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Riverfront Redwood Retreat

Crescent City, CA, USA
  • House5000 sqft
  • Bedrooms6
  • Sleeps16
  • Bathrooms6
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 5 nights

6 Bedrooms/6 Baths With Unmatched River And Redwood Views

Nestled in the heart of redwood country and perched atop the high banks of the nationally known wild and scenic Smith River lies the historic Woodmoor Gables Lodge. This beautifully renovated 1939 redwoods retreat has 360-degree views of the tallest trees in the world and the Smith River. Wake up to views of the river and to the sound of it rushing by. Enjoy your coffee in the sunroom or dine in the evenings facing sunsets as the river meanders to the mighty Pacific Ocean.

Our family’s river front gathering place is located directly adjacent to Redwood National and State Parks, in Hiouchi, California, just 15 minutes east of Crescent City and the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Known for sunny summer days and cool evening nights, Hiouchi is considered the area’s gateway to the redwoods, and Woodmoor Gables is the premier riverfront rental property.

The house sits on 1.3 acres of sprawling lawns, gardens, lily ponds and fountains and has a private deck and small orchard. The architecture is reminiscent of the 16th-century Tudor period, providing a classic ambiance with all the modern comforts to make your stay in the heart of the redwoods memorable and relaxing.

Woodmoor Gables has been extensively renovated using top of the line finishes including granite counters, granite tile and maple hardwood flooring throughout as well as all new appliances, handcrafted maple cabinetry, lighting and furniture. An open floor plan and new windows in every room allow unobstructed views of the redwoods and Smith River.

This two-story floor plan offers incredible options to make your stay enjoyable no matter what the season. The first floor offers an expansive kitchen-dining room layout. The kitchen is furnished with a bar-height counter and chairs so you have a wide, open view of the redwoods and river while you host friends and family. The dining area features plenty of seating (with a table for 12 and room for more) to host family gatherings. After dinner, enjoy the crackle of a Northwood’s fire in the living room, while curling up on one of several couches to enjoy an evening’s conversation. The first floor also has two of the most exciting attributes of the lodge: our redwood paneled sunroom which still has the original lead framed windows and our large mahogany paneled game room featuring a regulation pool table, fireplace and 50” flat screen TV, with plenty of games and reading materials to entertain the entire family.

When you are ready for sleep, chose from our 6 tastefully decorated bedrooms:

The Master Suite: located on the second floor, king bed, private view of the river and redwoods, 50” flat screen TV with surround sound system, private walk in closest and master bath with antique claw foot tub and large granite shower

The Fountain Room: located on the second floor, queen bed, great river view, reading nook and private bath

The Redwood Room: located on the second floor, queen bed, great river view, reading nook

The Green Room: located on the second floor, queen bed, great river view, reading nook

The Twin Room: located on the second floor, 2 twin beds, garden view, vaulted ceiling

The Garden Room: located on the first floor, queen bed, private bath, garden view

The Redwoods and the Smith River are a 5 minute walk through the beautifully landscaped grounds or a short drive to the entrance of Redwood National Park. The manicured lawns and gardens are an incredible treat in the spring, summer and fall, and offer a pond, fountain, rose garden, Japanese maples, and unique trees and shrubs found nowhere else in the County. Just up the road from the Park is the quaint little town of Hiouchi, which offers large morning breakfast (Paul Bunyan Style!) and lunch plates, and a small hamlet store for obtaining groceries and gas.

Because we live locally, we can offer a great variety of suggestions to help seed your trip with places to visit and explore including hikes through the redwoods, beaches or coastal dunes, whale watching, magnificent lighthouses, horseback rides on the beaches and in the redwoods, bird watching some of the 413 plus species known to visit Del Norte County and of course fishing on the beautiful Smith River, known for its world record salmon and steelhead fishing.

We love Woodmoor Gables and invite you to enjoy the redwood’s premier lodge while traveling through the Pacific Northwest or fishing our pristine rivers. Woodmoor Gables is that perfect place for large families or groups of friends to gather for an extended stay-cation. We hope you will consider it a home where your entire family can relax and play.


Chris Howard

Member Since 2013
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About Chris Howard

Chris and Lisa are 21 year residents in Del Norte County. Lisa is a local high school teacher and Chris is a wildlife and fisheries biologist, that now manages the largest organic pasture based dairy north of San Fransisco, supply California's finest milk to Rumiano Cheese Co. in Crescent City and Humboldt Creamery in Ferndale, California. He also manages one of the largest pasture based egg operations in California, supplying Alexandre Kids eggs throughout Whole Foods Markets in Washington, Oregon and California, including Costco in Northern California. Chris and Lisa have two wonderful boys and two German Shepards that manage the comings and goings of their residence.

Chris Howard purchased this House in 2012

Why Chris Howard chose Crescent City

Dr. Stump created Woodmoor Gables for travelers visiting the coastal redwoods in the 1950 and 60's. Woodmoor Gables reverted to a private residence in the late 70's and for the last 30 years has undergone extensive remodeling. Woodmoor Gables has been revived to find its roots as a redwood retreat, and freshly renovated with all the finest amenities to make your stay in redwood country memorable.

What makes this House unique

This 5,000 square foot retreat offers 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, and is the largest accommodations for multiple families visiting the redwoods in Del Norte County. Many exciting interior home attractions such as the spacious kitchen, master suite, game room and inviting fireplace will warm your senses. Located on the beautiful Smith River just a moment’s walk or drive to the redwoods.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
      • Fountain Room
        1 queen, Great river views and private bath
      • Bedroom 6
        2 twin/ single, disconnected private bath, vaulted ceilings
      • Master Bedroom
        1 king, Surround sound T.V., large master bath, closet, River view
      • Garden Room
        1 queen, Reading nook, garden views, private bath
      • Green Room
        1 queen, Reading nook, view of the river. Shared bath.
      • Redwood Room
        1 queen, Reading nook and spectacular river and redwood views.
      • The second floor finds a spacious king bedroom with a private view of the river and redwoods. Maple hardwood floors surround you in comfort, while you enjoy a 50” flat screen TV with surround sound system, private walk in closest and master bath. Bathe in our antique claw foot tub while enjoying views of the redwoods or rinse in the large granite shower. Just down the hall, the Fountain Room offers a large queen bed, great views of the river, and a private bath. Our twin bedroom has views of the gardens and a vaulted ceiling. The twin bedroom is serviced by cozy disconnected bathroom/shower. On the south side of the house, the stunning queen bed Redwood Room boasts maple hardwood floors, the original redwood vaulted ceilings, a reading nook and views of the redwoods and river. The Green Room offers views of the river, a queen size bed, and reading nook and cozy views of the garden.


      • 6 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 6
        toilet, shower, Near game room and sun room
      • Three bedrooms have private bathrooms; two bedrooms share a bathroom, with doors leading to bathroom from each room. The twin bedroom has a bathroom just down the hall. Downstairs has a bathroom near the sun room and game room.

      Location Type

        • Waterfront
          Stituated on the banks of the Smith River in the heart of Redwood National and State Parks


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      Bed sheets, pillows, comforters
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Fireplace
                      Living Room wood fire place.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Central heating and space heaters
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      On Site with dryer sheets provided
                    • Living Room
                      Living room has large fireplace and seats 12 comfortably
                    • Parking
                    • Telephone
                      Both US Cellular and ATT Cell Service
                    • Towels Provided
                      Bath and wash towels
                    • Washing Machine
                      On site w/detergent provided
                    • Wood Stove
                      Wood stove in the kicthen and also a wood stove in the game room


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Features large granite counter tops and bar.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          coffee filters Sugar Salt pepper
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          Double ovens and stove.
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 16 people


                                • Books
                                  Books for all ages
                                • DVD Player
                                  With each TV
                                • Game Room
                                  Pool table, T.V., books, games
                                • Games
                                • Pool Table
                                  Regulation table in game room
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                  In master Bedroom
                                • Television
                                  DVD players with three T.V.'s located in the game room, master bedroom and kitchen


