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Old River - Classic Riverfront Charm in Healdsburg - Views, Hot Tub, Kayaks

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House/Private Home - 3 Bedrooms + Other - 2.5 Baths - Sleeps 8

Old River Lodge has an old world charm, with hand-hewn beams and many more classic elements. The three story home has fabulous views and decks on each level overlooking the water. There’s an outdoor dining area with sweeping river views, a weber gas grill, a river view hot tub, two kayaks, a hammock for year round enjoyment on a covered deck, a game room with games and puzzles, and Ultra High Speed WiFi based internet.

The knotty pine vaulted great room has soaring ceilings and fireplace and is a wonderful gathering place, with comfortable leather sofas circling the fire. Situated less than a mile from downtown Healdsburg’s Park Plaza, Old River Lodge is the perfect choice to be on the river yet in the middle of all that Healdsburg and Wine Country have to offer. The perfect choice for getting away to be together – to bond and reconnect with family and friends.

The kitchen is well stocked, and has a breakfast table with fantastic river views. The home provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the vacation pleasures of a by-gone era, but with all the contemporary upgrades needed to ensure a wonderfully comfortable stay. The three bedrooms have queen size beds and a game room with a comfortable futon bed. All have fine high quality linens for rest and enjoyment.

Activities and Adventure: There are activities to interest all ages & tastes, from winery tours, to hiking, biking, golf, swimming, kayaking, soaking in the hot tub, just relaxing, or watching wildlife from the deck. In town, there’s the historic Healdsburg Plaza, with shaded benches and a central concert gazebo. On a covered deck overlooking the river is an inviting hammock, a perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon. For those looking for outdoor adventure and family fun, we offer two kayaks for exploring the river. Or try swimming, or fishing from the dock for native wild steelhead and coho salmon, or take a leisurely float trip downstream 45 minutes into Healdsburg.

We are located just outside the city limits of Healdsburg, in the heart of Sonoma County Wine Country, & enjoy frontage on the upper Russian River, where the water is clear & the river uncrowded… juat perfect for great family fun & outdoor adventure opportunities.

Perfect Choice: Location, Togetherness, Relaxation: The perfect location, close in, but seemingly far away. (Incredibly close to everything, but private, serene, and unspoiled. Situated less than a 2 minute drive from Healdsburg.) The perfect choice for getting away to be together – to bond and reconnect with family and friends. (Spread out over three stories. Find activities to interest every taste and age group, even a trunk full of nostalgic puzzles, games, and toys for children.)

The perfect recipe for relaxation, to recharge one’s personal batteries. (Try lazing in the year ’round hammock on a covered view deck. Sink into incredibly soft and comfortable leather sofas by the fire. Or, sit and gaze at the diamond-like sparklets dancing where rapids tumble over the rocks.)

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

Amplified sound is not permitted

Maximum number of cars is 2

TOT# 468N

More Details

Property Manager
Wine Country Lodges Reservations
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Wine Country Lodges Reservations

Wine Country Lodges 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 Healdsburg's Russian River. Wanting to continue to share similar getaway experiences with additional families and friends, she started converting the family river homes into riverfront vacation getaways. In keeping with Lisa's spirit, we continue to provide relaxing, back-to-nature environments for our guests, by choosing up-scale, rustic, and charming antique style furnishings to make guests feel welcomed and relaxed. Expanding on our desire to share our beautiful region of Sonoma with guests from near and far, we began to exclusively provide vacation property management for up-scale properties throughout Wine Country. Each of our properties provide the perfect atmosphere for those wanting to create special vacation memories while bonding with family and friends in a relaxingly, peaceful and unspoiled riverfront or vineyard 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 vacation 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 World Renown Wine Country.

Wine Country Lodges Reservations purchased this house in 2006

Why Wine Country Lodges Reservations chose Healdsburg

Our family has been in Healdsburg since the turn of the century and has watched Healdsburg change through the years and become the crown jewel it is today. Wanting to share our beautiful community with others, we have expanded our portfolio of homes to include vacation properties throughout wine country.

