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Mendocino Coast - Panoramic Ocean View, Irish Beach Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Covered Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Hot Tub


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Mendocino's North Coast was listed #1 in the U.S.A. and Canada 'Places to Go in 2014' by the New York Times! (1/10/14).

Built by popular science fiction writer, Margaret St. Clair, and her husband, local radio personality, Eric St. Clair, this cozy two bedroom, two bath home on one acre has a panoramic white water ocean view to Point Arena Lighthouse with private beach access. Situated on a hill overlooking Irish Beach on the beautiful Mendocino Coast, the home offers a gas fireplace, decks, a beautifully landscaped garden, hot tub, window seats, skylights and oak floors, along with amenities such as free WiFi, DVD, stereo tape deck and CD player, a music and film library, and clock radios in each bedroom.

The home sleeps a maximum of 5 comfortably in 2 queen-size beds and a full-size sofabed with Simmons mattress. Bedside reading lamps, electric blankets, and down comforters are provided, foam or down pillows are available.

Within a half-hour drive is the charming village of Mendocino with its quaint shops and excellent restaurants, you can easily drive east to enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting in beautiful Anderson Valley or south to visit Pt. Arena's beautiful lighthouse and fascinating exotic animal preserve.

The town of Manchester, 1 mile south, has a country store that sells food, meats, fresh produce, wines, etc. Five miles south is Pt. Arena with a pharmacy, movie theatre, Indian casino, gas station and bank with ATM.

Please note: there is no broadcast TV reception in Irish Beach. Due to allergy sensitivities no smoking or pets are allowed.

California residents who are driving to Irish Beach are expected to bring their own bed and bath linens. There is a $60 cleaning fee. Guests staying 4 nights or less have the option of cleaning for themselves.

Keywords: Cottage, Beach house

More Details

Donna Dell
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2017

About Donna Dell

The owner of St. Clair house is a retired employment lawyer and former Labor Commissioner of California. She and her son, David, who is the Warranty Director for a large national builder, have continuously upgraded the property over the last 19 years, incorporating many unique items she collected during her early travels as an international airline employee. She currently lives in Walnut Creek, California.

Donna Dell purchased this house in 1992

Why Donna Dell chose North Coast California

Because it has one of the most spectacular views and is the best value in Irish Beach!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Just wanted to let you now what a fabulous time we had at your beach house. The weather was fairly cooperative, and we enjoyed just getting away and walking on the beach and spending some precious time together. The house was absolutely great! The views were wonderful, even through the fingers of fog that greeted us each morning. We visited the beach at low tide and were able to see anemones and starfish galore! The amenities in the house were perfect, and even though we didn't take advantage of the hot tub, we probably would next time we visit. All in all, a lovely, but long drive, and wonderful times spent in the house and on the beach. Rick and I are hopeful that we can visit again and thank you for sharing such a beautiful place. We definitely feel like we've found the perfect beach getaway!"
Oct 2008
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Manchester House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master bath with Roman tub and shower. Guest bath with shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Mendocino Coast - Panoramic Ocean View, Irish Beach Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The first thing you notice upon walking into the house is the wall of windows with a view to the ocean. Our favorite spot was lounging on the window seats reading and staring at the ocean. We had daily deer visits and a great horned owl high in the pine tree looking for his evening meal. The house was comfortable and very welcoming with a well stocked kitchen to satisfy our cooking needs. The house is close to Pt. Arena where we found 2 high quality restaurants: Bird and Uneda! We love to visit NorCal and would definitely come back to St. Claire House.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brookings, OR.

Wonderful Christmas at the Beach

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a place to spend Christmas at the last minute and found this gem. Donna, the owner, was wonderful about accomodating us and even put up a Christmas tree compelete with lights. Everything was wonderful and the views were amazing. The weather was fantastic, warm for December and we enjoyed the hot tub. We will very definetly be coming back again. Thank you so much Donna

