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Russian River in the backyard--Modern home in the Redwoods--Bring the Kids!

Bedrooms 3
Space 940 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 2 Car Garage, River-view Deck



(Sunday night through Thursday night, excludes June, July, and August)



Think traveling with kids means sacrificing gorgeous, architecturally inspiring accommodations?

Think again. Your kids will feel like woodland creatures—and you’ll feel like a travel-planning wizard—when your family settles into our mid-century modern cabin, tucked into a dense stand of redwoods beside the Russian River in Guerneville. (One ancient redwood has been presiding over our part of the forest for over a thousand years!)

A true mid-century modern gem, Lucky Bend Lookout was architect-designed and constructed in 1966, and is kid-friendly down to the childproofed details. It’s environmentally friendly, too—during a recent remodel, we took care to increase thermal performance by 400 percent (that includes heated floors!) and used only sustainable building materials and native plants. Protecting nature—which is so gorgeously on display here—is a priority for us.

In true mid-century modern tradition, the Lucky Bend Lookout’s open floor plan, elevated treehouse-style deck, enormous windows, and warm redwood walls and ceilings merge indoor and outdoor spaces.

Have you ever vacationed somewhere that’s brimming with natural beauty and felt guilty for just wanting to relax inside with a good book? Here, that’s no dilemma.

Watch ospreys soar among the redwoods from the couch in the living area, decorated with clean lines and whimsical fabrics. Or sauté fresh vegetables from the Guerneville Farmers Market in our fully stocked kitchen as you watch your kids play outside on the deck.

Then, present your handiwork to your hungry family at the sleek dining table—which has room for 10—and watch the Russian River drifting by in the fading light of evening while the adults sip our region’s famous wines. Or you can get even closer to nature and feast at the eight-person outdoor dining table on the spacious deck among the trees.

After dinner, get cozy in the living room and watch the stars reflect their sparkle on the river as you browse Netflix, HuluPlus, or Pandora Radio on our 47-inch flat screen TV. The couch doubles as a pull-out bed.

If you are looking to get away from technology and don't want to watch TV, then you can snuggle up on the couch and read a book from our complimentary paperback library, play one of our many board games or puzzles, or gather around our new gas fire pit to make s'mores or just visit with your loved ones.

For the kids, we keep our cabin clear of breakable knickknacks and stocked with all the gear you need. Two Pack ‘n Play, high chair, step stool, potty-chair, toddler bed rail, and stroller keep the little ones safe. Plus, we supply a few extra goodies to keep them happy, like a water table, a swing set under the deck, and some inside toys.

One bedroom features a reading nook and a sturdy set of bunk beds for a fun, summer-camp setup, except much comfier—we use memory foam mattresses on all of our beds. And your kids’ imaginations will run wild with the magical redwood grove in view just outside their window.

Two adult bedrooms, with queen-sized beds and mid-century modern details like shag carpeting and low-profile beds, invite you to sink in for the night. A view of the redwoods will greet you in the morning.

Downtown Guerneville is only a mile from the Lucky Bend Lookout. We are located 10 minutes by car from the nearest winery and 15 to 20 minutes from dozens more. There’s even kid-friendly wineries in the area! A sandy beach along the Russian River is a 10-minute walk from the property, or hop in the car and head 20 minutes to the Sonoma Coast to surf, explore tide pools, and spot harbor seals sunning themselves. Lucky Bend Lookout comes with beach chairs, an umbrella, beach toys, a cooler, and two cruiser bikes.

Our home is a dream for families who love the river life with a floating dock, along with stairs that lead directly to the river. The water will literally be steps away! As our guest, you’ll also enjoy complimentary use of our two kayaks, and canoe. The floating dock is not guaranteed to be available on a set date. It is usually in the water approximately from Memorial Day through October.

Our calendar fills fast—the time to book your mid-century modern oasis is today!

*****Sonoma County laws limit us to a maximum of 8 adult guests. 6 guests can be accommodated on 2 queen beds and 2 twin beds (bunk bed). The couch pulls out to accommodate 2 more guests. Large groups may want to consider that there is only one bathroom.

Sonoma County TOT Certificate #1082N.

Quiet Hours are from 10PM-7AM

8 adult guests MAX

Max number of vehicles allowed is 3

Give us a call at 415-516-6961

More Details

Sarah Peabody
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2017

About Sarah Peabody

Lucky Bend Lookout is owned by two San Francisco families-the Martins and the Peabodys. Sarah and Eric Peabody have two children Raylah and Dean, and Regan and Teresa have a son Bennet. The four of us are from the SF Bay Area and Texas. Eric and Regan are both architects and have been the leaders of the design team for the renovation of the house.

