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Castle Crag ~ River and Ocean Views, Hot Tub, Deck, BBQ, Room to Spread Out!

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom/3 Bath Hillside Home, River & Ocean Views, Spa, Dogs Welcome!

Castle Crag is a place to relax from the bustle of cities and freeways, yet is still within a short driving distance to the finest experiences offered in California. On a protected hillside behind Jenner, this home offers incredible views of the river and the ocean. Excellent stargazing can be viewed from the upper deck (bring binoculars and/or telescope). A short walk to the ocean reveals resplendent wildlife including a seal rookery, blue herons, pelicans, seagulls, cormorants, sandpipers, ospreys, snowy egrets, hummingbirds, and many more.

This beach house offers 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The master bedroom features a Queen bed and en suite bathroom. The second bedroom offers a Queen bed and the third offers a Queen bed. These bedrooms share a bathroom. The fourth bedroom offers 2 Twin beds, and has a shared bathroom down the hall. If needed, a double futon is provided in the sunroom. Two decks provide space for a barbecue and a large hot tub. The main living area on the upper floor is a spacious sunny area with connecting living room, sunroom (family room) and fully equipped kitchen. All of these rooms offer incredible views of the Russian River estuary. The living room features a stone fireplace. A direct supply of firewood through a special built-in wood cupboard.

Located in the quiet and quaint village of Jenner, Castle Crag is less than two hours north of San Francisco. It has magnificent views of the river valley, estuary and river's entrance to the ocean. As the village is somewhat sheltered from ocean breezes, pleasantly warm weather is the typical climate for most of the year, with occasional sea mists. For those interested in visiting wine county, this home is only a 30 minute beautiful drive along the river to the Korbel Champagne vineyards. There are excellent restaurants all along the river and the coastline between Bodega and Jenner. Swimming, surfing and sailing are 15 minutes south at Salmon Creek and Bodega (made famous in the Hitchcock movie The Birds. Excellent hiking trails and horseback riding are only minutes away, as well as canoeing and rafting on the Russian River.

MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY: The maximum occupancy at Castle Crag is 10.

QUIET HOURS: Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. Outdoor amplified sound is prohibited at any time.

PARKING: On-site parking is permitted for a maximum of 4 vehicles. RVs, trailers and campers are prohibited, per the Sonoma County Vacation Rental Ordinance.

WIRELESS INTERNET: Castle Crag has a limited wireless internet service. Because of the rural location, typical services like cable and DSL are not available. Instead, Castle Crag uses Excede Internet, which works well for email, text messaging and internet browsing, but is not well-suited for streaming or other internet uses that consume large amounts of data. For a long time Castle Crag was unable to provide any internet service, so we are very pleased to offer guests this option and welcome you to use the internet during your stay.

LOCATION: Jenner, walking distance to the Russian River, Pacific Ocean, shops and restaurants

More Details

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

About Russian River Vacation Homes

We are Russian River Vacation Homes, a part of D&G Equity Management, Inc., a family owned and locally owned/operated property management company.

Our Story:

In 1980, D&G founders and owners Michael and Patty saw a need in the area for habitable, affordable housing. At that time, many of the little cabins along the Russian River, originally built as summer cabins, were unsuitable for year-round occupancy. D&G assisted property owners with fixing up and renting their cabins. As the largest property management company in western Sonoma County, D&G Equity Management continues to be a staple in the Russian River community.

Russian River Vacation Homes is an off-shoot of D&G. One fine day in 1985, Michael's client, Bob, asked "Hey Mike, can you rent my cabin out just for the week or weekend instead of by the month?" Michael said "Sure!" and Russian River Vacation Homes was born. As renting vacation rentals became more popular, Russian River Vacation Homes grew into a full-time business with its own office. Today, Russian River Vacation Homes professionally manages over 60 high-quality vacation rentals.

We strive to make each and every stay the best one ever. If you have any questions or concerns about reserving or staying with us, please don't hesitate to contact us! We are here to help.

Why Russian River Vacation Homes chose North Coast California

Jenner is set along the Pacific coastline. The transition to the coastal environment begins around Duncan's Mills and completes at the river's last bend before flowing into the ocean. Jenner has 3 restaurants with river and ocean views and unique gift shops. Jenner is a short drive from several spectacular cliffs and accessible beaches including Goat Rock State Park.

What makes this house unique

The home's location not only affords knock-your-socks-off views of where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean, it is a short walk to shops and restaurants in the quaint village of Jenner.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Jenner in the Sonoma County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Upper Level: full bathroom off the master bedroom and full bathroom off the hallway. Lower Level: Full bedroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Upper Level: Master bedroom: Queen bed, Second bedroom: 2 Twin beds, Sunroom: Double futon. Lower Level: Third bedroom: Queen bed; Fourth bedroom: Queen bed. (Note: Fourth bedroom is accessible through the third bedroom.)
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
Water Trek Eco Tours rents boats in Jenner, along with providing guided excursions. Take advantage of our Guest Passport Program! The Russian River Vacation Homes Guest Passport Program is an ongoing program that gives our guests exclusive discounts directly from local businesses. Every reservation automatically receives one 'passport' to use at participating businesses in the area. We are so excited to be able to connect our guests with some of our favorite wineries, restaurants and activities in the area! We hope all these great discounts will prompt our guests to experience all the great things our area has to offer.


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(12 traveller reviews)

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Castle Crag ~ River and Ocean Views, Hot Tub, Deck, BBQ, Room to Spread Out!
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 12 reviews
Smyrna, Georgia

Know what to expect and you'll have a great trip!

