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A Creekside Family Estate Among the California Redwoods

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Family estate style home with stunning redwoods and sunny open spaces.

Villa Ratto is a private two-acre family estate that has been passed down to the next generation. The estate is nestled among the stunning California Redwoods on the bank of historic Austin Creek. It is the perfect setting for a memorable vacation with family and friends or a romantic couple's getaway. Plus, it’s the ideal spot to relax, unwind, and balance yourself with nature.

The grounds offer a large grassy area for outdoor games such as volleyball and badminton and a campfire ring in back for a relaxing evening by a warm fire.

The newly remodeled contemporary style accommodation showcases simplicity, style, and comfort. The main room with it vaulted wood beam ceilings features a large living room area, an open gourmet kitchen, and a spacious dining area that seats up to ten guests.

The living room area with its stone fireplace includes a comfortable and spacious leather sofa.

The fully stocked gourmet kitchen includes: 2 sinks, double ovens, ample prep areas, gas cook top, wine refrigerator, and quartz stone counter tops.

The master suite has a king size bed with a private bathroom. The master bath showcases a large walk-in shower and double vanity sinks. The two guest bedrooms are spacious with queen size beds and large closets.

More Details

Tony Ratto
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2017

About Tony Ratto

For over forty-five years, Cazadero and the Russian River has been our family summer and weekend getaway. Our family vacation home holds a special place in our hearts since our parents bought it in the summer of 1969. It holds wonderful memories and it is our pleasure to share it with you.

Tony Ratto purchased this estate in 1969

Why Tony Ratto chose Sonoma County

It is a great place to come together with family and friends. The redwoods, the creek, the sunny open space, and the location are the perfect setting for a memorable vacation. Plus, it's only a two hour drive north of San Francisco. Great for a quick weekend getaway.

Also, it's only a 5 minute drive to the Russian River and the charming town of Duncans Mills, 15 minutes to Guerneville, 15 minutes heading west to the scenic Sonoma Coast, and close to some of the best wineries in Sonoma County.

What makes this estate unique

It’s one of those places that you have to see to believe. You can enjoy spending the whole day here. As evening approaches it becomes quiet and calm. It's the perfect setting to start a warm campfire, sit back, and relax.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This place is beautiful! The pictures don't do it justice! Very well stocked and easy to find and use everything. The fire pit and hot tub are a great time and Tony is really nice and easy to deal with!
Jan 2015
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Cazadero Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Powder Room - toilet
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Double Vanity Sinks, Walk-in Shower, Private Toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Guest Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen Size Bed
    Guest Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen Size Bed
    Master Suite - 1 king , Cal. King Size Bed. Private Bath. Walk-in Closet
  • Two (2) Twin Size Roll-away Beds with 4" memory foam mattress. Including linens and comforter.
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The perfect setting for entertaining family and friends. Plenty of parking spaces. Large open space with orchard to roam around. Two acres of flat land completely fenced in.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

A Creekside Family Estate Among the California Redwoods
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Fabulous Family Gathering place

  • 5 of 5

The pictures and comments cant describe the actual atmosphere and beauty of this expansive property.

I had my family fly in from Florida and Salem Massachusetts to SFO.

We meandered up through the Bay area, through wine country, and down the River road to this most excellent destination.

As you enter the property, you cant help but look up in awesome wonder.

If you ever wanted to live among hundred year old redwoods; you have arrived.

As you enter the home and look around; the open floorplan from kitchen to dining to family room invites a few or many to gather and enjoy the views of redwoods front and back.

It was a long trip, its probably a little cold and damp; light a fire in the wood burning fireplace and relax.

The well appointed kitchen with high end appliances has a lengthy sit down bar area and allows socialization and at least two cooks in the kitchen.

The biggest local grocery store is on the left as you leave Guerneville, make sure you stop and load up on the way in.

Comfy beds and linens invite a restful and quiet nights sleep. If its not too cold, crack the windows a bit to let in the fresh forest air and snuggle beneath the thick warm comforter.

When you do decide to get out of bed, make coffee and quietly go out on the back deck. Look to the field on your right. We saw deer every morning that had come up from the creek.

WiFi, board games, Big TV

Lots of firewood

Cant say enough good things about the kitchen

Best salad spinner ever

Hot tub was awesome

Don't miss out on Rivers End restaurant up the road in Jenner ( reservations reccommended)

Sonoma Coast is known for its Pinot Noir, take advantage while you are here.