Sarah Peabody purchased this house in 2012

Why Sarah Peabody chose Sonoma County

Both families were looking for a place where they could give their children the gift of growing up in nature. When they found this house last summer, Regan said, 'This place is like a unicorn!' It is like no other house in the area with its beautiful location and authentic mid-century modern architecture. We look forward to enjoying the river with our families over the years and we want to share the fun with other families when we cannot be there.

What makes this house unique

When we first saw this home we knew it was special. With the river just a few yards away, an open floor plan, the large glass expanse on the south side of the house and the exposed structural system, it all comes together in a perfect harmony. As soon as you arrive you smell the fresh clean air and feel the stress melt away and time seems to slow down a bit. We always return to the city with renewed spirits after visiting.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a blast here! Thanks for hosting us. The house is beautiful! Very memorable trip with lots of giggles and inside jokes!
Aug 2013
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Charles M. Shultz Sonoma County Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Rainbow Cattle Company
Nearest Ferry
61 Miles
Larkspur Golden Gate Ferry
Nearest Golf
1.9 Miles
Northwood Golf Course
Nearest Train
79 Miles
Amtrak Martinez and Amtrak Suisun
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Highway 116
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Garden Grill
Nearest Beach
1.2 Miles
Johnson's Beach
Car: recommended

Located on the Russian River where you can enjoy lounging on the nearby beaches in Guerneville (1 mile) and Monte Rio (3 miles), kayaking & canoeing. Enjoy all levels of hiking at Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve (5 miles). Goat Rock State Beach is under 30 minutes away in Jenner, with surreal rock formations, beautiful sand and active wildlife. The local area is a bustling wine region where you can enjoy wine tasting and find all varietals from Chardonnay to Pinot Noir & Zinfandel. Microbrew enthusiasts can enjoy several breweries in Guerneville and nearby towns. Northwood Golf Course (2 miles) is a 9 hole course in a spectacular redwood forest at a reasonable price. Be sure to try the Ramos Fizz at the club house!


Guerneville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 940 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , luxury hand shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Northwest Bedroom - 1 queen , Chair, reading lamps, closet, bedside tables, and dresser
    Southwest Bedroom - 1 queen , Chair, reading lamps, 2 closets, bedside table, and dresser
    Northeast Bedroom - 2 bunk bed , Includes closet, closet organizer for clothes, flip chair
  • All beds have memory foam mattresses (even the bunk beds) and extra pillows and blankets.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Russian River in the backyard--Modern home in the Redwoods--Bring the Kids!
average rating of 4.852941 based on 43 reviews

So peaceful and quiet and very comfortable.Thank you so much!!!

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Too short!

  • 5 of 5

We could only stay one night due to the big storm that came through in January but the night was lovely! The feeling in the house is wonderful - looking out onto the river with the redwoods close enough to touch! The house had everything we needed....

Thanks Sarah!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and cozy home in a wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

We would have been happy in a shack at that beautiful location, and were treated to a stylishly furnished home. The house is incredibly well stocked, more than just the basic amenities. With kids or not, just a wonderful and easy place to be.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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George Town

We loved the the house in the Redwoods

  • 5 of 5

Nothing but fond memories of the house and of the area! Loved the fact that it was kid-friendly - everything our 3 year old needed and more. On our next visit to the area, we'll definitely stay at Sarah's house again.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Gary! I look forward to having you and your family at my home again soon!
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Excellent weekend!

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect. I can't recommend more highly!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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SF Bay Area

Weak and unacceptable

  • 1 of 5

Two middle aged couples who wanted to relax on the water were sorely disappointed on arrival.

Place was small, dingy and not well appointed. The TV did not get reception.

The two bedrooms were separated by a wall so thin you would probably hear the other couple breathing.

The worst thing was supposed water access was quite unacceptable. A steep long ladder went to a 3 x 4 foot patch of mud. Water entry would have been challenging at best and dangerous at worst. No dock as pictured.

After one look we called the owners and told them we could not stay. No refund.

Avoid this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's quite a disappointment that this guest did not find my home to be up to his standards. He did not reserve on VRBO but actually made his reservation on a web site which had the word "glamping" in the title so I think his expectation was for my home to be glamorous. I have since then removed my home from that listing site. I also believe he expected the house to always have a dock available and my listing clearly states the time of year which the dock is usually available.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.0%

Summer season 4 night minimum
Winter, Fall, and Spring 2 night minimum
Holidays 3 night minimum

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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