USA Oregon Mt. Hood Brightwood Listing #10245

Bob's Riverfront Retreat - Brightwood, OR

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60 reviews
Max. occupancy: 2 1 King Bed 1 bedroom 1 bathroom No pets  4WD/traction may be required in winter
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Charming riverfront cottage with firepit, wood stove, patio, and grill

Enjoy the beauty of the Sandy River from this charming riverfront cottage. With the river just 100 feet from the back door, a nice outdoor patio with a grill and firepit, and updated amenities inside, you'll have all the essentials for the ultimate retreat. Inside, this one-level cottage offers basic comforts and modern amenities, including free WiFi and a flatscreen TV for your entertainment. Enjoy cooking up your favorites in the kitchen, grilling the day's fresh catch on the BBQ, and dining al fresco out on the lovely covered patio. Sliding glass doors connect the main living space to the patio, offering a nice indoor/outdoor flow. Relax outside and listen to the sounds of the river, or head over to the fire pit for some s'mores on those chilly mountain nights. Inside, there's a wood-burning fireplace for staying cozy as well. Ideal for a couple, plan your Sandy River getaway today and relax at this convenient cottage!

Located on the beautiful Sandy River near Welches, this home is surrounded by lush greenery and scenic pine trees. You'll be about seven miles from town, where there's plenty of local restaurants and amenities. Skiing and outdoor recreation abound at Skibowl on Mt. Hood about 24 miles away as well. Whether you're planning on fishing and kayaking down the river or winter skiing, this beautiful area near Mt. Hood is the place to be.


AttractionDistance From Home
Barlow Wayside Park0.7 Miles
Sandy Ridge Trail System1.1 Miles
Wildwood Recreation Site3.9 Miles
Underwater Fish Viewing Chamber4.7 Miles


You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.




Heating & cooling

Central AC
Partial AC

Space heater

Wood stove

House rules

Not suitable for children

Kitchen & dining






Water view


Beach access


Internet : Wave



Wireless router

Netflix streaming

Nearby activities & attractions

Downhill Skiing

Golf nearby

On-site activities

Board games


Gas grill : Private


Beach chairs


60 reviews

B GRACE H. Oct 2022
We loved everything about this rental.
The quiet and beauty of the river was very special.
The cabin was very nicely organized, clean and comfortable.
Ceilings were a bit low, maybe 6feet 8inches? My husband had to duck through the doorways, he is 6 feet 3 inches tall. Good thing the cabin has a no shoes rule as if he had shoes on, he would have probably bumped his head going in and out.
Really wasn't an issue though.
There was an issue with fruit flies. Bummer there were so many, both outside and inside. We tried to eat dinner on the patio but quickly moved inside after several got into our wine glasses and onto our food. Dozens, maybe hundreds swarmed us and our areas as we tried to eat.
Was not any better indoors. They were drawn to the light I guess too. They were swarming around the light bulbs and near the lamps.
We let the management know. If we had known, we would have packed fly strips. Not sure what else one would do. Not the owner or the property management's fault. Cleanliness was a 5 star. Just our weird weather. Long warm summer. I think that as soon as the weather dips into the 30's, they will go away. Climate change is affecting all of us, including the bugs. At least it was only fruit flies.
Kathy H. Sep 2022
Great place to stay. Very clean and great location. I will be going back!
Samantha N. Sep 2022
The cabin was very clean, the bed was comfortable and the river was so peaceful.
Shea Z. Jul 2022
This place was absolutely spotless and I like to think I have a good eye for cleanliness. The king bed was extremely comfortable. Even though it is nestled close to one neighbor there it is so well landscaped that it still felt very private. The proximity to Sandy River made this property and stay even more divine! I would absolutely return.
Jeni K. Jul 2022
If you're on the fence, book it! The cabin is spotless, the location is amazing, and so many wonderful hikes so close. We cooked every night because we didn't want to leave the cabin. One of my favorite rentals to date!
Elena G. Jul 2022
Very clean, cozy, and peaceful place. Excellent weekend getaway. Thank you for sharing it with us!
Douglas C. Mar 2022
location on the river...the house was just perfect for 2 quiet neighborhood ... only draw back would be that it was muddy in the rain in driveway ... the gift and card was so thoughtful we cant wait to come back WOW
Kassie H. Dec 2021
My family of 4 stayed in this lovely cabin for 2 nights. Loved the wood stove and cozy feel. All beds were comfortable and the place was immaculate. Too much rain to enjoy the fire pit by the river, so we'll look forward to that on another trip! Great jumping off point for night tubing, picking up ski rentals in Sandy, having a fantastic burger at Pub26, etc. Enjoy!
Glen W. Oct 2021
The view and river access is amazing! The home was pristine and well kept. Very welcoming!!
Shane B. Aug 2021
Very peaceful, quiet and beautiful property. Loved the welcome gift and fresh cut roses.
Bruce H. Jul 2021
A beautiful location right on the Sandy River that is enhanced with a cabin that is clean and well laid out. A comfortable bed, a well appointed kitchen, windows that affords a view of the river, a clean and easy to use grill and close access to many trails are just part of the charm of this home. Our only problem was that the cabin was so quiet, peaceful and relaxing that we got a later start than we wanted to visit all of the sites of the Mt Hood area. A great place to stay
Gwendolyn M. Jul 2021
The proximity and access to the Sandy River was fantastic. The furniture and beds were comfortable and well maintained. There was a bit of excessive noise from target practice across the street one morning, however, manageable. I would certainly stay here again.
Alison C. Jun 2021
this place was amazing! the seclusion, the river, everything. 100% recommend.
Jeanne R. Jun 2021
Wonderful retreat. The place is exactly as described. Clean and well stocked with decent kitchen equipment and thanks for having great coffee! Keep a lookout for all the cute little toys around the outdoor seating.
ONE negative - the ceiling is super short in the master bedroom: I'm 5'6 and can touch it. If you are over 6' tall you might not like it.
matthew g. Apr 2021
We loved our stay! Very clean, very quiet, very comfortable! There is clearly a lot of care that has been given to make this place special. The firewood and kindling by the fireplace, the very clean home, etc. All on a beautiful river setting. Thank you!!!
James W. Mar 2021
We enjoyed our time along the Sandy River and love the Welches area! The home was very clean upon our arrival. The view and short walk across the bridge to the waterfront is amazing! The kitchen does not have any food prep knives, so plan to bring your own if you need more than a butter or steak knife to cook. There is only one sofa to seat three and could use a comfortable side chair to have another seating option. The master bedroom is spacious and the bed is very comfortable. The twin beds squeak like old cars and are not suitable for light sleepers as we experienced. We know how to prepare to visit again and look forward to enjoying this cute little cabin!
Manager response:
Thank you, James! We use your feedback as a means to continually improve and have received word from local staff regarding your suggestions. We have provided a knife drawer to the left of the sink under the countertop. This includes all new knives, a sharpener and food scissors. There is also an extra chair out in the King bedroom which can be brought into the living room to use, and also 4 dining chairs. The twin beds were bought new and the noise has subsided. We truly look forward to hosting you next visit, thank you!
Carol B. Feb 2021
Loved the convenient location to Hwy 26 so we could easily get to and from Government Camp for snowshoeing. The closeness of the River and the working and ready to light wood burning fireplace stove was the ultimate coziness! The king size bed was very comfortable and the home was well stocked for our light cooking. It was just what we were looking for to relax and chill. Many thanks!
Cynthia M. Jan 2021
A very nice upgraded two bedroom home lovely fireplace stove. The kitchen is small but quaint w everything you need. The property is surrounded by gorgeous trees and the sound of the river is very relaxing. The town of Sandy is and Mt. Hood is close so if you forget anything plenty of stores nearby.
Stephanie B. Jan 2021
Loved the place. Perfect location, cosy, very well equipped, with a wonderful view on the river. Our little family had a great time!
Eric A. Sep 2020
My wife and I recently stayed at Bob's Riverfront Retreat. Whether you're looking for a peaceful retreat or a jumping off point for adventures in the Mt Hood area, it fits both. The house was perfect for the two of us. We were greeted by welcoming signs that asked us to "please remove our shoes," at the door. With sand closer to the river, it makes sense. There were other tasteful signs/requests around the house to help prevent any issues or concerns. Between the signs and the availability of many common items, I got the impression that this rental was well thought through. Overall, we were able to do a number of day trips in the area and still have a very peaceful time by the river. This is less than a mile from Highway 26 and just a few miles to a gas station and grocery. The one thing that was not present was a washing machine and dryer (one was not advertised as an amenity). Not a show stopper, but be aware.
John K. Aug 2020
This sweet, comfortable cottage on the river has idyllic views of the Sandy River and excellent access, too! Smooth rocks and sand make river side viewing, reading, and cooling off perfect! Comfortable outdoor furniture. Well appointed kitchen. Comfortable bed. Easy access to Mt. Hood recreation. Recommend!
Luisa C. Aug 2020
The house is really cute and provided us with the peace we were looking for. The sound of the river at all times is amazing and it’s definitely soothing. We did see the snakes that were mentioned on the previous review by the rock areas and it was a little scary, but they’re small - not sure what type it was.. we just stayed away from the rocks to avoid any unsuspected surprises. The fire pit was not able to be used due to fire hazards in the state, which was a bummer, but nothing anyone could do. The only reason I’m giving 4 stars is because if you have any questions about the property or in general, you’re out of luck as you most likely won’t get a response - i wasn’t clear on the firepit question until i got to the property and questions related to checking in early, you have to dig through your trip info to find it. Not a big deal, but if you’re used to dealing directly with the owner of an Airbnb, it may be a bit frustrating, but again great house and highly recommend it
Sherry S. Jul 2020
Small quaint home on the river was exactly what we needed! Location is convenient to local sites. The house has everything to make your stay comfortable. We were thankful for the fan at night because the temperatures were a little warm. Enjoyed sitting outside to have coffee in the mornings and down by the river in the evenings as the sun set. There are a couple of resident snakes out by the boulders that we saw every day...just be aware! My husband assured me that they were harmless, but they did scare me a couple of times. The kitchen needs a new can opener and the tub drains extremely slow...those were the only “problems” we had. We would definitely stay again!!!
Jamie H. Jun 2020
The river is steps outside and it is a great spot for a mostly isolated experience. Cozy and quaint.. a couple concerns but nothing worth mentioning (reason for 4 stars)
Alex L. Jun 2020
We loved everything about this place. My wife and I enjoyed every minute of it. We took in the sounds of the river and the many types of birds, including an eagle, which was quite unexpected. It was magic. The house itself was cozy and had all the amenities you would need to not have to worry about a thing. They had wood ready for your fireplace. And there were instructions for everything so you wouldn’t miss a beat. There were also magazines for things to do in the area. We took advantage of our location and visited many other great places nearby, including the Gorge River. Going back to the place itself: The stream of the river waking us up was beautiful and the sights are everything at this stay. It’s peaceful and charming. We had a blast! Oh, and they have an amazing grill and a place to light a fire outside to stay warm. It was by far the best place I visited in Oregon and will definitely be coming back to stay here again in the future because of the attention to detail and the cleanliness of this place. It was sanitized before we got there and it was spotless on arrival. We loved it! Thank you so much!
Manager response:
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback, Alex! It was a sincere pleasure hosting you and we are so glad to have been able to provide you with an unforgettable vacation experience. We hope to see you again soon!
