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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'.

Final Note - VRBO charges you a 9% service fee in addition to what you pay us, the owners of the property, but all these sources pretty much charge that now. My wife and I, as owners, have elected to continue using our own processing company for credit cards, or receiving checks in the mail. VRBO will directly place a hold on your credit card for the service fee only, although when you are first asked for the service fee, it looks like they are asking for the full 50% deposit. I require that I talk with each and every client prior to approving the booking to make sure it works for them and to answer any specific questions. VRBO gives you and I, 24 hours to agree, and to book the reservation. If I do not inform them within that 24 hour window to book the reservation, it automatically cancels, and any funds you have in hold will not be processed by VRBO. Once you and I agree to reserve your requested dates, I tell VRBO and they process your service fee. I will then charge your credit card for the first payment or give our address for sending a check. This method is specific for Owners, like us, who choose to use their own credit card processing company. It also makes it more personal and fun, and allows a more direct connection between you and us. And then we stay out of your way, unless you need us. I mention all of the above paragraph so that you have a heads up with no surprises. VRBO is a great website for us both. Rest assured, I will walk you through it all and it is not complicated.

Keywords: Cottage, House, Garden, Mendocino Vacation Rental

More Details

Ron Sieg
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

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 North Coast California

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

1st time visit to the cottage - this is a wonderful and quaint place - we will be back. My husband I spent our honeymoon in Mendocino 30 years ago, have been back a few times for a wedding, our 10th anniversary and camping. We so love the area and all it has to offer. This time was to celebrate - 80 years young my sister-in-law's mother. It was her dream to come to Mendocino, so we all made it happen. They weather was great - some rain for those stay in days reading or watching movies with the fire, and sunny for those days of exploring the area shopping, hiking and photographs. We're not ready to leave but it is time - we'll be back
Jan 2016
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Mendocino Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

Unique Vintage 1880’S “Garden Cottage” in Mendocino Village
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 178 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: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enchanting and cozy...

  • 5 of 5


We just got back from our sweet stay at 'the cozy cabins'...(that's what we called them!). We love Mendocino and like to stay in different places when we go. We chose this place as it was very close to downtown...walking distance to everything! And we thought it might be rainy and wet so we wanted a cozy place with a fireplace and hot tub, this had both! We spent lots of time home, in the hot tub and walking around downtown and by the ocean. We cooked several meals in and found the kitchen to be well equipped. I really enjoyed the view from the kitchen table on a cold or sunny day. And it was divine to view the starry sky from the hot tub! One of my favorite parts was walking through the gate (which I loved too) and down the walkway to the cabins...the lush plant life, the calalilies, the ferns, the lushness...smelled and looked lovely. Even with it being 2 cabins right next to each other, one for sleeping (and the bathroom), the other with the kitchen, dining room and living is that very reason it made it enchanting and then cozy once you were settled in to either. A nice toasty fireplace in both...heavenly...

We will definitely be back!

Many thanks and I hope you all get a chance to enjoy this unique get-away for yourself :)

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Cozy Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

We had a very nice stay in the Garden Cottage! Communication, description, and maintenance were all excellent; the owners care about this property and it shows. We enjoyed Mendocino and this property was in the heart of town, with beautiful views of the ocean. Immediately, we felt "at home" as we settled into the comfortable housing unit. As described in other reviews, there was a quirkiness to the layout on the property; we knew what to expect and were not disappointed. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I never realized how special Mendocino was before our stay, and this wonderful cottage was right where we wanted to be. We had so much planned for our trip, but ended up spending most of our time enjoying ourselves at the house. We had a lovely time enjoying each other, as a family, wether it be watching movies, or the stars. We were all very happy, and we did manage to get out for a couple of excursions to boot! Walking distance to the mouth of the river, to the cliffs for sunsets and to get groceries and snacks. Location absolutely perfect. We will return.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stanford, CA

Enchanting Spot!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful property. We loved the rustic nature of this space; and, the ideal location - near all of the restaurants and shops; yet, close to the edge of town and near the water. Our dogs loved the fenced yard. Though it rained most of the weekend - had a wonderful time catching up on movies; taking a dip in the hot tub; and, love the outdoor shower, too. Would definitely stay here again. THANK YOU for the opportunity to stay in your garden cottage.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Warm and cozy

  • 5 of 5

What a great place. Two separate buildings may sound strange, but it works. A great location within easy walking distance to both down town and the Mendocino Headlands. Clean and comfortable. And it does put you in mind of a Hobbit House. Would definitely recommend over a motel room. Loved our stay. Thank you Ron and Theo.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mendocino Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

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.

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