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'Dragon's Lair' Pristine Private River Front Getaway

Chris McCook

Member since: 2002
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Speaks: english, spanish
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Chris McCook

Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2015
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'Dragon's Lair' Pristine Private River Front Getaway

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

Monte Rio House Rental Photos and Description

Private House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft & Daybed, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

For last minute reservations call 707-540-4312

Book this topnotch river front home for your escape. We think of everything to make your stay a pleasure and are always upgrading. Enjoy the new propane BBQ grill - a full backup tank is always under the deck. Just one mile from Monte Rio, you will find yourself in the heart of good times. Enjoy the comfort and the amenities of home after you play all day, tour the sights or relax by the beautiful river. Pictures can't capture the stunning setting of this home and words fall short.

This area is the finest northern California has to offer. Everything you want is nearby and convenient: breathtaking coastal bluffs, beaches, wineries, distinctive restaurants, unique shops, spas, the river and awesome state parks. Come enjoy! It is an amazing getaway from the city. When available, we offer early check-in or late check-out upon request for no additional fee!

Because the house is thoughtfully designed, well equipped and full of character you will fall in love with this vacation home. Our guests all agree. The well-appointed kitchen has granite counters and all the spices, cookware, wine glasses and matching place settings you need. An open floor plan with beautiful wood floors, exposed wood beam ceilings and glass wall overlooking the river, create a delightful gathering spot. Enjoy a fire- WE PROVIDE THE WOOD for the wood stove. We also provide wireless DSL high speed internet and a house phone. We're close enough to the coast for nature’s moderating effect, yet inland enough to be out of the fog and cold winds when they arise. Our idyllic micro-climate provides moderate temperatures in both summer and winter.

Imagine yourself lounging on the redwood deck, soaking in the hot tub watching life float past on the river or reading a book next to the wood burning stove in the day-lit living room. From your home nestled amongst giant Redwoods on and overlooking the beautiful Russian River, you can meander down to your grassy private river access, a favorite fishing spot for Otters, Osprey and Great Blue Herons among other wildlife.

The peaceful Russian River is clear, cool and inviting. A canoe, two kayaks and life-vests are provided for you to explore this natural wonderland. A gorgeous ten-minute drive along the Russian River towards the coast brings you to Jenner and River’s End. You will experience the best of California at the sightseeing attractions, charming towns and beautiful parks close to this ultimate location. In the summer the river is a popular swimming and festival spot for San Franciscans. In the winter the Pacific keeps the climate mild and is popular for whale watching.

This is California's premier wine country with many top vineyard tours in close proximity. You will want to move here once you visit. We'll provide a map of little-known, stunning scenic drives to the coast where you can walk the beaches with the sea lions, watch for whales or surf. The landmark Sonoma Coast State Park and Goat Rock are at the mouth of the river. Here you can walk the beach and visit the sea lions that usually lounge where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean.

With two decks, outdoor fireplace and hot tub, the house is a great get-away a couple, and can comfortably accommodate up to five couples. Families with children will enjoy the yard and private river access. The propane outdoor grill, quality cookware, spices, teas and condiments will make the chef in your group happy. The living room has stunning views of the river through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Keywords: River front, Hot Tub, Dragon's Lair, Redwoods, Russian River, Coast, Northern California Coast, Vacation, Wine Country, Sonoma, Private,Riverfront House, River Access, Water Access, River View, Wine Country, Wine Tasting, Beach, Sonoma County, Guerneville, Kayaking, Canoeing, Fishing, Northern California, Hiking, Russian River Valley, River access, Redwood country, Coastal, Northern California coast,

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Chris McCook (Owner)
Member since: 2002
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2015

About Chris McCook

I love to travel and moved to California from Philadelphia 12 years ago. This area has just about everything. There is still so much I haven't done here; it makes it hard to leave the area.

Chris McCook purchased this house in 2005

Why Chris McCook chose Monte Rio

I was amazed by the natural beauty here; the redwood trees, the coast, the river, the mountains, and the people.

What makes this house unique

I love hiking and mountain biking on the trails right out the front door or going for a canoe or kayak ride and swim on the river right outside the back door. Of course a fire or the hot tub is great in the evenings and bbqing on the deck while watching the wildlife on the river is very relaxing.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Book with confidence
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
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Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

4.9
based on 19 traveler reviews

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'Dragon's Lair' Pristine Private River Front Getaway
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews
5

Birthday weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

I rented the 'Dragon's Lair' for birthday weekend getaway. There's not much to say: the place was clean, well maintained and beautiful. The hot tub was so great we never made it into the river.

Although I'd consider staying here again, I believe the rental was a bit overvalued. I've stayed in cheaper places that did not require renters to clean up after themselves as thoroughly. Nevertheless, it was not a deal breaker and I'm still giving my stay a 5 star rating.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed and found the place well maintained. After your stay we professionally cleaned all the windows, power washed all the outdoor stone work, oiled all the interior wood doors and furniture, deep cleaned, planted flowers in the barrels and pots and helped the landscape.... general post winter stuff. I am sorry you felt you needed to thoroughly clean, that is not expected. Maybe it's a case of taking the instructions, " leave it as you found to it," too literally ? So sorry, I wish you had called if you felt burdened. A cleaning fee is charged that I thought informs people that cleaning is handled. I'll review my instructions & notes and reword something to prevent this error for future guests. We want your stay to be great and your parting pleasant. A little communication is so easy and keeps misunderstandings in check, please always feel free to call any time with even the smallest question.
Highland Park, Il
5

Fantastic Girls Trip!

