All visits and tours are by appointment only.


This is a Non-Smoking residence. A $500 fine will be issued if evidence of smoking in the home is found or cigarette butts are thrown on the ground. Please dispose of all cigarette butts in the ashtray on the back porch.


We are not responsible for any damage or complaint you have against 3rd party vendors.

All vendors must provide proof of insurance, including 3374 Grass Lake Rd. as additionally insured prior to the event, for the event date. All vendors are responsible for the set-up, break-down, and clean-up of their site. All vendors must adhere to the terms of our guidelines, and it is the client’s responsibility to share these guidelines with them. Use of the kitchen and/or utensils inside the home is not permitted.

Please note: no events shall utilize disposable plates, utensils, or glasses on River House Retreat property without prior consent from owner.


River House Retreat is governed under the Eldorado County Ordinances which states that all amplified music must end at 10 pm-7am.  This pertains to live music, bands and DJ’s. The ordinance applies to our event space as well as the home on the property.


Any event with a guest count exceeding 50 people must provide adequate security for safety reasons. This will be at the guest’s expense.  The maximum number of Guests for any event is 100.

The Reserving Party is responsible for all guests attending the event. Any damage or loss resulting from the event attendees will be billed to the reserving party.

No Laws Will Be Broken! Guest agrees that no laws, statutes, or ordinances will be broken either by Guest or any of his/her Guests.

Any event of 25 or more guests is required to have a River House Retreat employee on site the entire duration of the event.

The River House Retreat reserves the right to request any person or group of people acting unruly and contrary to rental regulations to leave the premises. Assistance from law enforcement agencies may be acquired if this request is not met immediately.


The River House Retreat will keep a credit card number on file for any damages that occur while staying in the home.


You are welcome to bring your own alcohol; all alcohol must be served by a licensed caterer, bartender or bar tending service. If you are selling alcohol, a license must be obtained from the City of South Lake Tahoe and presented to us. The consumption of alcohol by minors is strictly prohibited.


Children must be accompanied at all times.  If you allow your children to use the hot tub or swim in the river you do so at your own risk.  We are not liable for any injuries, illness or death resulting in such activities.


Pets are allowed in the home for an additional pet fee of $100.  If you are bringing your dog with you, please bring their bed. Our quality bedding and furniture is for our human guests’ comfort.  Please note:  In the interest of your pet’s safety we require that they are directly supervised (ie. not tied up somewhere) and cleaned up after.  Any additional cleaning costs due to pets following your check out will be passed on to you.


Event Guests are to use the bathroom that is accessible from the outside of the house.  The bathrooms inside the house are for Guests staying in the house, not Event Guests.  Any Event that has more than 25 Guests will need to rent a Porta Potty.

Please Note: Event guests are not allowed inside the home at any time.


The following items are prohibited and may NOT be used on the property:  nails, screws, tacks, staples, tape, glitter, confetti, rice, birdseed, hay bales or sparklers. No open flame candles are allowed, all candles must be contained one inch above flame level. Any violation of this policy will result in a charge.


Do not move any furniture or any of the decorations without prior consent of owner.


All cleanup will need to be completed before your venue rental time expires. A $500 cleaning fee will be applied if cleanup is not completed. Please throw away trash in the bear box located near the mailbox. Please do not leave trash outside of bin. Please be sure to pick up any trash around the outside of the property. Any additional cleaning costs following your check out will be passed on to you.