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Grand Estate In Wine Country!

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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chateau / country house
Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights


Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday chateau / country house in Santa Rosa - The Crane Estate

4 BR, 4.5 Bath wine country estate w/ amazing views perfect for reunions, family

Take a step back to the roaring 20s and prohibition 30s. This impeccably maintained grand estate, built in 1917 as a summer retreat for the SF Rand family, has a storied past including use as a Speakeasy during prohibition (secret staircase behind the bar and all!). Just a beautiful 10 minute scenic drive from the quaint wine country village of Glen Ellen with its world class wineries and restaurants, Crane House is perfectly situated high on a hill with sweeping valley and mountain views. Within view of the home and a few minutes drive are the new Weill concert hall with its rich venue of world class symphonic and other musical performances, and the just opened Graton Resort and Casino, California's largest.

Crane House is the perfect place to host friend and family reunions or multi-family get-togethers. The home has several separate sitting, playing and gathering areas providing ample space for larger groups to spend time together or enjoy a few minutes of alone time. Children are welcome and can even have their own separate space to sleep and play.

Each bedroom includes a brand new king (1) or queen (4) Serta Perfect Sleeper bed with luxury bedding, and has its own adjacent bathroom, as well as private access to the outdoor living areas. Personal Keurig coffee makers and a complimentary sampling of coffees and teas are provided.

The living room comfortably accommodates 8-10 guests in front of its oversized fireplace and well-stocked bookshelves - not to mention the beautiful valley and mountain views from the living room, dining room, and bedrooms.

The upstairs speakeasy is where the real fun begins. Guests will gather at the bar, enjoy a friendly game of poker or pool, play Scrabble or pass the time with a challenging puzzle, or sit in front of a fire watching football or a good movie. The 175 x 104 inch sectional sofa can comfortably seat the whole gang!

Crane House is equipped with state-of-the-art home theater and whole-house zoned Sonos sound system - so bring your smartphone or tablet, download the free Sonos app, and have the music you love at your fingertips and in your control, in each room and each outdoor living area.

While nearly everything in the home is new, furnishings have been lovingly selected to both fit the period and style of the home and provide our guests with all the comforts of a modern home.

A beautiful new pool and pool house with outdoor kitchen, eating, and sitting areas will be completed by summer 2014.

TOT certificate #1218N

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Ken Stults
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
2 December, 2016
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About Ken Stults

I am a 20 year resident of Sonoma County and an emergency medical services business owner providing services throughout the U.S. I grew up in rural Iowa and lived an worked for 20 years at my alma mater, the University of Iowa in Iowa City, before making my way to the West Coast with interim stops in Texas and Colorado. I have four children and five grandchildren, all on the West Coast and most of them living right here in Sonoma County. We use Crane Estate ourselves for family get-togethers since it has much better spaces for our large group than my own home!

Ken Stults purchased this chateau / country house in 2013

Why Ken Stults chose Sonoma County

I love old homes, especially homes with stories, which is certainly the case with Crane Estate. While I couldn't justify owning such an expansive home just for my own personal use, I could justify sparing no expense to make it an ideal property for families and groups of friends, including but not only my own, to use for special occasions. I have hosted my own annual gathering of close high school friends at Crane House as well as family holiday gatherings and it is everything I hoped it would be. I now want to make this special experience available to you and your friends and/or families.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Crane Estate is located in the beautiful Glen Ellen area - a spectacular 10 minute drive through some the most gorgeous wine country you will encounter anywhere. We are minutes from world class wine tasting - or we can arrange a wine tasting experience at the house.

If music is interesting to you, Crane Estate sits directly above and just a few minutes drive from the new Weill Symphony Hall built as a virtually exact replica of the Boston Symphony's Tanglewood. Go to www.gmc.sonoma.edu to check out their world class event schedule.

If you enjoy a wager now and then, the new Graton Resort and Casino, California's largest, is also within the Crane House panoramic valley view and just a few minutes drive.

