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Diestelhorst Cottage at Redding's Riverside Retreat Overlooking Sacramento River

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Unique and private cottage with river views, designed for couples.

'Magical' describes this picturesque ' One of a Kind' river setting. This cottage is nestled within Redding's Riverside Retreat, a private 1 1/2 acre parcel in the heart of downtown Redding with two other private cottages (Nautical Cottage VRBO No. 1008989 and Nesting Cottage VRBO No. 1008992). Amazing views of the Sacramento River, Historic Diestelhorst Train Trestle and the famous Sundial Bridge featured in Sunset Magazine! Beautifully furnished with modern amenities and vintage touches! Offers a private patio to enjoy the fabulous views. Includes Flat Screen T.V., high speed internet, full kitchen with refrigerator, microwave oven, coffeepot and toaster oven, stainless gas outdoor grill, separate bedroom w/ King bed, fireplace, and redwood deck. Sealy Posturepedic mattress for your added comfort. Theme is Native American Indian in honor of this historical property. More photos can be viewed on my Facebook page:

Walk or ride your bike to the Scenic Sacramento River Trail, local restaurants, shopping, Cascade Theater, the world famous Sundial Bridge, Turtle Bay Museum, featuring the Butterfly Exhibit. Directly across the River is the Boat launch at Lake Redding Park. Path from the Cottage to River's edge for one of the best fishing sites on the river! There's plenty of room to park your boat and the added security of a locked gate with key code.

Two night minimum.

We can be flexible:Call for details!

Keywords: Cottages w/ Fabulous River Views, Walking & Bicycling Trails, Private, Unique, Romantic, Bird watching, close to Downtown Shopping & Restaurants, Antique Mall, Fishing, Paddle Boarding, Relaxing, Train watching, Historical

More Details

Property Manager
Jamie Drewsen
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 10, 2017

About Jamie Drewsen

I moved to Redding in 1979 and have loved living here for so many reasons...the beautiful mountains,Whiskeytown & Shasta Lakes,the Sacramento River flowing through town and all of the outdoor recreational activities available here. I began selling Real Estate in 1990 and decided that one day I would love to live by the river. My dream came true 3 years ago when I was blessed with the opportunity to purchase one of the most unique & 'ONE OF A KIND' properties in Redding. Now I love the opportunity to share it with others...I've been a Realtor since 1990 with Coldwell Banker C&C Properties and love to help people find their 'dream' property!

Jamie Drewsen purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Jamie Drewsen chose Redding

The moment I drove down this 800 foot long driveway viewing the river I was mesmerized with this hidden jewell in the center of Redding. I knew I had to figure out a way to make it mine. I didn't realize at the time, that I would be making it available to others as a vacation rental. The more friends that came to visit were astounded at the views, privacy and uniqueness of the property,so I decided it would make a great vacation place for others to enjoy. I never tire of seeing Bald Eagles fly by, deer out in the pasture below and the train coming around the bend on the historic Diestlehorst trestle. It's a true gem!

What makes this cottage unique

Walk, run, or bike to the River Trail System just up the block. Walk to Starbucks & local restaurants . Only 3 miles to Bethel Church.

So many visitors love the convenient location, yet the feeling of being surrounded by nature. Bird lovers paradise! Bring your binoculars.

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a spot! Downtown Redding, so close, but with the "illusion of seclusion". We'll definately keep this in mind when our next visit to the area comes up--sure beats a hotel for the homey comforts and the hospitality.
Jan 2010
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Downtown Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Books
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Fabulous River Views and Beautiful Setting! Cottage designed for a couple or couples. Plan a Birthday Party or special event here. Private, Retreat Atmosphere. Walk to restaurants & local shopping.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Diestelhorst Cottage at Redding's Riverside Retreat Overlooking Sacramento River
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 21 reviews

The Only Place to Stay in Redding!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just spent an incredibly relaxing four nights at the Diestelhorst Cottage and we can't wait to go back! We'd just escaped a bad experience at a local B&B and the idyllic, peaceful surroundings; convenient location; and luxury and comfort of this cottage were just what we needed. While the other two cottages are free-standing and at the other end of the property (and, it seems to me, are perfect for families), the Diestelhorst Cottage is situated below the main house, with it's own steps, pathway, deck, and entrance. The owner Ronda gave us plenty of space and privacy and we wouldn't have known that anyone was upstairs, but she was also attentive when we needed help and we enjoyed chatting with her on our arrival and departure. Given that our stay took place in July and during a heatwave, it was very hot, but the cottage's air-conditioning and brushed, cement floors kept us wonderfully cool. And we were able to watch the July 4th fireworks show from our deck! The view of the river and countryside from the deck is fantastic and can also be seen from both the bedroom and the kitchen/livingroom, so we spent a lot of time gazing out the window or sitting out on the deck chairs watching and listening to the sights and sounds of nature (tons of birds and, at night, crickets; plus deer, raccoons, and skunks, as well as the owner's lovely white kitty). We also enjoyed watching freight trains roll by on the historic Diestelhorst train trestle; it's a real treat for train lovers and the noise (which you can't hear from inside due to the dual-pane windows) didn't bother us at all. The estate itself is beautiful and absolutely unique; you feel like you're way off in the country, but, in fact, it's only blocks away from downtown, the river trail system, and more. We ate out quite a bit, but also brought out our own food to prepare in the full kitchen. Did I mention the incredibly comfortable king-size bed and all the closet and drawer space? Very romantic and relaxing setting that I can't recommend highly enough. We're regular visitors and plan on staying here in the future whenever possible.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for such a wonderful review! I love to share this unique setting and it always makes me happy when I can make others content!!!
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The Greatest Place!

