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Moon River Guernville-Spectacular Riverfrnt Views/Private Dock/Close to Downtown

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Last updated: 03/18/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Sunporch, 2 full Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Moon River is a magical 3 bedroom 2 bath house which sits on a slight bend of the Russian River. It has very cool architecture and spectacular views. Moon River was once featured in Sunset magazine.

Moon River sits on the south bank of the Russian River, and catches the sun during the day and the gorgeous sunsets in the evening. The hot tub on the deck has the very best, panoramic views of the river. You can soak by the light of the Japanese deck lanterns.

You are right ON the river....almost as close as you can get without standing in it. It was designed to take full advantage of its great location. The deck, kitchen and the River bedroom have large sliders and the best views of the river, and the lovely wooded hills rising beyond the river. There are no neighbors on the opposite bank to get in your view. And thanks to many many windows, and Moon River's vaulted ceilings, the sun revolves around from different angles all through the day. You can see the trees, hills, birds, moon and sky all day long!

Our backyard riverbank has a nice easy path leading to the river's edge, and our private floating dock (available only from late June through late September once the baby salmons have safely passed).

We have restored the riverbank with native Russian River plants such as Creekside Dogwood, Thimbleberry, Wild native rose, Salmonberry, Spicebush, "mock orange" (phildelphus) which smells heavenly when blooming, and California wild currant to name a few! Russian River "Rogers' Red" native grapevines intertwine the deck supports, and turn beautiful colors in the fall.

Moon River is a nature paradise! There is always something beautiful in your view: fish-eating Ospreys nest in one of Moon River's own backyard redwoods. White Egrets, Great blue herons, Tundra swans, 'Whistling' swans, diving Cormorants, Merganzer ducks, smaller wood ducks, mountain quail, pond turtles, and even 6 river otters have been seen , fishing, diving and playing in the water in front of Moon River. Steelhead, Chinook, and Coho salmon leap out of the water. Bring your binoculars!

Moon River's interior decor mixes mid century modern, with gorgeous antique Japanese furniture. Moon River's kitchen and bedrooms have beautiful straight-grained Douglas fir cabinets. The Japanese drink cabinet, dressers, end tables, and storage units are all made of gorgeous wood. We have searched out and found fun, 60s lunar lamps, following our outer space theme.

All three of Moon River's bedrooms have plush carpeting, comfortable beds, ample closet space, multiple pillows, blankets, comforters and high grade, comfortable linens and full length mirrors. Each bed has a mattress warmer for cool nights, and each bedroom has a high powered portable fan for the warmer temps.

For your little ones, there is a full size crib, bedding, booster seat, and a high chair. We also have very small life vests for them.

The sleeper sofa is queen sized, and is located in the sunporch. Wake up to a great view of the morning wooded hills above the river. Each person guest receives their own personal 3-piece towel set, and also a spa (or beach) towel.

The well-equipped, full kitchen has durable, high quality & user-friendly equipment. The kitchen appliances are quiet and energy-efficient . Plentiful hard anodized high-end cookware makes cooking a feast fun and easy. There are all sorts of baking pans for making cakes and bread, and basic supplies are provided, such as Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, red vinegar, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, catsup, mustard, salad dressings, sugar, flour, spices, herbs, grill mixes and even some Indian spices.

Don't forget to watch the video: Iron Won Ton Chef. Go see what group did at Moon River and taped themselves doing it! They had alot of fun.

Our Heath stoneware (made in nearby Sausalito) dining service is attractive and sturdy. There are many sizing of serving bowls, platters and serving utensils. We even have chopsticks and chopstick rests. Our stainless propane BBQ is large enough to grill just about anything.

Both full, "moonscaped" designed bathrooms have radiant-heated stone floors for your bare feet on cooler nights. One bathroom has a cool 'Hatbox' toilet, and a brand new shower valve and trim which is not only gorgeous, but also conserves water during this time of drought. (So you don't have to feel guilty about taking a shower!)

Both bathrooms have vaulted ceilings and high interior and exterior windows, providing privacy, but providing plenty of natural light in the day.