Wine Country Lodges has been providing Superior Wine Country Accommodations to our visitors for over a decade. Healdsburg's Wine Country offers the very best place to go with family and friends, where you can leave the cares of the world behind. With so much to do from recreational activities, wine tasting, vineyard tours to biking and beyond, Healdsburg is the very best place from which to explore the region.


What makes this house unique

Riverfront Home - 3 Bedrooms + Other - 2.5 Baths - Sleeps 8

Great River Location, Close to Downtown Healdsburg, World Class Wineries and Breathtaking Vineyards, Mountains and Valleys Growing Some of the Greatest Wine Grap

Guestbook comments from the manager

The house was exactly what we'd hoped for, providing a desparately needed, comfortable break from our stressed-out lives.

The management was seamless -- all the info we needed, when we needed it; plenty of amenities; and everything well-maintained.

We will definitely look forward to coming back!

- Anonymous, Kentfield, CA
Nov 2006
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Healdsburg House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Room
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 1 Day Bed, 1 Full, 3 Queen, 1 Rollaway
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • festivals
  • forests
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
The home is a charming and nostalgic, riverfront home, built in the 1930's. It retains it's original character and charm, and offers an enjoyable step back in time, while providing contemporary amenities and conveniences for a perfectly comfortable stay. Private Hot Tub -- The river behind the house is great for swimming, snorkeling & other water fun. Two kayaks are provided. There is a Full Kitchen - Weber gas BBQ on deck -- Dining table on deck overlooks a beautiful river panorama -- Wi-Fi is provided free of charge. Wood Fireplace. Free wash available to guests staying 4 or more - please inquire.


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Old River - Classic Riverfront Charm in Healdsburg - Views, Hot Tub, Kayaks
average rating of 4.1860466 based on 50 reviews

Charming River House With A few Quirks

  • 5 of 5

Great for a family/girl's getaway. Perfect layout for privacy and togetherness. Wonderful river view, with fantastic outdoor spaces. Clean. Could use a few things: coffee filters, a coat rack to the left of the front door, instructions for the heaters, which we had trouble with. Would be hard to have anything but 2 small cars in the parking space. Not an issue for us, as we came in 1 car. Perfect location- only a mile from town, but still in the country. We liked it so much we rented another house from this company for the whole family later this year. Courteous staff and good communication for the most part.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Double disappointment - check before you book

  • 1 of 5

My family and I booked several months in advance to secure this rental. Location was essential for us as we were travelling over six thousand miles for a family wedding. We were also really looking forward to the quiet river location and hot tub.

Despite an email a week before our rental start date confirming the stay and the access codes, there was a last minute problem with over running building work and we we were not able to stay. They attempted to contact me twice to explain and to offer alternative options but I was travelling with no access to emails. Therefore we did not find out until we pulled up outside the property.

We were offered alternative accommodation, a rafting trip and a free 3 night stay at the property in 2017. In the end we stayed in another property outside Healdsburg and had access to a smaller property by the river. However, the outcome was far from satisfactory for a number of reasons:

- We chose the river location specifically because it was in close to other guests and family. The alternative accommodation was a drive away and significantly curtailed the plans we had made with our family and friends located in Healdsburg.

- We had organised our car rental based on our proximity to other family members so we could car pool and organise evenings out in Healdsburg. Staying further out at short notice meant that we did not have sufficient cars to do what we had planned, inconveniencing not only our party but others.

- The alternative rental property did not offer the location or facilities we paid for and was blighted with loud traffic noise from the 101 day and night. I live in London and it is quieter inside and outside my house than it was where we stayed.

- We were offered a three night stay in 2017. All of our party live and work in the UK and we have no plans to return to the USA, let alone California, in the near future. The cost of flights from London/Manchester to take up the offer does not make it viable.

