Country House, ,7 rooms, 4 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 8++)
About Stephen O'Hara
Hello, we are Stephen and Gina O'Hara. Gina is a native Northern Californian while Steve is a long way from home, originally hailing from Dublin, Ireland. We maintain the property ourselves and suggestions for improvement are encouraged. We bought the place from two very sweet ladies, Heather and Mickey, who were the real 'Grandmas'. The house was so charming and comfortable, we left it much the same, and kept the name and the decor. It truly feels like you are at your Grandma's House, and it's a place to have fun and be spoiled! We welcome you to Grandma's!
Stephen O'Hara purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2010
Why Stephen O'Hara chose Monte Rio
What I really love about the property is the history! Before the original Grandma's took over the property it was Angelo's sandy beach resort. Angelo Sr who was the bar manager at Original Joe's San Francisco in the 30's bought the property in 1943, it was a hot dog and burger joint which he transformed into a restaurant and a bar he called '"The View". It catered to locals, City folk, hollywood types and the list goes on, by all accounts most loved Angelo's italian dinners most notably his specialty short ribs and his unassuming charm and wit. They came from far and wide for the food and dancing including popular music names of the day playing to the clientele from the bandstand, There was also a nightly racoon show on a redwood tree deck outside the bar window involving racoons eating cooked pasta without the sauce , much to the delight of the patrons, Herb Caen wrote about the place and of Angelo on numerous occasions. After being a burger joint, resort and sandy beach with ice cream parlor, sometime casino, Italian restaurant, and bar with dancing and live music, it was time to pass the baton to his son Angelo jr who ran the restaurant into changing times and into the 90's but as generations moved with the times it took two lovely Ladies, Heather and Mickey who adorn the walls as the original Grandmas to slow the pace and cater to a different market which we are honored to keep going today as was their wish. Grandma's has everything you want for a relaxing, replenishing, rejuvenation of the body and mind. All She asks is to slow down and leave the world behind when you enter through the door so many have been through before. The rest She will take care of! Grandma's is waiting, don't be late! There are a lot of old photo's and postcards on the walls of Grandmas and the area back in the day to celebrate the history of the building and area(if the walls could only talk...)
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
Play board games after eating a sumptuous dinner on a large deck overlooking the river that was cooked in the large group friendly kitchen, plenty of room for all to participate.Then fall asleep to the sound of crickets who break the country silence or stay up star gazing at the nights sky, walk down under the moonlit sky to the riverbank and listen for a fish to jump or relax in a hammock slung between two giant redwoods overlooking the river. Up early for breakfast and plenty activities to choose from for the whole family and friends. You'll find the only thing missing is there is just not enough time. Grandma's is an oasis of nooks and crannies for family and friends to get together either n many large seating areas or getaway and stroll around the garden and discover a hidden pond or maybe take a walk down a willowed trail to a second secluded beach on the property. There's a lot to discover at Grandma's and a lifetime to enjoy finding its treasures and secrets. That's why folks return again and again.
Pool / Spa
Pets allowed - Up to two well-behaved dogs; no cats pleaseUp to two well-behaved dogs; no cats please
Smoking allowed - Outside onlyOutside only
Max guests: 10 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Best Christmas Ever
We had my whole family (son, daughter, their spouses and grandchildren) at Grandma's House for Christmas. What a perfect setting. The house was decorated to the nines. My grandchildren started counting the Christmas trees and lost track because there were so many. The view from the kitchen and back deck was amazing. We canoed and saw otters and blue herons and recovered in the hot tub. The layout of the house was perfect for our needs. Every family had a spacious bedroom with their own connected bathroom. Thank you Steve for sharing this piece of heaven with us.
A great trip
We enjoyed our trip very much. The property exceeded our expectations.
Family Fun At Grandmas
Our family of 12 fully enjoyed “Grandmas’s House” and all it has to offer. Beautiful river front property with private beach, dock, deck and kayaks, canoes and floats. Beautiful grounds, Full kitchen, comfy beds, hot tub, play room and ocean, golf and mini golf nearby. We highly recommend it!
Lovely weekend for the whole family
We were a group with 6 adults, 2 young children, and one infant, and everyone had a very good time. We cooked all our meals in the well-equipped kitchen, and it was great to have a big table to seat all of us. This property, with 4 separate en suite bedrooms, was perfect for everyone. We enjoyed all the water equipment and games also. Thank you for a very entertaining and relaxing family weekend!
Friends get away
The house was really true to the description and photos. Great kitchen for cooking and well equipped. Only issue was or didn't seem the neighbors were happy about is being there.
Thank you Steve, for your hospitality! We had such an awesome stay...the house has so many great amenities for a family or a group of friends. Guerneville and Occindental are close by with amazing restaurants. Plenty of river toys included....we can't wait to return!!
.Ziplining among the redwoods is only 15 mintes away in Camp Meeker near Occidental. There is also a skate park, tennis courts and a basketball court all close by. Plenty of water sports, kayaks, canoe, paddle boat, dock and blow up water toys at Grandmas as well as bean bag toss, croquet etc etc