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I wavered between a 2 and a 3 star review. Not everything can be perfect, that's just a part of life, so how you deal with issues matters a lot! Based on the lack of support from the host, I then had no choice but to give 2 stars. Here are the positives: * The place is really cozy and charming * The two fireplaces are cozy * The wood trim all over gives a warm ski house feel * There road up to the house from the main road is quaint. It's up big hill on a winding, narrow, steep trail with trees all around. Makes you feel like you're a million miles away SF! * Russian River Pub is a mile and a half away, has good food and drinks * There are so many wineries closeby, with a handful of them within 5 miles. Korbel is great, and less than 5 miles away * The Forestville area as a whole is idyllic. It definitely feels like a trip off the beaten path. Great experiences at the smaller wineries, as compared to the busier parts of Sonoma county * Downtown Healdsburg is super cute and less than 10 miles away Here are avoidable negatives: * The WiFi didn't work. Yes yes, I know, you don't come to a get away property for internet. But we were planning to Chromecast something, and specifically booked this place over a cheaper place because it had WiFi and a TV with a USB port. So when you pay for something, you expect it to work * The combination lock to the hot tub would not open * Both of these issues could have been addressed by an eager host. I would not expect hotel quality service at an Airbnb house, but I also wouldn't expect apathy. Like I said earlier, stuff happens, but it's how you deal with it that matters. Getting a text saying "Please only use this number for emergencies. Thanks for understanding." when you have no other number to call doesn't help. Neither does not getting a response when you text "XXXX for the hot tub? It is not working" Here are some downsides that can't be changed, but potential guests should know about: * There are neighbors -- it's not completely secluded * The hot tub is not entirely enclosed. It's in the front yard about 10 feet away from the house and has a partial fence * There are lots of little bugs! Don't be surprised if you wake up itching in the middle of the night * The junior bedroom does not have complete privacy. The path to the main bedroom goes past the junior bedroom and there is only a divider separation Overall, this is a good place. If you don't run into the issues I had, you might even say it is a great place. But I did experience those issues, and they were not addressed, so I would describe mine as an unsatisfying...
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We had a lovely stay at Hilltop Haven! There were 10 of us (eight adults and two kids) and there was plenty of room for all. We loved the beautiful and huge kitchen. The house was cozy and made it so easy to relax!
Everything about this place is amazing...highly recommend staying here!
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Great winter stay at this riverside retreat! The small downtown is lovely and the people that live here seem to genuinely care for the area, were welcoming and kind. The road to the house is small and bumpy, but that's how we like it! The dock at this house seems to have been washed away during a storm - it was a bit unfortunate that we weren't told of this on the listing, but the benefit of being right on the Russian River is that there are a plethora of locations to push off and go on an adventure. I never met the mangers of this rental nor did we communicate during our actual stay, but the instructions given ahead of time and the convenient instruction binder in the home were great resources, so we had no questions that needed tending to. The home its self it beautiful and clean. The outside deck was so wonderful, one of my favorite features along with the hot tub. WE HAD AN AMAZING TIME! So thankful to have had the opportunity to stay at this lovely home.
The host was terrific from start to finish and every point in between. The accommodations were exactly as pictured and described. The neighborhood was good. Cute, scenic.
The house was lovely, warm, and well organized and cared for. The location was great too! We walked to town along the redwoods and lounged on the beach by the river with a beautiful view. Note the house is on the cozier side- we thought it would be larger based on the pictures, although the outdoor area is spacious and I'm sure in the summer the space seems bigger. Had a nice stay overall.
Our stay at Ananda was great! The place is much like a treehouse, set among the redwoods with views of foliage from ever window and in every direction, including the two large skylights over the living room. The layout is efficient yet spacious with ultra comfy beds, a well equipped kitchen and lots of space for lounging about...which is just what one wants with a retreat in the woods. Plus the hot tub is actually HOT....unlike many other rentals which have a maximum temperature somewhere on in 90's. This tub gets into the 100's...nice and hot! Throw in a big fireplace and this place delivers on all levels.
This is a cute place with a funky layout. The second "bedroom" isn't quite a bedroom. It would be a great place for a family where a couple could stay in the main bedroom, a child could stay in the adjacent space and perhaps a second couple could stay in the pull out couch. It's tricky with one bathroom. The jacuzzi is small and doesn't fit more than two comfortably. If you want to be away from town on a quiet street, it's great otherwise!