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4 BR
3 BA
6 Guests
View from the street - plenty of parking!Stone doorway. Charms of a bygone era...Come in! Just inside the front door...Anyone play the piano?Little "Great Hall" with stone fireplace.Grand knotty pine living room evokes River's roaring 20sComfortable dining for 6-8 people, opens to al fresco diningRivendell's beautifully wood paneled dining room.Natural light aboundsModern kitchen, spacious and well-equippedKitchen with dishwasher and propane rangeFrom kitchen to dining roomCoffee and tea stationAll you need for your morning joe!Sunroom just off the kitchen with privacy doorSunroom has daybed and garden viewUpstairs hallway to a full bathroom & two bedrooms."River Lookout": Upstairs Queen bedroom with river viewsUpstairs full bathroom with separate bathtub.Upstairs bathroom shower"Fairy Retreat": upstairs Queen bedroom with lovely daylight"Bohemian Sunshine": middle level King bedroomA full futon in the alcove (at left)Glorious light (when the curtains are open)!"Garden Works": cozy up in the downstairs Queen bedroomDownstairs full bathroom with showerPlenty of storage for toiletriesFull laundry and half bath off garageDownstairs family room opens to the bedroom and backyardRussian River in summerAdventure awaits! (boats and dock avail. mid-June through mid-Sept)Rivendell's view to the dock and boats (available mid-June through mid-September)Riverfront patioCome in through the front arch!Wander through the front garden and listen to the fountainStep from the downstairs to the handcrafted hot tub gazeboHot tub with river viewFour outdoor living spaces!Two patios off the house (photo taken in winter)The tea gardenSun Terrace: Southern exposure for optimal sunbathingStairs to the river and seasonal dockUp river view from the seasonal dock

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Description

Rivendell embodies the charm of a bygone era. One of oldest properties on the river, the home was built in the 1930s as a country manor for a well-to-do family from San Francisco. The interior is updated with modern comforts but retains elements of a fine country home: a stone hearth, beautiful wood paneling and floors, and a formal dining room surrounded by paned windows with access through French doors to a series of terraces leading to the river. The outdoor spaces and access to the river are unmatched with stone and brick work throughout 4 separate outdoor living spaces. Steps lead directly to private river access with a dock and boats provided during the warmer months. A burbling fountain, fruit trees, flowering bulbs, lush greenery, and towering redwood trees capture your senses!

The property is named for the peaceful refuge of Rivendell from J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings because of its old-world charm and magic. As "the last homely house east of the sea," it is lovingly set up to evoke the spirit of Rivendell, a haven for adventurers who wish to explore the beauty of the Russian River, Sonoma Valley and nearby sea. It is "a perfect house, whether you like food or story-telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all. Merely to be there is a cure for weariness, fear and sadness."

Know Before You Book:

Maximum Occupancy and Quiet Hours: The maximum occupancy at Rivendell is 6 people. Quiet hours are from 10:00 pm until 7:00 am. Outdoor amplified sound is prohibited at any time.

Parking: There is parking for 4 cars. RVs, trailers and campers are prohibited, per the Sonoma County Vacation Rental Ordinance

Plenty of Room to Spread Out: 5 private sleeping rooms (4 bedrooms + 1 sunroom with single daybed), 2 living rooms and 4 outdoor patios

Bed Sizes: 3 Queen, 1 King, 1 Twin and 2 Full Size Sleeper Sofas.

First bedroom ("River Lookout" upstairs) Queen; Second bedroom ("Fairy Retreat" upstairs): Queen; Third bedroom ("Bohemian Sunshine" middle, lower): King plus full futon; Fourth bedroom ("Garden Works" downstairs): Queen; Den/Media Room (downstairs): Full sleeper sofa; Daybed Sunroom (middle, upper): Twin daybed.

Heat Source: Central heat.
Note: The woodstove is decorative only.