At night, the living room glows due to wall sconces, which cast light upwards and down. You can create any mood you want, thanks to multiple lighting sources and choices. Most bulbs are fluorescent. The double paned, Marvin windows & sliding glass doors not only insulate well, but provide an excellent sound barrier.

Moon River is on the quiet side of the river, on a little loop with no through traffic, about a mile east (upriver) of Guerneville.

I hope crickets don't make you nervous?

For those who like to walk or bike, or have small children, Moon River is an ideal location. Pee Wee miniature golf is right down the road, where bicycles may also be rented during the summer. There are also public tennis courts, and a kiddie playground. You can easily walk to Guerneville over the old bridge.

We offer two (3-person) canoes, a single river kayak, and a large seasonal floating dock with a swim ladder. The dock is only available when the summer dams are in, late June to the end of September. Paddles and life vests in multiple sizes are provided. Though the dock is only available when the summer dams are in, you can still use our boats boats from May through the October, weather/conditions permitting.

We welcome & support respectful guests of all lifestyles, races, sexual orientation, & belief systems. Supervised kids are welcome! Your well-behaved pooch will have a terrific time! S/he can ride in the canoe too!

Please feel free to contact me - Heidi - with questions. Thank you!

Moon River is in full compliance with the County of Sonoma. Our Transient Occupancy Certificate number is: #606N

3-car maximum (per county ordinance)
No outdoor amplified music (per county ordinance)
Quiet time is 10pm-8am

Keywords: Keywords: house, home, cabin, Mid-Century, modern, river, river front, riverfront, dock, floating dock, kayak, canoe, canoes, boat, boats, swim, fish, Salmon, Steelhead, view, peaceful, light, location, walk to town, Wine Country, wineries, yard, backyard, back yard, Non Smoking, no smoking, wood burning fireplace, radiant heated floors, windows, garages, off street parking available, vaulted ceiling, Wifi, Flat Panel TV, cable, Stereo, DVD, Russian River, hot tub, spa, fishing, Foosball, Pets, redwoods, vineyards, self Catering, professional catering available, limo recommendations.
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Member since: 2006

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/18/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    No age minimum, but children must be supervised at all times....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking absolutely NOT allowed, not even on deck. FIRE HAZARD, especially in the summer....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    We love dogs but please, no puppies or unhousebroken dogs....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Sunroom: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Sunporch has a very comfortable, high-end sleeper sofa...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 1 king


  • Moon River has 2 king beds and 1 queen. The sleeper sofa is queen-sized....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • radiant heated floors in both bathrooms.

Other Amenities

  • Sturdy attractive dish & serve ware by Heath; stemware & drink glasses in mulberry wood Japanese 'drink' tansu; cloth tablecloth, napkins & placemats available; multiple sets of silverware available; ample closet space in each bedroom....moreless


  • Books:

    Books and cook books available...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games:

    Board games available...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    WIFI (Wireless Internet) Sony Integrated Home Theater ...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Moon River is about one mile upstream of the lively little town of Guerneville. You can walk over the scenic old bridge into town....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    There is a gorgeous view from the queen sleeper sofa of the redwood forested hills across the river. Wake up to this great view from the sun porch . ...moreless

  • Water View:

    Unusually good views of the water, all year round. ...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Riverfront property with great views of the river, because Moon River was built right on the water's edge. Good river access, and easy steps down to private season dock....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Broadband Access:

    Cable internet connection for your laptop. No computer equipment available other than connection....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage:

    Two garages under the house, connected together by locking door. Interior stairway access fr. garage....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Main room, dining room and all bedrooms have heaters. In addition, bedrooms have mattress warmers. Bathroom floors have radiant floor heat. ...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All beds have fresh-laundered linens. Extra linen set for sleeper sofa. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Two Leather couches and leather chair. Coffee table matches the kitchen table. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Can park up to four cars on property. Two cars each have enclosed, secure parking. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Landlines in the River bedroom and in kitchen....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Personal towel set per person, including spa/beach towel....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    High efficiency washer & dryer in upstairs laundry room....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    WIFI available....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Great wood burning stove, with walnut wood & kindling provided....moreless


