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'Dragon's Lair' Pristine Private River Front Getaway

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
4
Bathrooms
2
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

Description

Villa Grande House Rental Photos and Description

River Front House w/ Dock, 4 Bedrooms + Loft & Daybed rm, 2.5 Baths,

Book this topnotch river front home for your escape. We think of everything to make your stay a pleasure and are always upgrading. Enjoy the new Weber propane BBQ grill - a full backup tank is always under the deck. Just one mile from Monte Rio, you will find yourself in the heart of good times. Enjoy the comfort and the amenities of home after you play all day, tour the sights or relax by the beautiful river. Pictures can't capture the stunning setting of this home and words fall short.

This area is the finest northern California has to offer. Everything you want is nearby and convenient: breathtaking coastal bluffs, beaches, wineries, distinctive restaurants, unique shops, spas, the river and awesome state parks. Come enjoy! It is an amazing getaway from the city. When available, we offer early check-in or late check-out upon request for no additional fee!

Because the house is thoughtfully designed, well equipped and full of character you will fall in love with this vacation home. Our guests all agree. The well-appointed kitchen has granite counters and all the spices, cookware, wine glasses and matching place settings you need. An open floor plan with beautiful wood floors, exposed wood beam ceilings and glass wall overlooking the river, create a delightful gathering spot.

We provide wireless DSL high speed internet and a house phone. We're close enough to the coast for nature’s moderating effect, yet inland enough to be out of the fog and cold winds when they arise. Our idyllic micro-climate provides moderate temperatures in both summer and winter.

Imagine yourself lounging on the redwood deck, soaking in the hot tub watching life float past on the river or reading a book next to the wood burning stove in the day-lit living room. From your home nestled amongst giant Redwoods on and overlooking the beautiful Russian River, you can meander down to your floating redwood dock & private river access, a favorite fishing spot for Otters, Osprey and Great Blue Herons among other wildlife.

The peaceful Russian River is clear, cool and inviting. A canoe, two kayaks and life-vests are provided for you to explore this natural wonderland. A gorgeous ten-minute drive along the Russian River towards the coast brings you to Jenner and River’s End. You will experience the best of California at the sightseeing attractions, charming towns and beautiful parks close to this ultimate location. In the summer the river is a popular swimming and festival spot for San Franciscans. In the winter the Pacific keeps the climate mild and is popular for whale watching.

This is California's premier wine country with many top vineyard tours in close proximity. You will want to move here once you visit. We'll provide a map of little-known, stunning scenic drives to the coast where you can walk the beaches & coastal bluffs. The landmark Sonoma Coast State Park and Goat Rock are at the mouth of the river. Here you can walk the beach and visit the sea lions that usually lounge where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean.

With two decks, outdoor fireplace and hot tub, the house is a great get-away for a couple, and can comfortably accommodate up to five couples. Families with children will enjoy the yard and private river access. The propane outdoor grill, quality cookware, spices, teas and condiments will make the chef in your group happy. The living room has stunning views of the river through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Certificate # 594N

Keywords: River front, Hot Tub, Dragon's Lair, Redwoods, Russian River, Coast, Northern California Coast, Vacation, Wine Country, Sonoma, Private,Riverfront House, River Access, Water Access, River View, Wine Country, Wine Tasting, Beach, Sonoma County, Guerneville, Kayaking, Canoeing, Fishing, Northern California, Hiking, Russian River Valley, River access, Redwood country, Coastal, Northern California coast,

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Owner
Chris McCook
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2016
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About Chris McCook

I love to travel and moved to California from Philadelphia in 2001. This area has just about everything. There is still so much I haven't done here; it makes it hard to leave.

Chris McCook purchased this house in 2005

Why Chris McCook chose Monte Rio

I was amazed by the natural beauty here; the redwood trees, the coast, the river, the mountains, and the people.

What makes this house unique

I love hiking and mountain biking on the trails right out the front door or going for a canoe or kayak ride and swim on the river right outside the back door. Of course a fire or the hot tub is great in the evenings and barbecuing on the deck while watching the wildlife on the river is very relaxing.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

'Dragon's Lair' Pristine Private River Front Getaway
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 27 reviews
5

AWESOME place to rent.

  • 5 of 5

Chis thought of everything; pots pans, baking items, games, bbq, washer dryer , boats, life vests everything a family could need to enjoy the river and did I mention the hot tub. It was Awesome.

Thanks Chris,

TODD

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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1 4
5

Great River Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Loved the view from the living room onto the lake. Thank you so much for having boats for us to ride the river with; it really made the weekend very memorable.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are welcome so glad you enjoyed your stay! Yes, Most other rentals have removed their docks and boats by now for the winter. We wait until as late as possible giving our guests another added benefit of staying in our home. A cord of seasoned firewood was just delivered and stacked with a stash right by the door. Just one more benefit to enhance your stay and save you money as a box goes for $20 now! Enjoy your cozy fire in this incredible setting.
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5

Amazing and magical spot by the river!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful, cozy, luxurious time at the Dragon's Lair! A group of friends and I celebrated our birthdays there and it couldn't have been better: the view from the living room, the cozy and comfortable bedrooms (with lots of extra room in the downstairs room), the well-equipped kitchen, the fireplace, the hot tub under the redwoods and the dock with canoes and kayaks all made it the perfect place for us. I would highly recommend staying there! The owner is also very conscientious and accommodating...we have no complaints!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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1 4
1

Russian Roulette , Stay at your own risk!

