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Oceanfront Romantic Cottage, an Anniversary Paradise with Hot Tub and Privacy

Bedrooms 1
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Private Seafront Cottage, 1 Bedroom holiday house in a garden on the ocean

The 'Cottage at Sunset Cove' is a fabulous oceanfront property located on private grounds that are fenced with gated-only access 5 minutes from Mendocino Village. It is oceanfront, completely isolated, and has 2 acres of flowering gardens and walking paths, with parking on site. The shingled cottage/bungalow, which is entered through a rose covered archway, is an intimate hideaway. It is decorated like a 'country bungalow' in soothing blues and whites. Stone floors are covered with comforting area rugs, the sofa has down pillows, and a bistro table holds your welcome " wine and chocolate". The owners have decorated with artifacts from their travels, and have included in the cottage their love of classical literature and music, and local artwork. There is a beautiful gas fireplace and a completely separate bedroom with luxurious linens. Windows overlooking the gardens and ocean are large and everywhere. You can go to sleep with the calming sound of crashing waves on the double cove inlets. Peaceful and quiet, the area is a treasure trove for discovering wildlife - deer, wild turkeys, hawks, whales, blue herons, seals, porpoises, geese, and the occasional Orca. Russian Gulch State Park and Point Cabrillo Light House are less than 1 mile away, where nature walks abound. Mendocino Village, designated an official historical town circa the 1870's, is just 2 miles away, with wonderful restaurants and pubs, hidden garden paths for strolling, and specialty shops.

The cottage has a separate bedroom with large closets, luxury linens and 6 down pillows, living room with fireplace, queen-sized pull-out sofa bed, 2 comfortable reading chairs, and French bistro table. Teak reading chairs overlook the 2-sided deck and spa. There is also a large outside table and gas BBQ for cooking. The separate kitchen has dishes, glasses, pans and other cooking necessities and specialty items, and is stocked with beer, wine, bottled water, jams, coffee, tea and condiments. A basket of 'goodies' is added for late night snacks. Music, videos, books, games, binoculars will enhance your entertainment options. Bathroom has a powerful shower and a deep soaking tub with views of the gardens. Extra large windows from both the bedroom and the living room look directly out onto the ocean through the gardens, and are adjoined by a large deck with your own hot tub and seating for viewing the water and nature. Private gardens with paths surround the property and reading benches are sprinkled throughout the acreage. Best of all, there are sunsets 365 days a year (excluding rainy days, of course!) and you can view them all!

Because of the proximity to the ocean, this property is not suitable for children under 14.

Keywords: Secluded oceanfront cottage, dramatic whitewater ocean views, private hot tub, large deck overlooking gardens and ocean, private headlands, flowering gardens and pathways, reading benches, stream and waterfall, smells and sounds of crashing ocean waves, romantic and private, pet friendly and completely fenced.

More Details

Cathy Karabensh
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Cathy Karabensh

Jerry and Cathy Karabensh have lived in Mendocino for 16 years, are retired, and enjoying life so much in the area that they want to share their view of the world with others. They have 1dog, and invite you to bring yours along.

Cathy Karabensh purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Cathy Karabensh chose Mendocino

Sunset Cove is actually 2 coves with black sand beaches when the tide is out. The property is cliffside, so you can see white water crashing on the rocks below. Most of the year you can see the waterfall that spills out into Sunset Cove. The Cottage is set nestled in a banquet of bushes along the north, keeping your deck and hot tub wind-free from the northwest winds that are typical of the area.

What makes this cottage unique

Private, tranquil, and romantic, The Cottage is traditionally decorated in seaside colors, more like a home than a hotel. The Karabensh's have included memorabilia from their extensive travels as well as books, movies, and an array of helpful holiday treats. Your own private hot tub awaits your leisure usage at any time.