  • 3 of 5

I've gone back and forth on this review. I had to go with 3 stars, even though we had a great time in this house, because it needs a lot of TLC from the owners and it's pretty clearly not on their priority list. The pots and pans are wharped and won't sit on the flat top stove. Tomales Bay is around the corner, but the only oyster shucker in the house is a contraption from the fifties that doesn't work. There are tons of flashlights though! The deck is kind of falling apart and the furniture is definitely falling apart. Don't plan on using the grill. Half of the grates are corroded. The other half are missing. For future renters, every bit of information you need is in the reviews and the description. Do not expect anything more. The driveway is indeed frightening (but if I can make it, anyone can!) The views are spectacular. The house is old. And well worn. I'm pretty sure the Golden Girls had some of the same furniture. We didn't have a problem with the wifi/satellite signal at the house, but there's no signal anywhere else in the area so download the maps you need before leaving the house. That is all part of the charm of this town, though. Jenner is a sleepy little town where everything is slow and behind by a few decades. If you can accept that, you'll enjoy your stay. We kayaked the Russian River. We hiked the redwoods at Armstrong. We ate fish and chips in Bodega Bay. We saw seals and fabulous sunsets. It is a beautiful area of California and we all appreciated our location.

The property managers are super easy to deal with and very responsive. I would highly suggest to them that they remove all of the nitpicky signs throughout the house. Telling me not to wear shoes on the thread bare and heavily stained blue carpet from the sixties only tells me that the owners don't want to put any money into the house, not that it needs to be maintained.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gorgeous Views, Lots of Space

  • 5 of 5

We had a party of 10 over New Year Weekend and we truly enjoyed Castle Craig. There was plenty of space to spread out, with enough room to find quiet space if one needed. The views from every room were breathtaking; we enjoyed sitting at the patio table on the deck in the mornings and having coffee. Waking up to the view of the sunrising over the river, from the lower bedroom, was a wonderful way to bring in the new year. We loved being able to use the hot tub. And we used the fireplace every night, which made the house warm and cozy. We'd definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bachelorette Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for my bachelorette wine tasting weekend with 10 women. The view cannot be described--it's simply unbelievable! Pictures do not do it justice! There was more than enough room for all of us, both sleeping quarters and just lounging in the house. With three full bathrooms, there wasn't a problem with everyone getting ready; the number of communal spaces provided everyone to both be social and the rooms provided a retreat when we all needed a minute away. The hot tub was fun, though the temperature needed to be turned up when we got there. The kitchen is functional, and we enjoyed being able to cook breakfast and dinner here--we even brought in a private chef the first night! Clean and well laid out. There's no cell service, and even the WiFi is spotty; but we didn't miss it! Would highly recommend, and we all think this isn't the last time we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything we needed

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect house for our family Christmas. The location is amazing - beautiful views of the river, ocean, hills, and sunsets - and just a short drive to beaches and hikes along Route 1. The house came stocked with everything we needed and more, from books and games to firewood to a well stocked pantry. Russian River Vacation Homes provided great service and was quick to respond to all my questions, even the silly ones. Next time we'll have to stay more than three nights!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breathtaking scenery, very clean, great space for all

  • 4 of 5

More than enough room for 8 adults. We all enjoyed our stay. It was almost refreshing to not have phone service all the time (easily accessed down the road). The views town and scenery were enjoyed by all.

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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PGaithersburg MD

fantastic vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic vacation/family re-union in Castle Crag. This house has exceeded all our expectations! First of all - its location is unbelievable. We knew it was supposed to be beautiful, but couldn't imagine how magnificent the views would be...The house is in excellent condition, it has everything one might need and on top of everything - we really liked the owners taste - the furniture and all house decorations are very stylish. There was no cell phone or internet reception in the house - but, believe it or not - nobody missed it.

I also have to mention how nice the ladies from Russian River Vacation Homes are. It was a pleasure to deal with them. They are very professional and friendly.

We've already told all our friends about this house and we will return to Castle Crag in the future.

Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
88 Miles
Oakland or San Francisco
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
The River's End
Nearest Ferry
58 Miles
Larkspur Ferry
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Northwood Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
The Eatery by the Sea
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Goat Rock Beach, Sonoma Coast
Car: necessary

Jenner is set along the Pacific coastline. The transition to the coastal environment begins around Duncan's Mills and completes at the river's last bend before flowing into the ocean. Jenner has 3 restaurants with river and ocean views and unique gift shops. Jenner is a short drive from several spectacular cliffs and accessible beaches including Goat Rock State Park.

The easiest coast beach access is at the south side of the river's mouth at Goat Rock. Take Highway One south of Jenner until you take a right onto Goat Rock Road after crossing the Russian River and heading up a bit of a hill. To access the beach on the north side of the mouth you have to hike down the cliffs (there are trails but they are steep).

Folks love the river's mouth! This is the intersection of the river and coast ecosystems. Consider renting a kayak to explore the estuary. During seal pupping season when you head towards the mouth you can see the seals swimming along next to you. Enjoy the ocean breezes!


Prices & Availability


  • 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.

    -Two night minimum October to Memorial Day Weekend (holidays have a higher night minimum)
    -Three night minimum Memorial Day Weekend through late June, and September
    -Four night minimum end of June through August, expect week minimum over the July 4th Holiday and the first week of August.
    -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.
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  • Damage deposit: USD49.00
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