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Beautiful setting & river views, hot tub, March DISCOUNTS

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

River Front House w/ Dock, 4 Bedrooms +, 2 1/2 baths +outdoor shower

Book this topnotch river front home for your escape. We think of everything to make your stay a pleasure and are always upgrading. Enjoy the new Weber propane BBQ grill - a full backup tank is always under the deck. Just one mile from Monte Rio, you will find yourself in the heart of good times. Enjoy the comfort and the amenities of home after you play all day, tour the sights or relax by the beautiful river. Pictures can't capture the stunning setting of this home and words fall short.

This area is the finest northern California has to offer. Everything you want is nearby and convenient: breathtaking coastal bluffs, beaches, wineries, distinctive restaurants, unique shops, spas, the river and awesome state parks. Come enjoy! It is an amazing getaway from the city. When available, we offer early check-in or late check-out upon request for no additional fee!

Because the house is thoughtfully designed, well equipped and full of character you will fall in love with this vacation home. Our guests all agree. The well-appointed kitchen has granite counters and all the spices, cookware, wine glasses and matching place settings you need. An open floor plan with beautiful wood floors, exposed wood beam ceilings and glass wall overlooking the river, create a delightful gathering spot.

We provide wireless DSL high speed internet and a house phone. We're close enough to the coast for nature’s moderating effect, yet inland enough to be out of the fog and cold winds when they arise. Our idyllic micro-climate provides moderate temperatures in both summer and winter.

Imagine yourself lounging on the redwood deck, soaking in the hot tub watching life float past on the river or reading a book next to the wood burning stove in the day-lit living room. From your home nestled amongst giant Redwoods on and overlooking the beautiful Russian River, you can meander down to your floating redwood dock & private river access, a favorite fishing spot for Otters, Osprey and Great Blue Herons among other wildlife.

The peaceful Russian River is clear, cool and inviting. A canoe, two kayaks and life-vests are provided for you to explore this natural wonderland. A gorgeous ten-minute drive along the Russian River towards the coast brings you to Jenner and River’s End. You will experience the best of California at the sightseeing attractions, charming towns and beautiful parks close to this ultimate location. In the summer the river is a popular swimming and festival spot for San Franciscans. In the winter the Pacific keeps the climate mild and is popular for whale watching.

This is California's premier wine country with many top vineyard tours in close proximity. You will want to move here once you visit. We'll provide a map of little-known, stunning scenic drives to the coast where you can walk the beaches & coastal bluffs. The landmark Sonoma Coast State Park and Goat Rock are at the mouth of the river. Here you can walk the beach and visit the sea lions that usually lounge where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean.

With two decks, outdoor fireplace and hot tub, the house is a great get-away for a couple, and can comfortably accommodate up to five couples. Families with children will enjoy the yard and private river access. The propane outdoor grill, quality cookware, spices, teas and condiments will make the chef in your group happy. The living room has stunning views of the river through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Certificate # 594N

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More Details

Chris McCook
Member since: 2002
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Chris McCook

I love to travel and moved to California from Philadelphia in 2001. This area has just about everything. There is still so much I haven't done here; it makes it hard to leave.

Chris McCook purchased this house in 2005

Why Chris McCook chose Villa Grande

I was amazed by the natural beauty here; the redwood trees, the coast, the river, the mountains, and the people.

What makes this house unique

I love hiking and mountain biking on the trails right out the front door or going for a canoe or kayak ride and swim on the river right outside the back door. Of course a fire or the hot tub is great in the evenings and barbecuing on the deck while watching the wildlife on the river is very relaxing.


Villa Grande House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 23
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Mable Tile, Skylights, River Window & Large Closet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Crafted Glass & Marble Enclosed Shower, Window, Skylight
    Outdoor hot water shower - shower
    Lower level bathroom - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , front garden view
    Front Bedroom - 1 double , redwood tree veiw from 2 skylights, front garden veiw
    River Bedroom - 1 queen , sunken room with river veiw
    Downstairs with separate entrance - 1 king , 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , It also has a half bedroom.The crib is a pack & play,
  • Upstairs: 3 bed rooms: 2 Queen size Beds , 1 Double Bed Downstairs, 1 king, 1 queen, 1 single, 1 futon & a half bath.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Beautiful setting & river views, hot tub, March DISCOUNTS
average rating of 4.8039217 based on 51 reviews

AWESOME place to rent.

  • 5 of 5

Chis thought of everything; pots pans, baking items, games, bbq, washer dryer , boats, life vests everything a family could need to enjoy the river and did I mention the hot tub. It was Awesome.

Thanks Chris,


  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wildlife galore, and a well-equipped kitchen!

  • 5 of 5

Such a lovely place! The house itself is great and well-suited for a large group (we had a total of 9 people), with lots of flexibility for who sleeps where, and the beds were very comfortable. We enjoyed watching the wildlife from the deck and from inside because the windows are so massive -- saw tons of birds, of course, but also sea lions (we think) making excursions up the river, which was wonderful. We paddled up the river a bit by canoe as well, which was nice to do in the off season -- didn't see a single person.

One thing that is really nice about this property is the quality of the kitchen equipment/utensils, which really matters for serious cooks. The kitchen is stocked with extremely solid kitchen gadgets, plenty of nice bowls of all sizes, and Cuisinart cookware. No junky rental house pans with flaking teflon, no rooting around for a crappy bottle opener that might or might not be stocked, no icky cheap salad bowls! This kind of attention to quality makes all the difference for me and my friends...we hope to go back soon!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location on the river

  • 5 of 5

House accomodated 12 of us well for my mother's 70th. Beds were very comfortable, kitchen well equipped and outdoor areas very pleasant.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home on the river!

  • 5 of 5

Lots of space! Beds we're comfortable, home was clean. Close to town and hikes, all around wonderful. Would definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beauty, comfort, convenience

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful setting - mornings were especially enjoyable with fog in the trees and over the river. Great location with easy access to all the conveniences of home but packaged in small town character. The house is very comfortable and fully stocked with everything needed. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I have stayed at the Dragon's Lair twice and love everything about this property. The location, amenities, and decor all contribute to the feeling of peace and relaxation when spending the weekend here. Walking through the doorway during our most recent trip felt like coming home. The owner Chris is welcoming and courteous, and I appreciated how he responded promptly when I had questions. We love the Dragon's Lair and plan to return next year!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Korbel Champagne Cellars
Northwood Golf Club
Sonoma Coast State Beaches
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Sonoma County Airport (STS), Santa Rosa
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Blue Heron Restaurant & Tavern
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Larkspur to San Francisco
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Northwood Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 116
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Highland Dell Riverview Restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Villa Grande
Car: necessary

Canoe/ kayak on the Russian River out the back door, Visit the local river beaches, wineries, Willow Creek preserve 2 miles away, hike/bike.Coastal beaches along hwy 1 starting at Goat Rock State park 10 min West. Armstrong Giant Redwood State Park 10 min drive East, Korbel winery tour 15 min East, Bodega Bay 20 south, Fort Ross 40 min North.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $250 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Use a debit card, e-check or mailed check to avoid a 3% credit card fee if you like.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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