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

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 840 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Fun, relaxing retreat for couples, romantics, foodies, and 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, fresh fruit, 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. The system is well designed to play any content on your personal devices.

We provide Nespresso coffee + espresso, ground coffee, teas, and condiments such as 1/2 and 1/2. 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 or Tesla.

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

TOT Certificate 935N

Quiet hours are from 10 PM - 7 AM

Maximum number of guests: 2. No children or infants.

Maximum number of vehicles allowed: 1

All parties in the rental and visitors must be 25 or older. This includes all children and infants. No exceptions.

No smoking

No pets

On rare occasions a frog can get under the edge of the hot tub cover to keep warm, and may suddenly jump in when the cover is removed. Please keep an eye out for them.

Please make all financial transactions online through HomeAway/ VRBO Checkout so that you are protected and we are covered by their $1M liability policy.

We offer free early check in and late checkout when available. We believe that vacations are about having fun and peace-of-mind with an all-inclusive package.

We are looking forward to having you here!

More Details

Owner
Chris Gayler
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2017

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.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Sebastopol in Sonoma County

Property Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 840 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No shoes in house please
Location Type:
  • rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Spacious bathroom with a rain shower and a towel warmer
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • 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

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveller reviews)

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Beautiful Chalet high in the banana belt, near the village of Occidental
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews
5

Everything you would want in your own home.

  • 5 of 5

This colorful, well designed home has first class appliances, great TV to watch Irma coverage, wonderful shower and it's in a central location to southwestern Sonoma.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Lovely French-style getaway

  • 5 of 5

House was immaculate, grounds were beautiful and every last detail was thought of. There was complete privacy, which can be hard to find with properties for two guests. We were there during a heat wave and the AC was definitely appreciated. Highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect place

  • 5 of 5

Everything about Elaine's chalet is a 5. On a scale of 1-10, everything is a 10. We will definitely recommend this place to all we know and will choose to stay here when we return. Thanks to Chris and Elaine.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Warm & welcoming

  • 5 of 5

Comfy and cozy space with lovely decor and every amenity one could want. Thoroughly enjoyed our time here and did everything we wanted to: early morning walks, going to the beach, visiting Armstrong Redwoods, wine tasting, sampling local foods, hot tubbing, hummingbird watching, playing board games, porch sitting, barbecuing and relaxing! Couldn't be happier with our mini-vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
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5

Lovely!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in this pristine cottage. Chalet Elaine is bright and airy, and very comfortable. The hosts' attention to detail really shows in the decor, and the clear directions for how to use everything; and they provided a really nice welcome with a cheese and fruit plate, bottle of wine and coffee for the morning. We spent time all around this wonderful area: at the beach, riding our bikes, hiking and enjoying time in Sebastopol, Point Reyes and Santa Rosa. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Quiet, beautiful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we pulled into the driveway, we knew we made the right choice! The house is surrounded by a beautiful garden, with couches on the front porch to sit on and enjoy the view. Inside is adorable and so comfortable - wonderful details, big airy rooms with tons of light from all the windows and a day bed with lots of fluffy pillows. The welcome bottle of wine and meat/cheese plate with crackers were so sweet. The backyard is wonderful. We sat with glasses of wine and watched the hummingbirds around the garden, either from the chairs or the wonderful hot tub. The bed is really comfortable, and it's so quiet here you can't help but get a great night's sleep. The location is about 20 min from several other small towns here, so it was a great base to explore the area for a weekend. Thanks for letting us stay - it was a wonderful weekend get away!

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Santa Rosa (STS)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Occidental
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Occidental
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

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chalet in Sebastopol, Wine Country California

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Summer rate
26 May 2017 - 18 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
£428
for 2 nights
From
£162
From
£220
Fri,Sat
£1,237
£4,245
 
 
Fall rate
19 Sep 2017 - 27 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
£412
for 2 nights
From
£153
From
£195
Fri,Sat
£1,179
£3,835
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£379
for 2 nights
From
£137
From
£178
Fri,Sat
£1,121
£2,588
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £93.98
Damage Deposit £370

Sonoma County Vacation Rental TOT Certificate No. 935N
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
LGBTQIA friendly. No pets or children. No smoking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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