  • Catering Available:

    I can recommend excellent local caterers....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    coffee grinder, coffee maker and coffee beans...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    High quality, hard-anodized set of pots & pans of all sizes; salad spinner, rice cooker, waffle maker, electric hand mixer, toaster (bagel-sized), blender, spices, basic cooking supplies....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full set of attractive Heath dinnerwear and 10 place settings....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Quiet energy-efficient Kenmore Elite dishwasher....moreless

  • Freezer:

    French-style double door fridge. Left side is all freezer. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Full gourmet kitchen has high-end cookware and servingware....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Easy one-button features....moreless

  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    Large stainless Kenmore fridge with large freezer, exterior water access....moreless

  • Stove:

    Jenn air down draft stove & oven....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    Bikes can be rented at nearby Pee Wee golf during the summer months (April - August)...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Outdoor deck furniture, tables & chairs for al fresco riverfront dining. Spiral staircase down to backyard to Broad, easy path with some steps down to river. Chairs under the deck too....moreless

  • Golf:

    Northwood gold course a few miles west of Guerneville...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 - 3-person canoes and one single kayak available. Life vests provided from very small to very large....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane BBQ...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Public tennis court about a half mile away from Moon River....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    5-person Hot tub overlooking river....moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 59 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 2 - May 10, 2017
3 night min stay
$270 $350
Fri, Sat, Sun
Early Summer
May 11 - Jun 7, 2017
3 night min stay
$300 $375
Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Jun 8 - Aug 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$390 $440
Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Early Fall
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$320 $380
Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Oct 1 - Nov 26, 2017
3 night min stay
$300 $340
Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Early Winter
Nov 27 - Dec 22, 2017
3 night min stay
$290 $340
Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

The Holidays
Dec 23 - Jan 2, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $15
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • cleaning fee $180 + tax
  • Tax Rate 12%


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Last updated: 03/18/2017
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17 Miles
Nearest Airport
Charles M. Schultz airport, Santa Rosa
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Stumptown Brewery
35 Miles
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
Northwood Golf course
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 116
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Applewood
0.75 Miles
Nearest Beach
Johnson's Beach

Car: Recommended

All year round: take a day trip to upscale Healdsburg (20 minutes away) by way of road with excellent wineries; visit historical Fort Ross; enjoy great winetasting at Russian River, Sonoma & Napa wineries; day trip to San Franciso, Sausalito, Geyserville, or just go up & down the coast. Sea creature watching at Jenner, where the Russian River meets the Pacific ocean. In spring, summer and early autumn, canoeing, kayaking, PeeWee golf, regular golf, farmers markets, shopping. Fall: tour the multitudes of wineries, see the beautiful fall color of the grape leaves, enjoy the excellent weather of the Russian River area. Winter: Whalewatching, hire a limo for winetasting, stay indoors and bake, visit the spectacular wild Pacific ocean.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: Heidi and Jim are both native Californians. Heidi has a background in the art direction & film production. Jim is a landscape contractor and works with a landscape architect, whose designed Moon River's remodel. They love art and architecture, and are big nature lovers. They are involved in animal rescue, and both love to cook. Jim specializes in Italian and Chinese cooking, Heidi specializes in Indian and Persian.

Why the Owner Chose Guerneville, CA, USA:
We fell in love with the house, its unique architecture, the quiet friendly neighborhood, and the fantastic river views.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Location location location! Right on the river, with an excellent views. House is large enough for big groups, but cozy enough for a couple. Upriver from downtown Guerneville about one mile. Appeals to adults and children, Moon River truly provides excellent central location for fun, family and friends all year round.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/18/2017

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  • Beautiful Heath stoneware

    Beautiful Heath stoneware

  • Roger's Red Russian River grapevines, turning color in the fall.

    Roger's Red Russian River grapevines, turning color in the fall.

  • Moon River's 'back yard', photo from the middle of the river

    Moon River's 'back yard', photo from the middle of the river

VRBO #95902

This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Monday, March 27, 2017

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