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De's Cottage on the River, A Quiet Getaway from the Everyday World

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

2 bd, private beach, Russian River remodeled Cabin in the Heart of Wine Country

Relive the good times at De's on the Russian River in the Heart of Wine Country (see list of nearby wineries below). This lovely cabin sleeps up to 8, all linens provided.

You have 3 decks to enjoy the shade of the Redwood Trees, the Russian River or views of Vineyards. The cabin's rustic ambiance is heightened by knotty pine walls, which rise up to 21' in the Great Room.

Guests can enjoy board games, a dart board, and badminton or volleyball on the beach.

Two double beds, two bunk beds and two fold-down bed (sleeps up to 8)

A fireplace chases away morning chill in Fall & Winter.

Prestigious local wineries include: Hartford, Korbel, Arista, Merry Edwards, to name a few.

For music buffs, we are a little more than a mile from Guerneville which hosts an annual Jazz/Blues Festival every September. You may want to paddle the canoe down to Johnson's Beach and listen to the music. This year's Venue includes: George Benson, David Sanborn, Brian Culbertson, Tower of Power and more! If you prefer a less strenuous alternative, you can enjoy the music from the cabin's front deck.

We know our guests, like our family for several decades, will find the cabin restful and peaceful, an idyllic retreat perfect for weekend getaways or longer vacations--or simply, a restorative refuge from the hectic everyday world.

WiFi, DVD player

Pet Friendly with fee Limit 1

Beach chairs and umbrellas provided

2-night minimum, 3-night min. for Holiday weekends

Sonoma County Vacation Rental Permit Number: ZPE15-0512

More Details

Michael O'Looney
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About Michael O'Looney

Our family is the third generation of the original owners, my grandparents Louis and Elizabeth DeGregorio. My grandfather was a carpenter and built the original cabin in 1932, the first home in the Drakes Estates neighborhood.

Michael O'Looney purchased this cabin in 1932

Why Michael O'Looney chose Sonoma County

Years ago when a seven-mile stretch along the Russian River from Rio Nido to Monte Rio was known as 'the Irish Riviera,'my grandfather, an Italian carpenter from San Francisco, was the first to purchase a tract of river front just a mile or so from the resort town of Guerneville. That was back in 1932. Over the decades the cabin he built has undergone several dramatic changes. In the 1955 flood, the original 3-story cabin, with expansive decks & multiple guest rooms, disappeared in the torrential flood waters. We built another cabin in its place and anchored it around two towering redwood trees. Then, after the 1997 flood, we raised the cabin to preserve it from future floods and, in the process added a cathedral ceiling and two new decks.

Today, our cabin sits on a knoll above the river, just 1/2 mile downstream from Korbel Winery. Decks extend out the front and back of the second-story structure where the great room and 2-bedrooms and bathroom are located. The cabin's rustic ambiance is heightened by knotty pine walls which, in the great room, rise up 21 feet. In summer, the cabin is well-insulated to keep guests cool and in the fall and early spring a woodstove fireplace makes the cabin warm & cozy. From the back deck, one can sit in the shade beneath a canopy of bay tress and redwoods and look down upon our private beach. The front deck provides a view of the vineyards and the hills beyond that rise up on both sides of the river. Please come and enjoy De's Cottage a river cabin in the Heart of Wine Country.

What makes this cabin unique

Private, quiet, secluded, restful

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We enjoyed every moment of our stay here--great cabin, beautiful setting, perfect weather...who could ask for more? We'll be back every chance we get."
Sep 2012
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Guerneville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower only
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • (1) 1 double bed, (2)1 futon bed, (3)1 bunk bed with double in lower berth, sleeps 2-3
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
We request that our guests keep the noise level down to a minimum after 10:00 PM in consideration of our neighbors. As a vacation rental, we are required to charge a 9% occupancy tax in addition to the nightly charge and cleaning fees.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

De's Cottage on the River, A Quiet Getaway from the Everyday World
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 17 reviews

