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Description

Warm, Stylish Contemporary Home on 2.5 Acres of Stunning Redwood Grove, with Babbling Creek and Waterfalls, Hot Tub; Short Drive to Duncans Mills, River Beaches, Coast. WIFI. Keyless Entry. Your Well-Behaved Dog is Welcome!

The kitchen has a dining area, and is adjacent to the living room by way of an entry area. Off the kitchen, there's a half bath. Above the kitchen, there's a TV loft with desk set, reached by interior ladder as well as by an exterior staircase. Off the living room, there's one small bedroom and a full bath. Stairs from the living room lead up to a master bedroom with its own small deck. The dining area and living room open to a wrap-around deck with outdoor dining, hot tub and grounds to explore. House is approximately 1300sf.

Winter 3-for-2 Special (Jan-Mar; President's Day excluded): Add a FREE 3rd night to a 2 night stay; 4+ nights 30% off.

Minimum Stay: 2 Nights EXCEPT 3 Nights President's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day thru Sept 30, Christmas, New Year's; 4 Nights Thanksgiving. Summer: Up to 4 Nights June- Aug; Check-In Day is VARIABLE. Last minute shorter bookings sometimes available.

Max Occupancy: 4. Max Automobiles: 2. Quiet Hours 10pm-7am. No outdoor amplified sound at any time.

TOT Certificate #2038.

Amenities

  • Redwood Forested Property (2.5 acres) with Creek
  • 2 Bedrooms (#1 king; #2 double)
  • + Queen Sofa Bed (Loft)
  • 1.5 Bathrooms (#1 shower only with 2 heads, double size; #1.5 half bath)
  • Wall Heat, Woodstove (living room), Firewood Provided
  • 3 Cable TVs (#1 42" projection w/DVD & VCR in loft ; #2 32" LCD w/DVD & digital cable in MBR; #3 19" LCD w/DVD in BR)
  • Stereo (living room)
  • WIFI, Unlimited Domestic Long Distance
  • Desk Set (loft)
  • Dining Set (4)
  • Gas Stove, Dishwasher, Coffee Grinder
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Keyless Entry
  • Babbling Creek with Waterfalls
  • Walking Trails on Property
  • Large Deck with Dining Set (4), Picnic Table, Gas Grill, Therapeutic Hot Tub (6 person), Loungers
  • 2 Hammocks (seasonal)
  • Walk to Austin Creek Access
  • Your Well-Behaved Dog is Welcome!
  • Short Drive to Duncans Mills, River Beach, Coast, Wine Tasting, Hiking, Golf
  • Standard amenities for all homes are listed on "Before you Book."

Rates

Weekly rate is 7 nights for the price of 6.

Total for booking will include the following charges:

$115 Cleaning Fee (includes linens)

12% Transient Occupancy Tax + 2% BIA Assessment

$50 Non-Refundable Damage Waiver Fee (covers up to $1,000 in accidental damage)

 

DatesMinimum StayNightly
03/01/17 - 03/31/172$229
04/01/17 - 04/30/172$229
05/01/17 - 05/24/172$229
05/25/17 - 05/31/173$229
06/01/17 - 06/19/173$229
06/20/17 - 08/19/174$229
08/20/17 - 08/31/173$229
09/01/17 - 09/30/173$229
10/01/17 - 11/20/172$229
11/21/17 - 11/25/174$229
11/26/17 - 12/21/172$229
12/22/17 - 12/25/173$229
12/26/17 - 12/28/172$229
12/29/17 - 01/01/183$229
01/02/18 - 01/31/182$229
02/01/18 - 02/14/182$229
02/15/18 - 02/19/183$229
02/20/18 - 02/28/182$229
03/01/18 - 03/31/182$229
04/01/18 - 04/30/182$229
05/01/18 - 05/23/182$229
05/24/18 - 05/31/182$229
06/01/18 - 06/05/182$229
06/06/18 - 06/26/182$229

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Map & Area

Reviews

4.75
(4.8 Average)

"Super nice!!"

5 of 5

Beautiful place very quiet and relaxing nice stream that runs through the property and hut tub under the redwoods house has lots of personality

Manager Response:

Thank you so much for staying with us here on Russian River. Secret Garden is a special home to come to for a wonder relaxing stay under the redwoods. We are so happy that you enjoyed the stream that flows through the property down to Austin Creek.

You were all wonderful guests. We would welcome you back to Secret Garden or to any of our other homes again, when you need another visit to Sonoma.

Russian River wine country is always a good idea.

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 03/07/2017

 

"Absolutely awesome."

5 of 5

5 miles from nowhere, but just an incredible home in the redwoods. Relaxing, comfortable, great for doggies. Thank you!!

-A TripAdvisor Member on 01/07/2017

 

"Peaceful, remote location in the Redwoods"

4 of 5

We rented this home for Thanksgiving, and enjoyed cooking our feast for two. The home was clean, the kitchen was well stocked, plenty of cookware, dishes, utensils and dishtowels. The view out the windows in the kitchen were lovely and peaceful. We even enjoyed holiday lights in the kitchen and bouquets of roses in several rooms. A very nice welcome. There is a good sized stream running across the back of the property and we loved falling asleep to the sound of it.The upstairs master bedroom is large and has a sitting area. The bed was very firm and comfortable and there were plenty of blankets. There is a TV in the room.The room downstairs was small and has a very uncomfortable bed, so we didn't use the room. There is a TV in the room.The bathrooms were both downstairs and well stocked. One of two sinks in the main bathroom off the living room was stopped up so we didn't use it. Shower was great; the main bathroom was roomy and functional.There is a wood burning stove in the living room that we used for heat. Wood is provided. There are wall heaters too. There is no TV in the living room, this was disappointing for Game Day.There is a loft above the kitchen that can be accessed using an attached vertical wood ladder in the kitchen or by using stairs outside on the deck. It was cold and rainy outside while we were there so we used the ladder. There is a TV, desk and sofa bed that was fairly comfortable in the loft. Heat rises, so it was too warm for us. We opened the small window up there to cool it down. Also, difficult to take any drinks or snacks because of the ladder. If you had to use the bathroom, you had to go down the ladder. There are large decks on the back of the house that provide a beautiful view of the stream and redwoods. We didn't have a chance to try the Jacuzzi.We would recommend this home to others, and might go back for a visit to try a different season.

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 12/04/2016

 

"October was the right time."

5 of 5

We have stayed at Secret Garden before, but it has always been in the summer and the area can be quite busy. This time we came in October, and it was perfect. No vacation crowds, the weather was great and we even got a little rain. Which was ok, because we live in the desert, so it was a welcome site. The house was in great shape as always. The outdoor grill worked great. Actually used the hot tub this time, nice. We brought our three little dogs with us and they were in heaven with the creek area in the back. Can't wait to return. Thank you for a great vacation. The only thing I would recommend to the owner, would be to put in some under counter lighting in the kitchen. It's very dark.

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 10/22/2016

 

"Great Getaway under the Big Trees"

4 of 5

Four of us stayed at Secret Garden recently and fell in love with the location. The setting is tranquil, the rushing flow of water down the hill, just outside the windows kept us company every day. The interior is clean and more than adequate for a quick trip, but there were a few things that kept the rating lower than excellent. Wireless Internet was very sporadic, the hot water took forever to reach the shower, the downstairs bedroom is very small; not a deal-breaker for us, but the bed itself was uncomfortable. We would definitely consider returning despite these issues, just for the surroundings - simply breathtaking!

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 04/08/2016

 

"Heaven on earth!"

5 of 5

This was our second time to stay at Secret Garden, and it seems like it just gets better and better. Such a little piece of heaven in the middle of the redwoods. So peaceful and quiet, it's like the rest of the world just doesn't exist when you're there. I highly recommend this beautiful, tranquil little piece of heaven to anyone wanting to get away from all the craziness of the city, and just simply relax. Enjoy this charmimg location, full of wonderful amenities, in the best and easiest location, just a short drive from San Francisco. Trust me, we'll be back again and again, as I know you will to, once you've stayed in my "little piece of heaven".

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 09/24/2015

 

"Already Want to Come Back, We Kept Wanting to Extend Our Stay"

5 of 5

Stayed Here with my Husband, little sister, and our German Shepherd Layla 5 Nights in September. We took a road trip from Palm Desert, we needed a changed of scenery. We usually go to Costa Rica, Kauai, or Mexico...this time wanted to switch it up to include our dog. The house is very warm and inviting. Everything was very clean, almost anything you needed to cook the perfect meal was there. The first day there it rained all day, we found ourselves playing board games and enjoying the hot tub. The property is absolutely amazing. The creek, the waterfall, the bridges....everything was so perfect. We extended our stay an extra night, tried to do it another night but sadly they were booked. Next time we come out here, we'll be utilizing the kitchen more for sure. I posted pictures to my Facebook and Instagram, I instantly had 5 people asking where and how to book. Very lovely and special place, great job with this property!

-ElCo12 on 09/22/2015

 

"Beautiful Forrest Setting with lots of birds and cute critters."

5 of 5

Not sure what I can add to the other positive reviews posted already. The fresh flowers (in the Kitchen, in the Living Room and upstairs in the Bedroom) were a really nice touch. Very thoughtful and much appreciated. The WI-FI system worked well, which is a good thing, considering there are no land lines and no cell service (at least for AT&T). I used Skype for the few calls I had to make. The home was spotless upon arrival and we tried to leave it in the same condition. Great selection of CDs provided; again, much appreciated. If you like birds and chipmunks, by all means consider bringing a bag or two of birdseed. The Jays, chickadees and occasional crows will all appreciate it and entertain at the same time.A couple of suggestions for improvement:a. The kitchen is too dark; the lights really should be replaced by something brighter. (Cooking in a dark environment can be a challenge.)b. The AV system is needlessly complicated; I personally would replace the entire set-up.c. I would place a label at the bottom of the grill asking folks to shut off the gas at the propane bottle as I think the grill may be leaking a small amount of propane. We had a great time and please don't interpret my suggestions for improvement as intending to dissuade in any form or fashion. The place is great and I would stay there again without hesitation.

-Rob_from_AZ on 06/28/2015

 

"Breathtaking and Serene a true escape .. that feels like home"

5 of 5

Arrived to fresh flowers and fire going in stove it was a beautiful welcoming home.I enjoy cooking and the kitchen was well stocked and had spices which delighted me as I had brought some from home . The only items missing were cookie sheet ,pie plate, bread pan .A food processor and kitchen aid mixer would have been great but truthfully I am one of the few that probably use kitchen that much and I still managed to make bread ,pie etc so I was happy.The Jacuzzi was wonderful ,sitting out there on the deck felt like you were alone in a forest. I fell asleep each night to the sound of babbling the brook.I had issues with karoke/cd player and I notified management and they had someone there in an hour with cd player. I usually spend vacations out of the country in places like Mexico,Fiji the Dominican Republic and all inclusive resorts. This by far has been the most restorative and enjoyable vacation. Went hiking in Armstrong Redwoods park down to Bodego Bay for great crab cakes at Spud point Crab Co truly absolutely delightful place to stay.

