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Still Light Pond Mini Country Estate

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,690 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath + Tent Cabin, Hot Tub, Pond

A glorious, picturesque mini estate with fishing and boating pond, redwood grove, orchard, and hiking trails, all set in a private sunny meadow. As featured in Sunset magazine, a gourmet, over sized country kitchen, antique mantle on wood burning fireplace and Parisian antiques complete the feeling of elegance and serenity. Step outside to a cozy covered porch with upholstered wicker furniture and large entertaining deck with hot tub and a view that takes your breath away. The house is adjacent to a 80 acre vineyard and features surround sound throughout the house with a high end Denon stereo system for auxiliary input devices. There is a Bose Wave system for CD's.

In counterpoint and worthy of Architectural Digest is the new modern master bedroom with Italian metal windows in wonderful contrast to the first growth redwood floors salvaged from a local Sonoma County Barn. Oversized beams that support the suspended ceiling and asymmetrical skylight creates the feeling that you are sleeping in a Redwood Grove in a W hotel setting. All this faces onto the pond, enormous redwoods and bathed in full sun. Fireplace, bath and separate shower, plus awarding winning designer touches.

In addition to the primary residence, there is a real miner's tent cabin on the property that contains a beautiful queen sized sleigh bed with top shelf linens. Brand new this year, the tent cabin has a space heater and limited power. The tent is located on the other side of the pond. Fall asleep with the sounds of the frogs and seasonal creek.

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More Details

Sue Hearn and John Gittins
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
29 May, 2017

About Sue Hearn and John Gittins

Hi everyone. Nice to meet you. We are John + Sue. John’s from Pittsburgh PA and helps run a local craft beer and Sue is a local Bay Area native working at an organic food company. We are a fun-loving, travel-obsessed couple who love to hike, kayak and chill in nature.

Sue Hearn and John Gittins purchased this farmhouse in 2014

Why Sue Hearn and John Gittins chose Sonoma County

When we stepped onto the property we had that ‘feeling’ that this place was special. The light, the views, the serenity and calm definitely spoke to us. There is truly a magical quality about Still Light Pond. From the private redwood grove with seasonal creek, to fishing in a corner of the pond, the stillness of the light, hiking trails, watching the birds from herons to egrets, private safari tent , all within a restored farmhouse property. It was love at first sight.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Whether you are looking for a relaxing retreat or discovery weekend of all the area has to offer-- wine tasting for world class pinots, organic/local food, canoeing or kayaking down the Russian River, golfing 20 minutes away at Bodega Bay or cycling the great backroads; the location will amaze you for its close proximity to so many diverse areas. It’s only a few miles from Russian River, 6 mi from the coast, close to Bodega Bay and Tomales Bay. Wine tasting, hiking, cycling and kayaking are our favorite activities, come enjoy them here at Still Light Pond.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Occidental in Sonoma County

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • master bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Romantic view bathtub
    guest bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite and also accessible to entertaining deck
  • Both Bathrooms are En Suite. The Guest Bathroom Opens to the Entertainment Deck and Sleeping Porch
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , ensuite bath and on other side of house as 2nd bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Gas Fireplace in Master. Pull Out Couch in Living Room. Tent Cabin with electricity & queen size bed for the adventurous. For Master Bedroom - Bring an eye mask if you don't want to wake up to the beautiful natural golden light. The view is spectacular.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(28 traveller reviews)

Still Light Pond Mini Country Estate
average rating of 4.964286 based on 28 reviews


  • 4 of 5

We loved this property! The owners were very responsive and informative. We can't wait to schedule our next visit.

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The property is AMAZING!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently spent a few days at this wonderful property with another couple. Wine tasting, redwood visits, and sightseeing by the ocean during the day. Back to the house at night to make dinner in the beautiful kitchen and drink our purchases for the day , ending the evening in the hottub. Fabulous advice from Paul the caretaker! Great communication with the owners! We can't wait to go back. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This was the highlight of our trip and it was supposed to be just a place to stay along the way.

  • 5 of 5

The pond, redwoods and home are a special place. It was stormy every day and was still magic.

Highlight of our trip was staying here

  • Review Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent property!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing property that I have recommended to friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Exactly as described, incredibly relaxing, well appointed, quirky, clean. LOVELY.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oakland, Ca

Beautiful setting!

  • 5 of 5

This place is perfect. The house is cozy, yet spacious. I wouldn't ask for anything more or change a thing. The beautiful country setting is just a mile from the town of Occidental, which is also a little gem. We gazed at stars, drank a ton of wine and woke up to breathtaking views from the master bedroom. I am so glad that we stayed and am already planning my next retreat back to this lovely home!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Northwood, bodega bay
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Occidental, Wine Country California

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
16 Mar 2017 - 1 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £39 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £96.63
Refundable Damage Deposit £309.21
Pet Fee £19.33

Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.
Rates are for 4 people, additional guests will be charged $50 additional/day/guest.
Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday stay require a minimum of 1 week rental or weekly rate.
Ask about our repeat guest discount.
Please ask about our event rates, catering options.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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