Glamping At An Extremely Private Site On The Russian River
- English, Spanish, Norwegian
Mother was born 1927 in Healdsburg, but I grew up in Marin. Graduate of UC Berkeley, studied jurisprudence. I have a grown son and am otherwise unattached except to my beloved dogs.. I am easy going and outdoorsy, like to work out, enjoy reading and watching documentaries about particle physics. I am conversant in Spanish and think Buddhism is cool. I am a licensed/bonded fishing and hunting guide, fly fishing and archery instructor. I really enjoy seeing my guests relax and have fun and to share this area's charms with everyone. I like to anticipate my guest's needs so they don't have to ask.
Why William chose Geyserville
Well, I was living in LA, Beverly Hills to be exact, with a rebound GF, and ended up one winter night sleeping in the desert after a dramatic split-up with Ms. Hathaway. Just kidding, I am not Jethro from the Beverly Hillbillies. Well, almost not... Anyway, I had, many years previously, left my contact info with a real estate agent in Sonoma concerning this piece of heaven. Back to the desert, on the second night, in a blowing snowstorm, I was a Donner Party of one, wrapped in a tarp near Mammoth at the Hot Springs. The next morning, after an amazing swim and soak, I got a call, and, you guessed it, this property was available for a great price. I knew it was good, but, once living here for awhile, I realized how I had underestimated HOW good it is!! That is because the vineyards (which operate to block access to the river), the area is devoid of people for miles in both directions.
What makes this Bungalow unique
No permanent structures are allowed this close (by county edict) to the river so you won't find anything like it. Lots of space and comforts, you feel you are insulated from civilization, and it is very peaceful. No bugs! This area is strangely lacking in insects, especially mosquitos, plus we have netting everywhere. The river is a short walk, and something like 16 miles of it are accessible and you won't see anyone once you start exploring. In the winter the tent warms up in 3 minutes with our blown air heater, really cozy, and maybe you caught an unforgettable steelhead. Fishing, kayaking and swimming are very popular, the water quality is excellent here on the upper Russian, and very warm in summer. Fishing is good to excellent, smallmouth bass are renowned for their fighting spirit. The winter run of steelhead can be good, and is at least fair from year to year. There are excellent pools holding fish nearby. There is a Winery across the street from the main house, and many more are close by. Coppola's has a museum with tons of his movie memorabilia and is a can't miss destination. River Rock Casino is less than 5 minutes away. We rent ATV's and Kayaks if you are interested, and will take you fishing with a professional guide. So, bring your dogs and have fun!
Negotiable, owner reserves right to decline
Smoking is allowed outside of the rental space
Must be friendly with other dogs
Minimum age of primary renter:18
The floor tent rests on uneven ground. If you have balance problems you probably should not use the hut
A few times a year, one of the vineyards turns on a water pump . Owner may cancel your reservation , and you agree not to complain to VRBO.
If you are here when pump comes on , you agree to pay for time spent and accept refund for time remaining without lodging complaint with VRBO
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
The yurt is great!!!
Thank you William for the awesome stay. The yurt is warm and comfortable. The location is perfect. I'll definitely be back!
The property is as described. However, the floor of the tent is very uneven and difficult to navigate. The shower and toilet are in a separate tent and you must be quite nimble to navigate getting in and out. Overall, I cannot in good conscience recommend this property.
I am perplexed as John says it is as described, then nonsensically has issues with those descriptions. We note the camps flooring in the House Rules/things to watch for section.
It is a tent, after all as I noted Upon arrival he is informed like all other guests that per government prohibition of permanent structures on a flood plain, everything is constructed has to be of a temporary or portable nature. Not sure why nimbleness is such a issue, its two steps into shower structure. I suppose any step requires a degree of adroit maneuvering for humans.
Not everyone enjoys the outdoors, it is interesting to note he did not fairly point out what everyone else does: the serene natural surroundings or the turn key set up of the camp's fire, kitchen and bbq area. I wonder if John has ever set up a camp in his life, not that it is hard, but our site does it with extreme comfort and convenience. Seems he does not appreciate that as a matter of ignorance, so it is not his fault. I do believe a 2 star rating is unfair, the place is "as described" plus warm, clean and well set up with supplies, so I do hold him accountable, and not pointing out anything positive like everyone else would does even if there are issues. Not cool!
Great glamping experience!
Area was scenic and close enough to freeway, but felt miles away. Tent, beds, camping equipment was plentiful and William, the host, was friendly, attentive and helpful. Shower was the only thing not 100% since water sprayed a little from hose and did not flow out of showerhead (maybe just needed a new gasket or tightening?). ...but awesome to even have a shower! Area was nicely dimly lit at night and felt safe and secure.
Thanks so much for coming and it pleases me to see that you were happy and enjoyed the area.
Perfect overnight stay
It was a pretty perfect overnight stay in Sonoma!
Internet description did not accurately describe the property. The property host is very accommodating and friendly. We were not comfortable with the cleanliness or with the supplies that were described in the description. This is a very rustic accommodation. For those that want a camping experience and do not have camping equipment this would be an adequate property. There are beds, a flush toilet and shower, and limited lighting. The camp host was available when needed. For those that want an outdoor camping experience, this site provides that with dirt and much of the inconvenience of true outdoor camping.
We would have been more satisfied by being more prepared for the conditions. The property description led us to believe camping conditions were more adequate, particularly considering the nightly rate. Our perceived value for our stay would be rated one star. Based on the nightly rate and the property description our expectations were not met. For those considering this property, just be prepared for more rustic conditions.
Kevin owns a local bnb and exploited me and my site for his own purposes...He was sour from the moment he arrived and his agenda was to further his rep as a demanding guest thinking people would conclude his bmb is exceptional. You can contrast his comment with all the other reviews and make you own judgement, but it seems evident something exploitive is going on.
My Son and I had a great time here. It was rustic enough to feel like camping, but with enough additional amenities to make it very comfortable. William is a great host. He taught my son to fish, and enabled him to catch his first two fish! We loved the whole experience, and will be back.
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