To date I have not received any information regarding the security deposit. I note from other reviews that this can sometimes take several weeks. However after several months and emails I would expect to have had some feedback. I have had no replies.

I urge anyone thinking about this property to check what building or repair work is going on before they commit to a rental.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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It was a great place!!

  • 5 of 5

It was perfect for a weekend getaway!!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Never stay. Furnace didn't work. No returned phone calls.

  • 1 of 5

After our arrival, it was apparent the furnace wouldn't work. After 6 voicemails, and no returned phone calls in 24 hrs, i was finally able to reach someone in the office. Someone arrived within a few minutes and brought down space heaters, and later had a service call on the furnace. The furnace still didn't work, even after the service call. It seemed dangerous that no one was available in the case of a true emergency!

Also the interior of the house is extraordinarily outdated. There is scaffolding around the house, which we weren't notified of ahead of time. And the houses are literally on top of each other (less than a foot seperates roof and deck). And because of the construction materials outside, parking was a disaster. It's on a blind curve and barely able to have one small vehicle parked without getting run over. And the bedroom facing the road is poorly insulated and is very noisy.

This house is poorly represented on the vrbo website!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Property under construction

  • 2 of 5

We were very disappointed and more than a little surprised to drive up to a construction zone. We were not informed in advance (nor given any monetary consideration) that the property was undergoing a renovation. The owner and manager were quite apologetic after the fact but that did not make up for the scaffolding and piles of debris.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Healdsburg Old River Lodge

  • 3 of 5

We often typically rent up river at Summer Home Park or Monte Rio. The Healdsburg area is a bit more pricey and the home itself was more comfortable and clean than many cabins on the river. We went into the Raven Theatre for a great production of Bye Bye Birdie, and enjoyed the town square for a birthday celebration dinner at Bear Flag. I found the rental process somewhat tedious due to the electronic signature process that never seemed to work. The staff were prompt and efficient when answering questions and assisting.

The biggest disappointment by far, was receiving a call 15 minutes before check in saying the construction crew did not finish the siding project. Pulling up to a house wrapped in white and scaffolding while the workers were loading the truck was a disappointment. The job was more that a few days from completion, demonstrating a lack of respect to the agreement.

There were some very nice touches to the house inside and it was well stocked as far as the kitchen. The beds were very comfortable and once it is refurbished on the outside including the steps down to the cement landing and the ladder to the water, it will be a wonderful place to stay. There seemed to be an issue with the septic drainage that the neighbors were concerned with enough to ask us how many were staying the house and that they were calling the Property Management and not to worry.

The top floor back bedroom had a slider with the balcony removed. pretty scary when you have a near two year old in tow, but we were diligent in keeping that door closed. One thing that is not apparent in the schematic on line is that the upstairs bedrooms are sufficiently separated to provide privacy. That is not always the case in older cabins and it was a nice surprise.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: 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

On a covered deck overlooking the river is an inviting hammock, a perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon. For those looking for outdoor adventure and family fun, we offer two kayaks for exploring the river. Or try swimming, fishing from the dock for steelhead rainbow trout and coho salmon, or take a leisurely float trip downstream 45 minutes into Healdsburg. There are two fishing rods provided for your use (a license is required for ages 16 and older). We are located just outside the city limits of Healdsburg, in the heart of Sonoma County Wine Country, and enjoy frontage on the upper Russian River, where the water is clear and the river uncrowded, for great family fun and outdoor adventure opportunities. There are activities to interest all ages and tastes from winery tours, to hiking, biking, golf, swimming, kayaking, soaking in the hot tub, just relaxing, or watching wildlife from the deck. In town, there's the historic Healdsburg Plaza, with shaded park benches, eateries

Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, shelling, wildlife, boating, biking, health/beauty spa, hot air ballooning

Healdsburg, Russian River, Sonoma County, Wine Country, California, USA (Best River Views, Private Dock, One Mile from Healdsburg)


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