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Creek House: A Zen Retreat in the Napa and Sonoma Wine Country

Bedrooms 1
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Welcome to Creek House, a private, serene vacation retreat.

Welcome to Creek House, a private, serene vacation retreat in the Sonoma County hills. Reconnect with what matters most in this secluded, Craftsman-style home. Owner designed and custom-built in 2011 to exacting standards by local contractor and master craftsman John Tagliaferri of St. Helena, California, Creek House is spacious, warm and welcoming. Set in the oxbow of a seasonal creek and surrounded by acres of unspoiled woods, the secluded, tranquil setting is completely private. The house and water-wise landscaping are designed to feel as if they were part of the natural environment. Well-placed windows, clear glass doors and a wrap-around porch bring the outside in. A beautiful drive through wooded hills brings you to world-class wineries, great shopping, and restaurants to please every palate, all just minutes away.

Creek House boasts custom cabinetry and woodwork throughout the house. The stained concrete floors keep the home cool in Summer. Radiant heating embedded in the floors make for warm toes and a cozy temperature in Fall and Winter. There is a wood-burning fireplace for extra cold nights. The 1450 square foot interior is remarkably spacious. The 27 foot pitched enhances the feeling of openness and space. The comfortably furnished wrap around porch adds 1250 square feet of living space. The home has many large windows and glass doors that bring the outside in. Each window frames a different view of the creek, and the surrounding woods filled with oaks and maples with their seasonal change creating beautiful views. The seasonal creek runs November through May on average, depending on rainfall. It is not uncommon to see squirrels, deer, raven, hawks, rabbits, wild turkey, owls, bats, numerous songbirds, and a bobcat or a racoon on occasion.

The well-designed kitchen is equipped with a six-burner gas range, two ovens (one standard, one convection), a built-in microwave, dishwasher and large refrigerator, freezer an ice maker. The cabinets are stocked with dish and glassware, as well as basic cooking ingredients like oils and spices. The usual appliances are available for your use (toaster, coffee press, coffee grinder, and tea kettle for heating water, etc.) The concrete topped island is great for meal prep, serving or even eating. Stools are available as well, and the kitchen opens onto the Great Room, so the cook doesn't have to be away from the rest of the guests.

Creek House was “green engineered” with conservation in mind. A deep well provides delicious water that that is double filtered with potassium (versus salt). Waste water is pumped under pressure 250 feet up the hill and is distributed underground around trees and low growing plants. In the summer months, the trees and extended roof soffits keep the house cool. The floor cools in the summer afternoon, and generally the house interior is 10 - 15 degrees cooler than the courtyard. In winter, the low sun provides direct sunlight by late morning. Ground mounted solar panels hidden on the hill above the house provide electricity.

TOT Certificate # 1501N

Quiet Hours (10 PM - 7AM)

Maximum number of guests: 6

Maximum number of vehicles: 4

More Details

Property Manager
Patricia Gray
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2017

About Patricia Gray

I designed and built my big little house on this land because it was surrounded by the most beautiful natural landscape and its proximity to the seasonal creek. I like being close to the ground and a feeling of the outside in. I designed a GREEN home, that would have the least impact on the environment, is solar powered, heated with water circulating in polished concrete warmed floors. Living here brings out the best in me everyday, and there is nothing better than sharing the experience with our guests, friends and family.

Patricia Gray purchased this house in 2001

Why Patricia Gray chose Sonoma County

Listen to what a recent guest had to say: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This unique and charming house is nestled in a canyon near a small creek and is peaceful, quiet, and Zen-fully decorated. The grounds and, especially the backyard, were excellent. Our city-Sheltie saw her first deer and got a much-needed taste of life in the country to great delight. The kitchen was a dream to cook in and the living areas warm and inviting. We enjoyed fresh picked vegetables and herbs from the carefully tended organic garden, making every meal even more special. We enjoyed taking naps in the sleeping nook and on the wrap-around porch to the sounds of the fountains and birds. Finally, the soaking tub made a nice end of day treat. There is an excellent fresh market (Oliver's) about 20 minutes away and the house is convenient to the wine country, although we could barely tear ourselves away from the house. Thank you so much Patricia for sharing your wonderful home with us, every aspect of your cozy house led us to feel at peace. Will definitely be back! July 2015

What makes this house unique

Another guest wrote: Review #13288933

Relax and unwind ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Breathtaking. Every step we took upon arrival revealed yet one more element to revel in. I am a lover of nature and privacy, and this house offers indoor-outdoor living at its finest. The pictures do not capture the detail that was afforded the design of this home. The covered decking wraps around the house and gives an indoor functionality with a dining table and multiple seating areas, complete with overhead fans and heaters, allowing comfortable outdoor enjoyment in any weather. Past the covered decking are more tables and chairs as well as an outdoor fire pit and a chaise lounge. I cannot begin to chronicle the landscaping which blends into the natural environment. I sat outside on the decking and out on rear yard chaise lounge, listening to - nothing but the wind in the trees and the water fountains gently washing my troubles away.

