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Peaceful Cottage bordering State Forest, sleeps 2-4

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + 1 convertible bed, 1 Bath (sleeps 2-4) On Forested Property

Red Barn Retreat, located on the Mendocino Coast just a short drive from the Village of Mendocino, is the perfect getaway from your busy schedule and every day life. This lovely 600 square foot cottage apartment contains everything you need to come away feeling renewed and refreshed. Handsome woodwork, warm rich tones on the walls, and comfortable, radiant heated floors make for a cozy, enveloping environment.

The well furnished and equipped open living, dining, and kitchen space fills with natural light and greenery views from its many windows. The kitchen has a gas cook stove and oven, refrigerator, microwave, and all of the pots, pans, dishes and utensils needed for cooking and serving a delicious meal. A large gathering table surrounded by a fun collection of chairs invites you to enjoy a meal, play a family game, or work on a project. A comfortable futon sofa / convertible bed and leather club chair are situated across from the entertainment center, which includes a flat screen TV, CD & DVD players, stereo, and i Pod plug in. Television programming with popular channels is cable available. Wifi is also available throughout the property, but please note, cellular service is spotty in the entire Mendocino area.

Additional conveniences include a coffee maker, tea pot, toaster, iron and ironing board, and hair dryer. The bathroom features modern fixtures and a wonderfully deep bathtub, perfect for soaking. A comfortable queen sized bed fitted with a down comforter, bookcase full of good reading material, slipper chair, and a handsome armoire complete the cheerful and cozy bedroom, from which you can access your private fenced garden to enjoy the peaceful outdoors.

The property borders Van Damme State Forest which features some of the area’s most amazing hiking trails through the unique Pygmy, and stunning Redwood Forests. Our area’s beautiful beaches and rivers, and the gorgeous Village of Mendocino, all found along one of the most pristine coast lines in Northern California, are only minutes away.

Whether you are here for a variety of outdoor activities, wine tasting in the nearby Anderson Valley, or to just experience a quiet retreat, your comfort is our top priority. In addition to the well appointed accommodations, cozy bedding and soft linens, you are also invited to indulge in a variety of massage treatments available right on the property, to ensure complete relaxation. Please call us to book a massage for your stay.

Red Barn Retreat is a perfect retreat for any individual, couple, or family of four looking for a charming residence while visiting the Mendocino Coast. Please note that our rates for children are less than for adults. Please contact us directly for information.

We will gladly guide you to great restaurants and activities best suited to your party and the purpose of your visit to this spectacular and rugged part of the world.

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Gabi Fienburgh
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Gabi Fienburgh

The owners, Richard and Gabi first moved to the coast more than 30 years ago, both originally from Europe.

Richard, growing up north of London, left England on the Istanbul Express and ended up in Western Canada. He visited a friend living in Mendocino and fell in love with the coast and the community here and never left. An accomplished musician, he still performs regularly in the “Mendocino Music and Stories” series.

Gabi has a similar story, growing up in Germany, she came to visit a friend in Mendocino and after falling in love with the beauty of the pacific coast and the wonderful people, essentially has been here ever since.

They met here on the coast, a notoriously romantic spot, and have been married for 25 years, raised three children and are now proud grandparents of two.

Along the way they developed their own 'design / build' construction company and have built and restored many fine custom homes on the coast. Gabi is also a licensed massage practitioner and manages a local spa.

Gabi Fienburgh purchased this cottage in 1992

Why Gabi Fienburgh chose North Coast California

After living on the coast for almost 20 years we finally found a place we wanted to buy. On a quiet rural road inland from the fog belt was a cottage, overgrown and with a glorious blossoming cherry tree hidden behind the house. It felt like it could be our home and over the years we have transformed it into a sunlit, open and peaceful place that is the heart of our family.

