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Tranquil Retreat on Russian River

62 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
1 - 4 nights


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.

** 2017 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
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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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 4.935484 based on 69 reviews

A wonderful retreat for the family

  • 5 of 5

A perfectly situated house away from noise and congestion. Lots of room, great outdoor space, a terrific separate cabin and, best of all 4 kayaks for easy paddling on the river! One day an inquisive seal swam along with us.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Always a pleasure to stay at Abalone Cove

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at Abalone Cove three times and are looking forward to the fourth. It's a fantastic weekend retreat for a family or group of friends. Fantastic view of the river, a relaxed attitude, and space to spread out.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Carlos, Cal.

Beautiful river views, relaxing vacation house!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Abalone Cove house, a family get together with 3 generations. My husband and I slept in the cottage, which was quiet and comfortable. We went on kayaks and canoe on the water, watch out for afternoon winds! We should have started out against the wind and had the wind help us on the way back.

We also enjoyed walking to the stores at Duncan Mills, I love the Mr. Trombly's Tea shop!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
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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
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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
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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:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
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
Winter special
Jan 2 2017 - Feb 16 2017
1 night minimum stay
Presidents Day
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring fling: 3rd night free
Feb 21 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spend summer on the river!
May 30 2017 - Oct 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
  • Housekeeper Included
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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