About this listing
This is THE PERFECT PLACE to get away from it ALL and for family or friends to eat, drink, cook, barbecue & have a GREAT, relaxing vacation.
What could be more perfect than staying on a peaceful river running through the Sonoma wine country?
In the summer if you stay 6 nights, you get the 7th half off!
I believe it would be almost impossible to find a house with a comparable setting. You feel like you have a big piece of the River all to yourselves when you stay here!
VERY Private, as it is at the end of a short private road.
River access right from the house. You can literally throw a rock into the water from the deck.
Sleeps 8 in private rooms.
2-stories, 1,300 square feet, Redwood trees on either side AND growing up through the deck around the hot tub (it is SO COOL!) with an amazing view of the Russian River.
2 miles from the Korbel Champagne Cellars and wineries are everywhere.
5 mi. East of Guerneville w/ its fun shops & restaurants. 10 mi. West of Santa Rosa,
This is charming, rustic, cabin-style house is decorated with comfort and relaxation in mind and a few antiques thrown in for good measure.
It’s spacious (2 Living Rooms!) comfortable and very cozy.
I've been renting out this house to happy vacationers for 14 years and I have a LOT of repeat renters.
2 Full Bathrooms plus one Shower on the Huge Deck.
Six-Person Hot Tub
Fully Appointed Kitchen
DVD player / Stereo Receiver
Fireplace in Master Bedroom and Wood Stove in Downstairs Living Room.
I even throw in a "House Tips" sheet with suggested things to do and places to eat.
$100 cleaning fee.
To keep cleaning fee down, bring your own sheets & towels. I provide blankets, pillows, mattress pads, bed spreads etc. Please add $75 (total) to your calculations if you want linens provided. I'll have to send you a "Special Offer" with this fee because Airbnb doesn't accommodate "occasional" fees
You're going to Love this place!
Note: During the SUPER busy months (July & August), I have a 5-night minimum stay policy. Or we can work out a higher nightly rate and you can stay fewer nights. You’ll probably find a 7-night minimum-night-stay policy for advanced bookings at most all of the other worthwhile houses up here. Most folks only let houses go for a weekend during most popular months if a house is still available at the last minute. I can make exceptions if someone wants to stay fewer nights between Sunday and Thursday. In September things calm down quite a bit and I can start taking weekend-only bookings again.
Washer & Dryer are available for people staying a minimum of 5 nights.
The River! Roads way off the beaten path to hike or ride bikes around on.
Washer & dryer are available to those staying 5 nights or longer.
Just don't go on the down-river neighbor's property or try to access the river that way, which shouldn't be difficult because there's a fence.
Interaction with Guests
Guests will have the whole area to themselves. I live 75 miles from the property but my caretaker lives within easy walking distance, so if there are any questions or issues, he's right there to help. His phone number and the housekeeper's number are provided in case anyone has questions.
I love the fact that it's SO peaceful! I recommend my guests bring binoculars to watch the various large birds (Great Blue Herons, Egrets, Ospreys Hawks) and Deer that are commonly seen from the deck. Sometimes a River Otter or seal is seen swimming by. And great BIG fish of some kind - Steehlead? Also that, since the house is at the end of a private road, there are no cars driving by my house and the public is not allowed on our road.
One thing to note: You will pass a house that belongs to my caretaker. It's a "work in progress" as far as clearing out his accumulations, but he's a very nice person and very helpful to my guests when they need local info or a raft inflated :) I suggest that my guests consider it "local color".
There is a Sonoma County bus stop about 3/4 of a mile form the house. It runs East to Santa Rosa and West possibly to the coast. But it makes many stops and I don't recommend it as a regular means of transportation.
There is room for 3 cars at the property. More cars will cause you to block each other in. Carpool!
Other Things to Note
Some recent guests thought the path to the river was too steep, so my caretaker installed some steps. Since there isn't a beach right there, you might want to bring up some folding chairs so you can sit in the shallow water and not have to stand up all the time.
Also, the first time you come to the house, do your best to arrive before dark, or see to it that at least one member of your party does so they can talk you in if you do arrive after dark There aren't many streetlights out there and the house can be difficult to find at night. Plus you'll miss the exciting drive and drop-dead scenery on the way in, which is quite dramatic.
Please Print This Out and Bring It WITH You So You'll Know What To Do and NOT Do.
