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Mendocino Coast - Panoramic Ocean View, Irish Beach Cottage

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View of the ocean from the Garden

View of the ocean from the Garden St. Clair House Great room with fabulous garden and ocean views Kitchen with hand-painted italian tiles and copper hood Master Bedroom with down pillows and comforter, and french door to deck. Guest Bedroom (day)
Down pillows and comforter Guest Bedroom (night)
French toile decor View of Irish Beach from the deck Sea life at Irish Beach Sunset at Irish Beach Happy Guests (Fall, 2010)

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Last updated: 04/15/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Irish Beach house description

Mendocino's North Coast was listed #1 in the U.S.A. and Canada 'Places to Go in 2014' by the New York Times! (1/10/14).
Built by popular science fiction writer, Margaret St. Clair, and her husband, local radio personality, Eric St. Clair, this cozy two bedroom, two bath home on one acre has a panoramic white water ocean view to Point Arena Lighthouse with private beach access. Situated on a hill overlooking Irish Beach on the beautiful Mendocino Coast, the home offers a gas fireplace, decks, a beautifully landscaped garden, hot tub, window seats, skylights and oak floors, along with amenities such as a DVD/VCR, stereo tape deck and CD player, CD and video libraries, and clock radios in each bedroom.

The home sleeps five comfortably in 2 queen-size beds and a full-size sofabed with Simmons mattress. Bedside reading lamps, electric blankets, and down comforters are provided, foam or down pillows are available.

Within a half-hour drive is the charming village of Mendocino with its quaint shops and excellent restaurants, or you can easily drive east to enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting in beautiful Anderson Valley.

Please note: there is no WiFi or TV reception at St. Clair House. Also, there is no maid service. Our costs are low because guests are expected to leave the house clean and orderly for the next visitors. Bed and bath linens are available, but will need to be laundered, folded and put away prior to your departure.
(Cleaners may be hired independently by our guests and generally charge $50-$75. However, renters are responsible to make certain that the departure checklist is completed before they leave)


Keywords: Cottage, Beach house

Property Type

  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • House
  • 1 story

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Children Welcome

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1

                ...moreless

              • Bathroom 2

                ...moreless

              • Master bath with Roman tub and shower. Guest bath with shower.

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Refrigerator
              • Microwave
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Kitchen
              • Pantry Items
              • Toaster
              • Coffee Maker

              Amenities

              • Living Room:

                with panoramic ocean view...moreless

              • Washing Machine
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Towels Provided
              • Linens Provided
              • Heating
              • Iron & Board
              • Hair Dryer
              • Parking Off Street
              • Gas Fireplace
              • Covered Parking

              Entertainment

              • CD Player
              • Stereo
              • Games
              • Books
              • Video Library
              • Music Library

              Communications

                  Pool & Spa

                      • Hot Tub:

                        Overlooking garden with view to ocean and lighthouse...moreless

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Lawn / Garden

                      Theme

                      • Historic
                      • Tourist Attractions
                      • Adventure
                      • Away From It All
                      • Spa
                      • Romantic
                      • Family

                      Location & View

                      • Ocean View:

                        Whitewater views to the Pt. Arena Lighthouse...moreless

                      • Beach View
                      • Mountain View

                      Car

                          • Necessary

                          Activities

                          • Kayaking
                          • Snorkeling/Diving
                          • Pier Fishing
                          • Surf Fishing
                          • Mountain Climbing
                          • Scenic Drives
                          • Wildlife Viewing
                          • Medical Services
                          • ATM/Bank
                          • Groceries
                          • Surfing
                          • Tennis
                          • Golf
                          • Fishing
                          • Cycling
                          • Deepsea Fishing
                          • Hiking
                          • Fly Fishing
                          • Equestrian Events
                          • Freshwater Fishing
                          • Shopping
                          • Theme Parks
                          • Museums
                          • Live Theater
                          • Zoo
                          • Winery Tours
                          • Churches
                          • Botanical Garden
                          • Cinemas
                          • Marina
                          • Library
                          • Sight Seeing
                          • Bird Watching
                          • Gambling Casinos
                          • Shelling
                          • Whale Watching
                          • Health/Beauty Spa
                          • Restaurants
                          • Walking
                          • Beachcombing
                          • Horseback Riding
                           

                          Reviews

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                          • Cozy, Comfortable, Private Beach House - Delightful Visit

                            Cozy, Comfortable, Private Beach House - Delightful Visit

                            • Guest Ms. Molly (Walnut Creek, CA)
                            • Date of stay 11/26/13
                            • Review Submitted 11/30/13
                            My family and I rented Donna's home for our Thanksgiving holiday this year. We all agreed that this was the best Thanksgiving in years. The accommodations were first rate with plenty of clean linens, cookware, glassware and all the amenities to make our holiday dinner a success. The setting is unbelievably beautiful with views of the Point Arena Lighthouse and the breathtaking Mendocino Coast. There is easy access to a private beach with tide pools, creative driftwood structures and a wide expanse of sand -- the perfect place to sample the Alexander Valley wine we picked up on the way in. My only hesitation in providing such a high rating is that the property might not be available the next time we want to stay. ;)

                            Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                          • Incredible Meteor Shower

                            Incredible Meteor Shower

                            • Guest Storm (Mountain View Hawaii)
                            • Date of stay 08/12/13
                            • Review Submitted 09/06/13
                            We had a great stay. We were at the end of the annual Perseid Meteor shower and happened to be in the hot tub when the most incredible meteor blazed across the sky with flames visible and then burst into 2 pieces and left a smoke trail. Absolutely breathtaking!!! I felt privileged to be able to stay here-what a history! The accommodations were excellent. I loved the linen bag idea. It was easy to keep track of what was used and then simply clean and put back into bag at the end of stay-very straightforward! Although I don't drink we did find a taproom down in Point Arena Harbor which seemed to have a great beer selection and the fish and chips were good too. We were able to do some sea kayaking and the area near Van Damme state park offers some world class sea kayaking. Rentals available on the beach there. We had perfect weather and loved watching the fog bank play tag with Point Arena and the nearby beach was beautiful. Thank you Donna for memories that will last a lifetime! I hope I can make it back there sometime in the future! Bill Steiger

                            Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing.

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                          • Perfect cottage stay.

                            Perfect cottage stay.

                            • Guest Glenn & Amanda (Ashland, OR)
                            • Date of stay 12/29/12
                            • Review Submitted 01/29/13
                            Upon our arrival over the New Year's weekend, a deer came to greet us and more returned several times. My wife, daughter, granddaughter, and I stayed for three nights, which wasn't long enough and the time went by way too fast. We were blessed with beautiful sunny weather, as we thoroughly enjoyed the views from the dining room, the fabulous deck, and even the kitchen. The beds were comfortable and there was a well stocked kitchen and plenty of movies to watch at night with the ambiance of a gas fireplace. My wife and I enjoyed an EARLY morning (4:00am) hot tub under a beautiful starry sky with the sounds of the surf below. The actual beach at Irish Beach was close by and a good private beach to visit. We drove south a few minutes to the Point Arena Lighthouse several times, first to enjoy the sunrise and go for a walk, next to visit and tour the lighthouse and museum, and on a third visit to eat at Rollerbay Cafe for great fish n' chips and more walking. We also visited the more touristy Mendocino and also Elk to the north. New Year's Eve at the Arena Theatre in the quiet and picturesque town of Point Arena was really fun. We had a great visit, only as I said, it went by way too fast. During our stay we were already talking about going back again for another and longer visit.

                            Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                          • So relaxing. We love St Claire House

                            So relaxing. We love St Claire House

                            • Guest Jaci (Oakley, CA)
                            • Date of stay 09/23/12
                            • Review Submitted 10/15/12
                            We have been staying at St Claire House almost every year since 1993. We love it. So quit and serene. We stayed the last week of September and even though the weather was foggy we stayed at the house and read and lounged. We enjoyed the deer family that came by every morning and evening and even saw a very small fox. It is so nice to have a beautiful place like this to go and relax and get away from the every day hustle and bustle of everyday. We remarked several times while we were there how lucky we are to live close and have access to a place like St Claire house.

                            Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

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                          • Beautiful views, comfortable accomodations

                            Beautiful views, comfortable accomodations

                            • Guest Ken W. (Austin, TX)
                            • Date of stay 07/28/12
                            • Review Submitted 08/10/12
                            Our family of four enjoyed the last three days of July in the St. Claire House. Everything was as presented and the views are spectacular. We had a full moon two nights and the reflection off the deep blue Pacific was unforgetable. The only downside to our stay was due to our own lack of knowledge about the area -- it's a little isolated. It's probably a 10-mile drive in either direction to restaurants and the roads are beautiful but slow-going if you aren't used to the twists and turns in Mendocino County. Not a huge problem but something to keep in mind when planning day trips and outings from St. Claire House because you have to budget more driving time.

