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Still Light Pond Mini Country Estate

Bedrooms 2
Space 157 m²
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.

Please check under the "Links and Video" tab for our website address for additional photos and information.

More Details

Sue Hearn and John Gittins
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 March, 2018

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 Occidental

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 rental in Occidental, California

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 157 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
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
  • Stove
  • 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
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term rentals available
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(39 traveller reviews)

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Still Light Pond Mini Country Estate
average rating of 4.923077 based on 39 reviews

Forget the hustle and bustle!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay! Each of our kids brought a friend. Two stayed in the guest bedroom, and two stayed on the pullout down by the fireplace (with the cold snap they decided it was too cold for the tent!). We had a great walk and tree-climb on the property one day. It was very cold, but with the heated floors and fires we stayed nice and cozy! Our son was impressed with the whole-house audio and DJ’d for us every day. My wife and I decided the bed we slept on was better than any house or hotel yet, we slept so well. The master bedroom and bath have lots of windows that open up to the large private yard and pond - effectively bringing nature right into the house. The kids all took turns rowing around in the pond and the spa and horseshoes were great! For those that like to cook, the kitchen had everything we needed, so we had all our meals in-house. It was nice to be in such quiet surroundings and, at the same time, close to a couple little grocery stores. Thanks for the hospitality!

  • Review Submitted: 08/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sacramento, CA

Gorgeous property with lots of charm

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here. Not only was the house gorgeous, but the property itself had so many wonderful little surprises. The pond and boat were fun to explore along with the glamping quarters just beyond the pond. There were hammocks in the redwood grove as well as beside the pond, outdoor seating with access to fire bin, and of course the gorgeous deck with hot tub and seating.

Our favorite part was the master bathroom with the tub surrounded by windows overlooking the trees and pond. Perfect for a relaxing soak.

We will certainly be back here again!

  • Review Submitted: 11/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, California

My favorite place in north California

  • 5 of 5

This property is just absolutely STUNNING. The modern touches, mixed with eclectic decor, the architectural space, the beautiful and immense yard, the pond, the boat, the tent, hot tub, deck, house wide stereo system, it has everything! I am counting the days for when we go back, that’s how much we loved it. The hosts were extremely communicative and accomodating, they made this transaction a joy.

I recommend this property to anyone! I only hope it doesnt get too busy so we can go back!!


  • Review Submitted: 06/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Danville, ca

Amazing getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a terrific time enjoying all this property had to offer. Functional farmhouse type home with beautiful layout. Hope to be back again!

  • Review Submitted: 03/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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So Relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at Still Light Pond. The whole stay was just so pleasant and relaxing. It goes such a long way to have professional photos of a property to really show how wonderful a property is and the photos show it well. Sue was very responsive to every communication and there are detailed notes in the house about everything having to do with the property. Cable and fast internet! All much appreciated!

The fully stocked kitchen is huge and so very charming. So much so, we stayed in two nights, lit a few candles, put some music on and enjoyed being at SLP rather than going out to a restaurant. I really liked the upscale appliances.

Loved the huge beams, split doors and old wood floors that felt good on the feet. There's charm everywhere at this property.

We did venture out for dinner several evenings and loved Hazel (restaurant) just down the road in Occidental – so much so we went twice during our stay.

There’s a lovely master suite with lots of windows that gave us the experience of waking up to gigantic redwoods just outside the windows. It’s so gorgeous.

Also, I much appreciated the yoga mat I found. I used it each morning on the deck or in the sun/living room and it was really nice.

One morning I walked over to check out the tent. It’s a very cool addition to the property and a quality tent, too. On the walk back to the house I didn’t have my glasses on and there’s a statue/sculpture of a person that freaked me out! We had a good laugh about that.

There’s so much to appreciate about this property - we really enjoyed our stay and look forward to our next visit. Thank you Sue!

  • Review Submitted: 11/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Property is large, scenic and filled with wildlife. The hammocks, pond and safari tent are amazing. The hot tub under the stars was my fav thing. We did day trips to the coast, guernville, duncans mill, sebastopol, and valley ford. The area is perfect and this home is central to it all! We will be back sooner than later.

  • Review Submitted: 01/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • 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


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in Occidental, California

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
1 Mar 2018 - 18 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$64 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$509.72
Cleaning fee AU$159.29
Pet Fee AU$31.86

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 if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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