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Castle Crag ~ Enjoy the Views, Soak in the Hot Tub!

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,562 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom/3 Bath Hillside Home, River & Ocean Views, Spa, Dogs Welcome!

Castle Crag is a place to relax from the bustle of cities and freeways, yet is still within a short driving distance to the finest experiences offered in California.

On a protected hillside behind Jenner, this home offers incredible views of the river and the ocean. Excellent stargazing can be viewed from the upper deck (bring binoculars and/or telescope). A short walk to the ocean reveals resplendent wildlife including a seal rookery, blue herons, pelicans, seagulls, cormorants, sandpipers, ospreys, snowy egrets, hummingbirds, and many more.

This beach house offers 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The master bedroom features a Queen bed and en suite bathroom. The second bedroom offers a Queen bed and the third offers a Queen bed. These bedrooms share a bathroom. The fourth bedroom offers 2 Twin beds, and has a shared bathroom down the hall. If needed, a double futon is provided in the sunroom. Two decks provide space for a barbecue and a large hot tub. The main living area on the upper floor is a spacious sunny area with connecting living room, sunroom (family room) and fully equipped kitchen. All of these rooms offer incredible views of the Russian River estuary. The living room features a stone fireplace. A direct supply of firewood through a special built-in wood cupboard.

Located in the quiet and quaint village of Jenner, Castle Crag is less than two hours north of San Francisco. It has magnificent views of the river valley, estuary and river's entrance to the ocean. As the village is somewhat sheltered from ocean breezes, pleasantly warm weather is the typical climate for most of the year, with occasional sea mists. For those interested in visiting wine county, this home is only a 30-minute beautiful drive along the river to the Korbel Champagne vineyards. There are excellent restaurants all along the river and the coastline between Bodega and Jenner. Swimming, surfing, and sailing are 15 minutes south at Salmon Creek and Bodega (made famous in the Hitchcock movie The Birds. Excellent hiking trails and horseback riding are only minutes away, as well as canoeing and rafting on the Russian River.

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 Castle Crag is 10. Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. Outdoor amplified sound is prohibited at any time.


On-site parking is permitted for a maximum of 4 vehicles. RVs, trailers and campers are prohibited, per the Sonoma County Vacation Rental Ordinance.

Bed Sizes:

Master bedroom: Queen bed, Second bedroom: Queen bed, Third bedroom: Queen bed, Fourth bedroom: 2 Twin beds, Sunroom: Double futon

Heat Source:

Central heat, fireplace (no firewood or kindling provided)

Wireless Internet:

Castle Crag has a limited wireless internet service. Because of the rural location, typical services like cable and DSL are not available. Instead, Castle Crag uses Excede Internet, which works well for email, text messaging and internet browsing, but is not well-suited for streaming or other internet uses that consume large amounts of data. For a long time Castle Crag was unable to provide any internet service, so we are very pleased to offer guests this option and welcome you to use the internet during your stay.


Jenner, walking distance to the Russian River, Pacific Ocean, shops and restaurants

More Details

Russian River Vacation Homes
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 26, 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 Jenner

Jenner is set along the Pacific coastline. The transition to the coastal environment begins around Duncan's Mills and completes at the river's last bend before flowing into the ocean. Jenner has 3 restaurants with river and ocean views and unique gift shops. Jenner is a short drive from several spectacular cliffs and accessible beaches including Goat Rock State Park.

What makes this house unique

The home's location not only affords knock-your-socks-off views of where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean, it is a short walk to shops and restaurants in the quaint village of Jenner.


Jenner House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1562 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • All guests should read the Know Before You Book section located at the end of the online listing description before making a reservation.
  • Quiet hrs. are from 10pm until 7am. Max occupancy guidelines must be adhered to. No RV's, trailers, or tents per the Sonoma County Vacation Ordinance.
  • Rental funds are non refundable unless your dates are resold.If resold, there is a $60 cancellation fee.Switch dates for a $40 fee, 2 weeks out, only.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • 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 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Upper Level: full bathroom off the master bedroom and full bathroom off the hallway. Lower Level: Full bedroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Upper Level: Master bedroom: Queen bed, Second bedroom: 2 Twin beds, Sunroom: Double futon. Lower Level: Third bedroom: Queen bed; Fourth bedroom: Queen bed. (Note: Fourth bedroom is accessible through the third bedroom.)
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
Water Trek Eco Tours rents boats in Jenner, along with providing guided excursions.


