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Bella Ursula ~ Vintage Russian Riverfront Home under the Redwoods! Decks, BBQ!

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,196 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Russian River Views, Close to downtown Guerneville!

Bella Ursula is an enchanting house nestled among the redwoods and overlooking the Russian River. Bella Ursula's guests enjoy spectacular river views and an ideal combination of old world charm and modern amenities. The tastefully decorated interior features rich knotty pine paneling, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and a woodstove. The house is named after the talented artist whose original watercolors adorn many of the walls.

The living room and the king bedroom opens onto a spacious, sunny deck offering views down the river. The deck features river views and a propane barbecue. Just off the deck is a separate master bedroom and bath with a shower. The kitchen, third bedroom and second bathroom with shower are located on the same level at the front of the house. A stairway leads from the lower yard to a seasonal, private deepwater dock. A canoe and two kayaks are available for scenic rides on this beautiful and peaceful portion of the river (available mid-June through mid-September only).

Know Before You Book:

Security Deposit vs. Damage Protection:

When you make your reservation, you will automatically be assigned a security deposit, plus a $30 non refundable processing fee.

The alternative to the large deposit and processing fee is the damage protection program, which is $49 and covers up to $3000 in accidental damages. The damage protection program is an insurance policy. The $49 is not refundable, but you’d be covered if you accidentally broke a wine glass…a lamp…or if someone knocked over something major, like the television. There is no processing fee associated with the damage protection program.

If you would prefer the damage protection program, please include a note with your reservation. If you do not include a note, we do contact all guests before charging the security deposit and processing fee in order to confirm your preference.

Office Hours and Booking Information:

Our office is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day, excluding major holidays.

After making a booking and confirming their security deposit vs. damage protection preference, guests will be sent arrival instructions and a contract with our terms in detail to sign and return. You will be contacted within 24 hours of making your reservation.

No same-day reservations past 2 pm. It should not happen, but in case the system is allowing you to book for same-day arrival and it is after 2 pm, please reach out to us. If it is after 5 pm, please do not complete your reservation; no one will be available to process your reservation and prepare for your arrival.

Maximum Occupancy and Quiet Hours: The maximum occupancy at Bella Ursula is 6. Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. Outdoor amplified sound is prohibited at any time.

Parking: There is space for 2 cars in the driveway, and street parking for one additional vehicle is available on a first-come first-serve basis. RVs, trailers and campers are prohibited, per the Sonoma County Vacation Rental Ordinance.

Bed Sizes: First bedroom: King bed, Second bedroom: Queen bed, Third bedroom: 2 Twin beds.

Heat Source: Central heat; woodstove (firewood and kindling not included)

Dock and Boats: A stairway leads from the lower yard to a private floating dock. A canoe and two kayaks are available for scenic rides on this beautiful and peaceful portion of the river. Dock and Boats are available mid-June through September.

Summer Rotation Day: Monday

During the Peak Season, which runs end of June through August, Bella Ursula has a 7 night minimum and is only available for arrival on Monday. If you make an online reservation outside of this rotation day requirement, we may contact you about your booking.

Spa No Longer Available: The spa mentioned in previous reviews has been removed from the property.

No Phone: This home does not have a land-line telephone. Cell phone reception varies depending on carrier - Verizon tends to have better service in this area compared to other carriers.

More Details

Property Manager
Russian River Vacation Homes
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within 12 hours
Calendar last updated:
21 October, 2017

About Russian River Vacation Homes

Home Name is located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, North, South, East, West or within walking distance of downtown Guerneville.

Hiking, biking, great restaurants, and wine tasting opportunities are around every corner!

-1 mile to downtown Guerneville

-5 Miles to Monte Rio

-7.5 miles to Forestville

-11 Miles to Occidental

-7.2 Miles to Duncans Mills

-13 miles to Jenner

-14 miles to Sebastopol

-14 miles to Cazadero

-18 miles to Healdsburg

-21 miles to Santa Rosa

-21 miles to Bodega Bay

Here are a few of our nearby attractions! See our guidebook for a detailed listing.

-Korbel Champagne Cellars

-Gary Farrell Winery

-Thomas George Estates

-Burke's Canoe Rentals

-Armstrong Woods

-Austin Creek State Recreation Area

-Sonoma Coast State Park

-Johnson's Beach

The Russian River area is home to many special events! There’s something for everyone!

Plan your true wine tasting experience during Winter WINEland, Pinot on the River, or visit during one of the Barrel Tasting weekends on Wine Road!

We’re a great place to hang your hat during the Vineman Triatholon, and we’d love to see you during Lazy Bear Weekend! We also have great home locations for Women’s Weekend!

Get your groove on at Johnson’s Beach for The Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival!

Other great events include Civil War Days, the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival, the Sonoma County Pride Parade, the Russian River Rodeo, the Old Grove Festival, and the Russian River Beer Revival.

