River's Nest is an newly restored 1930's cabin in historic Rio Nido near the Russian River. It is retro, stylish, rustic, family ready and fab for your vacation in the woods. 10 minute walk to restaurant and River. 2 minutes drive into Gurneville.
Redwood trees in the canyon set the background for River's Nest. Originally little more than three rooms and an outdoor privy, it was summer quarters to SF fireman, Ed Burke and family. We are only the third owners. In 2013 we began a bottom up renovation, saving and restoring as many details as possible. We are very excited to announce our backyard is now completed! It now has colored concrete, outdoor shower, fire pit with chairs, teak outdoor table for dining, lighting, and of course BBQ and prep table. Yay!
After our renovation, the home has hardwood floors, pine ceilings and a 50's inspired kitchen. Beds are cozy with extra pillows and high thread count sheets. We have one king, three queen and two twin beds. The wood stove heats the whole place. Sunlight pours in through multiple sky lights during the day and inside at night many different moods can be set with the lights. The cabin is warm, cozy and full of style. Form and function merge into a wonderful getaway spot that easily hosts you and your people.
You can use it to visit local sites or just to truly unplug and connect with nature, yourself and your loved ones.
You have access to the entire property. House, parking, deck, back yard. There are spices and condiments in the refrigerator. Use what you need and replace if you use the last bit of something. There is a drip coffee maker, french press coffee maker and a tea pot. Bring your coffee beans and use the grinder. We have lots of glasses, wine glasses, serving dishes and utensils. The refrigerator/ freezer is full size and easily accommodates groups of people. A 3 minute drive into downtown Guerneville will take you to the local Safeway store and health-food store.
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Paul and Sharmaine will be available during your stay. We live 45 minutes away but are always ready to answer questions or handle any issues that may arise.
THERE IS NO WI-FI AT RIVER'S NEST. Your wireless phone will have spotty reception in our canyon. Text messages sometimes go missing for awhile, so can't be relied on.
There is a land line! Your people can call you and have an old fashioned conversation on our phone. Please don't call out for more than a minute. We get charged for anything > 12 miles away from the house. There is no charge for incoming calls.
On the front porch and in part of the backyard there is usually signal. If you have phone or pad that makes a hotspot, you SOMETIMES can get a little 4G. There are a couple of wi-fi cafes in downtown Guerneville.
River's Nest is a low tech house. It is designed to help you unhook, de stress and slow down. We have many books and games here to help you in this process.
THIS IS NOT A PARTY HOUSE. Our cabin is in a very quiet, family neighborhood. If you want to throw a big party, rent a different house.
PARKING IS LIMITED to 3 cars max at any time.
NO MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE ALLOWED IN THE HOUSE AT ANY TIME. This includes day "visitors". Any child over the age of 1 year counts in the 10 person limit. Our neighbors are well aware of these rules and will call us without hesitation if they notice too many folks at our house.
QUIET HOURS ARE 10 pm to 9am. The neighbors have our numbers and will call us if you are too noisy. THIS IS STRICT. In our neighborhood, sound travels easily, so the quiet hours are really important.
NO PETS. No exceptions.Not suitable for pets means NO PETS, no matter what size or how well behaved they are.
LEAVE THE HOUSE AS YOU FOUND IT. The cleaning fee covers laundry and basic cleaning. All dishes are to be cleaned. Please rinse dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. They can be in dishwasher if you start it on your way out. If you spill or make a mess, clean it up. Trash and recycling are in the backyard. We have single stream recycling. That means all glass, clean plastic, paper and cans can go into the recycle all together.
NO SMOKING IN THE HOUSE
Call owners immediately if anything goes wrong.
BBQ must be cleaned after use.
STRIP BEDS ON MORNING OF DEPARTURE.Please take off sheets, pillow cases. Leave blankets and pillows on the beds.
YOU BREAK IT, YOU BUY IT. Security deposit will not be touched unless something is broken, damaged or left overly dirty.
USE WHITE BATH TOWELS FOR INDOOR BATHING ONLY. Please use the beach towels in the downstairs bath when you go to the river.
Any missing or stained bath towels will be deducted from deposit. If you need a rag- there are some in the cabinet upstairs in the landing at the bottom left. There is another box labeled "rags" in the closet of bedroom 2 downstairs.
CHILDREN AND BABIES: River's Nest is family friendly. However, it is NOT baby-proofed. YOU MUST SUPERVISE YOUR KIDS! This seems obvious, but we have encountered all sorts of things that force us add this to our rules list. We want everyone to have a good time, but parents are responsible for the behavior (or mis-behavior) of their offspring.
WE THANK YOU FOR LEAVING THE HOUSE AS YOU FOUND IT SO THAT EVERYONE CAN ENJOY IT AS YOU DID.
I am a career Registered Nurse and hypnotherapist, working in Northern California. My husband and I are home remodeling enthusiasts who have renovated multiple properties. Outrageously responsible, empty nesters we love to vacation in homey places. We love gardening, kicking back with a good book, enjoying a good bottle of wine and visiting our family.