Inside you never really leave the outside. Large windows give a sense of being outdoors, and because the deck is covered, you can open most of the windows all the way without worrying about the elements. You have a view of the beautiful outdoors from just about everywhere in the house.

The house itself is something straight out of Sunset Magazine - every detail thoughtfully considered to bring a sense of calm and beauty. The house is spotless, and the heated concrete floors are such a treat! Who knew such a small thing could be so amazing! The downstairs bathroom has a large soaking tub which affords a few of the rear yard. Light a candle and take it all in.Wine tasting is very nearby. For food, we cooked all our dinners, and the kitchen had everything we needed. Chefs will be completely at home here. The upstairs bedroom is in a loft like arrangement which adds to the openness of the house. The upstairs bathroom is large and again, offers those lovely heated floors! With lots of windows so that you never lose touch with the beauty that surrounds you.

Guestbook comments from the manager

The Creek House is a wonderful vacation destination. My stay there couldn't have been more perfect. The house and grounds are gorgeously maintained and the accommodations are lovely. The entire experience was exquisitely serene while only 15 minutes from wonderful restaurants and wineries in St. Helena. I will definitely be back.
Aug 2014
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)


Complete Serenity

  • 5 of 5

Our expectations were met and exceeded at this lovely home. Patricia met us upon arrival and showed us around. The house was beautifully appointed and clean. The yard was our favorite place to be. It was raining the days we stayed so the creek that runs through the yard was flowing. We sat on the heated porch and enjoyed the sounds of nature all around us. If you're looking for a place to unwind, this is it. Just remember to bring food because it is a bit of a drive back into town. You won't want to leave once you've arrived.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exquisite Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Pictures don't do the property justice. The home was thoughtfully designed, well equipped, and perfectly situated to embrace some R&R. It was close enough to explore surrounding towns and vineyards, yet removed enough to be the perfect retreat. Patricia was a welcoming host and excellent to communicate with. We really enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Everything about this home is inviting and so well thought out. We enjoyed every minute of our 4-night stay. We cancelled three dinner reservations and a brunch reservation just to have more time to spend at the house. We loved the fresh vegetables and eggs, and the well-equipped kitchen, but mostly we just let ourselves "be" in the moment to fully appreciate the tranquil surroundings. I would not hesitate to recommend this property even to the pickiest of travelers. .

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guests, It is such a pleasure to know that our efforts at your comfort and pleasure in the surroundings are well received. Returning visitors are offered a discounted daily rate so please do come again. We will open Creek House for guests April 1, 2017 for 30 days, and again for the fall wine country season in September and October. Feel free to call or write if you have a special occasion to check for availability during the year. Sincerely, Patricia Owner, Proprietor (707) 539-2825
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We really enjoyed our stay - everything and more as advertised - would recommend it to others!

  • 5 of 5

Great place! Really relaxing and peaceful. Beautiful setting in the mountain. It was clean and very nicely decorated. Close to Napa and Sonoma and only 90 minutes from San Francisco. We would not hesitate recommending Creek House to others and if we come back to the area, we will be seeing if it is available. Thanks Patricia for being friendly and making your wonderful home available to us.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed our home and thank you so much for your thoughtful appreciation of the Creekhouse nature. You are welcome to return and to take advantage of a 10% discount on the daily rate. We will be open again April 1, 2017. Sincerely, Patricia
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Retreat Paradise (the best we have ever experienced)

  • 5 of 5

With every attention to detail exceptionally executed, Creekhouse is the most relaxing place we have ever experienced.

From the comfort of the King-Sized bed to the gourmet kitchen, to the fresh supply of eggs provided each day by the 'ladies' (four gorgeous hens), to the incredible the amazingly peaceful energy throughout, this property provides food for the soul and nurture to the spirit.

We were 'warned' by the owner to grab our groceries BEFORE we arrived at the property, because once there, we would likely not want to leave. This was a great piece of insight. The property was so lovely that we remained for our entire Napa stay- no winery tours or restaurants. We did not want to lose a moment of experience at Creekhouse! While the property is within easy driving distance of all Napa has to offer, our car didn't move until it was time to head to the airport.

If you, particularly as a couple, are looking for an experience to replenish your soul, enrapture your spirit, and recharge your 'batteries', I do not know of a finer place.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely description of the property and your experience. You too rated 5 Stars for your care and maintenance of our home and are certainly invited to return anytime you need a respite from it all. It will be a pleasure to welcome your return. Patricia
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A Gem of a Place in Northern California Wine Region

  • 5 of 5

As others have commented, the pictures on-line are wonderful, but wait until you actually see it in person. This place is even more beautiful in person. It has everything as advertised and more.

