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Big Bertha's! Perfectly Equipped Forest Retreat!

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bdrm, 2 Bath, Bocce Ball, Hot Tub, Nice Deck, Dog Friendly, Great Kitchen!

Big Bertha's ~ This cabin chic home will win your heart!

Big Bertha's sits hillside, and is two levels (the upstairs is the main living area). From the driveway, two flights of stairs lead to the deck and front door. Just inside the front door is a small entranceway, with hooks for coats and a place for muddy shoes. This room also contains the washer/dryer. The open kitchen and dining rooms are directly adjacent. The kitchen is recently remodeled with stainless steel appliances and attractive cabinetry. The bar counter transitions smoothly to the dining area, with a dining table which can comfortably seat 8. Sliding doors from the dining room lead out to the deck, which has a gas BBQ, picnic table, and folding Adirondack chairs. An open doorway from the dining area leads to the living room, with couch, chairs, chess table, reading lamps, cable TV, iPod dock, and a writing desk. A short hallway, accessible from both the living room and the kitchen, leads to one bathroom (with bathtub/shower), a bedroom with two twins, and a bedroom with a queen bed.

Downstairs:

From the far side of the living room, next to the gas fireplace, a spiral staircase leads to the downstairs level. The downstairs has a game room, with a double futon for additional sleeping space, cable TV, and a card table, and Foosball table. At the far end of the game room is a small suite with a queen bed, coffee station and small, yet full, bathroom with a shower. Sliding doors lead to a small lower deck with two Adirondack chairs; a great spot for enjoying some morning coffee!

Outdoors:

The main outdoor living areas are located on the same level as the main interior. In addition to the deck with gas BBQ and outdoor dining, there is a side yard with a bocce ball court and a back patio with a hot tub.

Big Bertha's is named for the original owner, Bertha. She and her husband built the house in 1952 and she is still a welcome visitor. When walking through the hallway, notice the artwork, which is actually pieces of the original flooring found during the remodel.

Know Before You Book:

Damage Waiver: The non-refundable damage waiver included in the reservation charges replaces a standard security deposit. The damage waiver covers unintentional damages to real or personal property of the rental unit that occur during your stay. The policy will pay a maximum benefit of $3000.00. Any damages that exceed $3,000.00 will be charged to the guest directly. The damage waiver plan does not cover replacement of missing items, additional housekeeping charges, intentional damage or gross negligence, or damages resulting from a violation of the rules outlined in the Russian River Vacation Homes guest agreement. To ensure that you are not charged for any damages, you are responsible for reporting any accidental damages to Russian River Vacation Homes in a timely manner.

*PLEASE NOTE* HomeAway offers a damage protection fee during the online check-out process. This is different than the waiver that we offer and costs more for less coverage. DO NOT select the damage insurance offered at checkout.

Office Hours and Booking Information:

Our office is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day, excluding major holidays.

After making a booking and confirming their security deposit vs. damage protection preference, guests will be sent arrival instructions and a contract with our terms in detail to sign and return. You will be contacted within 24 hours of making your reservation.

No same-day reservations past 2 pm. It should not happen, but in case the system is allowing you to book for same-day arrival and it is after 2 pm, please reach out to us. If it is after 5 pm, please do not complete your reservation; no one will be available to process your reservation and prepare for your arrival.

Maximum Occupancy and Quiet Hours: The maximum occupancy at Big Bertha's is 7. Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. Outdoor amplified sound is prohibited at any time.

Parking: There is parking in the driveway for 3 vehicles. RVs, trailers and campers are prohibited, per the Sonoma County Vacation Rental Ordinance.

Bed Sizes: Bedroom One (upstairs): Queen Bed, Bedroom Two (upstairs): Two Twin Beds, Bedroom Three (downstairs): Queen Bed, Futon in downstairs living area.

Downstairs Ceiling: The downstairs ceilings are 7'2", which is slightly lower than average

Location: Big Bertha's is located in a Guerneville neighborhood just west of downtown. It is a 5-minute walk to the Russian River and a 15-minute walk into town. There are a playground, tennis courts and great restaurant all within a 5-minute walk.

More Details

Owner
Russian River Vacation Homes
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

About Russian River Vacation Homes

We are Russian River Vacation Homes, a part of D&G Equity Management, Inc., a family owned and locally owned/operated property management company.

