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At Riverwood Cottage enjoy the luxury of first class accommodations at one of the best locations on the river with summer access to a large beach with a big island to explore! This two bedroom one bath home is decorated like a cozy Italian villa...gold hues, antique furniture and fine art. The one acre property on the scenic Russian River is partly nestled beneath giant redwoods with lush vegetation or sprawling sunny lawns connected by meandering rock paths leading to an easy river access! During summer months, wade across the river to a secluded island for exploring, bird watching and day round sunbathing! And, in the winter watch the river swell. Kayaks can be rented locally or bring your own pulling them up the path to a lockable tie down bar. There is an outdoor shower and soon to be added toilets and prep sink. Don’t leave your dog at home! This is a well behaved dog’s most popular destination. Riverwood sleeps 4 comfortably but you may also arrange for day parties, special occasion or camping packages at certain times of the year.
Step out of the cottage onto a wrap-around deck with spectacular river views in this serene private park like natural river-front setting. Enjoy your meals outside on the deck at a lovely glass top table with comfortable wicker chairs and find plenty of similar seating areas around the deck with charcoal B-B-Q just outside the kitchen. The hot tub deck corner is nestled in 3 giant redwoods with a river view. From there, step down to newly added stairways leading directly to the yard and river.
There is an area on the lawn for a family gathering with 2 picnic tables, water, electric outlets and night lighting. Enjoy a newly added rock lined fire pit for marshmallow roasts and storytelling with the kids. Relax, swim, sunbathe, while enjoying the multitude of birds. Landscaped grounds with stone walls, expansive river-front lawns with yard furniture, picnic tables accent this spacious area for playing, socializing or just relaxing. Privacy and comfort are yours in this lush natural setting. Cross the footbridges over the storybook creek or wade across the river to the sun-drenched island. Take extra beach chairs to the island and back to make your time there even better!
The cottage has central heat and a gas fireplace with all new double pane windows for your comfort and enjoyment. The bedrooms have good lighting and are appointed with pillow top high-end beds, sensuous bedding and down comforters. The bathroom has an old fashioned claw foot tub for a bath or shower. Enjoy top-of-the-line soaps, towels and rugs in a spacious bath.
The home is expertly decorated and boasts original art, ethnic curios and fine quality furniture. The dining room area includes a Florentine marble table for four that overlooks the river. The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas stove, large refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, cappuccino machine, blender, assorted kitchen implements, complete cookware, and service for six. Clothes washer and drier are included.
Sliding glass doors open from the living room to the large deck. There is plenty of seating and tables for outside cocktails and dining. BBQ included. There’s a friendly grocery store just a quarter mile up the road and a large supermarket as well as a health-food store eight minutes away in Guerneville. New local amenities are a skate board park within 3 blocks and Canopy Tours, a zip line adventure through the tips of the redwoods 5 minutes drive. Enjoy a movie theater, amphitheater, and tennis courts or fine dining at the historic Village Inn all walking distance. Or, this is a popular destination for hiking and biking trails, historic landmarks and country shopping and food at its best in Occidental and Duncans Mills. Try the Blue Herron or Cape Fear on the way to the coast and beaches at Jenner 6 miles away!
The property is professionally cleaned and serviced prior to your checking in. We take extra care to insure your comfort, safety and satisfaction. This area of the Russian River and coast is an unspoiled natural habitat to dozens of birds, fish and otters. Please help us to protect this endangered environment.
Sonoma County Transient Occupancy Permit #328
Luxuriously furnished, comfortable beds, panoramic river views, decks, sunny lawns and island.
The river beachfront changes seasonally & in summer months extends out all the way to the island! Explore the island for nature walks & access to the river from end to end or kayak to Duncans Mills!...moreless
The closest downtown area is Guerneville, a 6 mile drive where you will find most everything you need plus you won't want to miss Armstrong Redwoods. And, Santa Rosa is just 20 minutes away....moreless
The surrounding area is waiting to be explored with opportunities for bird watching, fishing, zip-lining, skateboarding, hiking, biking & kayaking & within close proximity to the coast 6 miles away...moreless
Riverwood is situated on the river with access to the river beach & the island most of the year. In the winter months it is magnificent to watch the river swell with the seasons & see the wildlife....moreless
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Flora & Fauna
Apr 1 - May 11, 2015
2 night min stay
May 12 - Jun 23, 2015
3 night min stay
Jun 27 - Aug 30, 2015
7 night min stay
Aug 31 - Oct 31, 2015
3 night min stay
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2 night min stay
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Great swimming just off the front yard! Wade across the river to the sun-drenched island for a nature walk or to play ball with the dog, Canoe & Kayak rentals are available nearby or by calling services that will deliver. Enjoy a spectacular, award winning Golf Course five minutes away. Hike, bike or jog under the Redwoods. Play tennis & tell the kids to bring their skateboards to try out a brand new skateboard park 1 mile away. Or, Horseback ride on the coast, wine taste at hundreds of Sonoma County & Napa Valley Wineries. Take the scenic drive to the famous coastline & beaches only 6 miles away for surfing, whale watching or beach combing. Visit unique shopping areas for antiques, art galleries & crafts gourmet dining. Walk over to a local movie theater or enjoy live entertainment at the nearby Monte Rio amphitheater or at the Occidental Center for the Arts. Enjoy the best coffee shops ever at Duncans Mills or on the coast in Jenner! (8 miles away) See the redwoods in Guerneville at Armstrong Redwoods or in Occidental, The Grove of the Old trees! Visit famous Bodega Bay a 20 minute drive & enjoy seafood restaurants or buy your own & bring it back for a BBQ feast!