-mespunky2 on 03/12/2015

 

"lovely home surrounded by gorgeous forest"

5 of 5

secret garden is a clean, spacious and well-stocked home. the property is amazing with an endless view up the hillsides to the forest from back of property. the 'babbling' brook (we were amazed there was water flowing considering we are in a severe drought and most of california is drying up!) the house was clean and had everything we needed for our stay. one note, the upstairs bedroom is quite spacious, with small balcony, and a half wall that is open to the rest of house. (it's gorgeous!) while the downstairs room is rather small. if you are picky on this and staying with friends, you may want to consider how you decide on rooms or split the cost. it was not an issue for us at all. :) also, the loft has a ladder to climb up and if i had kids, would not feel comfortable with kids under the age of 12 or so having to climb up and down for safety reasons. overall, beautiful property and we now have a "go-to" place near the coast and beautiful russian river

-vino4two on 10/05/2014

 

"Wonderful"

5 of 5

We had a great stay at secret garden and will definitely return. Thanks you to the owner for your effort and thoughtfulness. The lit fire, warmed home, fresh cut flowers and twinkling Christmas tree upon arrival marked the beginning of a truly magical holiday. Thank you.Russian River Getaways ..smooth, pleasant and a feeling of complete security in planning. Thanks Mike!!! (and others).

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 01/04/2014

 

"Very Nice!!!"

4 of 5

Everything was great,the outdoors, the house itself. Instructions provided for everything, which is very helpful. The only thing I, personally, do not understand is that why there is a $100 cleaning fee,if it is expected from tenants to clean everything up after themselves what is the point? Other then that, everything was awesome!

Manager Response:

Thanks for the review, and we're so glad you enjoyed Secret Garden. The cleaning fee is payment for a professional cleaning service to make sure the house is extra clean for each guest. -Rachel

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 11/14/2013

 

"redwoods retreat"

5 of 5

House in the redwoods--beautiful location in the woods; huge deck, updated kitchen and amenities. Good shower, no bathtub, but hot tub on the deck; can look up and see the stars at night. When you drive up, there are several houses near the front of the house, but the back and the deck feel completely private. There is a creek and the property extends into the woods. We had a wonderful stay here and would definitely return.

Manager Response:

We're so glad you enjoyed Secret Garden in all its glory. Thanks for the review, and we hope you'll come back soon. We do have a winter 3-for-2 discount, in case you're interested. -Rachel

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 09/12/2013

 

"Absolutely magical"

5 of 5

What an amazing time we had staying with our two young kids, age 6 and 8, at The Secret Garden. I can't even begin to describe how magical the back garden truly is. The house itself was lovely with very quality decor and an incredibly comfortable master bed. The only tricky part about the cabin was the sleeping set up. It worked for us as we had just two adults and two little kids who are still small and willing enough to share the second bed. The other sleeping area is the loft which is a little precarious to access (and especially difficult to come down), especially for small kids who might have to get up in the night to use the bathroom.

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 09/04/2013

 

"Relaxing"

5 of 5

We have rented from Russian River Getaways in the past and have always tried to rent at different locations. The Secret Garden is high on my list to return to. Loved the location with the relaxing deck and hot tub. We had a BBQ every night (3 nights). We would sit and enjoy the sounds of the stream running through the property while enjoying a glass of wine. Our 17 year old loved sleeping in the loft..she felt it was her own little apt with a separate entrance.Thank you for sharing your home with us!

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 06/13/2013

 

"Secret Garden is a Gem"

5 of 5

Loved the backyard! Huge deck with gorgeous views of the creek. The backyard makes you feel like you have your own private wonderland. We had a perfect 4 day getaway. Relaxing in the hot tub, Bbqing on the deck, making s'mores on the outside fire pit or hanging out in the creek, we had a great family trip. Kids loved the loft and board games. Very dog friendly.Only minus is neighbors are closer than expected, we were afraid to do Karaoke late at night because the neighbors are close enough to hear it. Also we arrived on a Thursday evening and on Saturday while we were out at the creek, someone stopped by and came into the house to place flowers. Which the neighbor kindly informed us when we were walking back from the creek "That someone was looking for us, in a white truck and was knocking on the door". It was very nice to leave flowers but left me uncomfortable that someone came into the house while we were not there.

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 05/30/2013

 

"Wonderful as Expected"

5 of 5

Not much new I can add than the previous reviews, everyone loved it and loved me more for bringing them there...thanks Rrgs ;)

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 01/17/2013

 

"The gem of the redwood forest!"

5 of 5

This has to be the gem of the redwood forest! My husband and son and I spent Christmas 2012 there and it will be one of our best Christmases ever! The house was so inviting. We really felt like the owners had prepared it for our arrival with a real Christmas tree, a fire in the stove, and live flowers on every table! It was amazing. It rained most of the time we were there, but it was fine because we were happy to stay in the house. We have never slept so well, thanks to the comfortable beds and the beautiful sound of the water in the creek. We hope to be back one day.