Two of the best beer breweries in the US are also close by; Russian River and Lagunitas.

If you like bubbles, visit Ironhorse.

If you like more choices, head into Santa Rosa or Healdsburg to the tasting rooms.

Tony, the owner, communicated directions, expectations and advice from the moment we first made contact.

I have had multiple rentals over the years in many states and locations and this was the best experience ever.

We will be back, count on it.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Mark. It was great having you and your family stay at Villa Ratto. Sounds like it was a wonderful time. Look forward in having you back. - Tony
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I wish I could live here!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I came up to celebrate a birthday, and had such a wonderful time! Tony's house is so beautiful and updated, and was in such a peaceful setting. You feel so isolated since there is tons of space on the property, and it was so nice to enjoy a nice campfire each night. I was even more surprised to find how well stocked Tony's place is. He provided TONS of firewood, and every kitchen appliance you could ever need. I was so happy in the huge kitchen, and make great steaks on the grill out back . I will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place is tremendous!

  • 5 of 5

The property owner/manager was very attentive to every detail. His communications, both written and voice, were superb. Once at the property, our party could not have asked for more. Everything we could have imagined to make our stay enjoyable and relaxing was there waiting for us.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mark! Sounds like you enjoyed your stay. Hope to have you back in the near future.
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Absolutely wonderful!!!

  • 5 of 5

Via Ratto is one of those very very special finds!! I surprise my husband with a two night stay for his birthday. He was completely surprised and could not have been happier with this beautiful place! The setting is absolutely stunning. Very private and spacious. Everything you would ever need in the house down to the toothpicks! We have been to Villa Ratto several times and can never wait to get to our oasis!!

Owners could not have been more attentive. You will love this h❤️me!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Privacy and Serenity.

  • 5 of 5

Villa Ratto greatly exceeded our expectations. This home is charming and better equipped than my own home. We were there to explore the Sonoma wine country, but found ourselves not wanting to leave this place. The property is gorgeous. Nestled in the majestic Redwoods. We spent our evenings sipping wine by the large outdoor fire pit and soaking in the hot tub. It is perfect for 3 couples. Fantastic wineries and the breathtaking California coast are just a short drive. We spent a total of 11 days in the Sonoma and Napa region, 4 of those at Villa Ratto. It was by far our favorite place.



  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perect for a weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We rented Villa Ratto for three nights for our annual book club retreat. There are seven women in our group. This home was perfect for us. The layout is basically a great room so everyone was always hanging out together even when some were cooking, and others watching TV or relaxing. The house and kitchen are very modern and was better stocked than any other house we've ever rented. It was very clean and the beds were comfortable. If we had better weather (we had a full day of rain) we would have spent more time sitting along the Austin Creek. Duncans Mills has several shops nearby and is definitely worth checking out. If you have kids be sure to bring a croquet, badminton, or volleyball set because the outdoor area is perfect for something like that. We didn't use the hot tub but it was right outside the back door. The owner was very accommodating and easy to work with. I definitely recommend staying at Villa Ratto.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
The Blue Heron
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Northwood Golf Club, Monte Rio
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 116
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Cape Fear Cafe / The Blue Heron, Duncans Mills
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Johnson's Beach on the Russian River, Guerneville
Car: necessary

Downtown Guerneville (8 mi, 15 min)

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve (10.5 mi, 22 min)

Historic Duncans Mills (2.5 mi, 6 min)

Fort Ross Visitor Center & Museum , Hwy 1 (19.2 mi, 37 min)

Korbel Winery (11 mi, 20 mins)

Kendall Jackson Winery (23 mi, 40 mins)

Sonoma Coast (9 mi, 15 mins)

Bodega Bay (16 mi, 28 mins)

Healdsburg, CA (26 mi, 48 mins)

Sonoma Canopy Tours (8 mi, 18 mins)

Graton Casino (30 miles, 50 mins)


Rates & Availability

Cazadero Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring / Late Summer
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early Autumn
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Autumn Holiday
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late Autumn
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter Holiday
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.0%

Until confirmed rates and terms are subject to change without notice.

This vacation rental home is permitted and complies with the Vacation Rental Performances Standards set by the County of Sonoma, Permit Resource Management Department.

Sonoma County TOT Certificate No.: 1093N
Quiet Hours: 10pm - 7am
Max. No. of Guest: 8
Max. No. of Vehicles: 6

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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