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Riverwood - Grand Riverfront in Healdsburg - Great Views, Sauna, Hot Tub, Kayaks

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, sleeps 8

Riverwood Lodge is an impressive residence with a spectacular riverfront setting, just outside the city limits of Healdsburg. Guests remark about its comfortable furnishings, upscale rustic decor, wonderfully spacious floor plan, outstanding cleanliness, high quality appointments, true riverfront resort style location with a private beach and kayaks, spa and sauna; plus its central location to downtown Healdsburg and all wine country attractions.

This beautiful Wine Country Vacation Home lies hidden at the crossroads of some of the most prized wine producing valleys in the world, and as close as 10 minutes(2 miles) to Healdsburg's charming, historic Park Plaza, which is the hub of all the excitement surrounding this World Class Wine Producing Region.

Riverwood enjoys a beautiful, private riverfront setting - away from all traffic noise and urban sights and sounds. The stunning riverfront location offers views of lush green mountains, sparkling water, and it's own private beach. Large wrap-around covered decks provide the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors year 'round, and are furnished for dining and lounging. The very spacious interior has open beamed pine ceilings and an impressive dining room.

From the moment you arrive and begin enjoying the aroma of tall cedars and listening to the babbling sounds of the rapids, you'll know you've come to the right place to relax and unwind. There's the impression of being 'far away' but in reality you are only 2.4 miles from the closest wineries, with nearly 90 more within a 15 minute drive! You're in the ideal getaway location where you can enjoy privacy and unwind, while being just a mile or two from all the exciting activity in this World Class wine producing region.

At Riverwood, guests will find many choices of places to gather for conversation. This lovely, spacious home has a comfortable circle of leather sofas surrounding the stone fireplace and log mantle. The grand size dining room with its large custom dining table and views of the river, creates the perfect environment for an unforgettable dining experience. In the kitchen guests enjoy a charming atmosphere and riverview, great rustic furnishings, There are things to impress and delight at every turn. Overlooking the beach and passing canoes you will find the hot tub - the perfect place to soak and unwind. The cedar sauna (the same top-of-the-line model from Sunlight Sauna as demonstrated by Dr. Oz on Oprah's Show on longevity) is enjoyed by guests, and sits overlooking the river. There are kayaks, a hot and cold outdoor shower, a huge recreation room with an indoor ping pong table.

The mattresses and bedding at Riverwood have been carefully chosen with our guests' comfort in mind. We offer three king bed rooms with Cal-King mattresses, as well as rooms with very comfortable queen and full size beds. We have many sleeping options and can accommodate groups of singles with individual beds for up to 10, as well. There are three bathrooms, and a full size washer and dryer. We take care to provide something to interest every age and activity level, with a library of travel and nature books, board games, a checkers table, videos, beach inflatables, log bench swing, round lounger, picnic table under the trees, fishing poles and tackle (licenses required), two kayaks and life preservers.

Interesting Trivia: Riverwood Lodge was formerly the vacation home of the Oakland Raider's Super Bowl winning coach, Ollie Spencer. Here he entertained friends and the Super Bowl trophy was on display in the great room.

Sonoma County Quiet Hours are 10PM to 7AM and Strictly Enforced

Amplified sound is not permitted

Maximum number of cars is 4

TOT# 468N

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Property Manager
Wine Country Lodges Reservations
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

About Wine Country Lodges Reservations

'Wine Country Lodge's history in Sonoma County started with its founder, Lisa Neisingh. Lisa was raised in Sonoma County, where she enjoyed vacations with her family at their riverfront cabin on Healdsburg’s Fitch Mountain and where she learned to swim with her cousins in the Russian River. Wanting to share those sorts of memorable experiences with her family and others, she bought Riverwood, her second riverfront home in Healdsburg, in 2005. Riverwood Lodge was a vacation home previously owned by Ollie Spencer, (a former Super Bowl winning coach of the San Francisco 49ers) and enjoys an exceptional river location and grand accommodations. The Spencer's architect added impressive additions to the original 1930's home, and Lisa continued the improvements, making additions and adding upscale rustic furnishings and decor. Since opening its doors in 2005, we have been inviting guests to enjoy this lovely home and beautiful riverfront setting. Wine Country Lodges continues in the tradition of welcoming guests and is now owned and managed by Lisa’s children Jared B Pickrell and Jill Jensen. Our family enjoys filling these wonderful riverfront homes with comfortable furnishings, relaxing amenities, and providing an array of adventurous and leisurely activities for our guests to enjoy.