-Beth on 12/27/2012

 

"Secret Oasis"

5 of 5

Fire was lit when we arrived, with water trickling in the creek, and fresh flowers on the table. Great, cozy bedding and everything we needed in the kitchen. Amazing touches to make us feel welcome to this great retreat! Our kids (4 and 2 years old) loved the property, and were expert trail-blazers by the end. Short drive for coffee and pastries at the Cazadero bakery, and skip, hop and jump to the beach and amazing coastal scenery! Pure bliss!

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 12/05/2012

 

"Beautiful secluded retreat, yet so close to many interesting things to see and do"

5 of 5

A well appointed house, surrounded by redwoods, with a babbling brook and a private deck and hot tub. The directions and instructions were very clear. Fresh flowers welcomed us. Everything worked well. We spent a relaxing week. Each day we were able to visit surrounding attractions within a 15 to 45 minute drive, including the Pacific Coast, a number of Sonoma wineries, the Northwood golf course, and an antique fair. Groceries are readily at hand in Cazadero or Guerneville. We have only one suggestion - it is time for new pillows on the master bed. Otherwise, we had a great time. We would recommend Secret Graden without hesitation.

-Jack and Cathy M on 10/06/2012

 

"Enchanted House in the redwoods"

5 of 5

Secret Garden is an amazing hideaway in the redwoods!!!

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 09/27/2012

 

"Just right!"

5 of 5

My Mom recently came to the bay area to visit and my sister and I took her to stay at the Secret Garden. It was soon easy to see why this special place is so named. each of us had a wonderful time exploring and making good use of the outside retreats enchanted by the sound of the stream and the birds. Thank you for such a lovely retreat for us to enjoy together.

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 09/13/2012

 

"Place is amazing"

5 of 5

Can't say enough about this spot. Nice burbling stream out back that you can hear in the very confy master bedroom. Great backyard, which makes for quite a bit of privacy in your stay. The back deck is really the focal point of the entire house. Faces a redwood-laden hillside. Very pretty setting. Easy access to austin Creek across the street. Don't know how you can't be relaxed in this place.

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 08/08/2012

 

"Secret Garden is the perfect name for this perfect place!"

5 of 5

This cottage is the "diamond in the rough" woods. Upon driving up Cazadera Highway, we wondered what our vacation destination would hold, and we were very surprised and pleased with the prize, Secret Garden. The house was immaculate, well stock and organized, and beautiful! The beds were very comfortable and the bedding of high quality. But the garden was the best part! The lush greenery, towering Redwoods, and soothing sounds of the flowing creek, which ran right through the property, were so relaxing and transforming I wanted to stay forever. I regret writing such a positive review because then the "secret" of Secret Garden will be known to all.

Manager Response:

I'm so glad Secret Garden worked out so well for you. Please do come back and visit again. -Rachel, general manager

-meg on 06/27/2012

 

"Awesome Vacation!"

4 of 5

We loved our stay at the Secret Garden. It was a "tad" pricey for only 2 nights, but well worth it. There was a minor set-back as we had no water for most of our first full day,(which we didn't find out until we got there and found a note on the counter) but we made the best of it and went downtown to eat and explore. I wish we had stayed one more day to fully experience the property. We had a great time, the waterfall right outside is amazing and the master bedroom has the most comfortable bed! We will hopefully be coming back soon! We're saving our pennies!

Manager Response:

We're so glad you enjoyed this wonderful home, and thanks for understanding that some things are beyond our control. We do our best to get them fixed as quickly as possible. -general manager

-Brandy on 05/29/2012

 

"Relax in the Redwoods"

5 of 5

This cabin is nestled in the redwoods between two creeks with a Master bedroom view of a cascading stream. This was a cozy stay for our family. Even though it was rainy most of the time, that was just fine for us. Aside from a day trip to nearby armstrong Redwoods, we were content to sleep in, enjoy reading by the wood stove, soaking in the hot tub and taking walks in the rain. It's near enough to wineries that we made a day trip to several wineries as well.

Manager Response:

This is a great description of Secret Garden, thanks! --General Manager

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 05/09/2012

 

"The most relaxing vacation!!!"

5 of 5

This cabin has everything you need and everything you didn't know you needed. Very comfortable. Beautiful surroundings. I definitely will be back!

Manager Response:

We're so glad you enjoyed the gorgeous setting and peaceful qualities of this home in the redwoods. We do hope you will come back soon. -General Manager

-Leah on 03/29/2012

 

"Peaceful and fresh"

5 of 5

First off, making the reservations were easy. The assistance we received was very thorough as well as helpful.Our stay at the Secret Gardens was a great experience. Our daughter, who was on break from college, enjoyed herself and discribe it as " So relaxing and stress free ".Our two Lab dogs were in Heaven from the life of the big city of San Francisco. They loved the surroundings and peace that Secret Gardens provided.My wife and I loved it just as much, if not more!!! The location was 20 minutes from town where we enjoyed shopping and a night out for dinner. Perfect!All amenities were available for inside needs.We are so looking forward to retuning in the near future. Craig and family.

Manager Response:

Wow, what a great reminder of why we do what we do. We're so glad you enjoyed the house and area and our services. Please come back soon! -rkl

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 01/11/2012

 

"2 Hawaiians In The Woods"

4 of 5

Aloha, spending three days in the Russian River area was exactly what my wife and I needed. The stay at Secret Garden made it all the more special. The convenience of the keyless entry, the location, the directions given (to get to the house as well as all the info on how to operate things in the house), the amenities, etc. was all very welcome and helped with peace of mind. The ample supply of firewood, the jacuzzi, and the great serenity was a huge plus. Loved the sound system. The ease to get around and especially to the wineries was awesome. We had a great time there. I suppose the only complaints was the downstairs bed, we found it uncomfortable (too soft for our liking). But the upstairs one was very comfy. Would be nice to have a bathroom upstairs in the master bedroom, but not a big deal. The only other thing was the proximity of the other houses, from the pictures it was difficult to see how close neighbors are. Definitely weren't a bother, but just a little less private than we were imagining. All in all, loved it.

