Project Description

Glen Ellen Sanctuary

5599 Bennett Valley Lane, Glen Ellen CA 95442


 Significant Price Reduction!

Birdland Vineyards captures the Wine Country dream. Unwind and enjoy the indoor-outdoor Sonoma Valley lifestyle at this stunning, tranquil, single story vineyard home in Glen Ellen. At the end of a private lane, wooden and copper gates open to reveal Merlot and Godello vines, a pond with graceful willow, fruit and olives trees, lawns and flower gardens. An approximately 2,800 sq. ft. 3-bedroom, 3 bath main house with approx. 840 sq. ft. guest cottage sit on approx. 10.5 acres. Porches on the west and east sides of the house provide entertaining space with either vineyard views or poolside.

The main house, nestled in its own little valley, is a peaceful, secret paradise, hidden away, yet just minutes from downtown Glen Ellen, Sonoma, and Santa Rosa.

The living area has a dramatic arched cathedral ceiling, wood-burning fireplace, dining area, long window seat and two sets of French doors. This continues into a Chef’s kitchen with custom wood cabinetry and drawers, dining and prep-island topped with French oak, “leather” granite work-surfaces, a highly desirable AGA cooker, and upscale appliances, with another window seat nook and fireplace (gas). The master suite offers views of the vineyard along with a 3rd fireplace, generous walk-in closet and access to the outdoors.

The one-bedroom guest cottage is light and airy, with the feel of a treehouse. It opens onto an ironwood deck amidst the trees, where you can hear the sound of Sonoma Creek from below. A wine cellar is built below the guest cottage.

One acre of the vineyard grows the northern Spain grape variety, Godello. Birdland Vineyards is the only vineyard growing this varietal in the US. These grapes are sold to Cave Dog of Napa. The remaining vines are Merlot, which is under contract to St Francis Winery, Kenwood. A vineyard management company takes care of the vineyard, so the owner can do as much or as little as they wish. This east-facing vineyard is part of the Sonoma Valley AVA.

A rare opportunity to own an enchanting vineyard retreat which epitomizes Wine Country living.

Property Features:

  • Sought after Glen Ellen location
  • 10+- miles to Sonoma’s historic Plaza
  • 50+- miles to San Francisco, 35+- minutes to Santa Rosa airport
  • 2,800 Sq. ft. main residence with approx. 840 Sq. ft. guest cottage
  • 3 bedrooms plus 1 bedroom guest cottage
  • 3 baths plus 1 in guest cottage

2 separate parcels of land, both zoned for residential use (+ 3rd small parcel)

  • Single story
  • 10.5 acres of which at least approx. 9 usable for gardens, vines, equestrian
  • Views of Sonoma mountain, hills and woods
  • Pond with willow surrounded by views
  • 2-car side by side attached garage with cabinetry and standby generator
  • Two expansive covered porches with views perfect for entertaining
  • Open plan living room, dining area and kitchen with detailed, arched ceiling
  • 3 fireplaces
  • Chef’s kitchen
  • Home alarm system by NSC-Federal
  • In ground swimming pool heated by solar with electric pool cover.
  • Main house heated by in-floor radiant heating
  • Custom entrance gates with stucco wall, plus pedestrian gate
  • Custom front doors and garage doors
  • Floor Saltillo tiles throughout
  • Crank windows throughout
  • Barrel tile roof
  • Wine cellar under guest house
  • Attic storage space
  • Large shed, housing ride-on mower and storage
  • Shared well from Seven Moon Water Company (serves 6 properties) + a private well.
  • High speed internet connection


  • Approximately 4.3 acres planted to Merlot in 1994
  • Approximately 1 acre grafted to Godello in 2010
  • Yield approximately 20 tons annually sold for approximately $2,000/ton.
  • Drip irrigation
  • Gated and deer fenced
  • Managed by a vineyard management company
  • Riparian rights enable utilizing water from Sonoma Creek
  • Pump house and pond for irrigation


