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jim matthews

Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Beautiful 2 story house on Smith River- Private Beach, Trails,& More!

Sleeps13
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Crescent City House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch - 2 Baths - (Sleeps 9-13)

A gorgeous drive along the South Fork of the Smith River gets you to this luxurious river side house located in an area named 'Big Flat' as it is a big flat area high in the mountains where the inland tribes gathered to meet the coastal tribes. Rich in natural history and scenic beauty, this is the type of place one wants to check in, and 'check out'. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of the river rushing by as well as a multitude of songbirds and miles of majestic wilderness, there is opportunity for swimming, rafting, tubing, hiking, cycling, fishing, kayaking or just laying on the river view deck soaking up the sun in summer or snuggling by the fire in colder months.

The house affords the ability to rough it in great comfort as it has full amenities while being off the grid, we have equipped it with solar power and propane appliances.Due to the solar power system capacity--- microwaves,toasters,hairdriers and other resistance appliances will drain the system.

In addition to the river being on the property there are several small lakes with good fishing that can be driven to. Also there are several lakes that are good backpack trips in the higher mountains.We also have a trail head to the Kelsey trail near the house. The Kelsey trail is part of the Pacific Crest trail.For more information see the Six Rivers National Forest map....many things to do.....if you see a bear just make some noise and he will run away......harmless......just don`t leave tasty smelling food out that would attract them......Jim

remember.....no hairdriers,microwaves,toasters or toaster ovens,waffle irons or electric skillets...we are on a solar system....for lights mainly......

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
jim matthews (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About jim matthews

Outdoor lover and river lover.....perfect place for peace and quiet....raised my kids up there in the splendor........kids gone now so we can share with others

jim matthews purchased this house in 1985

Why jim matthews chose North Coast California

something for my family to enjoy .....for life times....very unique and special

What makes this house unique

clear clean river,waterfalls,fishing,big timber and a bueatiful house make of all native trees in the area....and more....off the grid

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)
Beautiful 2 story house on Smith River- Private Beach, Trails,& More!
average rating of 4.714286 based on 14 reviews
4

Beautiful stay in spacious solar wood cabin with beautiful view and giant glass windows

  • 4 of 5

We loved our family stay here! Very secluded pretty, and spacious, Solar/generator powered cabin with River access down the hill (10 minutes down path)

Very hot durning the day in the summer inside with only fans to cool, but If you spend the day on the river it's so nice in the evenings with a huge wrap around deck and outdoor table to eat at! We swam in the river every evening and played cards in the cabin, such a relaxing spot. There is even a record player! Note: the big overhead fan switch is in the hall closet along the back wall.

There is a really nice swim hole at SAND CAMP a few miles up the road towards the main highway on way back out.

Great experience overall!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect off the grid, relaxing, private cabin

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and our Labrador Libby stayed at the River Retreat for a week in July 2016. We loved it and highly recommend it.

Getting there.

I'm lost without GPS so when I put in the address Jim gave us google directed us there without too much hassle. The GPS has the address a little wrong so the driveway is actually about a half mile past where it says but the driveways are marked with the address so it was easy to find the right place. I recommend arriving during daylight and you'll have no problem. Once you've found the driveway Jim has marked the route with some red tape. The mobile home Jim mentions in his map is a lot more established than we expected which threw us off but it's pretty obvious where to go. As another reviewer noted you don't want to go the stout grove route the first time you arrive but you absolutely have to drive the Howland Hills/Stout Grove route one time during your stay. It's amazing - really my wife and I were blown away by the old growth redwoods and you have to see it to believe it.

The River Retreat

The place is exactly as described. It's off the grid so no internet or cell phone reception, no tv or air conditioning but that's exactly what we wanted. Power is supplied by solar and some generators. We never used the generators during our week there and the solar was enough to power lights and the cool little record player. We grilled out every night and Jim had left us with a full tank of gas. Jim really went to great lengths to make sure we had everything we needed - firewood (it was cold a couple of nights), ice and notes to where everything was.

The cabin was clean and the bed was very comfortable.

The couch is super comfortable and sitting there reading to the sound of the river gurgling by was unforgettable.

River:

Our dog loves the water so we were down there a lot. It's a short walk down a slope to get to the river but its really no problem and there's a metal rope for you to hold on to.

Attractions:

Good Harvest Cafe in Crescent City had great breakfasts - highly recommend. The beach access points along South Fork Rd were well worth visiting.

The visitor center in Crescent City can direct you where to go in Jedidiah and Redwood national parks.

There's whale watching in Klamath but it was too foggy the day we went and we couldn't see anything.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review. Hope to have you here again and maybe next time we can meet.Been a great experience! Jim
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4

Great house and setting, just know driving is involved!