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Two outdoor dining tables
                                    • Golf
                                      Del Norte Golf Course is just 3 miles down the street
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Shuffleboard, croquet , Badmitton
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • marina
                                        • museums

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • scenic drives
                                            • antiquing
                                            • bird watching
                                            • eco tourism
                                            • gambling casinos
                                            • horseback riding
                                            • beachcombing
                                            • shelling
                                            • shuffleboard
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • walking
                                            • whale watching
                                            • wildlife viewing

                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                • ATM/bank
                                                • groceries
                                                • hospital

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • rafting
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • fly fishing
                                                    • freshwater fishing
                                                    • golf
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • hunting
                                                    • kayaking
                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • deepsea fishing
                                                    • rock climbing
                                                    • sailing
                                                    • snorkeling/diving
                                                    • surf fishing
                                                    • surfing
                                                    • swimming
                                                    • tennis
                                                    • water tubing
                                                    • wind-surfing

                                                      108 Reviews


                                                      Latest reviews


                                                      Henry C.Crestview, Fl

                                                      What a wonderful experience. Beautiful area and scenerey. Awesome sites and hikes. Great time.

                                                      Great Place to Stay

                                                      Richard A.Bountiful

                                                      My family of nine (6 adults and 3 children) enjoyed this great property. The location is perfect for visits to both the redwoods and the ocean. It rained the last two days of our stay and we discovered the best way to hike in the redwoods is with a light rain and fog.

                                                      The place was very clean. The kitchen had everything you will need to create your special meals. The large dinning table will fit everyone. If it had been warmer I am sure we would have spent more time in the backyard enjoying the Smith River. The kids spent a lot of time there.

                                                      The bedrooms were spacious and the beds were very comfortable. The furniture in the living room was also very comfortable.

                                                      Chris and Lisa were very nice and provided a interesting history of the property. There were brochures available with information of the different activities available. We did not have any problems during our stay, but I am sure Chris and Lisa would have quickly taken care of one.

                                                      We have added this to our lists of places to return to. Thank You For A Great Vacation.

                                                      It’s beautiful and well maintained.

                                                      Christen T.

                                                      There are extra blowup mattresses which was nice. I love that it has 6 bathrooms. No one ever has to wait. Also love the huge fire place and kids loved the pool table.

                                                      Perfect, as usual!

                                                      Beth B.Eureka, CA

                                                      This was my book club's fourth winter at Woodmoor Gables and it was just as good as it always is. Plenty of room, comfortable spaces to relax and spend time together, pool table is always a hit, and it's close to beautiful places to explore when the weather is nice. I imagine we'll be back again!

                                                      It was perfect for my 4 kids and spouses, and grandchildren. Made for a beautiful family Christmas.

                                                      Becky P.

                                                      Fully stocked large kitchen..loved the large dining table. Bedrooms were perfect❤

                                                      The home and immediate area is absolutely beautiful!

                                                      DESIREE S.Garden Valley CA USA

                                                      Our very large family, 26 for Thanksgiving were able to fit in the beautiful kitchen and dining area, with a full view of the river below. We could not of asked for anything more. Chris, the owner was very prompt and helpful with all our questions and needs. We spent a lot of time in the Redwoods walking, biking and hiking all within a few miles of the home. I would highly recommend this home, especially for the large family.


                                                      Crescent City, CA, USA

                                                      Hiouchi is the Gateway to Redwood National and State Park, home to the worlds tallest trees. You have your choice of many trails through these magnificent giants just a few minutes walk from your front door or find yourself on a short drive to where the redwoods meet the sea. The rugged Pacific Coast line offers premier beaches for surfing and aquatic sports, including breathtaking views of our lighthouses and rocky shores.

                                                      Rates & Availability

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                                                      Higher rate if more than 12 people: addtional $20/guest/night. Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

                                                      108 Reviews
                                                      Wonderful 4.9/5
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