View of living room from kitchen. Granite counters.
Sonoma Russian River Redwood Escape
Hosted by Robert
Robert is the host.Robert is a superhost.
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
You won’t be charged yet

"This is one of the most special places on Airbnb." - Beau, August 2017.

"A most sublime space, location, feel, aroma. Spoil yourself and take advantage of one of the most peaceful and beautiful spaces I have been. More specifically, the comforts - beds, pillows, views, kitchen, etc. all are five star." - Tim, Oct 2015

The space

Featured on the TV show “Tiny House Hunting," s02 e11. Contemporary, comfy home with hot tub overlooking the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County. Modern living amidst ancient redwoods. Said one guest: "I haven't been this at ease in years." See why

"I am convinced Robert's place is the best airbnb ever."

"PERFECT. I can't wait to come back."

"MAJOR PROPS for the speaker system."

“I've probably already taken 200 photos from your deck."

“I haven't been this pleased and at ease in years."

“You have the most lovely and righteous oasis in the woods."

“Feeling so lucky to be here."


This really special and lovely home is under 90 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge (without traffic...). Fabulous, tasteful, well-maintained, and totally modern, the house is built into a hill in the redwood forest and overlooks the Russian River Valley. The thoroughly contemporary "cabin" is located near the little town of Monte Rio, CA (about 3 miles west of Guerneville). There is nothing better than sitting in that hot tub overlooking the pristine beauty of the gorgeous russian river valley. The place is great for a couple or a solo traveler who just wants to chill out in a really beautiful and special place.

About the place. The house is about 720 sq ft and thoroughly modern with an ingenious use of space.The "loft like" bedroom is atop a spiral staircase. From the bed are redwood trees framed by skylights. Linens are provided.

There is a large deck with a table for outside meals, and there is a wonderful hot tub. The hot tub will take several hours to warm up after you arrive and will get up to 104 - the manufacturer does not let the tub get hotter than 104. The hot tub is treated between guests and fully serviced on Wednesdays so if your visit includes a Wednesday the hot tub people might show up and we can let you know ahead of time at what time to expect them.

There are two couches outside as well. The speaker system for the excellent indoor/outdoor stereo system really enhances chilling out on the deck.

The place has a very modern kitchen with an electric stove. There is a gas grill on the deck, and we try to provide enough propane for the grill. You will find the usual implements of cooking destruction. Some guests bring and leave spices and oils and some things accumulate (mustard, oregano) and others go quick (olive oil). Just to be safe, if you love to cook you can bring what you know you need, or check what's been left first and just replace what you use.

You can walk down the hill to a lovely beach on the Russian River, and the walk takes about 10-15 minutes. If you are walker, you can walk about a mile to Monte Rio where there are a few restaurants, cafes, and bars (some only open in the Summer months). Guerneville, which has more restaurants and bars (including 2 gay bars) is about 3 miles away. In Guerneville and Monte Rio you can also rent canoes or kayaks for a day on the river. In the other direction, you drive along the river and in about 10 minutes come to Jenner and Goat Rock State Park, a spectacular park where river meets ocean. Bodega Bay is quite close as well. Charming Occidental, with great breakfast spots, is a short drive. You are also near the Northwood Golf Course, Armstrong Woods Park, and easily more than 50 world class wineries. Plus hiking all over the place in this overwhelming beauty.

Unlike many local listings, you get the comfort of knowing we obtained a vacation rental permit that mandates the 2 guest limit. So no additional guests and unfortunately no children or pets either. Thanks in advance for understanding.

Note that only Verizon and Sprint have a cell signal here. Also note that the "heater" option is not checked. There is no heating in this house! There is a wood burning stove, and we recommend buying wood if you would like a fire. There is kindling provided but if you might have trouble starting a fire in a fireplace, we recommend bringing Duraflame logs with you. You'll be glad you did.

The house lets in abundant light. This is by design! This is noted because some guests may want to bring an eye mask.

This place is a great opportunity to just chill out, go explore Sonoma county, taste wines - whatever you want. Many guests don't ever even want to leave the place at all. The house is gorgeous, and the area spectacular. You'll love it!

Guests have access to the entire house and surrounding property, including the hot tub, outdoor gas grill, and speaker system. Plus it is an easy walk to the Russian River for sightseeing and summer swimming.

The hosts are not present during the visits from guests. When booking is complete, we provide an access code to retrieve keys to the house and we email a "welcome letter" with house rules and suggested activities in the area. We are available 24/7 by phone and check email frequently, but try to leave guests alone.

The "neighborhood" is a 5mph country road that winds through a redwood forest. There are not many neighbors and the folks you do see out walking are friendly. The best thing about the "neighborhood" is the scenic walks, the proximity to the Russian River and surrounding activities like hiking, swimming, biking, great restaurants, and, of course, wine tasting.

Parking is included, and a car is required. Note that a large SUV will have trouble navigating the narrow country roads.

SPECIAL NOTE: Friday and Saturday bookings must include a 3rd night, either Sunday or Thursday, unless the Thursday or Sunday is already booked. Last minute exceptions can be accommodated when possible.

Guest access

Guests have access to the entire house and surrounding property, including the hot tub, outdoor gas grill, and speaker system. Plus it is an easy walk to the Russian River for sightseeing and summer swimming.

Interaction with guests

Your host will be available by phone or email, however we do not meet. Guests get a gate code that gives them a house key.

Other things to note

We like requests of 3+ nights. Exceptions made when the bookends of a specific 2-night request are unavailable leaving only a 2 night booking available. Rarely is a 2 night request accepted if doing so would mean one unoccupied night between your request and an existing reservation.

Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises

House Rules
Not suitable for pets
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

Check in is after 3:00 pm and check out is by 11:00 am. Cleaners will come just after the check out so it is important to honor the check in and check out time.

When you book the house we will give you a code to a lock box to get a key. It is essential you return the key to the lock bock because if you lock yourself out we need to send a locksmith out to the house and will deduct $200 from your security deposit to pay the expense.

Some rules that are house rules are also the law and governed by the permit: quiet hours from 10pm - 9am; absolutely no children or pets; absolutely no more than two guests. Violation of any of these rules will mean you are instantly asked to leave and you forfeit the deposit. Sorry, but there is no flexibility here.

Hot tub will be off when you arrive and will need to be turned on to use. Warming up will take 3 hours, approximately.

Do not try to use the Electric heaters. They do not work.

No shoes inside.

Music. You can plug your ipod or MP3 playing devise into the receiver in the closet to listen to music in the house and outside. We ask that you play music outside only if you are outside, and to be mindful of the neighbors.

Eat and drink only what you bring with you. You may want to bring extra ice.

Feel free to uncover the outside furniture and recover when you leave. Bring cushions inside if there is a chance of rain.

In warmer, dryer months, the cushions will be left covered outside. We request that you please cover the sofas at night so they are not dampened by evening dew and fog. Plus one time some guests left garbage outside and raccoons came and stomped all over the white cushions and that was a mess we'd like to not repeat.

WiFi access info will be provided.

An outside gas grill is available and instructions are provided to renters. We cannot guarantee propane, but try to keep the tanks filled.

Electricity. When you are not using lights, like the outside lights, please turn them off.

Toilet. The house is on septic so flush only when you must. And only toilet paper in the toilet!

The garden: we are constantly in the process of improving the garden. We encourage you to enjoy the garden from the deck. If you walk into the garden, please stay on the pathways and only go down to the level with the two chairs overlooking the valley. The other pathways and stairs are not established and could easily tumble if you step on them, and you could injure yourself, and of course we don't want you to hurt yourself and cannot be held liable if you do.

The gate: When coming and going, the gate can sometimes slide into the lock position from the inside if you shut the door to heavily from the outside. The trick is to make sure the interior lock is flipped over to keep it from slipping into the lock position if you heavily close the door. You'll see what I mean when you get there.

