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The Rhondavous - Unwind on the River, Amazing Views, Beaches, Dog Friendly!

Bedrooms 3
Space 140 m²
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 bath, River Views and Access, Dog Friendly, BBQ!

The Rhondavous should be called The Rhonda-View! Guests enjoy panoramic views of the Russian River from every room of the house (minus the bathrooms). This sunny, window-studded 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom cabin is a great place to relax and immerse yourself in our laid-back river lifestyle.

Built back in the Russian River’s initial heyday, The Rhondavous was originally the general store for Summerhome Park residents and river travelers. Canoes could pull up to a dock, send up their order and receive their purchases on a zip line, all without leaving their boat.

Perched high above the river, The Rhondavous is tucked away from the road by a large private fence. There isn’t much to see from the road, but once you open the gate and step inside, the stunning view and charming cabin will simultaneously take your breath away and melt away the stress of the world. The large deck at The Rhondavous has an outdoor dining table and propane barbecue.

Entrances to all sections of the cabin are accessed from the deck. At the top level (road level), there are two exterior doors opposite each other. The door to the left leads to the main living space, which has an open living area and kitchen. The door to the right opens to a granny unit with a Queen bed and a full bathroom with a shower. Exterior stairs from the main deck take you down to 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms (also with showers) and a bonus room with recreation items and a Double futon. From the lower level, gated stairs continue down to the river, which has private deep river access.

The Rhondavous is a member of the Highcroft community and has access to Highcroft Beach (not shown) - a quieter spot which allows dogs before 11:00 am and after 4:00 pm - just a short walk from The Rhondavous. The beach shown in the photographs is the Summerhome Park Beach which is for members and residents of Summerhome Park only. The Summerhome Park Lodge is open to both members and guests when open (except when rented for private parties).

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.

Maximum Occupancy and Quiet Hours: The maximum occupancy at The Rhondavous is 8. 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 on the street in front of the house for up to 2 small-to-mid-size cars; additional parking on a first-come, first-serve basis in the overflow lot up the street about a block away. RVs, trailers and campers are prohibited, per the Sonoma County Vacation Rental Ordinance.

Bed Sizes: Master bedroom: Queen bed; Second bedroom: Queen bed; Third bedroom: 2 Twin beds; Bonus room: Double futon.

Heat Source: Woodstove (no firewood provided); portable electric heaters

Driving to Summerhome Park: Summerhome Park Road is a narrow, one-lane country road - you may need to pull over for oncoming traffic. It is, at times, steep with sharp turns, and the road is paved but not necessarily smooth. Additionally, the surrounding side streets are narrow and steep with little to no street parking or shoulder

Common Amenities not Included: No dishwasher.

Dogs: Dogs are most certainly welcome at The Rhondavous. However, guests should be aware that Highcroft Beach only allows dogs in the morning and evenings (specific hours posted at the beach) and guests and dogs are not allowed at the Summerhome Park beach.

Summer Rotation Day: Saturday

During the Peak Season, which runs end of June through August, The Rhondavous has a 7 night minimum and rents on a Saturday to Saturday pattern. If you make an online reservaton outside of this rotation day requirement, we may contact you about altering your dates.

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.

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:
November 18, 2017


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Summerhome Park, California

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 140 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • 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:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • The first bathroom is located within the separate master bedroom suite. The other two bathrooms are located on the lower level of the home.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • The masterbedroom is located on the same level as the living and kitchen area, but is accessible via an exterior entrance. It has a queen bed, and a private bathroom. The remaining bedrooms are on the flow below, and are accessible via a staircase. Second bedroom: Queen bed; Third bedroom: 2 Twin beds; Bonus room: Double futon.
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • festivals
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • swimming
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.


Nearest Airport
88 Miles
SFO or Oakland
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Russian River Pub
Nearest Ferry
58 Miles
Larkspur Ferry
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Northwood Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
River Road/Hwy 116
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Russian River Pub
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Summerhome Park Beach

About Summer Home Park:

Summer Home Park was established in 1908 as a recreational resort community located on a bend of the lovely Russian River. Today it consists of about 125 summer homes, a beautiful beach, and a "Center" area which includes the Lodge, an outdoor amphitheater and clubhouse. Summer activities are run by the volunteer board of the Summer Home Park Improvement Club and many of its members. Activities include outdoor movies, arts and crafts for the children, and many social events: the Memorial Day Chicken BBQ, July 4th Races and Beach Party, Theme Night, and golf tournament to name a few. Summer life along the river at Summer Home Park is like a step back in time; we love our traditions and we have families that have summered there for five generations!

The Summer Home Park Corporation:

The Summer Home Park Corporation was formed in 1959 by a number of concerned SHP homeowners who wanted to preserve and purchase the SHP community properties and the undeveloped land from the Eva family. Stock was sold and some of the properties were logged in order to pay for the purchase. Grant Morrow was the first president. The only source for income in those days was rent from the five rental cabins next to the Lodge, renting the Store and the occasional sale of a lot. The beach was not owned by SHP, but rented from Mrs. Anita Bower until it was purchased in 1988 with monies raised by additional stock sales. Also included in the purchase were the Hilton beach and the land between River Road and the Russian River. This land included Covey’s Field which was subsequently leased to Chateau St Jean winery and they planted Chardonnay grapes. For 20 years the vineyard lease provided a nice income stream to the Corporation.

Over a number of years the Corporation has been able to complete quite a few beneficial projects. They replaced the foundation under the rental Cabins, constructed a new amphitheater, and built a state of the art septic system to serve the Cabins and the Lodge. In 2006 both the Lodge and Store were completely rebuilt to better serve the needs of the SHP residents. The project was funded by additional stock sales, donations, and income from the vineyard properties. In the spring of 2009 the rental cabins received a facelift on the side facing the river consisting of repaired framing, new windows and siding, and of course paint. Presently the Corporation is in the process of renovating the vineyard, temporarily custom farming it, and actively looking for a tenant.

The Corporation rents the community properties such as the beach, Lodge, Store, amphitheater, and clubhouse to the SHP Improvement Club for the benefit of the residents of SHP and their families. Hilton beach is rented to the Hilton Park Campground. The Cabins are rented through a vacation realtor in Guerneville. The Corporation continues to maintain and upgrade the community properties, supervise a fire prevention program, carry extensive insurance on its properties, maintain the septic system, maintain the trees and unpaved roads, supervise the vineyard, and is exploring options for wastewater treatment, all within a limited budget. All moneys earned by the Corporation have been reinvested for the betterment of the Park.

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.


Rates & 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.

    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 Saturday.
    -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 # 2124
    Permit # ZPE11-0244
  • Damage deposit: US$49.00
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