  • 4 of 5

The drive alone is what keeps this from being a 5 star property; all else was just fine--knowing it is a rustic cabin. Beds were very comfortable to sleep on and plenty of them! The amenities in the kitchen and towels were plenty and whimsical--as all are mismatched! This is off the grid, so know you don't have air conditioning and have to be mindful of electric and water usage. Our family of 6 had no problems with water and always had enough for quick hot showers. The ceiling fan was not working during our stay, but opening windows cooled the place down quickly. They have a grill and nice table outside along w a fire pit and plenty of wood onsite. (The deck needs some repairs as some of the floor boards were weak and wiggly). The hike to the water is a steep, slick trail with a metal cable to guide you, but we managed just fine--and beautiful clear water was fun for kids (11-18 years). The drive--I knew from other reviews it was a bit of a drive, but missed the winding, winding, and more winding--and DO NOT take the Stout Grove route if you arrive after dark! 😜򗀠(Much longer and gravel single lane at times--map needs to be modified to show accurate travel times and label "best route".) We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and family time. Played games at the kitchen table each night while enjoying the incredible view of the stars. Great property, but know other area attractions will involve a bit of a drive there and back.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks and nice having you at my special place.....being that far out is why it is like it is and sorry regarding the map thing. Jim
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5

Great find in the heart of the Smith River wilderness

  • 5 of 5

Wanting to avoid trying to find "River Retreat" in the dark, we stayed in Crescent City the night before check in on 3/28/16. We stocked up on groceries at the Crescent City Safeway enough for five days before heading up to the road along the south fork of the Smith River. Good thing we were well supplied because it took 35 minutes to get to the cabin from the turnoff just east of Hiouchi. The drive was a delight though with expansive views over the river gorge and mountains beyond. We found the cabin to be a roomy chalet style place which had been built entirely out of redwood and fir by the original owner, a local lumber baron. There is a large deck that cantilevers almost out over the roaring river some thirty feet below. Adding to the sounds is a water fall across the river. Mornings were cold but a fire in the woodstove took off the chill. We were lucky on the weather for this time of the year and we had blue skies and 70+ degrees every day. We hiked nearby doing sections of the Old Kelsey Trail and also drove back in towards Hiouchi to wander through the giant old growth redwoods in Stout Grove. The neighbors were friendly and welcoming a gave us helpful suggestions about local points of interest. We had a relaxed enjoyable time here. This is a wonderful hideaway in the heart of the Smith River wilderness.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the visit and the great review. Jim Matthews Owner
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5

Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was just what we were looking for. Very cozy and welcoming feel. It had everything we needed. It was secluded, yet close enough to state parks to do short hikes in the redwoods during the day and come back home to make supper. We had a great time grilling out on the deck. Our children loved the "new" toys and splashing around in the river. The owner was very pleasant and helpful.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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San Jose, CA
5

Wonderful cabin on the Smith River

  • 5 of 5

Voted our best vacation yet. The teens didn't want to go to the cabin (no internet). Once we got there they didn't want to leave. They took over the loft while the adults had the bedrooms. The property was great and very private. Plenty of room to eat inside and outside on the hotter days. We hiked, swam and fished during our stay. Definitely recommend this place

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Crescent city Airport
Nearest Barpub
20 Miles
del norte golf course
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
del norte golf course
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
199
Nearest Restaurant
30 Miles
ship ashore in Smith River Ca.,Hiouchi cafe closer
Nearest Ski
150 Miles
ashland oregon
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
pacific ocean
Car: necessary

Here, almost from the moment you arrive, you are immersed in the splendor of nature at her most extravagant. Each path leads to a breathtaking world of contrasts - tiny flowers in the shadow of the world's largest trees, the silent grace of a solitary pelican dippings its wings the pounding surf, morning mists evaporating in the warmth of the sun. Del Norte County is all this and more. Unspoiled and unlike any other place on earth, Del Norte County is an experience in nature, both on her own terms AND in the many ways the natural environment shapes and directs the County's unique lifestyle.The google map is not accurate in showing where the house is.....house is on the Smith river and the 12 acre property actually crosses the river.....river sounds all day and nite....one of my most favorite spots on the planet......you will enjoy if you love nature and clean everything.....and remember we have wild friends around the house.From deer to bears that are very afriad of humans....so if you see one just make some noise and they will run away fast.....may look scary but totally harmless......Jim Matthews...owner

Other Activities: kayaking, rock climbing, horseshoes, shelling. fishing,swiming,beach combing,hiking trails,seeing Redwoods

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Rates & Availability

Crescent City House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
all year
Oct 1 2015 - Oct 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
$200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$200
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10
Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 8.0%

rate are $12 per person per day for more than 2 people

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Amenities

Crescent City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • River ...
  • Rural
  • Ski in/Ski out ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Secure Parking
  • Solar Panels
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Tank
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , custom native wood construction
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , panneled with local Myrtle wood
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 7 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Crib available.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Shed
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Catering Available. Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer.

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