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Spectacular Oceanfront on Mendocino Coast

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Ocean Front Family Gathering place- 4 bedrooms/2 Baths Game room. 2 Decks .

SEA & RIVER HOUSE is an attractive welcoming home sitting 150 feet above the ocean and one mile from the Navarro River inlet. We are located 130 miles north of San Francisco and 10 miles south of Mendocino and close to Anderson Valley's many wineries. We have wonderfully useable space in a smaller footprint. Come see us!

To the south of the house is a view of magical Brokeback Cove and beyond to the Point Arena lighthouse which flashes at night. North a mile, where the Navarro River (known for steelhead fishing) meets the ocean, is an extensive sand beach to explore and throw a frisbee or build a driftwood fort. Swimming "holes" ( a favorite of our kids) can be found at several points along the Navarro River in the redwood forest.

The house offers four bedrooms (2 queen beds, one full, 3 twins ), a game room with futon, fireplace and outside chiminea, hot tub, two bathrooms,, and expansive decks on two levels. Up to ten people can be accommodated. It affords wonderful space for people to gather or to separate and find a quiet spot to read. Kids of all ages can congregate in the lower level game room to play foosball, throw darts or watch a movie on the wall mounted large screen TV. Moving outside to the lower level deck, they can soak in the large hot tub, roast marshmallows in the chiminea or sit watching the hypnotic spinning of the copper windmill set in the ocean side yard. Three bedrooms and the game room have cable TV plus a stock of movie dvds At night the star display is amazing for those from light polluted cities.

Living Areas: The interior of the upper level of the house is old growth redwood.. The upper level includes the dining room. living room, kitchen, three bedrooms (one a "bunk room") and full bath. The lower level, reached by a stunning spiral staircase, contains the game room and 4th bedroom and 2nd bathroom. Wifi is available at an extra charge. Most people receive cell phone service.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a new gas stove, new set of pots and pans, a good stock of cooks utensils, and melamine dishes from Crate and Barrel. On the upper deck is a large Weber for outside grilling. The kitchen sink back splash is glass tiled and the view out the kitchen door is of the ocean. Even dish washing gets better.

The living room has two comfortable couches with reading lamps and centers around the wood burning fireplace. A small bench doubles as a coffee table or added seating, There is a small but mighty sound system. A ceiling fan cools the room at the end of warm days

The dining area over looks the cove and seats eight at an oval table. It is also a great spot to play board games. There is additional outdoor dining (except in winter months) for 4 at a wicker resin table set on the upper deck. The lower deck has a 2 person bistro table where you can sip coffee ( that can be brewed in large bathroom next to the bedroom) or wine or have a private dinner for two. Table is stored in winter.

Bedrooms: Every queen or double bed is covered with a featherbed or foam topper and then a beautiful quilt. The upper level master bedroom has a ceiling fan. The lower bedroom boasts a canopy bed and vintage oil seascape paintings. Sliding doors open to the lower deck with large flower planters, hot tub etc. Bookcases in each room offer good reads for all tastes. Games are stocked in the "bunk room."

Grounds: In the back (Hwy. 1 side) of the house is a rough picnic table and view of the mountains. In the front (ocean side) is an expanse of ice plant which blooms in bright colors which is edged by an herb garden for cooks. There is a lot of rosemary but also thyme, sage, and other favorite culinary herbs. Beyond the herb plantings is a gate to the cliff promontory with what Pete calls "lover's bench." Great place for photos. A small shore pine hangs off the cliff. The beach at Navarro River can be reached by walking or driving.

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Albion House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Game room
  • Sea & River House has two master bedrooms with queen size beds to better accommodate two families to share rental expenses. One is upstairs and the other is on the lower level, with a direct view of the ocean.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Spectacular views in 3 directions; attractively decorated home with many areas for groups to spread out into; close to historic Mendocino; close to Anderson Valley wineries, ocean kayaking outfitters, deep sea fishing and horseback riding in Fort Bragg to the north.


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Spectacular Oceanfront on Mendocino Coast
average rating of 4.774194 based on 32 reviews

View and grounds spectacular

  • 4 of 5

The most beautiful setting with accommodations for our extended family getaway. Stunning and peaceful yet convenient location. We were fortunate to view whales off the deck!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oakland, CA

Beautiful and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

This place was the perfect getaway from the city. The pictures are exactly the view you will see. You can sit on the bench and a few feet over are the cliffs! Literally a few minutes drive away, is a beach we could take our dog to (leash only) and walk on the water where we saw seals drifting in the waves. Everything worked perfectly and the owners were very easy to work with. We read that some people didn't like the drinking water so we brought up our own, no problem for us! We didn't see access to a laundry room if that's a concern for you, we didn't need it for a long weekend. Amazing stay, I can't say enough good things. Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Oceanside Retreat

  • 5 of 5

What makes this place special is its location atop the bluffs with the ocean sitting before you as you relax on the deck. Quiet except for the (soothing) crashing waves. All the necessaries are provided. Recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location, great stay!

