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

26 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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

As owners, this is a side note prior to you reading and seeing the below about what Garden Cottage has too offer and the wonderful feedback we get. If you would like to book and/or ask questions, I suggest looking at our calendar on this page (it will list all available dates), choosing dates in your mind, then sending us an email by clicking on "email owner", then choose "flexible dates" and then directly asking about those dates within the email, but not choosing them on the provided calendar. It gives us a chance to chat about if it works for you and the costs. Just click on flexible dates. There a link on the right side here about sending the owner an email. Vrbo is a great website, and I personally believe initial direct contact between owners and visitors is a big plus. And with all that said, "here we are"........

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'.

Keywords: Cottage, House, Garden, Mendocino Vacation Rental

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

About The Owner

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 less hair and more grey, with a few missing buttons and some tears and stitches along the way, and that is just fine. Our daughter Stina, is now 32, and we have a son Toby, 29. We all agree, we can sell anything, except Mendocino. After 32 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.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1983

Why The Owner 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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Unique Vintage 1880’S “Garden Cottage” in Mendocino Village
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 168 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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  • 5 of 5

Our young family of four loved every minute of our stay in this enchanting Mendocino garden cottage. It doesn't get any more charming than this. We'd return in a heartbeat. Many thanks to our host. We had a fantastic weekend!

Things to know:

- We knew in advance because I read all the reviews, but sleeping quarters and living space (kitchen, dining, living room) are in two separate buildings. Cool!

- We didn't dine out much with our two little boys, but the GoodLife Cafe on Lansing St was so great for lunch we went back again!

- Garden lovers visiting the area for Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden, be sure to make a trip to Digging Dog Nursery in Albion - it's incredible.

- Cottage location in town is perfect.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. Your vacation and your appreciation means lot us.
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Rocklin, CA

Birthday celebration

  • 5 of 5

We've been to the Mendocino area many times over our 30 years marriage (honeymooned there) but not back in several years. We were there to celebrate a family member's 80th birthday. My husband and our dog Lucy stayed here at the cottage and it was perfect. Close to everything in the village and a short drive to Ft. Bragg. We hiked, shopped, relaxed and enjoyed every minute of our stay. Recommend to most - comfy, cozy, clean with most everything one would need.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Carmel, CA

Outstanding Experience!

  • 5 of 5

This place is magic. The structures themselves are quaint and quirky with that sweet charm only old homes can offer. My husband and I slept in the loft over the kitchen and the kids in the rooms attached to the indoor bath. Perfect balance of togetherness & personal space for our family which includes two teens. I was wondering if the bathroom being separate from the main living space would be a pain but was pleasantly surprised. It's just a few steps from door to door and it was actually kind of nice to step outside for a moment, even at night. Hint: look up, the stars were amazing.

Other than to use the restroom we did not use the indoor bathroom at all. Which brings me to one of the best features of this property, the outdoor living space! The outdoor shower is awesome, none of us wanted to shower indoors at all. It's private and peaceful and so refreshing after a soak in the hot tub. We BBQ'd on the deck, lay in the sun on the grass and spent evenings listening to music, reading and hanging out together. It was truly a perfect environment for our little family.

The entire property is fully fenced and completely private with a peek of the ocean from the garden and loft. You feel away from it all but in reality you're a short walk to shops, restaurants and the market. We ate out a few times and walked around town but enjoyed our time at the cottage most of all. The cottage feels like the rest of Mendocino, a special place that's been around a long time with lots of history and stories to tell.

Booking was straightforward and easy, Ron is a pleasant person to deal with and we felt well taken care of but also left to enjoy ourselves, just the way we like it. It felt like we were staying at a friends vacation home, clean and comfortable with the personal touches not all vacation rentals have.

We didn't want to leave and will definitely be back. If your looking for a true Mendocino experience this is it!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oakland, CA

Lovely Little Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Four of us (err, five including my dog) just stayed at this lovely cottage in Mendocino. Two adults stayed in the loft space of the kitchen cottage and two stayed in the main bedroom/bathroom cottage. Both spaces were clean and as adorable as they appear in the photos.

The cottage is in a great location providing easy access to town, ocean views, and sunsets. That said, you still feel tucked away in a private location with a hot tub and an outdoor shower. There are lots of beautiful plants and gardens -- it basically looks like a hobbit would live there.

The owner was very nice, clear, and easy to deal with when making my reservation. I have no complaints and encourage anyone looking for a nice, relaxing spot in a gem of a small coastal town to consider staying here.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lake County, CA

Love it!

  • 5 of 5

Such unique quirky cabins! Even though the cabins are old what the owners have done to them is so charming & comfortable. They have thought of everything that you may need. The outside gardens are lovely! We would definitely go back again.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mendocino Cottage Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

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

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North Coast California Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Spa
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • 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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
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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