Balalaika Guest Homes at the Russian River in the Redwoods
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- Wheel chair accessible:No
Guerneville townhome description
In the heart of Sonoma County at the Russian River, the Balalaika Guest Homes are seated below tall redwood trees, lush forest, centered to historic landmarks, wine tasting and just twenty minutes from coastal extravaganzas. Enjoy a a trip down the river from nearby Burkes Canoe Rentals or taste fine wines from the cellars of world famous Korbel Champagne only minutes away. Witness first hand old growth redwoods and spectacular mountain vistas from California State Park Armstrong Woods. Our newly built vacation homes are each fully equipped with two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a full kitchen, large living room and all amenities. Each can accommodate four to eight adults comfortably. Within a mile there is a twenty-four hour Safeway, cafes, shops, the Russian River, hiking, wine tasting, occasional special events such as the Jazz and Blues Festival, the Vineman Triathlon, Crab Festival, and much, much more.. you may be thinking this is expensive.. we have priced our rentals affordable so that anyone can plan a vacation to stay with us.
Why rent a room when you can rent an entire house for the same price?
Each rental includes upper and lower grand balcony redwood decks, most built around our 100-year-old Redwood Trees. One balcony for the master bedroom and the other seated above just off the living room--making it ideal for Barbecues and outside family dinners.
Inside you will find large picture windows with vaulted ceilings above our spacious living rooms, cable TV with DVD, CD Player/Stereo, large couches for plenty of seating, as well as a cozy fireplace to add just a little of that romantic charisma for those times you can get away.
Our bathrooms are exquisitely done in tile and stone, with showers including dual heads on opposite sides. Granite kitchen counters, large bedrooms, and all linens and china included.
Some of our homes have hot tubs available.
Be sure to visit our website for more info, photos, directions, and to book your reservation online!
Keywords: Guest Homes / Townhomes
- Vacation Rental
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available:
- Cooking Utensils
- Linens Provided:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Washing Machine:
- Gas Fireplace:
- Parking Off Street
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- CD Player
- DVD Player
Pool & Spa
- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill
- Mountain Biking
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Miniature Golf
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
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Nice Place with some Downsides
Nice Place with some Downsides
As my wife and I arrived at the Guest Homes this October, the first thing we noticed was that the advertisement of "at" the Russian River was not the same as "on" the river. My vision of a nice deck overlooking the river quickly faded as I realized the complex is about 3 blocks from the river, set in a stand of redwoods with a large hill to the south. While nice and shady in the summer, this meant only about an hour of direct sun in the fall and temperatures about 10 degrees less than a few blocks away. The inside decor of the Homes looks just like the pictures -- tastefully done and comfortable. The beds were very supportive, there were decent appliances in the kitchen, good off street parking and a kids play area across the way. There are a few downsides, however, that might be tolerable for a weekend stay but that tend to be less so for a longer visit. The knives, silverware and dishes are very cheap and almost a danger to use (one knife exploded in my hand). The cookware is minimal and we were missing tops to some of the pans. Several lights were burned out and never did get replaced despite our calls to the landlord. The bbq on the deck was on its last legs with a burner that spewed yellow flames. There was no stereo (as advertised), no placemats or napkins, no books or info on the area, no trash bags, no clocks (even bedside), and not even a wine opener. The cable TV had a very basic selection and 2/3 of the channels were public access or sales. No ESPN, CNN or anything beyond the 3 networks. The remote was held together with duct tape and several of the buttons no longer worked. I hate to go on, but the faucets were loose and/or crooked, the bathroom towels were the thinnest I've ever felt, the handles and hinges on many of the cabinets were loose or broken, and the internet was often agonizingly slow. The neighborhood in general was fairly quiet, although mornings sometimes brought barking dogs and occasional chain saws. For the price, these duplexes are a reasonable deal and very spacious. Just be aware that some of the details are a bit disappointing. All in all, it felt like the Homes were well built but then outfitted on a tight budget, and the low quality is starting to show after only a few years of use.
- Guest Magnyfan (Seattle, WA United States)
- Date of stay 10/10/11
- Review Submitted 11/21/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, families with teenagers.
Great Mother/Daughter Weekend!
Great Mother/Daughter Weekend!
A few of us mom's stayed her with our daughters for our annual mother/daughter weekend. The property is beautiful and just as described. The townhouse is very spacious, clean and up-to-date with nice granite counter tops and nice stone tiles in the bathroom. All the bathrooms have heaters which make it so nice when you get out of the shower in the cold weather. All the light switches are labeled and everything is in perfect order. The hottub was very nice and even though we had to share it with the property next door we never wanted to use it at the same time. I was attracted to this place because of the reasonable rates, no cleaning fees and/or additional deposit. The check-in and out process is so easy (just get and return the key via a lockbox). I also worked with a very nice lady to book my reservation. I would definitely come back to visit here so the rest of the family can exerience this place and the other sights that are very close (russian river beach area and redwood state park).
- Guest Lisa (Dublin, CA)
- Date of stay 10/22/10
- Review Submitted 10/25/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, families with young children, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers.
Incredibly wonderful place to stay. We went over to the Russian River in late May, 2008. Very luxurious townhomes and of course there is the hottub....AHHHHH......incredible. Close to everything we wanted to see and do. The owners are wonderful and so very accommodating. We definitely will be back!
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 06/01/08
- Review Submitted 06/03/08
We stayed at the Balalaika guest homes in August 2007 for one week during Vineman Triathlon and had a spectacular time. The guest home is just beautiful and became our home away from home. We were sad to leave, but will definitely be back. We highly recommend this to anyone. The owner is wonderful as well and very accommodating!!
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 12/01/07
- Review Submitted 12/18/07
Guest comment entered by owner
Dear Spencer: Just wanted to leave you a little thank you note for everything. We had a wonderful time in the house and we really appreciated all that you did for us. I showed my work friends the brochure and the web site of the house many seem really interested so again thanks a lot. Bye Bye Pamela
- Guest Pamela
- Date of stay 04/16/07
- Review Submitted 04/16/07
We stayed at Balalaika for 7 days in Sept. 2006 and were very happy with the facilities and the comfort of the accommodations. So much so that we made reservations to go there again on our anniversary the first week in March 2007. Very romantic surroundings!!! Carl & Virginia Schimmel Salt Lake City
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 02/01/07
- Review Submitted 02/13/07
Low Season: October 3rd - April 30th Sun - Thur: $129 Fri - Sat: $199 Week: $999 Month: $1599 Holiday/Event: $229 High Season: May 1st - October 2nd (1 night stays, at discretion of management) Sun - Thur: $149 Fri - Sat: $249 Week: $1199 Month: $1999 Holiday/Event: $349 Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice. Additional Persons and Hot Tub are additional, based on length of stay. See our website for full details. Holiday/Events require a 2-3 night minimum stay. There is NO CLEANING FEE. There is a 9% CA state transient occupancy tax.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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Year Purchased: 2006
- Primary: (707) 318-3175 (California, USA)
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Original stone walls from 1910; site of one of the Russian River's first resorts
Fully furnished and appointed designer kitchens with tile or granite tops
Beautiful setting in the midst of a redwood forest
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