A great yard for relaxing!Relax after a day on the river!
The Hungry Tortuga ~Lazy River Days
8 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
2 baths
8 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
2 baths
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Perfect summer rental for families! Historic 2-story home with modern conveniences. Casual layout, lots of sun, and nearby beach access. Kick back with friends and family and immerse yourselves in the beauty of the area!

The space

The Hungry Tortuga is an historic two-level home with separate upstairs and downstairs living and sleeping areas, accessible by an exterior staircase.

The lower level is the entrance level. The front door is just one step up from the patio and opens into the kitchen. The kitchen has been recently remodeled with new appliances (no dishwasher), custom cabinets and a large bar counter with bar stools. The kitchen is open to the living room, with flat screen TV, and dining area, table seats 6, bar counter seats 2. Off the living/dining area is a bedroom with a queen bed. Off the living/dining area the opposite direction is a short hallway with a full bathroom, supply closet, and back door (the quickest way from the downstairs to the upstairs).

Exterior stairs lead from the lower level to the upper level. The upstairs, with its steeply pointed open-beam ceiling and small adjacent rooms, feels like a clubhouse or secret fort. While an unusual space, it has undeniable charm and a relaxing vibe. Since there are no doors, just curtains, separating the sleeping areas, this is a casual sleeping arrangement. Guests with kids or groups of friends will be pleased by the number of beds. There is a double futon in the living area, with its loungey style and flat screen TV, a queen bed in the side bedroom, and a twin bed and a twin day bed located in a little nook off the back of the living space. The upstairs also has a full bathroom.

The main outdoor living area is the front patio, with outdoor dining for 8, a charcoal BBQ, a hammock, additional seating and a fire pit. There is a good mix of sun and shade, with sun in the morning and shade provided by the large redwood tree in the afternoon. The Hungry Tortuga is a fully-fenced property in the historic neighborhood of Villa Grande. The back side of the property runs adjacent to the path to the Villa Grande Beach, one of the nicest beaches on the Russian River. Path access is just one door down.

Permit # ZPE14-0128

Guest access

- Dog Friendly
- Fully Fenced Yard
- Large Patio with Redwood Trees
- Outdoor Dining and Charcoal Grill
- Hammock
- Short Walk to River Beach
- Wireless High Speed Internet Access
- 2 Cable TVs, DVD player, Netflix, iPod Dock
- Fully Equipped Kitchen (downstairs)

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 The Hungry Tortuga 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.

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.


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Cleaning Fee $220
Weekly Discount: 14%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
2 single beds
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)


In general, night minimums are as follows:
-Two night minimum October to Memorial Day Weekend (holidays have a higher night minimum)
-Three Night Minimum Memorial Day Weekend through end of June, and September
-Weekly Only late June through August, Summer Rotation Day
is Thursday.
-Major holidays including Thanksgiving, Winter Break and President's Day may have a longer night minimum.

Reservations not adhering to these night minimums will not be accepted.

VACATION RENTAL DAMAGE PROTECTION PLAN: There is a $49 non-refundable Vacation Rental Damage Protection Plan fee for all reservations, already included in the cleaning fee. 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 8. 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.

QUIET HOURS: Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. Outdoor amplified sound is prohibited at any time.

PARKING: On-site parking is permitted for a maximum of 3 vehicles; there is space for up to 2 cars in front of the house; street parking is available on a first-come first-served basis. RVs, trailers and campers are prohibited, per the Sonoma County Vacation Rental Ordinance.

