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Oceanfront Gem with Stunning Panorama of Goat Rock State Beach

Dave and Megan

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Dave and Megan

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2015
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Oceanfront Gem with Stunning Panorama of Goat Rock State Beach

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Bodega Bay House Rental Photos and Description

3 beds/1 bath, unobstructed Pacific coastline, wildlife, 2 beaches and river

The Goat Rock House sits on a bluff along the Sonoma Coast and is uniquely located inside Goat Rock Beach Park, more than one mile west of Highway 1. Our house is about 1 hour and 45 minute drive (73 miles) north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge; 4 miles south of Jenner; 10 miles north of Bodega Bay; and only 5 minutes south of the Russian River Bridge.

As you drive down the winding road and rock formations towards the sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean, near the mouth of the Russian River, you know that you have arrived at a special place. Our house is one of a small handful of homes that are grandfathered in the State Park and blessed by the park’s sweeping panorama of the Pacific Ocean and status as a natural reserve.

The 3-bedroom house fronts a small road on a spectacular 1 acre oceanfront lot. As you enter the driveway, you will be struck by the sense of privacy offered by the Cypress and Pine trees that border the land. From the living room and kitchen windows, enjoy an exclusive front-row seat and 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean and Arch Rock – the dramatic rock formation that photographers frequently use to typify the natural beauty of the Sonoma Coast. As you turn to the southern, western, and northern windows, you will be mesmerized by the park’s beauty, its peacefulness, and the signature of Goat Rock that endears visitors year round, the incredible panoramic views of the Pacific coastline.

With the Pacific Ocean and Russian River at its base, this house and its surroundings have something for everyone. Relish a cup of coffee or glass of wine on the deck, enjoy the tranquility offered by the ocean's panorama or revel in the activities offered by the park’s rugged trails, beaches, and river terrains. The house is within walking distance to two beaches directly below: (1) Blind Beach where the Kortum Trail begins and (2) Goat Rock Beach as defined by the isthmus and the mouth of the Russian River.

We are less than an hour's drive to the award winning Pinot Noir vineyards of the Russian River back country, the new appellation of Fort Ross, and the town of Healdsburg. Whether you choose to do a little or a lot, you will find yourself coming back to Goat Rock.

AMENITIES

This 1,000 square feet home has an open floor plan for the kitchen, dining, and living room areas. The house can accommodate up to 6 people comfortably. State-certified well water (very drinkable) is trucked to the house for storage and use.

All rooms are situated on a single level. There are 5 steps leading from the driveway to the wrap-around deck that surrounds three sides of the house. The house has tile flooring throughout and furnished with craftsman-style décor with a blend of modern. The kitchen is fully equipped, with commercial faucet and gas stove. New counter-height dining table and waterfall seats are ideally set up for staring at the ocean. The beds and pillows are covered by quality linens and allergen-proof liners. Gas BBQ and bar-height tables on the deck. 2-loads of firewood for use in the large, brick fireplace for times when the coast is foggy, cold, and windy.

Complimentary use of TWO tandem kayaks (value of $140 per day), each large enough to hold 2 people and a small dog. Enjoy bird-watching, canoeing, and fishing (upriver from Russian River Bridge). October begins the small Steelhead run; November begins the larger Steelhead run that would continue to April. From mid November through April begins the whale migration to the south.

Electronics: Free wireless internet, HD-TV with sound bar, DVD/CD/ blue-ray player, and iPod docking station. Free phone calls within the US by land line (except Alaska). Only Verizon cell works here.

WILDLIFE AND ACTIVITIES (INSIDE PARK)

The Goat Rock State Park is located more than a mile west of Highway 1, far from the glare of ambient lights, and separated from the small town of nearby Jenner by both the Russian River estuary and the Goat Hill peninsula. As a result, on a clear night, the house offers some of the darkest night skies and unbelievable opportunities for star gazing and night photography.

Besides its two beaches, the Goat Rock State Park offers many miles of walking trails, including the Kortum Trail and the western section of the Pomo Canyon Trail. These trails lead you to ocean vistas, wind-swept grasslands, wild life and faunas. The unique rock formations along the Kortum Trail near the park’s entrance are used by rock climbers for a wide variety of climbing challenges.

The Park has also earned the distinction as a wildlife refuge -- home to a variety of migrating birds and, between mid-February and August, a colony of quiet, state-protected harbor seals and their nurseries. During weekends, the small road in front of the house can be popular as visitors drive to the estuary. When the park closes at sunset, relish the privacy that only a state park preserve can provide. Turn off the lights, step onto the front deck and hear the roar of the ocean below. On a clear night, see the shimmers of a dark night sky stretch across the ocean’s horizon.

ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE PARK

Outside of the Park, you are 5-mins drive from the Willow Pass Trail; 15-mins drive from the start of the Pomo Canyon Trail; 20-mins drive from the trails at Bodega Head and also, to the newly constructed Bird Walk Trail in Bodega Bay; 35 mins from the start of the advanced bike ride up King Ridge Road, and 40-mins from the Armstrong Redwood State Natural Reserve in Guerneville.

For the northern coast of California, expect unpredictable weather during certain times of the year (especially spring and summer), when the coast can have 30F degree drop in temperature within a day. On days like this, we recommend that guests explore inland, where temperatures can be 10 to 15F degrees warmer. The house is about 30-mins drive from zipline activities in a redwood valley of Forestville, delightful general stores of Valley Ford and Duncans Mills, gourmet deli in the Korbel Champagne House, famous breads of Wild Flour Bread in Freestone, and many fine restaurants in Jenner, Bodega Bay (1-Michelin star), and Guerneville.

About 30 mins drive lies the start of several award-winning Pinot Noir vineyards along River Road and Sonoma’s back roads. Add another 15 mins and you reach the lovely town of Healdsburg, from which to explore Alexander Valley. Sonoma County was named #1 of wine destinations in U.S. by Travelers' Choice award for 2012.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Senior Adults Only Community
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Dave and Megan (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2015

About Dave and Megan

As owners, we strive to make our home a special place for our guests to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with nature. What sets us apart? Perhaps, it's making the extra effort and paying attention to the small things that make a difference to the enjoyment of a stay.

Why Dave and Megan chose Bodega Bay

Unlike other coastal homes, this home sits on a 1-acre hillside bluff that provides a sweeping panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean - a vast horizon defined by unique rock formations. In addition, this 1,000 square foot, 3-bedroom house is also a private home that is grandfathered into a state park on a spectacular 1 acre oceanfront lot. It is one of a small handful of homes that are blessed by the park's status as a natural reserve. In the morning and at sunset when the park closes, you will understand the full benefit of this unique location. We hope you find peace, relaxation, and an opportunity to reconnect with nature as we have.

What makes this house unique

The house is situated on a bluff, flanked by two state beaches directly below, yet far enough to afford residents with privacy. You can walk or drive down the small road in front of the house to below the bluff: (1) Blind Beach where the Kortum Trail begins and (2) Goat Rock Beach where the famous Russian River empties into the Pacific Ocean. From the living room and kitchen windows, the house has a direct view of Arch Rock – the dramatic rock formation that photographers frequently use to typify the natural beauty of the Sonoma Coast. From the home’s wraparound deck, you’ll enjoy the panoramic ocean view, plentiful wildlife, quiet days and gorgeous sunsets…and the use of a large, brick fireplace for times when the coast can be wild, cold, and windy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

May 2013



Dave and Megan's home in Goat Rock is spectacularly situated on a small road just above the oceanfront along a stretch of gorgeous Sonoma coastline. The spacious, open kitchen was well-stocked with the basics and we enjoyed cooking and dining there. The hosts were responsive, helpful and friendly. They provided ample information about the local attractions and helped us get to know the area during our stay. We are very grateful for our time at Goat Rock, which in sunny weather is a truly amazing place to stay.
May 2013
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Reviews

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Oceanfront Gem with Stunning Panorama of Goat Rock State Beach
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 37 reviews
5

Beautiful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful experience we had at Goat Rock! Our party of 6 ladies arrived to gorgeous scenery and a very well maintained beautiful house. The owners Dave and Megan are so helpful and provided amazing information about the area, activities, the house, just extremely accommodating and helpful. The house itself is set up with everything you need to step in and start your vacation, very well organized. Oh yes, did I mention the amazing scenery and view! Beautiful!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Lodi Ca
5

Wonderful Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to get away from it all and just relax. We had a wonderful time - took the dogs to Wright Beach so they could run and play (for 2 of our dogs this was there first time on the beach and they loved it!). The house has spectacular views and a great wrap around porch. The owners have done a wonderful job with the house it is very comfortable and relaxing, they offer ideas for excursions and checked in with us to make sure we arrived safely. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Greensboro, NC
5