Location: This home is in a residential neighborhood facing the Russian River and backed by a narrow section of land between the road to the house and River Road/Hwy 116.

Stairs: There are 2 steps to the front door. Once inside, the house is 3 levels. There is a spiral staircase from the back deck to the backyard and the yard is terraced with several sections of stairs to the hot tub and other areas of the yard. Access to the lowest terrace seating area and river is down a long set of stairs. Except for the 2 steps at the front door, all other staircases have handrails. There are gates at the top and bottom of the spiral staircase.

Fencing: The yard is partially fenced.

Dock and Boats: These are seasonal amenities and availability is based on the water level and when summer dams are installed in the river - generally, mid-June to mid-September - conditions permitting.

Common Amenities not included: This home does not have Air Conditioning, but the afternoon and evening breeze from the ocean and up the river generally keep the house a comfortable temperature.

The smart TVs at Rivendell are setup with Sling for live TV (not cable but with equivalent programming) and guests can bring their Netflix, Hulu, Prime, and other personal account information to login too!

Proximity to wineries: There are several tasting rooms in downtown Guerneville (4.6 mi) and an abundance of vineyards and tasting rooms within a 10 mi radius.

Nearest River Beach: The Monte Rio Beach is a comfortable half mile walk from the house.

Nearest Ocean Beach: There are several coastal beaches in Jenner approx. 8 miles away.

Sonoma County TOT Number: 4012N
Sonoma County Vacation Rental Permit: TVR20-0140

Amenities

Facilities: 
  • Express Check-in
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Basic Supplies
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Central Heat
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Off-Street Parking
Outdoors: 
  • Boats (seasonal)
  • Gas BBQ
  • Deck
  • Patio
  • Firepit, Gas
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Direct River Access (seasonal)
  • Dock (seasonal)
  • View
  • Garden
Area: 
  • Riverfront
  • Walk to River
  • Walk to Food and Drink
Kitchen And Dining: 
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Blender
  • Spices
  • Toaster
  • Full Kitchen
  • Dishes and Utensils
  • Dishwasher
Entertainment: 
  • Telephone
  • Internet Access
  • Television
  • Smart TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo
  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • Sling TV
Games And Recreation: 
  • Hot Tub
  • Ping Pong Table

Availability

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Location

Reviews

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Great house on the river

Reviewed on 2024-05-11 by Joan
Overall
5

This was one of the nicest houses we ever stayed at. Plenty of room for everyone and all of the furnishings were well thought out and extremely comfortable. Would definitely want to stay there again during our next trip to the Russian River area -Via Vrbo

Manager's Response

Hello Joan, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! It is a breathtaking area to stay in and we are happy you appreciated the home and its surroundings. Thank you for your kind words and for being such fantastic guests! We would love to host you again :)

A sublime celebration at Rivendell

Reviewed on 2024-06-03 by Wendy Ferrell , Suisun City, CA United States
Overall
5

“This house was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.". JRR TolkienSublime is a word Tolkien himself would have used to describe Rivendell on the Russian River. I celebrated my 60th birthday here with my closest friends, and the house couldn't have been more perfect. Comfortable beds and room to relax for couples and singles. Sitting on the patio watching the osprey in the nest across the river, reading, enjoying tea or wine, at all times of day, were our favorite things to do. A friend brought kayaks and paddled from the house to the sea. It rained, and we enjoyed it in the hot tub, sipping champagne from our acrylic cups. Nights by the fire table looking at the stars and laughing, filled our evenings. The kitchen was so well appointed it had everything my "love to cook" friends needed. I'm soo happy to have found Rivendell. I can't wait to visit again.

Manager's Response

Hello Wendy, Thank you for choosing to stay with us! We’re glad everything was to your liking and we’d love to host you again. You were great guests :)

Girls weekend

Reviewed on 2024-04-22 by Stacie
Overall
4

Great location for different things to do close to a lot of things beach trip shopping food. Spacious usually accommodate six people. Definitely would go again. -via Vrbo

Manager's Response

Hello Stacie, We are so glad you had a great stay. We appreciate you being such amazing guests :)

Perfect for a Getaway Weekend

Reviewed on 2024-04-14 by Jeannine
Overall
5

This property exceeded our expectations. Very clean, comfortable beds, the living room had plenty of space to spread out. The kitchen met everyone's needs and my friends like to cook! The home and property is well maintained and you can tell it has been upgraded over time. The location and views were wonderful. I wish it didn’t rain the weekend we visited because the outdoor decks looked perfect for hanging and enjoying the fresh air and views of the river. However, every room inside had a great view and plenty of space for us all to kick back and relax on our girls getaway weekend. The hot tub gazebo was a bonus. All of us agreed this place is worth a return visit to the area, and for more than just a weekend. Shout out to the attentive staff who communicated with me in a timely manner to make sure we had directions to the home and if we needed anything during our stay. Pay attention to the recommendation to make sure you have the written directions with you. Your GPS will be confused and basically useless in the canyons and tall redwood trees. We enjoyed the scenic tour and once we stopped for directions to get our bearings we found the home easily. -via Vrbo

Manager's Response

Hello Jeannine, Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so glad you had a great stay. We appreciate you being such amazing guests :)

Lots of space

Reviewed on 2024-03-29 by Daniella
Overall
5

Great home, idyllic for summer's on the river. Lots of space, many levels. Great stay! -via Airbnb

Manager's Response

Hello Daniella, Thank you for choosing to stay with us! We’re glad everything was to your liking and we’d love to host you again. You were wonderful guests :)

Bachelorette Weekend!

Reviewed on 2024-03-17 by Melissa
Overall
5

A wonderful house for girlfriends to relax. We had a great visit. Would love to go back. -via Vrbo

Manager's Response

Hello Melissa, Thank you for choosing to stay with us! We’re glad everything was to your liking and we’d love to host you again. You were wonderful guests :)

Second Honeymoon/20th Anniversary

Reviewed on 2024-02-20 by Cody
Overall
5

My husband and I were able to get away without kiddos for the first time in 20 years. This home was so peaceful and lovely. The bedrooms were all cozy and with great views - it was hard to pick which one to stay in! The home is well-appointed and very clean. The hot tub works, is clean, and is well situated in a private gazebo, we were able to enjoy it even though it rained our whole trip. My husband even took up the ukulele since there was one at the house. Thank you for a wonderful stay, we would love to return! -via Vrbo

Manager's Response

Hello Cody, We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for being wonderful guests! We would love to host you again :)

Beautiful place

Reviewed on 2024-02-12 by Lucas
Overall
5

Beautiful place for a peaceful getaway! There is even more to this property than they describe! -via Airbnb

Manager's Response

Hello Lucas, Thank you for choosing to stay with us! We’re glad everything was to your liking and we’d love to host you again. You were fantastic guests :)

Pretty quiet

Reviewed on 2023-10-24 by Jake
Overall
5

Nice place on the river. Pretty quiet and good area to relax. Kitchen is very well stocked.-via Airbnb

Manager's Response

Hello Jake, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for your review and for being amazing guests :)

river front escape

Reviewed on 2023-06-26 by Lela
Overall
5

The house was charming, lots of private and communal space, perfect location to celebrate a friends birthday. Made use of the kayaks, hot tub, fire pit and outdoor eating area. Most well equipped kitchen I have even seen, every possible appliance, tool and necessities' that you don't want to have to buy at the store (tin foil, Tupperware, baggies, condiments etc). Comfy beds and towels!-via Vrbo

