About this listing
The Russian River Hideaway is one of the most adorable AND least expensive vacation rentals in the Russian River. Located in Sonoma county, it's the perfect place to either cozy up indoors or go out and explore nature, wineries or hip destinations like Guerneville.
The Hideaway is a gorgeous property that comfortably sleeps four. Nestled in the redwoods, the Hideaway consists of the main house, a charming cabin, breathtaking decks, an outdoor grill, a hot tub and more. We offer a fully equipped kitchen, TV/DVD, High speed internet, an iPod player, luxury linens, a wood-burning fireplace, and a canoe for our guests. The house is located off River Road in Summerhome Park, a unique community with a private beach on the river (a 5 minute walk from the Hideaway), hiking trails out the back door, a basketball court, and more than 100 years of local history and tradition. Bring the family for a weekend of fun or surprise your loved one with a romantic escape!
NOTE: During the summer months June-August we require a week minimum (and it's worth it. promise!)
Host was responsive and accommodating. She usually rents for a week at a time in the summer, but when there were 2 days open in the schedule, we quickly coordinated to ensure my party could book it. It worked out well for everyone. House has all you need and more! Stayed with my husband, and two friends used the cottage. We made full use of the kitchen (all the utensils and spices you need), dishwasher, music and DVD/VHS collection, patio, deck, BBQ, flotation equipment for the river, and their washer & dryer. Bedroom was spacious and the bed was comfy (we like a firm mattress) Felt like our own home on the river for a couple of days!
Four of us stayed at the Hideaway, the cabin is perfectly sized for two couples. The kitchen was large and well organized. Sharon has all the necessary kitchen appliances and I was impressed that there was a coffee grinder and really nice pot and pan sets. The master bedroom in the main house is very spacious and has a nice attached bathroom. The couple that stayed in the cottage said the bed was super comfortable and the cabin was cozy. We also really enjoyed the large deck space, outdoor charcoal grill and hot tub. The hideaway feels like a tucked away cabin in the trees.
We took our dogs on walks through the neighborhood to get down to the river. Found the other residents of Summer Home Park friendly and inviting. We had a glass of white wine with some of the long timers on the beach during sunset.
We had a great stay! The space is very clean and has everything you might need. Detailed instructions make the experience easy from beginning to end. The house and surrounding community are located deep in a beautiful forested area, but it's an easy trip to get into Santa Rosa or Sebastopol, etc. Definitely recommended and very much enjoyed.
Our host made us feel very welcome by supplying the house with all the necessities. We had everything we needed! The cabin is cozy and located in a very beautiful forest with views that are killer!
We had a great stay at the Hideaway for my birthday! The outside has rustic charm but inside the main house is modern and comfortable. Sharon communicated all the information we needed to find and access the rental.
What a wonderful place to get away. What really worked for us was it's location in nature. Being surrounded by redwoods, the river and wine country was sensational. The main house and cabin had lots of special touches that made it feel like home. The kitchen was stocked with essentials and there were lots of towels and extra supplies. We were in the hot tub every day. Also, Sharon was very responsive and easy to work with for booking our stay.
What would have made it even better, some exterior maintenance and preparation for their guests. There was a trashcan outside that had spilled, littering the entry walkway. The patios and outdoor social areas were covered in cobwebs, pine needles and overgrowth. Previous guests had left some food on the hot tub, so we had to clean that up, along with the trail of ants that were enjoying their meal. We would have liked to open the sliding door from the master bedroom but there were so many webs and spiders outside it that it was undesirable. Mostly it would have been nice if someone had tidied up the exterior before we arrived. We spent the first half day of our getaway cleaning things up outside. Sharon isn't nearby, and it doesn't seem like she has anyone local to help with this.
Also, while the interior was tidy, the smell of mildew was a bit overwhelming. This was mentioned in other reviews, so it wasn't unexpected and we brought incense to cover it.
All in all, we really enjoyed our time at the Hideway. However, if you book here, do plan to spend a few hours cleaning up the exterior when you arrive.
Sharon was incredibly responsive, flexible, and accommodating leading up to and during our stay- and she kindly granted us a late check-out on our last day.
On the other hand, we felt that many of her photos that enticed us to book the house were misleading and failed to present a full picture of the true rustic nature of the place, as well as the significant construction happening on all sides daily.
This being said, my friends and I had a great weekend and definitely made the best of our Russian River experience! Overall, I'd recommend this place, although not at nearly the price at which it has been marketed..
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About the Host, Sharon
I value the simple things in life. Connecting with people, eye contact with strangers, laughter with friends & family... welcoming what life has in store for me. I live in the city and often get away to the Russian River. I share both homes with amazing people like yourselves! I hope you enjoy both the Russian River and the city as much as I do!