About this listing
Mid-Century Modern, Kid Friendly, On the Russian River in a redwood forest. 3 bedrooms and 1 bath home with 2 queen beds, a twin bunk bed, and queen size sofabed. Floating dock with kayaks and canoe (we recently retired our paddled boat) provided in the summer season.
Don't want to cook while on vacation? We offer the services of a private chef. Just ask Sarah and she will provide the details!
Sonoma County TOT #1082N
Four night minimum during June, July and August.
Think traveling with kids means sacrificing gorgeous, architecturally inspiring accommodations?
Think again. Your kids will feel like woodland creatures—and you'll feel like a travel-planning wizard—when your family settles into our mid-century modern cabin, tucked into a dense stand of redwoods beside the Russian River in Guerneville. (One ancient redwood has been presiding over our part of the forest for over a thousand years!)
A true mid-century modern gem, Lucky Bend Lookout was architect-designed and constructed in 1966, and is kid-friendly down to the childproofed details. It's environmentally friendly, too—during a recent remodel, we took care to increase thermal performance by 400 percent (that includes heated floors!) and used only sustainable building materials and native plants. Protecting nature—which is so gorgeously on display here—is a priority for us.
In true mid-century modern tradition, the Lucky Bend Lookout's open floor plan, elevated treehouse-style deck, enormous windows, and warm redwood walls and ceilings merge indoor and outdoor spaces.
Have you ever vacationed somewhere that's brimming with natural beauty and felt guilty for just wanting to relax inside with a good book? Here, that's no dilemma.
Watch ospreys soar among the redwoods from the couch in the living area, decorated with clean lines and whimsical fabrics. Or sauté fresh vegetables from the Guerneville Farmers Market in our fully stocked kitchen as you watch your kids play outside on the deck.
Then, present your handiwork to your hungry family at the sleek dining table—which has room for 10—and watch the Russian River drifting by in the fading light of evening while the adults sip our region's famous wines. Or you can get even closer to nature and feast at the eight-person outdoor dining table on the spacious deck among the trees.
After dinner, get cozy in the living room and watch the stars reflect their sparkle on the river as you browse Netflix, HuluPlus, or Pandora Radio on our 47-inch flat screen TV. The couch doubles as a pull-out bed.
If you are looking to get away from technology and don't want to watch TV, then you can snuggle up on the couch and read a book from our complimentary paperback library, play one of our many board games or puzzles, or gather around our new gas fire pit to make s'mores or just visit with your loved ones.
For the kids, we keep our cabin clear of breakable knickknacks and stocked with all the gear you need. A Pack ‘n Play, high chair, step stool, potty-chair, toddler bed rail, baby swing, and stroller keep the little ones safe. Plus, we supply a few extra goodies to keep them happy, like a water table, a swing set under the deck, and some inside toys.
One bedroom features a reading nook and a sturdy set of bunk beds for a fun, summer-camp setup, except much comfier—we use memory foam mattresses on all of our beds. And your kids' imaginations will run wild with the magical redwood grove in view just outside their window.
Two adult bedrooms, with queen-sized beds and mid-century modern details like shag carpeting and low-profile beds, invite you to sink in for the night. A view of the redwoods will greet you in the morning.
Downtown Guerneville is only a mile from the Lucky Bend Lookout. We are located 10 minutes by car from the nearest winery and 15 to 20 minutes from dozens more. There's even a few kid-friendly wineries in the area! A sandy beach along the Russian River is a 10-minute walk from the property, or hop in the car and head 20 minutes to the Sonoma Coast to surf, explore tide pools, and spot harbor seals sunning themselves. Lucky Bend Lookout comes with beach chairs, an umbrella, beach toys, a cooler, a picnic basket, and a cruiser bike.
Our home is a dream for families who love the river life with a floating dock, along with stairs that lead directly to the river. The water will literally be steps away! As our guest, you'll also enjoy complimentary use of our two kayaks, and paddle boat. The dock is not guaranteed to be available on a set date. It is usually in the water approximately from Mid-June through September which is when the seasonal dams are added to the river.
Our calendar fills fast—the time to book your mid-century modern oasis is today!
The entire home, garage, front yard, back yard, and dock. The dock is not guaranteed to be available on a set date. It is usually in the water approximately from Mid-June through September which is when the seasonal dams are added to the river.
Interaction with guests
I enjoy contact with my guests! I send a few emails before your stay and will call the guest as needed. On the night of arrival I will text or call you to make sure you are settling in nicely. I am always happy to answer my guests' phone call, email, or text message.
The tall Redwood trees on my street are awe inspiring. The house is right in the middle of a forest on the river. Such a special place.
My home is just a mile west of downtown Guerneville and a mile east of downtown Monte Rio. You don't have to drive more than 10 minutes to access many of the nearby attractions. The nearest airports are in Santa Rosa, Oakland, San Francisco, and Sacramento.
Other things to note
During the summertime 4 nights minimum required.
Sonoma County laws limit us to a maximum of 8 adult guests. 6 guest can be accommodated on 2 queen beds and 2 bunk beds. The couch pulls out to accommodate 2 more guests. Large groups may want to consider that there is only one bathroom.
Our home is NOT in a metropolitan area with reliable internet service. The internet connection is not guaranteed to be available.
Sonoma County TOT Certificate #1082N.
After booking we will have a contract stipulating all rules, cancellation policy, etc. You can expect to receive an email with arrival and check-out information about 1 week prior to your arrival.
Primary guest must be a minimum of 25 years old.
This is a non-smoking property and pets are not allowed.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
About the owner: Lucky Bend Lookout is owned by two San Francisco families-the Martins and the Peabodys. Sarah and Eric Peabody have two children Raylah and Dean, and Regan and Teresa have a son Bennet. The four of us all come from different parts of the country, but mostly the SF Bay Area and Texas. Eric and Regan are both architects and have been the leaders of the design team for the renovation of the house.
Why the Owner Chose Guerneville:
Both families were looking for a place where they could give their children the gift of growing up in nature. When they found this house last summer, Regan said, 'This place is like a unicorn!' It is like no other house in the area with its beautiful location and authentic mid-century modern architecture. We look forward to enjoying the river with our families over the years and we want to share the fun with other families when we cannot be there.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
When we first saw this home we knew it was special. With the river just a few yards away, an open floor plan, the large glass expanse on the south side of the house and the exposed structural system, it all comes together in a perfect harmony. As soon as you arrive you smell the fresh clean air and feel the stress melt away and time seems to slow down a bit. We always return to the city with renewed spirits after visiting.