|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
OCEAN TRAILS MENDOCINO ARTIST RETREAT
Get away to the glorious Mendocino coast and stay in a truly inspired dream house -- local artist Erin Dertner’s appointed getaway by the sea, receiving guests since the Spring of 2009. Boasting four bedrooms all with ocean views, 4 full baths, a large great room and a pool parlor that can become a 5th bedroom. The Retreat is spacious and non-allergenic, with mostly tile and hardwood floors. Enjoy the outdoor area with large gas grill and 2 picnic tables and a new (2015) 60 jet, 6 person, hot tub. Fenced-in area great for dogs to hang out.
Only 1.5 mi north of the village of Mendocino, yet far enough away to experience total peace and quiet. Russian Gulch State Park borders part of the house, and its a pleasant stroll on our private lane right into the park entrance (free admission for walk-ins) where you can walk along the headland trails, see a sinkhole, walk to the beach, hike to a waterfall, bike on a path through the gulch, and have glorious picnics on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Enjoy the ample “cook’s kitchen”, the expansive deck and the comfortable quarters, complete with Erin’s artwork adorning every room. We're on the west/ocean side of highway 1 in a location many consider to be the most desirable for vacation homes in Mendocino, with ocean views to the south and west, from the living area and from all the bedrooms.
Perfect for 8 people, but can accommodate 2 extra people comfortably and seat 10 at the dining table; there is room to sleep more people, but please inquire as approval is needed. The master has a king bed and lavish bath with a 2 person shower and giant tub. A 2nd large room with king bed has its own bath with shower, while a queen bedded room and a bedroom with a set of twins (that can be made into a king) share a roomy bath with large shower. The living room and both king bedded rooms have ample floor space for futons while the entry/pool room has a trundle for 2, which is also connected to the 4th full bathroom. With televisions in the living room and Art Studio room, many books, board games and your own pool hall, this is a perfect spot for groups of all ages.
The vacation home is regularly monitored by the owners to maintain quality, and is professionally managed, to give guests at Ocean Trails a worry-free vacation experience.
Hardy and Kim Hodges have been in real estate for over 15 years and continually seek hidden gems---this dream vacation home in Mendocino, appointed by well-known local artist Erin Dertner, is sure to satisfy. We have been operating vacation rentals in the NYC area for about ten years, and have experience ensuring our guests have a great, relaxing, time.
Personal interests include cosmology, hiking and bicycling, and traveling the world with our two daughters. Our primary home is in Marin County (CA), across the Golden Gate bridge from San Francisco.
Location, location, and views! Virtually 'next door' to Mendocino Village, but in a quiet and exclusive neighborhood widely considered the most desirable location for vacation renting on the north coast. The Retreat borders Russian Gulch State Park, an amazing park with trails, bluffs, beach, waterfalls, and biking---accessed by an easy stroll into park. And then the lovely ocean views...
Guest Comments: 'The bed was so comfortable that we went home and bought the same kind.' 'We leave here happy, peaceful and rested.' 'Loved every minute here, you thought of everything, the view, the remodel, the stove...we are looking forward to returning soon.' 'Your kitchen is equipped better than my house and I've lived there for 10 years!' 'We absolutely loved everything about your house. Looking from this gorgeous view was a real treat. You had all the amenities of any first rate spa, except no spa is surrounded by such gorgeous artwork.' 'We had a wonderful time in your home and truly appreciate your work in accomodating all TEN of us. It is amazingly spacious and has the most gorgeous view over lovely gardens, natural habitat and the sea. On the morning we left, two deer ambled into the driveway and helped themselves to some of your flora. Since we live in the city, it was a thrill to see them 'up close and personal,' as my daughter likes to say. I also appreciated all of the little touches you arranged and the ample use of your kitchenware!'
"Loved every minute here, you thought of everything, the view, the remodel, the stove...we are looking forward to returning soon." "Your kitchen is equipped better than my house and I've lived there for 10 years!" "We absolutely loved everything about your house. Looking from this gorgeous view was a real treat. You had all the amenities of any first rate spa, except no spa is surrounded by such gorgeous artwork." "We had a wonderful time in your home and truly appreciate your work in accomodating all TEN of us. It is amazingly spacious and has the most gorgeous view over lovely gardens, natural habitat and the sea. On the morning we left, two deer ambled into the driveway and helped themselves to some of your flora. Since we live in the city, it was a thrill to see them "up close and personal," as my daughter likes to say. I also appreciated all of the little touches you arranged and the ample use of your kitchenware!"
Always the positive first - We had a great time on the coast and at this house!! 4 couples (8 adults) and we all had plenty of space to be separate or together! The kitchen was amazing and fit all of us without problem while we prepped our meals. The pool room was perfect for nightly pool tournaments and the hot tub, relaxing. Views from the porch were the best!! We sat outside watched the whales and sunset. We even had turkeys, deer, and quail pass through. Sunday football in the living room was comfortable and fit us all. Walks to nearby trails were easy and a fun time. Kim was very easy to get a hold of and was willing to let us have early check in due to most of us traveling from out of town.
Now for some negative - I'm not giving the house 5 stars mostly because of the smell coming from the laundry room - sooo nasty! The washers let out a moldy, stale, sewage type of smell that travels to the front bathroom and pool table area. we had to go to town for candles just so we could bear it. Also, the master bath tub jets were full of disgusting stale water. The tub was full and when we turned on the jets, nasty greenish brown, stinky water shot out... so gross... The floors were not clean, our feet ended up black by the end of every night... and the decor, bedding, and furniture needs upgraded.
Our overall stay was great - we just expected a little more cleanliness with how much money we paid to stay... With a few upgrades and a deep clean, this house would be amazing!!
All the amenities worked perfectly, ingress and egress from the property was well explained, and on rainy days there was plenty to keep our group occupied. Will definitely book again for future Student Association retreats.
We had such a marvelous time! The layout of the house was perfect for us. I loved how you could be in one side of the house for more quiet times and yet it could also be so open when you wanted it to be. The property was beautiful and we loved that the back yard was fenced in. There are so many trees around the back that you have full privacy. Loved how you go down the lane and feel like you are so secluded. Kim has been great to work with. I highly recommend this location for a family trip and hope to come back and visit again soon.
Property is as described. We had a lovely stay with beautiful weather. The home is very comfortable. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because of a few maintenance things that are ongoing at any home. There was a crack in the living room window that prevented opening of that window and the shower heads could use a de-mineralization. Minor things.
The view is wonderful and we had visits from wild turkeys, deer and a family of quail that live in the shrubbery. All in all we loved it and will most likely stay again. Thank you Kim.
Great location. Good walking trails near by. The house was a great size for our group of eight and could have even absorbed a few more. The linens were very nice and the house clean. Plenty of dishes for all of us also. The yard and the neighborhood was so Mendocino, with a view to boot. We all totally enjoyed our stay.
Too many great restaurants to list. Aquatic center with water slide in nearby Fort Bragg. Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse less than 5 minutes by car. Mendocino village 2-3 minutes by car. Russian Gulch State Park 5 minute walk to entrance. Big River Beach in Mendocino, 4 minutes by car.
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
There is a Pet fee of $20 per pet per night---pet fee is accounted and billed separately and not included in VRBO quote since VRBO cannot account for multiple pets or nights. If 2 nights are booked in low season the rate is $900 for both nights---the rate calculated from VRBO is incorrect if the 2 nights are not both on fri and sat.