Great relaxing River getaway

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is well kept up with everything you need to enjoy your time here. Surrounded by beautiful trees and nice big decks to enjoy the outdoors. We had a great time by the river and enjoyed using the kayak. Only thing I might have wanted is a bigger bed in the master bedroom.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Delightful and dog-friendly!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in early February and found the cabin charming and cozy. And the back yard and deck is completely fenced in - which is perfect for dog owners. We would happily come again!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Fall getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 (husband, myself & girls 5 & 9) stayed here for a much needed weekend away. The house is lovely as described, rustic & charming with numerous skylights. For as old of a house, it was immaculate and the owners wonderful to work with. I can see how the cabin would be perfect in the summer with the nearby water & patio decks, but we also enjoyed it in the autumn cool (cozy with the fireplace & portable heaters). The vineyard turning gold out front was gorgeous & we enjoyed watching the leaves fall from the many trees on the relaxing back deck. The kids loved collecting river rocks & kayaking on the uncrowded beach. My only small quibble (unrelated to the house itself) would be the noise from River road out back & near the beach... just a gentle hum of traffic throughout the day, but maybe good know if you're looking for complete quiet/solitude. We were fine & loved our stay, we hope to come again soon!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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SF Peninsula

Great Girl's Weekend

  • 4 of 5

The location is great. Off the beaten path, quiet and really close to the beach. The pictures are a true representation of the cabin. Loved the kayak! The kitchen has everything you need. Thank you Michael!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Half Moon Bay, CA

Best Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with our 2 children, 8 and 10 (and our dog) over the july 4th weekend. Had an amazing time!!! The cabin is perfect, cute yet functional with everything you need to cook, there is a gas grill on the deck as well. There are plenty of beds, the kids loved the top bunks.

The river is just a short walk down a flight of stairs and down a path from the cabin, though on this holiday we had to share our beach with others, but no big thing. There is a basement full of toys for the river which was awesome. We pitched our easy-up at the beach and camped out for the day to enjoy swimming, fishing, kayaking, and tubing.

The cabin is just a short drive to the town of guerneville.

Michael was so accommodating, answering my millions of questions about the property prior to arrival. I highly recommend this property, you won't find anything better for the price. We loved it so much we already rented it for next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming cabin in the trees

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our 3 children stayed for 5 days. The cabin is in great shape and very charming with balconies and patios everywhere. We felt as if we were in a treehouse as we sipped coffee in the morning outside in a sea of green. Despite the limited space, there was room for everyone with the bunk room. The cabin has everything we needed for cooking. There is no A/C, but it is not needed. We loved paddling up and down the Russian River in the canoe and kayak. The only minor annoyance was the skylight above our bed...we woke up with the sun! However, this turned out to be a good thing, as we woke up fairly early to natural sunlight and were ready to go. We loved the area, and particularly enjoyed the historical tour at Korbel, along with a day of wine tasting elsewhere. The small town of Geurneville has a hippie, laid back vibe and was well equipped for all our grocery needs as well as dinner out 2 nights. I highly recommend Rio Nido Roadhouse for a burger and beer and a plunge in the pool if the kids should so desire. It is a basic cabin, as advertised, but with tons of charm, very kept up, and lots of great amenities!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Santa Rosa
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Stumptown Brewery, Rio Nido Roadhouse
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Northwood Golf Course, a favorite of Bing Crosby's
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Hwy 101
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Applewood Restaurant
Car: necessary

Swimming, canoeing, kayaking, hiking/exploring, fishing (includes winter steelhead)

Golf, tennis, miniature golf


Touring the backroads of West Sonoma County

****4 Star Dining


Rates & Availability

Guerneville Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
memorial day
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
July 4th Weekend
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
labor day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall/Winter, Nov.1 thru March
Nov 1 - Mar 31
2 night minimum stay
Nov 23 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Pet Fee $30
cleaning fee $125
Tax Rate 9.0%

We will be collecting a county occupancy tax of 9% beginning July 1, 2015

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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