Artisan House

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5 Bedrooms
3.5 Bath
10 Guests

Description

Gracious River Living...Casually Elegant, Beautifully Detailed Craftsman Lodge on 1/3 Fenced Acre, Hot Tub, Walk to Downtown Monte Rio, Dining, Movie Theater, Public Beach with Leash-Free Section, Boat Rental; Short Drive to Golf, Ocean. Wi-Fi, Unlimited Domestic Long Distance, Cable TV. Keyless Entry. Your Well Behaved Dog is Welcome!

Artisan is composed of a main unit and a granny unit, each with its own entrance. In the main part of the house, the kitchen is open and between the the living room on one side and the dining room on the other. This great room opens to a large deck, outdoor dining, hot tub and yard. There's a half bath off the dining room. Upstairs, off the main hall, there's one bathroom, a bedroom, and a set of steps up to a loft bedroom. At the end of the hall, there's a master bedroom with its own sitting area and bathroom. The granny unit has a main hall with a bathroom and two bedrooms. At the end of the hall, the living room has a dining area and is open to the full kitchen. The living room opens to a deck with stairs to the yard. Note the granny unit bedroom with double bed has a steep ladder/stair to a loft with a single futon. Home is approx. ~3500sf.

Detailed Amenities:
5 Bedrooms #1master king (main); #2 queen (main); #3 queen (main); #4 queen (granny); #5 double (granny)
3.5 Bathrooms (#1master tub/shower (main); #2 tub/shower (main); #3 tub/shower (granny); #3.5 half (main))
Bed and Bath Linens (bar soap, shampoo, spa/beach towels NOT provided)
Baseboard Heat. NO Air Conditioning.
2 Woodstoves (living room, master bedroom/main house)
Gas Fireplace (dining room/main house)
2 TVs (#1 32" w/Cable and DVD in living room; #2 w/DVD for movies only in smaller unit living room)
Wi-Fi; Unlimited Domestic Long Distance
Stereo with CD Player (living room/main house)
2 Dining Sets (#1 8 in main house; #2 4 in granny unit)
Full Kitchen with Blender, Microwave, Coffee Maker, Toaster, Cookware
2 Full Kitchens with Gas Stoves, Dishwasher (main house only)
Bread Maker, Coffee Grinder, Espresso Maker
Graco Pac 'n Play (granny)
Washer and Dryer
Keyless Entry
Large Sunny Deck, Gas Grill, Dining Set, Seating, Hot Tub (6) off main house
Garden with Seating and Path to Monte Rio Bridge (1/3 acre fenced)
Your Well-Behaved Dog is Welcome!
Short Walk to Downtown Monte Rio, Beach, Dining (less than 0.5 a mile, no sidewalks)
Short Drive to Guerneville (4. 5 miles), Golf, Wine Tasting, Coast, Redwoods

Minimum Stay: 2 Nights EXCEPT 3 Nights President's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day thru Sept 30, Christmas thru 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: 10. Max Automobiles: 4. Quiet Hours 10pm-7am. No outdoor amplified sound at any time.

TOT Certificate #1983.

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Map & Area

Reviews

"Artisan House"

5 of 5

nice spot that is good for groups

Manager Response:

Thanks so much, Jonathan, for the review and feedback. We're glad you enjoyed Artisan and hope you'll be back! -Rachel

-Jonathan (Airbnb guest) on 06/14/2018

 

"Great place for a group of 9-10. "

5 of 5

Great place for a group of 9-10. Lots of room to spread out; great kitchen space and the deck with hot tub is not to be missed! A little drive to get to our desired wineries but the drives were very pretty. Due to chilly weather we did not get out to enjoy the river nearby but would be a great spot in summer!

Manager Response:

It's great to hear you enjoyed Artisan House, Jo, and please do come back when the weather is fine. Thank you for your review and feedback! -Rachel

-Jo (Airbnb guest) on 05/29/2018

 

"Spacious and lovely..."

5 of 5

Spacious and lovely are the words to describe the artisan house. The kitchen is a great big room for many people to cook and hang out. Having a dishwasher & a grill was clutch for our group. Tons of sleeping rooms—perfect for our group of 7, we never felt cramped. Oh and the hot tub! So fantastic after a long day. I hope to one day return. Thank you!

Manager Response:

We hope you'll return sooner rather than later, Whitney! Thanks for the review! -Rachel

-Whitney (Airbnb guest) on 05/25/2018

 

"Artisan House"

5 of 5

The layout worked well for our two families! The location is great — walk to the river!

Manager Response:

We are so happy you liked Artisan and enjoyed the Russian River on your vacation! We hope you return soon Rachel! ~Maile

-Rachel (Airbnb guest) on 05/17/2018

 

"Amazing private house, location and weekend"

5 of 5

Amazing private house, location and weekend. You can easily walk down to the river beach, the house itself is large and stunning and situated in the forest across from the river. I wish some of the furniture was a bit more updated but it's a minor complaint. The space is large, full of light and easily accommodated our large group. There's even a small shop nearby to walk to if you need anything. We had a lovely time and will definitely be back!

Manager Response:

We are very happy you enjoyed your stay at Artisan House and hope you will be back soon, Lauren! Thanks for the review and feedback - much appreciated. -Rachel

-Lauren (Airbnb guest) on 04/19/2018

 

"We had the most perfect weekend at the ARTISAN HOUSE!"

