About This Listing
Large, light-filled bottom level flat: LOCATED 100' from the Russian River and 1/2 mile to town. Rough plywood floors w throw rugs; wet bar; bunk beds and sofa bed in 1st bedroom, walk thru to full futon in 2nd bedroom. No stove in unit.
Look over the rim of the glasses to the river's edge - which is less than 100 feet away.
Light and airy, rustic spacious flat featuring redwood wet bar, large dining area, 2 bedrooms and full bath. Floors are painted plywood with oriental rugs. The home is only a stone's throw away from the beautiful Russian River, 1/2 mile upstream from Johnson's beach in Guerneville. Armstrong Redwoods and several world-class Sonoma Co. wineries are within biking distance. Designed to be dog friendly, the flat is especially ideal for families or a couple plus their single friends.
Your space: the entire first floor of a 2-story home, with views of the river. Your backyard is a sunny grass area ringed by willows, alders and fruit trees The redwoods across the river add some shade and provide homes for a variety of birds - which early risers can view from your private riverside patio porch swing. There is a gas bbq. and table for riverside picinicking.
YOUR LIVING AREA: a large dining/entertainment room equipped with TV monitor,and dvd/vhs players (+ wifi). Sunlight floods your breakfast table dining most mornings by 8:30 am....or enjoy board games or a poker party around this 6' round table (seats 10!)
YOUR KITCHEN AREA: an elegant wet bar with 2000 yr. old heartwood Redwood slab counters,this area is equipped with blender, coffee maker, bean grinder, microwave, bar sink, and mini fridge (Please note: NO. STOVE;no indoor cooking.)
THE BATHROOM is a full bath with shower/tub.
BEDROOM #1 is extra large (13' x 15') with a plush oriental rug, 2 single bunk beds, and a full sofa bed. It is designed to be a sitting room/lounge area, or a "bunkroom" for kids/extra single guests.
BEDROOM # 2 is the master bedroom. It is standard size, with a futon bed (full size) The entrance to this back bedroom is a full-length, sound and light insulated curtain (vs. a permanent door.) It is accessed through bedroom #1.
Bedding and bath towels are included;bring your own beach towels Let's be sure we connect a day or so before your stay so I can set you up with some custom breakfast supplies; you will want to "laze around a bit" here on the river.
This is a home designed for recreation in nature, for happy people activites... or just sitting on the double swing checking out the early morning herons and osprey fishing while you sip coffee.
I live upstairs with my 2 cats. I will be honored to direct you to the "hot spots" of Sonoma County that only us "natives" can share. Come escape (only 1.5 hours drive from the Bay Area) to my little piece of paradise!
wi-fi, DVD/VCR player and screen, bbq in back yard...For stays over 2 nights with pre-arrangement, (so I can spiff it up :) host's unit kitchen with standard stove and oven are available.
Interaction with Guests
We share an entrance hall; I live in the upstairs portion. I am often gone during the day but like to meet, greet, then give you as much privacy as you would like. My policy is to stay available (by text, phone or in person) during your stay at my home.
I have a very sunny location with lots of redwoods across the river and other shade trees. By June 15, the temporary dams are in, allowing for lots of fun interaction with people enjoying the river by boat or float.. One can retreat to the flat or be part of the friendly recreating group on the river. There is always something going on 1/2 mile away in town and the ocean beach is just 20 min. drive so the weather choices and nearby hike/bike/swim opportunities are rich. It is in the heart of the RR wine country for winery explorers as well.
Don't count on public transit. There is space to park 3 cars in front of the unit. Summer can bring traffic congestion on River Road, especially Friday nights. Using 116 might be a better alternative depending on the day. It's handy and fun to have a bike to access town. Be sure to ask your host about back roads to circumvent traffic- especially if checking in on a Friday between 2 and 6pm or on a holiday weekend.
Other Things to Note
Please do not expect to cook in the unit. I am usually happy to share my fully equipped kitchen in my flat upstairs but need some heads up at time of reservation if your heart is set on that.. Most people find the breakfast bar adequate for breakfast, snacks, drinks but please read the description of how the kitchen is equipped.
