Private Seafront Cottage, 1 Bedroom holiday house in a garden on the ocean
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.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Perfect Anniversary Weekend!
So many wonderful things to say about this cottage, the property and it's owner! 1st off Cathy was very personable and understanding of our dogs unique needs regarding her anxiety with other dogs. Cathy welcomed us in and showed us around the property as well as the cottage. The location and the garden are absolutely breath taking. The cottage is so warm and comfortable we felt like we were at home from the first minute until the last. We look forward to staying there again. Thanks Cathy for sharing your paradise with us!
What a vacation spot! It is like your own 5 star resort! So beautiful and the owners are so nice. Thank you Kathy and Jerry for such a wonderful stay! You will not be disappointed.
Beautiful Stay, spectacular garden and location
We absolutely loved our stay at this fantastic cottage with its lush colorful garden and walkway to the cliffs and cove. Sitting down for a morning coffee or enjoying the sunsets it does not get any better. The hosts Cathy and Jerry were gracious and we enjoyed chatting with them. They live in the main house next door but we found that privacy was not a nissue at all. There is a nice screen of trees and bushes between the properties. Our stay was made special with a nice bottle of wine and chocolates upon arrival and a nice bottle of Champagne and some dog treats for our dogs. We have found our place to stay when visiting beautiful Mendocino and we plan to come back in the fall and visit the cottage again. It's the perfect cottage with ocean views from bedroom and living room and a great place to unwind and relax. We highly recommend it for your stay. Thanks Cathy for being a great host. You have done a great job with your property and surrounding gardens.
A DREAM !!!!!
Perfection, cozy, quiet, tranquil, romantic, trails for walking the highlands. Views forever. We enjoyed this cottage and spa. Will be coming back soon. Jerry and Cathy thank you. We cannot say enough about your hospitality. Perfect touches, wine, chew toy for my dog, chocolates and perfect picture cards to remember our stay. Priceless !!!!!
Cathy and Jerry's cottage is a delightful oasis nestled in beautiful gardens overlooking the majestic Pacific ocean. We had the most relaxing vacation listening to the ocean, enjoying the hot tub and in general, soaking in the surroundings. The cottage is very charming and comfortable, the kitchen well stocked with utensils and cookware for easy cooking convenience. We loved the bath and shower products as well! Our dog had a field day running around in the garden which was perfectly safe as it is fenced in. Cathy and Jerry are gracious hosts and we are already looking forward to a return visit.
Not what we hoped for nor expected
The Hot Tub was broken and the owners didn't inform us ahead that it would be serviced during our stay. The repair happened unexpectedly in the AM and they needed to get in the house while we were undisposed. While we appreciate the efforts in getting the hot tub running, we only enjoyed it for 1 night out of the 4 days we stayed. Our request for a partial refund was ignored.
We really hoped to find a place to let our dog off leash and not worry. The yard is enclosed but the bluff is a hazard for any curious dog. It came as a surprise to us that the property is shared with the owners residence and their dog and I thought this should have been more clearly written in the listing, (I hope it gets revised). While the yard is very spacious with several large shrubs that provide visual obstructions, our definition of “private" is much different. We ended up spending more time at the beach.
Minor notes that docked stars:
Small TV; might consider upgrading to HD, Cable, access to videos + movies
WiFii was spotty; didn’t seem like the house had its own signal; could benefit from its own router
BBQ was a portable hibachi; we had a different impression based on the description from VBRO
Despite our negative experience I can acknowledge this place has a lot going for it and the owners don’t seem negligent. I wish they did more to compensate us for the inconvenience of the repair. I hope they take my feedback to heart about the safety of the bluff and consider revising the listing to be more informative about the shared yard.
I was blown away by Leah's response to our beautiful cottage. Privacy has never been an issue in 7 years of vacation rental; Dog owners have always been happy with the 2 acre fenced-in yard. The spa was down, parts were ordered promptly, and were installed as soon as they arrived by our "spa expert". Unfortunately, he didn't let us know when he was coming. I'm sorry Leah was disappointed in our TV ( 28 inch) and BBQ (18 inch propane), but we've never had complaints before. Maybe she needed to read our write-up a little more carefully. I believe we are very forthcoming in what we say about our property.
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