East Meets West In Architect Paul Discoe's Sonoma County Sanctuary Inspired By Ancient Japanese Traditions

Gold Ridge Ranch, Sonoma, California
Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
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  • 2 BR
  • Sleeps 4
  • from $ 900 nt
A Collaboration Of Master Craftsmen

This remarkable Japanese inspired homestead first came together when the original owner discovered her ideal weekender getaway in the 1970’s in a small, funky cabin among Sebastopol’s famous apple orchards and Redwood forests.

By the 1990’s, the property began an entirely new transformation with the contributions of Berkeley based architect, master carpenter and ordained Buddhist priest, Paul Discoe, who designed the spatial concept, landscape architect Ron Herman whose design is based on the abbot’s garden in the Fukuji temple in Kyoto, and classically trained Japanese rock master Shigeru Namba, who arranged seventy five tons of boulders in harmonious outcroppings among the gardens. A local woodworker/artist crafted the unique rounded timbers from fir trees from the land used throughout both structures. 

Designed with the two auspicious Buddhist principles of south facing access, and the desirability of crossing a body of water before entering a dwelling, Discoe fashioned a unique watergarden concept that manifests in a harmonious entryway leading into a unique enclave of temple-like structures.  

Discoe met the challenges of an open plan for the main house with reclaimed Redwood post and beam framing, including a stunning 20′ ornamental log, and folding steel doors with glass panels that, like shoji screens, fold away barriers to the outside.

Settled into the verdant slopes of apple orchards and Redwood forest, this unique holiday home in Sonoma is a refined and elegant collaboration of the ancient art of Japanese craftsmanship that celebrates its gentle aesthetics with Northern California’s timeless beauty.  

Description

Located among over thirty acres of working farmland, this holiday home in Sonoma is an enchanting hybrid of Japanese inspired design and laid-back California living. 

Designed by a team of master craftsmen, the compound includes two separate structures; the custom built guest pavilion and a separate pool house on one side, and an additional two-bed one-bath home with guest quarters on a separate parcel along the flank. 

The temple-like structures are arranged in alignment with the grid pattern of the surrounding orchards and encircle the enchanting gardens and water feature comprised of a swimming pool and koi pond joined by a bridge. 

The two story main house includes one bedroom upstairs with a queen bed and two bathrooms with one shower. The living room with fireplace and office along with a bathroom is downstairs.

The guest house is across from the pool and it has one bedroom plus a bathroom with a queen bed and sleeps two guests. The downstairs of the guest house has an outdoor shower and bathroom near the pool and spa. 

Surrounded by hundreds of olive and apple trees and buffeted by ancient Redwoods, this expansive compound is a unique sanctuary of expressive design and contemplative natural beauty. 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Wifi throughout, cable TV, kitchen and bath essentials, laundry facilities, private parking. 

AROUND

West Sonoma County’s Sebastopol is an ideally situated community with its proximity to the best that Northern California has to offer, and a more off the beaten path, small town feel.

Famous as an apple growing region, the downtown area has transformed a few of the 19th century canneries into art galleries, wineries, bistros, boutiques and galleries.

Just fifteen minutes from both the Pacific Coast and the Russian River Valley, the area is home to the beautiful Laguna de Santa Rosa, the county’s largest freshwater wetlands and woodlands, that flow into the Russian River and the many heritage apple orchards that have thrived here since the 19th century. Come for the Apple Blossom Festival in Spring!

There are several areas less than an hour north where you can enjoy hiking in miles of unspoiled ancient Redwood forest areas offering beautiful and contemplative woodland escapes including Armstrong Woods State Park and Austin Creek recreation areas.

Nearby Bodega Bay and the famous Point Reyes National Seashore are great for enjoying the coastal waters and for world class bird watching in the migratory habitat and marshlands.

With it’s historic 19th century buildings and picturesque promenades, the famous northern California city of Sonoma is at the very heart of the wine region and is just under an hour south. 

Dotted with art galleries, cafes and shops, it’s got a down to earth charm and slower pace than the glossier Napa valley region. The main highway 12 runs from Sonoma to the more urban Santa Rosa and is where you’ll find most of the over 500 wineries. 

San Francisco is an hour south.

LOCATION

Sebastopol, California. Nearest Airport: Santa Rosa Airport (15 miles), Oakland Airport (78 miles) and San Francisco Airport (77 miles)

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Winter can be cold and rainy but this area of Northern California is beautiful year round.

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  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings
  • Gold Ridge Ranch, Sebastopol, California | holiday lettings

Gold Ridge Ranch

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Quote Details

$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
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Info
Bedrooms2 Bedrooms (1 in each house)
Bed Type2 Queen
Kitchen2 Fully equipped kitchens
Bathrooms4 Bathrooms (2 in each house)
Accommodate4 Guests
InternetWifi throughout
Kid FriendlyYes
Pet friendlyNo
ViewLovely countryside and Japanese garden views
Rates
Pet Fee$80
Cleaning (One Time)$300
Tax12% for total rate
Sec. Deposit$3000
Check-In2pm
Check-Out12pm
CancellationStrict
Full refund for cancellations made at least 60 days before check-in.
50% refund for cancellations made at least 14 days before check-in.
No refunds for cancellations made within 14 days of check-in.
Season Start Date End Date Nightly Min Stay
WinterJan 31Mar 2$9002 nights
SpringMar 3Jun 1$11003 nights
SummerJun 1Jul 1$12003 nights
July 4THJul 1Jul 6$12004 nights
SummerJul 7Sep 28$12003 nights
FallSep 29Nov 20$10002 nights
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