About This Listing
Big Bertha's Big Bertha's has all the ingredients of a beloved vacation home. It is comfortable, stylish, unique, well-appointed and private yet conveniently located.
Inside and out, Big Bertha’s expertly combines convenience and comfort with playful cabin chic. With a bocce ball court, outdoor fireplace, hot tub, gas grill, well-stocked kitchen, charming dining room writing desk, reading spots, games and books, cable TVs, high-speed internet, gas fireplace, kids game room, serene views and multiple coffee stations, Big Bertha’s is equally equipped to accommodate families, groups of friends, couples, lovers, food lovers, wine lovers, writers, philosophers, morning people, evening people, middle-of-the-day people and, well, pretty much anyone!
Big Bertha's sits hillside, and is two levels (the upstairs is the main living area). From the driveway, two flights of stairs lead to the deck and front door. Just inside the front door is a small entranceway, with hooks for coats and a place for muddy shoes. This room also contains the washer/dryer. The open kitchen and dining rooms are directly adjacent. The kitchen is recently remodeled with stainless steel appliances and attractive cabinetry. The bar counter transitions smoothly to the dining area, with a dining table which can comfortably seat 8. Sliding doors from the dining room lead out to the deck, which has a gas BBQ, picnic table, and folding Adirondack chairs. An open doorway from the dining area leads to the living room, with couch, chairs, chess table, reading lamps, cable TV, iPod dock, and a writing desk. A short hallway, accessible from both the living room and the kitchen, leads to one bathroom (with bathtub/shower), a bedroom with two twins, and a bedroom with a queen bed.
From the far side of the living room, next to the gas fireplace, a spiral staircase leads to the downstairs level. The downstairs has a game room, with a double futon for additional sleeping space, cable TV, and a card table. At the far end of the game room is a small suite with a queen bed, coffee station and small, yet full, bathroom with a shower. Sliding doors lead to a small lower deck with two Adirondack chairs; a great spot for enjoying some morning coffee!
The main outdoor living areas are located on the same level as the main interior. In addition to the deck with gas BBQ and outdoor dining, there is a side yard with a bocce ball court and a back patio with a hot tub.
Big Bertha's is named for the original owner, Bertha. She and her husband built the house in 1952 and she is still a welcome visitor. When walking though the hallway, notice the art work, which is actually pieces of the original flooring found during the remodel.
-WiFi and Unlimited Local Calls
-BBQ (propane provided)
-Blu Ray and DVD players
-Crib and High Chair
-Indoor Gas Fireplace
-Outdoor Fireplace (wood not included)
The Russian River Vacation Homes Guest Passport Program is an ongoing program that gives our guests exclusive discounts directly from local businesses.
Every reservation automatically receives one 'passport' to use at participating businesses in the area.
We are so excited to be able to connect our guests with some of our favorite wineries, restaurants and activities in the area! We hope all these great discounts will prompt our guests to experience all the great things our area has to offer.
Interaction with Guests
Guests will be sent detailed check in instructions prior to arrival. Keys for Big Bertha's can be picked up from our office lock box any time after 4pm. Our office is open until 5pm each day. We are happy to help in any way we can to make your stay more enjoyable! There is an emergency line available to guests after office hours.
Big Bertha's is located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, just West of downtown Guerneville.
Hiking, biking, great restaurants, and wine tasting opportunities are around every corner!
It is a 5 minute walk to the Russian River and a 15 minute walk into town. There is a playground, tennis courts, a gym and a great restaurant all within a 5 minute walk.
-1 mile to downtown Guerneville
-5 Miles to Monte Rio
-7.5 miles to Forestville
-11 Miles to Occidental
-7.2 Miles to Duncans Mills
-13 miles to Jenner
-14 miles to Sebastopol
-14 miles to Cazadero
-18 miles to Healdsburg
-21 miles to Santa Rosa
-21 miles to Bodega Bay
Here are a few of our nearby attractions! See our guidebook for a detailed listing.
-Korbel Champagne Cellars
-Gary Farrell Winery
-Thomas George Estates
-Burke's Canoe Rentals
-Austin Creek State Recreation Area
-Sonoma Coast State Park
There is a public taxi service available in Guerneville. Big Bertha's is 1 mile from downtown Guerneville.
-17 Miles to the Sonoma County Charles M. Schulz Airport and Car Rental Services
-86 Miles to the San Francisco National Airport
-85 Miles to Oakland International Airport
Please ask for further information concerning wine tours and driving services
Other Things to Note
The Russian River area is home to many special events! There’s something for everyone!
Plan your true wine tasting experience during Winter WINEland, Pinot on the River, or visit during one of the Barrel Tasting weekends on Wine Road!
We’re a great place to hang your hat during the Vineman Triatholon, and we’d love to see you during Lazy Bear Weekend! We also have great home locations for Women’s Weekend!
Get your groove on at Johnson’s Beach for The Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival!