5 of 5

We had the most perfect weekend at the ARTISAN HOUSE! If you're looking for a unique, charming, well-equipped, and cozy place for quality time by the river, this is your destination. We loved the large wooden deck, the great stove, the fully-equipped kitchen with huge diner table, the 5 mins walk to the river.... The 9 of us had a memorable time, and will most definitely be back!

Manager Response:

Thanks for sharing your experience at Artisan House! We're glad it worked out so well for your group and hope you'll be back sooner rather than later! -Rachel

-Coline (Airbnb guest) on 04/12/2018

 

"This place was perfect for our girls getaway..."

4 of 5

This place was perfect for our girls getaway this last weekend. River Getaways was so helpful and quick to respond. Justin made our check in super easy and answered our questions. The house is such a great size. Lots of space and the back deck with the hot tub was a plus! It does get a little cold in the house, as there's not a ton of light that comes in the main living area, but the little space heaters and the fireplace help a ton!

Manager Response:

Thanks so much for the review and feedback, Kaylyn. It's great to hear you enjoyed your stay at Artisan House! -Rachel

-Kaylyn (Airbnb guest) on 03/22/2018

 

"Great place to stay! "

5 of 5

Great place to stay! Very clean place!About 1/2 hour drive to Healdsburg. Lots of rustic charm.

Manager Response:

Thanks for the review and feedback Nik! We're glad you enjoyed your stay at Artisan House! -Rachel

-Nik (Airbnb guest) on 03/14/2018

 

"A great place with solid amenities..."

4 of 5

A great place with solid amenities 5 minutes from Guerneville. Pros: * large kitchen well positioned for entertaining * comfortable beds and great showers * incredible back deck with hot tub Cons: * we went in the winter and at times it was hard to keep the place warm. Not impossible but needed some space heaters in key places. Overall a perfect place to connect with friends and enjoy the country!

Manager Response:

Thanks for the review, Jesse! We're super glad you enjoyed Artisan House and hope you'll be back - maybe in warmer weather! -Rachel

-Jesse (Airbnb guest) on 02/24/2018

 

"This was a quiet, beautiful space..."

5 of 5

This was a quiet, beautiful space with a lot of natural light. Lots of sleeping and showering options - worked out great for 9 adults. A 3 minute walk from a small grocery store was a big plus!

Manager Response:

Excellent to hear that Artisan House worked well for you, Carl, and we hope you'll be back. Thanks for the review and feedback! -Rachel

-Carl (Airbnb guest) on 02/15/2018

 

"This is an exceptionally charming, spacious, and beautiful home..."

5 of 5

This is an exceptionally charming, spacious, and beautiful home surrounded by trees. It's a perfect escape from an urban life.

Manager Response:

Thanks for the review and feedback, Robert! We're glad you enjoyed Artisan and hope you'll be back for another retreat. -Rachel

-Robert (Airbnb guest) on 01/18/2018

 

"Beautiful house with spacious common areas..."

5 of 5

Beautiful house with spacious common areas that were perfect for our group. Very unique and truly artistic - it is clear that a lot of love has been put into this home.

Manager Response:

Thanks so much for the review, Alexandra! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay at Artisan and hope you'll visit again! -RAchel

-Alexandra (Airbnb guest) on 01/12/2018

 

"Artisan House"

5 of 5

River Getaways is an amazing place to stay along the Russian River. It’s close to some great hikes along the river and the coast and striking distance to some great restaurants. Our group had a great time relaxing near the fireplace and in the hot tub. Would highly recommend staying here!

Manager Response:

Thanks for sharing your experience of New Year's at Artisan House! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you'll be back! -Rachel

-Alex (Airbnb guest) on 01/02/2018

 

"A wonderful Family Holiday"

4 of 5

There were 7 of us with two dogs and this house warmly embraced us all. The great room with a wood burning stove is large and was a wonderful gathering place for all of us. The "granny unit" has two bedrooms and a loft for a little private getaway. We made special meals in a well-equipped kitchen and the dining room table was ample for our family dinners. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was the heating system. There are base boards but they didn't give out much. We kept the stove burning all day and made a fire in the master bedroom at night, but starting off each morning in a cold unheated house was a challenge for some. This house would be a wonderful retreat in the spring and summertime. It is a great location for wineries, charming towns like Occidental and the beautiful coast at Jenner. All in all this was a perfect home to gather our family. It will be a holiday to remember.

-nancy w. (VRBO guest) on 12/16/2017

 

"cozy house with tons of character..."

5 of 5

Beautiful venue in a quiet corner of CA; cozy house with tons of character. In the winter (early Dec), the surrounding area is very sleepy, should plan to provide own entertainment. Fortunately, this property is well suited for that. The hosts were extremely responsive, accommodating and polite- top marks there for sure.

Manager Response:

Thank you very much for the review and feedback for Artisan, Zachary! -Rachel

-Zachary (Airbnb guest) on 12/14/2017

 

"Spacious interesting house."

5 of 5

I hosted a thanksguving weekend here for a group of friends. The place worked well. The main space has lots of room as well as lots of cozy nooks and crannies. Yes the house is qurky, but it feels like a vacation home rather than a box in the suburbs. This is my second stay at the house and I would definitely go back again. Great location.

-Kenneth M. (VRBO guest) on 12/06/2017

 

"This was an incredible place for our friendsgiving"

4 of 5

This was an incredible place for our friendsgiving. The open floorplan of the main floor was wonderful, and it feels so much more like a home than a clinical rental. The fireplaces are magical and the deck & backyard are so wonderful. The architecture is just beautiful and adds so much to the experience. The kitchen has a variety of cookware and there's even a fantastic speaker system. I'd definitely return!

Manager Response:

Thank you so much Jennifer for sharing your experience and leaving this review and feedback for Artisan House. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will be back soon! -Rachel

-Jennifer (Airbnb guest) on 12/01/2017

 

"beautiful and spacious home. "

5 of 5

beautiful and spacious home. we loved cooking together and hot tubbing in the rain! really cold in the winter months and the space heaters were not all functioning. washing machine was broken too. bring some extra layers and extra blankets as there are very few big blankets and comforters that are available. beautiful surroundings!

Manager Response:

Thanks for the review Mira! Please know that you can call us if things are not working, and we will do our best to get them fixed for you. -Rachel

-Mira (Airbnb guest) on 11/23/2017

 

"This house is the absolute best for a retreat or secluded getaway. "

5 of 5

This house is the absolute best for a retreat or secluded getaway. Lots of room, 6 comfortable beds, beautiful deck and hot tub. Fully stocked kitchenware. Lots of bathrooms. Beautiful wood. Would definitely go back.

Manager Response:

It's great to hear you enjoyed Artisan House so much, Melissa! We appreciate the review and the feedback and hope you'll be back again sooner rather than later!

-Melissa (Airbnb guest) on 11/18/2017

 

"A great house for a Russian river getaway"

5 of 5

A great house for a Russian river getaway. This house has a lot of space to hang out. Nothing luxurious, but the house has plenty of space for everyone, and the living space can fit everyone together for a good game night. The separate granny unit was good for friends with kids. They allow pets which is a great plus. We used the kitchen a lot, and everything worked out great. Communication was smooth. Overall a good value for a quick weekend get away.

Manager Response:

Thanks for the review and feedback, Alice. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay at Artisan House!

-Alice (Airbnb guest) on 09/13/2017

 

"We had six of us out for a meditation retreat and river float"

5 of 5

We had six of us out for a meditation retreat and river float. This place was so centrally located, walkable to the river, and so spacious. Everyone had their own rooms with bathroom access, and the place was super clean. It seems like there are so many little nooks to get lost in and the feel of the cabin was rustic yet had everything we needed. We enjoyed the expansive deck and the hot tub as well. Tip: Everything you need to know is in the manual in the kitchen! I hope to be back someday soon.

Manager Response:

Thanks for the awesome review Aaron! We're so glad you enjoyed Artisan House and welcome you back any time. -Rachel, Russian River Getaways

-Aaron (Airbnb guest) on 08/25/2017

 

"The place is large and beautiful"

5 of 5

The place is large and beautiful. We enjoyed being able to take a short walk to monte rio beach. This was a fantastic place for our family which included kids, and dogs.

-Crystal (Airbnb guest) on 08/23/2017

 

"Beautiful, scenic area"

5 of 5

Beautiful, scenic area. Close walking distance to a great store and about a 5 min walk to Russian River beach and kayak rental. Home was lovely and much larger than we expected. Great for large groups - everyone had their own room!

Manager Response:

Thank you for sharing your experience at Artisan - we're so pleased it was a great one! -Rachel, Russian River Getaways

-Sara (Airbnb guest) on 08/17/2017

 

"Location, Location, Location BUT...."

4 of 5

Artisan House is a wonderful home & perfect for a group. You can't beat the location if your goal is to explore the Russian River & Sonoma Coast. The quaint town of Guerneville is 15-20 minute drive (depending on traffic). It's here where you can stop & load up on food & beverage supplies (via local Safeway grocery store or farmer's market), enjoy a night out on Main Street (Boon, Eat Drink; Main Street Bistro & Piano Bar) or sample great micro brews at Stumptown Brewery. Within a 5 min.-walk from property, guests can enjoy Monte Rio Public Beach and Monte Rio Cafe. All of these establishments are dog-friendly Speaking of our K9 friends, our party had a total of 3 dogs. It's great that the property owners don't charge an additional pet fee. A standard cleaning fee is added onto your rate. If you bring pets, please be responsible pet owners & pick-up after your furry friends. The added cost value is passed down to future guests. The design of the main house is perfect for entertaining. There is a large kitchen, located in the center of the home that has ample prep/counter space to use. There's an 8 person dinning table that can accommodate an additional 4 people. Lots of natural light throughout the home. Guests can enjoy the view of the trees & garden. The outdoor deck also has a large dining area which comes with an umbrella for guests to enjoy a bit of shade while eating al fresco. Other amenities like the gas BBQ & hot tub made the outdoor space all the more useable. The Granny Unit (adjacent to the house) also has plenty of natural light. Having a full kitchen unit also helps when cooking meals that require more than 4 burners (ie both stoves in the main & granny units can be used at the same time). If you are staying for a long period of time there is lots of closet space in each bedroom. There is no a/c in the home, however, fans were provided to help stay cool. This is a perfect vacation home for two or more families. BUT... Like other reviewers have stated, property maintenance is lacking. The deck, deck chairs, and table need a bit of TLC (just resanding and restaining); the two side doors that open onto the deck couldn't be open as it is broken per note from the property manager; the bed in the granny unit (bedroom 1) needs to be replaced. I felt the springs on my side of the mattress. If I were to book the home again, I would say yes, because the space is a special gem.

-Gina E. (VRBO guest) on 08/02/2017

 

"The photos don't do this lovely, tasteful home justice! "

5 of 5

The photos don't do this lovely, tasteful home justice! It fit our big group with room to spare, and we loved that the attached grandma unit let some of our family have a little more privacy. It was also so great that there was a Pack n Play we could use. And the deck! If only it had been warmer, we would have eaten all our meals out there and then walked the short walk to the beach at the river. Instead we played some fun, kitschy mini golf! I hope we get to come back to this lovely retreat.

-Cate (Airbnb guest) on 05/24/2017

 

"This is a great spot..."

4 of 5

This is a great spot and will look forward to the next visit here again soon!

Manager Response:

We're so glad you enjoyed Artisan House Peter and hope you'll be back to the Russian River soon! Thanks for the review! Rachel, Russian River Getaways

-Peter (Airbnb guest) on 04/20/2017

 

"The house was spacious and we enjoyed our stay"

5 of 5

The house was spacious and we enjoyed our stay. Beds were comfortable and there were plenty of bathrooms for everyone. We wished the weather was nice enough to spend more time on the deck and use the hot tub, but could imagine a great time in the outdoor space! Guerneville and Monte Rio are a beautiful weekend vacation getaway, and you're very close to the wineries and the coast.

Manager Response:

We're so glad you enjoyed Artisan House and the surrounding area on your getaway and hope you'll be back to explore some more! Thanks for the review Angela! Rachel, Russian River Getaways

-Angela (Airbnb guest) on 04/12/2017

 

"The house is amazing! "

5 of 5

We celebrated my partner's birthday with a group of friends. The house is amazing! It is large enough to accommodate ten people comfortably. We loved having the hot tub and enjoyed cooking in the kitchen. The folks at Russian River Getaways answered all of my questions in a timely manner. When I called them to ask more questions, they were incredibly patient, kind, and humorous.

Manager Response:

Thanks Tina...we much appreciate the compliment to our service and are glad you enjoyed Artisan House. We hope you'll be back to the Russian River sooner rather than later! Rachel, Russian River Getaways

-Tina (Airbnb guest) on 04/09/2017

 

"We had a great time staying at the Artisan House"

5 of 5

We had a great time staying at the Artisan House - it was the perfect site for our annual women's retreat. The 3 wood burning stoves kept us cozy and warm. We enjoyed gathering at the large dining table for meals and activities. The hardwood floors were a good surface for those who wanted to do yoga. The house is very close to the small but well-stocked market in Monte Rio - a short walk to pick up supplies that may have been forgotten. Would recommend and would definitely stay again.

-Jennifer (Airbnb guest) on 03/17/2017

 

"Was a wonderful location and beautiful house!"

5 of 5

Was a wonderful location and beautiful house! A great weekend getaway!

-Kristina (Airbnb guest) on 03/16/2017

 

"Artisan House"

4 of 5

Super nice great room / kitchen area. Was a great fit for 4 young/small families. The secondary in-law unit was a little funkier than we expected. Main bedrooms were pretty nice though.

-Joe (Airbnb guest) on 02/22/2017

 

"Really loved our stay at the Artisan House!"

5 of 5

Really loved our stay at the Artisan House! Perfect for a group of friends to getaway during the winter months. The kitchen was well-stocked for the big feast that we made and the house was spacious enough for everyone to have places to relax, read, or hang out. It was walking distance to anything in the town of Monte Rio and a short drive to the ocean, hiking, wine tasting, or Guerneville. The design of the house was beautiful, the fireplaces cozy, and the rooms spacious. We'll definitely come back on our next trip to the Russin River!

-Connie (Airbnb guest) on 02/16/2017

 

"The Artisan House is a work of beauty"

4 of 5

The Artisan House is a work of beauty. Its overall look is beautiful. It's very well located in the heart of Monte Rio, walkable distance from the river and 15 minutes drive from the ocean. The main room is very spacious and cosy, the kitchen is well equipped, and the dining area is great to share a meal with a big group. Perfect for a friends' getaway. However, you have to be willing to compromise if you go there in the winter... the house is not easy to heat and they were 2 leaks in the bedrooms. With the heavy rain, it was not very confortable to sleep under a dripping ceiling... The River Getaways team was responsive and stopped by to take pictures of the leaks and offer to give us more sheets and pillows which was nice. I'll come back but during the summer ;)

-Laura (Airbnb guest) on 01/19/2017

 

"The Artisan house is very nice, rustic and well-located"

5 of 5

The Artisan house is very nice, rustic and well-located. It is 10min from Guerneville, right next to the river beach in Monte Rio and about 15min from the ocean, which was perfect for us. It is mostly a SUMMER house though, since the electric heaters (and gas/fire stoves) were not so great/intuitive and the insulation of the whole house is not perfect, but we were outside a lot so it ended up being a lovely stay! We're used to old houses, so overall it was fun to be there. The description is very accurate and the wood inside makes this house really special and charming. The rental company (River gateways, I think) was also responsive, we didn't get to meet anyone as we were out when they came, but it would have been nice to have an agent there for us when we arrived to explain everything. The house is HUGE and it took us some time to figure out everything on our own. I called a couple of times to let them know that a few bulbs were out and that the garbage had not been emptied by previous tenants and they came that same day. They were also some ants in the kitchen/bathrooms, nothing bad, but we had to be careful not to leave anything on the counters. The hot tub was a GREAT addition and I'd love to go back to this house during the summer as we LOVE this area. Overall, it was a great relaxing experience and we were very comfortable and happy to be together in such a big space.

-Marie (Airbnb guest) on 01/11/2017

 

"This is a great home for a relaxing trip outside of the city"

5 of 5

This is a great home for a relaxing trip outside of the city. Close to state parks for hiking, and wineries. The house has 5 double beds, and in one of the rooms there is a single bed in a loft. We found everything we needed in the kitchen, perfect for cooking a big meal for everyone. It was quite cold the weekend we visited, but the wood-fired stove made it nice and cozy inside. good value

-Chelsea (Airbnb guest) on 12/30/2016

 

"This place was the perfect spot for our women's retreat! "

5 of 5

This place was the perfect spot for our women's retreat! It was cozy but spacious, the hot tub was an incredible perk. The house feels like a really big cabin, and was super comfortable and beautiful.

-Samantha (Airbnb guest) on 12/27/2016

 

"Beautiful house, very poor maintenance."

3 of 5

This is a beautiful house with lots of unique features but it is on the downward slide in terms of maintenance and unless corrected soon will not be worth staying in at all. The apartment on the side of the house is in particularly bad shape with the bathrooms in desperate need of remodeling and some TLC. I slept on that side. The hot tube was in good shape and we used it but the outdoor grill we had to take apart and clean it and then only two burners worked. There was also propane leaking from one of the small portable tanks so certainly a safety issue. The heating issue was marginal for this time of year and probably not a problem in the summer but it was difficult to get house up to a reasonable temperature very quickly. All and all this house has the potential to be one of the best but it will take a lot of work to get it up to standards.

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 11/15/2016

 

"We really enjoyed Artisan House....."

5 of 5

We loved staying at the Artisan House!!! We stayed with one other family for a long weekend. The big open downstairs brings everyone together connecting on the deck, in the living room, kitchen and dinning room. The fireplaces made things warm and cozy. They have really neat little nooks for privacy and the artwork is delightful. We definitely want to comeback.....

-OdysseusSF on 05/26/2015

 

"Artisan House is Pretty Much Perfect!"

4 of 5

We booked Artisan House for a birthday weekend with 12 adults, 2 infants, and a dog. It was absolutely perfect for our needs. The house and grounds are extremely nice, and conveniently located just a short walk from the market and "downtown" Monte Rio. We can't wait for the next visit!

Manager Response:

We're so glad you enjoyed Artisan House and its proximity to downtown Monte Rio, especially now that there's so much going on there with the new ownership of the movie theater and cafe, new market and restaurants, and now a shop or two. We do hope you'll come back to stay again.

-Sampson81 on 01/29/2015

 

"Artisan Compound"

5 of 5

This house was great! The location was perfect. We could walk to everything in Monte Rio, the theater, the beach, Barlett's. Great neighborhood to walk in as well. It seemed like previous renters were concerned with the traffic noise because it is at the base of Bohemian Hwy but it really was not bad at all. The neighbors were nice and the house and property were big enough for our crew. It was a joy to stay there and we would stay there again. The only thing that was lacking was the amenities in the granny unit. The kitchen was not stocked with cookware and dishes and the tv had no cable so you could only watch DVDs but these seem to be simple things to fix. The beds were pretty comfortable which is important and there were enough bathrooms.

Manager Response:

We're glad you enjoyed Artisan House, and thank you for your review. We'll look into the stocking of the granny unit kitchen. Often guests move things from one kitchen to the other.

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 08/31/2014

 

"Great Summer Home for Large Family"

4 of 5

This house is wonderful and the master suite is incredible. Five total bedrooms but the ability to sleep a few extra on futons. Great location which is walking distance to a small market and the Monte Rio beach where they have canoes, kayaks and a great lunch option. 10 mile drive to the beach in Jenner and 4 miles to Guerneville.

Manager Response:

Thank you for your review. Artisan House is indeed a great summer home for a large family, and we're so glad you enjoyed it. Do come back soon!

-Matt Martella on 08/19/2013

 

"Restful, peaceful, cozy, warm."

5 of 5

Special place for large family and friend gatherings. Spacious living area. Quite neighborhood. This home is really a comfortable warm welcoming place.

Manager Response:

We're so happy that you enjoyed Artisan. It is a wonderful vintage home. Thanks for the review, and we do hope you'll come back. -Rachel

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 08/09/2013

 

"Too hot for comfort"

2 of 5

We have just returned from our week at artisan House, and enjoyed it, with an enormous caveat. The house is not properly set up for the heat wave we endured (last week in June, 2013). Although it has no air conditioning, screens should have been installed for the windows that open upstairs. (And...not all of them are even able to open). The house heats up during the day, and is trapped in the upstairs bedrooms. The fact that we rented the house to celebrate my mother's 93rd birthday, and she was staying in one of these bedrooms was extremely nerve-wracking. I had requested a partial rebate of our rent due to these sleepless nights...and no response from the Russian River Getaways management company.(Not even the courtesy of a negative reply). No doubt, the company will say that we should have notified them immediately about the problem, but we had no idea of the issue until the first day of the heat wave (Friday) that the house was ill-prepared to handle this. Other than this major factor, the house was well-equipped and charming (although they need to replace a non-working toaster). If roiling hot weather is not a factor, you most certainly will enjoy your stay. But one more thing to note, the house is not as isolated as one espects (there are very nearby neighbors, whom one can easily spot from the deck), and is extremely unimpressive from the outside, which leads to dismay when one first spots it. Go inside, and be assured.

