Thornsberry - Sonoma County

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Thornsberry - Sonoma County



As you drive up the meandering country lane to Thornsberry, each curve takes you further into the fascinating history of the Sonoma Valley. These hills and meadows played host to the earliest days of the wine industry.

From the deep wraparound porch, you look out toward the vineyards of Gundlach Bundschu Winery—the oldest family owned winery in California, established in 1859. Thornsberry is set on 20 acres and was totally remodeled to offer the finest contemporary amenities combined with an appreciation of the property’s history.

The grounds have been extensively landscaped to integrate with the native plants and vegetation. Lavender fields cover the slope of the hill and mint and rosemary cascade over low rock walls, mingling with the subtle hues of hydrangeas. Flowering vines drape the roof of the home, setting off its graceful lines, and ceramic pots filled with seasonal blooms create a splash of color amongst the trees.

The main house opens out on all sides to the outdoors, with views to the vineyards and the valley beyond, and tranquil vistas of the gardens and fields. Both the kitchen and living room open to a broad, crushed granite courtyard. Tall trees offer dappled shade and a built-in grilling station and a variety of seating arrangements extend the entertainment area from indoors to outside. As dusk descends, the lights in the trees give a festive cast to the scene. Speakers all around the house and its myriad porches bring music to each area.

Descending from the west-facing veranda are terraced gardens filled with flowers and herb and vegetable beds. A white lattice gazebo offers a charming setting to spend a romantic moment together under its rose-covered arbor. A few steps below is a semicircle of lawn ringed by a low rock wall and a backdrop of olive trees and hedges.

Behind the home, broad concrete stairs take you up to the sapphire waters of the swimming pool. Sheltered by rock walls and a flower-strewn hillside, the pool is surrounded by manicured shrubs and Italian Cypress trees. Enjoy the relaxing views to the western horizon in complete privacy.

Concealed from the main house by hedges and trees is a guest cottage. French doors open to the brick deck that looks out over the open field and lavender beds. Brilliant-hued bougainvillea vines frame the cottage, giving it a fairytale appearance. Sunsets can produce the most amazing colors and cloud formations, and the warm evenings lull you into watching the sky until the stars begin to appear.


When the graceful lines of Thornsberry come into view, you get a sense of timelessness from its setting on the hillside, in amongst the mature trees that spread their branches in welcome.

Designed to create access to the grounds from all sides, Thornsberry is filled with natural light from the abundance of windows and glass doors, while protected by deep porches that surround the home. The creamy tones of the great room and the kitchen areas provide a soft backdrop to the casual elegance of the furnishings, and 24-foot vaulted ceilings with skylights stream soft natural light into both rooms. Carefully curated by a prominent San Francisco decorator, each element adds to the enjoyment of the home with an easy and pleasurable style.

Wide plank floors enhance the colors and textures of the richly upholstered furniture and impart a warm feel to the living areas. A large, wood-burning fireplace flanked by double glass doors creates a striking focus in the great room. The open plan of the room allows a variety of uses, with an inviting seating area in front of the fireplace, a dining area set against a wall of built-in bookcases and shelves, and views on all sides.

Broad doorways lead to the sunny kitchen and family room with its 24-foot vaulted ceiling and skylight. The appliances are trimmed to match the cabinets, continuing the home’s motif of sophisticated country living.

Arranged for interaction and ease of preparation, the kitchen puts every amenity at your fingertips from marble counters and a large preparation island to pull-out storage, Viking Pro six-burner range, two ovens and a built-in desk for meal planning. An opaque glass door leads to a multi-purpose room with marble-topped wet bar, laundry, wine storage and a mud room for winter months.

Bookshelves and a flatscreen TV with media center surround the fireplace in the family room that connects with the kitchen. A cozy sofa and a leather chairs provide the ideal place to read the morning paper watch your favorite show in front of a cheerful fire. Have breakfast at the casual dining table or one of the sheltered decks—doors open to the rear and the side decks.

