Jan McFarland and Jim Caldwell
About Jan McFarland and Jim Caldwell
Jim and Jan are an active couple professionally focused on renewable energy, carbon free grid, agricultural and open space, climate change and adaptation. We are committed to organic gardening, farm to table dining including great local wine and cheese. We like to entertain and relax in the Chill House. The Chill House remodel was focused on sustainability, it is a "close to zero" net energy home. Solar PV panels provide electricity, geothermal heat pumps provide radiant floor heating, "cool roof" reflects heat, rainwater collection on the barn provides water for the kitchen garden.
Jan McFarland and Jim Caldwell purchased this House in 2004
Why Jan McFarland and Jim Caldwell chose Sonoma
We wanted to find a rural setting In the wine country where we could restore an older home, create a kitchen garden, grow fruit and olives and establish a small vineyard. Being close to San Francisco, Sacramento and Santa Rosa metro areas and their airports was also a priority. Just sixteen blocks from the City of Sonoma town square there is almost always something fun or interesting to participate in our community. Farmers markets on Tuesday evenings, Friday and Saturday mornings, seasonal music and film festivals, holiday parades, seasonal crab & lobster feasts and wine tasting events. Excellent local wineries, within 2 miles of the Chill House are Gundlach-Bundschu, Scribe, Buena Vista, Bartholomew Park, Patz & Hall, and Tin Barn.
What makes this House unique
Two acres in a quiet, rural, dark sky setting with only a 20 minute walk to quaint historic town square of Sonoma. The City of Sonoma has award winning restaurants, early California historical attractions, theaters, shopping, wine tasting, etc. Many city, county, and state parks are near by -- scenic trails with overlooks to San Francisco Bay, Pacific Ocean, Sonoma and Napa Valley and bayshore bird habitats. Located in Sonoma Valley wine appellation bordering on the Carneros appellation. Local region noted for Bordeaux red varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel vineyards.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Electric cover must be closed when pool not in use
Electric pool cover must be closed when pool is not in use. No smoking inside the house or outside on the property is allowed.
Per Sonoma County VRBO permit -No amplified sound is allowed outside at any time. No loud music or noise from the Chill House is allowed after 10 pm
Our refund policy for guest cancellations is firm. Trip cancellation insurance can be purchased at minimal cost through VRBO's website.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We stayed at the Chill House for a large bachelorette party (we rented another house just down the road as well). We unfortunately checked in the day of an unprecedented planned power outage (affecting much of Northern California) as a precautionary measure from the electric company. I never thought to consider if a house has a generator as a requirement but I am happy to report that the Chill House does have one and we were able to have some comfort that we wouldn't be in the dark our entire stay. Thankfully, the power was turned back on for Sonoma the evening of our check-in and the rest of our trip was unaffected. What I most appreciated about the Chill House is the communication from Jan & Jim. They were very helpful leading up to our stay and throughout but without imposing on our stay. Because they live here when they are not renting, the house truly feels like a home and has everything you need. We also really loved the location which was close to downtown Sonoma, wineries, etc. Thanks Jan and Jim for your wonderful hospitality. ~Jenn
We had a fantastic stay. The house is very friendly, with a open floor space and plenty of room to relax; inside and out. Plus we stayed when all of the fruit and veggies were ripening, and helped ourselves to the harvest (with the owners' blessing). Just perfect. Thanks Jan.
LOVED the Chill House
Jan and Jim were absolutely amazing hosts and surprised us with a goodie basket upon our arrival. The house is in a GREAT location and has an amazing yard with a pool, jacuzzi and fresh fruit trees all around. We can’t wait to come back one day.
Great time at the Chill House!
We had such a great time at the Sonoma Chill House! The house was spacious and had plenty of room for our group of 9 girls. The property is beautiful and very quiet! We enjoyed riding the bikes they had into town. We will definitely stay here again when we return!
Great place for our couples getaway.
The eight of us had plenty of room to spread out, hang out, cook together and still had privacy.
The Chill House Is the perfect retreat.
We just left the Chill House and can not wait to come back some day. The owners were incredibly accommodating from start to finish and the attention to detail to make our stay wonderful really made the weekend special. They welcomed us with a basket of Sonoma goodies, had bikes ready and waiting for us, had all bathrooms stocked with personal robes and the yummiest smelling products. They welcomed us to use anything and everything in the kitchen. The grounds were beautiful— tons of fruit trees, lovely landscaping, hammocks, spa and pool. The location to Sonoma and surrounding wineries can’t be better and the property includes bikes for use nearby. Overall, it was the perfect trip. And we can wait to be back! Thank you, Chill House.