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Private Riverfront Retreat in Wine Country. Kayaks year round. Pets Welcome.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Riverfront with great views, large private lot, dock in summer, spa, and firepit

**Private Dock on the River, mid-June to mid-Sept**

Kayaks and tubes available year-round.

River access from Mojo’s Lair and Vacation Beach also year-round.

Mojo's Lair is located just upstream of Vacation Beach and the Summer Bridge, Mojo’s Lair is in the perfect spot to enjoy the Russian River area and all it has to offer--kayaking, wine tasting, hiking, fishing, beaches, state parks, and great food!

House is at street level with easy parking and a large, level, double lot.

Private dock available in the summer, when the river is dammed (mid-June to mid-September). The dock makes getting out on the river effortless--just walk down the stairs, onto the dock, and you're on the river! Or tie off a tube and float around! Explore Durban island across the way. If you enjoy fishing, just walk to the bottom of the stairs, find yourself a nice spot and cast away.

The house is cozy and comfortable, and has terrific views of the river. Each of the 2 bedrooms has a queen-size bed. There is a comfortable, king-size sofa bed in the living room. The downstairs bunkroom has two beds (one queen and one twin), and makes a great space for older kids/teens.

There are two full bathrooms, a full-sized washer and dryer, and a gas fireplace.

Modern conveniences include Wi-Fi and 50” LED/LCD television with Comcast cable, DVR, and Blu-Ray/DVD player. There is an assortment of books, games, and videos available.

The large private lot offers both redwood-shaded and full-sun spots to hang out. Terrific views of the river from inside and outside. Deck in the middle of the property lets you lounge in the sun and watch goings on the river below.

Two Hobie sit-on-top kayaks are available for your use year-round. Both kayaks have room to bring a child or dog along. Personal flotation devices in various sizes are available for your use. In the summer, the kayaks stay on the dock. The rest of the year, you’re just a short walk from the beach and easy river access.

The main patio off the living room has a gas fire pit/table, a Weber gas grill, and a hot tub. Nestled along the edge of hill overlooking the river, the hot tub is private, yet affords great views of the river. The spa is serviced weekly so it is always perfect for our guests.

The patio in the side yard has a large picnic table, which is a great location for al fresco dining or just hanging out near the wood-burning fire pit. There is also a horseshoe pit.

Located in Sonoma wine country, the world-renowned Russian River and Dry Creek Wine regions with their dozens of wineries are within a 20-minute drive. If like your wine sparkling, Korbel is just a short drive away. And the capital of Sonoma wine country, Healdsburg, with over 100 wineries and a thriving restaurant scene, is approximately a 40-minute drive from Mojo's Lair.

The Pacific coast and the town of Jenner, which is right at the mouth of the Russian River, are a short drive away. Check out some of the great restaurants in Jenner, take a hike in some of the great parks along the coast, or just hang out on the beach near the mouth and watch the birds and the harbor seals.

Northwood Golf Club is just up the road—play golf among the towering redwoods. Or go hiking and bird watching in nearby Armstrong woods, and hike among old-growth redwoods. Go shopping or dine in some of the great restaurants in the area. Or just hang out with friends and relax.

As pet owners ourselves, we know how great it is to be able to take your dog with you on vacation and how hard it can be to find a place that will allow them. That is why Mojo’s Lair is pet-friendly. Mojo wouldn't have had it any other way!

The yard is completely fenced (except to the river). There is also a gate at the top of the patio to discourage pets from going down the stairs. There is a dog door in the back bedroom that can be used for small to medium-sized dogs. A pooper scooper is available for your convenience. And we designed the shower in the bath off the patio with pet washing in mind.

We are also aware that pets can get dirty, especially when playing in or along the river. Since we would really like to keep our home as clean and free from pet odors as possible, we set up the bathroom off the patio so that it will be easy to give your dog a quick warm wash in the walk-in shower, with handheld shower head. We also have a dog door in the back bedroom that will accommodate small to medium-sized dogs.

Linens and towels are provided. You only need to bring a pillow if you have a special one that you can't sleep well without ;) The kitchen is stocked with pantry basics (coffee, sugar, flour, spices, etc.)

Thank you for considering Mojo's Lair! Please feel free to contact me by email if you have any questions.

Note: The exact date the dock will go in is not known until early June. Likewise, the date that the dock comes out isn't released until early September.

Off-Season*/Non-Holiday Special: When minimum is 2 nights, if you book 3, the 4th night is FREE!

*When the dock is not in.

Holidays include Memorial Day weekend, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve/New Year's Day. Those times have 4-day minimum.

More Details

Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Stephanie

We have enjoyed visiting Sonoma County and the Russian River for a long time. We love going wine tasting, kayaking and fishing, hiking, and just hanging out with friends. We always dreamed of owning a place on the river, and so were absolutely thrilled when we had the good fortune to find Mojo's Lair, our little piece of paradise.

Our two Bostons, Durban and Phoenix, also love visiting Guerneville. Durban has even become quite the swimmer. Mojo, the beloved namesake of Mojo's Lair, wasn't much into swimming, but she loved to nestle in the front of Michele's kayak while she was out fishing (that's Mojo in the photo). Phoenix will learn to swim soon,, and hopefully like kayaking as much as Mojo did.

