Fun, relaxing retreat for couples, romantics, writers, and adventurers
- english, french
About Chris Gayler
Lainey (my wife, 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 process and somatic psychology. We love to swim and hike, play ping-pong, and enjoy excellent cuisine, wines, travel, good friends and great conversations.
Chris Gayler purchased this Chalet in 2008
Why Chris Gayler chose Sebastopol
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.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
No parties or events
Smoking is allowed on the outside patio only
No pets allowed
Children not allowed
Not suitable for children
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Please do not wear outside shoes in the house
Maximum 2 people. The person who made the booking must be present.
Acrylic glasses are available for outside. Use plastic utensils on non-stick pans. Do not use dishcloths to clean up spills. Use cutting boards.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Every detail has been thought of! A wonderful getaway. We hope to be back!
Perfect place to relax and unwind
We just spent a week at this lovely chalet, and it was perfect! The chalet itself is cozy, comfy, and has everything you could possibly need. And the garden is a lovely spot to just chill out and relax. We will definitely be back, hopefully for a longer stay!!
We used this cute place to travel in all directions; Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Bodega Bay. The home is extremely well laid out and the owners were great to work with. They did discover a few furry friends in the yard but diligently worked to remedy the situation. We used the hot tub every day and came back home feeling relaxed and refreshed. Thanks!
HELP! We Need More Stars
My boyfriend and I have stayed at some pretty amazing hotels and B&Bs--both domestic and international locations and found this Chalet topnotch! Chris has certainly created a special gem here. From the warm welcome cheese platter and wine to the lovely French decor furnishings and the impeccable amenities throughout, you will not be disappointed. The gardens will take your breath away and you will find it hard to leave -- so let's keep it our little secret so we can come back time-and-time again : )
Exquisite Piece of Heaven
I’d highly recommend this sweet cottage to absolutely anyone! It is particularly tasteful and comfortable, with tremendous thought given to every aspect of guests’ needs and wants. Chris and Lainey were very available and super friendly, but have provided a completely private get-away for those who crave peace and quiet. Thank-you for our week of bliss! We look forward to many future visits.
A relaxing getaway
Chris’ place was a perfect retreat. The house and garden were comfortable and luxurious. The kitchen was awesome! Everything a foodie would want. We went hiking in Armstrong wilderness and had a phenomenal meal at Hazel. What a gem.
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