This charming published cottage nestled in the hills near the Russian River is located in a 100 year old summer cabin community.The mood of the house feels as though it has been there forever yet feels fresh and stylish for today. Embracing the California Ideal of indoor outdoor living one can take in the shade of the flagstone back terrace (With adjacent BBQ area). At the covered front dining porch there is a franklin stove for outdoor fires and a table for alfresco dining. The lounge area at the dining porch is a moment to take in the panorama of the surrounding trees mountains and a glimps of the Russina river heading west to the sea. A terrific spot to watch the sun set as dinner approaches. When entering the house you are greeted by a small mud room which leads to the living room. A cozy space that has windows all around that are high and low which allow you to feel that you just might be in a tree house. The kitchen is suitable for anyone who likes to cook. And if you dont cook than western Sonoma offers a plethora of delicious food that you can take a beautiful drive to experience (without the traffic) . The wood stove provides cozy fires and the sleeping nook is just off the living room with casement windows that open wide to let the outdoors in for a nap when the late afternoon sun is streaming in. To get to the bathroom just step out the back door past the back terrace take in the surrounding landscape and down 5 stairs, the bathroom is a delight. The speakers provide music and though you are not far away you feel that you went somewhere else on the property. There are clearstory windows to let in the trees and a rustic shower with a stone floor, high shower head @ 7 feet and a port hole window to observe birds trees and sky while Deluged with water. .(the bathroom is literally next to the bedroom but it is accessable from outside and that is how you get to it).
The community is mostly populated by neighbors who have been here for 2 to 3 generations, at times it can feel like you have stepped back in time. there is a beach on the river for swimming and sunning. the house is up in the hills so there is not a lot of traffic around. There is a fire road near the house that leads up to a wooded trail that leads up around the ridge of the hill. People in the neighborhood utilize the trails so there is some foot traffic and people with dogs wandering by. The landscape is thick with redwoods, various pine varieties, oaks, bay and other tree types the smell is as you would expect, lovely.
Western Sonoma is beautiful country.Westside Road just minutes drive from the house taking you through beautiful landscape and wineries leads to Drycreek valley and Healdsberg.
Healdsberg has a beautiful town square with chic shops and restaurants. Heading west from the house you can take in Armstrong woods in Guernville, a beautiful dappled light walk through a redwood forest. If you are Hungering for the coast about a 30 minute beautiful drive takes you to the small coastal town of Jenner where the Russian River pours into the sea. Whether sunny or shroud in fog the coast is always beautiful. Heading south on the coast one can experience the lovely coast and the numerous beaches where seals and other marine life are often there for observing. Bodega bay is further south on the coast. Heading further north offers more beautiful undisturbed coast. Heading inland from the coast offers other small towns, Occidental a charming town and Freestone is home of the wildflower bakery and Osmosis spa. the town of Graton offers Underwood restaurant and Willow wood Cafe. Both favorites, city caliber food in a casual setting in a charming town setting. Sobastopal offers up good shopping choices, Real foods, Pacific Market ( a really good local store) Safeway, Andy's produce, the village bakery, the town of .forestville has Nightingale Bakery offering up Baguette that rivals bread I have had in Paris! This is just a taste of what you can do in the region.
Aside from the many things to do it is great to head back to the house and not want to leave .
My partner and I were so delighted to find Dane's cottage on airbnb. We spent two glorious days away from the city in his chic little getaway. It was perfection, each detail was so thoughtful and the speakers in the bathroom were a major treat. Thank you Dane, we will be back!
My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time staying at Dane's beautiful cottage in Forestville; this is certainly a place we would love to visit again. Dane has great taste and has provided any amenity you could need, all while still maintaining the rustic feel you desire from a cabin the woods. The Russian River is just a short walk down the hill from the cabin and there are ample wineries and restaurants to explore in Forestville, Guerneville, Sebastopol, and Jenner. We highly recommend you try the bread from Nightingale.