Manager's Response

Hello Lela, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for being wonderful guests :)

cozy and comfortable

Reviewed on 2023-06-22 by Sean
Overall
4

The entire space was cozy and comfortable. We especially liked the living room as a meeting place for the family. The kitchen was well stocked and easy to cook in; we prepared meals every day we were there. The River access is good, and the kayaks were a great feature we all enjoyed. The washer and dryer were high quality which was a bonus considering how much laundry we generate. Guerneville was about 10 minutes by car, so shopping was easy and convenient.-via Airbnb

Manager's Response

Hello Sean, We are glad you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for your review :)

House on the river

Reviewed on 2023-06-11 by Todd
Overall
5

Had a nice family getaway and the house worked perfect… plenty of room and nice location on the river.-via Vrbo

Manager's Response

Hello Todd, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for being wonderful guests- would would love to have you back :)

great river access

Reviewed on 2022-09-05 by Jesse
Overall
5

Wonderful stay with beautiful views and great river access. Clean with unique cozy home feel. Very comfortable would highly recommend for a getaway on the river! Awesome to have boats for us too.-via Airbnb

Manager's Response

Hello Jesse, We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for being such lovely guests, we would love to host you again :)

Fantastic spot!

Reviewed on 2022-04-19 by Shemoel
Overall
5

Fantastic spot! Everything you need for a comfortable river getaway. Beautiful home with tons of space to relax with a friends and family.-via Airbnb

Spectacular

Reviewed on 2022-04-16 by Tash
Overall
5

The house, location, and everything were exactly as described. So many wonderful areas to enjoy the inside and outside spaces. Spectacular outside access to multiple level decks and private areas. We plan on making it an annual trip!-via Airbnb

Perfect Location

Reviewed on 2022-04-03 by Melissa
Overall
5

This house was amazing! Perfect location and views, all the amenities, and a comfortable couch too! We all enjoyed our stay and can't wait to book again in the future.-via Airbnb

Great Views

Reviewed on 2022-02-01 by Penelope
Overall
5

This house was nice. The kitchen was well stocked and the house was clean. Great views and over all very comfortable. We would come here again.-via Airbnb

Absolutely LOVED Our Time

Reviewed on 2021-11-15 by Meryem
Overall
5

We absolutely LOVED our time at this place! It is absolutely beautiful, comfortable and located in a great area. The hosts are super responsive and great all around. You will not be disappointed!-via Airbnb

Really Unique Home

Reviewed on 2021-11-08 by Laura
Overall
5

Really unique home, tastefully decorated, comfortable. Lots of levels provides privacy in each room. Cozy living room nice dining area. I would recommend and return here.-via Airbnb

Clean and Cozy

Reviewed on 2021-09-27 by Cathy
Overall
5

We had a lovely stay at Rivendell. It was exactly as the host represented it. The home was charming and the communication was excellent. Everything was nice and clean and cozy. We will definitely go back! CathyT-via Airbnb

Spacious, Charming Home

Reviewed on 2021-08-25 by Helen
Overall
4

Spacious, charming home with river access. An excellent space if you have two separate groups that want to socialize separately indoors where there is a second living space. Three separate patio seating areas. Excellent communication from the hosts. Easy hassle free check-in and check-out. Ample parking. My family had a great time!-via Airbnb

We Loved the House!

Reviewed on 2021-08-22 by Jill
Overall
5

We loved the house! Great location, beautiful deck overlooking the River, kitchen was well stocked, and great layout for our two families. And great internet for those who need it! highly recommend.-via Airbnb

The Rivendell House is Awesome

Reviewed on 2021-08-03 by Wendy
Overall
5

The Rivendell house is awesome. The interior is absolutely lovely with a balance of areas to both spread out and come together. The kitchen is well stocked with dishes etc. and while there isn't a "master bath" - you don't really miss it after all the amazing time spent in the area. There are plenty of outdoor spaces to hang out and grill, eat, hot tub, and just simply kickback with a book and a view. The river might be low, and the access is a little murky - but it didn't matter to us. We kayaked (2 singles onsite and we brought our own additionally) everyday and found amazing swimming holes and fishing spots. We will be back any chance we have to book this house.-via Airbnb

