check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand

Star Decker

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

UNIQUE, AFFORDABLE, MAGICAL FOREST HIDEAWAY HOME!

82 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Pay with confidence

When you book through the HomeAway checkout, your booking is backed by our Book with Confidence Guarantee™ offering comprehensive payment protection.

Learn more

Overview

North Coast California House Rental Photos and Description

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

Our nightly rate of $175 includes taxes and cleaning. NO hidden fees!

Our vacation rental home is a lovely Craftsman style that is uniquely decorated with special attention to cleanliness and comfort.

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, which include a world famous unique guitar invention and a real, hand machined steam train.

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 for those who like to hike or bring their bikes along.

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 and private 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
Star Decker (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About Star Decker

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.

Star Decker purchased this house in 1975

Why Star Decker chose North Coast California

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

Hi Star~ The cottage was amazing. We definitely enjoyed our stay in Caspar. We did the waterfall hike at Russian Gulch and we got to walk around Fort Bragg and downtown Mendocino. We'd definitely like to come back and stay someday. Thanks again for coordinating and making our stay smooth and comfortable. Take care.

Larry
Apr 2015
  • 1 of 3

Reviews

4.9
based on 82 traveler reviews

UNIQUE, AFFORDABLE, MAGICAL FOREST HIDEAWAY HOME!
average rating of 4.9390244 based on 85 reviews
Santa Rosa, CA
5

Lovely, peaceful homey cottage

  • 5 of 5

We loved our three nights at Stringbender Cottage and only wished we were staying longer. This was the best vacation rental I've experienced - lovely inside and out, very homey and beautifully decorated. We ate dinners in and really appreciated the well equipped kitchen. It is perfectly located for trips to Fort Bragg and Mendocino, with the ocean beaches nearby but nicely protected from wind in it's forest setting. We thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the patios listening to birds and the gentle breeze in the trees. We are looking forward to another visit one day. Michele & Deborah

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

A Great Week on the Coast!

  • 5 of 5

Stringbender Cottage exuded peace and calm which was just what we needed - coffee and tea on the deck in the mornings was fabulous. So close to Fort Bragg and Mendocino, yet we could relax when we wanted to in our private garden among the pines. Forrest, beach and shopping all just a few minutes away.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
4

quaint and very comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Great place for a couple to get away from it all! We also had a great hike!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

Cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was a great stay! My husband ad I had a fantastic weekend at the cottage and exploring the nearby towns. Star provided us with just about everything you need at the cottage. Very clean

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

Charming Quiet Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband booked this charming cottage for my birthday weekend and it was wonderful! just what we needed: warm, cozy, full of special touches, and quiet.The decor says Welcome Home! The kitchen is roomy, and had everything we needed to make a delicious dinner, including a BBQ. Our stay was relaxing and very comfortable. We especially appreciated the guitar, the games, the books, the CD's and DVD's. The yard, flowers. and beautiful trees were admired on BOTH decks. The short trip to Ft. Bragg or Mendocino was also nice as we were able to explore the light house, Casper, and both towns. We will recommend this cottage to all of our friends. Thank you so much Star and Gene! We also appreciated how friendly and accommodating you are; LOVED seeing your shop Gene!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lovely folks that we enjoyed meeting too. It's always fun to share our custom stringbender installation shop and all of the little side projects that surprise and charm our guests.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

Sweet accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Stringbender Cottage was charming, well equipped and impeccabley clean. The location is convenient, in a woodsy setting. I couldn't be more pleased and will return again. JeannieT

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

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.

Photos

Rates & Availability

Caspar House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter
Nov 1 2016 - Feb 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
$155
$950
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$175
$1,225
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150

For guests booking for more than 3 days a discount is available by contacting the owner directly. Please call the owner number given on the site for information and details. You may also inquire to our private email at starfin@mcn.org.

We do not book our cottage for long term beyond 10 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Enter dates to see total
Send a Message
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)
Unavailable

Amenities

North Coast California 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.

Partner Offers

Other Vacation Properties