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Romantic Oceanfront Cottage - Spectacular Views - Private Meadow & Path to Shore

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Last updated: 10/24/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Gualala house description

Perched at the edge of a bluff overlooking some of the most spectacular coastline in Northern California, Cove House sits facing West-Southwest on a fenced acre and a half, with private access to the cove below. A true nature-lover's paradise: whale watching, kayaking, tidepooling, all at your doorstep. If you long for a place to recharge and get back to a relaxing and simple life, this is it!

This charming, two-bedroom, one-bath home is light and airy with white-washed wood beamed ceilings and comfortable cottage-style furnishings. The ocean-side bedroom provides direct ocean views and deck access. A second bedroom is paneled in knotty pine and has the look and feel of a vintage cabin.

The living room entertainment center is stocked with books, board games, and movies for your enjoyment. An adjacent sunken oceanfront sun room leads to the large deck with the hot tub that practically hovers over the cove. Both the living areas and deck offer panoramic white-water views of cliffs, a rocky cove, offshore islands, and the wide horizon of the Pacific. Our sea-side meadow offers its own jaw-dropping views - ideal for a leisurely game of croquet or horseshoes (both provided). Or curl up in an Adirondack chair with a good book, some wine and cheese, and the surf lapping in the cove below. Watch the sun set as hawks, pelicans, egrets, and an occasional crane sail by.

The Gualala stretch of Highway One is one of the most scenic in the country, and is the mid-way point of a drive Coastal Living magazine recently named the #1 coastal drive in North America. Gualala itself enjoys a 'banana belt' microclimate, with sun and mild temperatures much of the year - along with the occasional whopping coastal storm to entertain and lend an extra coziness to winter guests enjoying a warm fire by the glass-front wood stove. The world-renowned Sea Ranch golf course is located just ten minutes south of Cove House and is open to the public, kayaks can be rented in town, there are several excellent restaurants in the area, and the lovingly-restored Point Arena Theater runs first-run movies and regularly hosts concerts.

Cove House is a wonderful place to celebrate that special birthday or anniversary, or just to relax and forget about the rest of the world for a few days. Kick off your shoes, prop up your feet, and stay awhile!

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Low Allergen Environment
          • Limited Accessibility:

            Aprox. 2' threshold that could require assistance for entry, oceanfront bedroom and sun room are 1 step down from the rest of the house, but ocean view can be enjoyed without going into these rooms. Sturdy bars in bathroom. Not ADA-compliant, but should work for those with some mobility limitations....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            Outside smoking is ok....moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

          • Oceanfront Bedroom: 1 double


          • Master Bedroom: 1 queen


          • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower


          Other Amenities

              • 1.6 acres, private oceanfront meadow, private trail to shore, extensive & literate library. Comfortable & romantic....moreless


              • Audio Tape Player
              • Books:

                Broad & literate library....moreless

              • Books For Adults
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Games
              • Games For Kids
              • Music Library:

                Various Jazz, Classical, Rock, Soul, etc. CDs iPod dock...moreless

              • Radio
              • Satellite / Cable:

                Flat screen HDTV....moreless


              • Away From It All
              • Romantic


              • Bay/Sound
              • Cinemas
              • Coin Laundry
              • Forests
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Live Theater
              • Restaurants
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Eco Tourism
              • Horseback Riding
              • Horseshoes
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shelling
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Beach
              • Beach View:

                View of the cove from the deck and house....moreless

              • Beachfront:

                The cove is a mixed sand & rock beach, with tidepools. Note that the Northern California coast is much too cold for swimming (at least without a thick wetsuit!)...moreless

              • Ocean View:

                Stunning views of the cove, offshore islands, and the Pacific Ocean. The property faces WSW, giving sunsets over the ocean from the hot tub and the meadow year-round....moreless

              • Oceanfront:

                Private path to the cove. Full shore access at low tide with a little relatively easy rock scrambling, and partial shore access at high tide. ...moreless

              • Waterfront

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Kayaking
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Surf Fishing
              • Surfing


              • Dining:

                Three dining areas: 1) by kitchen, 2) in oceanfront sun room, 3) on the oceanfront deck....moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 4 people


              • Activities Guide
              • Basic Soaps
              • Broadband Access:

                WiFi connection--bring your laptop...moreless

              • Clothes Dryer
              • Covered Parking
              • Fireplace
              • Firewood
              • Garage:

                1 car garage...moreless

              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating
              • Internet:

                Free wifi....moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Laundry Soap
              • Linens Provided:

                Beds are made on arrival & do not need to be stripped on departure....moreless

              • Living Room:

                Two living room areas: TV area & oceanfront sun room area....moreless

              • Local Activities Guide
              • Local Restaurant Guide
              • Paper Towels
              • Parking:

                Lots of outdoor parking....moreless

              • Parking Off Street
              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
              • Telephone:

                Free US long distance. Little or no cell reception (ok for text and voice mail with Verizon)....moreless

              • Telescope
              • Toilet Paper
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet
              • Wood Fireplace:

                Large glass front wood stove, so you can watch the fire & enjoy the warmth. Ample firewood is included....moreless

              • Wood Stove:

                Large glass front wood stove, so you can watch the fire & enjoy the warmth. Ample firewood is included....moreless


              • 4 Ring Stove
              • Blender
              • Coffee Grinder
              • Coffee Maker:

                Both standard coffee maker & espresso machine....moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Fully equipped kitchen. Gas stove & oven....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Dishwasher
              • Freezer
              • Grill
              • Kitchen:

                Blender, Espresso Maker, Coffee Maker, Coffee Grinder. Good selection of pots and cooking utensils. Gas stove & oven....moreless

              • Microwave
              • Oven
              • Pantry Items
              • Refrigerator:

                Standard refrigerator with top freezer....moreless

              • Stove:

                Gas (propane). 4 burners with pilots. Oven must be lit (easy instructions at stove)...moreless

              • Stove
              • Toaster


              • Balcony:

                Deck extends to oceanfront bedroom, providing a separate sitting area....moreless

              • Barbecue
              • Deck / Patio:

                Large oceanfront deck around two sides of the house, with hot tub, dining table, lounges, and chairs....moreless

              • Golf:

                4.5 miles to Sea Ranch golf course, open to the public (for a fee of course)....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Oceanfront meadow, with Adirondack chairs, horseshoes, and croquet. ...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                Both gas & charcoal grills. ...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill Gas
              • Terrace
              • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
              • Walkway To Water
              • Wood Deck

              Payment Type

              • Amex
              • Discover
              • Mastercard
              • Visa

              Pool / Spa

              • Hot Tub:

                Four person hot tub overlooking the ocean...moreless

              • Outdoor Hot Tub

              Forms Of Payment

                  • Accept Credit Card


                  Write a review 4.9
                  from 24 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Fall & Winter 2014-2015
                  Oct 2 - Mar 25, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  $175 $215
                  Fri, Sat

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

                  Veterans Day Weekend
                  Nov 7 - Nov 9, 2014
                  3 night min stay

                  flat fee
                  Thanksgiving Weekend
                  Nov 26 - Nov 29, 2014
                  4 night min stay

                  flat fee
                  Christmas Week
                  Dec 21 - Dec 27, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  flat fee
                  New Years Week
                  Dec 28 - Jan 3, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  flat fee
                  MLK Weekend 2015
                  Jan 16 - Jan 18, 2015
                  3 night min stay

                  flat fee
                  Presidents Day Weekend 2015
                  Feb 13 - Feb 15, 2015
                  3 night min stay

                  flat fee
                  Spring 2015
                  Mar 26 - Jun 10, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  $195 $235
                  Fri, Sat

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Cleaning $100 + tax
                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
                  • Tax Rate 11%


                  * No Saturday - Saturday bookings. Any other combination is ok.

                  * Bookings with a Friday or Saturday are weekend stays, and a minimum of 2 nights will be charged at weekend rates.

                  * Rates subject to change prior to reservation confirmation--once reservation is confirmed, changes to published rates do not apply to that reservation.

                  * Cancellations must be 30+ days prior to arrival to avoid charges.

                  Cancellation policy:

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

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                  Last updated: 10/24/2014
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                  132 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Fly into Oakland (OAK) or San Francisco (SFO).
                  3 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Bones Roadhouse
                  4.5 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Sea Ranch golf course, open to public.
                  0.5 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  St. Orres
                  0.5 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  1/2 mile in either direction.

                  Car: Necessary

                  Wine Tasting, Whale Watching, Tidepooling.


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2001

                  About the owner: Patrick is a third-generation Berkeleyan, who has lived most of his life in the Bay Area with some years in Argentina, LA, and San Luis Obispo. He was an IT project manager prior to retirement. He's a lifelong SF Giants fan, voracious reader of fiction & non-fiction, political junkie, and backpacker. In more recent years he's taken up scuba diving. Lisa lived in the Midwest, Northeast and South before finally settling in the Bay Area. She is a former recruiter and HR manager turned painter and lover of good fiction. We have four grown children.

                  Why the Owner Chose Gualala:
                  We both love the North Coast and found we particularly liked the Gualala area for the dramatic seascapes, great weather, and less touristy ambiance.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  We like to just close the gate at Cove House and withdraw from the world. We love to go tidepooling in the cove, check out the frequent art shows in the area, enjoy some wine and cheese out in the meadow looking out towards some offshore islands, catch the sunset from the hot tub and watch the stars come out. We maintain an excellent and broad library at Cove House too, so there's always a good book to read.

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                  Speaks: english, English

                  Guestbook comments from the owner

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                  • Hot tub on the deck

                    Hot tub on the deck

                  • Oceanside sitting room

                    Oceanside sitting room

                  • TV lounge

                    TV lounge

                  • View from oceanside bedroom

                    View from oceanside bedroom

                  • View of house upon entry to the property

                    View of house upon entry to the property

                  • A fire in the evening

                    A fire in the evening

                  • Adirondack chairs in the meadow

                    Adirondack chairs in the meadow

                  • Kitchen


                  • Master bedroom

                    Master bedroom

                  • Oceanside bedroom

                    Oceanside bedroom

                  • View of house from across the cove

                    View of house from across the cove

                  • The cove at sunset

                    The cove at sunset

                  VRBO #116115

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                  This listing was first published here in 2007.

                  Date last modified - Friday, October 24, 2014

                  $175 - $235 per night (USD)

                  2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 4

                  View calendar: Updated 10/24/14
                  Minimum stay: 2 nights
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                  Speaks: english, English
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