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect place to stay during our girls weekend! The kitchen was fantastic, it had everything that we could want! We cooked every night, and every morning, and we didn't want for anything! The dragon theme was carried beautifully through the house, every time we thought we had found them all, we found another one hiding! The hot tub was a perfect place for a glass of wine in the evenings and watching the fog burn off with coffee in the mornings! Chris was very easy to work with, and left a great list of ideas for things to do...we didn't get around to trying any of them, as we were there for wine tasting...but we will be back! All in all, the place was exactly as advertised...and exceeded our expectations! Thanks again for a very memorable trip!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

dragons Lair

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place. It was warm and cozy and the perfect venue set upon the Russian River. We will absolutely be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
4

Wonderful Retreat!

  • 4 of 5

We came to Dragon's Lair for a women's retreat weekend and it was just perfect for us! The home is well kept and every interaction with the owner was a pleasant experience. The dragon theme is carried throughout the property and some of the less obvious dragons were such a nice surprise, as we enjoyed our quiet time on a drizzly weekend by the river. We love to eat so the fully stocked kitchen served us well. We didn't want for a anything - all sizes of pots and appliances were more than we needed.

Kudos to the cleaning crew also! We arrived early and got to see the care that was taken to prepare the property for the guests.

I have nothing bad to say about this wonderful property. The only reason that it rated 4 stars instead of 5 is no fault of the owners. Some of the space was under construction and made for a few unwelcome sights - but it didn't take much away from our stay.

I recommend this property for anyone wanting a sweet stay by the river. There is plenty to do not far away - but we didn't explore, since that wasn't the purpose of our stay. the owner provides a great resource document for the area. make sure you ask for that.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed. We include the suggestions for everyone, no need to ask. In the spring between tenants we did some more upgrades. New flagstone, handrail, painting etc.. We tried not to leave evidence of work in process. in any case work is always completed while the place is vacant. Chris
Los Angeles
5

Perfect River Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful week-long stay here at the house - first 1/2 of the week accomodated 10 adult guests comfortably - 3 couples and 4 singles - while the 2nd half of the week downsized to 6 adults and a year-old baby. The house even has a crib, which was essential for the family who had traveled from the East Coast, and would not have been able to bring an entire crib setup with them! The proximity to the river, the coast (20 min drive), Armstrong Redwoods State Park, Guerneville and the local wineries can't be beat. Plenty to do around the area, but we also spent some quality time relaxing in the hot tub, kayaking & canoeing on the river, and eating dinner on the lovely deck under the redwoods. Really, you can't beat the location for the price - would recommend to anyone looking for an escape in wine country!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review Shari, So glad you enjoyed the ideal location! A little note:The coast is actually 7 miles and at the speed limit takes about 10 minutes though the gorgeous river side drive slows down sightseers quite a bit and the magic of it all creates a peaceful time warp. Come visit again. Chris
San Francisco, CA
5

Lovely getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriends and I stayed at Dragon's Lair for a weekend getaway and had a wonderful time. Its location on the river can't be beat! We enjoyed the gorgeous views from the living room and outdoor deck/hot tub area as well as the clean, aesthetically-pleasing, and comfortable amenities inside. As well, Chris was kind, responsive, and helpful in all our communications. In addition to being able to easily enjoy activities on the river such as swimming, kayaking, and canoeing, we loved being conveniently located near downtown Guerneville and local wineries. I would definitely recommend this property to friends and relatives and myself would love to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Korbel Champagne Cellars
Northwood Golf Club
Sonoma Coast State Beaches
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Sonoma County Airport (STS), Santa Rosa
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Blue Heron Restaurant & Tavern
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Larkspur to San Francisco
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Northwood Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 116
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Highland Dell Riverview Restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Villa Grande
Car: necessary

Canoe/ kayak on the Russian River out the back door, Visit the local river beaches, wineries, Willow Creek preserve 2 miles away, hike/bike.Coastal beaches along hwy 1 starting at Goat Rock State park 10 min West. Armstrong Giant Redwood State Park 10 min drive East, Korbel winery tour 15 min East, Bodega Bay 20 south, Fort Ross 40 min North.

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Rates & Availability

From $190 Per night

Monte Rio House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring
Mar 1 2015 - Jun 15 2015
2 night minimum stay
$300
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer Begins !
Jun 16 2015 - Jul 1 2015
4 night minimum stay
$500
$3,000
 
 
End of Summer
Jul 7 2015 - Sep 13 2015
4 night minimum stay
$500
 
 
Fall
Sep 15 2015 - Dec 1 2015
3 night minimum stay
$400
From
$500
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
Dec 2 2015 - Dec 22 2015
2 night minimum stay
$200
From
$300
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas New Years.
Dec 23 2015 - Jan 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
$400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
Jan 5 2016 - Feb 14 2016
2 night minimum stay
$190
From
$250
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $200.00 + Tax
Pet Fee $30.00 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500.00
Tax Rate 9.0%

Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Monte Rio House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Mable Tile, Skylights, River Window & Large Closet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Crafted Glass & Marble Enclosed Shower, Window, Skylight
    Bathroom 3 - downstairs - toilet , Marble & Redwood Finishes
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , front garden view
    Front Bedroom - 1 double , redwood tree veiw from 2 skylights, front garden veiw
    River Bedroom - 1 queen , sunken room with river veiw
    Downstairs Bedroom - 1 king , 1 baby crib , river view, sliding glass door to lower deck, desk
    Downstairs Cubby - 1 king , cozy
    Downstair Cubby Sitting Area - 1 sleep sofa /futon , twin convertable fold-out
    Downstairs Day bed room - 1 twin/ single , Generous twin with French door close-off
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (2), Double Bed (1), Large Twin Bed (1), Twin Sleep Fold-Out (1), Baby Crib (1)
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • 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
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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