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Castle Crag ~ Enjoy the Views, Soak in the Hot Tub!
average rating of 4.5882354 based on 17 reviews

Wonderful house for an unplugging vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second year booking this house in a similar time of year for a post-holiday recovery session. There were 6 of us total, although there were room for a couple more, plus one four-legged companion. We love that there are plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms to accommodate us all easily, no uncomfortable sharing of rooms or careful planning of shower schedules. The dining/living areas also more than accommodate a group of 8-10 and are so comfortable for relaxing/chatting/reading/napping/relaxing. We definitely used the hot tub, and enjoyed time on the porches soaking up the views. Location is great, we went to the beach for sunset, did some shopping in nearby Duncan Mills, and headed into Healdsburg for some wine tasting--all were an easy drive away for quick day trips. The house is clean, comfortable, the kitchen is well stocked with tools, and we love that the check in and check out process is very simple, very customer friendly with easily accessible keys and an easy check out process. Last, but definitely not least, the booking process is easy, the house contacts very accessible and responsive, and great to work with. We will likely be back next year and for years to come!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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My family enjoyed their stay. There were a few minor problems.

  • 4 of 5

My advice is to bypass VRBO and contact Russian River Vacation Rentals directly.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely vacation home with spectacular views!

  • 5 of 5

Really lovely home with plenty of room! The great room has plenty of area to spread out and chat and the views from multiple locations are just awesome!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful setting! Outstanding views.

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable home. We lived the privacy and quiet. Driveway a bit trucky to maneuver, but once you get the hang of it, no problem. Shop before you get there as grocery shopping is very limited. Goat Rock beach is a must see--go on your first day because you WILL want to go back with a picnic lunch.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charlotte, NC

Beautiful river and ocean views- peaceful.

  • 4 of 5

Spacious 4 bedroom home with a well appointed kitchen and three bathrooms. Jenner is a beautiful town, with outdoor river opportunities, and wonderful drives north and south to coastal destinations, and east to the wine country. Wonderful family get away!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Smyrna, Georgia

Know what to expect and you'll have a great trip!

  • 3 of 5

I've gone back and forth on this review. I had to go with 3 stars, even though we had a great time in this house, because it needs a lot of TLC from the owners and it's pretty clearly not on their priority list. The pots and pans are wharped and won't sit on the flat top stove. Tomales Bay is around the corner, but the only oyster shucker in the house is a contraption from the fifties that doesn't work. There are tons of flashlights though! The deck is kind of falling apart and the furniture is definitely falling apart. Don't plan on using the grill. Half of the grates are corroded. The other half are missing. For future renters, every bit of information you need is in the reviews and the description. Do not expect anything more. The driveway is indeed frightening (but if I can make it, anyone can!) The views are spectacular. The house is old. And well worn. I'm pretty sure the Golden Girls had some of the same furniture. We didn't have a problem with the wifi/satellite signal at the house, but there's no signal anywhere else in the area so download the maps you need before leaving the house. That is all part of the charm of this town, though. Jenner is a sleepy little town where everything is slow and behind by a few decades. If you can accept that, you'll enjoy your stay. We kayaked the Russian River. We hiked the redwoods at Armstrong. We ate fish and chips in Bodega Bay. We saw seals and fabulous sunsets. It is a beautiful area of California and we all appreciated our location.

The property managers are super easy to deal with and very responsive. I would highly suggest to them that they remove all of the nitpicky signs throughout the house. Telling me not to wear shoes on the thread bare and heavily stained blue carpet from the sixties only tells me that the owners don't want to put any money into the house, not that it needs to be maintained.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
88 Miles
Oakland or San Francisco
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
The River's End
Nearest Ferry
58 Miles
Larkspur Ferry
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Northwood Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
The Eatery by the Sea
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Goat Rock Beach, Sonoma Coast
Car: necessary

Jenner is set along the Pacific coastline. The transition to the coastal environment begins around Duncan's Mills and completes at the river's last bend before flowing into the ocean. Jenner has 3 restaurants with river and ocean views and unique gift shops. Jenner is a short drive from several spectacular cliffs and accessible beaches including Goat Rock State Park.

The easiest coast beach access is at the south side of the river's mouth at Goat Rock. Take Highway One south of Jenner until you take a right onto Goat Rock Road after crossing the Russian River and heading up a bit of a hill. To access the beach on the north side of the mouth you have to hike down the cliffs (there are trails but they are steep).

Folks love the river's mouth! This is the intersection of the river and coast ecosystems. Consider renting a kayak to explore the estuary. During seal pupping season when you head towards the mouth you can see the seals swimming along next to you. Enjoy the ocean breezes!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • Damage deposit: $49.00
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