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Bird's Nest Cottage! Spa,Walk to River, Tennis, Playground! 3rd Nt Free Jan-Mar!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,248 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bdrm, 2 Bath with Living and Family Room, Hot Tub, Dog Friendly!

Relax among the redwoods at the Birds Nest Cottage. You'll be tucked along a hillside in the neighborhood of Rio Nido - surrounded by natural landscaping, wildlife (including birds) and the majestic redwoods, striking the perfect balance of sun and shade.

FREE NIGHT SPECIAL! 3 Nights for the price of 2 starting in January! Or get an additional night free with any stay 2 nights or longer! Valid January 2nd-March 31st. Excludes February 13th-19th. Not applicable to retroactive reservations.

To book the special on VRBO and HomeAway, make your reservation for 2 or more nights. Include a comment about which night you would like to add for free. As long as the night is available, we’ll take care of the rest!

Birds Nest Cottage is an ideal place to unwind and enjoy the stars in the private hot tub under the towering Redwoods. Or curl up with a good book near the woodstove and enjoy a glass of local pinot noir or bubbly - Korbel is just minutes down the road.

Cathedral ceilings and windows throughout the living room and bedrooms invite the outside in for a true "in the redwoods" experience. The two bedrooms, two baths, and large family room with a queen size sofa bed are decorated with delightful mix of contemporary furnishings and antiques with a nod to the bird's nest theme. Each bedroom features ample closet space, multiple pillows, comforters and high grade linens.

Modern comforts include high speed wifi, HD flat Screen TVs with full cable, DVD players and iPod/iPhone docking station. There are lots of books and games for kids and adults, on cozy evenings or rainy days. There's even a game table!

The kitchen is well-stocked with all the essentials (cookware, spices, olive oil, etc.), to make cooking a feast fun and easy. The adjoining dining area seats up to six or you can dine alfresco on the patio and use the chef style Charbroil grill. Whatever your pleasure, this is the perfect retreat.

The Russian River offers a year round retreat from the city hustle and bustle. The house is just steps away from community run pee wee mini golf (summer only), year round playground, dog run, tennis court, pool (at the Rio Nido Roadhouse - day or week passes available - summer only), and small beach. You're a short car or bike ride to downtown Guerneville and Johnson's Beach where you can rent canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and inner tubes. Or take a quick drive to the Pacific Ocean and Armstrong Woods.

Know Before You Book:

Security Deposit vs. Damage Protection:

When you make your reservation, you will automatically be assigned a security deposit, plus a $30 non refundable processing fee.

The alternative to the large deposit and processing fee is the damage protection program, which is $49 and covers up to $3000 in accidental damages. The damage protection program is an insurance policy. The $49 is not refundable, but you’d be covered if you accidentally broke a wine glass…a lamp…or if someone knocked over something major, like the television. There is no processing fee associated with the damage protection program.

If you would prefer the damage protection program, please include a note with your reservation. If you do not include a note, we do contact all guests before charging the security deposit and processing fee in order to confirm your preference.

Maximum Occupancy and Quiet Hours:

The maximum occupancy at is 6 people. Quiet hours are from 10:00 pm until 7:00 am. Outdoor amplified sound is prohibited at all times.


There is parking for 2 cars parked in tandem in the driveway. There is street parking for 1 additional car across the street. RVs, trailers and campers are prohibited, per the Sonoma County Vacation Rental Ordinance.

Bed Sizes:

First bedroom: Queen bed; Second bedroom: Double bed; Family room: Queen sleeper sofa.

Heat Source:

Upstairs, there is a wall heater and wood burning stove (firewood is not provided, but you may use any that is there). Downstairs there is a large portable heater.


There is one story of stairs leading to the front door on the outside of the house. Inside, there is a spiral staircase to the family room and 2nd bathroom on the ground level.

Office Hours and Booking Information:

Our office is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day, excluding major holidays.

After making a booking and confirming their security deposit vs. damage protection preference, guests will be sent arrival instructions and a contract with our terms in detail to sign and return. You will be contacted within 24 hours of making your reservation.

No same-day reservations past 2 pm. It should not happen, but in case the system is allowing you to book for same-day arrival and it is after 2 pm, please reach out to us. If it is after 5 pm, please do not complete your reservation; no one will be available to process your reservation and prepare for your arrival.

More Details

Property Manager
Russian River Vacation Homes
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within 12 hours
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Russian River Vacation Homes

We are Russian River Vacation Homes, a part of D&G Equity Management, Inc., a family owned and locally owned/operated property management company.

Our Story:

In 1980, D&G founders and owners Michael and Patty saw a need in the area for habitable, affordable housing. At that time, many of the little cabins along the Russian River, originally built as summer cabins, were unsuitable for year-round occupancy. D&G assisted property owners with fixing up and renting their cabins. As the largest property management company in western Sonoma County, D&G Equity Management continues to be a staple in the Russian River community.

Russian River Vacation Homes is an off-shoot of D&G. One fine day in 1985, Michael's client, Bob, asked "Hey Mike, can you rent my cabin out just for the week or weekend instead of by the month?" Michael said "Sure!" and Russian River Vacation Homes was born. As renting vacation rentals became more popular, Russian River Vacation Homes grew into a full-time business with its own office. Today, Russian River Vacation Homes professionally manages over 60 high-quality vacation rentals.

We strive to make each and every stay the best one ever. If you have any questions or concerns about reserving or staying with us, please don't hesitate to contact us! We are here to help.

Why Russian River Vacation Homes chose Guerneville

Historic Rio Nido had an amazing canopy of redwoods, and so much to offer! Russian River access, a playground, dog park, tennis courts, and more!

What makes this house unique

This is a great launching point for your summer adventure! Walk to a playground, tennis courts, and seasonal mini golf course! The Russian River is also a short walk away, along with a seasonal pool at The Rio Nido Roadhouse! You can also walk to Stumptown Brewery!

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a lovely stay at this home last month. It's charming, clean and very homey. It's a peaceful neighborhood; close to pee-golf. We had six adults and we were extremely comfortable during our extended weekend stay. Spent the afternoon in the Russian River, so the hot tub was a plus after an afternoon of canoe and rafting. We enjoyed breakfasts and dinners on the deck. It's also close to lots of wineries; spent our last afternoon visiting some on the way home. We appreciated all the information provided in the welcome binder. We will definitely be returning.

• Stayed: July 2015

• Submitted: August 13, 2015

• Source: VRBO

Recommended for: Families with young children, Girls getaway, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers
Jul 2016
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Guerneville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1248 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • All guests should read the Know Before You Book section located at the end of the online listing description before making a reservation.
  • Quiet hrs. are from 10pm until 7am. Max occupancy guidelines must be adhered to. No RV's, trailers, or tents per the Sonoma County Vacation Ordinance.
  • Rental funds are non refundable unless your dates are resold.If resold, there is a $60 cancellation fee.Switch dates for a $40 fee, 2 weeks out, only.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • There are two full bathrooms at Bird's Nest Cottage, one upstairs, and one downtstairs.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • The two upstairs bedrooms both have queen beds. The downstairs family room has a queen sleeper sofa.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Canoes and Kayaks can be rented locally from King's Sport and Tackle year round, and seasonally from Johnson's Beach and Monte Rio Beach. Water Trek Eco Tours rents boats in Jenner, along with providing guided excursions. Burke's Canoe provides pick up service after a day floating down the river during the summer months. Take advantage of our Guest Passport Program! The Russian River Vacation Homes Guest Passport Program is an ongoing program that gives our guests exclusive discounts directly from local businesses. Every reservation automatically receives one 'passport' to use at participating businesses in the area. We are so excited to be able to connect our guests with some of our favorite wineries, restaurants and activities in the area! We hope all these great discounts will prompt our guests to experience all the great things our area has to offer.


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average rating of 4.4 based on 9 reviews

Clean, quiet, perfect for five-six people

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for five to six people and two dogs to spend a long weekend. I highly recommend this place for those traveling with dogs—the road has little traffic and is great for walks and there is a nice, clean dog park right across the street. Overall, the house is on a nice quiet street, and everything inside is clean and cozy. I’d definitely stay in this house again!

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy, casual, well situated

  • 5 of 5

Cozy and casual. Perfect for a few friends getting away to cycle and relax. The front porch was great for sitting in the shade in the afternoon. Good water pressure. Very comfortable. Lots of helpful instructions and little touches. Would be a good spot for dogs & kids (though we didn't have any). The street is quiet and has a nice playground and dog park. We even biked over the BIG hill out the back way (the direct route to River Road is flat and easy for cyclists).