*Although there are no neighbors right next door, as a common courtesy don't play loud music or get rowdy outdoors after 10 PM.
*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 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. Go with them or walk them on a leash. Do not leave dogs (or other pets) with separation anxiety issues alone for extended periods in the house or on the deck. If they freak out and try to chew their way out I may have to charge you for repairs and I HATE having to keep any of anybody's security deposit. I want you to have a good time AND fond memories.
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 all 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 bushed into the River or they WILL pop, and they cost $22 each!
*Wash all dishes when you vacate (but you can leave them in the dish drainer to dry) and tidy up the house when you go.
*Make sure you get your cell phone chargers! It's $25 for me 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 my 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 close by and he will inform me of large or unreasonably loud groups, which may affect your review.
I thought the location was perfect and it was a lovely, rustic cottage. I especially enjoyed having dinner on her patio every evening and looking onto the river.
Great listing was exactly as described. We had a blast relaxing on the back porch and watching the floaters float bye! If we are ever back out this way we will stay here again! Sweet spot, and Toni allowed for a super fast check in! Thanks, bests!
We had a great time at Riverfront. The house is as advertised - 4 bedrooms, right on the river. We were able to walk down and float right out in inner tubes. The porch was great for hanging out in the evenings and watching bats; we also enjoyed the hot tub. Toni was very communicative and easy to work with; her next-door neighbor Nick, who also watches the house, was very friendly and helped us find the trash cans.
Everything went totally smoothly - I would definitely stay at Riverfront and work with Toni again.
The cabin was as pictured, though is should be noted that it's really a 3 bedroom with the 4th just a little twin bed in a nook off of the living room. The "doors" to 2 of the the bedrooms are sliding glass that open to a common lofted space and the 3rd bedroom (kid's room) has no door at all. The river is most certainly right outside but there's no beach area at the house itself, just a little ledge you could presumably jump off of, but it's very over grown so none of us did. The astroturf "beach" pictured is perched 100y up a slope from the water, not very hangy-outy. We had a really nice time, BBQing, hanging on the deck, floating down the river. None of the 6 of us are stoked to return, namely because $425 for a house without linens/towels/dishtowels was really absurd, bringing our own sheets and pillowcases to a rental house was ridiculous and made us sketched out about the blankets/pillows/comforters that were on the beds. Also, needing to bring our own towels for beach/showering AND not allowing us dryer access was a huge bummer, how many towels could we possibly bring? I agree that it is a very special place & Forestville/Guerneville are exceptional to hang out in.
Well, people DO have the option of me providing sheets, towels and pillowcases if they agree to pay the additional housekeeping cost of $75. It's a lot of work for the housekeeper to make all those beds and wash all that linen. I do let people use the laundry if they're staying a week or more, as I know they'll be getting low on clothing after that long a stay. We are in a water crisis, residents in Sonoma county have been put on notice to conserve water. People on vacation tend to be a little more cavalier in doing laundry.
I consider a room with a bed and dresser, a door to the bathroom, and plenty of room to walk around in a bedroom. Too bad our opinions differ.
I've never said there is a beach at my property - those are rare as hen's teeth up there! And an Astroturf "Beach" ? I put that there so people could bring chairs down to that flat area if they wanted to sit in the sun in the mornings and not be on bare dirt!
I'm sorry you were less than thrilled with the house Shannon but, as seen by other reviews, I'm very glad that the vast majority of my guests ARE :)
Toni's place was rustic and the pictures were representative of the place. However the listing mentions river access and I would not really say that there was "easy" river access - it was a pretty treacherous path.
Toni was inconsistent with her emails which was confusing. She sent us a long document with information about the place although still left out key information - that there was a gate you had to drive through to enter the property etc. the deck was awesome and the place was great for a large group but I'm not sure if I would stay here again.
Directions to get there were very thorough, kitchen was well stocked and the setting was wonderful. We loved the outside deck and spent most of our time out there. The river was easily accessible.
Overall we loved staying at Toni's. The house was spacious and had everything we needed. The cleaner, neighbor and Toni were all very friendly, communicative and welcoming.
The one thing to note is that the river access is actually kind of hard to get to, its about a one-person wide trail down a hill to a small entrance to the river. Not a big deal, but we never ended up using it, instead we ended up going to a few of the beaches nearby for river access.
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About the Host, Toni
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!