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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 a day
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Calendar last updated:
August 16, 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

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
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • 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 4.9302325 based on 186 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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Wonderful Weekend Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, toddler, and I had a great stay at the Garden Cottage. The property is beautiful and our toddler loved exploring the gardens. The two cottage layout actually worked really well for us, so that our toddler could be sleeping while the adults hung out in the other cottage without disturbing him. The cottage is so conveniently located, and we loved being in walking distance of all that downtown Mendocino has to offer. Ron made checking in very easy. We hope to return in the near future!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nooks and Crannies of Light

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful garden, so many nooks and crannies of light in all the buildings. Cozy, rustic and simple. No problems getting in. Very clean.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming & GREAT location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is quaint and charming and the location is ideal, situated on a quiet street in the village of Mendocino, about 1/3 mile from the heart of the town and two minutes walk to the headlands. Walking to restaurants and the music tent was a breeze. The layout of the cottage was a bit confusing upon first glance - especially when we saw the outhouse (don’t worry, there is also a full indoor bathroom) - but it actually works very well. The bedroom and a full bathroom are in one building, and immediately across the walkway, the kitchen, living room and dining room are in another building. The kitchen is large and well-stocked, and the outhouse might come in handy if you had more than a couple of people there. The cottage was great for the two of us, and would also suit a couple with small children because the additional beds are a cot and and two loft areas. We loved the table in the garden, and the hot tub. All in all, this was an absolutely charming experience, and we would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Just for clarification. This original outhouse is part of the ambiance, plumbed and can be viewed on the website photos. Thank you Pete for your nice revue.
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Quaint and stunning

  • 5 of 5

The cottages were so quaint yet had all the amenities. The yard and location couldn't be better!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely and tranquil

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for a week and found the place to be clean, beautiful and really of another world. The garden is lush and the two little cabins were cozy. And I very much loved being able to walk to the headlands and to downtown Mendocino--I didn't use my car the whole week. I am very much looking forward to booking another stay next summer!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50

Pet Fee is per pet.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund