I believe it would be very difficult to find a house with a comparable setting. No neighbors right next door so you feel like you have a big piece of the River COMPLETELY to yourselves when you stay here. It's rustic, homey and charming. Come, relax and forget about EVERYTHING :)
I don't accept reservation requests without communicating with my guests first so PLEASE email me before making a request, OK? Thanks !
READ THIS! Please Print It Out and Bring It WITH You So You'll Know What To Do and NOT Do. I'll email you this and other information (Using the Wood Stove, House Tips, House Rules, Sleeping Arrangements) once your reservation is confirmed
*Due to complaints from homeowners in the area (although there are no neighbors right next door) a 10 PM outside quiet time now exists at the house. Don't play music outside or make a lot of noise outdoors after 10. Please don't turn on jets in hot tub after 10 as you'll have to talk loudly to hear over them. This is a serious rule. If I get a complaint about noise after 10 I'll have to withhold the security deposit! I HATE having to keep any of anybody's security deposit. I want you to have a good time AND fond memories.Exception to this rule: If someone else in the area is having a party of their own, you can go ahead and make noise right along with them.
*No smoking indoors. During dry months, extinguish cigarettes, etc. in water and leave in outside receptacles.
*House is on a septic system, so do NOT let anything you didn't eat (except toilet paper) go down the toilets. No paper towels, tampons, hair, etc.
* The spa is not a bathtub. Please use the deck shower & soap to shower off BEFORE you get into it. If the spa is unreasonably dirty after you vacate and the caretaker has to drain, clean, refill, add new chemicals to and reheat that 350 gallons of water I'll have to withhold $100 from the security deposit. Families with babies or small children be advised.
*If bringing a dog, which is fine if it's well-behaved and COMPLETELY housebroken, make sure you pick up after him/her. Please do not allow your dogs to wander around the property on their own and don't let them go into bushes (this has only happened once that I know of in 20 years) as they might pick up a tick. Go with them or walk them on a leash. Do not leave dogs (or other pets) with separation anxiety issues alone in the house or on the deck. If they freak out and try to chew their way out I will have to charge you for repairs.
*If you can't keep your dog(s) off the furniture, bring sheets to cover whatever they might lie on.
*Important: DO NOT try to get to the water by going on the downstream neighbor's property. He gets very upset when my guests go on his property and if he complains about this happening with your group I would have to withhold some of your security deposit. Please make sure everyone in your group understands this.
*Put furniture and other items back where they were when you arrived. The housekeeper can't move chairs & end tables all over the property and clean the house in her allotted time and she can't move heavy things by herself!
*Hose mud and debris off inner tubes and floaties when you're done using them, and let me know if any popped so I can replace them for the next guests. Keep inner tubes away from things that can pop them, like blackberry bushes! Do NOT toss inner tubes over the bushes into the River or they WILL pop, and they cost $22 each!
*Wash all dishes thoroughly when you vacate (but you can leave them in the dish drainer to dry) and try to leave the house looking as much like it did when you arrived.
*Make sure you get your cell phone chargers! It's $25 for housekeeper to return items left at the house.
*If you ask my caretaker, Nick, for help with inflating things or other significant assistance (not directly related to the house) it would be nice if you give him some kind of tip ($5, $10) so he will continue to agreeably help guests :)
*If you make a fire in the fire ring during the summer months, extreme care must be taken so it doesn't get out of control. Hose the area down a bit first with the hose on the deck and make sure someone is keeping an eye on it AT ALL TIMES! Do not put more than 3 pieces of wood on it at any one time. Have a bucket of water handy in case you need it and COMPLETELY EXTINGUISH the fire, with water, before retiring for the night. No steam should be coming off it when you're done. If that hillside goes up in flames you, me or both may end up in jail :[
*A gathering of extra people (for a total of 15 max) can come enjoy the house for an afternoon but may not stay for days. It's too much strain on the septic system. My caretaker lives near the house and he will inform me of large or unreasonably loud groups, which may affect your review.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
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Hi! I'm a third generation San Franciscan (rare as hen's teeth!) and I love the outdoors. I feel so lucky to have been born and raised in a part of the world that is so beautiful and so full of wonderful things to see and do. I've found that being consciously grateful for the good things that come our way seems to make even more good things happen :)
I love my kids, my dog, my home, gardening, cooking and having fun at The River House!