Beautiful vacation home in the heart of wine country, just a few kinks to work out
A group of good friends and I recently stayed here for several days to relax and enjoy the many nearby wineries. All in all it was a fantastic experience and we'd absolutely rent this place again: the views are unbeatable, it's so easy to explore the surrounding area, and the house felt more spacious than the pictures suggest. It was easy and pleasant to work with Sydney through the booking process. However, I was a bit surprised by the relative lack of concern conveyed by other staff when I informed them (on the first night of our stay) that a family of mice had decided to take up residence in the middle of the living room. It wasn't completely clear but it seemed they emerged from nearby floorboards. Several of our guests were quite alarmed but fortunately a couple of us have experience working with rodents and were able to get them outside. In addition, multiple glasses (regular drinking ones; we washed the wine glasses by hand) came out of the dishwasher broken — not sure if the cycling water is too hot or no one ensured these were dishwasher-safe beforehand. Either way, it resulted in a few minor but unexpected, and still painful, cuts to our hands during the unloading process. It was a nice surprise to find out that this property is owned by Wilson Artisan Wines! After booking, we were given the option to arrange private group tours and/or free tastings at one or more of their wineries — this, as well as the complimentary wines that greeted us, made the experience even more great. We did have the chance to taste several wines at Matrix and really appreciated how accommodating and informative they were during our visit. One of us within the group was actually already a member there and learned there's a member discount on associated rental properties, including this one — as a heads-up for future renters, you can only get that discount if you book directly through them rather than VRBO.
Incredible view, peaceful family rental overlooking Dry Creek Valley