Sunny Riverfront Paradise: Holidays

House - Entire home/apt · River Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446, United States

The Space

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 and has a pebble beach this time of year.. A five min. walk to resort town of Guerneville, you can easily drive to Armstrong Redwoods and many world-class Sonoma Co. wineries. Designed to be dog friendly, the flat is especially ideal for families or a couple plus their single friends or dog. Riverside Paradise Flat is quiet in the fall and spring, but in the summer "high season" it is not as private because Guerneville is a resort area with resort area river and street traffic.

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, redwoods and fruit trees with beach access for picnics, fishing etc. There is a private riverside patio complete with table, swing and gas bbq.

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 and 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 curtain (vs. a permanent door.)

All bedding and bath towels are included. There is ample, secure storage space for your river gear, bikes etc. For stays lasting longer than 2 nights, the host will make arrangements for linen and dish washing; people with week or vacation leases have access to the upstairs kitchen and outdoor balcony space with notice.

This is a home designed for recreation in nature, for happy people activites...not just on the water but on land too... like horseshoes and frisbee, 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!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Futon
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 6
Extra people: $25 / night after 3 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $1000 /week
Monthly Price: $2500 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

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  • My family enjoyed staying with Suz on the Russian River. The entire floor of the home was very large and comfortable with a view directly of the river. Suz was very nice and helpful, picking up coffee, local bread- which we loved!, organic bananas, popcorn, and a cupcake! We found the location fantastic for exploring local wineries, the nearby redwood forest, and the coast. Suz gave us great advice on local dining and area highlights. We truly enjoyed our stay with Suz! Thank you!!

    March 2014
  • Suz was a wonderful host to me and my four friends. The place is cozy and right on the river. It was the perfect retreat for a weekend away from the city. We will definitely be back again!

    Thank you Suz for taking the time out to chat with us and make sure we were doing alright!

    February 2014
  • Suz was great! Decided last minute to stay there and felt very welcomed and was very accommodating with our last minute request. The fact it was walking distance to town was the big plus. Didn't need more than a comfortable bed to sleep on (which it was) so I can't speak for other amenities provided and whether it would fit others' needs.

    January 2014
  • Suz was a fantastic host, she personally greeted us and gave us a tour of not only the place, but also showed us her place and took us down to the river despite it being pitch black and freezing outside!

    She also stocked the kitchen with snacks, which was really above and beyond!

    This place was perfect for our group of 4 adult friends. These weren't issues for us, but some guests might find this useful:
    - The house is right on the main road, and you can hear cars passing at most times
    - The bedrooms are separated by a curtain
    - The second queen bed is a pullout couch, and comfort is consistent with that of a pullout couch

    But here are some great things you might also find useful:
    - The backyard literally IS the Russian river, you can walk right down to it.
    - The house was nice and toasty and plenty of hot water even though it was chilly outside
    - Our small dog was a welcome guest, and loved walking around the backyard and the river

    December 2013
  • We were looking for a quiet place to get away with our dogs for a few days and Suz's house was the perfect place for us. It is quirky and full of history. It sits right on the river and is just a short walk from the cute town of Guerneville. The unit we stayed in is the bottom floor of the house where Suz lives upstairs. The floors are rough, painted wood, covered with rugs where it counts. This was perfect for us because we could let our dogs play without worry. It was a totally relaxing visit.

    Suz is an amazing host. She loves dogs and played with ours any chance she got. She also loves people, and we enjoyed talking with her. She went to every effort to make our stay positive, stocking the mini-fridge with thoughtful staples and recommending a beautiful hike we could take our dogs on with us. Our comfort and enjoyment was clearly important to her.

    We will definitely be returning for another visit!

    December 2013
  • Suz was very welcoming and accommodating. She provided a nice place to stay, with plenty of room for the six of us. There wasn't a lot of privacy between rooms, but there was plenty of hot water and towels for us, a convenient location, accessible river front, thoughtful supplies (coffee and bananas!), and all for a good price. Thanks Suz!

    November 2013
  • We were so grateful to find a place to stay last minute on Labor Day weekend, and Suz was impressively responsive.

    Suz was very welcoming and clearly very invested in ensuring we enjoyed our stay. In the morning she left us fresh fruit and cream for our coffee and let us borrow her bike helmet and left us a nice thank you note upon our departure.

    The place was clean and as described (the fellow who was upset about the floor material and lawn maintenance seemed a little over the top), but the smaller bedroom was indeed just a bed, really, and no closet space is available. The two bedrooms are indeed separated by a curtain, the smaller one accessed through the larger. The larger has two twin beds and a futon foldout, described as "really comfortable," so i think our expectations might have been a bit inflated. It was fine for a couple of nights, though.

    It should be clear that there is only one entrance to the house; the entrance hallway opens to the stairs leading up to Suz's part of the house, and a french door closes off the rental portion of the house.

    The backyard goes right up to the water with a lovely bench to sit on, which was wonderful! Bring your bathing suits.

    Upon arrival, Suz spent some time showing us the house, including some dog gates, as we were heading for a dinner that evening. We left for our dinner and opted to leave the dog in the bathroom as we normally do when we travel with him. When we returned, she had left a note indicating that she heard him whining and thus gone to visit him, and she asked that we keep him with us for the rest of our stay (on the back of a printout of the house rules with that same request highlighted). We were a little surprised, as we could not imagine a scenario of employing dog gates while we were in the house and assumed she was telling us about them in the context of the dinner we planned to attend. As a result, we were forced to leave the dog in the car with the windows cracked when we went to (and rushed through) dinner the following night rather than with his bed and water in the house, which was a bummer.

    Thus, it bears mentioning that the arrangement with the host living directly above and, as the above indicates, keeping an eye on us, left us feeling a bit "chaperoned" during the stay.

    We found it a bit pricey for the offering but assume that was a result of the holiday weekend, as the billed rate is much lower than what we paid.

    Nonetheless, I reiterate that we were very grateful to find this place and found Suz quite hospitable. This would be a fine place for a single couple or family to stay without a pet.

    September 2013
  • Suz was absolutely great hosting our group. The house is large and clean and the backyard leads you directly to the river. It was perfect for the six of us! Alot of fun and relaxation under the sun! Thank you again!

    August 2013
  • Suze is a very amiable host. We had rented the place for a race and didn't really spend too much time at the house to enjoy the local scenery. But the backyard is the river and should be good to hang out

    July 2013
  • Suz describes her place as "rustic". However, based on the price per night and the pictures, we were not expecting plywood floors inside and an unkempt lawn which had not been mowed for quite a while. The pictures of the yard show a tidy lawn and appear much wider than they are because they don't display the neighbor's property line which cuts the yard down the middle.

    The pictures and description seem to imply 2 full bedrooms. However, in our opinion, it should be stated that the second bedroom is really a large closet that can only be accessed through the primary bedroom and does not have a door. We don't think this makes it "family friendly" as stated by Suz.

    Finally, Suz mentions that the home is "designed for recreation in nature, for happy people activities" [sic]. What she doesn't mention is that both rooms are next to the area's most active highway (116) and that the flat has limited soundproofing. We were woken up multiple times by cars and then by Suz herself walking around on her upstairs plywood floor at 6am. We did have happy people activities in nature, but not as much while we were at home.

    On the positive side, the bathroom was well furnished and hot water was plentiful.

    July 2013
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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 the first very successful year. 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!
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