|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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ROCK LEGEND Gene Parsons and his wife, Star, also live on this 2 acre property in a separate home and will be your hosts. Meetings with Gene and a tour of his custom shop are provided for those guests who are interested in his inventions and special projects.
The vacation rental is a beautiful Craftsman home, uniquely decorated with special attention to cleanliness and comfort.
LOCATION: We are located in Caspar, just 6 minutes to both Mendocino Village or Fort Bragg. Beaches are 1 mile away and National Forest is right out the door.
AFFORDABLE comfort in our well appointed and warm cottage. Lovely, large and conveniently stocked kitchen for those who love to cook. An open floor plan gives a spacious feeling in this small, modest home.
QUIET garden surroundings on our South deck offer a restful retreat, especially during times of the year when flowers are abundant.
COMFORTABLE furnishings and a quality bed. ALL bedding is completely laundered and often line dried in the sun between guests.
HIKE/BIKE for miles of forest trails right out of our front door.
SHOP/DINE in local Mendocino Village and Fort Bragg, both within 6 minutes of our property.
WIFI IS PROVIDED IN THE COTTAGE.
WE ARE AN 'ADULTS ONLY' ACCOMMODATION.
Gene Parsons has a wide variety of skills which he puts to good use operating his current business as well as maintaining the StringBender Cottage property. Moving to Caspar in 1970, Gene teamed up with local friends and carpenters to build his custom machine shop, his own home and the cottage. As far back as the late 60’s and into the late 80’s, Gene had a full-time career as a musician and recording artist. As a multi-talented singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, he toured with such bands as the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers. His talents were also used in the recording studio with such greats as Randy Newman, Arlo Guthrie, The Everly Brothers and The Rolling Stones. Currently Gene is happiest working in his custom shop where he manufactures and installs the StringBender mechanism in client guitars as well as other artistic projects. One of those pet projects is the building of a 1/8th scale, real live steam locomotive, part by part!
Star Decker is a native of Mendocino County with strong roots in local culture and history. Raised on ranches she has trained horses, gardened, landscaped and run family businesses. An adventurer, she has traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe sometimes by herself or accompanied by her horse and dog. Other interests include; community volunteer work, playing music, reading and various art projects. Today she is happiest at home creating the beautiful garden and landscape of the property and providing a lovely and warm atmosphere for the guests at StringBender Cottage. Both Gene and Star have a long history in the local coastal areas as well as the county. They are always willing to share their 'insider' knowledge and stories with guests.
The Owner purchased this house in 1975
We chose to live here for the ocean, the weather and a small, rural community with a LOT of culture, art, music, events, good restaurants, and so much more.
The forest setting, wildlife such as deer, fox and wild turkeys, beautiful organic garden, excellent hiking/biking/horseback riding trails, interesting owners that honor and respect privacy.
Gene, it’s Hiro here. It was great to see you and the stringbender cottage was very hip. Very different from our New York apartment!
This cottage is everything that is advertised - and more! Furnished with exquisite good taste. We had a wonderful time in and around Mendocino which is only a short drive from Casper.
The cottage was beautiful, very comfortable, and in a beautiful spot. Definitely my favorite place in the Mendocino area. It had everything I needed and more. I hope it's available whenever I'm in the area.
We really enjoyed staying at Star and Gene's cottage in Caspar. It is in such a lovely location, convenient to both Mendocino and Fort Bragg, and the cottage itself is comfortable and so pretty. We had good luck with the weather, so we enjoyed sitting on the deck in the afternoons. Birds were twittering in the bushes outside the back door. The kitchen was well stocked with whatever we needed to prepare our meals. We watched a video of a movie filmed in Noyo Harbor and listened to Gene's solo album. There was a good selection of both movies and music. I was glad not to have TV for the week, but it was good to have access to the internet for looking up times and places where we wanted to go. The washer/dryer was nice to have, too. I would certainly return for another stay. Thank you for letting us stay in your cottage.
The only issue I have with telling you how great this place is, is that I may want to move in with Gene and Star...permanently. So, no don't rent this wonderful cottage with every thoughtful amenity, full kitchen, washer/dryer, excellent wifi, on a private road that is great for walks and and tramps through the woods...because I want it all for myself.
I'm a VRBO owner in Austin, TX (http://www.vrbo.com/496815) and have a high standard when I'm staying on the road. Gene and Star were excellent hosts...there when I needed them for excellent advice on things to do and restaurants, yet I never felt like was being hovered over at all. Gene's recommendations for hikes into the redwoods and restaurants were dead-on perfect for what I wanted to see. And as a side note, if you're a musician or have the slightest appreciation for music, Gene is a national treasure as a musician, as an inventor of the B-Bender (http://stringbender.com), and as a person. Hands down the best part of my entire trip was the hour I got to spend getting to know Gene and getting a tour of his shop where he handcrafts B-Bender instruments. I only spent 5 days there and had only a few interactions with them, but honestly up on leaving, I left feeling like Gene and Star were family.
Don't stay here...please. I want it available when I go back.
Thanks for everything Star and Gene and hope to see you soon. If I'm within a few hours of Mendocino, you'll be getting a call.
This little cottage in the woods is very generously stocked for an adventure by the sea. Our gracious hosts even had fresh flowers to greet us.
We thoroughly enjoyed our peaceful stay at the Stringbender Cottage. The cottage is private, located in a quiet wood with lovely gardens, and outfitted with everything one may need. Star has decorated the cottage beautifully, with warmth and care. Though the area offers many wonderful eateries, our favorite evening was spent enjoying a dinner on the deck with fresh fish we purchased at the local farmer's market. Star and Gene are gracious hosts. We feel fortunate to have discovered such an exceptional place to stay and hope to return.
Botanical Gardens, Music Festival, Film Festival, Live Music, Skunk Train, Spa Services, Whale watching, Wine tasting and more. See Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce and Local radio station KOZT for more information on Current events.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes||Deposits are held until after guest departure and housekeeping has made inspection. Any damages will be subtracted from deposits. Deposits are refunded within 48 hours of guest departure.|
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