Manager Response:

Thanks for this lovely review. Just a note, there are neighbors, but they are to the front of the house. The rear of the house, the decks and the creek are neighbor-free. -rkl

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 11/20/2011

 

"Enchanted canopy of beauty."

5 of 5

The secret garden is a lovely hidaway ,We loved listening to the babbling creek and being surrounded by thick redwood trees and ferns,the cabin is charming very clean and well equipt to meet our needs,very quiet,No problems.We will absolutely be back,A new matress is needed. Terry&Ruthann; Vaughn

Manager Response:

We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. The owner this home is very conscientious about the details, so I suspect the mattress issue is a matter of taste, however, we will check it out. -rkl

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 11/03/2011

 

"Comfort and beauty all in one."

5 of 5

Very easy to find using directions provided by Rrgetaways. When we arrived the fresh flowers in the dining and living room was a nice touch. The hammocks are quite a hike up a steep hill, but definately worth the climb. The views were amazing! There were sheets and towels for our dog in the bathroom (nice addition). The climb via ladder into the loft is extremely steep, but the kids loved it anyway. The creek added a nice pleasant peaceful feeling all day and night. Definately a place you should rent!

-MSpangler on 09/18/2011

 

"Secret Garden lived up to the reviews and photos."

5 of 5

Secret Garden did not disappoint. We were welcomed by fresh flowers, a very nice touch. The house was fantastic both inside and out. The hot tub was a nice way to relax after a busy day of touring. There was only one problem and that was with the BBQ. Only one of the burners lit up making cooking very difficult. I'm sure it is a simple fix and will be addressed for the next vacationer. My only other suggestion is to make the directions on how to run itunes through the stereo clearer. Secret Garden is a lovely spot and I will be returning with my husband in the near future.

Manager Response:

The BBQ has now been replaced. The owner is working on re-writing the stereo instructions. -rkl

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 07/07/2011

 

"Most awesome property on the planet"

4 of 5

Secret Garden was a most delightful piece of heaven. We can't imagine a more beautiful location. Everything was clean, and the absolute high point was being met by the gorgeous just-like-at-home floral arrangements. It was quiet, even though neighbors were close-by. They weren't at all intrusive due to the layout of the house. We were extremely disappointed that both the BBQ and the large TV in the loft didn't work. Also, if the large screened TV had worked, it would make much more sense to have it downstairs rather than up in a hard to access loft.

Manager Response:

We're so glad you enjoyed your stay at Secret Garden. We would have fixed the BBQ and TV right away if we had known about them during your stay. They are taken care of now. -rkl

-Most awesome property on the planet on 06/08/2011

 

"Amazing!!!"

5 of 5

I'm not one to typically write reviews, but from the second we walked through the front door and noticed fresh flowers in both the living room and kitchen, I knew this was going to be a wonderful stay! The house was spot clean. The owners have thought of every last detail to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We had gone to the grocery store before arriving, but realized we forgot coffee for the next morning. Upon returning we opened the freezer to find ground coffee waiting for us! Being able to bring our 2 year old Vizsla with us also made the trip. They provided dog beds, towels (especiallly for dogs) and just made us feel right at home. The house has a private, gorgeous deck backed right up to a tree filled hillside. There is a creek running past the house for the ultimate ambience. My wife and I are already planning our next trip back to Secret Garden and can't wait. We will be back!

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 06/05/2011

 

"A Zen Weekend"

5 of 5

Beautiful home in Russian River. I could not have asked for a more zen setting. Pet friendly which was a plus. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us. We will be back.

-Dawn on 04/26/2011

 

"Beautiful Forest Setting"

4 of 5

The cabin was very nice out amongst the redwoods. Very peaceful and relaxing. Nice ammenities. Really enjoyed our stay.

-Rested & Recuperated on 04/23/2011

 

"Restful"

5 of 5

I work at animal Care and Control in Sf-it can be real stressful-5 days at secret Garden washed all the stress away.

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 02/11/2011

 

"Cazadero Comfort"

3 of 5

Surroundings were beautiful but beware of false advertising. First,the kitchen does not open to the living room. You must pass through a doorway to enter the living room. Second, there is no full bath located upstairs in the master bedroom. The full bath is located off of the living room, next to the very small bedroom; the half bath is located in the kitchen. The property is not located "well of the road". Though you can only hear large vehicles pass by, you will see headlights coming through the window if you are upstairs in the loft watching TV. Most of the land associated with this house is located behind which does alllow for some hiking. The hot tub was great as was the stream that ran next to the house.Falling asleep to the sound of a running stream was certainly soothing. Being a dog freindly house was also a huge plus, though the numerous scented plug-ins made us wonder what they were trying to cover up. Though we enjoyed our stay, we will probably not return.