Damaris A. May 2020
I really like the backyard view. The house is right by the river and clean. Closer to lots of nice trails.
Rhonda B. Jan 2020
kenneth g. Nov 2019
the quiet surroundings next to the river.
Very clean.
Kris M. Nov 2019
Super clean, quaint, and right on the river!
I stayed at Pappy's last year and was pleasantly surprised to see they're the same owner. Both are great, but go with Bob's if you need two bedrooms.
TRINA T. Sep 2019
The sound of the river and the greenery make this cottage home a true vacation away from it all. Easy 45 min drive from the airport. We arrived after 1 am. The access was simple. The minute the sliding door is open and you hear the sound of the river, the vacation begins. The beds are cozy. The dining area is great. The living room could use a rocker or extra chair. The TV is just enough, not complicated. Good music channels. Rooms are clean and bright. There are great wall heaters everywhere! The kitchen and bath simple and efficient. Loved the different sitting areas outside and ability to walk on the rocks in the river. Not for everyone but a good balance tester. We truly enjoyed our stay.
RM M. Aug 2019
Great spot. Very well organized house. Very peaceful.
Jay S. Aug 2019
Amazingly beautiful setting! Peaceful and relaxing.
Greg J. Aug 2019
An amazing place, w/ scenic view of the Sandy River that’s mere feet from the back porch. We fell asleep to the soothing sounds of the flowing water. Super clean and inviting. Delightful getaway!
Grace D. Jul 2019
Clean, quiet riverfront home. Plenty of room for the family to relax and explore.
Bryan M. Jul 2019
We loved the cabin and the setting. Highly recommend this location to anyone wanting to relax for a while.
Kristina J. Jun 2019
Bob’s was the perfect place to relax. It is very private and peaceful. The house is super cute and the backyard area is great. We enjoyed sitting by the fire and listening to the river. We will definitely be back!
Suzannah L. Jun 2019
Loved being right on the river. Beautiful area and a close getaway from Portland.
Eric S. Sep 2018
I loved everything about this place. I wish I could have stayed longer. The river views are incredible and the house was super clean and decorated beautifully. Downtown Sandy (about 15 minutes from house) is the perfect size community, feeling cozy but not hectic. There are lots of restaurants and nearby attractions. Joe's Donuts is an amzing bakery worth checking out. I really enjoyed my time here, driving to Trillium Lake (about 30 minutes), Multnomah Falls (about 50 minutes on beautiful winding mountain roads). There is also a hiking trail just a mile away (you will see signs for it).It is an awesome lush forest trail worth exploring if you like to hike. I would stay here again for sure.
Don T. Aug 2018
Spent the weekend fishing right out the back doorstep of the recently updated cabin. Very quiet and nestled in the forest.
Franziska R. Jul 2018
Die Ruhe, die Lage, alles war perfekt. Wir kommen definitiv wieder.
Jeff H. Jul 2018
The weather, the river and the birds, especially the family of nine Kingfishers. We could hardly tear ourselves away for meals.
Elizabeth H. Jun 2018
The home was clean and comfortable and the river front location was beautiful. We would gladly come here again!
Charlotte F. Mar 2018
This bungalow was exactly what we were looking for on our 2 day getaway. We stayed on a cold weekend in March so we were happy to arrive to a home with the heaters on! We brought wood for the wood burning stove and had it going almost the entire time we were there and loved it. Since it was raining we did not use either the outdoor fire pit or the BBQ but would certainly have done this in the summer. We used the oven, microwave, coffee pot, and most of the dishes and everything was in good working order. The shower was hot and had good pressure, the beds were comfortable, and the home was clean! It was just a short 30 min. drive to rent show shoes in Sandy, and 30 minutes in the other direction to get to Mt. Hood to use the show shoes. Overall it was a great place to stay that had everything we needed and nothing we didn't!
Brooke A. Nov 2017
This little cabin was absolutely perfect for our weekend retreat. The river is right outside the back door and if you crack open the window at night you can fall asleep to the sound of it rushing past. I highly recommend this cabin to anyone looking to get away from it all.
Tom W. Oct 2017
Seriously gorgeous, clean and cozy cabin! Beautiful views from all windows. I love that the front is lit by a "street light". We felt happy, at peace and safe here. It's the perfect combo.... comfy clean awesome cabin and the best camp spot on a river, gorgeous views and especially at dusk when you're sitting by the fire... the sound of the river while you fall asleep! We will be back!
Barbara S. Sep 2017
The best part is the location and proximity to the river, which is absolutely wonderful. It is private, peaceful and such a beautiful place. The sound of the river will lull you to sleep.
Thomas P K. Aug 2017
perfect location for a quiet get-away. we booked Bob's Riverfront Retreat as base around the 2017 solar eclipse. accommodations were spacious, perfectly clean, fast and well-working internet. but what we enjoyed most was the opportunity to have breakfast/dinner outside on the patio, surrounded by tall trees and the sound of the Sandy river, or at the fire pit right next to the river. it is the perfect place to relax away from it all. highly recommended!
Dean W. Aug 2017
if you like 'on the river' you will love this little cabin !! ripples, sand, shade, nature and peace and quiet.