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Beautiful 2 story house on Smith River- Private Beach, Trails,& More!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch - 2 Baths - (Sleeps 9-13)

A gorgeous drive along the South Fork of the Smith River gets you to this luxurious river side house located in an area named 'Big Flat' as it is a big flat area high in the mountains where the inland tribes gathered to meet the coastal tribes. Rich in natural history and scenic beauty, this is the type of place one wants to check in, and 'check out'. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of the river rushing by as well as a multitude of songbirds and miles of majestic wilderness, there is opportunity for swimming, rafting, tubing, hiking, cycling, fishing, kayaking or just laying on the river view deck soaking up the sun in summer or snuggling by the fire in colder months.

The house affords the ability to rough it in great comfort as it has full amenities while being off the grid, we have equipped it with solar power and propane appliances.Due to the solar power system capacity--- microwaves,toasters,hairdriers and other resistance appliances will drain the system.

In addition to the river being on the property there are several small lakes with good fishing that can be driven to. Also there are several lakes that are good backpack trips in the higher mountains.We also have a trail head to the Kelsey trail near the house. The Kelsey trail is part of the Pacific Crest trail.For more information see the Six Rivers National Forest map....many things to do.....if you see a bear just make some noise and he will run away......harmless......just don`t leave tasty smelling food out that would attract them......Jim hairdriers,microwaves,toasters or toaster ovens,waffle irons or electric skillets...we are on a solar system....for lights mainly......

More Details

Property Manager
jim matthews
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 6, 2018

About jim matthews

Outdoor lover and river lover.....perfect place for peace and quiet....raised my kids up there in the gone now so we can share with others

jim matthews purchased this house in 1985

Why jim matthews chose Crescent City

something for my family to enjoy .....for life times....very unique and special

What makes this house unique

clear clean river,waterfalls,fishing,big timber and a bueatiful house make of all native trees in the area....and the internet


Crescent City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • River ...
  • Rural
  • Ski in/Ski out ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Secure Parking
  • Solar Panels
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Tank
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , custom native wood construction
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , panneled with local Myrtle wood
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 7 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Crib available.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Shed
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Catering Available. Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer.


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Beautiful 2 story house on Smith River- Private Beach, Trails,& More!
average rating of 4.6842103 based on 19 reviews

Beautiful house with great view down to river. Loved it.

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed the area: Smith River swimming (though for afternoon swimming, places downriver get better sun than the spot down the steep trail from the house,) and proximity to the wonderful redwoods. The house was great for our family and could have accommodated many more people. The deck was great and we grilled every night. Fridge and freezer were ample for us. ... The one thing we missed was a bathtub for the kids (only two showers). And in August be prepared for lots of bugs outside (some coming in, including a wasp almost every night) and in a year like this one lots of smoke from Western forest fires -- both of which are more about location than the house itself but of course that is part of what you'll be renting.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great location, River water/swimming wonderful. hiking trails close by.

  • 5 of 5

Great location, hiking trails close by.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for coming and enjoying my special place. Jim
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As good as the last time!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time in three years we stayed here. This off the grid cabin is very isolated and perfect for adventurous families. The only time we saw or heard anyone was on the drive back to main road. The kids love it here. The private path down to the river was well used for swimming and fishing. There are also multiple great swimming holes between the cabin and the small town of Hiouchi. The river can be cold in June but great fun once you are used to it. Last time we did the Devil's Punchbowl hike (one day round trip), this time we settled for the much easier Boy Scout trail hike in Stout Grove. So much available from one cabin!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you Todd.....Jim Matthews
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Great Cabin

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent our Thanksgiving at this wonderful cabin and a part of us has not left.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great hidden hideaway in the forest

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I spent our 10yr anniversary at the River Retreat with our two German Shepherds. We traveled up I5 to hwy 199, approximately 1hour & 40min before arriving we lost cell service, I highly recommend printing out the directions from the home owner, had we not done that, we wouldn't have found the house. The directions are really hard to follow because nothing is marked. The "mobile" home referenced is actually a modular home.

Once we made it to the house, things got a bit easier! Overall, the house was what we expected minus a few downfalls. The refrigerator was not really sufficient, we ended up keeping most our food in the ice chest because the fridge wasn't cooling quickly. Thank goodness we had plenty of ice!!

We enjoyed listening to the record player (don't use the CD player, we left behind a CD because it wouldn't eject), playing games and sitting next to the fire pit in the evenings. Listening to the river, the crickets and star gazing was amazing. Mosquitos were pretty pesky so don't forget the bug spray (even if you forget, the owners are nice enough to have some on hand). The 1908 Sears catalog was a blast from the past, it was awesome to look through it and see how times have changed. There guest book was fun to read as well. It seems the owners have made improvements based on previous visitors suggestions, that was nice to see!

The trail to the river is pretty steep, make sure to grab a walking stick before heading down. A little narrow and slippery where the fallen leaves have gathered. Once at the river, you must navigate through overgrown bush and river rock. DO NOT FORGET YOUR WATER SHOES!! We made a short trip to Crescent City on our 3rd day to get some. It makes a huge difference. The river is crystal clear and beautiful. Our dogs loved the water. They played fetch all around the front, back and sides of the house as well as in the river nonstop.

The most amazing part of this property is the hidden waterfall. I'm guessing this can only be seen in the late spring, summer and early fall months, otherwise the river is rushing and may be inaccessible. We trekked through the river, over the river rock and behind some bush...there it falls, the most beautiful green lush waterfall! The mere sight of it makes up for all the trivial stuff.

All in all, I would say, if you're looking for that rustic, private, quiet, nature getaway...this is the place! We would definitely come back if given the opportunity.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful stay in spacious solar wood cabin with beautiful view and giant glass windows

  • 4 of 5

We loved our family stay here! Very secluded pretty, and spacious, Solar/generator powered cabin with River access down the hill (10 minutes down path)

Very hot durning the day in the summer inside with only fans to cool, but If you spend the day on the river it's so nice in the evenings with a huge wrap around deck and outdoor table to eat at! We swam in the river every evening and played cards in the cabin, such a relaxing spot. There is even a record player! Note: the big overhead fan switch is in the hall closet along the back wall.

There is a really nice swim hole at SAND CAMP a few miles up the road towards the main highway on way back out.

Great experience overall!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Crescent city Airport
Nearest Barpub
20 Miles
del norte golf course
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
del norte golf course
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
30 Miles
ship ashore in Smith River Ca.,Hiouchi cafe closer
Nearest Ski
150 Miles
ashland oregon
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
pacific ocean
Car: necessary

Here, almost from the moment you arrive, you are immersed in the splendor of nature at her most extravagant. Each path leads to a breathtaking world of contrasts - tiny flowers in the shadow of the world's largest trees, the silent grace of a solitary pelican dippings its wings the pounding surf, morning mists evaporating in the warmth of the sun. Del Norte County is all this and more. Unspoiled and unlike any other place on earth, Del Norte County is an experience in nature, both on her own terms AND in the many ways the natural environment shapes and directs the County's unique lifestyle.The google map is not accurate in showing where the house is on the Smith river and the 12 acre property actually crosses the river.....river sounds all day and of my most favorite spots on the will enjoy if you love nature and clean everything.....and remember we have wild friends around the house.From deer to bears that are very afriad of if you see one just make some noise and they will run away fast.....may look scary but totally harmless......Jim Matthews...owner

Other Activities: kayaking, rock climbing, horseshoes, shelling. fishing,swiming,beach combing,hiking trails,seeing Redwoods


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $10
Tax Rate 8.0%

rate are $12 per person per day for more than 2 people

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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