Manager Response:

We really take exception to being accused of "false advertising." While we appreciate getting corrections to any information we provide and we are correcting these two minor representations, we certainly never intentionally mislead anyone. This house is in fact "well off the road." Most homes in Cazadero are on Cazadero HIghway or Austin Creek Road and are subject to some road noise. This is one of the exceptional properties offering great solitude in its beautiful setting well back from the road.
Most people really love this house and come back to it over and over; hard to know what these guests expected that they didn't get---a kitchen off the living room instead of a kitchen with a dining area between the kitchen and the living room? Oh well...I'm sure there is an old saying that is applicable here.

-kspeterson on 10/14/2010

 

"Possible last trip with my dog"

4 of 5

I was looking for a remote get-away to spend with my best doggy friend. Dusty is very shy of people. The house is not as private as I expected which made Dusty nervous and you can hear traffic. It does have a wonderful view and the brook sound from the upstairs bedroom is wonderful. The air freshner smell used to mask the smell from the kitchen was too strong for me so I had to remove them during my stay. The timing of my stay was unfortunate as my dog became ill (she had a tumor and needed surgery - has cancer) and I spent much of my time going to the vet. When I contacted Russian River Getaway about the problem with the heater, the initial contact person was very short. I asked if I could stay an extra two hours and even though the next people were not checking in until the next day, I was going to be charged another 20% so I declined. I probably won't use this service again as it seems rigid and given the circumstances with my dog (beyond their control of course) and the fact that the heater did not work properly the entire time I was staying there, I was disappointed there was no flexibility. The house I must say is beautiful and decorated in just my taste. Nice property and great location (unless you are looking for extreme privacy with absolutely no traffic noise).

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 09/23/2010

 

"Secret Garden Was awesome"

5 of 5

The house was very beautiful, clean, quiet and had more amenities than we expected. Huge deck w/ a BBQ and outdoor seating. There's also a campfire spot a little ways away from the house, which was cool to roast marshmallows on. There were also two hammocks up on the hillside and little waterfalls. There was also a hot tub that was awesome. The house had heating, but if you run a small fire in the stove, you really won't need to use it.The bed was incredibly comfortable and the loft was a great place to sit and watch TV. The bedroom upstairs was big with a smaller one downstairs. Kitchen was clean with plenty of dishes, pans, pots and utensils. You really don't need to bring anything, just your own food. There's a karaoke machine that has thousands of songs. The location was perfect, very private, even with the nearby houses. Loved the streams and the surrounding forest and footbridges. Everything is really green here, I'm guessing because of all of the rain fall. There's a really small general store about 4 miles away, plus Monte Rio, Guerneville and Jenner all within 20 minutes. The Russian River is a short drive away as well, where we kayaked and swam. We really didn't have much reason to leave the cabin, but there are some cool things in the area to check out. The temperature was between 70-74 while we were there.The only downside was that the hot water for the shower was hit and miss. Even with the dishwasher and nothing else running.Can't wait to come back. It was better than we expected.

-Curlan on 07/30/2010

 

"Very nice get-away that allows dogs."

4 of 5

The house was great, the property was beautiful and everything was set-up on our arrival. Our only complaint was the cleaning fee. We had extensive instructions on cleaning up after ourselves, taking out the trash, picking up after the dogs, bringing our own bedding and covering all of the furniture...which we did. However the $122 cleaning fee was much too high for a 2 night stay in which we were required to clean up after ourselves anyway. I was also surprised that we had to unmake the bed (and find somewhere to put the clean linens) in order to remake it with our own linens. Not something exciting after a long drive.

Manager Response:

This is unbelievably strange. We require only two items of "clean-up"---do your dishes and take out your trash. Why on earth these guests brought their own bed linens, we can't imagine. Of course we have rules to make sure people don't leave dog hair all over the bedding and dog poop all over the yard, but that's basic decency. Major misunderstanding as far as we can tell.

-Doglover on 05/11/2010

 

"Ideal!"

5 of 5

What a truly amazing find less than 2 hours from the Bay Area yet really a world away. Our entire family left any stress behind, the moment we walked (or in the case of the kids and Hudson our dog-ran) across a little bridge, to a beautifully sited rustic yet comfortable retreat. Its more than a cabin, but not a palace - just right. The back of the retreat has walls of glass opening to a spacious deck and 'your own private Yosemite': redwood forested gulch with a robust creek cascading down exposed granite and moss covered fallen logs. Hidden 'secrets' abound like a small swing under the footbridge (try getting a 10yr old girl off that!) and several steep overgrown trails leading to hammocks and raging waterfalls. Every member of the family quickly became and explorer. The afternoon sun hits the deck just right to make for a cozy afternoon nap or reading of a novel. On an outing to the Armstrong old growth forest, our girls asked if we could go back to 'our' secret garden, because it was more beautiful. We ended up cancelling some of our planned day trips because the yard became the vacation. Really.The home is very inviting and well appointed: Stocked firewood, a fully equipped kitchen, propane BBQ, jacuzzi. The beds are very comfortable, and the small room has a canopy which makes any girl feel like a princess. The flow of the creek soothes you to sleep and provides that 'rain fresh' smell all around. This was one vacation from which we returned refreshed not tired.Yes, the hardest part of the trip was getting the kids and dog in the car to leave, which was made possible only with a promise to return again . . . soon!The owners should be proud of their accomplishment,

-The Rooneys on 04/22/2010

 

"Even better than my already high expectations!"

