Guest Reviews


Nellie

I've been going to the Russian River for about 15 years, 10 of those years with my family. Hands down, we all agreed that this is the best house at which we have ever stayed. The Gatsby far exceeded our expectations. The beauty alone is breathtaking. But the attention to details both inside and outside of the house were simply thoughtful. The serenity, peacefulness and overall feng shui has you leaving completely regenerated. Chris is a warm, friendly and engaging host. He was incredibly responsive and just genuinely kind. Even dropped by to say hi when I checked in and that's never happened at any house we've stayed at before. This family will be back again..and again...and again!

by Nellie from Sausalito, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

Ruty

Chris's place is truly amazing. The house is beautiful and well equipped. From cool gadgets to every cooking spice one could want, it has everything. The garden is wonderful, with a multitude seating spaces, all well organized. We also enjoyed the fresh fruit and vegetables growing everywhere. The river access is great, very comfortable, and the kayaks and inflatables are tons of fun. Chris was the best host one could hope for, answering questions quickly, and obliging all our requests. I'm already planning my next vacation here.

by Ruty from San Francisco, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

Catherine

This is a beautiful spot and a charming home, with great attention to detail and every amenity one could wish for. Obviously, very thoughtful hosts!

by Catherine from Washington, DC. Submitted Date of Stay:

Dan

The Gatsby house curated an experience that exceeded all of our expectations. From the motion censored night lights in the hallway to guide you at night to the ample amenities on the property (hot tub, floats, grill)- Chris has not overlooked a single detail for his guests. The house was tastefully and meticulous designed and the property was exquisitely manicured. The care and thought that went into creating this compound is astonishingly. Private dock access to the river, a meditation center, multiple patios, and a jacuzzi...this place has got something for everybody and this place is a great way to spend a quiet, relaxing weekend with friends and family. Will be back soon!

by Dan from San Francisco, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

Louis

Staying at the Gatsby estate is an unbelievable experience: Beautiful gardens, amazing decor, a great river front property and dock, incredible attention to detail. We indeed felt we were living the pampered life of the great Gatsby, only without the tragedy, just a great experience. We really appreciated the attention to detail: fresh cut flowers from the garden in most of the rooms, etc. Highly recommended.

by Louis from Pleasanton, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

Nilda

The Gatsby is indeed a fantastic place! If you're looking for the perfect house, look no further. The home is move-in ready, and I can't emphasize this enough! The host has given careful thought to detail; nothing was lacking. The beds are comfortable, the house is clean and stylish, with all the amenities one would need. If you love to cook the way I do, the kitchen is well equipped with everything necessary to create your meals to feed your family and friends. The river location is perfect with its private dock with two kayaks and inner tubes. The yard has several areas for relaxation and beautiful landscaping, while also providing plenty of outdoor games and activities for the entire (Website hidden by Airbnb) one was ever bored! We hardly left the house because of the comfortable living space and outdoor recreational areas. Our dogs enjoyed the house too! My family and I enjoyed our stay and even had fun on the river! We will return next year. The Gatsby is a gorgeous home where one can indeed feel at home and relaxed while on vacation.

by Nilda from Riverside, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

Sara

...over the top. amazing! hard to find words to justify how wonderful our experience was, thanks to their thoughtful attention to detail and fhe incredible property, grounds, amenities, decor and space! so fun and memorable. cannot wait to return!!!

by Sara from San Francisco. Submitted Date of Stay:

Mohan

As everyone else has written, Gatsby is a unique and special property that's been updated while maintaining a lot of the original details. The house is lovely, but we spent the majority of our visit in the yard and dock. Chris is a fantastic, responsive host and did everything to make our stay a memorable one.

by Mohan from Walnut Creek, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

Jessica

The Gatsby house is EVERYTHING you hope that your vacation accommodations will be. The home is the most incredible combination of the ease, privacy and convenience of an Airbnb with the amenities of a hotel. Every detail is thought of - from the exquisite decor, to the fully stocked kitchen with quality pots, pans, utensils, dishes and glassware, to the accessible kayaks, life vests, yard games and hot tub, right down to the wonderful bath amenities that adorn each bathroom. For a family with young kids - it is not often that we find a vacation rental that is comfortable and safe for our kids while also nice enough to really feel like a treat for the adults. This house manages to achieve this fine balance! We can not wait to be back!!