Other great events include Civil War Days, the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival, the Sonoma County Pride Parade, the Russian River Rodeo, the Old Grove Festival, and the Russian River Beer Revival.
***PLEASE READ FOR VALUABLE INFORMATION AND DETAILS!***
Big Bertha's has a default two night minimum with the following exceptions:
-3 Night Minimum May 22nd- June 30th and the month September
-4 Night Minimum in July and August.
-7 Night Minimum the first week of July and August
-3 Night Minimum Memorial Day, Labor Day, Christmas and New Years
-4 Night Minimum Thanksgiving Week
-3 Night Minimum the last half of December
Reservations not adhering to these night minimums will not be accepted.
The rental rates and cleaning fee include a 9% Transient Occupancy Tax and a 2% Business Area Improvement Fee
There is a $49 non-refundable Vacation Rental Damage Protection Plan fee for all reservations, already included in the cleaning fee.
VACATION RENTAL DAMAGE PROTECTION PLAN:
In order to activate the vacation rental damage protection plan included in your rental fees, please provide your billing address, phone number, & email address in the note with your reservation. If this is an issue, please contact us before making a reservation.
The maximum number of people allowed on the property is 7. Exceptions can be made for children under 3. In general, two additional day guests maybe allowed at no extra cost, as long as Russian River Vacation Homes has given guest prior written approval. This home does not have a permit for parties, large gatherings, or events.
After making a booking and providing their contact information, guests will be sent a contract with our terms in detail to sign and return.
CHECK IN/CHECK OUT
Check in is at 4pm for all of our Homes. Check out for Big Bertha's is 12:00pm
Guaranteed paid Early Check ins and Check outs are sometimes possible during our off-season. Non Paid Early Check ins are occasionally a possibility if the home has been released by the inspector ahead of schedule. If you are interested in a non paid early check in, please contact our office on the morning of your arrival date to check the inspector’s schedule. Non paid late check outs are very rarely available.
DOGS: This home is dog friendly, and allows up to 2 dogs. Additional dogs or pets of any other kind are not permitted. Unattended dogs must be crated.
FUTURE CONTACT: Guests will automatically remain on our mailing list after their stay in order to receive our guest newsletter. If you would rather not remain on the list, you may let us know, or unsubscribe via the guest newsletter email.
We really enjoyed our stay at Big Bertha's. The place is easy to reach yet feels tucked away and private. The house itself is roomy, with a great kitchen and is full of little design touches around the property, including framed notes on the wall that adds a real charm to the place.
Our River Homes hosts were very pleasant and accommodating, helping us arrange a Pay-Per-View event with the owner and calling us just after our arrival to make sure we had everything we needed.
We really enjoyed our stay here, would stay here again.
The place has a nice design touch, but it was also comfortable, with spaces that encouraged relaxing, conversations, contemplation - exactly why we like to come up to the Russian River. The hosts were professional and considerate, including a quick check in call on Saturday to ensure we didn't need anything.
Great spot! Easy check-in and arranging for key pickup/dropoff. It's tucked away up the hillside so you have to keep an eye out for the signs, but not too tough to find. Well-equipped, great base camp for exploring the Russian River/Sonoma area.
I sent my wife with three of her friends to stay at Big Bertha's for a birthday weekend getaway and by all accounts the accommodations were fantastic. Both Kate and Megan were awesome to work with and really bent over backwards for us. They went out and bought a beautiful floral arrangement and had sparkling wine waiting for when my wife got there. Everyone was super friendly to work with and I'm really looking forward to booking with them again.
The house is exactly as pictured, larger than I anticipated, and stunning. Our group absolutely loved it. Host was responsive and available throughout the weekend. Great trip!
Our group opted to pick-up and drop-off the keys in person at the Russian River Rental office. The staff were very enthusiastic about the house and area, and were very helpful. It's nice that there is someone available from 9-5 every day.
The house itself was perfect for our needs and matched the photos exactly. The home and property felt spacious for 6 people, and it nicely overlooks other properties in the neighborhood. Our group took a walk through the neighborhood - it's definitely chillier than surrounding areas, with towering trees and a general dampness. This was not a problem, though, as the house is centrally-heated.
All-in-all, the house was perfect for anyone wishing to cook a great meal (well-stocked kitchen and ample seating). Furnishings are clean and classy, and there are a TON of board games and books. There is also laundry in the building, a nice bonus.
We celebrated our 25th year anniversary with family and had a wonderful time. Booking was easy, our host was very informative, they kept us up to date with information we needed to know about the town and the house. Big Bertha was beautiful; the location was awesome, surrounded by redwood trees and very close to everything. The house was very clean and well equipped, it had everything we needed. I like the fact they put instructions on certain things, their house manual was very helpful and informative. I would definitely recommend Big Bertha, it’s a great place to stay. Thanks for making our stay great.
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About the Host, River Homes
We are a small, locally owned and operated vacation rental management company in Guerneville, CA. We love accommodating guests here in our beautiful corner of the world.