Newly built in 2014, this jewel of a cottage has it all. Dressed to the nines with a mix of contemporary and vintage furnishings, your well traveled host has adorned the walls with a collection of "street artists" water colors and oils from Europe and Morocco. The gathering room with its state of the art kitchen is blanketed in Michelangelo marble countertops, houses an under counter Sub Zero refrigerator, as well as separate crisper and freezer drawers with an ice maker. Trained in Florence as a chef, there is, of course, a Bertazzoni gas range and hood that creates the ideal draft, and if you close the doors to the bedrooms (please) your dinner won't be in your sleeping chamber;) . There is a compact dishwasher to make clean-up a breeze, and eco-friendly soap tabs are provided. A big beautiful Rohl fireclay sink sits under a big beautiful window that opens out to a gardenia bed and a lazy palm leaning into the view. Just outside is a natural gas Sedona Barbecue, with infrared and rotisserie features. If you cook, you'll be in heaven. If not, no worries, you're just two short blocks from the quaint downtown which boasts a number of great restaurants, bars and cafe's. We even have a music hall! Check the calendar for "The Sweetwater" and get tickets before your stay. Great shows, big names, and fantastic food!
The simple furnishings allow for a convertible floor plan with ample seating options. Please see the photos for the entertainment center viewing arrangement, and kick back for some Apple TV, and your host's collection of over 250 films. The Sonos speaker bar, and auxiliary speaker create perfect sound, for TV or tunes, whatever way you listen to music, you can sync your phone by getting the Sonos App. You can even plug the portable speaker in on the patio, and please keep it mellow and bring the party inside by 9:30p.m.. A good host is kind to her neighbors, and so are her guests:)
The two ensuite bedrooms feature organic beds, luxury linens, closets with hangers, luggage racks, extra linens and your choice of pillows. I'm strictly a down pillow and comforter gal, but if you prefer the down alternatives, you'll find them in your closet. The king room is a French Boudoir theme, and it's pretty in pink with a splash of Morocco adorning the big bed. This suite's bathroom has a walk in shower, with the lyrics to John Lennon's "Imagine" hand painted on the wall and a whimsical wall tattoo hidden behind the rolling barn door. The queen room is a soothing neutral palette with touches of soft blues and a vintage secretary as a "work if you must" station, or if you want to roll old school, your host has supplied vintage stamped post cards you can pen and send to surprise someone's mailbox with something so novel. The spa bathroom in its sublime shade of aqua has a clawfoot slipper tub with a European shower wand. Soothe your soul in a nice long soak, and enjoy "EO" Organic bubbles and other essential oil bath products.
At the end of the day, its all about the bed, and this former Innkeeper had everyone asking, "What kind of mattress IS that?" A really good one is the answer;)
The lovely back patio is accessed through the queen room, and has an oversized picnic table for Al Fresco dining. There is a sweet view through the lush mini orchard of the town hall bell tower and the mural on the side of the Deco movie theater. Help yourself to Meyer lemons, blueberries and apples in season. Organic of course, as is the overgrown herb garden. The patio can be enjoyed with close neighbors in mind, and please bring dishes and table linens inside when you're done. We have deer and raccoons and a good gust could send the table cloth back to Provence;)
The front patio is petite and houses the "Grill Master's" dream barbecue. A pair of chairs give you a place to sit while you tend your dinner and enjoy a libation. Please close the windows and doors while grilling, and send that great aroma into the air and not into the house. Thank you for your kind consideration:)
The entire home is on a water purification system, we have delicious water in Northern California, but the chlorine and fluoride I can do without. You'll taste and feel the difference, and its great to know you can drink from any tap and even the hose. We keep it really green, so the only modern convenience you'll do without, is a garbage disposal. Kindly place all food waste into the compost can under the sink, where you'll find a tiny trash can, and a nice recycle bin. Instructions for disposing of trash are in the house manual. You won't see a microwave in the photos, I gave them up 10 years ago. But I've put one in the pantry, so you're good to go.
All Clad Cookware, a fine selection of chef's knives, mixing bowls, storage containers, and kitchen essentials are all provided. Please read the house manual regarding their care. Only dishes, glasses and flatware in the dishwasher please. The yellow vintage decorative pottery is not food safe. Please stick to the white dishes and serving pieces provided. The pantry/laundry room houses most of the cookware. If you're a baker, the top two shelves, have a collection of bakeware covered with tea towels for your cakes and pies. A selection of fine cookbooks is displayed above the fully stocked spice cabinet, and our local "Mill Valley Market" has everything you need, and is open seven days a week. Two short blocks from the cottage, you can pick up organic produce from their Sonoma farm, prepared foods from their extensive selection, custom sandwiches from the delightful deli, and a full liquor store as well. Dreamy, if you don't want to drive to one of the two Whole Foods here in town.
There are 20 steps down from the street to the cottage, and please latch the gate behind you to keep the deer safe and eating only the bushes in front of the house;)
It is a heavenly spot, in a beautiful landscape, where forests, lakes, streams, the beach, and the fantastic city, are all within reach. Bicycle rental shops, hiking maps, and other local tips will be found in the house manual. There are games as well, a pair of umbrellas for the rainy season (Late October through early May) a beach bag, and a few other extras as well. I want your stay to be ideal, so please let me know if there is any detail that I have missed. Welcome, please make yourselves at home, and enjoy this "Cozy Cottage".+ More