What makes this cottage unique

Often, if the coast is foggy, just 3 miles inland the sun is shining and the property, though close to the redwoods, has a mix of pine, fir, cypress trees, rhododendrons and open gardens that let the sun shine on us most of the day. Coming from hazy Europe we are still awed by the clear, dark, star filled night skies.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(51 traveler reviews)

Peaceful Cottage bordering State Forest, sleeps 2-4
average rating of 4.980392 based on 51 reviews

Peaceful and perfect

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Red Barn for a few days of our Northern California road trip, and it was our favorite of all of our stops. It is a beautiful, well thought-out cabin, perfect for two. It was quiet and so dark at night that we could see the milky way. We cooked breakfast each morning in the perfectly appointed kitchen. There were so many thoughtful details throughout the cabin. Richard and Gabi were lovely hosts and we can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 4 nights at the Red Barn Retreat with our 6 year old son. The house is about 10 minutes down the road from Mendocino. Not too close, not too far. Our son had a fantastic time sleeping in the fold out bed. I love that the dining table is at the center of the room. We spent every night at that table playing games and eating dinners. The house was stocked with a lot of puzzles and a few games. Fortunately, one of those games was Jr. Monopoly! The kitchen is well supplied. If you want to watch movies that aren't on the direct TV, bring dvd's. They have limited data rates. We love Mendocino and staying here was a treat!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved the Red Barn. Very comfortable and peaceful. Updated interior. Convenient to Mendocino and local parks.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing and Comfortable Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved our week at this peaceful cottage in the woods. Gabi and Richard are perfect hosts but maintain privacy for their guests. The cottage is extremely clean and comfortable, including the bed, great shower and tub, and modern kitchen. We also loved sitting out on the sunny patio enjoying our coffee or a drink. The cottage is very close to the delightful town of Mendocino with excellent restaurants nearby. It is also convenient to many attractions, including state parks, forests and the beautiful pacific coastline. We would definitely like to return to this relaxing retreat!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you and your husband here for the week, and meeting your son was great too. We would love to see you again for a future trip. Wit kind regards, Gabi and Richard
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peaceful and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Red Barn for 3 nights and loved the modern furnishings and the lovely forest surrounding it. The kitchen was well stocked and the soaking tub was a dream come true. Gabi and Richard are wonderful hosts.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet & Comfortable Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a quiet and comfortable stay at Red Barn Retreat which is located just south of Mendocino. Hosts greeted us and made us feel very welcome. Walked Pygmy Forest/Fern Canyon in the morning, visited Big River and Mendocino Headlands in the afternoon. Purchased groceries in town. Made a trip up to Fort Bragg to 10 mile Beach too. Weather was unseasonably sunny and warm. We will definitely recommend the cottage to others visiting this beautiful area.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Mendocino County Airport for small private planes
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Ledford House / Albion River Inn
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Little River Golf and Tennis
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Skunk Train to Willits
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway One
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Ledford House / Albion River Inn
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Little River Beach at Van Damme State Park
Car: necessary

Professional massage services on site or at a nearby Spa, Whale Watching in Fall and early Spring, Music Festival in July, Film Festival in June, Crab and Wine and Mushroom and Wine Days in Fall and Winter, Wine Tasting Tours available.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Cleaning fees are assessed separately.

An additional guest fee is assessed for bookings of more than 2 people.

Please contact owner regarding holiday rates, child rates, weekly, and monthly rates. 3 night minimum on holiday weekends.

Please note, rates for children are less than rates for adults. Please contact us for information.

All rates are subject to 11% bed tax.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Modern fixtures and deep soaking bathtub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , Very comfortable queen bed in private bedroom.
    Convertible Bed - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Additional bed is a queen sleep sofa/futon in Living Room
  • Queen sized mattress and topper, down comforter, side tables with lamps, armoire, luggage rack, book case and reading collection, slipper side chair, sliding glass door to private patio and garden.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • 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
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
A full menu of massage therapy options are available on-site. Please call to book a treatment to ensure complete relaxation during your stay!

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