  • Large lawn on the vineyard side, with two small lawn areas near the pool
  • Lawned path edged with white roses up to majestic oak in vineyard
  • Water features – pond, two fountains, Sonoma Creek runs alongside the property
  • Deer fenced
  • Built in over-sized Scrabble board
  • Outdoor copper and zinc double slipper bathtub (plumbed into guest house)
  • Outdoor shower
  • Courtyard between main house and guest cottage
  • 3 raised vegetable beds
  • Kitchen garden – herbs and edible flowers
  • 14 Olive trees
  • >30 Fruit trees: 11 Citrus trees include Meyer lemon, satsuma, blood orange, kumquat. >17 Orchard fruits include apple, pear, fig, nectarine, peach. 3 nut trees include pecan, almond, and hazelnut
  • Rose gardens, including more than 175 roses
  • Lavender bank of more than 100 lavender bushes
  • Shade area growing azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias
  • Wooded area with majestic oak, bay and madrone trees
  • Large shed, housing ride-on mower
  • Arbored dining area covered with table grape vines
  • Ironwood deck at guest cottage


  • Cross vaulted ceiling
  • Custom vertical cut fir front door
  • Triple window
  • Window seat with cushion
  • Hall closet with dual sliding wood doors
  • Entry to hall bathroom
  • Entry to garage
  • Entry to outdoor porch entertaining area and pool

Hall Bathroom:

  • Tiled stall shower
  • Single vanity sink
  • Fir wood cabinetry
  • Window to front

Living Room:

  • Fir arched cathedral ceilings
  • Wood burning fireplace with hearth
  • Sconce lighting on hearth
  • Large bay window to front with large, cushioned window seat
  • Triple aspect windows
  • Quatrefoil window
  • Two sets of French doors leading to vineyard and pool
  • Dining area


  • Part of open living area
  • Custom painted wood cabinetry and drawers including plate rack and pantry cupboard
  • Large prep and dining island with French Oak work surface
  • “Leather” granite work surfaces
  • Gas insert fireplace with custom hearth
  • Seating area with large, cushioned window seat
  • Skylight
  • AGA stove/oven
  • Main sink and prep sink
  • Exhaust hood and fan
  • Integrated Liebherr fridge and freezer, Bosch dishwasher
  • Under-sink water filters
  • Built-in book shelves
  • Built-in desk/work area

Hallway with cross vaulted ceiling, French doors, house fan and seating area leads to master suite wing and guest wing:

Master Bedroom:

  • Triple aspect view windows including French doors to porch and vineyard
  • Fireplace with gas insert and custom hearth including built-in seating
  • Built-in shelving
  • Views of vineyard and gardens
  • Fir cathedral ceiling
  • Large walk-in closet with built-ins, skylight and access to roof space

Master bathroom:

  • Water closet with bidet and pocket door
  • Raised tile surround bathtub with jets
  • Tiled large double shower stall
  • Tiled dual sink vanity with custom cabinetry
  • Built-in linen closet
  • Skylights
  • Fir ceiling
  • Screened door to exterior

Laundry room:

  • Dual aspect windows
  • Washer and dryer
  • Large sink
  • Cabinetry
  • Extra stove

Guest Bedroom #1:

  • Dual aspect windows
  • Drop pendant, low voltage track lighting
  • Closet with built-ins and hanging rail
  • Skylight
  • Access to finished attic storage area via drop-down loft ladder
  • Jack and Jill bathroom

Guest Bedroom #2:

  • Dual aspect windows to garden
  • Drop pendant light
  • Closet with built-ins
  • Skylight
  • Jack and Jill bathroom

Guest (Jack and Jill) Bathroom:

  • Tiled single sink vanity
  • Bath with shower
  • Water closet
  • Linen closet
  • Windows to garden

Guest house:

  • 840 sq. ft.
  • Custom vertical cut fir front door
  • Picture windows to gardens and trees
  • Quatrefoil window
  • Skylights
  • Living room area
  • Three cushioned window seats
  • Kitchenette with breakfast dining area, sink, cabinetry and mini fridge
  • French doors to deck
  • Iron wood deck overlooking creek and trees
  • Pocket doors separating living room from kitchen and bedroom
  • Large sliding door closet with built-ins in bedroom
  • Forced air heating and air conditioning
  • Bathroom with glass surround, tiled shower
  • Laundry room with stacked washer and dryer
  • Wine cellar below guest house


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Birdland Vineyards Captures the Wine Country Dream!


The Shone Team
Sotheby’s International Realty
Wine Country Brokerage

25 East Napa Street  Sonoma, CA 95476
Tel:  707.933.1515   Email: tina (at)

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