-After making a booking and providing their contact information, guests will be sent a contract with our terms in detail to sign and return.
-No same-day reservations past 2pm. Our office closes at 5pm. It should not happen, but in case the system is allowing you to book for same-day arrival and it is after 2pm, please reach out to us before completing your reservation. If it is after 5pm, please do not complete your reservation; no one will be available to process your reservation and prepare for your arrival.
-We adhere to the above night minimums. If your reservation seems to go through for less than the stated night minimums, or if the availability seem too good to be true, be aware that the system may be experiencing an integration issue and your reservation may not be accepted. Again, if you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Check in is at 4pm for all of our Homes. Check out for The Hungry Tortuga is 12pm. 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.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

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9 Reviews

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Amber User Profile
August 2017
Great quiet place! Front yard is very secluded and cute and the house is very close to the river beach!
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Response from River Homes:
Thanks for being such great guests! So glad you enjoyed the house. Come back, soon! :)
August 2017

Meui User Profile
November 2016
With the Russian River right behind the house and giant redwoods in front, the beauty in this neighborhood is great. Very quiet too. It is comfortable with a rustic flair. The front yard is a nice space to spend time. The kitchen could use some beefing up, but covers the basics. We brought some extra cookware to make sure we could cover our Thanksgiving dinner there, for 7 people, which made it just right. You can tell that there is an interesting history to the the house and the area. Our two kids really loved the space upstairs where they set themselves up. The house has two levels to spend time and spread out. We enjoyed the place and would rent again!

Jessica User Profile
September 2016
My friends and I (8 total), stayed at The Hungry Tortuga over Labor Day Weekend and we had a great time! This house is super close to the river, and has great outdoor space. We didn't spend too much time in the house, but had everything we needed to cook meals. My friends LOVED the dishes :) Be mindful that it sleeps 8: 2 downstairs, and 6 upstairs (separate outdoor staircase). This includes a futon for two. It is more of a "summer camp" feel upstairs with a very open floor plan. Overall, we had a great time and would recommend this rental.

Ian User Profile
May 2016
Our group of 7 enjoyed this house, and River Homes was great to correspond with on renting the place. It has a cool setup, and while some might find the two separate units with only exterior stairs to the 2nd unit upstairs a little odd, it is not a problem at all. We really enjoyed the feel of the upstairs and spending time up there. It is super close to the river and has a good river bank/beach. The neighbors were friendly, and we were able to fit 3 cars in the parking area, but just barely. The kitchen has great counter space and gas burners. The selection of pots/pans was a little underwhelming (including no lids to any of the pots). We were still able to cook everything we needed, which required a little more thought, but might be good to bring a couple items if you need to. Overall, we were sad leaving the place and that we didnt get to fully use all it had to offer. No fire in the fire pits, no one spent time in the hammocks, etc. But we did spend time cooking and socializing together and were happy with our rental.

Erin User Profile
September 2015
What a wonderful house. Like other reviewers said, it is worth noting that the upstairs includes two bedrooms, a living room and a bathroom. The only access between the upstairs and downstairs is via outdoor stairs -- fine by us as I stayed with the kiddos upstairs and grandma and grandpa enjoyed some alone time downstairs! The downstairs includes one bedroom, a kitchen, a living room and a bathroom. The fenced-in outdoor area was lovely for my 3 and 5 year old to explore and run around. The path to the river was incredibly convenient and we enjoyed both the rocky and sandy beaches it led to.

Corinne User Profile
June 2015
Our stay was lovely. Great house for our family. Downstairs has master bedroom, and all four grown children stayed upstairs, accessible thur an outdoor staircase, leaving the downstairs the adult suite after hours. The house was clean and well stocked with all necessary amenities. Best of all the beach trail is one house away. The trail and beach are cared for by locals who are lovingly restoring the native habitat. Despite many folks on the beach not one party left behind trash. THe house was perfect for our pup, who enjoyed a seamless trip to the river. The silence in the night is deep, and the stars are incredible. Definitely recommend for families. The hosts were extremely responsive to our needs.
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Response from River Homes:
So glad you had a good time! We will hope to see you, again! :)
June 2015

Wei User Profile
June 2015
Very nicely managed property. Deep in the beautiful woods of northern California( but with a Safeway in the neighboring town), this house is perfect for family and friends vacation and holidays.

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