5 of 5

Our stay in the Secret Garden was truly unforgettable! We arrived later than we expected and of course I forgot the one page with the keyless entry code. LUCKILY, the after-hours phone line answered our call and provided it. From that point on my husband and I had an amazing time. All the high reviews are spot on!There was a fire going when we arrived and beautiful fresh flowers with stargazer lilies! (my favorite!) The following morning we woke up to see the gorgeous view from the master bedroom! Incredible! We could listen to the creek babbling even with the windows closed.You can tell just how much the owner(s) must love this home. It is gorgeous inside! All the windows are perfectly placed to enjoy the privacy of the property. Loved the spacious kitchen, woodstove, dual headed shower, comfortable king bed in the master and LOVED the hot tub! It was sooooo amazing and we enjoyed hottubbing in the morning and evenings.The property is a lot of fun to explore and we hiked up alongside the creek and couldn't help but take tons of photos the whole way. So green and lush! I think this rental can truly be enjoyed at anytime of the year. SO with all this love I only have one suggestion. RR Getaways advertises on their website that firewood and fire starters are provided. When I made my reservation they told me twice that it was NOT provided and on the property description page it told us to purchase it at a Safeway before hand... Well we did. And when we arrived the owner graciously provided plenty of firewood and fire starters for our stay!! They even left a note saying "please enjoy the firewood for free". :) Thank you owners for all that you provided! Also, there is no cell phone reception...at all. But of course we ended up loving that after the first day. And thankfully there is free domestic long distance phone service. We can't wait to rent this home again! We highly recommend!

-cclack on 02/26/2010

 

"keep it secret garden"

5 of 5

This place was a dream. Fire going when we arrived - really well equipped. A great escape. We arrived on a stormy weekend so we had rushing creeks on both sides of us. In this case pictures really don't do it justice - its a cool place...

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 01/28/2010

 

"Truly breathtaking! Absolutely everything you need in one place"

5 of 5

Both my husband and I's first words were "Oh my god, this place is AMAZING"! While I was excited about this trip, my husband was a bit hesitant on what a vacation "rental" would be like... we were impressed to say the least. The owner had a warm fire waiting for us along with fresh flowers. The bed was super comfortable with all the blankets you could need and nice down pillows... We did not need to bring any extra kitchen fixtures, as there was everything you can imagine available from a coffee grinder, maker, washer & dryer, you name it... it was there.Walk outside and you are literally in what looks like a rain forest, you hear a strong stream outside the entire time which just adds to the enchantment of the home. The decor is perfect. We loved the wood burning stove/fire, there was even a karaoke machine if you had friends staying with you. Movies, books, games, and a hot tub. There is even a computer in the loft with internet in case you need to use it.I am certain anyone who stayed here would love it. We can't say enough positive things about our experience. No negatives. Thank you for a lovely stay and we will be returning soon :-)The Conlan's

-jconlan on 01/26/2010

 

"Secret Garden Christmas"

5 of 5

Spent 3 lovely days over the Christmas holiday at this cozy establishment. Highly recommend for adults, family, and even if one had a pet dog (our party consisted of 4 adults). Pros: -Soothing babbling brook that during the winter at least, was not overpowering but could be heard from the upstairs bedroom (downstairs bedroom had to open window to hear)-Kitchen was well equipped with utensils and cookware, gas stove, washing machine, lovely dinner table-Jacuzzi was located in very private setting, comfortably fits 3. Don't worry about its slight distance from the house (~25 ft), your body will be so warm you can actually stand in your swim shorts in the cold -Christmas tree was a nice touch for the holiday (not sure if this is available every year)-Wood stove was great, provided some warmth and was beautiful to look at. Supply of wood and firestarters was also great-Has wall heating units in kitchen, bedrooms, and bathroom that keep the house nice and cozy-Clean interior, provides creature comforts yet rustic feelCons:-During winter, Austin creek (located right across the main street) was quite dry, but still scenic-Loft area may be difficult for some since the ladder leading up is completely vertical (although two 50+ year olds were able to make it up), and at least during our stay, the entry door from the outside was broken. However, house was so nice, we lounged around all day without watching TV-TV in bottom bedroom can only play dvds (no cable), however TV in upstairs master bedroom was very nice-The fuse in the bottom bedroom easily blows if you hook in the electric heater and put it on high. The location of the fusebox is difficult to locate (if facing entry door from outside, it is on the corner of the left wall, the door that you pry open looks like part of the wall)Would highly recommend again, great stay, great accommodations, had a life-lasting memorable Christmas stay

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 01/06/2010

 

"Gorgeous retreat"

5 of 5

My girlfriends and I stayed here for a getaway weekend. The property is breathtaking. I couldn't imagine a better location. We really appreciated the fresh flowers inside too. I plan to return as soon as I can.

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 11/11/2009

 

"Peaceful, magical serenity"

5 of 5

The house is beautiful, the back of the property simply amazing. From the sun breaking through the towering redwoods in the early morning to relaxing in one of the hammocks in the afternoon to sitting in the hot tub at night listening to the babbling brook to roasting marshmallows over the fire pit, you can't beat this location if you're looking for a spot to just chill. My friends, dog and I (from 3 different states) rented Secret Garden for a girls only trip. We enjoyed the area from the local vineyards and wineries to the beaches of the Sonoma Coast. The house had almost everything we needed. It was spotless upon our arrival with fresh flowers in two rooms. After reading other Russian River property reviews, we made sure to bring extra toilet paper, but we didn't need it (and we're talking 4 women over 4 days) as the supply was fine. One missing item that was slightly annoying - tissues in the bathroom would've been nice. The half bath being attached to the kitchen was a bit odd, but it was functional. The full bathroom was large and beautiful (but the hot water was tempermental). While the house did sleep 4 adults, the downstairs bedroom was quite tight with room only for the double bed and the dresser. We didn't use the TV in that bedroom, but there was no DVD as stated. The "futon" in the loft area is really just a few cushions on the floor. The large TV there is a waste as there is really nowhere to sit except for the floor cushions. We didn't miss having a TV in the living room (we're on vacation, who wants to watch TV!), but can see how others might. The karaoke machine was a great touch (and provided many smiles, laughs and memories). We arrived after dark which made it difficult to distinguish that the driveway was beyond the metal gate. It would be helpful to mention that in the property fact sheet. Overall, we had no complaints. Our intention was to relax and spend time with each other and this house was perfect for just that.