We Look Forward to Welcoming You to Healdsburg’s Riverfront Wine Country.

Why Wine Country Lodges Reservations chose Sonoma County

The location of this spacious home was ideal. It sits at yet another spectacular riverfront location and just a half mile from our first riverfront vacation home in Healdsburg, Firefly Lodge.

What makes this house unique

Spectacular Riverfront Wine Country Vacation Home lies hidden at the crossroads of some of the most prized wine producing valleys in the world, and as close as three minutes to Healdsburg's charming, historic Plaza Square.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Welcome! We are pleased to announce the opening of our newly renovated property, Riverwood Lodge, located at the foot of Fitch Mountain in Healdsburg's historic Russian River resort district. (just three miles from the Spanish-style plaza in the heart of Sonoma County Wine Country).A year-round getaway only 70 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, in an area known for its ideal climate, picturesque vineyards, towering redwoods, spectacular coastal beaches, and the Russian River. We welcome you to come enjoy this home's woodsy charm and rustic decor... a large, elegant, river retreat perfect for family gatherings, an ideal “home away from home” for those attending wine country weddings, and a great destination for classmate reunions, business retreats, or weekend getaways with good friends. This comfortable riverfront vacation home is warm, spacious and inviting. You'll sleep in comfortable, pillowtop queen size beds with fine white linens and fluffy, down alternative comforters. The charming rustic beds of willow or cedar. Enjoy gatherings around the river rock fireplace for great conversation or TV watching. The whole family, or gang, can enjoy meals together around the big, custom made dining table that easily seats 12. The huge, riverview covered deck with tables and BBQ is the perfect place for outdoor dining.Relax, explore, enjoy!Jill JensenWine Country Lodges - Offering Distinctive Riverfront Vacation Homes in California Wine Country866-786-2778 toll free
Feb 2005
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Healdsburg House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • 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
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom amenities include hand and bath soaps, bath and hand towels, wash cloths, terry bath mats, beach towels, hair dryers, tissues and paper supplies. We endeavor to keep the home immaculately clean, using non-toxic and environmentally friendly products.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 2 King, 1 Full, 2 Queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • forests
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming
Riverwood is a large, spacious home, with lovely amenities, a large river rock fireplace, ample seating, and dining areas.There are 3 King, 1 Queen, plus accommodations for children (futon, baby bed, high chair, and baby gate. There are riverfront views from the spacious covered deck, umbrella tables for outdoor dining, and a Weber gas BBQ for grilling. The large custom dining table in the great room seats 12 and there's a charming custom log table for six in the kitchen. The living area has plenty of comfortable seating, leather sofas, a cabinet full of board games, DVDs and reading material, and a large stone fireplace. The large recreation room on the lower level has a full size ping pong table, a large screen television. There are four TVs in the home. Outdoor amenities include a 5 person hot tub, a 5 person sauna, an outdoor hot and cold shower, private beach, and two kayaks. Communal pool avail. through passes to top quality private health club. CD/DVD/VCR, IPod/MP3 dock a

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(69 traveler reviews)

Riverwood - Grand Riverfront in Healdsburg - Great Views, Sauna, Hot Tub, Kayaks
average rating of 4.811594 based on 70 reviews
outhern California

large and accommodating, warm and cozy

  • 5 of 5

Despite the rain and hail we had a great time with family, Did four jig saw puzzles and played many games of Uno, Aggravation and ping pong.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home for a weekend with friends!