  • 4 of 5

My family had a wonderful 4 night get away at the sea and river house. Great place for the entire family to spread out, even the dog. We watched the whales from the family room while drinking our coffee in the morning and watched the baby birds fly from their nest while relaxing in the Jacuzzi in the evening. The view was spectacular and we loved the lookout point with the bench to sit and enjoy the ocean. The local state parks were wonderful, especially Van Damme State park and the Point Arena lighthouse was an exciting day trip. Overall, a beautiful stay and a truly relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Mateo, CA

Amazing Ocean View, Adorable Home

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this adorable home. The view cannot be beat. It was even more spectacular in person than the pictures show. There were 4 adults and 4 children and we had plenty of room. The children loved the game room, the large grass area in the front part of the home, and watching the waves hit the large rocks. The adults loved the amazing view from the balcony and the well stocked kitchen. We had a wonderful time in both the Mendocino/Fort Bragg area and in Point Arena visiting the lighthouse and B Bryan Preserve. The home was right in between both, so it was a perfect location. We enjoyed just being at the home too in the hot tub and running with the children on the grass. The only down side was the water taste as mentioned in another review. No big deal, but make sure you bring lots of water for drinking and making ice and coffee or buy it on your way in at the Albion Market.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Come for the comfort, stay for the beauty!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Sea and River House was wonderful. We booked this bluff-top special place for mid-March and the prediction was rain, rain, rain. We got lucky (or March is a fickled month weather-wise) and hit only spotty rain. The house is a well maintained and great place to stay while on the Mendocino Coast. Nice bedrooms with comfortable beds, well-stocked kitchen, safe and easy to use wood stove (added the romantic touch we were looking for), a nice dining area and deck and, most important of all, bathrooms with lots of space and big showers. That's the practical part. The beauty of the location and the house's placement on the bluff is overwhelming. The dark star-filled sky, the crashing waves on those incredible, giant rocks along the shoreline and the to-the-horizon oceanscape. We spent a lot of time just staring out at the view - and were rewarded with more than a few whale sightings! Sea and River House is in a cluster of houses spread out over a wide area on this particular part of the bluff but there didn't seem to be any other people staying in them and we were blessed with quiet solitude. The overall location is good, too. Far enough out not to be impacted by town lights or traffic but close enough to be able to get into the great restaurants and points of interest in Albion, Little River, Mendocino and Fort Bragg. And did I mention wine tasting? Fifteen minutes away, through a spectacular redwood rain forest are some of the best wineries in the state. There is so much to do here that our four days only allowed us to scratch the surface. We highly recommend this property but if we were to make any suggestions to the owners so that staying here was a bit nicer it would be to provide bottled water since the tap (well) water was not very pleasant and to replace the "failed" double-paned, and now partially opaque, sliding door in the downstairs bedroom (otherwise, the view of the ocean from the bed is perfect to wake up to). We were very happy with Sea and River House and will stay here again on our next visit to the area. Thank you to the owners for doing so much to make our stay here such a fun experience.

Mike and Nancy, San Diego, CA

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peter Anderson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Peter Anderson

Peter has always loved the ocean since he biked around Jones Beach in New York as a child. We are landlocked Wisconsinites who bought the house in 2007 for our retirement. The purchase confused my Minnesota mother, who said: "What's the matter with a nice lake?" It's not the same. We have never seen a more spectacular place and that includes Norwegian fjords. It is one of the world's truly special places.

Peter Anderson purchased this house in 2007

Why Peter Anderson chose Albion

We have long been in love with the indescribable Mendocino coast, and bought the house for our retirement. But, that's 10 years off, and we're renting it out for vacations until then. The property has privacy but is not remote or hard to reach.

What makes this house unique

Our location, with ocean views to the south, west and north, is truly rare. Guests find the house is attractively decorated and comfortable. It's proximity to Mendocino, which is a timeless community within a historic district, affords boutique shopping and fine dining. Many outdoor activities are available: kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, biking. and hiking in the redwood forest. And we are an easy drive to Anderson Valley where 30 wineries are located.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Peter and Molly,

This was our second time staying at Sea & River House, and it was again a magnificent experience. The house is beautiful and we enjoyed being able to watch the sunset from the hot tub in the evening. The view of nature is magnificent. The addition of WiFi saved us the choice between worrying and a trip into town. We stayed during the Mendocino music festival which was spectacular. Thank you again for a great vacation.
Jul 2011
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Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Ledford House
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Ledford House

Perfect for couples looking for that romantic getaway, families for that unforgettable fun place to visit each year or anglers, Sea & River House is an experience you will not want to miss.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20
Refundable damage deposit $400

Note that pet fee is $20 per night. HomeAway's forms only permit showing a single pet fee. The difference will need to be adjusted separately.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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