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UNIQUE, AFFORDABLE & QUALITY FOREST HIDEAWAY HOME!

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Advertiser since: 2010
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Speaks: english
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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UNIQUE, AFFORDABLE & QUALITY FOREST HIDEAWAY HOME!

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Mendocino House Rental Photos and Description

Quaint Home, 1 Bedroom , 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3) 700 sq.ft.

ALERT!!! We are experiencing some heavy Winter storms with occasional power outages. Please call our number listed if you do not hear from us within 4 hours.

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.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner
Advertiser since: 2010
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 5, 2015

About The Owner

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

Why The Owner chose Mendocino

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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!
Mar 2010
  • 1 of 2
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Book with confidence
Book with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
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Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

5
based on 54 traveler reviews

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UNIQUE, AFFORDABLE & QUALITY FOREST HIDEAWAY HOME!
average rating of 4.962963 based on 56 reviews
Berkeley, CA
5

Miles

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
San Diego
5

Mendocino County vacation

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

As far as I'm concerned, this is the best place in Mendocino

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This guest flew into our lives and shined a fine light on all that we do. We appreciate guests such as Billy who notice the extra time and touches that we put into our vacation home.
5

Get away by the sea.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A well stocked home is important for the comfort of our guests. Fresh flowers come from our own garden most of the year. At times we even have fresh vegetables to share.
Juneau, Alaska
5

Relaxing Respite

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoy sharing location stories with guests that come from so far away to stay in our vacation home. Our guests are always interested in local native plants as we have many beautiful species growing on the property. Our gardens provide the perfect environment for birds and bees.
SF Bay Area
5

A beautiful and thoughtful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to spend an entire week at Stringbender Cottage! We needed and wanted a place where we could enjoy the ocean and fully relax, and this was perfect. Star and Gene have thought of everything for comfort and convenience. We especially enjoyed the full kitchen for cooking our meals and we're happy to discover farmers markets in nearby Fort Bragg and Mendocino as well as well-stocked markets. We were out on the deck frequently to watch the birds and butterflies in the beautiful garden, and went to the beach every day for a walk and to enjoy the salty air. It was pure heaven reacquainting ourselves with the Mendocino coast -- and we look forward to our return!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
150 Miles
San Francisco International or Oakland Inter.
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Dicks in Mendocino
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Little River Golf Course
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Skunk Train/ tourist excursion
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Coastal Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Mendocino or Fort Bragg
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Caspar or Jughandle Beach
Car: necessary

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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Rates & Availability

From $165 Per night

Mendocino House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Winter
Dec 10 2014 - Mar 10 2015
2 night minimum stay
$165
$950
$2,750
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$165
$950
$2,750
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 11.0%
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.

Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Mendocino House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • SHOWER ONLY. NO BATHTUB.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1) VERY COMFORTABLE BED! Fresh linens, Down comforter, Down pillows.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Please inquire with owners for further information.

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