                            Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                          • Wonderful House

                            Wonderful House

                            • Guest Chris (Coconut Creek, FL.)
                            • Date of stay 06/24/12
                            • Review Submitted 07/02/12
                            A friend and I stayed at this house from June 24 - 27, 2012. The house is really lovely, quiet, private and has a fabulous view. Everything was very clean and neat. The kitchen was stocked with everything anyone would need and then some, like a French Press coffee maker! The price of the stay was very reasonable for what you get. The beds are extremely comfortable and the down comforters are a big plus. There are many books, music and movie DVDs, along with cassette movies. The whole Mendocino area is extremely gorgeous and relaxing. The owner was very easy and nice to communicate with and she answered all questions via eMail very quickly. We highly recommend this rental to anyone looking for the Mendocino experience who does not wish to stay at hotels and/or B & Bs; we give it the highest rating!

                            Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                          • A piece of paradise

                            A piece of paradise

                            • Guest Debi (Sacramento, CA)
                            • Date of stay 05/17/12
                            • Review Submitted 05/21/12
                            My husband and I stayed at St. Clair House on the recommendation of friends and we weren't disappointed. We were charmed immediately upon driving up to the house, and fell in love once we passed the threshold. We couldn't have asked for a better place to spend an anniversary weekend. From the beautiful garden with myriad blooms to the quaint bedrooms and seaside decor — the only thing lacking was more time to stay. A fully equipped kitchen made cooking easy in an unfamiliar environment; it truly has all the comforts of home. The market in Manchester (about 4 miles south) has just about everything you need to stock the refrigerator and cupboards; if you plan to eat out, be aware, the closest spots are in Point Arena (9 miles south) or Elk (13 miles north), and points farther on. One of the unexpected attractions we learned about was B. Bryan Preserve in Point Arena. They raise African hoofstock (zebra, two types of antelope and, soon, giraffe). They offer inexpensive tours ($20/pp for a 1 1/2 hour tour) in the afternoons at feeding time for up close encounters with these beautiful and endangered animals. It was well worth the price. If you enjoy wine tasting, there are myriad wineries in the area. Several can be visited in a circuit that is very doable for a day trip, and bringing the bounty back to St. Clair House, it can be enjoyed on the patio, overlooking the ocean watching the sunset. We will certainly be back. Thank you for sharing your piece of paradise.

                            Recommended for: Girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

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                          • Just Right!

                            Just Right!

                            • Guest Sabrina (East Bay, California)
                            • Date of stay 09/07/10
                            • Review Submitted 09/22/10
                            We found the perfect place for our girl's getaway. The St. Clair House is a lovely retreat, and our time there went by much too quickly. We enjoyed the stars and Milky Way from the hot tub on clear nights and the gas fireplace on foggy mornings; the friendly wildlife (quail, bunny, deer and the resident hummingbird who energetically defended his territory) and a sweeping view of the waves in the bay, Point Arena and the light station from the deck. Seeing whales travel by when we were down on Irish Beach was such a treat! The cottage's amenities are generous and well thought out: lots of music, movies, books, info on local places to see and things to do, a well-appointed kitchen and lots of little things available that give such a homey touch, like the beach chairs, tote bags, games, plenty of hangers in the closets and night lights throughout the house, a picnic basket and so much more. Donna told us about the annual Studio Discovery Tour going on while we were there and we had a blast finding some of the homes/studios of the local artists - what a fun adventure! Highly recommended!

                            Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

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                          • One of my best vacation...

                            One of my best vacation...

                            • Guest Subbu (CA)
                            • Date of stay 07/05/10
                            • Review Submitted 08/15/10
                            We stayed here during July4th weekend (after July 4th) and it was one of my best vacation. The location is so beautiful & pristine and all of us enjoyed the home, the view and everything surrounding it. Amazing view of ocean and comfortable deck and calm atmosphere. Truly a serene location to get some real rest & recharge. Donna & her son had planned the home very well and all details are taken care with great taste. We would definitely go back to this home again and as the sign out side the home says, it's definitely a 'Home away from Home'. Thanks Donna for giving us the opportunity. Regards & Wishes... Subbu

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with young children.