Within a short drive of Crane House are a wide range of activities - golf, tennis, horseback riding, wine tasting, music, gambling, the stunning Northern California coastline, some of the world's best restaurants - but it is also a home you might not want to leave. We offer full concierge services to support either or both choices - limousine, wine tours, dinner reservations, catering, private chef, child care, food shopping and more. Our goal is that you will love your experience at Crane House so much that you will be looking forward to your next visit as you are driving out the gate to head home from this one.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(29 traveller reviews)

Grand Estate In Wine Country!
average rating of 4.965517 based on 29 reviews

Outstanding Property, Beautiful Views

  • 5 of 5

The Property was absolutely gorgeous. Old style charm with this house, tucked away in a private setting looking over Santa Rosa. The views were outstanding and made a perfect setting for the wedding ceremony we did on site for a very small group.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Impeccably maintained estate with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

You know you walking into history as you step onto the property of this stately mansion from the early 20th century. The original design is maintained and the kitchen and bathrooms are beautifully updated. Our family members loved hanging out at the pool, sitting under the stately trees in the afternoon, eating meals in the great old dining room. It was well suited for our family reunion and we appreciate the attention to detail throughout the home as well as the outside grounds.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Behar Family

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we entered the Crane Estate, our family of 12 were in awe! The grounds and house are impeccably kept! The house is on a hill overlooking beautiful rolling hills... So private! The most magical place for a family vacation!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, scenic, well maintained and updated.

  • 5 of 5

This is a fantastic setting for a group get together. We had our annual family reunion and could not have had a more perfect setting. There is plenty of space to spread out and no close neighbors if your family gets boisterous. Well stocked home. The game room/speak easy is a perfect family gathering place.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Home for a Family Christmas gathering

  • 5 of 5

The Crane House was the perfect place to celebrate Christmas with our family. From the beginning when we were greeted by Dawn and shown the beautiful home festively decorated for Christmas until the last day when the family reluctantly played their last game of pool, the gracious and comfortable home became "ours" for a wonderful week.

The house is spacious (the large dining room with a fireplace is awesome!) so the family could easily gather together for meals and conversation. At the same time, it provided space so we could opt to curl up alone with a book by one of the fireplaces. The kitchen is very well-equipped and large so that several people could prepare meals without feeling crowded. The "speakeasy" was enjoyed by all - pool, card games, puzzles, tv etc. - certainly a favorite place in the house.

The views of the yard and surrounding area are beautiful and relaxing with gorgeous sunsets. Since it was cold outside, we didn't spend time in the yard or use the pool, but I am certain that during warmer weather, it is spectacular as well.

Thank you to Ken & Dawn for giving us a memorable family Christmas!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Lois, for your nice comments! I am so happy you and your family enjoyed the house over the Christmas holiday and I hope to see you again sometime down the road. Ken
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Fantastic Property!

  • 5 of 5

This property is fantastic! Our group of 5 couples arrived in Sonoma from all corners of the globe. This house was perfect for our 5-day stay in wine country. The grounds were well-kept and the house was spotless. The linens and towels were of good quality and the house was well-stocked (from kitchen to baths to grill/pool).

There was more than enough space for all of us - each couple had their own room/bath with a few beds to spare. The common areas had plenty of chairs & table space. And the game room upstairs was the best place to unwind and relax as a group after a long day of wine tasting!

The owner was great to work with as we ironed our the reservation details. And the property manager, Dawn, was on time for arrival & departure. She was accessible via email/phone/text during our entire stay and answered questions big and small.

The views were incredible and the property seemed tucked away in its own little corner of the world.

It was a 30 minute drive to the town of Sonoma and the town of Healdsburg, but it was convenient for all of the winery tours we did. We cooked a big dinner one night and found everything we needed in the kitchen. We even used the washer/dryer and the heated pool was a fun indulgence!

We can't say enough good things about this property. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to stay in the Sonoma County area.

(The only draw-back was the intermittent internet service, but both the owner & manager acknowledged the problem and stated that not much could be done due to the local infrastructure. It proved to be an excellent reason to truly disconnect and enjoy our vacation!)

Thank you, Crane Estate, for a once-in-a-lifetime, most memorable reunion for old, college friends!!!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Christmas 2016
23 Dec 2016 - 26 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
New Years
30 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Memorial Day
26 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season 2015
30 May 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
July 4
30 Jun 2017 - 4 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
5 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Labor Day
1 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
5 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Thanksgiving 2017
23 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 25 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
New Years 2018
29 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £362 + Tax
Guest House Cleaning Fee £60 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £79
Refundable Damage Deposit £398
Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Santa Rosa in Wine Country California

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bed and Bath Configuration: Main House/First Floor, 1 King with Private Bath, 1 Queen with Private Bath, 2 Queens with private toilet and shared bath, 1 Single with private bath. There is also a guest house which is included in rate but not listed on site. (If used, additional cleaning fee of $65 may apply) Photos available upon request. 1 Queen Suite with shared bath and coffee center, 4 Bunkbeds (150-160 pound max) with shared bath. The Pool is scheduled to be completed April 30th 2014. (Photos to Follow)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Holiday rates apply during the major holidays - Christmas, New Years, July 4, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend

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