Guerneville is the largest town on the Russian River, and has a variety of excellent restaurants and shopping. There are many wineries within 15-20 minutes. Guerneville is also home to the amazing Armstrong Woods, and it's just a quick drive out to the coast! Guerneville is a fun and free spirited town that makes for a great getaway!

Why Russian River Vacation Homes chose Sonoma County

Guerneville is the largest town on the Russian River, and has a variety of excellent restaurants and shopping. There are many wineries within 15-20 minutes. Guerneville is also home to the amazing Armstrong Woods, and it's just a quick drive out to the coast! Guerneville is a fun and free spirited town that makes for a great getaway!

What makes this house unique

Bella Ursula is the perfect Russian River home for your wine tasting adventure, family get together, or summer play time on the Russian River! You'll love the combination of old world time and modern amenities!

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Guerneville in Sonoma County

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1196 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • All guests should read the Know Before You Book section located at the end of the online listing description before making a reservation.
  • Quiet hrs. are from 10pm until 7am. Max occupancy guidelines must be adhered to. No RV's, trailers, or tents per the Sonoma County Vacation Ordinance.
  • Rental funds are non refundable unless your dates are resold.If resold, there is a $60 cancellation fee.Switch dates for a $40 fee, 2 weeks out, only.
Location Type:
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Both bathrooms at Bella Ursula have a stand up shower. Bella Ursula does not have a bath tub.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • The first bedroom has a king bed, and direct access to a spacious sunny deck with river views. The second bedroom has a queen bed, and the third bedroom has two twin beds. The two twin beds cannot be converted to a king. There is a double sofa bed in the living room.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Canoes and Kayaks can be rented locally from King's Sport and Tackle year round, and seasonally from Johnson's Beach and Monte Rio Beach. Water Trek Eco Tours rents boats in Jenner, along with providing guided excursions. Burke's Canoe provides pick up service after a day floating down the river during the summer months.

Reviews

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Bella Ursula ~ Vintage Russian Riverfront Home under the Redwoods! Decks, BBQ!
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews
5

Lovely home in the trees!

  • 5 of 5

This home has everything, but manages to preserve the Russian River cottage charm. It's clean, comfortable, quiet, and the canoe/kayaks offered an added dimension as the river is so gorgeous. We swam, we hiked, we cooked (kitchen's well-appointed for being original) and we did a lot of laying on the deck, at night, counting the stars. Bella Ursula lives up to its name!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA
4

Charming rustic home on the river

  • 4 of 5

I rented this home for our friends for my birthday celebration, as an extension of rooms to the primary house that the party was hosted in, just a few doors down. The home feels like a private bed and breakfast inn, and is very charming and rustic with great views of the river. You can tell the owners have pride in the home, and their garden they started is delightful. One of the couples really liked that the master bedroom was separate from the house so they had their peace and quiet. And my other GF from Ukraine really loved the wood paneling, and American vintage style; although, she said it reminded her of a hunting cabin as a child. The kitchen was well stocked for a midnight raid of snack making, and culinary creativeness. The check in/check out was easy (pick up keys/drop off keys at the Russian River Vacation Homes office in town), and they took advantage of RRVH passport to local discounts.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco
5

Awesome Escape

  • 5 of 5

We had a mini family reunion at Bella Ursula and could not be happier with our experience. My parents loved staying in the separate master suite. The views were pretty stunning and it was awesome being right on the River. The house was cozy and quaint with that rustic Guerneville vibe. We enjoyed BBQ on the deck, kayaking, soaking in the hot tub under the stars and fishing off the dock. My sister caught a fish! We had a wonderful three days on the river and stayed there again the next year.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cupertino, CA
5

We all loved the home!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I hosted a weekend vacation with our close friends, and everyone in our party really enjoyed the home. It is very comfortable, nicely appointed and gave us the feeling of a real relaxing vacation. The kitchen was very well equipped, and the house had all of the amenities we value such as wifi, cable and many more. The location is also excellent and really beautiful views of the river. The staff is also very accommodating. We are planning to come back next year!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA
5