Our Story:

In 1980, D&G founders and owners Michael and Patty saw a need in the area for habitable, affordable housing. At that time, many of the little cabins along the Russian River, originally built as summer cabins, were unsuitable for year-round occupancy. D&G assisted property owners with fixing up and renting their cabins. As the largest property management company in western Sonoma County, D&G Equity Management continues to be a staple in the Russian River community.

Russian River Vacation Homes is an off-shoot of D&G. One fine day in 1985, Michael's client, Bob, asked "Hey Mike, can you rent my cabin out just for the week or weekend instead of by the month?" Michael said "Sure!" and Russian River Vacation Homes was born. As renting vacation rentals became more popular, Russian River Vacation Homes grew into a full-time business with its own office. Today, Russian River Vacation Homes professionally manages over 60 high-quality vacation rentals.

We strive to make each and every stay the best one ever. If you have any questions or concerns about reserving or staying with us, please don't hesitate to contact us! We are here to help.

Why Russian River Vacation Homes chose Guerneville

Guerneville is the largest town on the Russian River, and has a variety of excellent restaurants and shopping. There are many wineries within 15-20 minutes. Guerneville is also home to the amazing Armstrong Woods, and it's just a quick drive out to the coast! Guerneville is a fun and free spirited town that makes for a great getaway!

What makes this house unique

Big Bertha's has all the ingredients of a beloved vacation home. It is comfortable, stylish, unique, well-appointed and private yet conveniently located. Inside and out, Big Bertha’s expertly combines convenience and comfort with playful cabin chic. With a bocce ball court, outdoor fireplace, hot tub, gas grill, well-stocked kitchen, charming dining room writing desk, reading spots, games and books, cable TVs, high-speed internet, gas fireplace, kids game room, serene views and multiple coffee stations, Big Bertha’s is equally equipped to accommodate families, groups of friends, couples, lovers, food lovers, wine lovers, writers, philosophers, morning people, evening people, middle-of-the-day people and, well, pretty much anyone!

Amenities

Guerneville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • The first bathroom is upstairs, with a bathtub/shower combo. The 2nd bathroom is downstairs, and downstairs there is a 2nd full bathroom with a shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • The first bedroom is upstairs, and has a queen bed. There is a bathroom just outside, in the hallway. The 2nd bedroom is also upstairs, next to the first bedroom, and has two twin beds. From the far side of the living room, next to the gas fireplace, a spiral staircase leads to the downstairs level. The downstairs has a game room, with a double futon for additional sleeping space. The third bedroom is located past the game room, and has a queen bed. The 2nd bathroom is next to the downstairs 3rd bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Canoes and Kayaks can be rented locally from King's Sport and Tackle year round, and seasonally from Johnson's Beach and Monte Rio Beach. Water Trek Eco Tours rents boats in Jenner, along with providing guided excursions. Burke's Canoe provides pick up service after a day floating down the river during the summer months.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Big Bertha's! Perfectly Equipped Forest Retreat!
average rating of 4.8 based on 15 reviews
4

Great place for families

  • 4 of 5

Big Bertha's was perfect for our 3 generations. Comfortable, well supplied and a super fenced yard. Be aware of the stairs up to the main floor. Our only suggestions: put a baby gate at the top of the spiral staircase and REPLACE THE ADULT BEDS. We loved this place but will not go back if the beds are not replaced.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Very nice house that was comfortable and cozy.

  • 5 of 5

We spent Christmas in the house. Very nice!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paris, France
5

Beautiful, cozy, relaxing cabin where you can live in the trees and be close to town!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Big Bertha's cabin. The home is well-appointed and very comfortable. We loved sitting out on the deck with a fire, grilling and using the hot tub. The driveway is a little tricky, but most are in that area. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Wonderful house in beautiful setting

  • 4 of 5

We spent the last 3 days here and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It suited our needs very well. We were staying with our son and his family (including almost 2 yr old Zoe). There are two levels. My wife and I stayed downstairs. The two upstairs bedrooms were perfect for

Zoe and her parents.

This house has great indoor and outdoor living areas. Plenty of room to spread out and to enjoy different times of day in the various settings.

House is well equipped and has lots of helpful instructions posted. The negatives were few and all related to kitchen equipment. None of the knives are sharp and there is no sharpener. The can opener needs to be replaced. There was no medium sized saucepan. Fairly minor inconveniences, but I am listing them here because I doubt the owners are aware of these things and they can be easily remedied.

We will definitely consider staying here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, well-appointed home in the woods. Tasteful decor inside and out. Everything we needed for a fun and relaxing stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Love Big Bertha!

  • 5 of 5

My only wish was for a big cutting board! Otherwise, it was fantastic ;)

Also, thank you so much for coming out to address our technical needs!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
88 Miles
SFO or Oakland
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Main Street Station
Nearest Ferry
58 Miles
Larkspur Ferry
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Northwood Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
River Road
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Garden Grill
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Russian River Neighborhood Beach

Big Bertha’s is located in a Guerneville neighborhood just west of downtown. It is a 5 minute walk to the Russian River and a 15 minute walk into town. There is a playground, tennis courts, a gym and a great restaurant all within a 5 minute walk.

Hiking, biking, great restaurants, and wine tasting opportunities are around every corner!

-1 mile to downtown Guerneville

-5 Miles to Monte Rio

-7.5 miles to Forestville

-11 Miles to Occidental

-7.2 Miles to Duncans Mills

-13 miles to Jenner

-14 miles to Sebastopol

-14 miles to Cazadero

-18 miles to Healdsburg

-21 miles to Santa Rosa

-21 miles to Bodega Bay

Here are a few of our nearby attractions! See our guidebook for a detailed listing.

-Korbel Champagne Cellars

-Gary Farrell Winery

-Thomas George Estates

-Burke's Canoe Rentals

-Armstrong Woods

-Austin Creek State Recreation Area

-Sonoma Coast State Park

-Johnson's Beach

The Russian River area is home to many special events! There’s something for everyone!

Plan your true wine tasting experience during Winter WINEland, Pinot on the River, or visit during one of the Barrel Tasting weekends on Wine Road!

We’re a great place to hang your hat during the Vineman Triatholon, and we’d love to see you during Lazy Bear Weekend! We also have great home locations for Women’s Weekend!

Get your groove on at Johnson’s Beach for The Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival!

Other great events include Civil War Days, the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival, the Sonoma County Pride Parade, the Russian River Rodeo, the Old Grove Festival, and the Russian River Beer Revival.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Notes

  • Additional Fees
    -Cleaning/Linens Fee
    -14% Taxes on Rent and Cleaning (12% Transient Occupancy Tax and 2% Business Area Improvement Fee)
    -Damage Protection, see below
    -Optional Travel Insurance

    DAMAGE PROTECTION: We offer a $49 damage protection program that replaces the $1000 security deposit and $30 security deposit processing fee. When booking through VRBO/HomeAway, the $1000 Refundable Security Deposit and $30 processing fee will show in your rates. To choose the damage protection, put a note comments section of the reservation and we will adjust the rates before processing payment. If no preference is stated, we will contact you.

    *PLEASE NOTE* HomeAway offers a damage protection fee during the online check-out process. This is different than the policy we offer and costs more for less coverage. To choose our policy, make a note in your reservation and and do not select the damage insurance offered at checkout.
  • When a reservation is received, we process payment and send an email confirmation within 24 hours or less. Confirmed reservations are final.

    NIGHT MINIMUMS:
    -Two night minimum October to Memorial Day Weekend (holidays have a higher night minimum)
    -Three night minimum Memorial Day Weekend through late June, and September
    -Four night minimum end of June through August, expect week minimum over the July 4th Holiday and the first week of August.
    -Major holidays including Thanksgiving, Winter Break and President's Day may have a longer night minimum.
    -All specials exclude holidays and must be mentioned at the time of reservation.

    Read our Reservation Info for more information on our policies, including night minimums and rates.
  • NOTE: We use an automated system that integrates the VRBO/HomeAway booking engine with our own reservation software. This is generally a good thing; calendars and rates are more accurate than they ever have been and are becoming more reliable every day. However, this is new technology, and has occasionally malfunctioned. If your reservation seems to go through for less than the stated night minimums, or if the rental rates or availability seem too good to be true, be aware that the system may be experiencing an integration issue and your reservation may not be accepted. If you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to give us a call.
    TOT #2094
    Permit #ZPE14-0094
  • Damage deposit: $49.00
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