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Sunny hilltop winecountry retreat - your private casa in the wine country

Bedrooms 3
Space 241 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

2600 sq ft 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom two story sunny mediterranean-style home

Enjoy the best of wine-country outdoor living in this spaciously appointed home whose inside effortlessly transitions to the ample private hilltop backyard and pool with views of distant redwood-covered hills above and vineyard valley below. Enjoy country comfort with multiple outdoor living rooms and modern amenities. Close distance to Johnson's Beach on the Russian River 5 minutes by car or 15-20 minutes by foot. Minutes to west Sonoma's best vineyards and appellations, the scenic Sonoma California coast and Hwy 1, and historic Armstrong Redwoods State Park. We are located on the road to Armstrong state park.

Close at hand are stellar cycling, kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing, and hiking opportunities. The climate in west Sonoma county is some of the best California has to offer and graced by the superb vineyards (and tasting rooms!). Hot dry inland climates mix with cool coastal marine influences to produce the perfect mix of warm comfortable days and pleasant and sultry evenings filled with an abundance of stars and the soothing song of crickets.

This home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Each of the generously sized bedrooms is set up for family or group accomodations. The two larger bedrooms each have a king and a double couch bed while the third bedroom has a queen.

The fully remodeled kitchen is fully provisioned with gear by the owners who love to cook. You'll find all the accoutrements necessary for whatever cooking you may wish to do. Gas range and oven, appliances, placesettings for up to 20, outdoor gas barbeque, and generous indoor and outdoor dining area.

The beautifully landscaped backyard includes lavender garden, flowers, raised bed gardens with fresh vegetables and herbs, 51 jet, 6 person hot tub/spa, and 32' x 14' in-ground pool with 1600 sq foot pool deck and area. Backyard also includes lounges, outdoor seating, outdoor dining, kitchen, BBQ, lawn, fireplace, tons of sun, and all the privacy and space you could hope for. Lots of lawn games and activities included in storage to round out your vacation.

Please note that Sonoma County enforces "quiet hours" outside from 10 pm to 9 am each day and no amplified sound is allowed outside for vacation rentals at any time.

Cancellation policy - full refund less VRBO service fees and $75 cancellation fee per rental agreement if booking canceled 30 days in advance of arrival date. Half refund less fees if canceled 15 days in advance. No refund if canceled less than 15 days in advance. Sonoma County vacation rental permit ZPE15-0502/TOT #2333N.

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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Guerneville, California

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 241 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • 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
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs - toilet , shower
    Upstairs - toilet , tub , shower
  • Nice walk-in Mediterranean style showers.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Southern Queen - 1 queen
    California - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    California king - 1 king , Twin mattress and child's "pack 'n play" in closet.
  • The house has three bedrooms and we have added additional beds to support more people sleeping in separate beds if needed.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Hi We provide linens, towels and bedding for the beds. Quality towels for indoor use only, please bring your own beach towels for outside. There is an iron and hair dyer to use as needed. We supply hand soap at all sinks. We keep a small supply of shampoo, conditioner, and body soap in each bathroom in case you forgot your own but please do plan to bring your own to use. We do not provide laundry soap, so if you use ours please replace it so that the cleaner can wash the linens when you leave. We have a well stocked kitchen with spices, salt and pepper, vingar and condiments but sometimes they get all used up by previous guests without replenishing. If you find yourself using a lot of something, please replenish what you use for future guests before you depart.


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average rating of 4.9142857 based on 35 reviews
Charleston, SC

A Perfect Weekend

  • 5 of 5

This place was perfect for our weekend getaway with our family--two grandparents, two adult kids and their significant others, and our 18 month old granddaughter. The backyard is heavenly and the floor to ceiling windows provide a tons of cheerful natural light that brings the outdoors in. We used the pizza oven and spent a whole morning on that labor intensive, but rewarding activity. The kitchen was thoroughly equipped with everything you could need, including the espresso machine we have at home. The beds were comfortable and there were several options for little kids to sleep in the room (floor mattresses, pull out couches, chaise lounges etc.)

One thing to note is that there is beautiful full bathroom upstairs with the bedrooms and another full bath/laundry room combo downstairs off the kitchen. Just keep that in mind in case you're expecting an ensuite.

Overall, this place is completely wonderful and we can't wait to escape the city during the summer months to get full use of the wonderful outdoor space. The hosts were so communicative and helpful. You can't go wrong staying here!

