|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Treat your loved ones to a totally unique and fun experience along the very special Northern Coast of Caliifornia, and particularly in the Historic Village of Mendocino. It starts with a lumber mill cottage from the 1880’s that still maintains its historical character, and yet, is lovingly updated to fit the warmth, comfort, privacy and entertainment requirements of modern day Mendocino living and vacationing.
Walk to everything, fine restaurants, casual cafes, functional and clever shopping, both commercial and organic grocery stores, plus a local farmers market, beaches, pub, Headland Trails, Mendocino Art Center, or walk over to the Mendocino Theater Company for the current play offering. How about just relaxing for hours and hours and hours, or laying on the grass on a southern facing exposure. Listen to the foghorns, or listen to the nothingness, watch the birds and the boats. In addition to the Indoor Master Bathroom with Tub and Shower, take advantage of the additional outdoor fun and private shower in the garden.
Make Rhubarb Pie with fresh rhubarb from the back yard, or just sit in the garden hot tub, morning, noon and night. This spot is the center of The Mendocino Universe. Let those nighttime lit up star-studded skies seep into your soul and come back as you need. Let you dogs explore everything, or just laze on the deck in the back yard.
This is a unique property in a unique setting. A true Old World Mendocino Property dating back to the 1800's, both in reality and feeling. In addition to our feedback via vrbo, you can scroll towards the bottom here, just prior to the photos, and find our over 130 feedbacks left in our visitor comments book at the cottage.
The property is 47 feet by 160 feet. On the front part of the property sits two separate buildings with a breezeway between them. In one of the buildings is the master bedroom with a queen bed and sitting area. Right next to this bedroom, just a few feet away, with its own door for privacy, is the small bedroom set up mostly for children. That bedroom is great for young children and babies, keeps them close, but separate and private. It has a low single full length bed and a childs sleeping loft. Included in this building is the master bathroom with shower and tub.
Across the breezeway is the kitchen and living room. The living room and kitchen are both heated by a wood burning stove as well as a propane wall heater. Firewood is provided. The living room has a 40 inch Sony XBR Flat screen HD TV with satellite. It has a Blue-Ray DVD Player, which also receives free NETFLIX Streaming movies. It has Wireless Internet.
Upstairs over the living room is a sleeping loft with a double bed and window facing south with ocean view.
The garden also has a private outdoor shower, next to the hot tub plumbed with hot and cold water. Such a delight!! Once you are in the hot water, the shower is even great in the winter. Speaking of winter, those can be some of the best times. If you hit it right, you might get a really big storm that will bring you right down to the elements, rich in depth, and wonderful in its nurturing power.
There is a deck with patio table and chairs, along with a barbeque and hot tub.
Every year we have a fairly large cadre of repeat customers. Generally speaking, couples and families are the ones most drawn to the intimacy of this setting and cottage. We can handle up to 5 adults with no children, but we do need to have a conversation about how that works.
We are always working on the property behind the scenes, upgrading, adding services, and generally making it more delightful and user friendly. We started a guest log about 10 years ago. We copied the visitors comments onto this web site. When people write reviews, they mostly write in the book at The Cottage.
So, to recap it all, If you are looking for a really comfy and down to earth home, centrally located, with all the modern amenities, ocean views, comfortable outside garden, with easy access to everything, with a multitude of sleeping possibilities, hot tub, embraces dogs, has character that dates back to the 1880's, is very private, and is in The Village (which we feel is the best choice for vacationing and visiting the area), is easy for couples, as well as for families, it is our pleasure to offer 'Garden Cottage'.
Keywords: Cottage, House, Garden, Mendocino Vacation Rental
This is a photo of my wife Theo, our daughter Stina, and Myself (Ron), and was taken in May of 1983, the same month and year we became the owners and caretakers of this cottage and property. My wife still looks the same, but I look more like the Velveteen Rabbit, with certainly less hair and more grey, with a few missing buttons and some tears and stitches along the way, and that is just fine. Our daughter Stina, is now 30, and we have a son Toby, 26. We all agree, we can sell anything, except Mendocino. After 30 years, we still get excited to go. This is a very special town, a very special area, and a very special property. We have put our heart and soul into this. We not only love to share it, we feel a responsibility to share it. It can be yours for a few days, a few weeks and some do for a few months, and then you leave, and we will take care of it until you come back.
The Owner purchased this cottage in 1983
We fell in love with Mendocino, this cottage, and this property.
You just have to be here.
Thank you for making the Garden Cottage available, we had a quiet, restful and restorative few days here. It was our first time in Mendocino, and what a wonderful introduction to the way of life here you have provided.
We ventured out to several places; the Mendocino Botanical Gardens; Fort Bragg and its new coastal trail near Glass Beach; a hidden gem - large building behind the Skunk Train station that houses an extensive miniature railroad; the Point Cabrillo Light Station; the Fern Canon Trail to the waterfall in Russian Gulch, and its headlands; Point Arena Lighthouse; a picnic lunch at Greenwood Beach. The evening strolls from the Garden Cottage to the Mendocino Headlands were a favorite.