  • 5 of 5

The home is absolutely lovely - spacious, up to date, clean. It made for a perfect weekend for our group of 4 couples. Highly recommend this home for your group's stay - the location on the river is lovely and serene, and the proximity to Healdsburg (~5 min) and countless vineyards is amazing.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great House, Terrible Management- Avoid!

  • 1 of 5

My family rented the Riverwood Lodge over the New Year's Eve period. Although we greatly enjoyed our stay, the vacation was marred by following interactions with the management company. I'll begin with a review of the house:

Pros: very spacious, plenty of room for our party of 8 adults and three children, equipped with all basic necessities (including a crib and high chair for the kids),

very close to Healdsburg center

beautiful riverfront setting

beautiful living room/front porch area with views of the River (profile photos don't do it justice)

Cons: kitchen sub-par for the price- lacking basic essentials like a potato peeler. Don't expect to cook any show stopping meals here.

Located on a narrow, winding road that locals fly down. If you are uncomfortable driving (particularly at night) you might want to reconsider your plans to stay here

Area is a bit down market- this is definitely the nicest house of the block

No cell service (though you can connect your phone via the internet)

Now the part that ruined the experience. The Management Company, Wine Country Lodges was very responsive and helpful prior to our trip. However, upon our return I noticed a $200 charge on my credit card without any explanation. Thinking it was a mistake, I contacted the company via phone and email immediately. I did receive an email from their reservations manager the same day letting me know that he would check with accounting and get back to me. Two days later, no response, so I sent another email asking about the charge. When I had not heard back from the company 24 hours later I sent a note letting them know that I would be contesting the charges and writing a negative review. It is now over a week since the incident and STILL no response. A Yelp review of this company indicates some other customer service incidents with other guests so if you book this lodge, please be vigilant of and look at your statements!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cool location, home very functional.

  • 4 of 5

Well located for a wine country stay. Home has lots of space, more than adequate for our eight adults. Fairly picturesque setting with the Russian River in the backyard. Not the greatest of finishes or decor, but everything functional and clean.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great adult family house

  • 4 of 5

My family - 8 adults, 2 toddlers - have stayed here twice - and both times we have had a great time. The house is large enough for all of us to gather around the dining room table and each couple has their own room. The house is well equipped, close to Healdsburg, and right on the river (this year there is water). The only drawbacks are that the downstairs rooms have a low ceiling (my husband is 6'2" and has to duck in some areas) and that it is a bit difficult to find the house the first time. A great place to stay!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House, Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience with this rental! The house was beautiful and spacious, the location was great, and communication with the property manager was excellent. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
STS - Charles Schultz Sonoma County Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
In Downtown Healdsburg (multiple to choose from)
Nearest Ferry
30 Minutes
30 minute drive from Ocean Beaches
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Healdsburg Golf Club
Nearest Train
30 Minutes
30 minute drive south on Hwy 101 to San Rafael
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 101 at Central Healdsburg Exit
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
in Downtown Healdsburg (many to choose from)
Nearest Ski
300 Miles
Lake Tahoe/Truckee
Nearest Beach
5 Metres
Beach Located On Property
Car: necessary

There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activity and adventure, with swimming, boating, rafting and float trips.

Also, fishing poles are provided (licenses required for adults), and prospecting equipment with gold mining pans for even more riverfront passtimes. Complimentary winery tour maps, and bicycle route maps. Restaurant guides with sample menus are provided for most area restaurants, day passes to Parkpoint Health Club available for $10, a variety of inflatables are provided for swimmers in the summer months. There is a log lawn swing for leisurly afternoons, a charming handmade checkers table, and a library of books on the subjects of natural history, travel, wildlife, and local area history. A short trip into town to the plaza in Healdsburg will ensure guests' enjoyment of the very best that northern California's Wine Country has to offer: wonderful dining experiences, wine tasting, food and wine pairings, boutique shopping, live theatre performances at the Raven


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