About the property
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- Minimum Stay2 nights
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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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 19, 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.
Pool / Spa
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Best Mendocino Vacation Ever!
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.
What a special haven to share with my family!!!
This was pure magic!!! My wife and I were looking for somewhere to take our kids (4yr/2yr/6mo) for spring break. We had honeymooned a little down the coast years back and had always wanted to revisit and stay closer to town. The cottage was absolutely perfect!! Close enough to town for a light stroll, yet once inside the front gate, we felt as though we had slipped into a fairytale. The property was twice the size we had expected, with lovely gardens and terraces for our two older girls to explore with complete independence. If anyone has read the childrens book Miss Rumphius, this is her seaside cottage to a T. Nothing fancy but with plenty of character and fitting of the rugged Mendocino coastal setting. We were thoroughly transported to another era and found ourselves instantly relieved of the stresses of everyday family life. Withing an hour of arrival we droped everything and took an expedition down to the beach (2 blocks away!!) and were instantly treated to a tidal treasure hunt with abalone shells and quahogs scattering the foam line. Not to mention the fern lined cliffs with the seasonal waterfalls drenching the beach.
Everything about the cottage had our kids in amazement, from the head high calalilies to the secret door from the outdoor shower to the hot tub. We were lucky with the weather and had plenty of time just lounging in the grass.
Bottom line, if you have a young family, this cottage will blow their minds. Not to mention the separate buildings make it easy to separate yourselves for some adult conversation after the kids are in bed. Ron, you have a very magical spot my friend. I cannot wait to stay with you again!!!
A true delight!
Oh my goodness, what a fantastic find! We've had so much going on lately with a death in the family, visitors, house repairs, work, etc, that when searching out a getaway location at the last minute, I somehow managed to overlook that the house living and sleeping spaces are in different buildings. That said after we arrived - having immediately fallen in love with the unbelievably unique grounds with its magical gardens, hot tub, outdoor shower and privy, and BBQ area, we entered to house unable to believe our good fortune at having found this unique and delightful space to unwind. That feeling, however, lasted only a few moments until we sought out the bathroom. Unable to find it we looked at each other in dismay wondering how someone could rent a space without bedrooms or a bathroom! It only took a moment though and a very little bit of exploring to realize we had totally missed the actual description of the house layout when reserving! Unbelievable how oblivious a person can feel when simply in need of a getaway! But after discovering our good fortune that there actually is an indoor privy to go along with the outdoor one, there are not enough good things we can say about this secret little hideaway! Its charm along with all the amenities was exactly what the 3 of us needed. Ron and Theo thank you for sharing this delightful bit of history with us. We felt welcome and comfortable and rejuvenated. We couldn't be happier with our find.
Unique and beautiful place.
We really like finding unique properties to rent for vacations and this one fits the bill. If we wanted standard fare, we would rent a hotel room. The yard is absolutely gorgeous, with a sunny porch to sit and read, with the nearby fully plumbed outhouse ! Unique. The kitchen is fully equipped with SHARP knives--a rarity in vacation rentals. The rooms are all furnished with antiques and the living room and dining nook are great spaces to join together. And just a 5 minute walk to the beautiful bluffs and ocean of the headlands. 10 mninutes to all of the nice restaurants and shops. Mendocino is truly one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Thank you Ron and Theo.
A magical little spot!
We loved our visit to the garden cottage. This private little piece of heaven was ideal for our little family of 4. All of the comforts of home wrapped in this eclectic spot. The kitchen and sleeping area were well equipped and clean, the hot tub was our boy's favorite place to chill. They also loved the sleeping loft and the outdoor privy. Everything we needed was a short walk. We'll be back, hopefully for a longer stay.
There seemed to be an on going ant problem in the kitchen and bath. Pretty bad! This made the stay feel, shall we say-not so clean. The rustic character was "very rustic". The lack of security on the door leading to the outside from the bedroom felt unsafe. Little space to hang clothes, towels etc.
Let me put this review in context of our experience and then I will respond directly to the comments.
We have owned Garden Cottage since 1983 and have never stopped working on the property, We are one of the top 2 or 3 most popular rentals in the area, and half of our business every year is from repeat visitors. If you read the reviews, both posted on line directly from visitors, and reposted on line from the Comments Book in the Cottage, you will see how much our visitors cherish this little spot. We as owners work at keeping it up to speed aesthetically, and technically, with an eye to keeping it real. We also feel a responsibility to share it with others.
That said. (1) "Ant problem" - We have a commercial service that treats the property for ants on a regular basis. That service is very good at what they do. I have spoken with them and they are resolute to fix it. I have been up there 3 times in the last couple of weeks and only saw a couple of ants and I agree, even a couple of ants can be to many. (2) "Very Rustic" is a valid personal judgement call for any visitor that feels that. It is a delicate balance to maintain that "original off the grid feel" of an 1888 building and the elaborate gardens my wife has manifested. Most visitors find our efforts nourishing, and healing, in our finding and maintaining that balance. (3) "Bedroom door" - We have a deadbolt on the entry front gate you come through, and a deadbolt on the bedroom door of which was mentioned. The bedroom door is a 2 piece Dutch Door. I will look at putting a 2nd dead bolt on the upper part, although it is already locked to the bottom part, but won't hurt anything to double lock to frame. (4) "Little space to hang towels" - the main bathroom is small, but complete. We have towel racks, and I will see what I can do about places to put more hooks.
I hope that this visitor comments and my response helps you in the choosing of what you need and what is best for you. Garden Cottage is totally unique and a delightful bit of a something you will seldom find in a vacation rental. We get so much positive feedback, and always feel humbled, when people share what they find there with their families. It continues to inspire us to create new delights and gardens on the property. We have loved it for 35 years and if Garden Cottage feels right for you, I would trust that. I would also trust that it is not for everyone.
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Pet Fee is per pet.