Liability: Renting this property includes paying a $750 deposit. The deposit is not refunded in the event of any damage and any violations of these rules or in any way violating this agreement. Some examples of violations would include violating quiet hours, violating the "no kids no pets" policy, violating the garden guidelines, and violating any other rule specified. The property owners are in no way responsible or liable for any injury, lost properties, damages, theft, or "acts of God" and shall in no way be construed to have any financial or legal obligations to our guests. All guests have an express obligation to pay the property owners for damages or losses for any property caused by guests or invitees. Guests agree to indemnify and hold harmless the property owners from any loss, damage or personal injury suffered by Tenants and guests or invitees in relation to the rental of the vacation unit, including, but not limited to, power outages, weather conditions, flood, fire, theft, negligence, equipment failure. Tenant and guests shall immediately inform owner upon learning of any unsafe or hazardous condition. Requesting and being accepted to rent this property means you agree to all house rules including this liability statement.

Other Rules. No campers, trailers, RVs, tents. No early arrivals or late departures. No smoking. Commercial use is forbidden. Tenant agrees to leave premises as instructed. Accepting a booking with the property owners is construed as agreeing to each of these terms, and is construed as having read these terms.

Before you leave you will be asked to do the following:(URL HIDDEN)Strip the bed and put all linens and towels on the bathroom floor

(URL HIDDEN)Unplug coffee maker, toaster, and coffee grinder

(URL HIDDEN)Turn off all lights and fans. Make sure oven and grill are off! Do not leave anything running

(URL HIDDEN)Close all blinds

(URL HIDDEN)Make sure lights are off

(URL HIDDEN)Put trash and recycling in the garbage can on the driveway. Secure the lid.

(URL HIDDEN)Cover sofa cushions on outside furniture; if it may or has rained, bring the cushions inside

(URL HIDDEN)Turn down the hot tub to 75 degrees

• Lock everything. Return the key to the lock box and secure the lock box!

(URL HIDDEN)Let us know if you notice we are low on propane.


159 Reviews

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Myra User Profile
October 2017
This place was a perfect getaway for us. Can't beat hanging out in a hot tub under the redwoods. Beautiful and simple home :)

Mark User Profile
October 2017
This is a great place....small, comfortable, quiet. If you have a large truck or SUV, make sure to get the directions from Robert on where to park. The main space if very small. Otherwise, this is a great place and anyone would be happy here.

Jason User Profile
September 2017
Awsome location, we loved the deck and the hot tub and watching the humming birds. Just make sure you pay attention to the details in Roberts check in letter, there is a reason he took the time to write all the little details.
Robert User ProfileRobert is a superhost.
Response from Robert:
Thank you for calling out the welcome letter. You're right - lots of good stuff in there including answers to common questions that many people don't read!
September 2017

John User Profile
September 2017
The other glowing reviews speak for themselves! The location was wonderful - secluded enough to feel like an escape but very short drives to all of the great activities in Monte Rio and Guerneville. The place itself was beautiful inside and out. Robert gave us detailed instructions and made staying (and checking in and out) a breeze! Would recommend this to anyone who wants to travel to Russian River.

Lauren User Profile
September 2017
Perfect spot.

Brooke User Profile
September 2017
Robert's place is incredible! My husband and I came up for a little getaway after our wedding weekend and it could not have been better. We were able to relax outside, enjoy the hot-tub, all while surrounded by redwoods. The views were stunning and the place was so beautiful and comfortable! It was exactly what we were hoping for and Robert was amazingly communicative and helpful throughout!

Jenn User Profile
August 2017
Everything that everyone has said about this Redwood escape is true! Robert was a great host and his communication was perfect from the beginning. He is extremely attentive and helpful. The place was absolutely beautiful, clean, and well equipped. You can't go wrong with the amazing outdoor deck and hot tub. I recommend Robert's place to anyone who visits the river!

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Robert User ProfileRobert is a superhost.
Outgoing & enthusiastic guy who loves to travel, works hard, reads a bunch, and resists easy categorization. When not traveling I'm likely to be at some live music, eating with friends, chilling in a local park or out hiking someplace in the Bay Area. As a host, we expect the sam…
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