Children 3 and under are free. Please advise at time of inquiry. Note:I have changing tables and toddler safety gates you can borrow but the place is not" child-proofed" as a rule. Stairs, the street, and the river are obvious hazards for dogs and small children.
Small and large dogs welcome, but must be well-behaved and remain with owner at ALL times. Please inform your host about dog guests prior to the check-in day so I can set my cats up for success! There is a fully refundable cash pet deposit of $50.00 due at check in which I mail back to you the day after check-out, PROVIDED THERE is no damage to rugs, woodwork, towels or furniture fabric AND you have not left your animal unattended at any time during the visit. Unfortunately, if I am not informed of the extra "dog guest" at time of registration, I need to charge an additional fee of $25.00 per night per dog guest when you check in.
Smoking allowed on porch or in backyard ONLY, not (website hidden), even on your own camp stove, is only allowed outside.
This is a great place for daytime recreation. However, overnight guests beyond the original registered party or visitors past 10pm are allowed only by prior arrangement and at extra charge. Maximum capacity is set at 10 people total. PLEASE let me know if someone might be visiting. This is my home, not a public party place or a hotel.
My security after you leave may depend on your good communication.
In deference to neighbors, quiet hours are midnight to 8am.
Another shot of the dining room taken from TV console and looking toward French door entrance to flat.
Suz made us feel very welcome. She left us some fruit and some provisions and the flat was just as she had described.
Suz was a great host she was there to welcome us when we arrived and had all of the beds set up. The place is simple but a perfect little place to hang with friends if you don't need too much. The backyard and river are gorgeous and a good place to sit and enjoy the evening sunset or the early morning sun with a cup of coffee and a book. The whole time we were there we felt like we were on a little retreat and enjoyed every moment. Suz even left us some delicious local bread and fruit as a breakfast! We would definitely come back.
The apartment was perfect and the location by the river amazing! Suz made us feel very welcome and even provided us with fruit and coffee for the morning. I would definitely recommend the Sunny Riverfront Flat for anyone :)
Having never been to Guernville, my husband and I relied heavily on past reviews. And considering this was our 12th Anniversary and one of the few experiences sans children, it was important that we enjoyed our time together. We took a chance and we're so happy that we stayed at Suz's river home. From waking up and having coffee by the river, to walking down the block into town for dinner, river bbq, kayaking, and Golf at the beautiful Northwood, our trip was perfect! Suz is generous, kind, and helpful. The two spaces are seperate, and we had privacy. Entire place was perfectly clean. Large bathroom. Large table in front room for playing board games. I hadn't noticed that there was no t.v. when I booked. I thought my husband was going to be frustrated, but he enjoyed kicking my boots in scrabble, and we walked into town for a Giants game. I was happy there was not a full kitchen. This freed my time for enjoying myself, and one brought us out doors to bbq, and enjoy the home grown veggies Suz brought to us. Lovely town, amazing river, wonderful host...we will be back. Next time hopefully with kiddos, they would love it!
Suz was a warm and welcoming host, and we very much enjoyed our stay in Guerneville. Excellent location right on the river (we were able to take her kayaks out in the morning) and a 5-10 minute walk to the heart of town. Suz was always available to help us if we had questions, and she offered plenty of recommendations for dinner and activities.
About the Host, Suz
I am a teacher (2-adult), naturalist and a Sonoma County native. I travel widely; love meeting other travellers...In fact, I often work with ESL students so i can travel "vicariously." My two cats are quite independent but i dearly miss having a dog and to tell you the truth, this place needs more dog visitors to ward off the racoons!
I'm as quiet as my cats and just as independent. Even though I love my river home, I work out of town and often like to "get away" myself...
I continue to perfect my hosting after a couple of successful years. If you don't love your stay for any reason, I am happy and usually able to do what it takes to "make it so." ...either during or afterwards; just let me know.
I do look forward to meeting you!