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Melanie Russell

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, french, spanish

Tranquil Retreat on Russian River

59 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Duncans Mills House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

LARGER DECK WITH OUTDOOR DINING! Abalone Cove now has outdoor dining, a super quiet KitchenAid dishwasher and new linens. See our new photos and book today - only 3 dates left between now and Labor Day!

** SUMMER BOOKINGS: Please note that we canNOT accommodate Saturday or Sunday arrivals, due to the availability of our our wonderful cleaners. Plan to arrive mid-week for your summer stay. Better yet, stay a week and get the 7th day free! **

Our home in Duncans Mills offers 4 bedrooms with queen beds (master suite, 2 small bedrooms, and separate cottage with queen + sofa bed) and 3 bathrooms (one in cottage) for the perfect family vacation. Guest limit: 8. Parking for 4 cars.

Enjoy our 5-star rated home! Amenities provided include:

- Riverfront location with direct access to water from our yard

- Large decks and very large lawn - deck recently expanded with picnic table for outdoor dining

- Toys for you to enjoy (croquet, water toys, bikes)

- 6-person hot tub on the deck with a private view of the river

- Gas grill and fully stocked kitchen for guests who love to cook and eat

- Master suite with striking views and a separate sitting area

- Two smaller bedrooms with queen beds

- Private guest cottage with queen bed, sofa bed, full bath and desk

- Additional port-a-crib for your convenience (please, no more than 8 adults and kids total!)

- Fireplace and wood provided

- Quite, safe street

- Hiking preserve a short walk from house

- Fast WIFI and unlimited long distance

- High-speed wireless internet

- Three TVs (2 are 32" flat screen) are located in living room, cottage and master bedroom

- Cable with free on-demand movies, DVD library, Apple TV in cottage

- Small music dock in dining area

- Well-behaved dog welcome.

Serene paradise on river, surrounded by redwoods with spectacular views of coastal hills, yet less than 10 miles to the "city" of Guerneville and 25 minutes to wineries. Enjoy the small, friendly town of Duncans Mills, between Monte Rio and Jenner. Decks and lawn get mid-day sun, yet also offer cool ocean breezes. The best home base for area explorations to Guerneville, Occidental, Freestone, Bodega Bay, Fort Ross! Lots of good restaurants within 10 minutes.

Or... stay at home and cook. Fully stocked kitchen includes many stockpots, saute pans, roasting pans, baking supplies, 2 coffee makers, coffee grinder, waffle iron, small cuisinart, blender, and toaster.

Activities within 30 minutes include: biking, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, exploring art galleries and antique stores, history (the museum on the Russian River Railroad or Civil War re-enactment in summer), redwood grove at Armstrong Woods, rodeo (summers only), Spa (Osmosis is only 20 minutes away), swimming, whale watching, wine tasting in Russian River, Dry Creek and Sonoma valleys.

Abalone Cove pays 9% of all rental and cleaning revenue to the County of Sonoma, under Transient Occupancy Tax #607N. They require us to tell you the following: quiet hours are 10pm-7am.

Keywords: river, rental, paradise, vacation, getaway, quiet, outdoors, hot tub

More Details
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Melanie Russell (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, spanish

About Melanie Russell

I must have been crazy when I thought I could afford a vacation home! Just fell in love with this area about 12 years ago and, well, one thing led to another. When the house is not rented, I spend lots of time enjoying the quiet and natural beauty of Abalone Cove and the surrounding area. This is my home away from home - I hope you enjoy it just as much.

When I'm not escaping to Abalone Cove, I'm a nonprofit fundraiser in public health who lives in Marin county with my two teens, Kelly (cattle dog), and Frank Sinatra (blue-eyed cat).

Michelle is our neighbor, friend and property manager, who lives down the street and is a true gift to us and our renters. We try to make sure you have everything you need at the house. If I've missed anything, Michelle will take great care of you before and during your stay!

Melanie Russell purchased this house in 2006

Why Melanie Russell chose Sonoma County

If you love to kayak, hike, trail run, eat, drink great wine, hang out with friends, roast marshmallows, relax in the hot tub - all are plentiful here. Some of my favorites are the zins of Dry Creek Valley (45 min drive), the heavenly pastries at Gold Coast Bakery in Duncans Mills (15 min walk), and the fabulous trails in Willow Creek Preserve a quick walk down the street (thanks to the initial protection by LandPaths).

What makes this house unique

At Abalone Cove you'll feel a world away from the hubbub, yet fabulous dining and wine tasting is so close - Cape Fear restaurant is 5 minutes in Duncans Mills, Guerneville is 15 minutes, Korbel is 20 minutes, and Russian River and Dry Creek's world famous wineries are within a 45 minute drive.