by Jessica from Oakland, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

Jeremy

This is the one. If you are looking for a retreat where every detail is carefully and lovingly thought through, with indoor and outdoor living spaces to celebrate, reflect, or renew, then this is the place for you. The six of us were absolutely "wowed" the moment we pulled up to this incredible home. We are still in awe of the beauty. And the hot tub, river and kayaks are major bonuses. I highly recommend!

by Jeremy from Los Altos. Submitted Date of Stay:

Alison

This is such a beautiful and special property, far beyond our expectations. This stunning house was meticulously restored with equal measures of style, love and attention to detail. We rented the house to get away for a restful weekend while family were in town and the entire party of us (5 in total) felt like we were in a dream the entire time. The beds were insanely comfortable and the hosts have thought of everything. There are so many little places to relax and take the sun, with exceptional views and access to the river. We will definitely be back.

by Alison from San Francisco. Submitted Date of Stay:

Liana

This home is amazing! One of my favorite Airbnb’s ever. The location is perfect, giant redwoods in the front, giant sunny yard in the back and river access with a dock. The home itself is very well decorated and cozy. The kitchen is perfectly stocked with everything you need. The home has all the modern necessities. The host communicated well and responded quickly always. We all loved this place and hope to go back soon!

by Liana from San Francisco, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

Sara

This is the most amazing place! Absolutely perfect from the minute you drive down the redwood lane and park. Beautiful house with every detail thought of and every comfort and luxury provided. Every room seems generous and cozy at the same time. I love the complete indoor/outdooor experience. You can curl up on the couch in the living room or step into the sun room or right out onto the protected patio with a huge brick fireplace. The grounds are the most amazing part. Big lawn, mature fruit trees, seating areas for every activity, time of day and weather. And then there is the dock on the river. Absolutely magical (really)! We saw river otters, osprey, blue herons and every kind of swallow and duck there is on the river. You'll never want to leave. We'll definitely be back!!!

by Sara from Walnut Creek, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

Kim

We (7 lifelong girlfriends) enjoyed three amazing days at this magical property. The home is warm and welcoming. Its well stocked. We wanted for nothing. The grounds are lush and surrounded by redwood trees. We were here a little early in the season for river fun but cant wait to return in the summer and have some! The outdoor patio and large outdoor fire place are a great place to gather under the stars. Naps in the hammock near the river was a real treat.

We cooked, we ate, we laughed, we drank, we danced, we relaxed, we naped and we enjoyed every minute we spent here. We will be back! Highly recommended for any group and any occasion. The Gatsby will not disappoint.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us.

by Kim from Healdsburg, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

Michael

I love Airbnb and have been renting places from Fiji to Berlin to Australia since 2014 - a total of 14 places in all. I do not exaggerate when I say that Gatsby was by far the most beautiful place I’ve rented to date. The setting could not have been more peaceful or serene! The house was built on the sunny side of the river in the 1920’s (or before?) and has been exquisitely restored in perfect period detail. With the original expansive black steel framed windows looking out onto beautifully landscaped gardens, a lovely patio, the majestic Russian River and the surrounding redwoods we felt like we were living the life of the river barons of old! Every aspect of the place was a cut above. The kitchen was well equipped and beautifully appointed. The light filled dinning room was perfect for a large group. The loggia was both comfortable and peaceful - a lovely place for a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, a quiet conversation or a meditative interlude in the course of the day. The period statuary and landscaped garden gave the property an understated elegance that we’d never seen before on the Russian River. Lastly the bedrooms (and the beds!) rivaled those you’d find in a 5 star hotel. My husband thought I was crazy for working out while on vacation but I really appreciated the high-end exercise bike provided by the host as well as the kayaks. It was fantastic to get up in the morning, throw the kayaks in the water (from our private dock!) and meander down the river for a few hours. Between the early morning mist and the sounds of nature along the shores I felt like I was in one of those mythical worlds I dreamed of as a kid. Evenings were spent sipping wine and soaking in the hot tub while we listened to the crickets and tried to make out the many constellations in the night sky. Add to that the comfortable and stylish furniture throughout the house, cable TV, Netflix and a great WiFi connection and you have the makings of a perfect vacation. We’re already planning to re-book for a week in October when the East Coast family comes out for a visit. No doubt they will love it - especially my nephew! Absolutely give the place a 5 star rating!

