We stayed here last week (Aug 4 - 8) for 5 nights in the Stellar Jay Cottage. The good points are that the grounds are very nice and it is quiet there. The not so good points are: (1) the cottage had obviously settled in such a way that the floor is very much tilted; as the cottage interior had obviously been recently redone it is hard to imagine why this was not fixed, (2) the cooking facilities are pretty minimal and the cooktop is really inadequate for much, as an addendum to that, only 2 of the main burners of the gas grill functioned as the others would not light due to a rusted out ignition tube, (3) this is the first place I have stayed where we were unable to connect to the wi-fi network (with a 2011 MacBook Air); I won't go into details, but the issue was certainly not on our end.
In summary, I would say it is a pretty nice place, and if it were quite a bit less expensive I would have given it a much higher rating. As it is, if I wanted to spend this much, I would look for another place.
Note: the original review above was written on 8/12/13. At the end of August, we were contacted by the owners and they graciously offered to refund $20/day of our cost. They also indicated they are going to correct at least some of the issues we brought up. This did not result in our changing our rating, but should be looked at favorably by anyone thinking of staying here. Because TripAdvisor does not allow edits, we had to remove our original review in order to add this note.
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- Monte Rio Vacation Cottages - Three levels of Luxury...You Chose!!Vacation Cottages - Suite - Sleeping Cabins.....Which accommodation is right for you?Vacation Cottages - The Heron, (king bed & queen fold out), The Stellar Jay, (king bed & queen fold out), or The Hummingbird, (queen bed), our cottages feature our finest accommodations. They feature private spa, private fenced & gated yards, private gas grill, fully equipped kitchens, gas or electric fireplaces, large furnished decks, premium linens w/robes, SmarTV or AppleTV, courtesy WiFi, free long distance phones, hotel amenities, housekeeping and more! The Suites - The Dallas Suite (king bed) or Suite Loretta (king bed) are lovely huge rooms, with 12 ft ceilings, each. The two suites share a beautiful yard with towering redwood trees, spa, gas grill, outdoor dining tables, & fire ring. Each suite has a kitchenette (microwave, coffee maker, fridge), Apple TV, courtesy WiFi, free long distance phones, electric fireplaces, lovely living room areas, tiled bathrooms, with tubs, premium linens, w/robes, hotel amenities, housekeeping & much more!The Sleeping Cabins - Camp Tranquility (two twin beds) or Camp Serenity (queen bed) pack a lot of comfort into their mere 120 sq ft! Each sleeping cabin has a kitchenette (microwave, coffee maker, fridge), no TV, courtesy WiFi, free long distance phones, private, outdoor showers, with abundant hot water, en suite water closets, furnished decks, umbrellaed dining areas, premium linens, w/robes, hotel amenities, housekeeping and much more!Monte Rio Vacation Cottages are nestled among giant redwood trees, in a quiet neighbor, on the south side of the Russian River. Monte Rio Vacation Cottages' 1/2 acre compound is made up of 3 cottages (each with a private yard fenced yard and hot tub) and 2 beautiful suites (both share a yard, fire ring and hot tub) and 2 quaint sleeping cabins, all sharing a lovely common area with a communal fire ring. It is artistically designed to let you retreat to your fenced private cottage, or gather with friends and family for social reunions. ... more less
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