Manager Response:

We have never had the kind of heat that you had to endure here on the Russian River and we learned a great deal from the perspective of our guests. We apologize if you received no response from our management team and I will be sure to pass your complaint along to our Services Manager.
Although we are in a country setting it's almost impossible to not have neighbors anywhere you go. We do have more remote and isolated homes and you just need to ask our booking agents and they will guide you to something more to your liking next time you book with us.
Thank you for your observations and we will look into your concerns.
Russian River Getaways

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 07/04/2013

 

"Rustic and very Roomy"

5 of 5

I loved my experience here. The Master Bedroom was amazing and the Granny Flat was huge. The house was well stocked and clean. I hope to visit again. I will say that the neighbors are very close and if you have a large group you need to go inside early to avoid calls about the noise.

Manager Response:

Thanks for your review, and we're glad you enjoyed your stay. Artisan House is located in a residential neighborhood, and Sonoma County does have rules for vacation rentals regarding not disturbing neighbors, so we do have to respond. We appreciate your patience and the fact that you had a great time anyway!

-Cindy J on 04/25/2013

 

"Beautiful and functional space for a small getaway"

4 of 5

This was a delightful house that worked out perfectly except for the size of our party. For my 30th birthday I invited 13 friends up to the cabin because the max occupancy says 14. It's a good thing that someone brought an inflatable king sized air mattress though, because there were definitely not enough spots for 14 - the ad said something about additional futons but the couches were not pull out couches at all so the house really slept 11 comfortably, not 14. Otherwise, it was an amazing space - great kitchen, open living room and dining areas; the deck was awesome to hang out on, and the hot tub was a hit, though we had to take turns as it could only hold 6 people at a time. There were plenty of towels and blankets, as well as fire wood. It's very close to a beach area of russian river where we went to play frisbee and skip rocks - a nice relaxing addition to the area. The house is fully fenced in so you feel like you have privacy. The internet also worked well. All in all we had a great trip and I would do it again, though with fewer people due to space constraints (for sleeping purposes; the house easily entertains more than 14 people though).

Manager Response:

We're so glad you enjoyed Artisan House and hope you'll be back. There were large floor futons to help accommodate 14 people, but now the house has scaled back occupancy to 12.

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 04/23/2013

 

"Fabulous time; great place"

5 of 5

Customer service was great. When I called to request an extended check-out it was easy. The house was grand and cozy. There wasn't really anything negative I could complain about. There were enough space heaters to keep us warm. The hot tub was nice. We enjoyed Bbqing one afternoon too. Walking distance to the beach and 10 minute into town.

Manager Response:

Thanks for your review and sharing your experience at Artisan House. We hope you'll be back soon!

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 03/14/2013

 

"I'll be back"

4 of 5

This was a wonderful location, and an excellent house. The main unit has great ambiance. The granny unit is functional, but not as charming.There are two simple things that hopefully the maintenance guy takes care of before I come back, both are in the showers of the main unit. One shower has a terribly oriented showerhead, which only points straight down, right next to the wall. The other shower has unweighted curtains in a wrap-around. Since there are no weights or magnets on the shower curtain, the convection caused when running hot water in the shower sucks the curtain in. It touches you while you're trying to shower, and that's gross.The deck was fabulous. The hot tub is well screened from the road, and with the huge square footage of the deck and yard, it still has a very open feeling.

Manager Response:

Thank you for your review, and it's great to hear that you enjoyed the house. We've corrected the bathroom problems.

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 01/10/2013

 

"A very happy Family reunion"

4 of 5

The booking went well and rapidly, we appreciated the rapid response we had although the complexity of links on the booking form was overwhelming. Response to queries at the office when we were there was equally good.The house and granny apartment were perfect in size for the 14 who stayed there. The location and amenities were perfect for us with 6 young people and we were especially happy to have such convenient access to the river. It was excessively noisy with traffic from 5am but the gem of a housekeeper you have, told us about the start of the Bohemian club event. (By the way , you are very lucky to have such an excellent housekeeper who is also a charming person and chatted to us as we left which added a warm feeling to a sad goodbye for us as we joined together from the 4 corners of the USa.)The Plum tree was shedding many many plums on the entrance steps which got tracked into cars and house. The garden was a big asset and we used it a lot for games. This possibility was not mentioned in the description. We particularly liked the space both inside and on the deck . Thank you

Manager Response:

We're so glad you enjoyed the house and yard at Artisan. Booking is much easier with our new website, so we hope you'll check it out and come stay with us again.

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 07/18/2012

 

"Lovely!"

5 of 5

We've stayed here a number of times when we needed to get away with our various groupings of family and friends. This property has lots of space for large groups. The deck and other spaces in the main house are great for entertaining. The granny unit is perfect for a low key space for tired children or grown ups. Nice balance. We also love the the access to nearby attractions like the Russian River, Goat Rock, and wine country.