Now it's back home to our cats. They'll be interested in all of our traveler's tales.
Our family is in agreement. This was Our. Best. Mendocino. Vacation. Ever. And this is despite a fractured elbow (don't skateboard over 55), an ER visit (great doctors and nurses at MCDH), a left-behind camera (remembered after we got the road home) and a dead car battery (free jump, and colorful character, from the Village's Chevron). That's just how powerful the magic is when you stay at the Garden Cottage.
After you enter the gate to the front yard, you turn into an elf. Or a hobbit, your choice. Green, green, green everywhere. Flowers, birds, leaves, bees, too. A fantastic backyard, with lots of room to play and nooks and crannies to explore. Our (soon-to-be) 3rd grader elflet could not believe his good fortune. The deck, fire ring, hot tub and outdoor shower had us elder elfs pretty much in a trance the whole time.
The two buildings (one for sleeping, one for living) is at first a little "uh?" But then it becomes part of the fun, turning into hobbits scurrying from one hut to another. At the Garden Cottage, you are more than encouraged to be part of nature, you pretty much don't have a choice! And it's a fantastic experience.
The house is a perfect walking distance to the center of the Village, yet far enough away to be incredibly peaceful and quiet. The property is very private, surrounded by beautiful old growth evergreens. Sitting on the deck, watching and listening to the wildlife is pretty much a vacation within a vacation. Birds play - and fight! - crows drop plums on your head, butterflies all around.
The cottages are very clean and well stocked. It was nice to have reliable wi-fi, streaming Netflix, and a (to us) big tv. Finally, Ron is a pleasure to deal with, personable and professional.
Had the best time....cute house...very cozy...not luxurious but wonderful. Comfortable beds. So one problem we had...my mom has Parkinson's...she can't move fast so it was hard for us to transition from one part of the house to the other. It rained hard on our spring trip and both got drenched trying to get to the bedrooms. We entertained our Mendocino family members..cooked watched tv and movies...sat on the deck when the sun came out!!! Really great!!
Came to celebrate our 60th birthdays with 4 other women. The location is perfect, easy walking to all that Mendocino has to offer. The place feels like you are stepping back in time amid a storybook setting. It is very quaint and had everything we needed. It rained most of the second day but we still enjoyed the outdoors. Put our slickers on and walked the 1 1/2 blocks to local restaurants and shops. Also enjoyed the outdoor spa in the rain and the outdoor shower afterward. We all agreed one of the highlights was taking a shower in the rain outdoors.. Only downfall was the bed situation. Probably best suited for a family with small children because both loft situations very tight and not easy to get to. Would recommend bringing blow up bed to use in the living room if going with another couple. I slept in the main bed and it was very comfortable. Would be nice if they let you rent the owners quarters on the lot for another private bedroom.
I had a wonderful relaxing time here with my dog. Everything was clean and lots of amenities. After being on the road for 6 weeks, I needed some R&R and this was the perfect place!
This is my second stay at the Garden Cottage, with 2 adults and 3 good size dogs. It's a great place to relax, and weather permitting, sit outdoors on the patio enjoying the sun. The place is very close to the heart of town, so you can walk anywhere you might want to go within 'downtown' Mendocino, but the Cottage is fully enclosed by a fence that gives you a lot of privacy and the dogs a lot of roaming room. It's not fancy, but it has everything you might need. Be aware that you sleep in one building but cook, eat, and watch TV in another. It's only a matter of steps from one building to the other. The owner is very easy to work with and accommodating. When I come to Mendocino again, especially with dogs, I'll be staying here again.
I knew from the pictures and reviews what to expect. Still, online images can't truly convey the extreme pleasure of opening the rustic wooden gate and stepping into this green, tranquil, ivy-covered oasis. The twin wooden cottages are completely adorable—cozy, nicely furnished, unpretentious, and welcoming. And the spacious outdoor area is endlessly appealing, with blossoms and foliage spilling from every corner; we could hardly tear ourselves away from the back deck, with its Pacific view and fragrant flowers. Yet, the location is just minutes by foot from the Mendocino Headlands trailhead and plenty of shops and restaurants. The queen bed was perfect, the giant TV (w/ good DVD choices) was a welcome amenity, and the efficient washer/drier dispatched our midweek vacation clothes. It's easy to see why this rental has so many repeat guests! We also recommend taking the self-guided walking tour and exploring the easy Headlands trails to get the "scoop" on this delightful and historic village, which we are truly happy to have experienced. Sincere thanks, Ron and Theo!!!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
2 night minimum stay
|Cleaning Fee/Hot Tub Service/Trash Removal||$125|
|Notes||Pet Fee is per pet. Weekly rate which offers 1 free night is only valid if it does not include a Saturday arrival which effectly using up 2 weekends.|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.