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Sabor Mexicano Vacation Retreat, Event Center and Organic Farm

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Russian River Destination Vacation Home and Organic Farm


Welcome to Sabor Mexicano! Enjoy a serene experience (or have an exciting adventure) at this 130-acre Farm, Retreat and Event Center in Sonoma County. Nestled in a fertile valley near the Russian River, this historic Colonel Armstrong Home, was built in 1890 and has been completely renovated and recently opened to the public for the first time.

Lodging and full amenities for up to 12 adults and 3 children. If you would like to bring additional guests please contact us, as we can offer other options.

Located on Fife Creek, the farm is adjacent to the majestic Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and close to many classic Californian attractions. Come up and enjoy the weekend – or even a week! We welcome your booking request for any time of year.

PERFECT FOR A VARIETY OF SPECIAL EVENTS: The property is a unique and idyllic retreat spot with gorgeous views and peaceful surroundings, making it the ultimate setting for garden parties, receptions, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, and business, yoga and meditation retreats, or simply as your next incredible escape from the city.


The Location:

* 1 ½ hours from San Francisco

* 5 minute walk to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve where you can

marvel at the majestic Redwoods

* 5 minute drive to the Russian River resort town of Guerneville

* 20 minute drive to Jenner by the Sea where the river meets the ocean

The Farm:

* 130 acres nestled in a fertile valley along Fife Creek

* Beautiful organic farm with: tomatoes, chili peppers, cucumbers,

cilantro, purslane, spinach, corn, broccoli, watermelon, garlic, onion, cabbage and


* Supplies Cancun Restaurant in Berkeley and Tlaloc in San Francisco, and used to create Sabor Mexicano Homemade Chips and Salsa, found in many local stores

The Property features:

* Outstanding view of the surrounding hilltops

* Expansive lawn ideal for a wedding, garden party, or other special event

* Hiking trails winding through a forest of Redwood, Madrone and Douglas Fir

ACCOMMODATIONS: Enjoy plenty of space and modern amenities in this unique and historic setting. Decorated with an eclectic mix of Mexican art and local antiques, as well as with beds made of reclaimed wood from Colonel Armstrong's original home! Accommodations Include:

* 5 bedrooms, each sleeping 2 people

* Sleeping loft for children, off the master bedroom

* Lovely living room with murphy and trundle beds

* Spacious great room with fireplace, sofas & large wooden farm table, perfect for

meetings and sharing large meals

* 6 1/2 bathrooms

* State-of-the-art kitchen with commercial stove & wine closet

* Brick back patio & 3-tiered front patio for lounging, eating, yoga and meetings

* 2 fireplaces, outdoor fire pit, large built-in grill and pizza oven

* High-speed Internet available throughout the house


* Have a picnic, potluck or special celebration, massage, yoga or meditation class

* Pick produce from the garden for your next farm-to-table meal

* Cook in the newly remodeled kitchen

* Lounge with a good book and glass of wine

* Enjoy the late afternoon sun from the porch overlooking the lush gardens

* Sit around the campfire and share stories about the day's exciting adventures!

RECREATION ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA: Sabor Mexicano is the perfect place to have an unforgettable adventure! Besides being a picturesque retreat, the farm is close to a plethora of exciting activities, including:

* award-winning restaurants, sustainable wineries, creameries, bakeries, breweries & farmers' markets

* antique shops, art galleries, movies, dancing, live music & theater

* canoeing, kayaking, rafting, tubing, paddle boating & boarding

* ocean boating, fishing, surfing, kiteboarding & scuba diving

* rock climbing, ziplines, sky bridges, ballooning & skydiving

* hiking, biking, mountain biking, ice skating & horseback riding

* swimming, basketball, tennis, golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard & miniature golf

* zen meditation center, yoga, massage, fitness centers & spas

* green tours, parks, gardens, scenic drives & historic Fort Ross

* whale watching, beachcombing, birdwatching, wildflower viewing, photography and more!


* Green Traveler Guides:


TESTIMONIALS: "Sabor Mexicano Farms is a magical and special hide-away. This enchanting place invites you to explore the beauty of nature while providing a warm, cozy and safe place to rest your head. Relax, unwind and embrace the power of living the good life!" Lynne Williams, Events Coordinator at Impact Hub Oakland. More testimonials are below, in the “Unique Benefits” section, and also please check out our stellar VRBO reviews!

AVAILABLE TOURS: To help you discover the rich surrounding area please consider booking a tour through Bay Area Green Tours. Their entertaining and educational offerings include:

* Organic Farms

* Artisan Cheese

* Wine & Cheese

* River, Ocean & Redwoods

* Nature Walk with a Renowned Local Naturalist

* Field to Forest

* Fibershed: Local Artisan Fibers & Dyes

* and more -- please inquire for details!

