House - Entire home/apt · Rio Vista Rd, Forestville, CA 95436, United States

The Space

Rustic cabin, built in 1901, now being lovingly nuzzled back to beauty. Spacious and cozy, woodsy and bright, two bedrooms and two lofts and two big porches overlooking the Russian River Valley. A five-minute walk from the river, a five-minute drive from a bunch of wineries, and twenty-five minutes from the unbelievable Sonoma coast.

No internet. No TV. No phone. Yes hummingbirds and the occasional deer. Amenities include plenty of good books, a not-so-good record player, a harmonica, a propane grill on the deck, and a wood-burning stove with plenty of firewood.

Note: For summer weekends, there's a two-night minimum.

The sleeping spots are: a queen-sized bed in the master bedroom; a two-person sleeping loft at the top of a ladder; a twin mattress that can be on the floor of the study; and plenty of deck space for sleeping under the stars.

Disclaimer: The place is a hundred years old and the renovation is still a work-in-progress, so there are still some quirks and rough edges: the kitchen table wobbles, the refrigerator is a mini-fridge, the half-bathroom door doesn't latch, etc. If things like that sound like "rustic charm," this house is for you; if they sound like offensive hazards, probably not.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 2
Extra people: $20 / night after 3 guests
Weekly Price: $1000 /week
Monthly Price: $2500 /month
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Eli's house was wonderful! Close enough to Forestville and Guerneville that made getting places quick and easy, but private enough to feel like a hideaway. Awesome music and books!

    March 2014
  • The five of us quite enjoyed both the cabin and surrounding area. Place was clean and stylish, with all necessities for our family weekend. My daughter really appreciated all the books, and parents were pleasantly surprised by an unexpectedly modern shower fixtures - an especially great asset after summer days full of hiking or swimming, I imagine. Communication with Eli always was very prompt and efficient.

    I found the description of the place very accurate. Out of the "rustic charms" mentioned the only challenging one for me was the sound of an old house - in the overall quietness at night people moving around on the creaking floors, the occasional rushing water and sleeping noises were noticeable. A pair of ear plugs really helped me, though, and it probably would not be a problem at all with less number of people or more sound sleepers.

    Would definitely stay again if were looking for a quiet retreat in the area, especially just as a couple.

    March 2014
  • Eli was exceptionally accommodating considering our last minute reservation. People had checked out earlier in the day and Eli went and straightened up so we could check in after making our reservation at 4:30pm. The place was very relaxing and had a peaceful energy. Look forward to spending more time at the writer's retreat

    March 2014
  • This place was adorable! Quirky and lovely! Would definitely stay here again. Thanks Eli!

    March 2014
  • This house is so sweet, secluded enough to feel you're on a retreat and close enough to towns with cafes, markets and restaurants (and of course wineries). We had everything we needed for comfort including enough heaters for when it was cool in the mornings though the house stayed warm enough from the day in evenings. Eli also let me know there was wood and kindling for the fireplace. The place is decorated simply and tastefully with great vintage items making it very cozy. The bed is comfortable and linens were in excellent shape. If you're sensitive to morning light you'll need a sleeping mask because there aren't any curtains on the multiple windows in the main sleeping room (just fyi). The top deck was a perfect place to stargaze :) Eli is a good communicator, replying promptly and clearly. I'll definitely be back!

    February 2014
  • We had a great weekend at Eli's!! It's beautifully decorated and filled with books, wonderfully located near good places to hike, etc. I just wish I had more time. Really looking forward to coming back.

    February 2014
  • We wanted to stay long enough to read all the books. And then maybe write. But only after we finished all the books.
    A great spot, super fun and thoughtful. Maybe not super suitable for little kids - our 2 and 3 year old were fine but we were a bit stressed about them breaking something or falling from a height. But they loved it, and so did we. Kitchen well equipped, bathroom nice, bed comfortable, funky decoration. We would come back- probably without the kids!

    February 2014
  • We had a great time at Eli's cabin--it is beautifully and creatively decorated, and Eli was wonderfully communicative and helpful with our scheduling needs. The cabin is so lovely and quirky and the location is fantastic for a West Sonoma County weekend experience. We can't wait to get back!

    February 2014
  • Great place and location. To our liking, a little overpriced for what you get.
    The best:
    The decks overlooking the canopy (excellent for a bbq), the fireplace and the music records and player
    The worst:
    The place could be cleaner... Particularly the sleeping loft which, by the way, may be difficult to access for someone not very limber. The living room also lacks enough comfortable sitting for more than 2

    November 2012
  • Absolutely perfect. Great place, great location. Can't wait to come back.

    November 2012
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