It is a very secluded home set back in a wooded area off the main road. There is a wonderful creek literally along the west side of the house. If you need a tranquil vacation, this is the place. Santa Rosa and St. Helena are equal distance from the house if you activities. The home is equipped with everything you could possibly need. Surrounding the house are wrap around decks and seating areas. There are 4 hens on the premises that do lay eggs every day (they are quite a lot of fun to watch and walk around the huge yard area)

Patricia was wonderful and always available, when needed. We will stay here again in a heart beat.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you M. for such a thoughtful review of our vacation home. We take pleasure in sharing the Creek House with guests, especially when we are able to make their stay so memorable. It is so nice to hear from you and hope to see you again soon. Warmly, Patricia
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Pet Fee $25
Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Sonoma County Tax ID: TOT #1501N

3-night minimum year-round; unless otherwise noted for holidays
Weekly rates are based on a Sunday arrival to Friday departure, or Friday arrival to Thursday departure, unless otherwise agreed.
Check and out times are usually negotiable so to accommodate your travel plans and work schedules. Early arrival is seriously discouraged.
Pet fee is $20.00 per visit per pet.
Uber or taxi service is occasionally available, although generally unreliable.
Cancellation policy stated in rental agreement, available online
Renters are encouraged to purchase traveler's insurance as refunds are limited under any circumstances
We expect the house to be left in a similar condition to check-in condition. Clean dishes left in dishwasher and linens and towels left in place is acceptable. If you are unable to leave the house as you found it prior to your departure, we will do that for you for an additional $200.00 fee charged to your card on file.

If you would like to arrange for a private chef, flowers, specialty food or wine to be waiting when you arrive, just ask. We are happy to shop and deliver those items as a convenience for you at cost. In the past we have left special wine, a birthday cake, cards mailed ahead for placement with a bottle of wine, candy, and of course flowers for a sweetheart. Just ask!

Our permit does not allow events on property. Events include (but are not limited to) bachelor/bachelorette parties, weddings/receptions, corporate events. Our permit will allow up to 10 people on property (including paying guests) for private get-togethers such as meals or day long visits. Non-paying guests are not allowed to stay the night on property.

TOT # 1501N
Quiet Hours (10 PM - 7AM)
Maximum number of guests: 6
Maximum number of vehicles: 3

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Santa Rosa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bath - toilet , tub , shower , outdoor shower , The summertime use outdoor shower is on the back porch.
    Upstairs Master Bath - toilet , shower , Warmed floors, views, roomy shower with auto temp controls.
  • The spacious Upstairs Master Bath has concrete counters, radiant heated tile floors, and a glass and tile roomy shower with a convenient fold down seat. The Downstairs Bath, has radiant heated floors, a pedestal sink, and Japanese soaking tub with shower features, and spa accessories. A glass door opens to outdoors. An outdoor shower is tucked around the corner, surrounded by a rock wall and verdant plantings.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , En suite bath
    Jeffersonian Sleeping Niche - 1 queen , In addition there is a dbl sofa bed in front of fireplace
  • The loft-style Master Suite has an open floor plan with views out of the many windows and a large en suite bathroom. Elegantly furnished with Asian antiques, a King size bed with European hypo-allergenic mattress, and a comfortable oversized upholstered chair with matching ottoman. The Jeffersonian Sleeping Niche is located in the Great Room. It is tucked into a corner of the room with two windows (one facing the courtyard, the other facing the woods and creek bed), reading lights and privacy curtains. It's a perfect place for a nap, a good read, or a comfortable night's sleep in a quality Queen-Size Bed. Facing the fireplace in the main room is a down stuffed sofa that sleeps one comfortably, or fold it out and you have a queen sofa bed for two.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sound/bay fishing
  • tennis
Guests tell a story so not need to do more than quote them ""perfectly located" to return to after a day of wine tasting and site seeing. They described it as "romantic, cozy, secluded, beautifully appointed," and "intuitive" in its organization as well as "spotless clean." "Thank you so much for a lovely weekend get-away in your gorgeous home - it was just what we needed." "We stepped inside , and exhaled a collective sigh. Our feelings were those of finding a place of peace and serenity and it was precisely that. The outdoor living spaces, the garden herbs and vegetables, the amazing cook's kitchen ~ we enjoyed it all." "A perfect place to recharge, to reflect, to quiet down. Oh, and taste some of the best wines in the world. Your place has it all." "Loved the chickens (the eggs and personalities), fresh tomatoes from the vine, and dried fruit... none of us wanted to go home." What will you write?

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