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Review 1405: Owner, Cottage Sonoma
2bed/2bath, Sonoma, California
December 2004, 6 nights
This is a great location just one block off the historic plaza in Sonoma, California. You can walk to the Sonoma Market (a few blocks) and to many restaurants and coffee shops on the plaza.
Cottage Sonoma is a lovely cottage on a residental street in the center of the small town of Sonoma. The cottage is all on one level. The front door opens to the living room (comfortable couch and chairs, small flat panel TV and DVD). A hallway goes the length of the house with the master bedroom and ensuite bath on one side, the second bedroom and a bathroom on the other side and the large kitchen and dining room at the back of the house. There is a built-in desk in the dining room and high speed internet was available.
Very good quality furnishings and decoration throughout the house. Carpets in the bedrooms; lovely wood floors in living room, hall, dining room, kitchen; tile in bathrooms.
Kitchen is well equipped and has lots of pots, pans, plates, cutlery. The kitchen is very large. Off the kitchen is a laundry room, with a new front loader washer and dryer.
There is a nice deck that you can reach from the dining room and the master bedroom. It has a good table and chairs and a BBQ. The back yard is nice – grass and a few bushes – with a hot tub. The hot tub is across the yard from the deck and we did not use it because the grass was wet (we were there in a rainy December) and it was not convenient to use. This is my one complaint – it would be nice if the hottub was just off the deck.
The cottage was very clean and the furnishings beautiful and good quality. The master bathroom shower was not ideal (not all the water would come out of the shower, so it was a weak shower) and the shower curtain had fancy hooks that did not really work. But the other bathroom had a good shower.
Parking for one car in the driveway and there is parking on the street. The street is not busy and the location is quiet. You look out to the hills surrounding Sonoma from the front of the house.
We stayed here with just the two of use for four nights and a friend joined us for the last two nights. It would work well, and be more affordable, with two couples. The bedrooms are separate and the house is large enough to comfortably accommodate four people. We paid $225 per night, which is expensive, but this is a private house (not a guest house) and you always pay more for that.
I would stay here again and recommend it to anyone wanting to stay in Sonoma.
This is a good base to explore Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley (California Wine Country). You can also easily get over to Marin and the Muir Woods (redwoods) from here.
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