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Waterfront house with large deck and dock. No WiFi, No cable TV

Bethel Island, CA, USA
  • House900 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay2 nights

2 bedrooms, 1 bath, sleeps 4, (more if they sleep on deck or on boat)

Charming little house with view of the water. We have a large deck off the house and an additional deck over the water with a fish cleaning table and fresh water. Large Dock, rebuilt in 2013, will accommodate 4 boats. Electricity for one boat is available on the dock.

You share the dock and utility room with Bob and Lisa, who have a houseboat tied up there.

Utility room has washer and dryer and a second bathroom. Unheated storage room below house has room for 2 more sleepers.

Single bath has shower, and separate wash room has 2 basins. Sheets and towels are stocked. One bedroom has king bed, the other a queen.

Remodeled in 2011, the kitchen has propane gas stove, microwave, lots of counter space and is completely furnished. The cupboards are stocked, and all you need to bring are the perishables, your swimsuit and toothbrush.

Boat launch facilities or boat rental at Sugar Barge Marina are nearby, 5 minutes drive.

The house has a propane stove for heat in the winter and ceiling fans for the summer. It is well insulated. Propane barbeque and large patio table on the deck are available for your use. Parking space is below the house in the front driveway and yard. We have no WiFi or internet access and no telephone, but what the heck. You are on vacation.

Waterskiing or boating: We are 10 minutes to fast water and located next to Emerald Point Marina. Launching is available at Sugar Barge Marina, 5 minutes away. Boat rental is also available there.


Cathy Keil

Member Since 2011
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within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Mar 21, 2018


    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king
      • Both bedrooms have closets and ceiling fans and windows on 2 sides. Bedroom 2 has a window seat. Room for two in the unheated storage room below house and lots of room for sleeping bags on the decks outside in the summer. We put new carpet in the bedrooms November 2012.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Toilet and shower can be locked off from washroom.
      • Bathroom can be closed off for privacy if you want to use the wash rooms while someone is in the shower.

      Location Type

        • River
          We have a dock right out the front door with a swimming area next to it.
        • Rural
          Close enough to the city of Brentwood for shopping, but far enough away to feel like we are in the country.
        • Town
          We are actually located near the town of Oakley.
        • Water View
          Lots of fishing, boating, waterskiing.
        • Waterfront
          House is on one side of the levee and water is on the other side. Nice view of the water from inside the house or out on the deck.
        • Waterfront
          Sand Mound Slough, right out the front door.


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Large comfortable room with big windows, window seats and plenty of view of the levee and water.
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Electric dryer next to washing machine. We share this with Bob and Lisa, who live in the houseboat at our dock.
                    • Garage
                      We have our stuff in the garage, but you might be able to use part of the space if needed. No room for a car.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      New propane gas stove installed Sept. 2016.
                    • Linens Provided
                      Sheets, pillows and pillow covers and extra blankets.
                    • Living Area
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Local Maps
                    • Parking
                      2 cars fit on the driveway or on the lawn.
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Cars parked on the street may be towed without warning.
                    • Telephone
                      No telephone.
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      Bath towels and wash cloths and kitchen towels. Also hot pads for oven.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Located in the utility room under the house. We share this with Bob and Lisa, who live in the houseboat at our dock.


                        • Kitchen
                          This is a cook's dream kitchen with lots of counter space and cupboards. View of the water provided at no extra charge.
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Grinder
                        • Coffee Maker
                          We also have a small coffee grinder if you prefer to bring your own coffee beans.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Blender, food processor, pans, even a wok.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Plenty of everything you need.
                        • Dishwasher
                          No dishwasher in the house.
                        • Blender
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Spices, condiments, rice, flour, coffee. It would be nice if you replace some of what you use.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Full size
                        • Stove
                          Gas stove and oven with a downdraft vent.
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Kitchen opens to the living area where we have a bar and dining table.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  A small selection of books is available. Feel free to exchange yours for ours or take one home if you wish.
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                  No Blu-Ray, bring your own DVD movies if you are interested in using the DVD player.
                                • Games
                                  Monopoly, Pictionary, Scrabble, and playing cards.
                                • Music Library
                                  Variety of music, especially oldies.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  No satellite or cable.
                                • Stereo
                                  We have out-door speakers wired to the CD player inside the house. No indoor speakers.
                                • Television
                                  Antenna on flat screen TV.
                                • VCR


                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Lawn on lower section of property, ok to park car here.
                                    • Balcony
                                      15' x 30' deck with a view of the river. 6' x 30' balcony on the north side of the house.
                                    • Boat Dock
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Large deck, 15' x 30' with outdoor tables and chairs and room to relax and read, or drink.
                                    • Fish Cleaning Table
                                    • Golf
                                      Bethel Island Golf Course nearby.
                                    • Boat
                                      Boat rental available at Sugar Barge Marina.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Propane barbeque on the deck. Please turn off the gas when you are not using the grill.
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Small Cooler
                                    • Walkway to Water
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • limited accessibility
                                          You can unload supplies and passengers on the levee next to the house, and then return your car to the lower level and park in the front yard.


