1860's Cottage Combined with W Hotel Style Elegance

Surrounded by Awe Inspiring Natural Beauty

Still Light Pond
A Mini Country Estate Located in Western Sonoma County

~~ Dawn Landau said... Oct 30, 2012 - Fantastic Sonoma Get-Away!  Date of Stay October 18,  Four girlfriends from varied cities gathered to celebrate a big birthday at Still Light Pond for a weekend of wine drinking, eating and relaxing. Our choice couldn't have been better! The home is perfectly decorated and outfitted with a Wolf stove, Sub Zero fridge and even a baby grand piano. The master suite is luxurious and the guest suite is cozy and comfortable. Each has it's own bath. Our last day included a tour of the grounds since we were off wine tasting most of our visit. We all wanted more time to just hang out and relax there....Secondly, but not to be forgotten, is the charming town of Occidental where the locals are friendly and the food is great. Thanks for everything. We all hope to be back!!! Recommended for: Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway

~~ Amy Boyd said... Oct 8, 2012 - Quintessential Sonoma County Experience Date of Stay September 30, 2012 If you’re someone who appreciates stunning natural settings, beautiful landscaping, gorgeous interior color schemes, distinctive architectural details and charming furnishings, then this is the spot. You can look at hundreds of other rental properties in this price range and find virtually nothing to compare with Still Light Pond. The location is restful and secluded but also within easy driving distance to the coast and some of the best pinot noir vineyards in North America. But then again, you may not want to venture out because the house and land are so unusual and wonderful. The photos don’t convey the sense of spaciousness and the incredible setting that you’ll discover in the backyard, looking out across the 4-acre property with gardens, wooded hillsides, a pond and a grassy pasture with oaks. As others have mentioned, the kitchen is beautifully designed and well equipped, complete with a Sub Zero refrigerator and Wolf range. This home is labor of love, not a typical vacation rental, and you’ll fully appreciate the difference the minute you walk in the front door. The owner and caretaker are great and easy to work with. Recommended for: Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

~~ Kathryn Lewark said... Aug 24, 2012 - Wonderfully comfortable, gorgeously set, much to do in the area but hard to leave the comfy property Date of Stay June 30, 2012  Jim and I have repaired twice to Still Light Pond in the last 9 months and are scheduled for another week-long respite in January. Which, brings to mind a brilliant aspect of this rental: it doesn't seem to matter when you go -- the weather is gentle and the property is set to highlight the best of each season. Situated on the mesa above the southern Sonoma village of Occidental, every care has been taken to ensure guests are able relax with no cares of their own. The beautifully but lightly gardened surroundings include the eponymous pond and, on its far shore, a ridiculously romatic tented cabin (furnished no less) with rocking chairs on the porch (yes! a tent with a porch). It's a large property of several acres with fruit trees, towering redwoods, old oaks, a spectacular golden pagoda tree, acers, eucalypts and more. You might hear lowing in the night -- there's a pasture on the eastern border with lovely visiting cows (but no odor or flies). Other "wildlife" include a great variety of birds and a cat we thought was feral until we spotted its collar but it was leary of the house. I am especially enamored of the kitchen which is kitted out with all the tools, pots, pans and accouterment one could wish for. There's most everything a good cook needs for good cooking. The beds and linens are luxious and the master bath is an indulgence; the smaller bath off the second bedroom makes it easy for the house to host two couples with a maximum of privacy. The generous deck (with hot tub) makes a fine outdoor lolling and dining area; it overlooks the pond, redwoods and fruit trees. My favorite room is the bright, window-surrounded sitting room with wood-burning fireplace, leather reading chairs with ottomans and softly comfortable couch. Also, a baby grand piano. Which brings me to the one thing I'd change if asked: exchange the piano for additional comfy reading or lolling upholstered furniture. I wish I could live here. Recommended for: Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway