The story of the Ranch began back in 1935 when Muriel Van Hoosear was stuck in the hospital for a few days with a now forgotten ailment. Her husband Dick, who had a successful business milling and selling feed for livestock (apparently even during the depression farmers fed their animals well), loved nothing more than buying gifts for his wife. When he showed up at Muriel’s infirmary bed with a glamorous diamond bracelet, Muriel was appreciative but—always the practical one—she had another idea. “I love this,” she said, “but don’t you think we’d be happier with a place in Sonoma?” Dick returned it and started looking for property in Sonoma. The rest, as they say, is history.
We look forward to sharing more of the rich and storied history of Westerbeke Ranch with you. In the meantime, we invite you to become part of the Westerbeke story by coming to stay with us. If you’ve been here before, we’d love to hear about your experience. Please use the form at the bottom of this page to add your voice to the story of Westerbeke Ranch.