NON-PROFIT SUPPORT: A portion of your rental proceeds helps support Bay Area Green Tours ( whose mission is to provide educational tours and events that demonstrate the sustainable economy in action, inspire support of local green businesses, and empower people to incorporate environmental responsibility and social justice into their personal and professional lives.

More Details

Batya Gelfand
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
22 August, 2017

About Batya Gelfand

Sabor Mexicano Farm, Retreat and Event Center is a family owned operation. The proprietor, Jorge Saldana, is a 3rd generation farmer who leads with his heart in managing this very special destination. The interior has been decorated by his wife Carmina, a natural host and wonderful designer. Together, they have created an authentic and unique vacation home. Their farm, as well as their specialty Sabor Mexicano Salsa and Homemade Chips business and three popular restaurants, center around their philosophy that good health contributes to the greater good of the environment. All their produce is grown organically, some from heritage seeds that have been handed down to Jorge by his family in Mexico. Nothing goes to waste; for example, alfalfa is grown to feed the goats, horses and chickens. The farm is irrigated by a natural spring that flows through the property. The produce grown in the fields supplies Sabor Mexicano chips and salsas (freshly made onsite at a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen), as well as Jorge’s thriving restaurants: Cancun in Berkeley and Tlaloc in San Francisco.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Guerneville, California

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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
  • seating for 20 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 7 - toilet
  • 6.5 Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , Upstairs, sleeps 2
    Annex Bedroom A - 2 single bed , Downstairs, in house but accessed outside - most private
    Annex Bedroom B - 1 large double bed , Downstairs, in house but accessed outside - most private
    #1 Bedroom Which Shares Deck - 1 bunk bed , Upstairs, small room, sleeps 2
    #2 Bedroom Which Shares Deck - 2 single bed , Upstairs, 2 twin beds which can transform into 1 king bed
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Sabor Mexicano Vacation Retreat, Event Center and Organic Farm
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews

Memorable experience

  • 5 of 5

I’ve always said if I could start all over again, I’d live in a farm, so for our 45th anniversary my daughter, who had stayed at Sabor Mexicano in a work related retreat, suggested we come to Sabor Mexicano for a family reunion. What a wonderful experience. 12 of us, including 2 grandchildren, spent 4 days in an idyllic, pastoral and very private farm. The house is lovingly restored and decorated, with all modern amenities, yet retaining the feel of a rural farmhouse. Kitchen is well stocked with dishes and any utensils you might need to feed a large group. Plenty of seating, indoors and out. One night we used the wood burning pizza oven outdoors to make individual pizzas, for another meal we grilled steaks outdoors. The children enjoyed visiting the goats and the chicken coop. What a great learning experience, picking fresh laid eggs for breakfast! Wish we could have had access to the gardens – even just to weed if not to harvest the produce, just to experience farm life. Carmina, the owner, welcomed us when we arrived, and answered our every text asking for help/information promptly. The owners have two dogs, Duvalin (a big one, not sure of breed), and a smaller one. They would scamper down to the house late pm’s and we all enjoyed their company, especially the children. It felt just like home!

We all hiked in Armstrong State Park, a short 10 minute walk from the farm. Runners in our group enjoyed the trails. The town of Guerneville is a 5 minute drive, and the town tennis courts were enjoyed by the tennis players in our group. We also spent one morning kayaking at Johnson’s beach.

All in all, truly a very memorable experience. When we return, we will for sure look into one of the Bay Area Green Tours – this trip there just wasn’t enough time to do all.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Perfect space for a small company retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Our small company of 11 (plus a toddler) needed a site for a quick get-away retreat to brainstorm and refocus. Sabor Mexicano drew us in with the incredible location and large number of beds. The ranch somehow looked even better in person than the (already quiet fabulous) photos online.

Everything was clean and neat. The secure gate at the front makes you feel quite safe. There's plenty of room for parking, tons of grassy and farm land to wander, goats to pet, large porches to lounge on, wifi (that works well!), a welcoming & open indoor hangout space, a well-stocked modern kitchen (with a separate, equally well-stocked coffee area, yay), and comfy beds in air conditioned bedrooms.

We spent most of our time snacking and chatting on the front porch. We used the outdoor brick pizza oven and... learned a lot about using a brick pizza oven (the second and third attempts were delicious!) We walked 5 minutes down the road and hiked a bit in Armstrong Woods. We set up a small projector inside and watched a movie.

The offsite was a success in large part because we were in a beautiful, safe, comfortable nature retreat. Couldn't have asked for more.

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  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect, unique, and private.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I chose this property to celebrate our wedding weekend. The house feels like it's hidden in the redwood forest and like it's it own island. 16 of us slept comfortably in the house and were easily accommodated. The owners are very communicative and the access to the animals takes the experience to a whole new level!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

A stunning home perfect for large groups

  • 5 of 5

12 of us stayed here for a bachelorette party in April 2017 and what a fantastic weekend it was. The property is amazing and the farm house is gorgeous – the perfect balance of modern and rustic. Every person in our group had their own bed and each room has it's own bathroom. The house is completely stocked with all the appliances and serve ware you could ever need. The owners, Jorge and Carmina, are amazing. We hired the two of them to prepare Jorge's famous open-flame Paella and it was delicious. It's the perfect meal for a special occasion. I will, without a doubt, stay here again soon!