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Likke home

  • 5 of 5

It had everything we need for us when travelling.. perfect for kids...clean and neat...with place to to play and places to eat within walking or small driving distance. We will come back again in winter.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint - needs better ventilation

  • 3 of 5

Overall a nice enough place. They tried to dress it up a bit with new granite on old cabinets in kitchen which looks good. Place was hot when we got there and windows don't provide a lot of cross breeze. You need a stick to prop most of them open. Didn't use basement playroom at all as was very musty smelling. A whole house fan would be a big help to vent the spaces after being closed-up. No dishwasher and the dishes we took out to use were still dirty so we had to wash them. I would have carried the nice new flooring in kitchen throughout the floor as there is stained carpet when you go in. Outside front table is very rickety. The location is nice with community garden and dog park very close. Also pee wee golf too. Could be really nice with a few more upgrades.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot

  • 4 of 5

Clean & cozy spot, quiet neighborhood, and super convenient location. Had everything we needed for a short weekend trip.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Heidi, Thank you for leaving a review for Bird's Nest Cottage! We hope to have you back sometime. -Ellen, Russian River Vacation Homes
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Nearest Airport
88 Miles
SFO or Oakland
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Rio Nido Road house
Nearest Ferry
58 Miles
Larkspur Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Northwood Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.24 Miles
Highway 116
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Rio Nido Roadhouse
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Rio Nido Beach
Car: recommended

Bird's Nest Cottage is located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, in Monte Rio, within walking distance to a playground, tennis courts, seasonal pool, and the Russian River.

Hiking, biking, great restaurants, and wine tasting opportunities are around every corner!

-2 miles to downtown Guerneville

-6 Miles to Monte Rio

-7.5 miles to Forestville

-12 Miles to Occidental

-8.2 Miles to Duncans Mills

-14 miles to Jenner

-13 miles to Sebastopol

-15 miles to Cazadero

-18 miles to Healdsburg

-20 miles to Santa Rosa

-22 miles to Bodega Bay

Here are a few of our nearby attractions! See our guidebook for a detailed listing.

-Korbel Champagne Cellars

-Gary Farrell Winery

-Thomas George Estates

-Burke's Canoe Rentals

-Armstrong Woods

-Austin Creek State Recreation Area

-Sonoma Coast State Park

-Johnson's Beach

The Russian River area is home to many special events! There’s something for everyone!

Plan your true wine tasting experience during Winter WINEland, Pinot on the River, or visit during one of the Barrel Tasting weekends on Wine Road!

We’re a great place to hang your hat during the Vineman Triatholon, and we’d love to see you during Lazy Bear Weekend! We also have great home locations for Women’s Weekend!

Get your groove on at Johnson’s Beach for The Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival!

Other great events include Civil War Days, the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival, the Sonoma County Pride Parade, the Russian River Rodeo, the Old Grove Festival, and the Russian River Beer Revival.





  • Additional Fees
    -Cleaning/Linens Fee
    -14% Taxes on Rent and Cleaning (12% Transient Occupancy Tax and 2% Business Area Improvement Fee)
    -Damage Protection, see below
    -Optional Travel Insurance

    DAMAGE PROTECTION: Guests choose between a $49 Vacation Rental Damage Protection Fee and a $1000 Refundable Security Deposit. A $30 Processing Fee is added to reservations with the Security Deposit option. The Vacation Rental Damage Protection is strongly recommended and is the option most guests choose. It covers up to $3000 of accidental damage and can be used for many common 'damages,' such as an excessively dirty hot tub or pet-related damage.

    CHOOSING OPTIONAL FEES: If you book through VRBO/HomeAway, both Damage Protection options and the Optional Travel Insurance show in the rates. State your preference in the comments section of the reservation and we will adjust the rates before processing payment. If no preference is stated, we will contact you prior to processing payment.
  • When a reservation is received, we process payment and send an email confirmation within 24 hours or less. Confirmed reservations are final.

    -Two night minimum October to Memorial Day Weekend (holidays have a higher night minimum)
    -Three night minimum Memorial Day Weekend through late June, and September
    -Four night minimum end of June through August, expect week minimum over the July 4th Holiday and the first week of August.
    -Major holidays including Thanksgiving, Winter Break and President's Day may have a longer night minimum.
    -All specials exclude holidays and must be mentioned at the time of reservation.

    Read our Reservation Info for more information on our policies, including night minimums and rates.
  • NOTE: We use an automated system that integrates the VRBO/HomeAway booking engine with our own reservation software. This is generally a good thing; calendars and rates are more accurate than they ever have been and are becoming more reliable every day. However, this is new technology, and has occasionally malfunctioned. If your reservation seems to go through for less than the stated night minimums, or if the rental rates or availability seem too good to be true, be aware that the system may be experiencing an integration issue and your reservation may not be accepted. If you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to give us a call.
    TOT #2056N
    Permit #ZPE15-0087