When I decided to write this review following our recent stay at the Rio Sierra Riverhouse, I took the opportunity to read previous reviews and was surprised to find references to Sean, a security Guard, and Cheryll & Erin, housekeepers. My surprise was caused by the fact that none of these people were around during our 3 night stay. In fact, there was no housekeeping during our visit. There were plenty of clean towels in our room and dirty towels could be left outside the door for collection, but we made our bed and emptied our bins and there was no cleaning of the suite. Let me say that this was not a problem for is, although we were initially surprised at this arrangement having expected housekeeping to be provided. It did not marr our stay but I thought that our experience should be placed on file as a counter to the earlier ones which indicated a high level of housekeeping attention.
Moving on from that however, I agree totally that Rio Sierra is an idyllic location and Margaret a most congenial host. We stayed in the Master Suite. This comprised an entrance lobby with two chairs, a large living room, a large bedroom with en suite and walk in wardrobe, and a large balcony with table and chairs overlooking the river. The living room was divided into three areas. One housed a sofa, two chairs and a TV. Another housed a day bed plus chairs. The third housed the fridge, microwave and coffee machine. Coffee and creamer were provided and could be restocked from the office, but everything else had to be brought in and there were no washing up facilities. To get over this we purchased plastic cutlery and cups.
Breakfast could be ordered for delivery through Sierra Subs & Salads and I would certainly recommend our choice of a large cup layered with fresh fruit, yoghurt and granola. Sierra Subs also sourced the delicious salads we collected and ate on our balcony in the evening before taking a glass of wine down to the camp fire which was lit at sundown every evening by Margaret. As the heat of the day subsided we lingered watching the stars and chatting with our fellow guests.
During the day you could sit out under one of the 3 cabanas on the riverside or sit on the chairs dotted around for use of the guests. If you were lucky (as we were) you might see deer come down to the other bank of the river to drink before disappearing again amongst the shrubs.
I happily recommend Rio Sierra as a beautiful venue for rest and relaxation and access to the Sequoia National Park - but do not expect fine dining from any of the local restaurants!