Manager Response:

I'm very glad you enjoyed Artisan House and its great location. -Rachel, general manager

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 06/27/2012

 

"Nice home"

4 of 5

The house sits on a corner next to a main road with neighbors on two sides. It's quite large with lots of space but could use more/bigger beds. If you have 14 guests that don't want to share fulls and queens, then you're out of luck. Plenty of kitchen space and a very large deck that's elevated from the yard. The entertainment center is a joke plus one speaker didn't work. It's a quick walk to the river and convenient stores.

Manager Response:

This home is as advertised: A really cool craftsman masterpiece sleeping more people than most vacation rentals in Sonoma County. The beds are clearly noted on the website. I'm glad you had a good time despite some issues. The entertainment center is what it is, again clearly detailed on the website. There should not have been any surprises outside of the speaker not working. Usually this is a disconnected wire. Next time, call us so we can take of it for you. I'll look into it now and make sure both speakers are working. -Rachel, Russian River Getaways

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 06/11/2012

 

"Beautiful Home!"

5 of 5

Everything from the rental process to checkout was super easy. We really loved the house -- it was clean and very spacious, with plenty of Craftsman-style charm. The backyard is very beautiful. I would love to come back in the summer months!

Manager Response:

We're so so glad you loved this amazing home. Please do come back soon! -rkl

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 01/15/2012

 

"Comfortable family Thanksgiving vacation"

5 of 5

The office people were very helpful, we were able to preview the house which enabled us to decide what sleeping arrangements would work best. We needed xtra chairs for Thanksgiving. I called and asked ahead of time and the folding chairs were provided with the units. Kitchen and open area were great, plenty of space for folks to spread out and be together too. Heating and lighting were very good. Going from house to house so easily was really good. Showers in bathrooms are not very strong and could be replaced.

Manager Response:

We strive to provide a great getaway experience, and holidays like Thanksgiving are especially important to us. So, we're very glad that this home worked out so well for you. We'll pass on the info about the showers to the owners. -rkl

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 12/13/2011

 

"Large but troubled home"

1 of 5

The home is not well maintained and was dirty upon arrival...needs a deep cleaning. we found several little varmits in the kitchen, lights burned out, TV not working, windows cracked. Location is ok (near the river) but a heavily trafficed area...the bus to Santa Rosa goes by (noisily at 5:30am)...city noises abound, crowded area. House is not well heated with loose fitting doors (many gaps to let the wind in)...definitely needs some attention and cleaning.

Manager Response:

This is a vintage home, so it's a little quirky, but it was not dirty. The "little varmits" were a few dead bugs. We are in a forested rural area where there is a lot of wildlife, including bugs, which occasionally have the ill grace to come into a house and die in inopportune places. The best cleaning in the world can't stop this. The lights were all fine when inspected before arrival. We've had no other report of the TV not working and inspection showed it to be fine. These folks did not call us, so I'm not sure what happened there. There are instructions now for the TV to help avoid user error. There is a window cracked in one of the many many glass paned doors. These are vintage wood doors so not as airtight as vinyl, and they need special treatment. The windows are scheduled to be repaired and weather stripped in November. This is a very quiet area with little traffic, despite the occasional bus, but it is in a neighborhood - like almost all the homes in this area. -rkl

The windows have been restored. -Rachel, general manager

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 10/05/2011

 

"What a beautiful house..."

5 of 5

We had a great time in the artisan House. Beautiful location and all the details one would need for a great stay... Thank you. Bw

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 04/27/2011

 

"Fun Times"

4 of 5

We stayed at the artisan House, there were 5 couples and 6 children all 3 or under. We usually go away as a group and it is really lovely to find a place not to far from home that fits us all comfortably. We used both houses and it worked perfectly. We were able to use the main house for our dinners and grown-up time in the evenings. We especially liked its location as we did not have to get in the car to go to the local playground or to see the river. We spent a lot of time in the house which was warm and cosy and well suited for our group.We had a lovely walk on a local beach and generally just enjoyed ourselves.The only issue we had was the toilet became blocked and we had not realised that we were responsible for getting it un-blocked. Russian Rivers Getaway ultimately sorted it all out for us, however I would like to make sure that others are aware that when they call the emergency number for a blocked toilet it may be better to call a local plumber.

Manager Response:

So glad these folks liked the wonderful home. Just a note that we test the toilets before each booking, so if there is an issue, it's almost always user error - this is why we ask the guest to get it fixed. However, our service techs can fix most toilet problems, and they're generally less expensive than a plumber. -rkl

-R Emanuel on 02/03/2011

 

"The perfect getaway for a family get-together"

5 of 5

Artisan House was attractive & comfortable for our family gathering of eleven (including two young children). We liked the combination of privacy for sleeping arrangements and open gathering space -- living room, kitchen, dining room & deck all distinct but merging comfortably. The location of the house in Monte Rio was ideal for easy access to all the various activities the area has to offer! Thanks for providing us with this great house!

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 08/12/2010

 

"nothing worked quite right"

2 of 5

This home was large, and would have been perfect if the outing had been for a bunch of college friends for a reunion party or something like that. As it was, with extended family, the house didn't work. The internet access didn't work. One of the washers didn't work. The second unit was overrun with spiders, and was stuffy. The whole house smelled musty and uncomfortable. The television was really small/hard to see from the sofas/chair. The jacuzzi and the deck were nice. The house is on a corner lot, and the trucks started barreling past at 7 am and didn't stop all day/evening. I wouldn't stay again, especially for an entire week. Really expensive for what you get.

