied, spicy, classic northern California wine with Italian/possibly Croatian origins) from St. Francis winery, which is located a bit further a field – west of Santa Rosa on the edge of Napa Valley.
There are some wonderful vineyards around Healdsburg (about 40 minutes from Sebastopol), which is a really quaint little Sonoma town around where some of the best Zins are produced. We have excellent recommendations in Healdsburg: Unti (by appointment); Bella; and Preston, which makes fabulous reds.
We also like the Zinfandels from Dry Creek vineyards. Zichichi winery also makes a gorgeous Zin, and apparently has a really lovely, hospitable tasting room. Also up in Healdsburg is the tasting room of Downtown Wine Cellars, which is the home of the Hobo wine company, which makes lovely Zins and Pinots (the Folkmachine Pinot is especially good) and may indeed be the wine-saavy hipster’s choice. RIDGE is known for producing incredible Zinfandel, and has a tasting room in Lytton Springs, just north of Healdsburg. For the true connoisseur, nearby Rafanelli is a must.
The best advice we can give is to have fun, ask around, and enjoy the experience!
** We bottle our own Pinot Noir here at "Redwood Shire" and we'll leave you a bottle on the counter to enjoy!
This area is remote and you'll need a car to get around!
Other Things to Note
We bottle our own wine here on the property: we'll leave you a bottle of our "REDWOOD SHIRE" pinot noir to enjoy! :)
When you traverse our trails outside of the fenced area, we ask that you close the gate and do not allow our dogs to follow you. If you have brought your own dog, he/she may run freely within the fenced area while you are present. If you leave the property in your car, we ask that you either take your dog with you or leave them inside the carriage house. If you are not present, we prefer your dog is not roaming the property. You may take your dog on our trails outside of the fenced area but we suggest that you keep them on a leash because there is wildlife around and the dog might want to run off to chase them. Thanks!!
King and Lin were great hosts! Not only are they nice and welcoming, they made every effort to communicate and get in touch with me which was especially helpful given the storm that happened the night before our scheduled stay. Thanks King and Lin!
What a majestic and wonderful find! Highly recommended. King and Lin were great hosts. We can't wait to visit again.
We had an awesome time at the Carriage House. My wife was calling me Frodo all weekend long as it really did feel like the shire. Totally remote, comfortable setting that we'd highly recommend for anyone wanting to get away. King & Lin seemed like great people and their dog Alfie was a huge hit with our lab/shepherd mix. Stop reading this review and book it!
King and Lin's carriage house was everything we wanted: quiet, big enough, cozy, and a great place to come back to after a day of being out and about in Sonoma. It has a bit of a tree house feel - you look out the window and there are redwoods not more than 3 feet away! King and Lin were very accommodating given some last minute issues we struggled with. We would recommend this place without a doubt to anyone looking for a calm, relaxing, and peaceful base to visit Sonoma. if you are lucky, you may have the pleasure of trying King and Line's home made, award winning wine. :)
We had a great time! King and Lin were very responsive when messaging. They greeted us when we arrived at 8pm, and were very friendly and helpful. The place was clean and as described. The property was absolutely beautiful! We felt very welcomed to explore, and spent time exploring the redwoods and trails that winded behind the carriage house.
Staying with the Strong's was an amazing and beautiful time! They are wonderful people who were extremely hospitable and friendly! We enjoyed the beautiful trails hidden within their 15 acre redwood grove coved with many intimate moments along the path. It was a great way to start new year! We will be back soon!
Amazing property, super kind hosts. Totally recommend staying here for a quiet, relaxing retreat. The redwood grove as part of the property is a really special part of the experience.
We have been Sonoma County residences for over 40 years. We built our redwood home 30 + years ago and now are retired and enjoy it everyday. Our main house is on the property. We raised our two boys in the area so we can tell you about interesting places to visit and explore. The "carriage house" was home to King's mother for many years and now we'd like to share it with visitors to the area. We have 15 acres of redwood forest with trails if you want to just marvel at these magnificent trees. They are very special to this area. Bodega Bay is only 10 miles away and we are part of the Russian River wine appellation. We have two resident dogs with us and they are very friendly. Our bocci ball court is available for you to play. If you let us know what your interests are in the area we can help you plan your time with us. Please be aware that there are stairs to climb to get to your place.