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kelseyville, CA

Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

The first thing you notice is the private setting and the views of the ocean from the living room, deck, and hot tub. Beautiful garden with hummingbirds and an occasional deer or two. The view from the deck is gorgeous and on a clear day you can see forever. You will find yourself just staring out at the ocean, sitting in the sun, and relaxing. We had one day of warm sunshine and a couple days of fog that burned off for a while and then came back, but still perfect and to be expected on the coast. Private access to the beach was wonderful and being able to park as close as you can is unheard of. Excellent and very private beach with lots of driftwood and fine sand. Excellent for beach-combing and walking. Two very comfortable bedrooms and a large well appointed kitchen.....with a view. We barbecued on the provided Weber a couple nights and drove to Gualala for dinner one night. The owner, Donna, has thought of everything and your comfort is her mission. It was just my wife and myself, but another couple or a small family would work perfectly here. We spend a lot of time up and down the North coast and we will absolutely be returning here soon as this has become one of our favorite spots. Thank you Donna for sharing you treasure with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful visit with family

  • 5 of 5

My Mom & I stayed at this beautiful location with my cousin & will definitely return again. The view was the best part and so relaxing to enjoy our time together with the ocean & lighthouse views from the house and deck! We had everything we could want for a comfortable stay with nice bedrooms & bathrooms. While my cousin did the cooking in the perfectly stocked kitchen, we felt spoiled with the great meals and fresh food from the local market & fresh local eggs! Relaxing in the evenings with wine & large choice of owners movies was a joy for us girls! We visited the Lighthouse which I would recommend to everyone staying here as it gives you a much better perspective of the ocean view and history of the area. We watched deer in the yard & enjoyed the many birds & owners nice flower garden. The hot tub was fun too! Visiting beautiful homes in the area, local museum, the private beach & cute shops in town as well as eating at a few special places made our trip a special one to remember. I plan to come back in the future and stay longer!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful views and comfortable stay

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful area, very comfortable accommodations with historic touch. Garden attracts tons of hummingbirds and early am deer - sunsets are wonderful, cool breeze a plus during late June. Lots of local info left for visitors. Totally relaxing!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elk Grove, CA

Very Relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at the St. Clair house for 2 nights for our 8 year wedding anniversary. It was very relaxing to say the least! Great views of the beach, a hot tub overlooking the garden and the ocean and all amenities that you can think of. Some helpful tips: The walk down to the beach is not as easy as you would think. It is steep and the climb back up the hill is treacherous (at least for out of shape people like us) ;-) We definitely recommend taking the car. Also, bring non stick pans if you plan on cooking anything that may require it as we couldn't seem to locate any- although there is just about everything else you can imagine to cook with. While the vacation we took was just for us two for our anniversary, we have small children (Under 6) and could imagine that if we took them to the vacation home, it may be challenging due to a lot of breakables in the home (accidents happen) so I am not sure that we would recommend bringing really little ones however when ours get older, it seems like it would be fun. One more tip: we did not get any phone reception at all- so if you need to call home to check on your kids like we did, invest in a $5 calling card because the phones are only for local use in the home. This place was so beautiful- we highly recommend to any one wanting a nice visit to Mendocino County in a nice cozy environment. The drive to Mendocino is only about 30 minutes and the drive to Point Arena is only about 10. Donna was absolutely accommodating in every way and the process was very simple. It was our first vacation rental on VRBO so we were unsure how it all worked but she made it much more comfortable. Cant wait to come back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Megan & Jacob, Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I am so pleased that your anniversary celebration was all that you'd hoped for! We hope to have you as guests again one day soon. Warmest regards, Donna
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Rates & Availability

Manchester House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee (optional) $60
Tax Rate 11.0%

Cancellation policy:
Full refund if cancelled more than 10 days before arrival date. Within 10 days of scheduled arrival any prepayment of rental cost will be fully refunded, however, the deposit will be forfeited if we are unable to re-rent the property.
Deposit may be applied to a later booking

The owner will forward a reservation form. There is a security/cleaning of $150 for 2-4 night stay and $300 for 5+night stay, to be paid by check and held uncashed until after your departure, then returned marked "VOID" if the house is left clean and undamaged. Full payment including tax is due 10 days before arrival to allow time to mail out the map, instructions and key access information.

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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
(private) Sea Ranch, Little River
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Pt. Arena
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Little River, Sea Ranch
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Skunk Steam Train, Ft. Bragg
Nearest Motorway
Highway 1, adjacent
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Point Arena
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Irish Beach, Manchester
Car: necessary


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