Stephanie purchased this house in 2013

Why Stephanie chose Guerneville

We were immediately taken with spectacular views, the easy river access, the large sun-filled lot, the proximity to town, and its private, cozy feel. It really does feel like a private retreat, tucked away in nature, yet it's still close to lots of places to go and things to do.

What makes this house unique

The property is located just upstream of the summer dam at Vacation Beach. When the dam is in place, you can enjoy the lake-like deep water right off the dock, which is perfect for swimming and for kayaking and tubing. If you want to play in shallower water, cross the river to the island (great place for kids to play!), or head on down the street a block to Vacation Beach and you can explore the river in it's natural state from the other side of the dam.

And bonus, in the summer, there is a road over the top of the dam that provides a nice shortcut into town and a more direct way to head west towards the mouth of the Russian River in Jenner.

In addition, our place on the river get ways more sun than many places on the river do. The deck in the middle of the property gets sun all day long, and the dock gets plenty of sun as well. The dock is also directly over a very deep part of the river so you can dive away!

***Winter SPECIAL** One night FREE with every 3 night booking!


Guerneville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Dog guests should sleep in their own beds, not on the sofa, or on the beds.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • 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
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , The washer and dryer are located in this bathroom.
  • The full bathroom adjacent the bedrooms has a shower over the bathtub. The newly remodeled second bath is located directly off the back patio and is just a few steps from the master bedroom. It is readily accessible to the spa and from the river, making it perfect for washing off after swimming or boating, for rinsing off before getting in the spa, or for giving your dog a warm-water bath! Full-sized washer and dryer located there.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , King-size sofa bed in living room.
    Bunkroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Has 2 bunks, one Queen, one Twin. Great for kids/teenagers.
  • Bedroom 1 has a Queen bed, a sliding-glass door that opens onto the patio, a large walk-in closet, and a pet door. Bedroom 2 has a Queen bed and a closet. The living room has a very comfortable King-sized sofa bed. The bunkroom, which is located under the living room, and is accessible via the stairs off the main patio, has 2 bunks--a queen and a twin. Kids love it!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
For families, Mojo's Lair can sleep up to 9. Groups of more than 6 adults, however, are not welcome.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 51 reviews

Beautiful property, great hosts.

  • 5 of 5

Really lovely place.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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More beautiful than the photos!

  • 5 of 5

Relaxing and perfectly stocked home. Great attention to detail everywhere.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Beautifully relaxing. It make one feel like solitude, and yet one is not.

  • 5 of 5

Far enough away, and yet amenities, are just on the other side of the river. Mojo’s Lair had everything a home would have, imcludong up to date appliances.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Complete serenity !

  • 5 of 5

Mojo’s Lair oozes with hypnotic relaxation and beckons you to be one with the outdoors. If you are in search of Coziness, comfort, outdoor refuge and being one with nature, then this is the place for you. We enjoyed every part of the property and are so grateful to Stephanie & Michelle for sharing their home with us. We will definitely return in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Fantastic property!

  • 5 of 5

Glass walls in living room bring the outdoor in. Wonderful home to relax. Private and comfortable. Walk to Vacation beach! Beds were super comfy. Nice appliances. Neat and clean. I perfect spot to unwind with family and friends....or a bit of romance.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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*****Five Star Getaway*****

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for more in a Russian River rental. This is a gorgeous property, with amazing views, and plenty of room inside and out. There is just about any amenity on-site you could ask for, all easy to enjoy thanks to being well organized, properly organized, with easy to follow directions. We thoroughly enjoyed our getaway and the dogs had a great time too. Stephanie was super responsive and helpful. We definitely plan to come back. Thanks very much!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Northwood Golf Resort (even closer in summer!)
Nearest Motorway
14 Miles
US 101
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Vacation Beach
Car: recommended

Located close to Sonoma wine country, there are dozens of vineyards within 20 minutes and over 100 within 45 minutes. On the Russian River (with its own private dock in summer) also makes for great swimming, kayaking, wildlife/bird watching, exploration of the coast. You can also go hiking among the the redwoods, or just relax.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Pet Fee $25
Damage Deposit $500

Off-Season* Special: When minimum is 2 nights, if you book 3, the 4th night is FREE!

*Any non-holiday period when the dock is not in.
Holidays include Memorial Day weekend, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve/New Year's Day. Those times will have 4-day minimum.

Normal Check-In/Check-Out Times:
Check-in: 4:00 pm.
Check out: 11:00 am.
This is to allow time for the cleaners. However, whenever it can be arranged, we're happy to allow early check-ins and/or late check out.

Minimum age for the responsible party is 28. We reserve the right to ask for proof of age.

Special terms or minimums may apply to specific dates or holidays not specified.

Rates may vary for stays that don't meet the minimum number of nights.

Cancellation Policy
100% refunded if cancelled ≥30 days prior to Check-In Date;
50% if cancelled >7 and <30 days;
0% if cancelled ≤7 days; less 5% credit card transaction fees (if applicable)
Fees are fully refunded with 100% refunds.

Owner'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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