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Beautiful Chalet high in the banana belt, near the village of Occidental

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights


Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday chalet in Sebastopol - Chalet Elaine

Fun, relaxing activities for romantic couples, foodies, cyclists, adventurers

Indulge yourselves with luxurious amenities and the peaceful, quiet settling of an exquisite garden, surrounded by vineyards, bamboo, and redwood trees. Relax in the intimate hot tub, refresh in the huge walk-in rain shower, dry off with decadent, warm towels from the heated towel rack. A queen-size Dux premium mattress, as used in the very finest hotels, promotes a deep, restful sleep. Flowers, a plate of tasty snacks and a bottle of chilled Sauvignon Blanc will be present for you on your arrival.

The chalet is filled with light from the windows looking over the gardens; colorful Impressionist and local art adorn the walls; red oak hardwood floors provide beauty and warmth. Central air conditioning is at hand if needed.

Chalet Elaine is nestled on our 3-acre estate, populated with palms, bamboo, redwoods, and colorful tropical plants and flowers. Our estate was recently featured in the sold-out 2016 Spring Garden Tour.

Our neighborhood is near the top of Harrison Grade in the banana belt, a moderate microclimate suitable for growing many tropical plants, and usually above the occasional fog that might cover low lying areas. Cooled by the moderating ocean breezes, it doesn't have the extreme heat and cold variations of inland areas or the humidity of river areas. Surrounding us are vineyards, farmland, and country living, with a high representation of artists, musicians, intellectuals and those in the healing arts.

The Russian River Appellation is among the best growing region for Pinot and Chardonnay, which attests to the many top wineries (and wine tasting opportunities.) The Foodie scene is unsurpassed, with a broad selection of great restaurants. Entertainment abounds, a beloved Farmer's market takes place every Friday afternoon in Occidental during the summer, with many others in the area as well. The adventurous can ride a zip line through the local redwoods.

Should you desire a massage, or simply have peacefulness in their Japanese garden, the Osmosis Day Spa is first rate and just 10 minutes away in Freestone.

Doran Beach among many others is wonderful for a day by the ocean, nearby are wetlands for birding, and the headlands over Bodega Bay invite a spectacular hike - bring binoculars for whale watching.

The nearby village of Occidental is a treat. Do spend some time walking along Main St to discover good restaurants and taverns, an organic grocery, and interesting shops to browse through. At night you'll usually see lots of people having fun.

The town of Sebastopol offers the Rialto movie cinemas with special art and music features; nearby is the new Barlow district with wine tasting rooms from top wineries, restaurants, local coffee house, and Tibetan art. The park, across from Whole Foods, holds a popular farmer's market on Sundays; Main Street is a fascinating stroll of music stores, New Age shops, bookstores, coffee houses and restaurants. All of these form an easily walkable nexus downtown.

For those who just want to snuggle in, the entertainment system includes Comcast Xfinity X1 with voice command, and premium channel providers such as HBO and ESPN. AppleTV 4 provides additional internet choices such as iTunes and Netflix. ChromeCast 2 and the Samsung 46" internet-enabled HDTV widen your programming choices. The audiophile sound system includes a NAD 24-bit amplifier with Gallo Acoustics speakers. High speed 200 mbps WiFi is available.

We provide Nespresso coffee + espresso, teas, and condiments. For your cooking enjoyment, the kitchen includes a GE Profile convection microwave, a FlashExpress infrared toaster oven, a Breville juicer, a crock pot and other implements. First rate local restaurants are all nearby.

The dressing area has a spacious closet with several drawers, and a built-in ironing station is at hand.

A whole house soft water system includes a decalcifier, UV sanitizer, and charcoal activated final stage filter for pure delicious water out of every faucet. Our 2-person hot tub is cleaned and refilled with this fresh water for each guest stay, and the water recycled to our gardens after your stay, so no harsh spa chemical treatments are needed.

PV solar panels grace the roof, promoting high end luxury with ecological sensibilities. A ClipperCreek Level 2 32A EV charger allows you to recharge your EV; Tesla owners can fast charge on our 80A Tesla charger by special arrangement.

Per Sonoma County Code Section 26-88-120 requirements, please note the following:

TOT Certificate 935N

Quiet hours are from 10 PM - 7 AM to be observed by all guests

Maximum number of guests: 2. No children.

Maximum number of vehicles allowed: 1

No smoking.

For your security and convenience and ours, all financial transactions are made through HomeAway Payments. For this reason we cannot do trades of any sort.

The quotes that are generated reflect the best value everyday low prices that you will get in that date range. You can count on it, so we don't negotiate on the price. We believe that vacations are about peace-of-mind.

Please note: After inquiring about or making a reservation, please continue any correspondence by replying to the VRBO email associated with that reservation.

We look forward to your stay!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Chris Gayler
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 October, 2016

About Chris Gayler

Lainey (pictured) lived for several years in Paris in her 20's, and later, Boston, for her graduate work; her european sensibilities help inform the delights of our chalet. She is a practicing psychotherapist, speaks French fluently (of course) and is my fellow adventurer and best friend. I (Chris) am a former technology entrepreneur with current interests in neuroscience, process and somatic psychology. We love to swim and hike, play ping-pong, and enjoy excellent cuisine, wines, travel, and good friends.

