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Moon River, recently remodelled and updated, is a 1965, enchanting Sea Ranch style, 3 bedroom 2 bath house. 1800 feet square, it is constructed of redwood and Douglas fir, and sits on a bend on the beautiful Russian River.
The hot tub on the deck has the very best, panoramic views of the river. In the evening it catches the light of the Japanese deck lanterns. The stainless propane BBQ is large enough to cook a turkey, not to mention a whole fish!
And you are right ON the river. The deck, kitchen and the River bedroom have the best views of the river. However, thanks to many windows in Moon River, the trees and sky are viewable from inside the house all day!
On the backyard riverbank, we have planted/replanted native Russian River plants such as creekside dogwood, thimbleberry, wild native rose, salmonberry, spicebush, California wild currant to name a few! Russian River native grapevines are entwined around the deck supports, and turn beautiful colors in the fall. There are also non-native plants. A easy, meandering path leads you to the water's edge where you have direct, private access to the river.
Moon River is a nature paradise! There is always something beautiful to watch: Great blue herons, fish-eating Ospreys, White Egrets, Tundra 'Whistling' swans, Cormorants, Merganzer ducks, wood ducks, mountain quail, pond turtles, and even rare river otters can be seen fishing and playing in the water in front of Moon River. Steelhead, Chinook, and Coho salmon occasionally leap out of the water. Bring your binoculars!
Moon River's interior decor mixes modern with antique Japanese furniture, and fun, rewired 60s lunar lamps. All three of Moon River's bedrooms have plush carpeting, comfortable, queen-sized beds, ample closet space, multiple pillows, comforters and high grade linens.
The sleeper sofa is queen sized, and is located in the sunporch. Each adult guest receives their own personal 3-piece towel set, and also a spa towel.
The well-equipped, full kitchen has durable & user-friendly equipment, and also quiet energy-efficient appliances. Plentiful hard anodized high-end cookware makes cooking a feast fun and easy. The Heath stoneware dining service is attractive but sturdy. There are also many serving bowls, platters and utensils.
Both full, moonscaped bathrooms have radiant-heated stone floors for those cool nights. One bathroom has a Kohler 'Hatbox' toilet, the other a Toto toilet. Both are not only cool and high functioning, but also conserve water as well. Both bathrooms have high interior (and exterior) windows, providing additional daylight, yet preserving privacy.
At night, the living room glows due to wall sconces, which cast light up and down. You can create any mood you want, thanks to sophisticated, updated circuitry, and many three-way switches. Most bulbs are fluorescent. The dual pane, low-e, high-end Marvin windows & sliding glass doors not only insulate well, but also keep sound out (or in)!
Moon River is on a short, quiet little lane on the less-well-traveled side of the river, about a mile and a half east (upriver) of Guerneville. I hope crickets don't make you nervous? For those who like to walk or bike, or have small children, it is an ideal location. Pee Wee miniature golf is right down the road, where bicycles may also be rented during the summer. There are also public tennis courts, and a kiddie playground. You can easily walk to Guerneville over the old bridge.
We offer two (3-person) canoes, single river kayak, and a season floating dock with a swim ladder. And paddles, and life vests in multiple sizes. These are available for your enjoyment during from the spring through the fall months, weather/conditions permitting.
We welcome & support respectful guests of all lifestyles, races, sexual orientation, & belief systems. Supervised kids are welcome! Your well-behaved pooch will have a terrific time!
Please feel free to contact me - Heidi - with questions. Thank you!
Sturdy attractive dish & servingware by Heath; stemware & drink glasses in special Japanese 'drink' tansu; cloth tablecloth, napkins & placemats available; multiple sets of silverware available; ample closet space in each bedroom....moreless
Satellite / Cable:
WIFI (Wireless Internet) Sony Integrated Home Theater w/ Vieira 42' Plasma HDTV ...moreless
Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
Great view of water. Some riverfront houses have no view of the river....moreless
Riverfront property with great views of the river. Directly on the Russian River with good access....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Seating for 8 people
Cable internet connection for your laptop. Guests need W-Lan connection. No computer equipment available other than connection....moreless
Two garages under the house, connected together by locking door. Interior stairway access fr. garage....moreless
Main room, dining room and bedroom have heaters. In addition, bedrooms have mattress warmers. Bathroom floors have radiant floor heat.
Iron & Board
All beds have fresh-laundered linens. Extra linen set for sleeper sofa.
Two Leather couches and leather chair. Coffee table matches the kitchen table.
Landline in each bedroom, plus one in kitchen....moreless
Personal towel set per person, including spa/beach towel...moreless
High efficiency washer & dryer in upstairs laundry room....moreless
High quality, hard-anodized set of pots & pans of all sizes; salad spinner, rice cooker, waffle maker, electric hand mixer, toaster (bagel-sized), blender, spice rack w/ spices, coffee grinder, coffee...moreless
Dishes & Utensils:
Full set of attractive Heath dinnerwear and 16 place settings....moreless
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
New Years Dec 27 - Jan 2, 2015 4 night min stay
Early Winter Jan 3 - Jan 15, 2015 2 night min stay
MLK Birthday Jan 16 - Jan 19, 2015 3 night min stay
Mid Winter Jan 20 - Feb 19, 2015 2 night min stay
Presidents Day Feb 20 - Feb 23, 2015 3 night min stay
Late Winter Feb 24 - Apr 2, 2015 2 night min stay
Easter Holiday Apr 3 - Apr 6, 2015 3 night min stay
Spring Apr 7 - May 21, 2015 2 night min stay
Memorial Day May 22 - May 25, 2015 4 night min stay
Early Summer May 26 - Jul 2, 2015 2 night min stay
Independence Day Jul 3 - Jul 6, 2015 3 night min stay
Summer Jul 7 - Sep 3, 2015 3 night min stay
Labor Day Sep 4 - Sep 7, 2015 4 night min stay
Fall Sep 8 - Oct 8, 2015 2 night min stay
Columbus Day Oct 9 - Nov 9, 2015 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
cleaning fee$160 + tax
Refundable Damage Deposit$500
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All year round: take a day trip to upscale Healdsburg (20 minutes away) by way of road with excellent wineries; visit historical Fort Ross; enjoy great winetasting at Russian River, Sonoma & Napa wineries; day trip to San Franciso, Sausalito, Geyserville, or just go up & down the coast. Sea creature watching at Jenner. In spring, summer and early autumn, canoeing, kayaking, PeeWee golf, regular golf, farmers markets, shopping. Fall: tour the multitudes of wineries, see the beautiful fall color of the grape leaves, enjoy the excellent weather of the Russian River area. Winter: Whalewatching, hire a limo for winetasting, stay indoors and bake, visit the spectacular wild Pacific ocean.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: Heidi is in the arts & management. Jim is in landscaping & nature. They are involved in animal rescue, and both love to cook. Jim specializes in Italian and Chinese cooking, Heidi specializes in Indian and Persian.
Why the Owner Chose Guerneville: We fell in love with the house, its unique architecture, and its fantastic river views.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Right on the river, with an excellent views of it. House is large enough for big groups, but cozy enough for smaller ones. Location close to downtown Guerneville, yet location feels remote. Appeals to adults and children, Moon River truly provides excellent venue for fun and relaxation, all year round.