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Wildwood Gardens Scenic Vacation Retreat On The River

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

The Home Is Two Bedrooms And A Loft On A 1 Acre Lush Property On The River➡️

Wildwood Gardens (Cert No. 721N), is a lush and serene haven located on the banks of the scenic Russian River. Adults, children and pets will enjoy the one-acre lawn and garden of hydrangeas, fuchsias, birch trees and willows under the shade of the majestic redwoods. Follow a short private path a few feet from the lower deck down to the river to swim, play or launch one of the house kayaks or canoe from the small dock on the property. There are three sundecks on which to relax and read a good book, listen to the birds, watch the wildlife on the lazy river or enjoy the hot tub with spectacular views. Wildwood Garden has something for everyone.

Wildwood Gardens is delightful and relaxing every season of the year.

In summer, enjoy Monte Rio’s 4th of July fireworks from the hot tub, or from the spacious lawn. Build a campfire in the fire pit on the lawn and enjoy the long summer nights. Wildwood Garden is secluded from other houses in the area so you can enjoy your private oasis. There are nearby restaurants on the river in Monte Rio and you can walk to them in ten minutes.

Fall still has warm days and nights and most of the tourists have gone home, but they miss one of the best times to enjoy the sunsets on the river that attract thousands of small jumping fish. Watch the birds as they migrate south.

Winter is perfect time for a cozy and romantic weekend to enjoy the fireplace, a good book and a glass of wine while watching the wildlife and river float by. Take a long soak in the Jacuzzi tub and feel like all of your worries have washed away with the river. A one-day supply of firewood is provided from October through March.

In spring, the gardens erupt with hydrangeas and flowers and greenery abounds.

This water front house has a short private path to the Russian river, just a few feet from the lower deck. Guests may use any of the boats and life safety vests that Wildwood Garden provides. There are 2, one-person ocean kayaks, 1 two-person ocean kayak and one canoe that are included with the rental. [Boat use is prohibited in the high water winter months, usually between November and April.]

The house is well appointed. Both bedrooms have queen size pillow top beds. The master bedroom has a wood burning stove and a patio door that opens to the deck area with hot tub and river views. Pillows and extra linens are provided for the large sectional sofa that is so comfortable that some guest’s prefer to sleep in the living room in front of the fireplace. There is a small loft overlooking the living room for the kids. Our permit allows six overnight guests.

The living room/dining room has vaulted wood ceilings and accent lighting. There is a flat panel TV above the fireplace, a Blue ray player and a large sectional sofa. WiFi is available throughout the house. From the living room and bathroom you can access the river view redwood deck that spans the riverfront side of the house and a large picnic table and comfortable chairs expand your living space to the outside. The hot tub and BBQ are also on the riverside of the deck, with an additional gas BBQ at the entrance area for cooking closer to the kitchen.

The kitchen has everything you will need to feel at home and coffee beans are in the freezer. The bathroom has a Jacuzzi tub, separate shower and plenty of fresh towels. The house is equipped with an on-demand water heater so the last person in doesn’t have to worry about getting a cold shower and all of the rooms have recently upgraded heaters. For those staying extra days, a washer dryer is available.

You can spend a leisurely afternoon wine tasting at nearby Martinelli and Korbel wineries or dozens of other smaller wine boutiques. Enjoy a 9-hole game of golf at the nearby Northwood public golf course or bring (or rent) your bikes to explore the breathtaking road to the river’s end at the Pacific Ocean in Jenner. Cyclists from all over the world now explore the Russian River backroads and you are just as likely to hear “bonjour” or “ciao!” as “good day” or “hello.” Antique shops and art galleries await in Healdsburg and Sonoma. A short drive takes you to the quaint hamlet of Occidental with century old Italian family restaurants established when the town was a booming railroad outpost.

More Details

Owner
Ron Lopez
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

About Ron Lopez

We are a family of four, plus our beagle Max. We love to travel.

Ron Lopez purchased this house in 2014

Why Ron Lopez chose Monte Rio

We have traveled extensively, but love the Russian River as the ideal vacation retreat. We love kayaking, the towns of Monte Rio and Occidental, the redwoods and our local wineries.

What makes this house unique

As the name implies, we love the large lush grounds and gardens at Wildwood Gardens on the bank of the Russian River.