                                            • marina
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • groceries
                                                    • laundromat

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • water tubing


                                                            • We have NO WiFi or internet access. The house is above ground so to get wheel chair access, you have to drive up on the levee and drop off your passenger and/or supplies. You cannot park there permanently so you must then return your car to the ground level garage. Children are welcome, but parents must be aware that the water is right out front and accessible, and you are responsible for keeping children safe. We have life vests available and insist our grandkids wear them any time they are near the water. We love pets as much as the next person, and you are responsible for any damage caused by them. Electricity is available on the dock.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              65 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Great delta getaway

                                                              Shauna G.

                                                              Wonderful house on Bethel Island for a fun family vacation. We completely enjoyed staying at this house, perfect for our family and visitors. The house is nicely furnished, has a great layout, easy to cook in/bbq and has a nice large deck and dock for relaxing. The caretaker, Lisa, is so helpful which added to overall great experience. Would love to rent this home again!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Ahhh...Thanks Shauna ~

                                                              I'm so happy you found a little Oasis in the Paradise of Bethel Island. ~ Cathy

                                                              nice for dog owners

                                                              michael l.

                                                              I would stay there again if allowed ...We messed up when leaving and smoked pot outside on the deck with the door open... the claimed it permeated the house.. i did not think to did but i can not not argue and apologize if it did... we did not smoke in the home...only on the deck.

                                                              This is nice place probably during the summer time if you are fishing and have a boat. We had dog so it worked for us...

                                                              Not much privacy with having the house boat out back when we smoked on the deck...No signs are posted not to smoke.

                                                              However, it was cold and heater is not he best. During the winter it was really cold and the heater is on a timer.. it took most of the evening just to get warm and the bedrooms were cold..by the time it warmed up the timer shuts off heater in the middle of the night and our first morning was a real drag. Very cold.

                                                              But my biggest gripe is the quality of the water..it smells real bad, like sulfur....My first morning being super cold i took a shower in it and almost gagged me from the smell initially .. Also, I took my meds with it being unaware.... pretty bad experience. Burped up sulphur all day...

                                                              The beds are real lumpy and there is no couch... Not that comfortable...but for fish camping it is fine...

                                                              We did not even cook there because of water quality...but we lost our deposit because the place may now smell better than it did before by smoking good pot on the deck...It smelled better than the sulfur stick..

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay. We do not post signs regarding our no smoking policy as it is clearly written in our rental agreement that you agreed to when you booked your reservation.

                                                              Our propane stove is not on a timer so I don't understand why it would shut off. I appreciate you bringing our attention to this matter as we will now check that out thoroughly. The propane stove does have a fan that when you turn the fan up, it will produce more heat.

                                                              Our water on Bethel Island does, sometimes, produce this sulfur smell. While the water is safe to drink, we do provide bottled water located behind the bar for your use.

                                                              I also thank you for letting us know about the beds. We have not received any complaints regarding this matter. Again, we will be checking this out as well.

                                                              ~ Cathy Keil


                                                              Kevin M.Tulare

                                                              I love the house & location but the beds are very uncomfortable.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              I'm sorry you found the beds to be uncomfortable. We have a Thermapedic "topper" on one bed and feather beds on the other bed. Guests have said how much they enjoy sleeping there.

                                                              I do thank you for your response ~ Cathy

                                                              Our stay (I think our 3rd one here!)

                                                              Cheryl L.

                                                              We had a very relaxing week! The house is very comfortable, clean, and everything you need to spend a week or two (or more)! Location is great.

                                                              Quiet, peaceful, rejuvinating

                                                              Brenda B.

                                                              Delightful property that we wouldn't hesitate to book again. The house was clean and very comfortable. We enjoyed our stay very much and really appreciated the kind, helpful hospitality of the owner and property manager. Great area to play around on any kind of watercraft. October in Calif is some of the best time for vacation...no crowds, good weather. This place was absolutely perfect for us. We brought our boat and tied her up right out the back door! (Sugar Barge marina is very nice and close.) Was nice to have a good place to keep the boat trailer too. The sunrise views from the deck at the dock were wonderful. The lack of wi-fi wasn't a problem as there was a solid Verizon signal and our hot spot worked great. Was lots of reality TV outside with all the wildlife action. Our time there was way too short. We didn't want to leave and already have a plan to return next year.

                                                              Cozy Delta-front property with private boat dock

                                                              John M.Santa Rosa, California

                                                              I recently spent 4 nights at this wonderful delta front property. I launch my boat at Sugar Barge Marina just minutes from the house. I arrive by boat to the house and dock the boat at my private dock. The house is a cozy 2 bedroom home that has been recently remodeled. Well stocked kitchen provides a convenient place to prepare our meals. Lisa and Bob who live in a boat next door came to greet us as we arrived. They are very friendly and helpful. Its great to just jump off the dock and cool off in the delta on a hot summer day. This has been our second time at this home. My wife and I will definitely be back again.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you John for this glowing review. So happy you made it back for a second time. We look forward to your next visit. Lisa tells me that you both are model guests and took such good care of our house. Thank you! The Delta is truly a wonderful, watery playground and you are welcome back anytime.


                                                              Bethel Island, CA, USA

                                                              This is a recreation area on the Sacramento-Stockton Delta. 1000 miles of waterways, it is known for great boating, waterskiing, swimming, fishing and waterfowl. Golf: Bethel Island public golf course is nearby.

                                                              65 Reviews

                                                              Excellent 4.6/5

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