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Nancy (Nia) Sinnett

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

'Posh' Romantic Cottage, panoramic whitewater views, WIFI, Sauna, Spa

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Albion Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Four guests Max - Two Master Suites

Seahorse Cottage is situated on its own, very private, 3.5 acre bluff overlooking the beautiful Albion Bay and the last wooden bridge to span Hwy 1. Ceiling to floor windows showcase the 180 degree ocean views, crashing waves, grasslands, forests, Albion River/ boat docks and our own secluded courtyard garden. Our pristine rural setting is home to abundant wildlife, but minutes from the finest restaurants, beaches, & the Village of Mendocino, for shopping/dining.

Seahorse Cottage has a unique, welcoming energy. Dual master suites, located on either end, offer guest privacy. The 'Great room' is spacious and divided into three areas: Enjoy the offerings of our expanded Directv programming on the 50' flat screen, with amazing laser surround sound; settle in by the Bay windows and watch the surf & boats coming in the harbor, or enjoy a reading selection from our eclectic library, snuggled in on the 'butter' soft leather love seat

Gourmet Kitchen: There are numerous excellent places to dine in our area, but one of your favorites might well be at Seahorse itself! I love to cook and was always frustrated with the limitations I experienced in the kitchens of other vacation rentals. That is not the case here! Our kitchen offers just about anything you might need to prepare a fabulous meal and serve it in elegance, from full appliances & 'gadgets', linens, candles, & cabinets full of beautiful dishes and serving pieces. For your convenience, we stock the kitchen with the 'supplies' you'd find in your own - coffee, sugar, spices, oils, paper products, you name it! To top it all off, you can enjoy your meal looking out over the magnificent ocean, or marveling at the color & hummingbirds in our lush courtyard garden with water feature. If you'd like to prepare a more casual meal, we offer a Weber BBQ to cook up some of the local 'fare'. The Albion Deli, just 1/4 mile away, offers a wide selection of meats, produce, & a coffee bar!

Bedtime Comforts: Our dual master suites were designed for the ultimate in comfort and relaxation. Both suites have romantic rope lighting, oversized comfy robes, and the most amazing ocean views. It's important to sleep well when traveling and to insure you do, our beds, a combination of tempurpedic mattresses & covers are the ultimate! Our microloft bedding is akin to being wrapped in the softness of a receiving blanket.(Or you may choose to enjoy 800 count Egyptian cotton) Pillows and comforters can be down filled, or foam/alternatives if you have allergies. Our north suite offers a large, walk in shower of gorgeous Italian tile, while the south suite boasts an infrared sauna, perfect for healing deep tissue aches & pains. Each suite offers a full compliment of bath products, hair dryers, and a CD/Am-Fm/Alarm/I-dock stereo unit. Combine all of this with a long 'soak' in the custom, sunken spa, overlooking the Albion Bay and under the amazing night sky, and you have the perfect recipe for sleep!

Fun in the Sun, Fog, Rain, Whatever!: Seahorse is located in the heart of the most beautiful beaches & walking trails in the area! You need go no further than the beach directly below to fish, watch the surf, or rent a kayak to explore the Albion River or, on a calm day, the sea caves in the Albion Bay. We have a long and very detailed list available to provide information on some of our favorites. Many are pet friendly too! If the weather isn't cooperating, you can still explore the fascinating Village of Mendocino with its many restaurants and shops, sure to delight, or head 20 minutes inland on Hwy 128 to enjoy the fabulous wine tasting opportunities & art. The Anderson Valley offers the charm of earlier times when you could sit down with the grape grower, in a non commercial setting, and learn all about the history of the vineyard and the wine you are enjoying. There are also three excellent sparkling wine producers too. If the day brings rain, just kick back and enjoy a crackling fire in the company of friends!

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  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Nancy (Nia) Sinnett (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

About Nancy (Nia) Sinnett

My husband and I are lifetime residents of the Reno/Tahoe area. While we adore the Sierras and the high desert, our hearts were always drawn to the beautiful north coast, and we spent many, many vacations there from the mid 70's until we purchased the parcel in Albion, that was soon to become Seahorse Cottage.

As retirement neared, we began construction - a lengthy process when dealing with the California Coastal Commission! Once the extensive ground work was completed and the construction began in earnest, we drove back and forth nearly every weekend as we were very 'hands on' with this project and completed a great deal of the work ourselves including all the tile, granite, landscaping, etc. It was truly a labor of love, and the final results were well beyond what we might have imagined in our wildest dreams. The amazing view we enjoyed from ground level when we bought the parcel, became a full 180 degree view once we enjoyed the elevation of the house and ocean view deck. We are pleased to be able to share our little piece of paradise and make every effort to insure that our visitors want for absolutely nothing during their stay.