Map

Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Sonoma County Airport (STS)
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Jenner Ocean Beach
Car: necessary

Amenities

Monte Rio House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
  • Jet tub and separate shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Master bedroom with wood burning stove.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Wildwood Gardens Scenic Vacation Retreat On The River
average rating of 4.756757 based on 37 reviews
5

Beautiful Home in The Woods!

  • 5 of 5

Showed up a little early and Ron was there to great us and it was great to know from the beginning that we were in great hands! Home was simple but perfect and also very private. The yard was well kept up with and the hot tub was clean! I would recommend this home to about anybody! Had a fantastic time!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to having you back on you next visit to the Russian River. Regards, Ron & Angela
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5

Hi Ron, we truly enjoyed our stay. We plan to return. Mark G.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful destination.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the comments. We look forward to seeing you back. Fall is a great time to visit the Russian River. Regards, Ron & Angela
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Unsafe access to water

  • 3 of 5

Ron was great! He always answered our calls. However, I'm not a fan of calling the owner every other day the entire time of a week stay. The house is small which is fine. The kitchen is outdated and 2 of the 4 burners on the stove were non functioning. Also, the river access was extremely dangerous. There is a standard ladder there but still very difficult to put kayak in/ out of water safely. We ended up just going to the Tomales bay to kayak.

We loved the fire pit and the grill is nice. Be careful of the mass amounts of spiders. I get it, it's the river, but the spider action in this home is amazing. All in all a decent home but would probably not rent again. (Tv was difficult to use, small kitchen, hot tub wasn't working at 100%). Again, Ron is great, house just needs to be updated a bit. And, please put a safe access to the river.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments. The winter rains and summer currents have changed our shoreline this year, creating a small drop off to get into the water. Although most of our guests have had no problem launching the kayaks this summer, we recognize this can be difficult for some guests and we will be installing a floating dock next season. Our cleaner always removes spider webs after each visit but we are in the redwoods and outdoor spiders are common. Thanks for the heads up on the burner. We have the hot tub cleaned before each visit and we will double check that it is running properly, but we know of no specific issue. We do have Ti-Vo on all our TVs, which is a great system, but may be unfamiliar to some guests. We are always working to update and improve the house. Thanks again for visiting. Regards, Ron & Angela
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5

Beautiful riverfront property

  • 5 of 5

Great location, we loved being on the river. They also had kayak's to use which was such a treat. The owner was wonderful about answering all my calls and helping us with any issues we had. Thank you very much Ron and Angela we will be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Magical Wildwood Garden

  • 5 of 5

Our week at Wildwood Gardens was amazing and not just because we watched the Warrior win the Championship!

The home has everything you need for comfortable week away...the hosts provide everything you need for a lovely getaway! The kitchen is well apointed and really has everything you need to make a big or small meal.

Although the interior space is small it is laid out nicely and feels very spacious...it opens on to the top deck which extends the house so much!

The beds were SO comfortable with quality linens and pillows and allowed us to sleep so well!!

The decks have beautiful views of the river and redwoods which we enjoyed during every meal...the gardens really make this such an amazing spot...the grounds are lush with hydrangeas growing everywhere!

The river was really high while we there which made entering the river a bit tricky...but our kids enjoyed the canoe and kayaks all day long!!

At night the lights go on and make the house look magical...we enjoyed the fire pit each night...and the hot tub was also fantastic.

We walked to the coffee shop around the corner and enjoyed dinner at the Union Hotel!

We look forward to returning again and creating more summer memories!

Thank you so much for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place on the river!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this house! It had everything we needed (which at first we couldn't find, but if you just look up, you will see plenty of wine glasses and larger pots/pans!). We absolutely loved the large picnic table on the top deck and the lawn area! Also, it was over 100 degrees last weekend and the house had A/C and a ceiling fan so we were comfortable. Also, all communication with the owners was prompt and pleasant.

Just to let future renters know, I'm guessing the recent winter storm took out most of the lower dock and river frontage. Getting in and out of the river was a tad difficult for us ladies in our late 30's, but if my mom had been there she would not have been able to do it. This, however, is not a strike against the house at all because you can't control mother nature! I will absolutely rent this home again - hands down! Thanks again Ron!

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  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the comments. You are correct that the winter storms changed our beach. I have recently installed some steps to make entry into and out of the river much easier. We look forward to having you back. Regards, Ron & Angela
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Fee $60 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $110 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

3PM check in and 11AM check out time. 50% refund if canceling 8-30 days before arrival. $200 cancellation fee if cancellation more than 30 days before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.