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                          • Amazing!

                            Amazing!

                            • Guest Paulina & Sophie (Modesto, CA)
                            • Date of stay 05/07/10
                            • Review Submitted 05/16/10
                            We had an amazing time at the beach house! Thank you so much for sharing such a great place, with all the comforts of home. The garden was beautiful, the deer were stunning and the house was darling. We enjoyed sitting on the back deck eating breakfast and watching the ocean in the comfy chairs. The music on the deck with the outdoor speakers was a nice surprise. The music, movie and book collection you keep there is wonderful. The amenities more then generous, the kitchen was great and had everything you could ask for. The beds were comfy and the electric blankets were great as it does tend to cool down at night. The fireplace was perfect and the mantel was beautiful. The spa was fantastic and great for nightly dips while enjoying all the stars in the sky. This was the place to relax with a glass of wine or read a book in the window seating area looking out at the ocean. This property was just charming and never felt like a scantly decorated rental, the best deal in Irish beach by far! The perfect girls getaway or romantic retreat ... Can’t wait to go back. P.S. The light house lamp by the fireplace was great!

                            Recommended for: Tourists without a car, girls getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.

                            Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 4/4

                           
                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          My Standard Rate
                          2 night min stay
                          $155
                          $945 $3,150
                          * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees:

                          • Tax Rate 11%

                          Notes:

                          Cancellation policy:

                          Full refund if cancelled more than 10 days before arrival date. Within 10 days of scheduled arrival any prepayment of rental cost will be fully refunded, however, the deposit will be forfeited if we are unable to re-rent the property.

                          Deposit may be applied to a later booking

                          The owner will forward a reservation form. There is a security/cleaning of $150 for 2-4 night stay and $300 for 5+night stay, to be paid by check and held uncashed until after your departure, then returned marked "VOID" if the house is left clean and undamaged. Full payment including tax is due 10 days before arrival to allow time to mail out the map, instructions and key access information.


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                          Last updated: 04/15/2014
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                          Location

                          • Nearest Airport: (private) Sea Ranch, Little River at 20 Miles
                          • Nearest Train: Skunk Steam Train, Ft. Bragg at 30 Miles
                          • Nearest Motorway: Highway 1, adjacent at Irish Beach
                          • Nearest Beach: Irish Beach, Manchester at 0.5 Miles
                          • Nearest Golf: Little River, Sea Ranch at 20 Miles
                          • Nearest Restaurant: Point Arena at 4 Miles
                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 1992

                          About the owner: The owner of St. Clair house is a retired employment lawyer and former Labor Commissioner of California. She and her son, David, who is the Warranty Director for a large national builder, have continuously upgraded the property over the last 19 years, incorporating many unique items she collected during her early travels as an international airline employee. She currently lives in Walnut Creek, California.

                          Why the Owner Chose Irish Beach:
                          Because it has one of the most spectacular views and is the best value in Irish Beach!


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                          Photos

                          • View of the ocean from the Garden

                            View of the ocean from the Garden

                          • Great room with fabulous garden and ocean views

                            Great room with fabulous garden and ocean views

                          • Master Bedroom with down pillows and comforter, and french door to deck.

                            Master Bedroom with down pillows and comforter, and french door to deck.

                          • Guest Bedroom (night)
French toile decor

                            Guest Bedroom (night) French toile decor

                          • Sea life at Irish Beach

                            Sea life at Irish Beach

                          • Happy Guests (Fall, 2010)

                            Happy Guests (Fall, 2010)

                          • St. Clair House

                            St. Clair House

                          • Kitchen with hand-painted italian tiles and copper hood

                            Kitchen with hand-painted italian tiles and copper hood

                          • Guest Bedroom (day)
Down pillows and comforter

                            Guest Bedroom (day) Down pillows and comforter

                          • View of Irish Beach from the deck

                            View of Irish Beach from the deck

                          • Sunset at Irish Beach

                            Sunset at Irish Beach

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                          This listing was first published here in 2009.

                          Date last modified - Saturday, March 29, 2014

                          $155 per night (USD)
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                          2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 5

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                          Minimum stay: 2 nights
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