Welcoming House with Great Flow

Reviewed on 2021-07-12 by Andy
Overall
5

This house has a wonderful location to a great swimming hole just 20 mins paddles downstream, a very well appointed kitchen and a welcoming house with great flow - the tv was great to watch films at night and the patios were lovely to hang out on during the day in the shade - did I mention it has hot tub! - really good trip with the family-via Airbnb

River Charmer

Reviewed on 2021-09-14 by DS Bailey
Overall
5

Simply charming river home with first-rate furnished outdoor terraces. Shade, sun, river access, hot tub - all in one package.

Awesome house

Reviewed on 2021-06-14 by Behrang V
Overall
5

This house and location are amazing. Beautiful old wood interior with incredible views, plenty of room to sleep and multiple area to hang out inside and out. This place is magical and I did not want to leave.

Direct access!

Reviewed on 2021-06-12 by Hunter
Overall
5

I had a great time staying at Rivendell. The kitchen had all the tools we needed to cook up a great post-tubing snack.Loved the direct access to the River and basically private beach we'd hang out on when we'd walk across the river. Can't wait to come back.

So enjoyable!

Reviewed on 2021-03-25 by Nick and Rach
Overall
5

Rivendell is indeed the “last homely house east of the sea” as Gandalf the Grey would put it. The owner has put so much thought and heart into making this a fun and comfortable getaway spot for groups large and small.  The kitchen was well stocked with gadgets, a full set of pots and pans, and even a grill! The living room has a huge couch and even bigger TV along with a piano and fireplace for your picturesque evenings in the woods.  During the summer, you'll enjoy direct access to the river with your own private dock.  We enjoyed the spacious bedrooms and comfortable beds.   When we first arrived, we were worried that since this was right off the main road, we would hear traffic, but our fears were unfounded.  This place is as quiet during the day as you need it to be.  You can scale things up for an active fun weekend or just relax in the hot tub.   We cannot recommend Rivendell enough if you're looking for a place to relax and play in Monte Rio.

Magical Manor

Reviewed on 2021-03-25 by Ann Dowley
Overall
5

What a magical place. Warm, cozy, right on the river. We love the vaulted wood ceiling, the stone fireplace, and the piano in the spacious living room with its wall of windows looking over the terraces and the river. All the furnishings are new and supremely comfortable, creating a beautiful space blending historic charm and modern. The kitchen is very well equipped, clean and organized, opening up to a dining room of glistening wood and seating for 12. Great windows and views, and also very private. Big enough for a couple of families — and great for kids. Hot tub is lovely. We'll be back soon!

Relaxing home away from home, on the river, with all the amenties

Reviewed on 2021-03-04 by Susan sheinkopf
Overall
5

I loved my stay at Rivendell. It's a big, comfortable, warm house with lots of light and lots of rooms to hang out in. Even though it was late winter, it was so peaceful staying right on the river and watching the world go by. The beds were super comfy (big bonus points for me) and the extra touches were noticed, like specific kitchen equipment and a little dish for rings on the bathroom sink. My favorite room was probably the living room, with all the windows and view of the front garden and back deck and a HUGE couch big enough for everyone to relax. It was so cozy. The front garden was also so inviting with the flowers and garden and fountain too! The hot tub was great too. Although it seems a tad bit cooler than the temperature read? Still it was hot and clean and so great to enjoy.I will say that Monte Rio is about 10 minute drive from Guerneville which is where a big supermarket, restaurants and other stores are located. So if you are looking for a place you can walk into town, this might not be perfect. But Monte Rio is a little away from the summer crowds, which I prefer and it's easy to stock up on food and enjoy the river and house and explore the area.The redwoods, hikes, and other little nearby towns. And you're 10 minutes closer to the ocean and the famous Wildflour Bakery in Freestone as well!Enjoy your stay at Rivendell! I certainly did.

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