  • 5 of 5

I frequently travel and require short term housing. This rental without a doubt one of the best I have found to date. Although within the city, the location is private and the surroundings beautiful and quiet. The apartment itself was comfortable, immaculate and tastefully furnished. The owner/property manager is available for any questions and respectful of the tenants privacy. I highly recommend this for anyone.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us! We enjoy sharing our property and will do whatever possible to make your stay the best ever!!!
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Bakersfield, CA

Redding Retreat

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing property and amazing stay! We stayed in the nautical cottage, which is a detached building. The view of the river was peaceful and beautiful. The cottage itself was well designed and beautifully decorated. We had absolutely everything we needed. Although the owner also lived on the property, she read us perfectly - responding promptly when we had a question but respected our privacy. We walked to three different Redding landmark restaurants for dinner, making this a fantastic location for us. It was a the relaxing vacation we needed. We'll even be looking at Redding as a potential retirement spot when we're ready in a few years. In the meantime, we'll be back to this VRBO!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for sharing your thoughts and experience with us! I am available to help you with your desires to purchase when you are ready to retire here in Redding! I have been representing Buyers & Sellers in Shasta County since 1990. All the Best, Ronda Culp Coldwell Banker C&C Properties
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Santa Rosa, CA

Idyllic, wonderful, amazing!

  • 5 of 5

I spent a weekend at the Nautical cottage. When I first pulled up to the cottage and noticed the theme-based décor outside of the cottage (i.e. a deck shaped like the bow of a ship), I knew I was in for a treat. Inside the cottage was idyllic. Ronda did such an amazing job at making this space into a cozy retreat. I was amazed at how no detail was missed...she thought of everything. The view of the river is so peaceful and beautiful. I took walks along the riverside each morning and spent as much time as possible in the cottage in the afternoons. I can't even begin to describe what a wonderful experience I had. I would also add that Ronda is a lovely person and it was a pleasure all the way around to rent this lovely little cottage from her. I highly recommend to anyone - a romantic retreat, a peaceful single retreat, or someone who just wants to just get away from it all. Also notable, the location is right near downtown and 10 minutes from Bethel church. I will definitely be returning to stay at the cottages again. :)

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Visiting from Alaska

  • 5 of 5

I rented the Nautical cottage for almost 5 weeks while visiting from Alaska, and was pleased to be so close to town (within walking distance) and yet be able to spend time in a beautiful, peaceful environment. .The patio affords views of the Sacramento river, and the folks fishing, and best of all, of the trains that go by. The cottage and the grounds were beautifully maintained,, and if I was in need of anything not already there, all I had to do was contact the owner. I definitely would plan another stay here, and do recommend this property to friends and family, and anyone else who is looking for a bit of seclusion yet wanting to be close to town for either business, shopping, or sightseeing.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Terry, Thank-you for staying with us! Enjoyed having you and your sweet little dog!!! All the Best, Ronda
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Perfect Location in Redding

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here in April just before the easter weekend. The rental was very comfortable, private and had every amenity you could need on a vacation. We cooked there one evening and had everything we needed. Ronda is very helpful without being intrusive. The location is superb, you feel you are in a rural setting but starbucks is just a 5 min walk away. We hope to get back to Redding one day and would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for choosing Redding's Riverside Retreat! We love sharing with wonderful people!!!
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Redding Airport
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Lake Redding Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Redding Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hyw 44
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Mt Shasta Ski Park
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Whiskeytown Lake Brandy Creek Beach
Car: recommended

Sacramento River Walking & Biking Trail System, Turtle Bay Museum, Caldwell Park & Recreation Area w/pool, Elk's Lodge, Sundial Bridge, Cascade Theater, Bird watching, Starbucks, Fishing, hiking, Stand-Up Paddle Board on the River or Lake, YMCA


Rates & Availability

Downtown Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates for individual Cottages are as follows:
Nesting $145 per night double occupancy Queen Bed w/single pull out ($10 added for 3rd person)
Nautical Cottage $155 Cal-King w/loft single ($10 added for 3rd person)
Diestlehorst Cottage $165 Cal-King Full Kitchen
All Cottages are private with beautiful river views. Each are themed in a different decor with exquisite attention to detail!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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