The house has both privacy and direct river access - a rare combination on the Russian River! It is cosy, comfortable and the natural setting is absolutely gorgeous.

Guestbook comments from the owner

From our guestbook...

Great house in lovely setting. Lots of classy touches. Enjoyed croquet games - first in many years! Fine place to gather family members from five locales. Sun and redwoods thoroughly enjoyed all.
Aug 2007
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Tranquil Retreat on Russian River
average rating of 4.9322033 based on 66 reviews

Loved our week there

  • 5 of 5

Great house, no complaints. Don't know if it is normal because of location or time of year but the river was quite windy and cold.

The house is cozy, best family vacation!!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved this property!

  • 5 of 5

It was such a peaceful week at this beautiful, quiet spot. My favorite was being within walking distance to the Island in the Sky Loop trail.

Kitchen was well equipped and everything was clean. Lots of games, rafts, movies provided. Perfect for a quiet, peaceful vacation.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a lovely spot! We had a lovely three days. The owner was very helpful with our questions beforehand.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing on the river

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a fantastic weekend at Abalone Cove. Lots of cooking, swimming, and relaxing on the deck. We saw a bald eagle and a pair of osprey and their nest. It was very comfortable for everyone-- the kitchen is well equipped and the kayaks were ready for the river. There was enough space for everyone go off and do their own thing at times, like read, hike, or swim. This was our 2nd time visiting and we hope to do it again. The host was incredibly helpful and responsive over email. I highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oakland, CA

Monte Rio Triathlon weekend

  • 4 of 5

My friends and I spent the weekend at Abalone Cove for the Monte Rio triathlon that we were competing in. We were so excited when we got to the house, it was just what we were looking for! The porch and yard are amazing!

We spent 3 nights but only the night before the race did we have 8 people. There was plenty of room for all of us without tripping over each other. Being able to come back to the house after the race to relax in the hot tub, nap and bbq was perfect!

Since we all had our bikes and gear, we drove several cars. We were unaware of parking only a limited number of cars (4) at the house until Melanie text to let us know. There was parking available down the road that worked great for overflow parking. My other suggestion to future guests is that when doing the laundry, the dryer isn't very hot. Plan on starting your laundry the evening before or have enough time to get a head start on it the day you leave.

The internet worked great but all of us with ATT had no phone service.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We, too, are sorry that Sonoma Co. is very strict about limiting cars to 1 per bedroom. This is the only stay where it's come up - 8 cars for 8 guests! - and we appreciate Allyson being so responsive when we let her know. Glad our renters enjoyed the complimentary washer, dryer and laundry soap - and phone for free local and long distance calls. We try to have all the supplies and amenities that guests need for a comfortable stay, including a well-stocked pantry for great meals with friends.
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Perfect spot for a River Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We love this place. This was our third visit and we are already talking about returning next year. The deck has been redone and extended and a nice big picnic table added. This is a great spot to sit and visit with friends over a glass of wine. The attached cabin is perfect for guests. We've had several different couples join us over the years and they've all loved the privacy afforded by the cabin. Overall the perfect spot for a vacation.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Liz, we always look forward to your return! Wonderful to have you back each year and glad that you take advantage of our 10% returning guest discount. Until 2017!
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Sonoma County Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Blue Heron Resteraunt and Tavern
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Northwood Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Hwy 116
Nearest Restaurant
1.6 Miles
Cape Fear
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Goat Rock State Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Duncans Mills House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spend summer on the river!
Jun 20 2016 - Sep 8 2016
2 night minimum stay
Summer finale
Sep 9 2016 - Sep 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Early fall: best weather!
Sep 29 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Fall special: 3rd night free
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 20 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 21 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
Pre-holiday: 1 night free
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Duncans Mills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs bathroom - toilet , shower , Closest to bedrooms in main house
    Downstairs bathroom - toilet , tub , With small, clawfoot tub perfect for kids' baths
    Cottage bathroom - toilet , shower , Part of cottage suite
    Outdoor shower - shower , Hot & cold water on deck to rinse before/after hot tub
  • Three full baths plus outdoor shower on deck
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master suite with river view - 1 queen , with sofa and armchair to enjoy daytime and night!
    Green room - 1 of 2 smaller bedrooms upstairs, across hall from Master
    Blue room - 1 queen , 1 of 2 smaller bedrooms upstairs, across hall from Master
    Separate cottage - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Access a few steps across deck - has separate bath
    Baby supplies - 1 baby crib , Portable crib and high chair available for your use
  • 3 bedrooms are upstairs in main house and share a bathroom. An additional bathroom is downstairs in main house. Cottage is right across the deck with a separate entrance, queen bed, sofa bed, desk and full bath.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
River front home with direct river access, large lawn, 2 kayaks, 1 canoe, croquet, portacrib. Perfect for all ages!

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