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Craig McCaleb

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french, spanish

Riverfront-Redwood Sanctuary with Spectacular Views

20 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Overview

Sonoma County House Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, sleeps up to 6 adults or 8 with children

With expansive views of the Russian River, graceful hills and the Coast Range Mountains, Casa Lucia enjoys a beautiful, sunny setting with easy river access for kayaking, canoeing and swimming. The meadow between the house and the river has plenty of room to set up the net for volleyball and badminton, toss the Frisbee or play baseball. The wrap-around deck is the perfect place to watch the mist floating on the river in the early morning and for outdoor dining later in the day. A nighttime soak in the hot tub provides a front row seat for stargazing and the massage jets stimulate conversation and relaxation. For exercise we provide several kayaks and a family canoe as well as 4 adult bicycles, The cheerful kitchen is fully equipped and there are two old-fashioned gas fireplaces to keep you cozy on a chilly night. Stay connected with broadband internet and unlimited long distance phone calls.

Most people never want to leave this river house,: In the morning, breathe the fresh country air on a walk to the local bakery and enjoy pastries made in the wood-fired oven along with a perfect cup of coffee (they roast it right there in the shop). Duncans Mills is ideally situated on the river, only 10 minutes from the resort town of Guerneville and in the other direction, ten minutes from the ocean beaches. It was named for the sawmills that once cut timber to build and re-build San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake. It was the northern terminus of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad and the old Victorian station is still looking good as it approaches its 130th birthday. The turn of the century buildings have been lovingly cared for and provide a glimpse of small-town life 100 years ago. The town is well-known for its art galleries and restaurants.

If the urge to explore arises: you can hit the road and cruise along the river, past vineyards and through redwood forests. A few miles to the west are the ocean beaches and the rugged Sonoma Coast, to the east are the charming tasting rooms on the undiscovered Sonoma Wine Trail. You can pause in picturesque towns, and stroll through parks of giant redwoods that rival the worlds tallest trees. Dozens of food emporiums serve creative dishes with local produce and seafood. Unique shops feature handmade goods as well as coastal and redwood curios. Casa Lucia sleeps up to 6 adults, or up to 8 with children, between the two bedrooms and several open-up sofas in the sun room and the living room. There is a full bath with shower, a half bath, and an outdoor shower as well. The house is light and airy, with a generous dining area, living room and a spacious sunroom with river views from three walls of glass. Old fashion gas fireplaces will keep you cozy on a chilly night. The cheerful kitchen is fully equipped and includes stone countertops.

Casa Lucia has everything for a great getaway: . Internet access and digital telephone with unlimited long distance calling available.

· Riverfront with water access

· 1 double kayak, 2 single kayaks, 1 canoe (separate release of liability to use boats and bicycles)

. 4 adult bicycles

· Large deck facing the river with plenty of seating

· Hot Tub with massage jets

· Dining Room

· Master Bedroom has separate access to the deck

. Massage Table

· Barbecue Grill

· Hiking preserve near the house

· Cable TV, DVD/VHS player

· Broadband internet with WIFI and Ethernet connection

· Digital telephone with unlimited long distance

· Quiet street

· Sorry, no dogs, no smoking

. Sonoma County Transit Occupancy License #614N

More Details
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Craig McCaleb (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french, spanish

About Craig McCaleb

We live in the East Bay, but our family has enjoyed 'Russian River Life' for many, many years. We have taken our children to just about every beach, park and camping spot along the river. In 1989 we moved to Monte Rio where the kids went to elementary school. Alas, jobs and the city called us back, but our hearts were still with the River and we went back to visit frequently.

Why Craig McCaleb chose Sonoma County

We bought our house on the river as a family project with 2 generations putting our savings together so we could have a place for the whole family to get together without the distractions of city life. We hope it can be that for your family as well.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A brief note of thanks and gratitute. We truly enjoyed our stay here. From early monring coffee and bird watching to wonderfully peaceful hours catching no fish what so-ever, every moment was fantastic! Thank you for your hospitality
Jul 2007
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Reviews

4.8
based on 20 traveler reviews

Riverfront-Redwood Sanctuary with Spectacular Views
average rating of 4.85 based on 24 reviews
Littleton, CO
5

Love this house!

  • 5 of 5

So many things about this place we loved! Our list is......a cozy and inviting house with everything you need, watching the fog roll up the river, sitting in the hot tub at night staring at so many stars, beautiful Armstrong Woods, amazing bakery in Duncan Mills, canoeing on the river watching nature at it's best, the excellent wines at Moshin Vineyards. The owner Craig was a pleasure to work with! We would recommend this house to anyone, and would love to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Heaven on earth-beautiful views of river and mount

  • 5 of 5

Where do I begin? We stayed 6 nights in this quaint 2 bedroom with everything you need for a magnificent vacation. Fluffy, comfortable beds and pillows; sliding doors that you can open onto deck from master bedroom; living room with very comfortably sleeping sofa bed and rockers,; river room overlooking river and mountains with 2 more sofa beds; wonderful hot tub on deck overlooking large yard on river,; plenty of toys like kayaks, canoes and bicycles, grill; quaint little general store, restaurant and cafe within 2 miles; 15 minutes to beautiful views of the ocean; washer and dryer and gas heater to take the chill off at night; wonderful neighborhood where you can feel safe. The owners called to check on us as least twice during our stay to make sure we were doing OK and everything was going well for us. If you like to stay in an urban area with lots of activity this is NOT for you - only for people who love fresh air, the outdoors and friendly people. For us it was absolute heaven!

