Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop." Ovid

Donna Dietz said…

Sep 4, 2013

Happily, there is nothing prosaic about Side by Side.

14702 Old Cazadero Rd, Guerneville, CA, 95446, United States (393831)

Date of Stay August 9, 2013

Richard and Bryan have successfully created a space that is a harmonious blend of beauty and comfort, and it’s that composition that offers a perfect respite. First, there’s the garden – joyful and charming, with its profusion of huge lovely blooms, it seems not to surround Side by Side, as much as embrace it in a soft ethereal plume of color and fragrance. A stroll through the garden is a delightful enterprise, each turn revealing some wonderful treasure: a decorative fountain, a weathered trellis, or an iron gate with delicate filigree. Just off path, and tucked under the canopy in several quiet niches, are benches for resting, reflecting, or perhaps for sitting and savoring the last of a day before enjoying the restorative waters of the hot tub. The flawless transition from garden to home is evident in the wonderful mosaic of the pebbled entry, as well as in the rich-grained beauty of the hickory floors. An open floor plan, the interior features many lovely windows, and rooms that are generously proportioned. The kitchen, at the heart, is a perfect balance between function and aesthetics; the area is a beautiful space, from the rich molding of the cabinetry to the deep veining of the emerald granite of the countertops, and is well equipped for the culinary artist. (On the chief’s night off, of course, there’s always the option to grill under the stars and dine al fresco.) Located at the rear of the property, and affording the most privacy, the well-appointed bedroom suites take full advantage of the lovely woods and seasonal creek, both of which may be enjoyed from a shaded deck that serves the two. As with the other spaces throughout, the harmonious melding of style and good taste with all of the comforts traditionally associated with ‘home’, is evident here. From the incredible closet spaces, to the luxurious bedding (especially the exquisite, handmade afghans at the foot of each bed, courtesy of Bryan), all of the amenities and accessories have been carefully selected to provide maximum comfort – and, to appeal to everyone’s taste, one en suite boasts a luxurious shower, the other a claw-footed soaking tub. As incredible as is the property, however, nothing can compare with the uncommon kindness and generosity of its hosts, Richard and Bryan, and it’s this care and meticulous attention to detail, evident in both the hospitality and in the accoutrements, that truly are the ingredients that make one’s stay at Side by Side memorable.

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