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Riverfront-Redwood Sanctuary with Spectacular Views

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,150 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, sleeps up to 6 adults or 8 with children

With expansive views of the Russian River, graceful hills and the Coast Range Mountains, Casa Lucia enjoys a beautiful, sunny setting with easy river access for kayaking, canoeing and swimming. The meadow between the house and the river has plenty of room to set up the net for volleyball and badminton, toss the Frisbee or play baseball. The wrap-around deck is the perfect place to watch the mist floating on the river in the early morning and for outdoor dining later in the day. A nighttime soak in the hot tub provides a front row seat for stargazing and the massage jets stimulate conversation and relaxation. For exercise we provide several kayaks and a family canoe as well as 4 adult bicycles, The cheerful kitchen is fully equipped and there are two old-fashioned gas fireplaces to keep you cozy on a chilly night. Stay connected with broadband internet and unlimited long distance phone calls.

Most people never want to leave this river house,: In the morning, breathe the fresh country air on a walk to the local bakery and enjoy pastries made in the wood-fired oven along with a perfect cup of coffee (they roast it right there in the shop). Duncans Mills is ideally situated on the river, only 10 minutes from the resort town of Guerneville and in the other direction, ten minutes from the ocean beaches. It was named for the sawmills that once cut timber to build and re-build San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake. It was the northern terminus of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad and the old Victorian station is still looking good as it approaches its 130th birthday. The turn of the century buildings have been lovingly cared for and provide a glimpse of small-town life 100 years ago. The town is well-known for its art galleries and restaurants.

If the urge to explore arises: you can hit the road and cruise along the river, past vineyards and through redwood forests. A few miles to the west are the ocean beaches and the rugged Sonoma Coast, to the east are the charming tasting rooms on the undiscovered Sonoma Wine Trail. You can pause in picturesque towns, and stroll through parks of giant redwoods that rival the worlds tallest trees. Dozens of food emporiums serve creative dishes with local produce and seafood. Unique shops feature handmade goods as well as coastal and redwood curios. Casa Lucia sleeps up to 6 adults, or up to 8 with children, between the two bedrooms and several open-up sofas in the sun room and the living room. There is a full bath with shower, a half bath, and an outdoor shower as well. The house is light and airy, with a generous dining area, living room and a spacious sunroom with river views from three walls of glass. Old fashion gas fireplaces will keep you cozy on a chilly night. The cheerful kitchen is fully equipped and includes stone countertops.

Casa Lucia has everything for a great getaway: . Internet access and digital telephone with unlimited long distance calling available.

· Riverfront with water access

· 1 double kayak, 2 single kayaks, 1 canoe (separate release of liability to use boats and bicycles)

. 4 adult bicycles

· Large deck facing the river with plenty of seating

· Hot Tub with massage jets

· Dining Room

· Master Bedroom has separate access to the deck

. Massage Table

· Barbecue Grill

· Hiking preserve near the house

· Cable TV, DVD/VHS player

· Broadband internet with WIFI and Ethernet connection

· Digital telephone with unlimited long distance

· Quiet street

· Sorry, no dogs, no smoking

. Sonoma County Transit Occupancy License #614N

More Details

Craig McCaleb
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About Craig McCaleb

We live in the East Bay, but our family has enjoyed 'Russian River Life' for many, many years. We have taken our children to just about every beach, park and camping spot along the river. In 1989 we moved to Monte Rio where the kids went to elementary school. Alas, jobs and the city called us back, but our hearts were still with the River and we went back to visit frequently.

Why Craig McCaleb chose Russian River

We bought our house on the river as a family project with 2 generations putting our savings together so we could have a place for the whole family to get together without the distractions of city life. We hope it can be that for your family as well.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A brief note of thanks and gratitute. We truly enjoyed our stay here. From early monring coffee and bird watching to wonderfully peaceful hours catching no fish what so-ever, every moment was fantastic! Thank you for your hospitality
Jul 2007
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Monte Rio House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1150 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Unfortunately we cant allow additional guests for either day or night beyond your original designation of the number in your group.
  • We have to be strict about occupancy because our home is located in a quiet residential neighborhood and the county is strict about occupancy.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • River ...
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Half Bath - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Family Room - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Master bedroom has a view of the river and private access to the deck. The second bedroom has a garden view.
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Casa Lucia has a king bed in the master bedroom and a queen bed in the 2nd bedroom bedroom. There are also open-up sofas in the sun room and the living room. There is a full bath with shower (no tub), a half bath, and an outdoor shower as well. The house is light and airy, with a generous dining area, living room and a spacious sunroom with river views from three walls of glass. Old fashion gas fireplaces will keep you cozy on a chilly night. The cheerful kitchen is fully equipped and includes stone countertops. If you want to stay connected, there is high-speed internet access and digital telephone with unlimited long distance calling available. We try to keep our home shoe-free, so bring slippers to keep your feet cozy.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Riverfront-Redwood Sanctuary with Spectacular Views
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 28 reviews

