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Riverside Retreat in Monte Rio

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View from the open kitchen.


Last updated: 03/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Cozy, Cute Cottage Overlooking The Russian River And Redwood Hills

Less than two hours from San Francisco on the Russian River (but a world away!) -- near vineyards, redwoods, and the Sonoma coast. This cottage sits on a quarter acre of sunny riverfront property in a quiet neighborhood just west of Monte Rio.

The house offers two comfortable bedrooms. The smaller one has a double bed, bamboo floors, French doors that open directly onto the deck, and gorgeous views of the sunrise over the river and redwood hills. The larger has a queen bed and carpeted floors.

The open kitchen is equipped with a gas range, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, and all essential implements (down to the candy thermometer!). Cook up a storm with fantastic local ingredients -- I can offer recommendations on great places to pick up meat, produce, and seafood.

Just so you don't have to worry about it, I provide olive oil, salt, pepper, and a few other essentials. There's also an herb garden just outside the back door.

There is a large, sunny dining and sitting area just off the kitchen. It's the perfect spot to lounge, enjoy a glass of wine, and admire the views of the river and hills. The living room has a wood burning stove to keep things cozy on winter evenings.

The large back deck offers plenty of room for lounging in the sun and watching the river flow by. The hot tub is perched on the edge of the deck with great river views. It is wonderful for stargazing at night and birdwatching in the morning.

The house has flower gardens with seasonal roses, lilies, daffodils, fuchsia, irises, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, and California poppies, to name a few.

I've only owned the house since the end of 2012 and have been working to constantly improve it. If you're looking for an impeccably posh experience, this might not be the place for you. But if you can handle a few (mostly charming) imperfections in a very functional and fun house, then it will be a great fit. I welcome any feedback you have on what I can do to polish this diamond in the rough, and hope you can come back to watch it evolve.

Enjoy your escape at the riverside retreat!
Rules, per Sonoma County Vacation Rental Ordinance:
- Quiet hours are 10pm - 9am. No amplified sound / music outside the house, please.
- Parking is limited to two vehicles.
- Maximum daytime occupancy is 12 persons; overnight limit is 4 persons, unless otherwise agreed to with the host up to a maximum of 6.
- All rates have been adjusted to include the 9% Sonoma County Transient Occupancy Tax. Certificate No. 1138N


Member since: 2015

Speaks: english, spanish, swedish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/26/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1100 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Massage


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • There is also a wonderful outdoor shower just off the deck.

Other Amenities

  • I have a Pack-N-Play available for families with small children.


  • Books
  • Games:

    Settlers of Cataan, Cards Against Humanity, Connect Four, Cribbage, Ticket to Ride, Blockus, jigsaw puzzle...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Speakers to plug your device into....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Cinemas
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View:

    You can see the Russian River from the house, deck, and hot tub....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    On the banks of the Russian River....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    Table with extra leaf and view onto the deck and river....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Internet:

    Fast WiFi....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Cozy, carpeted living room with fireplace and sofa bed....moreless

  • Parking:

    No more than two vehicles, please....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    Located in the kitchen / dining / sitting area that opens to the deck and has views of the river....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Extremely well stocked kitchen with almost anything you could possibly need. Open to the back sitting and dining area, with views of the deck, river, and hills....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Salt, pepper, vinegar, olive oil, coffee, tea...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Gas stove....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Huge deck with views of the river. Sofa, lounge chairs, and sun canopy....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two kayaks are available for use in the dry season....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Flower and vegetable gardens surround the house, and the property slopes down to the riverbank....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas Weber grill....moreless

Pool / Spa

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
May 1 - Sep 30, 2017
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$195 $225
Fri, Sat, Sun

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning Fee $100 + tax
  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Tax Rate 12%

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 03/26/2017
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20 Miles
Nearest Airport
Sonoma County Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Blue Heron
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Northwood Golf Club
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Blue Heron
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Patterson Point

Car: Necessary

The Russian River area has easy access to river beaches, redwood forests, hiking, the wild Sonoma Coast, wineries, historic sites, charming villages, and much, much more.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: I'm a Midwest transplant who has lived in San Francisco for over 10 years. I enjoy weekend escapes to my vacation property in quirky and beautiful West Sonoma County. Interests include gardening, progressive social change, enjoying nature, and oysters and rosé on the deck.

Why the Owner Chose Monte Rio, CA, USA:
I've been visiting the Russian River area since first moving to California. I love the eclectic mix of people and the beautiful nature. It's easy to get to from San Francisco but feels a world away.

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Speaks: english, spanish, swedish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/26/2017

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  • View from the open kitchen.

    View from the open kitchen.

  • Have a drink at the bar.

    Have a drink at the bar.

  • View from the deck.

    View from the deck.

  • Double bed.

    Double bed.

  • Magic morning moments.

    Magic morning moments.

  • Garden.


  • Fully stocked kitchen.

    Fully stocked kitchen.

  • Cozy rear seating area with wood stove and views of the river.

    Cozy rear seating area with wood stove and views of the river.

  • Deck and back yard.

    Deck and back yard.

  • Queen bed.

    Queen bed.

  • Living room.

    Living room.

  • Flowers and hills.

    Flowers and hills.

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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