Choices abound for alfresco meals on the decks or a cool drink under a shady tree. The long front veranda with its views of the western horizon can be accessed from the living area and has several white wicker seating arrangements. At the far end is a dining table for eight where you can enjoy a lunch of fresh, local ingredients in the open shade of the overhang. Or, gather here with guests and family for a candlelit dinner in the warm breezes of evening as the sky turns into a brilliant palette of reds and golds.

During the day, the pool beckons. Throw something easy on the outdoor grill below and have a casual bite by its deep blue waters. Then lay back and revel in the private setting, listening to the quiet sounds of nature.

The sleeping rooms extend down the left wing of the home with the master suite at the end of the corridor behind double doors. Protected by trees and lit with diffuse natural light from picture windows, this serene refuge will melt away that big city tempo. A king bed ensures a luxurious night’s sleep and there’s an overhead fan in addition to AC. Step out onto the Romeo and Juliet balcony and drink in the quality of the air. Need a little down time? Recline on the plush window seat and let your thoughts wander.

The en suite master bath is an oasis of spa-like tranquility. Indulge in a soothing soak in the claw-foot tub or an invigorating rinse in the glass-fronted marble shower. Custom marble his and hers vanities with cream cabinetry are accented by the patterned marble floor and wide wainscoting. There is a hanging TV and a separate toilet. The walk-in closet has ample built-in storage and dressing room. You can lounge outdoors on a private deck with roses in bloom, accessed through a glass door from the bathroom.

The wing also has a guest bedroom, furnished in the home’s charming country French style. A window frames the green hillside between twin beds and a door leads out to the deck and the steps up to the pool. The guest bathroom is done in seafoam green ceramic tile with cream-toned wainscoting, a lightly-textured.wallpaper and a stone-topped vanity.

On the same side of the hallway is a den or office. The handsome room is painted a deep red wine with a light color wood plank ceiling and has a built-in desk and bookcase. The grandfather clock and a comfortable chair offer a quiet getaway.

Across from the den are glass doors from the corridor to a screened-in private deck. Casual wicker furniture lets you sit and gaze out to the grounds and the distant hills.

Below the master suite is another bedroom with a separate entrance from the lower level. This light and bright room has double glass doors, a picture window and twin beds. Antique pieces add to this appealing space. The en suite bathroom has a pedestal sink, toilet and blue tile floors and in the shower over the tub. A large window looks out to the peaceful hillside.

Just a few steps away from the main house is the guest cottage, secluded behind tall hedges. A profusion of bougainvillea adorns this lovely hideaway. French doors open to a The living area contains a free-standing wood stove, a large overhead fan and a seating arrangement with a couch that can become a fold-out bed. There is a long wood counter with sink and storage cabinets.

The bedroom has a queen size bed with an overhead fan and a door to the outside, and the bathroom can be entered from either the bedroom or living room. There is a spacious glass front shower in pale green tile, a pedestal sink and a hanging cabinet. A window faces the hedges, letting light in and maintaining privacy.

You’ll be captivated by the cottage’s quaint deck, draped with the joyous splash of flowers. With an unobstructed view, you can look out over the fields, past the cypress trees and lavender, and towards the far valley. It’s a calming setting where you’ll find you can spend many hours lazing in the sun or enjoying a cool drink while you marvel at the infinite colors in the sunset sky.

Sonoma County Transient Occupancy Tax Certificate # 458N.


Property Highlights

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  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Historic setting on 20 acres
  • Located in the heart of Sonoma Valley’s premium wineries
  • Five minutes to town
  • Unobstructed views
  • Completely remodeled 4,000 sq. ft. main house
  • Furnished by prominent interior decorator
  • Great room with large fireplace and dining area
  • Gourmet kitchen and professional grade appliances
  • Fireplace in family room/kitchen area
  • Lower guest bedroom with separate entrance
  • Fairytale guest cottage with LR/BR/BA, pot-belly stove and amazing views
  • Private swimming pool
  • Extensive landscaped grounds Romantic gazebo
  • Terraced gardens