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Description

Zen Retreat is the perfect spot to embrace nature and release tension. Let worry slide from your neck and shoulders, down your arms and back, through your legs and feet, out of your body. Draw in the richness of the soil, the cool of the redwoods, and the scent of apple trees through your nose, pores and toes. This half acre haven includes certified wildlife habitat, a home orchard, redwood grove and guest garden with culinary herbs, strawberries, grapes, greens and veggies - changing with the seasons. As you stroll from native plants to the apple and pear trees, sit next to the pond listening to trickling water. Jays call to each other and deer pass through, grazing. Let go.

Embrace relaxation throughout the house too. Warm up in front of the gas fireplaces in the main house or granny unit. Cook meals with freshly harvested herbs, greens and fruits from the garden or locally produced wines, cheeses and produce - dining inside or out on the expansive deck using the gas BBQ. Snuggle with a book and beverage in the sun room. Uncork a local vintage for movie night or board games. No matter what you decide to do while staying at Zen Retreat, you'll return home peaceful.

The granny unit is a cozy little apartment with kitchen (minus an oven & stove), full bathroom (shower over tub), living room and bedroom. Whether you're traveling with friends or generations of family, it's ideal for guests who need a little more privacy..

Know Before You Book:

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

Pets: Pets are strictly prohibited from visiting the home. The certified wildlife habitat is a sanctuary. Pets can scare the wildlife, so are not allowed on the property at any time.

Parking: There is parking for 3 cars in the graveled driveway in front of the house. The garage is available for guest use, but the doors are manual. Instructions are provided at the house. RVs, trailers and campers are prohibited, per the Sonoma County Vacation Rental Ordinance.

Security Cameras: For the safety of guests and the home, there is an exterior security camera for the front entry area.

Bed Sizes: First bedroom: Queen bed; Second bedroom: Queen bed; Third bedroom (Granny Unit): Full bed.

Heat Source: The main house and granny unit have separate heating systems. The primary heating for the main house is radiant floor heat, and there is also a gas fireplace. The granny unit has a gas fireplace for heating.

Road to Zen Retreat: The house is located up a residential road that is a bit steep and narrow in spots.

Stairs and Uneven Surfaces:
There are several short sets of steps on the property: several steps from the driveway to the main entry area, 3 steps into the main house, 1 step into the granny unit, 7 steps from the main deck to the yard, and a flight of steps from the main deck to the laundry room under the house. Once in the main house, everything is on one level. There are paths, walkways and stepping stones throughout the property and these may be uneven - especially in the orchard and garden areas. Please step with care.

Separate Entrances: The main house and granny unit have separate entrances. While physically connected, there is not an interior passage between the two.

Fencing: The yard is not fenced and wildlife such as deer pass through regularly.

Common amenities not included: no Dishwasher, no Air Conditioning (has ceiling fans). Note: Air Conditioning is not common in the Russian River Area and most evenings are cool due to our proximity to the coast.

Proximity to Wineries: Several wine tasting rooms in downtown Guerneville are about 1 mile from the house - you can walk, cycle or drive.

Nearest River Beach: The nearest river access is a neighborhood spot 0.4 mi from the house, but the closest river beach is Johnson's Beach 1.1 mi from the house. Both are walkable, but there is not public parking at the neighborhood river access.

Nearest Ocean Beach: The coastal beaches in Jenner are approx. 14 miles.

Sonoma County TOT Number: 3604N
Sonoma County Vacation Rental Permit: TVR19-0097

Amenities

Facilities: 
  • Express Check-in
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Basic Supplies
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Work Space
  • Garage Parking
  • Off-Street Parking
  • Radiant Floor Heat
Outdoors: 
  • Gas BBQ
  • Deck
  • Patio
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • View
  • Garden
Area: 
  • Walk to River
  • Walk to Food and Drink
Kitchen And Dining: 
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Blender
  • Spices
  • Toaster
  • Full Kitchen
  • Dishes and Utensils
Entertainment: 
  • Telephone
  • Internet Access
  • Television
  • Smart TV
  • Cable TV
  • DVD player
  • Wireless Internet
  • Stereo
  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • Roku