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magical house in the redwoods

  • 5 of 5

I rented Sabor Mexicano for a weekend away with girlfriends, and it exceed our expectations in every way possible. The house is decorated to perfection, extremely clean, spacious, comfortable, well designed and everything is of the highest quality and taste level. We loved spending time there just hanging out and our only regret is that we didn't have more time. We went out in the morning and picked farm fresh eggs from the chickens. Chef Jorge also cooked us a meal one night which was amazing. He and Carmina were wonderful hosts. We hope we have the chance to come back again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Detroit, MI

How to run away from home . . .

  • 5 of 5

I don't have enough accolades to explain the brilliance and perfection of our experience at Sabor Mexicano. First, each room is individually climate-controlled. Second, everyone has their own bathroom. Third, the common space is PERFECT for family gatherings; long dining table, large sectional, cook's kitchen, multi-layered patios lit with fairy lights. Comfort? We spent a small fortune on our organic foam mattress at our home, the Murphy bed at Sabor Mexicano is more divine. The kitchen is well-stocked. The redwoods are walking distance. They have chickens. Dozens. They are so clean and healthy and happy, you won't believe it. Don't worry, you can't hear the rooster in the morning. They have adorable goats. The style of this modern farmhouse is noteworthy; genius coffee station, impeccable tile work, gorgeous glass doors, reclaimed wood trim, coffee table books wrapped with colorful, braided cords. And, if you have a chance, please do yourselves a favor and hire Chef Jorge to cook for you and your gathering. Let him do what he's inspired to do. You won't soon forget it (and you'll thank me). We had 4 generations for the New Year. Both sides of our family. I'm so grateful to Carmina and Jorge for sharing their Haven. Truly unforgettable.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Monte Rio
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Russian River & Sonoma Coast
Car: recommended

RECREATION ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA: Sabor Mexicano Vacation Retreat, Event Center and Organic Farm is the perfect place to have an unforgettable adventure! Besides being a picturesque retreat, the farm is close to many classic Californian attractions and a plethora of exciting recreation activities, including:

* Armstrong Redwoods Park, only minutes away -- take a deep breath and enjoy the unique energy of the towering Redwoods

* The Russian River - two miles away

* Jenner By The Sea - the dramatic spot where the river meets the ocean

* Award-winning restaurants, sustainable wineries, creameries, bakeries, breweries & farmers' markets

* Antique shops, art galleries, dancing, live music & theater

* Canoeing, kayaking, rafting, tubing, paddle boating & boarding

* Ocean boating, fishing, surfing & kite boarding

* Rock climbing, zip lines, sky bridges, ballooning & skydiving

* Hiking, biking, mountain biking, ice skating & horseback riding

* Swimming, basketball, tennis, golf, skate park, horseshoes, shuffleboard & miniature golf

* Zen meditation, yoga, massage & spas

* Parks, gardens, scenic drives & historic Fort Ross

* Whale watching, beachcombing, birdwatching, wildflower viewing, photography and more!

AVAILABLE TOURS: To help you discover the rich surrounding area and enjoy your trip even more, consider booking a tour through Bay Area Green Tours, the non-profit organization which facilitates Sabor Mexicano bookings. Their entertaining and educational offerings include:

* Organic Farms

* Artisan Cheese

* Wine & Cheese

* River, Ocean & Redwoods

* Nature Walk with a Renowned Local Naturalist

* Fibershed: Local Artisan Fibers & Dyes

* and more -- please inquire for details!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in Guerneville, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Labor Day weekend
1 Sep 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
19 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
December holidays
22 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$472.42
Damage Insurance A$124.72
Damage Deposit A$629.9

Catering menu and cleaning service during your stay available upon request. Sonoma County TOT Certificate#: 1527N

For rentals that have more than 10 overnight guests, a flat fee of $75 will be added to the total due. Rates subject to change and negotiable until booked.

3 night minimum for certain holidays, including: Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day. 4 night minimum for major holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve. We will accept less than our minimum stay if the house is still available 30 days prior to your proposed booking.

CANCELLATION POLICY:​ Please note that our cancellation policy is different from the one VRBO states below (which we are not able to override). Our policy is the following: A thirty (30) day notice of cancellation is required in order to receive any refund. Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the arrival date will incur a processing fee which will be 20% of the first payment. Cancellations or any changes to the booking that are made less than 30 days before the arrival date forfeit the advance payment(s). An early departure does not warrant any refund. Weather is not a condition for cancellation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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