As I write this I can't help but to reminisce about the best new years eve holiday ever. We absolutely loved Dane's beautiful rustic cabin in the middle of the redwoods. The indoor / outdoor space is wonderfully designed. The bathroom is gorgeous especially at night with all the candles. Great water pressure as well (if that matters to you), which allowed for nice hot showers. It was Dec / Jan so at night it did get cold up there, but we had a warm fire going in both fireplaces (inside and outside). There is a wonderful outdoor grill where we grilled elk for our NYE dinner and the kitchen itself had everything we needed for our longer stay. We didn't get a chance to try out many restaurants as a result, but did check out Zazu in Seabastopol, which was good. This brings me to location, location, location! Healdsburg is only a 20 min drive, where there are many great restaurants (we especially recommend Scopa) and antique stores. Goat Rock beach on the Sonoma coast is a 25 mins drive and absolutely breathtaking. Bodega Bay is beautiful and about 35 mins away. Of course a hike through the redwoods at Armstrong Redwoods National Reserve is a must and only a 15 min drive through the quaint little town of Guerneville. The cabin has all the amenities, but also rustic and adorable at the same time. A great place to relax, meditate, write and watch bluejays fly by. A place where the troubles of the world simply washes away. We want to stay at Dane's again and again and highly recommend it. Dane is an amazing host and a wonderful guy. Everything is well-communicated and easy. 5 stars!
Dane is Designer Divine - and a total delight in person!
And regarding the cottage itself: I went for a solo retreat for winter solstice and had the most nourishing, magical, and grounding time there. Nature flows into the cabin and the cabin flows out into the woods...and every detail of the cabin is impeccable, delightful, adorable, romantic...oh so many adjectives to describe this magical place. An absolute gem, I cannot recommend enough.
I cannot say enough great things about Dane's cottage in the woods. It is the warmest, sweetest, most soulful place I've stayed at in a long time. Every last detail has been thoughtfully designed to create a space that is personal and comforting in every way: Dimmers on lights, candle lit fixtures, small speakers in each space (no need to bring your own docking station), a wood burning stove inside and out, a stocked kitchen and outdoor grill. The cottage has neighbors to each side, but you feel like you're in your own private oasis. We had plans to get out and explore, but ultimately we didn't want to leave. Thank you Dane!
The listing was very accurate and the pictures are also accurate. You can trust this listing.
Dane was a great host. He did a great job of giving us directions to the cabin in anticipation that GPS or (website hidden) Maps might not give the best directions. His recommendations for food and scenery were SPOT ON and we were very happy with our time in the area.
If you are a cat lover, rejoice! A local cat makes his home on the property and is very friendly.
You will be blown away. So, so, so sweet. The most romantic place you can imagine. Thank you, Dane, for creating it and sharing it with us. The heart and soul of your woodland cottage is beyond exquisite.
We also *loved* the music you left playing for us and were utterly charmed by kitty.
Our warm regards,
-David and Laura
If I could sum up Dane's Forestville home in one word it would be magical, not only because it is set in a beautiful location high up on a hill surrounded by enormously tall trees filled with a variety of birds, but also because of the kind of detail and respect Dane has paid to this home. You can feel it was lovingly restored with the addition of interesting things that make you wonder what their history might be. So even though we were in this lovely valley with a beautiful river running through it begging for swimmers, not to mention plenty of restaurants and wineries close by, we pretty much stayed in the even lovelier cabin all weekend long drinking, eating, and reading on the deck while gazing at the trees, listening to the birds, and cuddling up to a cat that seemed to be part of Dane's magic too. So really we didn't have a Forestville experience at all, we had a Dane experience. If you would like to enjoy Forestville and the surrounding area, I would suggest staying in Dane's home for a week because two nights just wasn't enough! Thanks for the millionth time Dane!
We had a fantastic time at Dane's abode. The perfect memory might be swimming in the Russian River on Fourth of July morning at the nearby private beach. Just amazing! Thanks for everything, Dane!!!
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