House/Private Home - 3 Bedrooms + Other - 2.5 Baths - Sleeps 8
Old River Lodge has an old world charm, with hand-hewn beams and many more classic elements. The three story home has fabulous views and decks on each level overlooking the water. There’s an outdoor dining area with sweeping river views, a weber gas grill, a river view hot tub, two kayaks, a hammock for year round enjoyment on a covered deck, a game room with games and puzzles, and Ultra High Speed WiFi based internet.
The knotty pine vaulted great room has soaring ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace and is a wonderful gathering place, with comfortable leather sofas circling the fire. Situated less than a mile from downtown Healdsburg’s Park Plaza, Old River Lodge is the perfect choice to be on the river yet in the middle of all that Healdsburg and Wine Country have to offer. The perfect choice for getting away to be together – to bond and reconnect with family and friends.
The kitchen is well stocked, and has a breakfast table with fantastic river views. The home provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the vacation pleasures of a by-gone era, but with all the contemporary upgrades needed to ensure a wonderfully comfortable stay. The three bedrooms have queen size beds and a game room with a comfortable futon bed. All have fine high quality linens for rest and enjoyment.
Activities and Adventure: There are activities to interest all ages & tastes, from winery tours, to hiking, biking, golf, swimming, kayaking, soaking in the hot tub, just relaxing, or watching wildlife from the deck. In town, there’s the historic Healdsburg Plaza, with shaded benches and a central concert gazebo. On a covered deck overlooking the river is an inviting hammock, a perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon. For those looking for outdoor adventure and family fun, we offer two kayaks for exploring the river. Or try swimming, or fishing from the dock for native wild steelhead and coho salmon, or take a leisurely float trip downstream 45 minutes into Healdsburg.
We are located just outside the city limits of Healdsburg, in the heart of Sonoma County Wine Country, & enjoy frontage on the upper Russian River, where the water is clear & the river uncrowded… juat perfect for great family fun & outdoor adventure opportunities.
Perfect Choice: Location, Togetherness, Relaxation: The perfect location, close in, but seemingly far away. (Incredibly close to everything, but private, serene, and unspoiled. Situated less than a 2 minute drive from Healdsburg.) The perfect choice for getting away to be together – to bond and reconnect with family and friends. (Spread out over three stories. Find activities to interest every taste and age group, even a trunk full of nostalgic puzzles, games, and toys for children.)
The perfect recipe for relaxation, to recharge one’s personal batteries. (Try lazing in the year ’round hammock on a covered view deck. Sink into incredibly soft and comfortable leather sofas by the fire. Or, sit and gaze at the diamond-like sparklets dancing where rapids tumble over the rocks.)
Gorgeous house, gorgeous view!
About the Owner
'Wine Country Lodge's history in Sonoma County started with its founder, Lisa Neisingh. Lisa was raised in Sonoma County, where she enjoyed vacations with her family at their riverfront cabin on Healdsburg’s Fitch Mountain and where she learned to swim with her cousins in the Russian River. Wanting to continue to share similar getaway experiences for additional families and friends, she bought Old River in 2006 as Wine Country Lodges’ third riverfront vacation home. Sharing Healdsburg’s historic riverfront with others has been our goal in creating a relaxing environment conducive to memory making get-togethers. Old River Lodge has been hosting visitors on the river ever since. Old River Lodge is known for its wonderful views, excellent river location and authentic, 'old', river lodge charm. Wine Country Lodges continues in the tradition of welcoming guests and is now owned and managed by Lisa’s children Jared B Pickrell and Jill E. Jensen. Our families enjoy filling these wonderful riverfront homes with comfortable furnishings, relaxing amenities, and providing a choice of many adventurous and leisurely activities for our guests to choose from.
We Look Forward to Welcoming You to Healdsburg’s Riverfront Wine Country.
Guestbook comments from the manager
The house was exactly what we'd hoped for, providing a desparately needed, comfortable break from our stressed-out lives.
The management was seamless -- all the info we needed, when we needed it; plenty of amenities; and everything well-maintained.
We will definitely look forward to coming back!
- Anonymous, Kentfield, CA
4.3 based on 39 traveler reviews
Property under construction
We were very disappointed and more than a little surprised to drive up to a construction zone. We were not informed in advance (nor given any monetary consideration) that the property was undergoing a renovation. The owner and manager were quite apologetic after the fact but that did not make up for the scaffolding and piles of debris.
Healdsburg Old River Lodge
We often typically rent up river at Summer Home Park or Monte Rio. The Healdsburg area is a bit more pricey and the home itself was more comfortable and clean than many cabins on the river. We went into the Raven Theatre for a great production of Bye Bye Birdie, and enjoyed the town square for a birthday celebration dinner at Bear Flag. I found the rental process somewhat tedious due to the electronic signature process that never seemed to work. The staff were prompt and efficient when answering questions and assisting.
The biggest disappointment by far, was receiving a call 15 minutes before check in saying the construction crew did not finish the siding project. Pulling up to a house wrapped in white and scaffolding while the workers were loading the truck was a disappointment. The job was more that a few days from completion, demonstrating a lack of respect to the agreement.
There were some very nice touches to the house inside and it was well stocked as far as the kitchen. The beds were very comfortable and once it is refurbished on the outside including the steps down to the cement landing and the ladder to the water, it will be a wonderful place to stay. There seemed to be an issue with the septic drainage that the neighbors were concerned with enough to ask us how many were staying the house and that they were calling the Property Management and not to worry.
The top floor back bedroom had a slider with the balcony removed. pretty scary when you have a near two year old in tow, but we were diligent in keeping that door closed. One thing that is not apparent in the schematic on line is that the upstairs bedrooms are sufficiently separated to provide privacy. That is not always the case in older cabins and it was a nice surprise.
Great location, beautiful views
We really enjoyed our stay. Sitting on the decks watching the wildlife on the river was a highlight. We saw a great blue heron perched on a nearby rock looking for their dinner, multiple deer (2 crossed the river), lots of various duck families, and fish jumping. House is located on the sunny side of Fitch mountain.
You are only about 2 feet from each neighbor which isn't so bad since there are 2 nice decks in the back of the house.
I was a bit surprised when 2 nights ended up costing over $1,700 after taxes and fees... (For just a standard weekend) so be sure you plan for that when booking any rental! It was advertised as around $600 a night.
I stayed at this house in April of this year with 6 other women. It was a perfect house. Plenty of comfy beds, bathrooms and the kitchen was well appointed with everything we needed to make great breakfasts and dinners. It is right on the Russian river and the walk down is short. The house is on the road that leads you directly into Healdsburg, so going into town is easy and not a far drive to the wineries.
The only drawback is parking. It is very shallow and small, so if you have multiple big SUVs or trucks, you will have a heck of a time parking near the house.
Great house for get together with friends or families.
Gorgeous house, gorgeous view!
This place was wonderful! The house is literally right on the river, and there are three decks with equally awesome views of it. The hot tub is the perfect place to relax after a hike or wine tasting, and the house is all new and comfortable. The property manager was extremely helpful and attentive. She asked me to provide any constructive criticism, and I legitimately had none to offer. It was a wonderful experience from the moment we walked in the door to the minute we left. Will definitely keep this one in mind for the future!
Rustic home with great views and location, with a catch
My friends and I for a few years now have traveled to the area for some of the wine events and stayed at several hotels and homes in Healdsburg. Upon viewing the website (http://www.winecountrylodges.com/room/old-river-lodge/) were excited to try this particular property. We were not disappointed in its location, views, and adequate comfort level. One of the reasons we chose Old River Lodge was that it listed, among many other amenities, complimentary bottled water, robes (hot tub overlooking the river), and twice daily turn down service (which given the price, did not seem all that unusual). On our return to the lodge the first evening we found no water, no robes, and no turndown service. We contacted the property management company who was quite surprised about our inquiry. We forwarded her the link and received a response that it was a web design error and no such amenities are included. Upon writing this review now 5 days later, the website has NOT been updated and that not all aspects of the home are what they seem. Keep that in mind if viewing this rental property.
From the Owner
“'Lisa was searching for a rustic riverfront getaway - the kind she remembered as a child - a place to go with family and friends and leave the cares of the world behind! She wanted it not too fussy so it would have that 'relaxing' feeling and wanted it to be waterfront, with plenty of beautiful views and fun water activities. When Old River became available, Lisa knew it was the perfect property and addition to Wine Country Lodges collection of riverfront vacation homes.”
Activity and Interests
On a covered deck overlooking the river is an inviting hammock, a perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon. For those looking for outdoor adventure and family fun, we offer two kayaks for exploring the river. Or try swimming, fishing from the dock for steelhead rainbow trout and coho salmon, or take a leisurely float trip downstream 45 minutes into Healdsburg. There are two fishing rods provided for your use (a license is required for ages 16 and older). We are located just outside the city limits of Healdsburg, in the heart of Sonoma County Wine Country, and enjoy frontage on the upper Russian River, where the water is clear and the river uncrowded, for great family fun and outdoor adventure opportunities. There are activities to interest all ages and tastes from winery tours, to hiking, biking, golf, swimming, kayaking, soaking in the hot tub, just relaxing, or watching wildlife from the deck. In town, there's the historic Healdsburg Plaza, with shaded park benches, eateries
Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, shelling, wildlife, boating, biking, health/beauty spa, hot air ballooning
Healdsburg, Russian River, Sonoma County, Wine Country, California, USA (Best River Views, Private Dock, One Mile from Healdsburg)
- Available arrival
- Available stay (no arrival)
From the Owner
“Riverfront Home - 3 Bedrooms + Other - 2.5 Baths - Sleeps 8 Great River Location, Close to Downtown Healdsburg, World Class Wineries and Breathtaking Vineyards, Mountains and Valleys Growing Some of the Greatest Wine Grap”
- Air Conditioning
- Hair Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Dining Room
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Hot Tub
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- Mountain View
- scenic drives
Sports & Adventure Activities
- 2300 sq. ft.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- 1 Day Bed, 1 Full, 3 Queen, 1 Rollaway
- Deck / Patio
- Kayak / Canoe
- Outdoor Grill
- 4 garden chairs
- 4 beach chairs
Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website
- The home is a charming and nostalgic, riverfront home, built in the 1930's. It retains it's original character and charm, and offers an enjoyable step back in time, while providing contemporary amenities and conveniences for a perfectly comfortable stay. Private Hot Tub -- The river behind the house is great for swimming, snorkeling & other water fun. Two kayaks are provided. There is a Full Kitchen - Weber gas BBQ on deck -- Dining table on deck overlooks a beautiful river panorama -- Wi-Fi is provided free of charge. Wood Fireplace. Free wash available to guests staying 4 or more - please inquire.