  • 1 of 5

Problems at this property were immediate. First,the password emailed to us with stay instructions did not work, Evidently the owner had replaced the lock and didnt update. This caused us considerable grief trying to enter. 2 calls to both emergency numbers went into voice mail.

I circumnavigated the property looking for another way in. To my surprise,the sliding door to the living room was open. I was able to let my wife and six other guests in.

That door was broken,would not close properly and could not be locked.

I received a call from the owner 15-20 minutes after we arrived. He informed me to try a hammer on the slider to fix and apologized for the miscommunication on password. This was the beginning of more things to come.

My dog made a mess of her water bowl. I cleaned the area around it and was disgusted by the dirt that had been accumulated on the paper towels. Clearly,these floors hadnt been mopped in quite some time.

Later we used the BBQ only to find the greasy remnants from the prior guests stay. As we cleaned after dinner,the dishwasher malfunctioned and we had to clean and try by hand. We took the garbage out only to find both refuse cans completely full.

I called Chris the owner the next day. A full 4 hours lapsed before a return call. He sent his house keeper over to clean grill and reset dishwasher but no attempt to fix sliding door,which remained inoperable during our entire stay.

The egress to the dock is difficult to navigate and dangerous for young children or seniors. The dock itself is wobbly,difficult to stand and is an additional danger.

Lastly,a sizeable portion of our security deposit was retained . How does one account for cleaning when no standard for cleanliness has been established?

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lets see, 24- 5 star reviews and 1 - 1 star from the guy who failed to report his 2 large dogs and got upset because he got caught and had to pay. You know I didn't even double the dog fee on him which is actually posted policy. We have little power over a guests personal well being or honesty. I suggest you base your decision on the many honest reviews rather than an oddball. I'd respond directly to his complaints but really, the issue is not his complaints. Some people lie and refuse to take personal responsibility, blaming everyone else for their problems. If you're not one of those, you'll love the place. I admit there was one valid complaint, though overblown, and it has been taken care of. Oh by the way. I replaced one of the kayaks this year with a new better one, added a stand up paddle board, another outdoor fire place and just brought in a cord of cured wood for the winter ! Fun !
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5

Awsome

  • 5 of 5

Chris your home was perfect for our family vacation

I will say that your online description needs to be updated its is far better than Represented. It exceeded all of our expectations.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks David, So glad you enjoyed ! Upgrading the house has been more of a priority than taking new pictures. Besides I like that you get to be a little surprised by some of the new stuff. I'm real excited for the next upgrade that is going make staying in the rainy season even better with more covered deck space. Cheers!
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5

Clean and comfy!

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival of our family of 4 the house was very clean and the kitchen was stocked with everything you could possibly need! Spectacular views of river and nature. Roomy enough for kids to have their own space, and enough watercraft for the whole family to enjoy on the river. Would love to stay again!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Korbel Champagne Cellars
Northwood Golf Club
Sonoma Coast State Beaches
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Sonoma County Airport (STS), Santa Rosa
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Blue Heron Restaurant & Tavern
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Larkspur to San Francisco
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Northwood Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 116
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Highland Dell Riverview Restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Villa Grande
Car: necessary

Canoe/ kayak on the Russian River out the back door, Visit the local river beaches, wineries, Willow Creek preserve 2 miles away, hike/bike.Coastal beaches along hwy 1 starting at Goat Rock State park 10 min West. Armstrong Giant Redwood State Park 10 min drive East, Korbel winery tour 15 min East, Bodega Bay 20 south, Fort Ross 40 min North.

Rates & Availability

Villa Grande House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 21 2016
2 night minimum stay
$200
From
$300
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas New Years.
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
$400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
Jan 3 2017 - Feb 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
$200
From
$250
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Presidents Weekend
Feb 16 2017 - Feb 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
$400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring
Feb 20 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
$300
From
$400
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
$600
 
 
Late Spring
May 30 2017 - Jun 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
$300
From
$400
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer Begins
Jun 9 2017 - Jun 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
$400
From
$550
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
 
July 4th
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
$600
 
 
SUmmer
Jul 4 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
$600
 

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $200 + Tax
Pet Fee $60 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

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Amenities

Villa Grande House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Mable Tile, Skylights, River Window & Large Closet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Crafted Glass & Marble Enclosed Shower, Window, Skylight
    Bathroom 3 - downstairs - toilet , outdoor shower , Marble & Redwood Finishes with sink
    Out door shower - outdoor shower , Hot water shower with a foot rinse by the lower deck
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , front garden view
    Front Bedroom - 1 double , redwood tree veiw from 2 skylights, front garden veiw
    River Bedroom - 1 queen , sunken room with river veiw
    Downstairs Cubby - 1 king , cozy
    Downstair Cubby Sitting Area - 1 sleep sofa /futon , twin convertable fold-out
    Downstairs Day bed room - 1 twin/ single , Generous twin with French door close-off
    Downstairs Bedroom - 2 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , river view, sliding glass door entrance from lower deck
  • Upstairs: 3 bed rooms: 2 Queen size Beds , 1 Double Bed ; Downstairs with separate outdoor entrance: 2 King size beds , 1 Twin day Bed , 1 Twin Sleep Fold-Out
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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