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Private Riverfront Retreat near Wine Country. Pets Welcome! Kayaks and tubes.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

2 BR/2 BA on the Russian River, great views, large private yard, picnic area

Mojo's Lair could be just the place you've been looking for! The large, private, and beautifully-landscaped property right on the river is perfect for a fun and relaxing vacation. It makes a great home base from which to explore all the river and wine country have to offer--kayaking, wine tasting, hiking, fishing, beaches, state parks, and great food!

Located just upstream of Vacation Beach and the Summer Bridge, Mojo’s Lair is in the perfect spot to really enjoy the river and all it has to offer. In the summer, when the river is dammed (mid June to mid September), the floating dock makes getting out on the river super easy! Or just tie off a tube and float around! Go over the island across the way to explore. The rest of the year, you’re just a short walk from the beach and easy river access.

The property offers both redwood-shaded and full-sun spots to hang out. Terrific views of the river from inside and outside.

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

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. Other times of the year, you can wheel them to a put in.

The house, which sleeps up to 8, has terrific views of the river. Each of the 2 bedrooms has a Queen bed. There is a very comfortable, King-size sofa bed in the living room. There is also a downstairs room with two bunks (one Queen mattress and one twin mattress), which is a great space for teens or older children—or just those who want some peace and quiet;) 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 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.

We know how important it is to be able to bring your dog along on your vacation, and so 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.

If you enjoy fishing, just walk to the bottom of the stairs, find yourself a nice perch and cast away.

As pet owners ourselves, we know how great it is to be able to take your dog with you on vacations and how hard it can be to find a place that will allow them. However, we are also aware that pets can get pretty 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 cleaning 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.

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

Winter Special: Book 3 nights, Get 4th night FREE.

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Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

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 Russian River

We were immediately taken with spectacular views from this property, 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: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28 ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
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
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , The washer and dryer are located in this bathroom.
  • The full bath adjacent the bedrooms has a shower over the bathtub. The second full bath is located directly off the back patio and is just a few steps from the master bedroom. It is also readily accessible from the river, making it perfect for washing off after swimming or boating, or for rinsing off your pets if they get muddy playing in the river. Washer and dryer are located there.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 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, slider that open onto the patio, a large walk-in closet, and a pet door. Bedroom 2 has a Queen bed. The living room has a very comfortable King-sized sofa bed. The summer bedroom, which is an unfinished room under the living room, has 2 bunks that are perfect for sleeping bags. 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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Private Riverfront Retreat near Wine Country. Pets Welcome! Kayaks and tubes.
average rating of 5.0 based on 45 reviews

Great house to relax with the family!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time, we felt like we were far away from the stresses of home and really enjoyed the stay. The house comes with everything you need. We would stay there again!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Davis CA

Vacation at Mojo's Lair July 2017

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was lovely. Mojo's Lair is wonderfully located on the river, easy to get anywhere, with beautiful grounds and different areas to sit. It is well supplied, although the kitchen was small. Very clean and well maintained. We probably will visit again, although not with the 6 adults and 2 kids we visited with this time. Our dogs had a great time, it is very dog friendly. Thanks Stephanie, for being responsive and friendly.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Our favorite getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Mojo's Lair is our favorite getaway. The backyard and all the decks on the river make it feel like a resort. The fully stocked house makes it feel like home. It's the best of everything. Steph is so accommodating and thoughtful. She's the best!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gilroy, CA

Peaceful and lovely!

  • 5 of 5

A peaceful and lovely Home and property on a great part of the river with lots of deep water to enjoy. The little instructions, all around the house were very helpful and appreciated. Everything is well thought out here.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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berkeley, ca

Amazing experience - great property and owner

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at Mojo's lair. Incredibly beautiful property with so many locations outside for meals or to sit and read, etc. Loved the hot tub and the kayaks. The house is fantastic, the only issue is a small kitchen. The owner is incredibly responsive and thoughtful as well. While it was fantastic to be able to use the river, we used the property before the summer dam was installed and so it was a bit harder to access the water.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Everything detail has been thought of: very aesthetic environment

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
12 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 $160
Pet Fee $25
Damage Deposit $500

September and Fall Special--Book 3 nights, get a 4th night FREE.

Whenever there is a 2-night minimum, book any 3 nights, get 4th night FREE.

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.

Holidays include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve/New Year's Day.
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).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.