Year Purchased: 2001
About the owner: I was born and raised in Southern California, and lived in the Caribbean for years before moving to Northern California. I live at the end of the Russian River in Jenner, Ca where I own another vacation rental. I am the president of EcoRing, a non profit organization dedicated to eco friendly tourism.
Why the Owner Chose Monte Rio:
I have always said that homes on the water were precious jewels, and this home gave me the opportunity to share the experience on living on the beautiful Russian River with my guests. I have in the past 3 months, done a lot of work to the house in case you have been here before. You will enjoy new double pane windows, redecorated interior that includes new space saving bedroom furniture, new access to the yard from the deck, new fences and gates, new lawns and fire pit, less trees and plans for redoing showers and outdoor kitchen area. I am currently designing packages for small events, parties and even camping! I own another house in Jenner, Casa Panama sleeping 10 which can make a nice package with Riverwood giving guests at both homes the option to entertain together; river fun at Riverwood and coastal views at Casa Panama vrbo #29985. Plan something for everyone!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
This unique property is a full half acre of beautiful lawns, paths and footbridges. The island sits in front of the property separating the river into two channels on either side. On the closest side it is the most shallow with the exception of a swimming (or fishing) hole just to the left. To the right it gets so shallow on summer days it is all beach with direct access to the island terrific for exercise and exploration (or pretending to Huck Finn). When kayaking, it's easy access to a lazy ride down river to Duncans Mills. Or venture up river to the public beach where on the 3rd of July are family games and fireworks seen from the front yard or deck. Riverwood Cottage is minutes from vineyards and wine tasting in nearby Guerneville. There is zip-lining through the redwoods ten minutes away in Camp Meeker and then continue up to Occidental to hike the Grove of the Old Redwoods and try Howard's for the best breakfast anywhere. There is a new skate park walking distance or bring your bikes and bike as far as you are able. The coast is only 6 miles away on a beautiful scenic hwy along the river that should not be missed. Hike the Jenner Headlands or Willow Creek! The beaches are amazingly beautiful with many opportunities for exploration on trails up on the bluffs or on the sand. Nearby Bodega Bay is important to explore for kites shops, fresh fish and crab or whale watching, deep sea fishing, para sailing or wind sailing. In Guerneville don't miss Armstrong Woods for a hike and lots of unique shopping at new art shops and galleries springing up everywhere! Centrally located Monte Rio is home to the famous Northwood Golf Course and the Bohemian Grove who's members host a fine variety show to benefit the community the third week of July for the last 100 years yet, Monte Rio is a quick 25 minutes back to Santa Rosa.
Dine out on the deck overlooking the properties magnificent views & wildlife
Enjoy a big new deck with lots of places to sun, entertain & enjoy river views
Hot tub on the deck beneath the redwoods with a gorgeous view morning or night
Inside dining area with view and glass table for 6 just outside this window
Bedroom 2 with queen bed, comfy linens, wall mounted TV & big walk-in closet
Fire pit is a fun place to spend long evenings & with propane it meets fire code
Two picnic tables on the lawn for your enjoyment for picnics/crafts with 2nd BBQ
Footbridge takes you down to the river path for an easy access to the river
From the spacious beach with the island to the right and house in the distance
Looking down river towards Monte Rio Beach & Recreation Center for kayak rental
A portion of the lawn with a view of the beach & summer access to the island
There are now two huge lawns on this newly landscaped 1/2 acre to play & sun on
Fully equipped kitchen looks out over the deck enabling you to pass food outside
Living room is very comfortable with stereo or wall mounted TV with DVD player
First bedroom with queen bed, comfy linens & wall mounted TV with DVD player
This big bathroom has a claw foot tub & shower & beach shower is under the deck
A great place to tell stories and watch the stars come out, propane is included
This gives you an idea of how grand the redwoods can be in this very scenic area
View of the lower lawn for for another place to enjoy summer sunshine & views
Looking up river in front of the house you are able to kayak or swim in summer
Kayaking up river towards Jenner from the house is indescribably beautiful & fun
Welcome to Riverwood Cottage for the best river access anywhere in the area!
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