About This Listing
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 .
1. This is still a private home and part of its charm is that there are layers of objects and personal items, music, books, magazines etc. that add to the soul of the place. Let your eye just wander and take in the visuals around you there are things that you will not notice right away. The lighting as well is part of the experience so when evening sets watch how the visual around you changes with the light. Please enjoy everything and return them where they were found.
(website hidden) sure and lock up windows and doors before you leave the house. for walks or for the afternoon.
3. If it rains or there is heavy fog please pull chairs with fabric to protection under porch. (Teak wood chairs can stay out)
4. Please only use knives on the butcherblock counter and cutting boards.
5. Make sure not to set hot pots on the the butcherblock counter
6. Please do not wash cast iron skillets with soap.
7. Be sure to close door to woodstove when leaving the room
or going to bed.
8. Leave ashes in the fireplace or woodstove.
9. Be sure to make sure all candles are extinguished when leaving or going to bed.
The cottage was cute and funky with lots of fun books and decorations to appease your wandering eye. The bed was comfortable and the kitchen well-stocked with everything you need. The porch was my favorite part--the surrounding trees and yard is lush and beautiful, the outdoor fireplace and comfortable chairs is where we spent both evenings, and having breakfast at the table was a great way to start each day. Dane met us at the house when we arrived and showed us around so we were comfortable with the house right away.
Dane is a very gracious and friendly host. He takes a lot of pride in his property and it shows. My girlfriend and I spent a great long weekend at the property and enjoyed every minute. Everything from the stocked kitchen to the wood burning fireplaces to the great sheets and towels. The neighborhood is very quiet. We spent the morning on the deck with a roaring fire relaxing in lounge chairs and it really couldn't have gotten any better. We'll be back!
Dane's little cottage is absolutely magical. Every aspect is perfectly romantic and relaxing; from the decor, the thoughtful lighting and candles, the dreamy deck, and the well-equipped kitchen! We couldn't bear to leave the entire stay except to run into town for more wine!
The cottage is the ideal couples get away. Very tiny, but extremely cozy. We recommend you bring food for dinners so you don't even have to leave, especially since the road is a bit twisty and very dark. Bring cozy shoes and a robe to slip on when you head outside and then back into the charming bathroom.
We can't wait to go back!!
We had a wonderful weekend at Dane's cozy cottage in the woods! It was exactly what we were hoping for -- and expected -- based on the listing and reviews we read.
Dane's decorating was eclectic, warm, and tasteful, and we were delighted by all the small, creative details he sprinkled throughout the cabin. From vintage books and photos, to colorful lights on the porch, it was a pleasure to look around and soak in the charming ambiance of the lovely home he created.
Upon our arrival at the cabin, (it is best if you arrive before dark so you can more easily spot the landmarks that are part of the directions) Dane welcomed us as if we were old friends and made us feel very comfortable. It was nice to see condiments in the kitchen that we were able to use, along with a coffee grinder and three different ways to make coffee!
If you're looking for a cozy retreat in the redwoods where you can curl up with a book in front of a wood-burning stove while the fog rolls in through the redwood trees, then this is the place for you!
Dane's country cottage is indeed a hide-out and a retreat! We came up for a quiet, relaxing and cozy New Year's and that's exactly what we experienced. The position atop a hill and with clear views out of the trees feels very private and quiet, and we were able to sleep in, read, cook and never even have to leave the cabin.
We also absolutely loved the careful detail to all the lighting options - dimm'able lights, fire both in and out, and so many candles - as well as the authentic selection of 'things' around the home that make it both feel lived in and loved. The local wildlife was a special treat as well - birds of all colors, and the local sweet visiting welcome committee (in the form of a big tabby cat), Cinnamon, made us less homesick for our own.
If you are going up in the winter months, be advised to bring lots of warm clothes, it gets cold up in the Russian River hilltops!
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