Kid Friendly Gem--dock and kayaks!

House - Entire home/apt · Riverside Drive, Guerneville, CA 95446, United States
Your host, Sarah
21 Reviews
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The Space


2 night Minimum most of the year
3 night minimum July and August
4 night Minimum Holidays

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.

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 already a dream for families who love the river life. But this spring, in 2014, we’ve made Lucky Bend Lookout even better by adding 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 in the water approximately from Memorial Day to Labor which is when the season damns are added to the river.

Our calendar fills fast—the time to book your mid-century modern oasis is today!

Guest Access

The entire home, front yard, back yard, and garage. There is a small locked area in the garage that is for owner access.

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 messge.

The Neighborhood

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.

Getting around

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, Sacramento, and San Francisco.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 6
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $500
Cleaning Fee: $125
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • This is the vacation rental on a river that I've always dreamed of. We had an amazing time with our family! The view is spectacular and the ancient redwood next to the porch never ceases to be awe inspiring. The house is so well designed and comfortable that hanging out there for a day was as desirable as getting out to see the sights in the area. Sarah was really nice and easy to communicate with. We are already talking about when we can get away again to come back to this beautiful place.

    June 2014
  • Lucky Bend was everything we cold have anticipated, and we anticipated a lot. The home was spacious (for two nights of out stay, we were seven) and everything we needed was provided, plenty of tableware, dishes and glasses. All the cookware needed, and even toys for the beach and jigsaw puzzles!

    The only problem was that the dock was not functioning yet this year.

    If we had any questions, Sarah was always a phone call away

    June 2014
  • We came to Guerneville for our 4 day minimoon and absolutely loved Sarah's place! It was bigger than we expected and super cozy. The weather was warm but the place still had that modern cabin feeling we were looking for. It was a perfect location between the coast and wine country. We come up to the area often and will definitely rent from Sarah again! She checked in to make sure all was good and was helpful when we reached out for suggestions for nearby boating and hikes. Everything was really clean and the bed was comfy. She provided lots of towels and we found some floaties for the river.

    June 2014
  • Sarah and Lucky Bend were lovely! We went here for 5 days for our mini honeymoon and Lucky Bend was just perfect! It was secluded with a beautiful river view and even river access down the steps, and yet close to town. We had a wonderful time eating at the local cafes and restaurants, going to breweries and wineries, tandem biking, hiking and canoeing. It was a perfect get away after a big party weekend! The house was clean and in great condition!

    May 2014
  • Property was great. The home was well kept, beautiful view and great location.

    May 2014
  • Great host, very responsive and friendly, and accommodating. The house was beautiful and just as described, check-in and check-out procedures were clear and easy, overall fantastic experience and I would definitely go back!

    May 2014
  • This house is awesome. Such a perfect location for a weekend getaway to Russian River. Sarah was very helpful with any and all questions we had.

    The house is located right on the water with a beautiful view from the deck.

    The kitchen was incredibly well stocked for a rental house too. Making meals there was super easy.

    Highly recommend renting this house.

    May 2014
  • Sarah was wonderful! She answered all of my questions quickly, and I had a lot! The home was beautiful. We couldn't have asked for anything better. It was wonderful to sit around the big kitchen table together for a meal or use the bbq outside and enjoy the river view. I will definitely come here again!

    March 2014
  • We absolutely loved this house! Thank you so much for being so accommodating! A group of us stayed for barrel tasting weekend and it was the perfect house for a group of friends. the patio/balcony is incredible, so peaceful and calming. Exactly what we needed. the heater floors.. wow! we were all actually too hot and had to turn them off! the only slight downfall was the walls were paper thin and you could hear everything... so those that wanted to sleep in didn't really get to. the couch pulls out into a bed but we were so tired we just slept as is. but the kitchen was fully stocked with all that we could have possibly needed to cook dinner. the large family style table was perfect for game night and everyone could sit at the table. parking was not a problem for us. the garage was a great size for the suv and full size car to park. Thank you again, we absolutely can't wait to come back!

    March 2014
  • Wonderful cabin set within the redwoods along the Russian River. It was a perfect base for 5 of us to hike, eat, and experience the beautiful surrounding landscape. The house is cozy, well-equipped and complete with a relaxing deck. We will return!

    February 2014
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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.
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