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Property Details

Updated: Sep 9, 2014
House, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, 5 Sleeps

Treat yourself to a quiet stay in a Tahoe-like setting for less than the price of a

hotel room. Just an hour from San Francisco, this is the home of traditional

jazz musician Lu Watters (1912-1989).

The immaculate brick home is fully furnished with old world Tuscan elegance,

sumptuous leather furniture, Italian artwork, and tile floors throughout. Enjoy

the 44-inch plasma TV with Bose sound system or listen to Lu Watters

recordings from the days of his nightclub, Hambone Kelly's.

Utilities, large capacity washer/dryer, natural fiber linens, local phone service


Easy access to highway 101, the Sonoma/Napa wine country hot spots in the

Alexander, Dry Creek and Napa Valleys, Sonoma State University, coastal

beaches, Valley of the Moon, Russian River resort area and the giant

redwood forests.

Lu built his home in what he called "the wilds of Cotati" when he retired from

performing in his famous Yerba Buena Jazz Band. Located in a park-like

setting with trees Lu himself planted decades ago. An amateur geologist, it is

not by chance he chose to build his house on bedrock, unlike the fancy

architects of San Francisco who built mansions on landfill along the Marina.

The Sage Hen takes its name from "The Sage Hen Strut," a popular song Lu

wrote on September 11, 1944, on his way to Hawaii on the SS Antigua, three

days prior to composing Hambone Kelly. Lu had had his fill of celebrity by the

time he settled in Cotati, preferring to open his home to the wild bird

population rather than his two-legged fans. The coastal gulls were on a first-

name basis with him, as he took regular trips to feed them hot dogs while he

combed their beaches for stones and driftwood. His grounds are still a

sanctuary for wild turkeys, mockingbirds, hummingbirds, and raucous bands

of blue jays, which Lu distinguished as "the west jays and the east jays."

While not exactly wild, Cotati is still small enough to overlook, making it a

peaceful retreat for anyone who wants to explore the beautiful surrounding


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  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath

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The Sage Hen
- (707) 792-2990 (California, USA)
Cotati Sonoma County

Great experience

  • 5 of 5
This was our second time here and we are going to come back again and again. The Sage Hen, besides being beautiful, romantic, quiet and relaxing, it is a healing and nurturing sanctuary.

Thank you Brook and Ron for an unforgettable time.
  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. Looking forward to seeing you again.


Activity and Interests

Enjoy the most popular tourist activities of wine tasting, antique and flea

market shopping in nearby Sebastopol and Healdsburg, hot-air ballooning in

Windsor; visit the quaint town of Bodega where Hitchcock filmed "The Birds,"

go beachcoming along the coast, take a canoe trip down the Russian River,

visit Armstrong Grove to see the giant redwoods, explore Sonoma County

Farm Trails featuring organic produce and specialty farm products, take a tour

through the Napa/Sonoma Valley on the Wine Train, take the Skunk Train, an

old logging route from the coast to the redwoods (Ft. Bragg to Willits), shop for

unique clothing and gifts in Healdsburg and Sonoma, find all the large stores

under one roof in Santa Rosa's two malls. The historic site of General

Vallejo's Old Adobe Fort is 15 minutes away, and Jack London's Wolf House

in the Valley of the Moon is 20 minutes away. Fine dining is available

thoroughout the area: Equus and John Ash (Santa Rosa), Applewood Inn

(Guerneville), Ca' Bianca (Santa Rosa), Hana Japanese Restaurant (Rohnert

Park). For movie lovers, there is a 16-screen movie theater 5 minutes away.


Rental rates


  • Nightly Rate: $225 - $225

    Weekly Rate: $1200 - $1200

    Monthly Rate: $3800 - $3800

  • $225/night (2 night min.)
    $1,200/per week
    Same rates year round or any day of the week.
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Property Type

  • house


  • pets not allowed


  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1
  • Half Bathroom


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • Plasma TV, washer/dryer, fireplace, private garden, outdoor dining area, covered carport.

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