Manager Response:

We wish we had known about the issues with the internet and washing machine while these folks were here, so we could have fixed them. We did not have subsequent complaints about these things, so we're not sure what happened. We do have some wildlife here, including spiders, but "overrun" is not really possible in a house that's cleaned thoroughly once a week. Upon inspection, the house is not musty or stuffy. Sounds as though it was just hot while these folks were visiting. The TV is 32". The road near this house is normally very quiet, so there must have been some event that caused there to be more traffic than usual. -rkl

-Itty Bitty on 07/30/2010

 

"Pics Don't Do It Justice"

4 of 5

Photos on the Getaways site don't hold a candle to how pretty and impressive this place is, inside and out. The deck seems bigger when you get there, and the kitchen's unique set up is very striking when you walk in. Items of note: The highest room in the main house has an extremely loud air conditioner that goes off and on all night. The loft in the side unit has a sun roof that would stun anyone awake in high summer. The master bedroom has a very tiny mirror, so we ended up sharing the other bathroom when girls wanted to wash faces etc. As far as futons, they are nice and there is space to put them in other rooms than those they started in. The housekeeper was there when we arrived, which I didn't like, but I bet this is uncommon. Some more pros: Don't miss the little walkway to the bench in the garden! There's lots of closet space everywhere. The master bedroom is much bigger than it looks online. The seating areas are comfortable. Previous guests usually leave random amenities in the pantry. There's plenty of street parking. It's just a stone's throw to the beach. We thought the price was a bit much when you consider paying that price for someone to sleep on a futon, but when we all arrived, even the futon sleepers were very impressed and had no regrets!Happy vacationing!

Manager Response:

Glad these folks liked this house so well. We have no idea what the "loud air conditioner" is. There's no air conditioning at this home, and when we looked, we couldn't find any other machinery that would account for this problem. We've had no other complaints about it. -rkl

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 06/24/2010

 

"Artisian's House, Our Home Away From Home!"

4 of 5

I believe this is the 8th year we have stayed at the Artisian's House! It the perfect home base for wine tasting, going to the beach or kayaking down the river! We love the open floor plan and the space to all be together, all 14 of us!!

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 03/11/2010

 

"Great Big House is Perfect Location."

4 of 5

The Main house is fantastic blend of open space and cozy comfort. The kitchen was well stocked and the space appointed very well. The best place for everyone to hang out. The in law unit tends to be less inviting or intimate. The location is also a great mix of close walking distance to groceries, coffee, movies, dog park and river access. But feels remote and wooded.RRG is always helpful and accommodating. I find their service and policies consistent and thoughtful. I like the keyless entry.The Main house seems to have a dishwasher problem. Never actually cleaned anything.The in law unit has a dark and hard to use kitchen.

Manager Response:

We're so glad these folks enjoyed their stay. The dishwasher has been replaced. You can see pictures of the cottage on the website, so you can see it is neither dark, nor hard to use. -rkl

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 02/18/2010

 

"We love this place!"

5 of 5

We've stayed in this home twice, and love it for our large group. The kitchen is great for group meal prep, and the rest of the house is so inviting for hanging out, socializing, relaxing, or ducking out for rest and respite from all the activity. I can't wait to go back!

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 11/05/2009

 

"Odd things"

3 of 5

The cleaning crew was 40 min. late getting done. They said the former people left very late. 'had to buy batteries for the remote, dish washing soap and some toilet paper. Smoke from the fireplace drifted up to the master bedroom. The sound from the kitchen is bad in the master with no wall over the closet area. The place, however, was charming and I would stay there again.

-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 08/08/2009

 

"Great house for groups"

5 of 5

We stayed at this property for a 40th birthday celebration. We had several people with us (14 total, including 2 toddlers) and everyone enjoyed the stay. It was nice to have a separation of space in the 2 houses; the main deck is huge and receives full sun for the majority of the day. The kitchen in the main house is centrally located so that even if you're cooking, you can still be a part of the mix. It was nice to relax in the hot tub and a river beach and playground are within 2 blocks. The men enjoyed a later morning round of golf at Northwood (5 minutes away) as well. Everyone's expectations were met. We would definitely return to this property.

-Sepulvedas on 04/29/2009

 

"Nice holiday weekend despite some rain"

4 of 5

This is a great house for a gathering of family and friends. We were looking for a place with large, open seating areas including a dining table that seats 10 and a large kitchen. Artisan House exceeded my expectations, and I would definitely consider renting again in the summer months to take full advantage of the large deck. The house was very clean, and the furnishings were more than adequate for an enjoyable weekend. We found the bed in the master bedroom to be extremely comfortable.Our only issues amounted to minor inconveniences (keyless entry code did not work initially, internet service went down temporarily, hot tub controls locked up temporarily) that required service calls but after that were resolved very quickly by the management.Also, the house took awhile to warm up initially but then was very warm and cozy once the wood-stove was heated. Probably not an issue during the summer, I'm guessing.Keep in mind that mobile phone service is quite limited (Verizon worked ok, but AT&T did not), and the loft sleeping area in the main house has limited privacy.

-JF on 02/20/2009

 
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