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

Bedrooms 1
Space 78 m²
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Fun, relaxing retreat for romantic couples, foodies, 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, a plate of tasty cheeses, crackers, 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; Tesla owners can fast charge on our 80A Tesla charger by special arrangement.

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.

Maximum number of vehicles allowed: 1

Please note:

No children

No smoking

No pets

No exceptions

All financial transactions must be made through HomeAway Payments.

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

After inquiring about or making a reservation, please continue any correspondence by replying to the VRBO email associated with that reservation.

We look forward to your stay!

More Details

Chris Gayler
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet rental in Sebastopol, California

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 78 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • 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 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Spacious bathroom with a rain shower and a towel warmer
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)

Beautiful Chalet high in the banana belt, near the village of Occidental
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
Maryland, USA

The place was great!

  • 5 of 5

Thanks a lot. We had a great time in the area!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Restful, quiet, beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful relaxing wayto see and experience this part of California. We used the chalet asour base with restful nights, beautiful accommodations, and wonderful garden. The location allowed us to drive and see many sites from the coast to the redwoods. The amenities and decorations of the chalet were some of the best we've ever experienced.

Even though we were early in the growing season, the grounds, the flowers and the plants were wonderful.

As a wildlife photographer, I was able to see and photograph three species that were new to me.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed my long weekend at the Chateau. It is amazingly clean, well appointed and extremely comfortable. Even though it rained nonstop for two straight days, we enjoyed every minute of our stay. I can't think of anything missing. I was quite surprised by the thoughtfulness of the owner to leave us some delicious refreshments. We felt it was a five star experience through and through.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful clean and relaxing home

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I reserved this place for a weekend getaway in wine country and we could not have asked for a better place! The amenities and welcoming environment of the chalet made our trip a memorable one. We highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a peaceful and relaxing retreat.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Michigan, USA

Beautiful, well appointed and well maintained property. Loved the privacy.

  • 5 of 5

Chalet Elaine is in a wonderful spot - secluded, and private but a quick drive to Occidental or Sebastopol. The property is spotlessly clean with extra linens at the ready. The owner was prompt and helpful with the one interaction we had. We highly recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spokane, Wa

Very complete and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time staying at this wonderful cottage. The grounds and garden area are beautiful with a large variety of plantings. The cottage itself is bright and imaculate with plenty of natural light. There are a lot of very thoughtful extras built into the house. If you arrive during college football season, the 46 inch TV is a welcome sight! The kitchen has everything one would need to spend a long time there. A huge walk-in shower with a towel warming rack was very different for a very good way. The bed was very comfortable and the hot tube access just off the slider into the bedroom was perfect. The owners are very good and punctual communicators. They start out the visit perfectly with a bottle of wine, some meats and cheeses ready to go. We really enjoyed being out of town a short, beautiful driving distance. Occidental is a neat little town with several really good restaraunts to choose from. We had an exceptional week not a small part due to the wonderful accomodations. Thank You!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Santa Rosa (STS)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
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


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chalet in Sebastopol, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring rate
24 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer rate
26 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$1,003.35
Clean + supplies A$196.66 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Sonoma County Vacation Rental TOT Certificate No. 935N
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
LGBT friendly. Regrets to pets and children.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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