Chris Gayler purchased this chalet in 2008

Why Chris Gayler chose Sonoma County

We wanted to move from Los Altos to wine country, and friends suggested West County Sonoma. We fell in love with its character, its interesting and friendly residents, and the best of wine country and restaurants in a rural area without the traffic.

We were fortunate to find this property, formerly an exotic bamboo nursery with lush, exotic plants. We completely remodeled both the guest cottage and the main house. We found ourselves adjacent to the Village of Occidental, home to colorful and varied beings. Twenty minutes from the ocean, twenty minutes from Armstrong Woods for hiking, the world famous Osmosis day spa down the road, we continue to uncover new gems.

What makes this chalet unique

Our chalet is in an accessible, central location: In Occidental, just over a mile away, we shop at the local Bohemian market for organic and local produce and Gonella's for more standard fare with its large selection of wines and ice cream. For morning people, consider stopping by the cozy Union Hotel Cafe for a coffee and decadent cookie. Howard Station Cafe, the Tavern Microbrewery, the Union restaurant, Negri's, and the Hazel restaurant are just a few choices, all with different styles and clientele.


based on 14 holidaymaker reviews

Beautiful Chalet high in the banana belt, near the village of Occidental
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We throughly enjoyed this beautifully landscaped property, the well appointed home, the colourful and tasteful decor, the comfortable bed, the hot tub and the welcoming hospitality of the hosts. We were very pleased to be welcomed with a platter of excellent cheese, fresh fruit, great coffee and have use of a new Nespresso coffee machine as well as other coffee options, fresh milk and a bottle of wine, along with other kitchen edible essentials that made our stay very easy. We appreciated the quality of the body wash soaps provided in the spacious tiled shower with a heated towel rack. The approach and drive to reach this lovely gated rural property was also a very enjoyable part of our 5 day stay.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible Accommodations!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for a great stay, we thought your place was very warm and welcoming. After arriving it was so nice to be able to sit down, relax and have a glass or 2 of wine with cheese and crackers that you supplied for us. This is our first time going though v.r.b.o. and we were not sure what to expect. We will be back in the near future. Thank you again for such a wonderful getaway. Sincerely, Jim and Sandy.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Even better than anticipated. The lovely photos are real.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely property. Great care was given in the decorating and set up to ensure the utmost comfort of the guests. Everything from the bathroom supplies, the comfort of the linens and towels, the kitchen stocked with coffee and spices, the wine and cheese plate waiting for us at the time of our arrival, to the outdoor eating and lounging areas -- all were superb. We stayed here in the middle of September and took day trips to wineries, redwoods and the coast, as well as the charming towns of Healdsburg and Sonoma. Thank you Chris and Elaine for offering this fantastic vacation home.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I shared our mini honeymoon at the Chalet. The reality of the place is even better than the pictures! Wow.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place to stay!!!

  • 5 of 5

Great place! Look no further!

My mom and I had a great rejuvenating stay at the Chalet! So many fabulous details for our comfort and enjoyment. The Chalet is bright and cheerful with color and light throughout. Much thought has been given to making sure we had everything we needed and then more...like the wonderful bottle of wine and cheese waiting for us on arrival and great tea and coffee selections.

Very peaceful surroundings and a beautiful garden to relax in by day and views to the starry sky by night. Afternoon breezes are invited through the sliding doors giving a great indoor/outdoor feel.

Chris and Elaine are the most fabulous and generous hosts!

We will definitely return again when coming up to the area as this place was ideal all around.

Thank you Chris and Elaine!

Karen and Anne

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The home was perfect.

  • 5 of 5

I could tell from the website this home was a gem. Our experience was even better. We had no complaints. We have only compliments to share. The property was attractive and well maintained. The gardens were full of well maintained plants. The hot tub was very clean. The décor, finishes and condition of the house were great. Chris welcomed us with wine and cheese. This was just the start of a wonderful experience. The bathroom was spa quality with a rain shower and towel warmer. There were plenty of dishes, utensils and towels. Each morning we found the kitchen and great room awash in sun due to the many windows facing the east. Everything was just what we wanted. When we return we will ask to stay again. Phil & Debi Schultze

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Santa Rosa (STS)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
Bodega Bay
Car: necessary

Occidental (markets, restaurants and taverns) - 4 min

Osmosis Day Spa and Japanese Gardens - 9 min

Freestone Cheese Company - 9 min

Graton (restaurants and wine tasting) - 10 min

Sebastopol (restaurants, theater, shopping) - 15 minutes

Bodega Bay, Doran beach and wetlands - 23 min


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chalet in Sebastopol, Sonoma County

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Winter rate
1 Dec 2016 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas Holiday
23 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
Summer rate
25 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £1,229
Cleaning & supplies fee £96 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Sonoma County Vacation Rental TOT Certificate No. 935N
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
LGBT friendly.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Sebastopol in Wine Country California

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 840 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • 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
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Spacious bathroom with a rain shower and a towel warmer
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Master bedroom includes a Queen size Dux mattress, goose down comforter and pillows, a dressing area with closet, windows on three sides and a glass door descending a few steps to the hot tub.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis

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