Mendocino Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Deep soaking tub with bath salts and other organic amenities, such as shampoo, conditioner, and lotion - a trousseau of wonderful lavender accessories - 'thirsty' towels, hair dryer, and night light. All of this in a seaside cottage-style room with a lofty ceiling, light and airy room. Shower head has a hefty water spray and there are candles and scented French soaps.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - Completely separate with 2 large closets/cupboards
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 3rd person on pull-out sofa with a daily charge of $35.
  • Queen size Bed in traditional 'cottage plantation' style; luxury accessories in your private bedroom overlooking the ocean with luxury linens, goosedown pillows and comforter; spa robes, closet and dresser space, beautifully furnished with side tables and reading lamps. Also included are iron and ironing board, hair dryer, and picnic basket. Local artists are displayed throughout.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Gardens with paths and reading benches; Deck chairs and benches overlooking ocean; Property lined all along the south by a quiet stream ending in a waterfall to the ocean; Blow Hole seen from the south side; Ocean Caves underneath and visible from the accessable 10 acres next door; Black sand beach seen during low tides; Arched Rock and small islands which bring the 'white water'; Sandy beach 2 miles North and 1 mile South, State Parks both North and South, 1 mile to Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse, Hiking paths everywhere, Quiet and romantic, more like a home than a rental, very comfortable and exclusive


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Oceanfront Romantic Cottage, an Anniversary Paradise with Hot Tub and Privacy
average rating of 4.9651165 based on 86 reviews
San Francisco

Magical Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I loved our stay at the Cottage. Our host, Cathy, was wonderful and very helpful. Whale watching from your bedroom, local hikes, romantic gardens, and awe inspiring views. Really great location to explore the Mendocino area.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Valley Springs, CA

A Magnificent Piece of Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

I can’t say enough about how much we loved our stay at this beautiful oceanfront cottage! Owners Cathy & Jerry were so welcoming and hospitable, and they welcomed our doggies too!

The cottage was immaculate, nicely situated, beautifully decorated and oh so cozy! It had everything we could’ve possibly needed, and we were welcomed with a lovely bottle of wine & chocolates too!

The ocean views were stunning from everywhere! Inside the cottage, from the deck, and from sitting area where we watched beautiful evening sunsets. Not to mention that Cathy and Jerry provided great reading material, including many of the classics!

The grounds were exquisite! Beautiful trees, plants and shrubbery were all about. The property is camera ready for a Better Homes & Garden Magazine shoot!

We also had complete privacy too! And I musn’t forget to mention their friendly dog Callie! She’s beautiful and was very friendly and welcoming to our doggies.

We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend in a more beautiful place and location, and we look forward to returning to this piece of prardise very soon!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, Cozy, Close to Town

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property, friendly hosts. A dog that lives on the property (didn't quite get along with my dogs but I think having two dogs just intimidated her), friendly with me and very cute. Cozy house with gorgeous view. Plenty of small and pretty walks to take on the property, you can walk to headlands state Park and look at the ocean or go for an easy going hike. Close to town, there's a list of recommended restaurants in the house (with a lot more info also). Overall we have a great time and really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The cottage was perfect, the views spectacular, and the owners were the best.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed our stay. The owners supplied all the needed information about the area to enhance the experience. I highly recommend the cottage for a stay. We had great food, wines, and views in the area. The location is great for coastal views, easy access to wineries in Anderson Valley, and beautiful hiking in the Redwoods.

It’s a very special place, we look forward to a return trip.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hard to find a more beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

If you want a beautiful place to relax and you enjoy the Pacific coast, you will not be disappointed. Amenities are first rate, views are spectacular and cottage is just a couple minutes from Mendocino city.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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A perfect getaway with our four legged family member

  • 5 of 5

The Cottage at Sunset Cove was a memorable experience. The ocean views are no less than perfection. The amenities made for a very comfortable stay, from a fully stocked kitchen to luxurious bedding and linens. But the absolute best was the accommodations that were made for our dog. Cathy, the owner, provided doggie treats, waste bags for our pup and a comprehensive binder on where to take our dog. Riley, our labradoodle, had a time of her life on the various excursions we made.

The Cottage at Sunset Cove will not disappoint, we hope to return for a visit soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Little River Airport for private planes/ jets
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
both north & south
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Little River Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 1
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
both north & south
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
View beach below us; walking beach north & south
Car: necessary

State Parks, Lighthouse, Wineries, Redwoods, Rivers and Streams, Forests, Whalewatching, Sandy Beaches, Botanical Gardens, Sportsclub, Art Center, Coastal Headlands, Abalone Diving, Beach Glass Hunting, Nature Walks, Lapping Ocean Sounds, Sunsets Year Around. Film Festival early June, Music Festival in July, Mushroom and Crab Festivals in January




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 11.0%

3 night minimum, except when calendar has 2 nights available between bookings.
Thanksgiving, Christmas 5 night minimum.
No return deposit within 30 days of visit.
Pet fee $100 per stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.