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Riverfront | Wild Smith River Home

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6) Not suitable for children under 12

This private riverfront home offers bohemian luxury and 1960's style with an awesome riverfront locaiton.

The River House was built in 1948 and offers three bedrooms, two newly remodeled baths with all modern amenities. The house has been meticulously maintained. The style of the home Mid-Century meets 1960’s chic. This is pristine riverside living at its best.

The sights and sounds beautiful Smith River are at your doorstep. There are many hiking trails close by on the middle and north forks of the river as well as the virgin Redwood forests of Jedidiah Smith State Park after whom both the park and river were named.

The River House is a great place to unwind. It is a retreat from the rigors of everyday life and a rare opportunity to take stock of nature’s pristine abundance.

The house is available for your enjoyment year around. Whether you enjoy hiking, fishing, rafting or simply relaxing to the sound of one of American’s most beautiful rivers. You will find peace here.

Whether you are a nature lover, artist or a big city dweller in need of break, you will find inspiration at your River House on the Smith.

More Details

J Dean Loring
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2017

About J Dean Loring

The Smith River is one of the most pristine and beautiful places anywhere. After visiting over 50 countries I have not seen a place more natural and vibrant.

Why J Dean Loring chose North Coast California

To spend time enjoying the beauty of the Smith River and Six Rivers National Forest. I want to share it with others who appreciate such a peaceful and special place.

What makes this house unique

You can swim and hike is so many beautiful places here and often have them all to yourself. The water in the river is crystal clear and among the cleanest and freshest rivers anywhere. Wild Salmon, Steelhead and Ocean going Cutthroat Trout are plentiful but ellusive.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This retreat was listed in April 11. It has no reviews yet.
Mar 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Gasquet in the Del Norte County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View
  • rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , This bedroom is on River and has its own bath.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) 1 Room has two twins
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • botanical garden
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
River Front Redwood Decks, Outdoor fireplace, outdoor furniture, large lawn, very private.


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Riverfront | Wild Smith River Home
average rating of 4.869565 based on 24 reviews

Beautiful. Perfect house.

  • 5 of 5

Clean. Back deck not for small kids. Quiet. Relaxing. Perfect. Many extras.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Indianola, IA

Adorable house, very clean, great location

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house! It has so much character and everything you need for your stay! We would definitely recommend a stay here and hope to come back someday!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Had a lovely time! Enjoyed the use of the bikes and the peaceful setting.

  • 5 of 5

Thank you, a repeat for sure!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thanksgiving renunion fun

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a small family reunion/Thanksgiving get together at the Wild Smith River Home because it's halfway between where we live near Portland, OR, and where the rest of the family is in Ukiah, CA. Though there is always a risk in booking a place sight-unseen, we couldn't have found a better place to stay.

The home is in beautiful condition and is very cozy. It took no time at all to settle in and get very warm and comfortable. AND I can't say enough for the surroundings! It was a very wet weekend but there was so much to see that we all spent a considerable amount of time outdoors anyway. The Smith River was extremely full and beautiful and everywhere we went there was flowing water, evergreen trees and fresh air. I would highly recommend this place as a peaceful getaway with lots to offer. I personally spent several hours sitting on the back deck just watching the river flow.

We also have two dogs and they loved the place! The yard was large enough for them to run without getting onto the road and the neighborhood was filled with dogs for Jimmy to play with. One by one they all seemed to come and visit him!

The house was fully stocked with everything necessary to just show up and have a great time (towels, blankets, soap, cooking utensils, etc.). There are lots of beautiful new windows and doors that provide plenty of light while allowing a feeling of forested living. The kitchen alone is interesting enough to justify the price of the rental - it has to be seen to be believed.

Finally, the support and guidance we received from the owner made for a very safe and reassuring stay. Everything was clearly explained throughout the reservation and arrival process and there were no unwelcome surprises of any kind. We even had a credit card mixup and J Dean spent an enormous amount of time and effort helping me straighten everything out. We only corresponded over email and I never had to wait more than a few hours for a reply.

I would highly recommend to anyone: there is no reason for hesitation - book now and enjoy the Wild Smith River Home.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Antonio, Texas/United States

Pretty view at a great price!

  • 4 of 5

Great communication, clean and comfortable home with a nice back view. River is great but hard to access so we didn't get down there. Great place! Would definitely recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful time on beautiful Smith River

  • 5 of 5

This house and trip exceeded all of our expectations. We have been coming up to the Smith River and camping for many years and decided to have a more comfortable trip this year. I looked at a lot of rentals and this one stood out based on the location (wanted to be on the river) and house (it seemed well maintained and just generally nice).

And everything about the house was indeed super nice. Three bedrooms with comfortable beds (king, queen and two twins), two full bathrooms, very comfortable living room with a couch some sitting chairs and a TV, dining room with table for 6, fully appointed kitchen with pretty much everything you need. Nice deck with beautiful views of the river. Fireplace outside and BBQ. Laundry, cable, good Internet.

An important note. A lot of vacation houses we've rented have been filled with low quality stuff - things that it seemed people didn't want in their main house. Not this place. Everything here seemed like it was bought to be used by people in this house. I can't think of a single thing that was low quality or didn't work. You get the idea - it's a really nice place.

About the only thing that is not ideal is that you can not access the river from the house. You are perched above the river and there's a pretty long steep drop down from the porch to the river. This makes for great views, but means you have to trek out to get to the river. Fortunately there are a ton of places nearby. On the advice of the owner our first day we went to Stoney Creek on the North Fork. It's a 5 minute drive and then a half mile hike, and you end up crossing a creek and then clambering down some rocks to get to the river. It was spectacular. The swimming was great and there was absolutely nobody else around. Definitely go here if you can do the hike and don't mind climbing down some rocks to get to the river (my 7 and 11 year olds did it with no trouble). Other days we swam at a place about a half mile south of Gasquet right over the Mary Peocock bridge. There's a parking area there and a short trail down to river. This place is popular (maybe 10-20 people there most days) but great for kids - lots of wide open swimming, rocks of various sizes to jump off, some swift current that the kids "surfed" down and a lot of river life including tons of cutthroat, snakes and frogs.

Shop in Crescent City or Grants Pass before you come (people at Gasquet market super nice but not a ton of stuff) - and enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Crescent City, CA
Nearest Ferry
320 Miles
San Francisco, CA
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Del Norte County Golf Course
Nearest Ski
80 Miles
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Del Norte Coast ,CA
Car: necessary

The Smith River is one of the crown jewels of the National Wild and Scenic River System, which recognizes and protects rivers across the country. More than three hundred miles of the Smith River System are designated wild and scenic, more than any other river in the country. The emerald-green Smith River flows freely and naturally, without a single dam, for its entire length—the only major system in California to do so.

Hiking in this area is fabulous. If you enjoy communing with nature this area and retreat is the perfect match for your rejuvenation and inspiration.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in the Gasquet, California

Rental Basis:
per property
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £77.21
Pet Fee £38.99
Damage Insurance £77.21
Damage Deposit £389.95

Upon final payment, you will receive the River House User's Guide which will answer many of your questions and provide other useful information about the River House and the surrounding area.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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