Only negative at all was one of sofa beds in river room was uncomfortable for sleeping so my son just switched to the one in the living room. It was comfortable as a couch though. We also arrived at night after dark and the road looks wooded and dark but rest assured its a lovely and safe area with plenty of nearby neighbors.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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San Francisco, Ca
5

A Gem Along The River with all the toys

  • 5 of 5

I have been reluctant to write this because we love this place so much & want to keep it secret, but the owners are so lovely I want to see them happy too!

The home itself is so very charming, filled with light, flowers and comfortable, good looking furnishings. The kitchen is well stocked for cooking & condiments and has beautiful tiles that invite you to cook and enjoy. The beds are comfortable & you can watch the stars from the slider in the master bed room on clear nights. The sun room is bright comfortable and sparkles with light, so delightful! You can moon bathe and star gaze from the hot tub in the deck, like we did every night!

We had the kayaks in the river every day and saw eagles, osprey and swallow fishing on the river. Every morning we went to the awesome coffee shop in nearby Duncan Mills for authentic Cuban coffee & of course we stocked up on Tea from Mr Trombly's tea shop. We adored the beaches near Jenner and got a daily cup of chowder from Cafe Aquatica

This hpuse, this location and these toys can't be beat, we will return! Thank you Craig & Paloma!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A Real Gem

  • 5 of 5

We loved every minute of our stay in this lovely, extremely comfortable, and very well-appointed home. The owners were great and the photographs of the pictures cannot do the breathtaking scenery justice. Our two kids loved playing in the giant meadow and we saw an osprey dive! We were impressed by the thoughtful details (fresh flowers in several rooms) and the well-stocked kitchen. Overall a sweet place to relax with friends or loved ones and a great home base for exploring redwood groves, the Sonoma Coast, and the many other attractions in the area. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect for any Occassion

  • 5 of 5

Whether you want to get away for time with your sweetie or family and friends, Casa Lucia is a perfect spot. The views and access to the river are amazing. The house is clean, well decorated, and comfortable. It feels like home. The deck is great for hanging out, eating and catching some sun. My favorite treat is to have coffee first thing in the morning in the hot tub and watch the fog lift of the river. Even the outdoor shower is hot enough to make this comfortable. This is a great rental for 1-2 families with kids. There is plenty of common space so everyone can sprawl and watch movies or play games. It is great to have bikes, kayaks, and such to use. During this trip we went canoeing and took a refreshing swim in the river. The kitchen is well prepared with everything you need to cook. If you hit the Friday farmer's market in Occidental on the drive in, you can enjoy fresh seasonal produce as well. And Duncans Mils offers outstanding coffee at the Bakery, grass fed beef at the General Store, and there is a lovely tea shop as well with a amazing selection of teas. This is truly a family favorite and spot to return to again and again. P.S. The owner is a dream to work with.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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5

Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Casa while doing wine tasting in nearby Healdsburg. The house was nicely appointed. I loved the Mexican/Spanish influence in the deco. When not on the deck we enjoyed the sunroom. I wish I could transport the sunroom and view to my own home.

The ktichen had everything you would need and we loved their cookware. The flowers placed throughtout the house was a very nice touch. Not alot in Duncan Mills (pop 85), but the bakery in town is great and the General Store across the street has what you need.

Do drive down to Jenner and/or Bodega Bay (quick drive away), the coastline is so beautiful.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Sonoma Coast State Beaches
"Our favorite, and the closest beach, is Goat Rock. Just a half mile South of the Highway 1 ..."
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Gold Coast Coffee & Bakery
"Great Coffee, roasted right there in their vintage roaster."
Willow Creek Trailhead
"Great hike through dense forests, opens up at ridge top with wide views to the ocean. "
Cafe Aquatica
River's End Restaurant
"Great for a splurge. Incredible views at sunset. Best food in the county. "
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Santa Rosa Municipal
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Blue Heron Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Northwood Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
US 101
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Cape Fear; Blue Heron
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Goat Rock Ocean Beach
Car: necessary

Other Activities: kayaking, canoeing, wildlife viewing, wine-tasting, Hiking, Beach Combing

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Rates & Availability

Russian River House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer High Season
Jul 1 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
$275
From
$325
Fri,Sat
$1,925
 
 
Low Season
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$225
From
$275
Fri,Sat
$1,400
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$275
From
$300
Fri,Sat
$1,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

Some holiday weekends may be priced at high season rates, or require a 3 day minimum stay.
$500 Security and Damage Deposit, collected 3 weeks before arrival. We accept Visa and MasterCard.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Sonoma County House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1150 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • River ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Half Bath - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Family Room - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Master bedroom has a view of the river and private access to the deck. The second bedroom has a garden view.
Entertainment:
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Spa Whirlpool
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Casa Lucia has a king bed in the master bedroom and a queen bed in the 2nd bedroom bedroom. There are also open-up sofas in the sun room and the living room. There is a full bath with shower (no tub), a half bath, and an outdoor shower as well. The house is light and airy, with a generous dining area, living room and a spacious sunroom with river views from three walls of glass. Old fashion gas fireplaces will keep you cozy on a chilly night. The cheerful kitchen is fully equipped and includes stone countertops. If you want to stay connected, there is high-speed internet access and digital telephone with unlimited long distance calling available. We try to keep our home shoe-free, so bring slippers to keep your feet cozy.

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