  • Submitted: 21-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vacaville, CA

The weekend wish it never ended...

  • 5 of 5

Chris was professional, nice to deal with and made sure our stay was pleasant. The property is nice and well maintained. The hot tub and pool is definitely a nice addition to this hide-away place in Guerneville. The inside was clean and the kitchen was fabulous. The pool lights are amazing, especially at night under the stars. I didn't want our stay to end. Wanted another week to relax. I will definitely be back to stay at this hide-way. Thanks Chris for a wonderful home!

  • Submitted: 13-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Property!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay so obviously we really like the house and we will definitely come back. The property is set in a quiet, beautiful location with a great pool, garden and sitting area. On the inside the house is very clean, modern and uncluttered.

  • Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Perfect House for a 40th Birthday

  • 5 of 5

Our group of three couples fit perfectly into Chris's home, and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. We were in the area for my husband's 40th birthday celebration, and we wanted to spend time cooking/hanging at the pool, as well as exploring the local wine region. The house was perfectly suited for individual relaxation space, as well as group conversations. Chris was on top of the communication, giving me all the details as well as tips for dealing with the 100+ degree days, and quick to respond if I had a question. The house was clean, well stocked and the garden was an added bonus. The pool was pretty amazing as well. Overall, we'd love to stay here again and would recommend this house to anyone traveling to the area.

  • Submitted: 12-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great place for a family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This home in the Russian River area is a perfect place for a vacation getaway. It has a well equipped kitchen, a beautiful pool, a cozy hot tub, nice gardens, and air conditioning for those hot summer days. It is conveniently close to town for your shopping needs and several tasty restaurants.

We had such a relaxing stay that we did not want to leave!!

We would love to return!

  • Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mark! We loved having you as guests and are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay. That's our goal for every guest. Please do come again.
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San Francisco, California

Wonderful property and host

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a sunny escape from the foggy summer of San Francisco, and Chris's place was an oasis. We were generously allowed to check in early, which was incredibly helpful for our twins' nap situation. The garden here is unbelievable, serene, and partially edible. We cooked every meal in because the kitchen was so well appointed. The rest of the house was clean, thoughtfully decorated, and spacious. THE POOL WAS PERFECT. Whenever we had a question, chris was prompt, kind, and accommodating in his response. I highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: 10-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chris Burmester and Lisa Etherington
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018

About Chris Burmester and Lisa Etherington

We love the west Sonoma region of California and love to host people in our beautiful home in the heart of region. Spending half our time in San Francisco, California, we love to escape to the beautiful wine country to cycle, hike, swim, boat, and enjoy the scenic beauty and incredible wines and food this area of the world has to offer.

Chris Burmester and Lisa Etherington purchased this house in 2015

Why Chris Burmester and Lisa Etherington chose Guerneville

For us, this home combines nearly the perfect combination of a rural wine-country feel with views of wooded hills and vineyards, while being sunny, private, and quiet and only a 10-15 minute stroll to town and all the bustling activity of the historic Russian River resort area. The house itself for us combines the best of mediterranean wine country feel with high ceilings, spacious rooms, artisan-crafted wooden doors and hand-hewn beam ceilings, and black-smithed hardware and masonry walls all with a modern, mid-century feel. The furnishings are comfortable, modern eclectic style with lots of room to spread out and get comfortable for you and your guests.

The house spills effortlessly into the surrounding backyard for the best of indoor/outdoor living.

What makes this house unique

It's rare to find a place like ours with the sun and openness. Our house is both private yet has views and is close in to town.


In the heart of the west Sonoma County wine country and the Russian River resort area. The property is located on a sunny private hilltop a short walking distance to the north of historic and eclectic Guerneville on the Russian River and overlooks the scenic Korbel Vineyards in the river bottom plains below.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Guerneville, California

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2018
Jan 8 2018 - Mar 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
Early Spring 2018
Mar 2 2018 - Mar 22 2018
2 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2018
Mar 23 2018 - May 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Wkend 2018
May 25 2018 - May 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
May 29 2018 - Sep 30 2018
5 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2018
Nov 21 2018 - Nov 25 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$286.09
Pet Fee C$127.15
Damage Deposit C$635.75

Plus taxes and cleaning fees.
For adults over 6 occupancy we charge $25 a night per person.
Option to pay additional fee to heat up pool in Fall/Winter (October - April). Pool is heated Spring/Summer.

Full refund less VRBO transaction and service fees with a $100 cancelation fee if requested 30 days prior to check in date.

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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