Our Cazadero Retreat is the perfect get-away for a relaxing weekend or entire week in the beautiful Cazadero area. We have a 2 night minimum, adults only, non-smoking and no pets policy for this apartment.The airy modern guest suite is located on a private road, surrounded by trees in a beautiful natural setting. This modern redwood two story home on 1-1/2 acres, offers a charming vacation apartment on the first level. Perched 32 steps up, with its own private entrance, it is situated in a forest of redwood, Douglas fir, oak, bay laurel and maples. A seasonal water fall runs alongside the house. The bedroom with king bed includes a desk and closet for your convenience. The bath has a shower and hair dryer. All linens are provided. The living room has a queen sofa bed, and offers HDTV and a DVD player, high speed WiFi Internet, books and games for your entertainment. The kitchenette is fully equipped and includes a table and chairs, microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven, coffee maker, electric mixer, electric griddle, sink and garbage disposal. The private deck off the kitchen has a table and chairs for dining or relaxing. This peaceful location affords you the privacy you are looking for. But just a 5 minute walk takes you to the Austin Creek swimming hole, and a 1/4 mile walk leads you to the award winning Raymond's Bakery, which serves fantastic pizza with live music every Friday night.
The Cazadero General Store is just a mile away, and the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp can be reached by a 1/4 mile walk or car ride. The Russian River area provides a wide variety of recreation and leisure opportunities. There are restaurants, a golf course, wine tasting, the ocean at Goat Rock State Beach and a majestic State Redwood Preserve at Armstrong Woods. The town of Guerneville, with a 24 hour Safeway, gas stations, shops, spa and restaurants is just 20 minutes away by car. Swimming in the Russian River, canoeing and kayaking as well as several restaurants are available in Monte Rio. The charming village of Duncans Mills, with boutiques and restaurants is also just a short drive. If you want to go farther afield, Bodega Bay is just 35 minutes away, with seasonal whale watching and good restaurants. The historic Fort Ross is a beautiful 45 minute drive away.
Paul and Sheila were lovely, thoughtful hosts and the suite was great, exactly as described and pictured. I'd never been to the Cazadero area and it was beautiful and convenient — in one day we managed to walk on the beach, go hiking amid redwoods, and visit a winery. My only regret this time was that our visit was so brief, and I'm looking forward to being able to come back.
At the very last minute (as in Friday afternoon) we decided we needed to get out of the City for the weekend. We know the area and were excited to see Paul & Sheila's listing. Imagine how happy we were when they responded that it was available and that they could easily meet us to hand off the key. We were so thrilled with everything: the location is a sweet morning stroll from Raymond's for fresh baked pastries & coffee in the morning, and is absoulutely immaculate! Absolutely everything we needed - from zip lock bags to French cable stations to fresh linens to sunscreen to fresh fruit and flowers from Sheila - were all waiting for us! And it's clear Paul & Sheila love living here and hosting people: they were extremely accessible and friendly. We felt in very good hands the entire weekend. 5 stars all round!
Cazadero is a great place to hide from the city for a weekend, and Paul and Sheila's retreat makes a fantastic home base. The vacation rental is on a lower level of the larger house and was quiet and private. The place was immaculate, and the hosts couldn't have been kinder or more considerate. I loved having coffee on the balcony and watching the sun filter through the trees. They're just down a private road from Raymond's Bakery, so if you were coming to Cazadero with a group of adults who all wanted private spaces to sleep in, you could look into booking this rental in addition to the cottages. I'd recommend the Retreat in the Redwoods to anyone who wants a quiet reset in west Sonoma, and hope to see Paul and Sheila again soon!
We enjoyed our stay at Paul and Sheila's Redwood Retreat. The place is clean and very comfortable. The kitchen is very well equipped for basic needs (fridge, microwave, toaster oven, all manner of supplies). Note that it doesn't have a stove; however, we were happy to check out local restaurants, and enjoyed the bread from the local bakery for our breaksfasts. Paul and Sheila were helpful with recommendations, and included some thoughtful little touches for a pleasant guest experience.
I stayed at Paul and Sheila's rental unit over Saturday night the weekend of July 14th. I had had a lot of trouble finding a place that allowed one night stays the weekend of Vineman. Paul and Sheila's unit is perfect for a quiet weekend retreat or if you are looking for a convenient Russian River place for an event (like I was). They keep a homey, neat and welcoming apartment with views of the redwoods, walking distance to a beautiful creek swimming hole, and a few minutes from Cazadero. I bonded with Paul talking about his past running and triathlons, and both he and Sheila were super friendly. A great first experience with AirBnB!!!