|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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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 in the mornings and evenings - 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:
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 alloed at the Summerhome Park beach.
Summer Rotation Day: Saturday
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.