Availability

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Location

Reviews

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magical few days

Reviewed on 2022-12-30 by Kimberly
Overall
5

We spent a magical few days between Christmas and New Year's at the Zen Retreat. We woke up each morning to a beautiful view of the misty forest. The property is quaint and cozy and well furnished. The are are a few things to note. The third bedroom and bath are in a separate guest cottage. This may or may not fit your family situation. If someone in your party wants a bit more privacy, it's perfect. If you want a second bathroom that's conveniently located, it may not. It was raining while we were there so we didn't bother going to the cottage very often so it was more like a 2BD, 1BA. There is no dishwasher, which wasn't a problem for us, just a heads up if you plan to cook a lot. The entryway/sun room was awesome for reading and gets great light. So does the dining room. The living room is comfy with a warm gas fireplace. It is a bit on the dark side and has lots of manual lights. They have Sonos and a big TV so it was perfect for watching movies and listening to music. Bedrooms and linens were great. The main bathroom is fine, if not a bit small. Shower and water pressure are good. Just not a lot of shelf space or places to put stuff for multiple people. We were very comfortable and cozy at the Zen Retreat!-via VRBO

Manager's Response

Hello Kimberly, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Zen Retreat. Thank you for being terrific guests :)

Would definitely return

Reviewed on 2022-11-23 by Kaitlin
Overall
5

We loved our time here, and the home was very cozy and peaceful. Would definitely return for another visit!-via Airbnb

Manager's Response

Hello Kaitlin, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Zen Retreat! Thank you for being wonderful guests, we would love to host you again :)

the location was perfect!

Reviewed on 2022-11-07 by Amanda
Overall
5

The house was beautiful and the location was perfect! It wasn't very far to get to all of the wineries on our list and we loved having the park so close by to explore before the wine road!-via Airbnb

Manager's Response

Hello Amanda, Thank you for being wonderful guests! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Zen Retreat! It truly is a serine property and lovely certified wildlife habitat :)

Great getaway spot!

Reviewed on 2022-10-23 by PRVR
Overall
5

We so enjoyed our stay at the Zen retreat. Had a picnic on the deck amongst the redwoods, enjoyed the fireplace in the evening while playing games. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was well stocked.-VRBO

Manager's Response

Hello PRVR, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for being wonderful guests :)

Peaceful and convenient

Reviewed on 2022-09-22 by Jonathan
Overall
5

Exactly what he name says: A Zen Retreat. And a perfect base for going to wineries, Armstrong Forest, etc.-via VRBO

Manager's Response

Hello Jonathan, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for being wonderful guests!

A cabin in the redwoods

Reviewed on 2022-09-18 by Mary Ann
Overall
5

Zen Retreat is a cabin in the redwoods. Located within walking distance to downtown Guerneville (if you don't mind hills) it is a quaint place to relax after a day of exploring western Sonoma County. It's location was central to all of the wineries we were visiting. Not everything in Zen Retreat is new, which makes it absolutely charming! We had a great time and would stay here again-via VRBO

Manager's Response

Hello Mary Ann, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for being wonderful guests!

our 2nd year

Reviewed on 2022-09-12 by Robbie
Overall
5

This was our 2nd year & we were just as delighted as our first stay! My favorite aspect is the access to wineries & shops and yet when you’re sitting on the deck at the house, you feel like you are in seclusion. So amazing!-via Airbnb

Manager's Response

Hello Robbie, Thank you for being great guests! We are so glad you enjoyed the home and were able to explore the area in all of it's splendor!

Family Birthday Getaway

Reviewed on 2022-08-16 by Helen
Overall
5

My husband and I arrived on Thursday afternoon after a leisurely late lunch at the Russian River Brewery in Windsor. Our 30-something son and daughter joined us the next night. We all loved the serenity of the forest setting and the spacious deck and seating from which to enjoy it. We spent our mornings in the Sun porch drinking coffee and watching the wildlife, catching glimpses of deer sampling the apples and pears, and lots of birds splashing in the waterfall pond. The kitchen was well-stocked with spices, flour, condiments, dishes and cookware. We brought our own coffee and sugar to start our days. The Zen Retreat has all the amenities reflected in the property description. The house has seen a lot of history, but it has been nicely kept up and is very comfortable. Downtown Guerneville is just minutes away. On Saturday we enjoyed a lovely birthday dinner outdoors in the Garden at Boon Eat and Drink and afterward bought some hand packed specialty ice cream from Nimble & Finn’s to take home for later. Wineries abound and the Russian River is close at hand, so we had plenty to do during our stay. We enjoyed every minute and would certainly choose to stay again.-via VRBO

Manager's Response

Hello Helen, we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time at Zen Retreat and the amenities at the home :) Thank you for being terrific guests, we hope to see you again soon!

What a lovely home!

Reviewed on 2022-08-08 by Dillon
Overall
5

What a lovely home! The well-appointed kitchen, filled with lots of useful kitchen tools and a very good selection of available spices - along with the outdoor grill - made cooking a dream. The house was very comfortable and clean. The Roku TV allowed us to sign into our own streaming services very easily. I hope to rent this property again when I'm next in Guerneville!-via Airbnb

Manager's Response

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

extremely responsive hosts

Reviewed on 2022-07-24 by Shannon
Overall
5

Beautiful location, very well stocked kitchen, extremely responsive hosts. I would definitely come back!-via Airbnb

Manager's Response

Hello Shannon, Thank you for being such a wonderful guest! We are elated you enjoyed your stay :) You are welcome back anytime!

backyard view of redwoods

Reviewed on 2022-07-10 by Raphael
Overall
5

Comfortable stay with backyard view of redwoods and all amenities to feel at home including crib for our little one. Convenient location to beaches, Armstrong woods forest and the river. Thanks for lovely stay.-via Airbnb

Manager's Response

Hello Raphael, Thank you for being such a wonderful guest! We are elated you enjoyed your stay and the nature surrounding the home :) You are welcome back anytime!

Beautiful and clean home!

Reviewed on 2022-06-12 by Allison
Overall
5

Beautiful and clean home! Perfect size for our party of 5. There are games, a smart TV, a beautiful outdoor deck and grill, everything you need for a getaway.-via Airbnb

Manager's Response

Hello Allison, Thank you for staying with us and being such terrific guests! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you all again :)

Very cozy, clean, quiet

Reviewed on 2022-02-22 by Tim
Overall
5

Very cozy, clean, quiet and private with a beautiful deck with redwoods rising all around. Well stocked kitchen! Would stay again.-via Airbnb

relaxing in nature

Reviewed on 2022-07-17 by Anthony
Overall
5

This was such a nice home and the listing is very accurate! My guests and I worked remotely for a few days out of the week-long stay, and the granny unit provided a lot of privacy to take calls from. Check-in and check-out were extremely easy and communication via email was swift and helpful when needed. The back porch is by far the best feature of the house. I spent so much time relaxing in nature that I was able to finish a book I brought with me! I loved watching the families of deer in the yard daily, too. Thank you for a great stay, River Homes!-via Airbnb

Manager's Response

Hello Anthony, We are so glad you enjoyed your time at Zen Retreat and the wildlife that visits! It is a certified wildlife habitat and always teaming with life. Thank you for being such a wonderful guest, we would love to host you again!

Beautiful House

Reviewed on 2022-06-07 by Jenna
Overall
5

beautiful house, great space and amazing sights-via Airbnb

Manager's Response

Hello Jenna, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay! We hope to see you again soon :)

Very Tranquil

Reviewed on 2022-04-26 by Jeremy
Overall
5

Great place, would definitely like to stay again, very tranquil, peaceful, clean, quiet, plenty of space!-via Airbnb

Our family had a lovely stay!

