About This Listing
Super contemporary and comfortable home with hot tub overlooking the Russian River Valley in West Sonoma County. Modern living amidst the ancient redwoods, close to wineries. Said one guest: "I haven't been this at ease in years." Stay and see why.
Bedroom: queen bed. Atop the spiral staircase. The bedroom is a "loft" that overlooks the living room.
"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 renting in the summer, there are some rafts and beach chairs you can bring down to the river with you. And 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.
We love this house and need to be sure any potential guests will care for the place as much as we do, so there is a security deposit. This gets refunded assuming there is no damage or violation of the rental agreement. We obtained a vacation rental permit and so pay a tax on your rental, and we absolutely cannot exceed the two person max. 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.
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!
SPECIAL NOTE: Beginning in April, Friday and Saturday bookings must include a 3rd night, either Sunday or Thursday. Thursday/Friday or Saturday/Sunday combinations may be accepted. Exceptions may be made for last minute requests.
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
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.
Check in is after 3:00 pm and check out is by 12:00 pm. 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:
• Strip the bed and put all linens and towels on the bathroom floor
• Unplug coffee maker, toaster, and coffee grinder
• Turn off all lights and fans. Make sure oven and grill are off! Do not leave anything running
• Close all blinds
• Make sure lights are off
• Put trash and recycling in the garbage can on the driveway. Secure the lid.
• Cover sofa cushions on outside furniture; if it may or has rained, bring the cushions inside
• Turn down the hot tub to 75 degrees
• Lock everything. Return the key to the lock box and secure the lock box!
• Let us know if you notice we are low on propane.
Robert's home in Monte Rio was ideal! We decided to stay at Robert's home as a midway point for our kayaking trip on the Russian River. First day, we kayaked from Johnson's Beach to Casini Ranch and the second day, we kayaked from Jenner to Casini Ranch. What a a beautiful trip! All types of birds and wildlife. But staying at Robert's was like a tree house retreat. So ideal! It was private and secluded. Robert provided a great manual to follow. We brought our own wood. The couch was my favorite place to kick back and stare at all the awesome redwoods. After soaking in the hot tub we lounged on his beautiful deck. So peaceful, watched a couple of tree swallows use the nesting boxes, they were fun to watch. The bed was comfortable. I have Sprint cell but there was definitely no cell available but the wi-fi was all we needed. Thank you for letting us stay. We had a terrific time!
I'm in total agreement with the other reviews -- this was a truly lovely oasis, tucked in the redwoods, and a magical, beautiful, comfortable, quiet, and relaxing space to spend a weekend. The house was just as described, and Robert was quickly responsive with our questions. A true gem of an airbnb!!
Loved the place! Listened to music all day long while in the hot tub surrounded by redwoods. No cell service but it's a good thing because you don't want anything to distract you from the beauty that is this house and neighboring cities! Had a blast up there, I would recommend it for anyone!
Beautiful trees and views from lots of windows. Well-equipped kitchen. Great walking down the lanes of the neighborhood. The sound system lets you play jazz softly while you hot tub. It is really hard to find a great couch. It is a melt-into-it three-piece L-shaped couch. And it's a very good size. That means you can have two guys lay down on it have have their toes wiggle at each other in the corner.
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About the Host, Robert
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 same that we give when traveling: being relaxed, being kind, leaving the place in the same condition as when it was found, and being as loud as you want when out but absolutely being quiet and respectful when home.
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