969 Rachael Road
Sonoma Valley Vineyard Estate
A California Wine Country retreat combining reminders of yesteryear with comforts and conveniences of today, this spectacular Sonoma Valley vineyard estate provides the ultimate in relaxed sophistication and unpretentious privilege. From its dramatic nearly 5,000 sq. ft. hacienda-style main residence, to its enormous circa 1840s barn and over 5-acre vineyard planted to classic varietals, the estate is infused with quintessential wine country charm and grace. It is located on approximately 10 acres in “The Ranch,” a private, gated enclave within five minutes from the historic town of Sonoma, and less than one hour from San Francisco.
The Primary Residence
The main residence, at once pleasantly inviting and immensely captivating, is introduced by a welcoming central living area featuring an open floor plan, nearly 20-foot ceilings, and French doors to an extensive veranda and breathtaking views of the Sonoma Valley and beyond to Mt. Tamalpais and San Francisco. The living room itself hosts a vaulted wood slat-and-beam ceiling, a grand stone fireplace, and Saltillo tile floors. It flows nearly seamlessly into the dining area with its custom chandelier. From there, a striking archway frames the marvelous culinary center.
The large farmhouse kitchen, complemented by a butler’s kitchen and breakfast nook, blends a pinch of whimsy with a sizable amount of practicality and class. Three spacious islands – one for display and storage, including for wine; one hosting a professional-grade 8-burner range; and a third offering bar-style seating – grace this festive yet highly functional space. Each island with concrete cast stone countertops is painted in a unique subtle hue, and all three provide abundant storage in Shaker-style cabinetry. Underfoot, a dark-stained wide-plank Black Walnut floor provides the perfect contrast, and extends into the adjacent den, highlighted by a substantial Kiva-style fireplace. In fact, there are four fireplaces in the home, plus an additional one outside in the al fresco dining area.
The lovely master suite hosts a luxurious bath and outdoor spa. There are 3 additional bedrooms with baths en suite. The estate is worthy of accommodating the most discriminating guests in a separate and very private approx. 960 sq. ft. cottage. It contains 2 bedrooms, a bath, living room and full kitchen. Additional guest quarters are below the detached 3-car garage.
A Monument to Sonoma Valley History
A memorable landmark of this property, and of the entire Sonoma Valley, is the almost larger than life circa 1840s barn. Its 3-foot-thick walls, classic interior construction design, and multiple usable spaces make it a significant element of the estate. In addition to its massive central area perfect for large-scale entertaining, its first level provides 2 stalls, a workshop, and a spacious approx. 600 sq. ft. wine cellar that can also serve as a tasting or dining room. There is an additional room for entertaining or storage upstairs, and a loft offers a great room with full kitchen, as well as a bedroom and full bath.
The compound is very private thanks to dense stands of mature oaks and the tasteful use of tall, manicured hedges. The beautiful grounds are blessed with an abundance of amenities, including lawn, patios, walking paths, approximately 40 olive trees, a veranda, and a sparkling pool with a nearby cabaña which includes a full bath.
Peaceful, pristine and parklike, this very special Sonoma Valley vineyard estate exudes warmth and a sense of “home,” manifest in its embracing ambiance of strength and serenity.