Nancy (Nia) Sinnett purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Nancy (Nia) Sinnett chose North Coast California

When we first started visiting the north coast, we stayed in the Fort Bragg area, for the most part. As time passed and our familiarity with the area grew, we fell in love with the more southern part of the coast from Mendocino south, and especially Albion. For ten years prior to purchasing our parcel, we always rented homes in the immediate area and, on one of our visits, started seriously considering looking for a parcel and building our retirement home. When, after several years of searching, we found the perfect lot, with the perfect views, we began designing our home and started the construction process. We loved the fact that while extremely private and rural, we were in the heart of the best beaches and restaurants around as well as only minutes from Mendocino. Having the little grocery store/deli, hardware store & post office, less than a five minute walk away, was such an added bonus as it afforded a great deal of convenience, without having to be in a more populated locale.

Once the 'noise' of the construction ended, all the wildlife we so enjoyed returned. Seahorse is home to a huge variety of birds, deer, fox, bunnies, you name it, and we all peacefully coexist on our 3.5 acre parcel of perfection!

What makes this cottage unique

Seahorse is very much a 'home' vs. a rental. We have prepared it with every amenity you'd find in your own home and take a great deal of pride in offering the 'total package'.

It's furnishings are upscale, but very cozy and inviting. The dual master suites were designed on each end of the home to afford total privacy for traveling couples. We incorporated many 'extras' to delight our guests and make every effort to have them feel right at home.

A guest's experience can be as varied as they are. We have the large deck overlooking the 180 degree views of the ocean, whitewater, Albion Bridge, Albion Bay and docks, forests, grasslands or, if the wind/weather don't permit, a lovely secluded courtyard garden with water feature for quiet contemplation. Our unique setting offers the feeling of being worlds away, yet beaches, restaurants and shopping are only a few minutes away, if one decides to 'venture' out.

We designed our home to insure amazing views from every window and the extensive use of glass and elevated position, reminds one of being in a 'tree house' where you can enjoy the flight patterns of the ocean going birds at 'eye' level. It's an awe inspiring experience.

The greatest benefit is the 'spirit' of Seahorse. It has such a welcoming presence and invites you to relax, recharge and connect with nature and yourself. You can absolutely feel all the love that was manifest in its creation.

Guestbook comments from the owner

For the third year in a row, we four girls have loved our time together in your lovely home. We all graduated together in 1965 and have been spending one weekend a year together since 2002.

We didn't spend a lot of time touring or shopping. Instead we enjoyed the ocean views from the veranda, reading in the flower garden, having picnics on the beach, watching hummingbirds, drinking, eating and laughing.

We are all so comfortable here - we never want for anything. Sincerely, we thank you for sharing this paradised with us
Aug 2015
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'Posh' Romantic Cottage, panoramic whitewater views, WIFI, Sauna, Spa
average rating of 5.0 based on 51 reviews

Beautiful Inviting Home

  • 5 of 5

First of all the owners of this property are incredible to work with, and go the extra mile to make sure you will be comfortable and completely satisfied during your stay!

The home is perfect for a cozy retreat for two, or in our case a trip with the in-laws. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the home is beautiful and clean, there was much attention to detail, the kitchen was well equipped,and the sunsets were spectacular.

Should we venture back to the Mendocino area again, we wouldn't hesitate to stay at this cottage.

Thank you Nancy!

Joan and Jerry Timmerman

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Seahorse Cottage - Wow!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived for 4 days and the property exceeded our wildest expectations. The view was magnificent. The furnishings are superb. The beds were extremely comfortable and the owners provided all of the necessary information for a terrific visit. We can't wait to book Seahorse Cottage again

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for your gracious review! Nothing brings us more joy than wonderful guests like you, who bring such a delightful energy to our home. We make every effort to treat each special guest like an honored family member, and try to insure that they 'want' for nothing during their stay. You and your party were so kind and we can't wait to welcome you back!
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The perfect setting for our anniversary

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week's stay in your lovely home. This was the nicest vacation rental experience we’ve had, by far! You’re such warm, friendly hosts and it’s really reflected in your home. It was impeccably clean and so thoughtfully stocked. We love the privacy of the home and the small town setting, yet it's such a short drive to Mendocino. We look forward to many more visits to Seahorse Cottage!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, thank you! So happy to hear that your anniversary getaway was such a success! That makes my heart smile! It's said, that in life, you create your own experience. You both were so wonderful to work with and were fully expecting to have a great vacation, so it's no wonder that you did. If Seahorse played a role in all that, I couldn't be happier. You were such considerate guests. We love the energy folks like you bring to our little bit of paradise and we hope to have you join us again in the future. Happy Anniversary to you both! Nancy, Frank & Marley
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Paradise Heaven

