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A Charming In-Town Garden Sanctuary for
Your Wine Country Stay in Santa Rosa

Rates and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What’s the general area like where the cottage is located?

A: The property is conveniently located in the Montgomery Village section of Santa Rosa. The name applies to the friendly, traditional neighborhood in which the cottage is located as well as to a large commercial center within easy walking distance. Montgomery Village features numerous shops, restaurants, grocery store, post office, fast food, chain stores and much more. The center also features free concerts on most summer weekends.

Q: What is the weather like in Santa Rosa?

A: Santa Rosa is a Mediterranean climate, so it doesn’t get too hot and it doesn’t get too cold. Summertime temperatures range in the 80s, maybe higher for a couple of weeks out of the year. Summer often extends (and even intensifies) into late September. Evenings usually cool down to the 50s. Winter temperatures are usually in the mid-mid-50s in daytime and may drop to the low 30s in the middle of the night. In the winter, it can rain quite a bit. Average rainfall is around 30 inches per year, most of it falling from December to March.

Packing Tip: Plan on "layering," since the temperature may vary quite a bit through the day. If you take day trips from here, keep in mind that there are a lot of temperature ranges within a relatively short distance from Santa Rosa. So, you'd want to pack a sweater or jacket and long sleeve pants/shirts along with your short stuff. You may end up wearing ALL of them in a single day. The coast (35-40 minutes away) is considerably cooler, while the central valley (35-40 minutes the other way) is considerably warmer.

Q: Do you allow pets?

A: Sorry, we don’t accept pets under any circumstances. We understand yours may be well behaved, but pet dander could be a problem for guests who come after you. We can recommend nearby pet hotel facilities if you’re interested.

Q: Is the cottage kid friendly?

A: We welcome children and babies, although the property isn’t kid-proofed for very young children and toddlers, so parents will need to be mindful. We do have a fold-up infant Graco porta-crib and baby blankets in the master bedroom closet.

Q: What does the cottage offer if we want to cook meals there?

A: The kitchen has everything guests need to cook meals–full size 4-burner stove, oven, microwave and dishwasher plus an outdoor gas grill on the patio. There is an assortment of pots and pans, mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, utensils, serving bowls, plates, cups, wine glasses and silverware.

Q: Are there laundry facilities on the premises?

A: Yes, the laundry room area features a washer and dryer for your use.

Q: What about bikes and biking?

A: Santa Rosa is very bike-friendly. Most of the main streets have bike lanes, and you can travel throughout the city safely by bike. There are also two great parks nearby, both of which are bike friendly (Look up Annadel and Howarth in Attractions).You can store your bikes behind the cottage or indoors in the garage (but please note that vehicles may not be parked in the garage.)

Q: How much privacy can we expect?

A: Quite a bit. The cottage is all yours while you are our guest, and no one will enter without your permission unless there is a serious emergency. The back yard is fenced, and this will feel like a pretty private space for you as well.

Q: How are check-in and check-out handled?

A: Once you have paid for your reservation, we email you instructions on checking yourself in, including where to find the key. So, you can arrive any time of day or night past 4:00 p.m. Check-out is likewise self-service. Just leave the key and lock the unit behind you.

Q: What are the sleeping accommodations like?

A: The cottage sleeps two to six people with two bedrooms, each with a queen-size bed and a medium firm mattress. Two additional guests may be accommodated on the queen-size pullout sleeper sofa in the living room.

Q: How do we make a reservation?

A: Check the availability calendar to make sure your selected dates are available. The calendar is kept up to date. Then you simply email or call us to request a reservation. We’ll respond with a confirmation email that includes the exact cost of your stay and the Rental Agreement. To lock in your reservation, just reply to that email and make your payment. If you have questions, please feel free to call us at (707) 236-8048.

Q: Can we “think about” it or put a tentative hold on our dates?

A: Sorry, but we get multiple inquiries for most dates, and our policy is to offer the unit to the first guests who complete their reservation. However, we will hold dates with a non-refundable $100 deposit.

Q: How do payments work?

A: We accept (and prefer) payments by credit or debit card through PayPal. You don’t have to use a PayPal account to do this; you can log in and pay as a guest to use your card. For arrivals less than 60 days away, full payment is required to confirm your reservation. For more than 60 days, we will break the payment in half upon request. The balance is due 30 days before arrival. We do accept checks (payable to Sally’s Garden Cottage) but only if the arrival is more than 30 days away.

Q: Is the deposit refundable?

A: All but $100 of the reservation/damage deposit is refundable if you cancel more than 30 days prior to your scheduled arrival date. It is also completely refundable following your stay provided nothing is broken, lost, damaged, etc. The refund is issued, either electronically or by mailed check, following checkout and cleaning, typically within 48 hours.

Q: How do we make a payment through PayPal using our credit or debit card?

You may pay electronically using PayPal, regardless of whether you have a PayPal account, or even if you do have one but don't want to use it. But, keep in mind, PayPal wants you to use their service since they make more money that way. So, it can be a little tricky to pay without creating or logging into a PayPal account. We provide instructions tell you how…

You will receive an email with a "money request" from us. Click the link in the email, which will open up a PayPal payment page. If you want to use an existing PayPal account or want to open one, then simply log in and follow the on-screen instructions. However, if you just want to make a card payment WITHOUT logging into PayPal, then follow the instructions to pay “as a guest” by selecting the option “Don’t have a PayPal account.”

Have questions not answered here? Please feel free to Contact Us. We’re always glad to help!

Rates and Fee Schedule*

Off Season: Nov. 1 - March 31

Main Season: April 1 - Oct 31

Please inquire about rates for extended stays.

Policies and Fees

*Fees may be subject to change. For most up-to-date fees please see Sally's Garden Cottage listing on www.VRBO.com. Select Property ID: #643481