Big house, on the river, hot tub, internet

  • 5 of 5

This house rocked! We stayed Bella Ursula with basically three families: The traditional Mom/Dad plus child, a single Mom and child, and a single person (me). As you can tell from the web site; there are three big bedrooms. There is a room with two twin beds, a room with a king bed, and a room that is a suite with a queen bed and its own bathroom. There is also a couch was slept on but never folded out (and declared comfortable as such) as it was only used to escape snoring. We did bring a blow up bed, as for some reason one of the teenage children in our party preferred to sleep in the same room as his parents, rather than on the fold out couch....perhaps because his Mom, myself and the other Mom stayed up very late every night talking and laughing. Easier for him to go to bed with his Dad. This house was better than it looks on the website. You know how real estate ads make everything look bigger and brighter than the place actually is? Bella Ursula was the same size it looked on the internet and the deck was bigger. The river is right in the backyard (down a few steep steps) with a mini dock, a canoe and two kayaks. There were also plentiful inflatables and "noodles" to float around in the river with. The hot tub was the perfect size. Two adults can float all stretched out, or four adults can sit in it in a more civilized manner. Very nice gas grill on the back deck, on which we were cooked excellent meals by our professional chef/vacation co-resident. The house is configured so that people can hang out in different areas and/or the bedrooms without feeling crowded. I, being the single person, somehow won the king sized bed-bedroom all to myself. The room was directly off of the deck, but when I wanted to hide, I closed the sliding glass door and almost all noise was blocked. The king-sized bed is so king-sized that when I shared it with my platonic roommate who came to visit for one night, it was totally comfortable and not weird. The house is in a quiet neighborhood/street just outside of Guerneville. It's only a 5 minute drive to the Guerneville Safeway Grocery store. This means that there is no need to stock up on food or even go shopping before arriving at Bella Ursula. We had nothing but peace and quiet during our stay even though it was "Lazy Bear" weekend. Guerneville was hopping but we were chilling.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
88 Miles
SFO or Oakland
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Main Street Station
Nearest Ferry
58 Miles
Larkspur Ferry
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Northwood Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
River Road/Hwy 116
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Garden Grill
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Russian River Neighborhood Beach
Car: recommended

-1.5 miles to downtown Guerneville

-5 Miles to Monte Rio

-7.5 miles to Forestville

-11 Miles to Occidental

-7.2 Miles to Duncans Mills

-13 miles to Jenner

-14 miles to Sebastopol

-14 miles to Cazadero

-18 miles to Healdsburg

-21 miles to Santa Rosa

-21 miles to Bodega Bay

Here are a few of our nearby attractions! See our guidebook for a detailed listing.

-Korbel Champagne Cellars

-Gary Farrell Winery

-Thomas George Estates

-Burke's Canoe Rentals

-Armstrong Woods

-Austin Creek State Recreation Area

-Sonoma Coast State Park

-Johnson's Beach

The Russian River area is home to many special events! There’s something for everyone!

Plan your true wine tasting experience during Winter WINEland, Pinot on the River, or visit during one of the Barrel Tasting weekends on Wine Road!

We’re a great place to hang your hat during the Vineman Triatholon, and we’d love to see you during Lazy Bear Weekend! We also have great home locations for Women’s Weekend!

Get your groove on at Johnson’s Beach for The Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival!

Other great events include Civil War Days, the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival, the Sonoma County Pride Parade, the Russian River Rodeo, the Old Grove Festival, and the Russian River Beer Revival.

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Prices & Availability

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Notes

  • Additional Fees
    -Cleaning/Linens Fee
    -14% Taxes on Rent and Cleaning (12% Transient Occupancy Tax and 2% Business Area Improvement Fee)
    -Damage Protection, see below
    -Optional Travel Insurance

    DAMAGE PROTECTION: Guests choose between a $49 Vacation Rental Damage Protection Fee and a $1000 Refundable Security Deposit. A $30 Processing Fee is added to reservations with the Security Deposit option. The Vacation Rental Damage Protection is strongly recommended and is the option most guests choose. It covers up to $3000 of accidental damage and can be used for many common 'damages,' such as an excessively dirty hot tub or pet-related damage.

    CHOOSING OPTIONAL FEES: If you book through VRBO/HomeAway, both Damage Protection options and the Optional Travel Insurance show in the rates. State your preference in the comments section of the reservation and we will adjust the rates before processing payment. If no preference is stated, we will contact you prior to processing payment.
  • When a reservation is received, we process payment and send an email confirmation within 24 hours or less. Confirmed reservations are final.

    NIGHT MINIMUMS and others:
    In general, night minimums are as follows:
    -Two night minimum October to Memorial Day Weekend (holidays have a higher night minimum)
    -Three Night Minimum Memorial Day Weekend through end of June, and September
    -Weekly Only late June through August, Summer Rotation Day
    is Monday.
    -Major holidays including Thanksgiving, Winter Break and President's Day may have a longer night minimum.
    -All specials exclude holidays and must be mentioned at the time of reservation.

    Read our Reservation Info for more information on our policies, including night minimums and rates.
  • NOTE: We use an automated system that integrates the VRBO/HomeAway booking engine with our own reservation software. This is generally a good thing; calendars and rates are more accurate than they ever have been and are becoming more reliable every day. However, this is new technology, and has occasionally malfunctioned. If your reservation seems to go through for less than the stated night minimums, or if the rental rates or availability seem too good to be true, be aware that the system may be experiencing an integration issue and your reservation may not be accepted. If you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to give us a call.
    TOT #2093
    Permit #ZPE11-0184
  • Damage deposit: USD49.00
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