Perfect Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The house was in perfect working order. Megan checked to make sure things were good and was very easy to contact. Best Sonoma coastal views right at my door. Would definitely stay here again again again!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Sacramento, CA
5

Heaven

  • 5 of 5

I read once that heaven was an individual's most cherished, beautiful and wonderful memory lived for eternity. Our stay at Goat Rock House was our version of heaven. And, eternity would have proved to short a time to enjoy this home's beauty. The panoramic ocean views are spectacular. And although arguably the coast line is replete with spectacular views there's only one "Goat Rock view" from the living room of this one-of-a-kind home. The owners have gone to great lengths (for which they should be applauded) in providing their guests with impeccable amenities from Mikasa China, restaurant worthy cookware, an outdoor butane heater on the wraparound deck to Egyptian cotton robes and sound machines in each of the 3 bedrooms (Sound machines no less! Only a geek like me could appreciate that extra touch of class). The ubiquitous phrase "oh, look at this!" could be heard the entire duration of our stay as we found yet another little touch of class provided by the owners. If you take anything away from this review then take with you these two words: "peace" and "beauty" for you will surely find them in abundance at Goat Rock House.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Incredible view!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at night so in the morning we were delighted to wake up to an incredible view of the ocean. My kids gasped when they saw it! We loved our stay here and wished we could have had a few more days. The home was quiet and private, very clean with beautiful furnishings and everything you need in the kitchen and other rooms of the house. Games, puzzles, books, and movies too.

The amazing owners offer ideas for excursions and checked in with us to make sure we arrived safely. So kind!

During our stay we walked to Blind Beach and Goat Rock beach, simple sat and enjoyed the view of the ocean, hiked the Kortum trail, and journeyed to other nearby towns and beaches along Hwy 1.

Thank you for these amazing accommodations!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Second trip as wonderful as the first!

  • 5 of 5

Because I visited the Goat Rock House last year and loved it, I decided to take my 83-year-old mother, my best friend, and our two dogs there for a little get-away. The weather was both sunny and rainy, so we were able to go on some nice walks and also take advantage of the fireplace. But mostly my mother just sat on the comfy couch and looked out at the amazing view of the ocean, which she hadn't had a chance to see in a few years. As usual, the owners were extremely gracious and welcoming. Next time, I'll bring my husband and kids!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Car: necessary

The house is located inside a beach park, which has its own list of attractions. If you do venture outside of the park, there are several riverside and coastal towns that are worth visiting: Jenner (4 miles), Duncans Mills (7 miles), Bodega Bay (10 miles south), Guerneville (15 miles), Occidental (17 miles), and Sebastopol (26 miles). Because you are close to green pastures and wine country, there are several quality restaurants that serve grass-fed beef and fresh organic produce. For those who like bird-watching, walk along the estuary in Goat Rock or drive along the marina shoreline of Bodega Bay to spot a variety of seabirds. The closest large town is Guerneville, where you will find the Armstrong Redwood State Natural Reserve and a 24-hour supermarket. From there, head east on Route 116 and onto River Road, where you take in the scenic drives and stops of some of the Sonoma’s back wine country....

Sonoma County was named the #1 wine destination in the U.S. Travelers' Choice for 2012. Many of California’s finest wineries are less than an hour's drive.

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Rates & Availability

From $295 Per night

Bodega Bay House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
Jun 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
$325
From
$350
Fri,Sat
$2,200
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$295
From
$325
Fri,Sat
$2,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%
Notes * Security deposit ($200) is fully refundable after stay via VRBO payment system.
** High season weekend rate applies to dates close to any national holidays. Currently, at $350/night.
*** 9% tax is rate charged by Sonoma County for occupancy.

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Amenities

Bodega Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Shower only (no tub) -- Hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap, and lotion included. Egyptian cotton bath robes provided for guest use in each bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Trundle bed converts to 2 twins. Dust/allergen protectors.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Dust/allergen protectors for mattresses and pillows
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Dust/allergen protectors for mattresses and pillows
  • Tile floor throughout house, including bedrooms. All rooms are situated on single level. Egyptian cotton robes provided for guest use in each bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rock climbing
Notes:
Picnic baskets, mats, and blankets available for beach or wine country.

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