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Redwood Butterfly Cabin Riverfront Private Island Seasonal Canoe Included

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom 1 Bath Great Open Living Space Newly Remodeled

Our riverfront cabin was completely redone in 2013. The full kitchen has new stainless steel appliances including dishwasher, microwave, washer & dryer. Handicapped access bathroom has extra large shower. Our 2 bedrooms each have queen bed, perfect for 2 couples or a family with children. There is a fold down sofa in the living room which sleeps 2 small people, or 1 big person. The large deck overlooks the river with a gas grill for entertaining. We have an outdoor firepit with seating for 6. The cabin comes with parking for 4 cars. We have seasonal river access via 3 sets of stairs with a canoe docked at the river & private island with sand/gravel beach. The water between the bank and island is 2 -3 feet deep in the summer. Perfect for kids to play in! Be sure to bring your water shoes! We have some loaners stashed with our equipment, mostly kid sizes though. We also provide life vests, sun umbrellas & camping chairs. We have comcast cable TV and wifi internet service in the cabin along with a DVD player, WII consul + Games. Everything you need for a fun river vacation!

Sally Melville
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, igpay atinlay
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2018

About Sally Melville

The family has owned this cabin since 1964, we gave it a complete makeover in 2013.

Sally Melville purchased this cabin in 1964

Why Sally Melville chose Monte Rio

Jim Melville won at Keno in 1964. He bought this double lot on the river & built the cabin with the winnings. It was completely remodeled in 2013 to update it. We kept the fireplace & refinished as much mid-century furniture as we could to match the 'Groovy' butterfly roof. We all agree with Jim that this area is as peaceful & groovy as it gets

What makes this cabin unique

Family fun has been happening here for more then 50 years. We sincerely hope it will continue for the next 500. Please email us with any questions about the cabin.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had such a great time at the Redwood Butterfly cabin. We spent the days lounging in the sun on the little island and frolicking in the water and out on the boats. It was a blast. At night, the teens built a fire down at the fire pit and roasted marshmallows while I basked quietly on the deck and in front of the cozy fireplace. The cabin was perfect--kitchen very functional and we enjoyed eating every day out on the deck. Even though the cabin isn't large, it's very open and airy and has beautiful tall exposed wood ceilings. The decor is very pretty and it was comfortable to hang out there. The place is entirely private and the view is lovely.
Jul 2014
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Monte Rio, California

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Large bath with shower and built in seat.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • 2 bedrooms with queen size beds, all linens provided.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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Redwood Butterfly Cabin Riverfront Private Island Seasonal Canoe Included
average rating of 4.5609756 based on 44 reviews
Lafayette, CO

Lovely updated RR home

  • 4 of 5

Easy to find, owner was very responsive and we enjoyed the open concept kitchen & living room. We especially loved the updated kitchen and bathroom.

  • Submitted: 26-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, we hope to have you back again.
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Very nice place

  • 4 of 5

Lovely place, right on river. Well equipped and very clean. We all enjoyed our stay. Sorry that the kayaks were not out yet. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for leaving the house in great shape. Sorry heavy rains hit in April this year, the river is at the mercy of the Mediterranean climate pattern. We hope to see you again in summer time. Peace, Sally
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Very relaxing spot

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay over New Years. Great location, close to Armstrong redwoods park, wine country, and Jenner. Really an ideal location. The house is very comfortable with a big kitchen, cozy fireplace, and comfortable seating area. A few small notes: there were certain must-have items that were out of stock when we arrived (dish soap, Jet Dry to make the dishwasher work) and we ended up having to run to the store and pay for huge bottles of these ourselves which was a little annoying. And it would have been nice to have darker shades in the bedrooms since the headlights of oncoming traffic shine right in the window. But otherwise all was great!

  • Submitted: 6-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Encinitas, CA

Relaxing Location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Redwood Butterfly Cabin. It was very relaxing to hang out in the comfortable cabin and have such a great view of the birds, trees, and river. Being located right on the road did not bother us at all, we really didn't hear any cars from inside. We loved the decor and the fireplace really warmed the house up. I definitely suggest bringing some Duraflame logs for your stay. We loved our trips to the Armstrong Redwoods and to Goat Rock State Beach. It's a great area and we hope to come back one day!

  • Submitted: 3-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Embedded in the redwoods. Far above river in summer. Right on busy road. Convenient. Good parking.

  • 4 of 5

See title.

Access to river is down a moderate unpaved slope, then over to a staircase. In summer, Russian River tends to be still and ponded.

Was very good parking and cabin accessibility for us old folks and our old dogs. Careful walking your dog by driveway, low nettles on west side behind trashcans.

Not far from neighbors but seems isolated.

Didn't find remote control for living room AC/heat until last day, but we were comfortable.

One bed very firm, other hard to old bones. Didn't use futon, but orange couch was comfortable.

Wooden chairs in need of tightening. Kitchen rug corners curl up, notified owner via VRBO email.

Kitchen utilities good, utensils just OK. Two very good knives, I sharpened one, other needs it.

TV, internet, phone: firsts rate. Lighting very adequate. Bath, etc all good.

Overall, a strong "B" grade.

  • Submitted: 12-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very well outfitted riverfront house

  • 5 of 5

The place has everything we needed for a fun family vacation. Be sure to zip line in the redwoods if you have teenagers along.

  • Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
The Blue Heron Duncan Mills, CA
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Northwood Golf Club, California 116, Monte Rio, CA
Nearest Train
21 Miles
175 Railroad Street Santa Rosa, CA
Nearest Motorway
0.6 Miles
Bohemian Highway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Several located in Duncan Mills CA
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Ocean Beach 7 miles West Sonoma Coast, Goat Rock
Car: recommended

Our home is tucked away under large second growth redwoods. We are located 5 miles for west of Gurneville CA and 7 mile east of the pacific coastline providing fantastic Sonoma county beaches. There are multiple good options for eating out. Canoeing, zip lining, golfing hiking, wine tasting are all at our doorstep, but meditating quietly under the trees is also allowed.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Monte Rio, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High season
May 1 2018 - Oct 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$145.02
Pet Fee C$65.92
Damage Deposit C$395.52

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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