Wonderful peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful house. The owners fill the house with fresh flowers which tells you how they love the place. It is quiet and there are birds, deer etc to watch. However, If one of the other houses is also rented then it is a bit less private. We had a group of 6 or 8 twenty somethings two doors down. They were not noisy just active. The house is perfect for our annual sister/cousin retreat and has everything you need. The DVD player is a bit outdated but I figured it out. Place is just as pictured.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything we hoped for and more!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Lucia is a picturesque riverfront retreat, perfect for a romantic and relaxing weekend getaway. We really enjoyed using the canoes, bicycles and hot tub. The house is equipped with a charcoal grill and a well-stocked kitchen for your culinary enjoyment. The garden was in full bloom, filled with hydrangeas and nasturtium, and smelled wonderful. The bedrooms were comfortable, and the views of the river from almost every room in the house are lovely. Craig and Paloma were very responsive leading up to our stay and provided all the information we needed. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bucolic setting

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the quiet beautiful verdant setting. A very comfortable, relaxed environment in a classy cottage style.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace, Tranquility and Nature..

  • 4 of 5

Thank you Craig. Me and my husband spent 4 nights here. Lovely and peaceful home and grounds. Getting there was very scenic through other small towns. a lot of huge trees and green everywhere. Best to go in daytime first day. Beautiful flowers in front of home. River in back yard. Walked in and flowers everywhere. Nice touch. Just what you see in pictures. There was 2 bedrooms. We slept in the king bed and was not comfortable but the other Queen bed close to the front of house was better. Kitchen was beautiful. Well stocked with plates, bowls, cast iron pans, glasses, etc.. everything I needed to cook meals there. but bring your spices , condiments. There were a few there already. Jacuzzi was nice! We saw deer in the yard a few times while they grazed on the grass and a raccoon but left after we came out to greet it. LOL! Loved the swing. There was one TV but would of loved more cable channels since I forgot my favorite movies. Very clean and well maintained. Craig did call the second day to check on us so that was nice. There was a great bakery/coffee spot next to the post office over the bridge. The general store had everything and also loved the little shops about a quarter of a mile from house. Very friendly people. Went to Bodega bay about 20 min from there. Had a blast and then came home to get in Jacuzzi every night. Cant wait to come back. but this time I will take my kids. Thank you Craig for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Love this house!

  • 5 of 5

So many things about this place we loved! Our list is......a cozy and inviting house with everything you need, watching the fog roll up the river, sitting in the hot tub at night staring at so many stars, beautiful Armstrong Woods, amazing bakery in Duncan Mills, canoeing on the river watching nature at it's best, the excellent wines at Moshin Vineyards. The owner Craig was a pleasure to work with! We would recommend this house to anyone, and would love to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Heaven on earth-beautiful views of river and mount

  • 5 of 5

Where do I begin? We stayed 6 nights in this quaint 2 bedroom with everything you need for a magnificent vacation. Fluffy, comfortable beds and pillows; sliding doors that you can open onto deck from master bedroom; living room with very comfortably sleeping sofa bed and rockers,; river room overlooking river and mountains with 2 more sofa beds; wonderful hot tub on deck overlooking large yard on river,; plenty of toys like kayaks, canoes and bicycles, grill; quaint little general store, restaurant and cafe within 2 miles; 15 minutes to beautiful views of the ocean; washer and dryer and gas heater to take the chill off at night; wonderful neighborhood where you can feel safe. The owners called to check on us as least twice during our stay to make sure we were doing OK and everything was going well for us. If you like to stay in an urban area with lots of activity this is NOT for you - only for people who love fresh air, the outdoors and friendly people. For us it was absolute heaven!

Only negative at all was one of sofa beds in river room was uncomfortable for sleeping so my son just switched to the one in the living room. It was comfortable as a couch though. We also arrived at night after dark and the road looks wooded and dark but rest assured its a lovely and safe area with plenty of nearby neighbors.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Santa Rosa Municipal
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Blue Heron Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Northwood Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
US 101
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Cape Fear; Blue Heron
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Goat Rock Ocean Beach
Car: necessary

Other Activities: kayaking, canoeing, wildlife viewing, wine-tasting, Hiking, Beach Combing


Rates & Availability

Monte Rio House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer High Season
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
Nov 1 2017 - Mar 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.0%

Some holiday weekends may be priced at high season rates, or require a 3 day minimum stay.
$500 Security and Damage Deposit, collected 3 weeks before arrival. We accept Visa and MasterCard.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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