Reviewed on 2022-04-19 by Laura
Overall
5

Our family had a lovely stay! The house was exceptionally clean, well designed and comfortable with two young children in tow. The location is a great launching point for Sonoma county exploring, including several awesome state parks in the area (we loved Armstrong Redwoods and Shell beach). Would definitely stay again! - via AirBnB

Manager's Response

Hello Laura,
We're so glad your family enjoyed the home, and had fun exploring the area! We hope you stay with us again - thanks for being great guests!

Amazing!!

Reviewed on 2021-06-17 by Alex Bury
Overall
5

This place blew us away. It's GORGEOUS. Everyone at Russian River Vacation Homes was fabulous. Communication was fast and easy. We did not have one single complaint. We were nervous b/c a heatwave arrived just as we arrived at the house, and it doesn't have AC! But it's perfectly located with shade trees. We were never too hot. We didn't eat out as much as we though b/c the kitchen was so nice. We spent HOURS on the deck. Comfortable beds, lots of space for alone and privacy, but also very comfortable areas to hang out together. And wow was it clean. Tons of windows (all with good screens), comfy furniture. We loved everything.

This home is absolutely beautiful

Reviewed on 2020-12-08 by Kendra
Overall
5

This home is absolutely beautiful. Nestled in the redwoods very close by to everything in the area, it was truly a wonderful stay. Super clean and the outdoor deck really makes the place. We saw wild turkeys, deer and salamanders all on the property. You won't be upset booking this stay!--via AirBnB

Beautiful, peaceful forest home

Reviewed on 2020-11-16 by Peter Bayuk
Overall
5

Overall, an enjoyable, easy experience. We had to reschedule due to forest fires and had no issues with rebooking. The house was gorgeous. Amazing views and atmosphere. Close enough to town to enjoy but far enough to make it feel remote. Comfortable beds. Nice new kitchen. Gorgeous deck. Only recommendation would be to provide more miscellaneous amenities, such as body wash in the shower, salt/pepper, oil, throw blankets in the living room. A few small details would have really added to the zen retreat atmosphere.

Beautiful House and Garden

Reviewed on 2019-12-02 by James Gettinger
Overall
5

Beautiful house and landscaped garden. The house is stylishly decorated and the kitchen is well equipped. Amazing deck surrounded by nature. We had a fabulous weekend.

Zen Retreat lives up to its name!

Reviewed on 2019-12-01 by Steph
Overall
5

We loved cooking in the well-equipped kitchen and watching the wildlife stroll by. The beds are very comfortable and the area is so peaceful. Zen Retreat lives up to its name!via AirBnB

Truly Zen

Reviewed on 2019-11-21 by Tu-Anh
Overall
5

This is such a gorgeous and truly Zen space. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Being within the redwoods was so calming. The space is functional, stylish, well stocked, quiet, and clean. The separate granny/in-law unit is also cute, and has its own kitchenette. Check-in was easy, and beds are comfy.via AirBnB

Serene and relaxing retreat

Reviewed on 2019-11-12 by Erin
Overall
5

We are two families each with young infants and the property worked out great for us. It was great to have the large outdoor deck and yard, my 1 year old loved playing in the dirt of the orchard and backyard. Inside, the place was very nicely equipped especially for rental standards...blender, cuisinart knives, beautiful pots and pans, the list goes on and on! House is very clean and well-maintained and was exactly as decscribed/pictured in the listing. Having the granny unit really worked out well for us since our 1 year old tends to scream sometimes in the middle of the night so we could sleep out there with her and no one else's sleep was disturbed. The location is in a beautiful serene setting, up on a hill with lots of redwood trees, but still just a short walk to downtown Guerneville. We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend to others and would love to come back. The hosts even provided a bottle of wine as a welcome gift, a nice touch in my opinion since you're right in wine country. Truly a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life!Source: VRBO

Spectacular Place!

Reviewed on 2019-10-13 by Dang
Overall
5

Spectacular place - perfect location for families looking to get away for a bit. Less than 4 minutes from the main street dining area and still secluded. The porch and outdoor space is the best! The cabin inside is nice and well furnished as well (including a well stocked kitchen). Hope to come back again soon!via AirBnB

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