Back in 1995, we came here for my birthday, and this January we returned to a refurbished, exceptionally enjoyable cottage for my Big Day. Reservations are a must, but in the off-season you might grab a cottage at the last minute during the week. Make certain that the last minute is close to Noon when they open.
Check-in is in the restaurant at the small, lovely bar. Our host and bar-keep was Evan - an exceptionally kind, friendly man with polished manners. We had initially reserved Cottage 3, the smaller cabin without a gas fireplace. The day before our arrival, I called and changed to Cottage 2 and we were glad we did. The extra space was ideal. The room was spotless with a seemingly new carpet, lovely pine paneled walls and ceiling; deliciously comfortable leather couch and wide chair; and a wide sliding glass door in the sitting area plus a large picture window next to the queen bed. We could hardly decide which was more comfortable - the leather furniture or the wonderful bed covered by a down comforter and numerous down pillows. The nicely firm bed was nicely softened by a bed topper beneath crisp sheets. The small, glass-fronted gas heater flickered out more than adequate warmth, and is adjustable by a thermostat. Heaven.
One minor concern, the bedside lights are too dim for reading. The floor lamp by the comfy chair serves that purpose well - if indeed you want to do anything more than view the water or the star show after dark.
But what could not be beat was the ample wood deck almost within touching distance of the Russian River and the ocean. So close that even with the cottage door and window shut, the sea sounds could be easily heard. Harbor seals and seagulls abounded on the shore, obviously not bothered by each others' presence. Be sure to bring your binoculars for details.
As mentioned by other reviewers, the small bathroom is a disappointment. The low-flow toilet works well, but the seat and cover are thin plastic. The sink's tile backsplash was missing 2 tiles, and the stall shower was dark and exceptionally small. There is, however, a small coffee maker; ample tea and coffee selection; a few small toiletries; and a hairdryer. Also in the bathroom was a small refrigerator and two wine glasses. No corkscrew.
In all, he cottage is a romantic treat. The view is as perfect in the room as on the deck. You might want to bring something cold and prepared for breakfast, keep it in the frig, and savor it and the sunrise the morning after.
- Also Known As:
- River`s End Hotel Jenner