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 10/20/2009

 

"Lovely cabin in enchanted forest"

5 of 5

I am reluctant to write a review because I am afraid the cabin won't be available next time we want to go there. We celebrated our 30th anniversary by spending a week in this lovely redwood cabin in an enchanting setting with a bubbling brook and towering redwoods. There were beautiful fresh flowers when we arrive. The place was immaculate. It was a great home base for exploring the area- Russian River, Pacific coast, wine country, redwoods.The only cons were the shower hot water is a bit erratic and the kitche could be a bit better equiped if you like to cook a lot. These minor things were far outweighed by all fabulous things about this rental.

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 10/18/2009

 

"Truly A Secret"

5 of 5

This place is so awesome. It is like a fantasy come true (if only temporary). I am a New Englander that had to sadly relocate to southern Cali....always looking for something that reminds me of my former. I loved the rustic home called "The Secret Garden". This home is very beautiful yet comfortable, done in very good taste. I have to credit my son for helping me to decise on a place to stay. RR Getaways has way too many lovely places to chose from. I think that he liked the loft, yeah he loved the loft. What a cool place for a teenage boy to hang out in,,,,every kid should have a place this cool (and of course loved the wide screen TV). Mom loved the master BD, antique furniture, comfortable king size bed and wonderful view. The kitchen is just perfect, gorgeous granite counter and very modern. Loved the hardwood floors and decorative rugs. The grounds were story book, the brook and bridges and of course the wonderful redwoods. We brought our German Shepherd also (as the one shown in the photo also caught my eye). She loved it also and I very much tried to vacuum up all her hairs as we left....it is great that dogs are allowed. I also think that it is good that the company is strict about dog issues. Everything is conveniently located and I would not change a thing about Secret Garden.....I have had to think about TICKS again, as I made sure to put Advantix on the dog but should realize I needed to spray myself before hiking in the woods.So, we would very much like to return this lovely home.PS....the deck, the deck, the deck! This is such an important feature so that people can hang out and grill etc.

-Travelin2012 on 08/11/2009

 

"Magical"

5 of 5

Best kept secret in the world!

-Ann on 08/01/2009

 

"Shhh ... don't let the secret out"

5 of 5

This house was simply fantastic, even better than the pictures and description led us to believe. Our party of four adults thoroughly enjoyed our weekend getaway and the beauty and comfort of this house made it even more special.The pictures made us think it was a cozy cabin in the woods, but there is lots of living space and four adults would not feel cramped, even if you didn't use the expansive and lovely deck. The house is very nicely appointed, has nice plates, chairs, and a comfy couch. There's no cable tv in the main living area, which our party wouldn't have wanted anyway, but there are a couple of tvs in other places in case your idea of nice vacation is sitting around watching tv in a different house. The loft, where the biggest tv and the mac are, is up a ladder from the kitchen and might be treacherous to reach if you were not able bodied.The trees and ferns surrounding the house are beautiful, and the small brook behind the house was babbling and lovely. The house is not isolated as there are a few others next to it, but it is the furthest property up a small valley from the road. So, while you can see other houses from the road-side of this house, the property has a real sense of privacy and from the large deck, hot tub, and back of the house you're just surrounded by forest.Our only complaints were there weren't enough sharp knives, particularly a bread knife, and there's a weird 2-inch step between the kitchen area and living area which tripped up most of us for the first day or two. Be advised that there are of course mosquitoes on summer evenings, so bring repellent.

-Joseph Durham on 07/04/2009

 

"Peaceful Retreat"

5 of 5

This is an absolutely lovely place!It is quiet so the occupants can hear the babbling brook that runs along side the house. Very peaceful place :)

-usagi on 04/29/2009

 

"Cozy home in the redwoods!"

5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed here with another couple in March and had a wonderful time. The "secret garden" home is tucked away in the redwoods off the street. it's a great place for relaxation. We cooked dinner each night, relaxed in the hot tub while listening to the nearby creek and made some cozy fires in the woodburning stove. Not only are the outside surroundings fantastic, but the interior is really cute. This is a great place in the winter and I'm sure it would be just as beautiful in the summer. We will be back again for another relaxing weekend soon!

-nlh on 04/09/2009

 

"secret garden review"

5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Secret Garden. The house was beautiful, inside and out. The yard was so great, we felt like we were in the middle of a forest. The home was so clean, well decorated and and it had everything we needed in the kitchen and plenty of firewood available. Our dogs also loved the yard and the creek. There is so much to do in the area, but I was perfectly happy to stay around the house. It was very private, quiet and peaceful. I have stayed in two other vacation houses, both of them near the ocean, but this is the nicest, cleanest home we have ever stayed in. It is beautifully decorated. I would definitely like to come back again, and have recomendend this rental to my friends.

-lab on 02/10/2009