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Unique Vintage 1880’S “Garden Cottage” in Mendocino Village

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

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. It can handle up to 5 adults and 1 child or 1 adult and 5 children, and variations between.

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'. As a side note, the website is listing us as 12 hours to respond to requests. That is a glitch, I am always on my cell phone and generally respond within minuets unless I am driving, etc. Always within an hour.

Keywords: Cottage, House, Garden, Mendocino Vacation Rental

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Ron Sieg
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018

About Ron Sieg

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 more grey hair, a few missing buttons and some tears and stitches along the way, and that is just fine. Our daughter Stina, is now 33, and we have a son Toby, 29. We all agree, we can sell anything, except Mendocino. After 33 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.

Ron Sieg purchased this cottage in 1983

Why Ron Sieg chose Mendocino

We fell in love with Mendocino, this cottage, and this property.

What makes this cottage unique

You just have to be here.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for one of the most relaxing perfect weeks! We will be returning!!
Jun 2017
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Mendocino Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Spa
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 1/2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Loft - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed , l single and 1 kids loft
  • Queen Bed (1), Double Beds (1), Single Bed (1), Child Bed (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Unique Vintage 1880’S “Garden Cottage” in Mendocino Village
average rating of 4.84 based on 193 reviews
East Bay, CA

Best Mendocino Vacation Ever!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice funky compound, quiet and remived from people

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place! Funky and low key, birds singing overhead from the hot tub, views of the ocean. A five block walk to downtown but really private and remote

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice location, some limitations.

  • 3 of 5

Quaint. Nice location, pretty quiet. Nice garden. Mostly comfortable. Kitchen is nice and well-equipped. Very close to the Headlands!

Other than the main bedroom the beds are small and/or hard to get to (2 lofts up steep stairs/ladders).

The payment system was somewhat awkward and we were charged twice for the service fee.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The double service fee was valid. There was a delay in the final booking and a 2nd booking took place prior to the older one being cancelled. The first vrbo service fee had already been credited by vrbo to the visitor prior to writing their review, but they could not see it posted on their account yet. In terms of the lofts, they are a delight to so many families. This couple was staying in town already. Just by circumstance, they could, and were allowed, to view the cottage prior to renting. Their review can serve you by bringing more attention to all the sleeping options at Garden Cottage. It can sleep max 5 adults and 1 child up to about 8-10 years old. Photos are provided on the website. It is a unique fun property and I always make sure it works for couples with family.
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It just works...

  • 5 of 5

I took my two children (2, 4) here for a getaway from SF. During a beautiful mid-week vacation of 65-75 degree temperatures, the cottage was the perfect blend ambiance, function and location.

The kids loved that there were two buildings instead of one - one for sleeping/bathroom and one for kitchen, den, breakfast. They loved to explore the garden. They loved that there seemed to be all of their favorite kids' books there. And, we all enjoyed the rustic feel - including old-school hooks to close windows, wind chimes from old kitchenware, and a narrow brick walkway with overgrown plants.

(I also enjoyed the hot-tub after the kids went down, and I appreciated the gated yard so I did not need to overly worry about a child running out).

This was a great location to walk to all of the shops/galleries in town as well as easy to retreat back to mid-day for quiet and tranquility (aka, nap time). We walked everywhere while in town.

The owner also was highly responsive and helpful (and friendly).

In sum, if you literally like Restoration Hardware and think that is rustic, this is not for you. If you like the originals that RH is based on, and enjoy the idea of 'secret garden' and going to the 'family cottage' for a few days, this is great.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is also our fun to be a participant, along with you. We enjoy the work and are never finished. I think you are the first dad to bring 2 daughters. Thank you..
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Absolutely delightful and charming cottage

  • 4 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay at this adorable cottage. A very unique experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magical hippy hut

  • 5 of 5

The best part was driving up and seeing the address on a weathered wooden gate smothered in ivy. My family gasping in distress that this was going to be some weird hippy dippy mom thing. Imagine their surprise when we entered that weathered gate to a magical world. We enjoyed the hot tub and privacy, the nicely appointed kitchen, the location in the heart of town. Staying here was our favorite part of the vacation. It isn't for everyone for sure. It could use a good gardener to trim things and open it up so flowers bloom and plum tree bears better, but also part of the charm.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee/Hot Tub Service/Trash Removal $125
Tax Rate 11.0%

Pet Fee is per pet.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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