  • 5 of 5

What can we say???After countless hours on the computer scouring for places to stay, we landed upon this unbelievable gem. One cannot explain unless you witness it for yourself. From the moment we drove up to the private gate and entered the courtyard, we knew we had arrived in heaven. The front door opens and ooh my god...the panoramic view out the bay window of Albion Bay was delightful. Step out on the balcony and there are views forever of the beautiful Mendocino Coastline. Not a neighbor for at least a half mile in either direction. Nancy really broke the mold when designing this home. Hence the word "HOME". Our welcome gift basket of Champagne and goodies for the pugs was so tasteful. Every inch of this home is decorated w/ so much to look at. Every ammenity is taken care of for you. Actually there is not a reason in the world to leave because it is all right there for you to enjoy. From spa's at night gazing at the milky way to invigorating saunas, to relaxing w/ a good Stephen King can't go wrong w/ Seahorse @ Albion Bay. It was so sad to leave!! We cannot wait for our planned return....So stop looking and agonizing and Book it now!!!You will not be disapointed.....Thank you Nancy....The Mallers Family (ARFARFARF) Abby & Cassie too!!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Could you guys have been any sweeter? We can't tell you how much we appreciate the time you took to post a review. That was beyond kind. We try very hard to make Seahorse a total retreat for the body and mind, and when we fill it with the amazing energy of guests like the two of you and the 'girls', how could it be anything but welcoming. Your visit still has our housekeeper, Tia, shaking her head. Never, in all her 30+ years of housekeeping, has she enjoyed such immaculate and considerate guests. When she phoned me, her first questions was: "Have you guys been home?" She said it looked like I had teleported there as every little details was attended to. We were both amazed and grateful. It also makes me pleased to see 'pet parents' that have truly taught their 'kids' wonderful traveling manners. You are perfect advocates for allowing pets into the more upscale properties. We can't wait to have you join us again and hopefully, the next time, we'll actually get a chance to meet you face to face. We clearly have a great deal in common. All our best wishes, Nancy, Frank & Marley
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Little River
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Little River Inn
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Ledford House and Albion River Inn
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Albion Bay
Car: necessary

Our beautiful North Coast is home to many local artists and craftspeople. There are numerous festivals throughout the year spotlighting music, art, film, crab, mushrooms and, of course, wine. Speaking of wine, don't miss the opportunity to spend some time in the Anderson Valley to enjoy wine tasting, as it was meant to be - fun, unpretentious, and relaxing. If you enjoy gardening - be sure to save time to tour the Botanical Garden, just a few miles south of Ft. Bragg. It's 47 acres that go right to the ocean's edge, and it's divided into many 'zones'. It's even dog friendly, so it's a wonderful place for you and your pup!

For the outdoors person, you are only limited only by your imagination and energy. Everywhere you look there are beautiful beaches and hiking trails, kayaks to rent or bicycles to enjoy the back roads of Big River. At the end of the day, there is nothing better than to claim a little patch of sand, and watch the sun bid farwell to another day in Paradise.


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Albion Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping/spa service $125
Add'l suite (4 guests) $50
Refundable damage deposit $395
Pet Fee $65

Our all inclusive rate (tax, 11% bed tax, housekeeping, spa service, county fees, garbage hauling, etc.) is based on a two night minimum stay. Our housekeeping rate is determined by the number of bedrooms in use and resulting cleaning time required. The initial two night rate for the use of one suite is $675. For both suites $725. Thereafter the nightly rate is $275 regardless of occupancy use. Please note that, depending on your preferred dates, we may require a 3 day minimum stay.

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Albion Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • N. Suite - toilet , shower , walk in shower
    S. Suite - toilet , combination tub/shower , Infrared sauna
  • The bathrooms at Seahorse are fully stocked with personal care and paper items, in addition to hair dryers, hand mirrors, hair wraps, etc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • N.Suite - 1 king , Tempurpedic mattress
    S. Suite - 1 queen , standard mattress w/Tempurpedic topper
  • We are located on a steep bluff, directly above the Albion River and Bay. Due to our close proximity to the water, we have a highly engineered septic system which limits usage to guest parties of no more than four, with the possible addition of a small child.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Seahorse is, for the most part, level, with the exception of two entry stairs. All interior doors are 'pocket' doors and as such, will accommodate most wheel chairs. While children are, of course, welcome, parents should be mindful that the house is located on a steep bluff and is not 'child proof'. We have several barrier gates available for your use. Seahorse is, finally, Absolutely Non Smoking!! Guests are welcome to smoke in the courtyard area and back deck but, during the dry season especially, are cautioned to be sure to use the use containers provided to avoid grassland fires.

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