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Tranquil Zen Jewel Sanctuary

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Cottage, 1 Bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

This exquisite Asian jewel is set in beautiful, peaceful, private gardens with a large pond. Gorgeous custom-made furniture, Bose surround-sound, spa-like glass block shower. Quiet, clean, radiant heat under bamboo floor warms the soul and feet. A truly inspiring space with tons of architectural details. Quarter of a mile walk over sand dunes (50 yards away) offers unique access to shoreline of Ten Mile beach and river in the Fort Bragg sunbelt. Because this section of beach is only by private access, it's relatively deserted. Many guests choose to come for a solo retreat. There's a deck and props for yoga, a firepit with wood provided, and a barbeque with charcoal provided. 40 bird species within a one mile radius of the cottage.

Come, relax, unwind, decompress from the city and reenergize your spirit!

Sleep in comfortable queen Flo-Bed (latex) with the surf as a lullaby and birds as your alarm. Four state parks nearby for kayaking, canoeing, hiking etc. Fort Bragg and Mendocino shops and restaurants 10 to 20 minutes respectively. Lost Coast 30 min. north of Westport.

Sorry, no pets.

Licensed massage therapist available on-site by reservation

Keywords: Cottage

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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

About Lindsay

I'm a 34 year resident of Fort Bragg- all that time practicing as a psychotherapist but now retired. My other occupation is tending my Japanese garden! I love walking on the virtually deserted dunes and stretch of Ten Mile beach. All my guests comment on the serene, peaceful feeling of the property and the attention to detail. I live in the main house on the property.

Lindsay purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Lindsay chose North Coast California

I custom built the cottage originally for friends to enjoy when visiting.

What makes this cottage unique

Peace, quiet, beautiful natural surroundings and easy access to a little used stretch of the beach. 40 bird species within a one mile radius of cottage.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(124 traveler reviews)

Tranquil Zen Jewel Sanctuary
average rating of 4.951613 based on 124 reviews

Tranquil Jewel, Yes

  • 5 of 5

Felt like being in tranquil Japan for the weekend. Highly recommended for those wishing a peaceful environment. Had the blessing of a clear sunny day at Ten Mile Beach, with not another soul around.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I was hoping the pictures didn't make it look better than it was. When we showed up we were more than pleased, we actually just stood there and said "ahhhh!" The pictures are wonderful but still do not do this place justice. The attention to every detail to make the space tranquil is amazing...inside and out. From the bamboo ceilings and radiant heat flooring to the outside walkways and gardens. We are already planning to go again...and again!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Serene Sanctuary / Peaceful and Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

I have a little laundry list of perfect vacation rental specs: well-appointed housing, rural, lovely views, quiet, very clean, close to nature / hiking / outdoor activities. The Zen Jewel is all of this in spades. I've recommended this cottage to many friends who are looking for a place to unplug and chill out.

This is the second time I've stayed at the Zen Jewel--I take an annual retreat by myself & this is an IDEAL cottage if you are looking for peace, quiet and serenity. Huge windows look out onto the mature Japanese garden that Lindsay has been cultivating for decades, a 5-minute walk to the sand dunes, lots of privacy and quiet.

For those who don't want to hole up in a mountain cabin, the cottage is a 5-mile drive to Fort Bragg, so amenities are not far, but far enough away to feel removed when you're at the cabin. A few miles north, there are places to park along the road with great ocean views and access (if you don't want to hike through the dunes).

Lindsay is a lovely host--incredibly hospitable, while at the same time very respectful of privacy. I highly recommend the Zen Jewel and look forward to returning again...

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolute Serenity....Perfect in Every Way

  • 5 of 5

I almost hate to write a glowing review as I feel like we have found a hidden secret. We spend our 22nd anniversary here and it was an amazing experience. The garden was perfect in every way and obviously well thought out. The cottage was perfectly sized and had everything we needed and was immaculate. The bed was super comfortable and the whole cottage just beckons you to relax and unwind. You can stop looking and just book this, yes it's really that perfect. Our only disappointment is that we did not stay longer. We will be back again hopefully very soon. Thank you Lindsay for opening your oasis to all of us. It was truly an amazing experience and one that we will not forget.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very detailed and lovely contemplative environment.

  • 5 of 5

A place where my intimate and I could truly relax and "drop out" in a very contemplative space. This we noticed because we talked less, ate less and and even found we were thinking less. Then we knew we had truly relaxed.

Thank you Lindsay for providing such a peaceful place. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Don't pass this up!

  • 5 of 5

The location and the host are the best. Other reviewers have captured so much that is charming and tranquil about this property, and it truly is. The design of the cottage is wonderful. Wood workers and finish carpenters will marvel at the details. Landscapers and gardeners will love the grounds around the house. The pond and the trees that are just out the back door draws in bird. Hikers can step right out the front door to walk through the dunes and down to a miles-long sandy beach preserve. The small kitchen is well equipped for small meals to eat on the porch. The outdoor fire pit and BBQ are a great addition. If you like to BBQ, don't miss the old-fashion and locally sourced meat market a few miles away in Fort Bragg. Also, be sure to check out the specialty market for locally baked bread and all sorts of foodie stuff. Finally, be sure to check out Cowlick's Ice Cream in Fort Bragg--it is habit forming.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Van Damme State Park
Nearest Airport
189 Miles
Sacramento or San Francisco
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Piaci's (beer, wine and food)
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Little River (public)
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Historic Skunk Train Ft. Bragg- Willits
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 1
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Purple Rose (Mexican)
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Ten Mile River and Beach
Car: necessary

Swimming in natural pond on property is possible. An outdoor firepit with chaise lounges is available.

Licensed professional masseuse available on-site by reservation. Sand dunes just steps away.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250

damage deposit is fully refundable assuming no damage.
Stays longer than 7 nights are negotiable
25$/night/person over 2 people

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Fort Bragg Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 640 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • spa-like glass block walk- in shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size deluxe latex Bed (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Swimming in the natural pond is possible. The Japanese garden is a main attraction. Sand dunes are just steps away.

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