by Michael from San Francisco, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

Emily

This house is THE BEST that I have every found on airbnb. The attention to detail is felt at every corner of the house and the grounds. It is beautiful!!! Each room is welcoming and comfortable. The kitchen literally has everything that you need. The hot tub.... needs I say anything. :) I can not say enough about the grounds. So well designed to allow for privacy if wanted or large groups to gather. The river deck is such a treat. All four of us kept saying " this is so amazing" over and over again. I have already recommended it to many although I hope there is availability whenever I want to return as it is now one of my favorite places to visit. Trust me, you will love this place...and you too will not want to go home.

by Emily from San Rafael, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

Mike

A drive through soaring redwoods sets the mood, arriving at a majestic home with an always present connection to the beauty of the surroundings.

The Gatsby house is clearly a historic home that likely dates back to the era of estate homes on the river. Everything you hope will be preserved in an old home is. All of the modern conveniences are tastefully added just where you want them.

The kitchen is spotless and fully equipped with high end appliances and all you need to cook up a storm in a layout that gives plenty of room for preparation, cooking and easy serving to the dining room.

We mainly dined in the loggia, the arched windows wrapping another dining area with a seating lounge ideal for pre-dinner drinks and the perfect indoor/outdoor congregation area overlooking the river.

The bedrooms are styled by colour themes with beautiful antique beds that have no expense spared on comfort. The bed linens are incredibly soft and dreamy over pillow top mattresses with multiple pillow types to suit your preference. It was very hard to leave bed in the morning and a pleasure to look forward to each night.

The grounds of the home are huge, beautifully landscaped with a curtain of 150 foot plus redwoods leading onto formal gardens at the front flowing to the massive backyard gardens, orchard and open grass sports area with multiple outdoor seating and dining areas.

We didn't take a trip down the river in the kayaks, but when we return it will be a simple walk to the yard's edge to drop into the river to fully take in all this gem of a home has to offer.

This home was to us the quintessential Russian River experience, it was easy to imagine how it felt to live the grand life on the river.

by Mike from Vancouver, WA. Submitted Date of Stay:

Lisa

Had family visiting from the East Coast and wanted to take them to the Russian River for a night . Well, wow, we found Gatsby. Chris the host is amazing and very knowledgeable about the area. The location was great, near Guernville and near the cute town of Monte Rio. The house is like none other. Clean and comfortable and quite perfect in every way!! While the house is old and historical, there are many very modern features that make it very comfortable!!
Never slept so good before. Beds were top notch, actually the whole place was top notch.The grounds were beautiful. Many areas to sit and contemplate life. Right on the River! It was an old apple orchard and there are still beautiful apple trees on the grounds. The kitchen was fully stocked. Really an up scale charming place with all the details. Felt like we were on a movie set.
I would most definitely recommend Gatsby! The only problem we had was leaving. We all feel sorry we did not plan to book this place for a week.
Thank You So Much Chris!!❤️

by Lisa from San Francisco, CA. Submitted Date of Stay:

Tyler

Staying at Gatsby was an amazing and serene experience. What a vacation home!!

When first walking through the door, it was clear this was no ordinary Airbnb. The home is so well put together, with lots of thought put into the decor and fixtures. Everything we needed for a wonderful getaway was already waiting for us, from the well equipped kitchen, furnished outdoor seating areas and the towels and bedding were to die for! 

Checkin was a breeze and the hosts were welcoming. The welcome tablet has lots of helpful tips and resources for people new to the area, luckily this was not our the first time to Monte Rio but if not that would have been a huge help.

My favourite part was the yard and outdoor spaces! Landscaping was great and so many places to sit and relax outdoors. A lot of time was spent laying in the hammock listening to the river or in the gazebo working on my laptop.

There was strong wifi throughout the house. It even reaches into most places in the yard!  Plenty of places to plug-in your devices with power and USB ports conveniently placed all over. 

The peloton is a nice touch, if you are looking to sweat during your stay.  And sitting in the hot tub at night was perfect way to end the day and soak those muscles.

This was a Russian River vacation at its finest! We are already planning our next trip back during the summer to kayak the river and relax on the dock.

by Tyler from Vancouver, WA. Submitted Date of Stay: