Entire home/apt
8 Guests
4 Bedrooms
5 Beds
$195
Per Night
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I believe it would be very difficult 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. It's rustic, homey and charming. Come, relax and forget about EVERYTHING ;)

REAL Riverfront, Near Guerneville
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The Space
Bathrooms: 2.5
Bedrooms: 4
Beds: 5
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Cleaning Fee: $125
Security Deposit: $300
Weekly discount: 0%
Cancellation: Strict

Description

The Space

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 river from the deck.
Note: Please do NOT make a reservation request until AFTER you and I have communicated. If you're interested in New Year's Weekend, I'm looking for a 4-night booking. Please look for the " * " at end of this description to see how we might be able to work out a shorter stay :)
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.
4 Bedrooms.
2 Full Bathrooms plus one Shower on the Huge Deck.
Six-Person Hot Tub
Charcoal AND Gas Barbecues to Choose From
Very Well-Appointed Kitchen
DVD player / Stereo Receiver
Fireplace in Master Bedroom and Wood Stove in Downstairs Living Room. I Supply the Firewood.
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. 2-night stays are fine 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 guests staying a minimum of 5 nights.

* If you're interested in the New Year's weekend, I'm looking for a 4-night booking for that holiday weekend. If you can't stay a full 4 nights, you can still stay, but anyone who gets the house for that weekend will need to pay $1,580 - the cost of 4 nights.
You've probably found that houses that will accommodate 8 people cost hundreds more than mine per night as a standard, so this price is actually more in line with the the norm. If you could stay 3 nights the cost would be $527 per night, which is much more in line with the going rate. $395 really is a deal. I like to see my house being used more than sitting empty, so I charge less.
I just hope whoever gets the house for New Year's can stay 3 or 4 nights and have a nice getaway! When folks only stay 2 nights, they spend a LOT of time packing and getting ready, driving, unpacking and settling in. You spend ONE day having fun, and then you have to start repacking and driving home again. It's just a lot of work for only one full day's reward!
Try to make 3 or 4 nights work :)

Guest Access

The River! Country 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 there to help. His phone number and the housekeeper's number are provided in case anyone has questions. Please feel free to call me with questions as well.

The Neighborhood

I LOVE the fact that it's SO peaceful! I advise my guests to 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 him "local color".

Getting Around

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

My caretaker installed steps on the path to the River a few months ago because some guests thought it was too steep. 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 drop-dead scenery on the way in, which is quite dramatic. It really is an exciting drive in.

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House Rules

Please Print This 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
*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 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 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 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 near the house and he will inform me of large or unreasonably loud groups, which may affect your review.

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Safety Features
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay
REAL Riverfront, Near Guerneville
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