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Recent North Coast reviews

  • 3rd times a charm

    "what a getaway! we came here for our 3rd stay, a relaxing weekend before the busy holidays in Dec, and love it even more the drive up from SF was scenic and breathtaking, with hwy 1 hugging the coast and waves crashing, and sheep/cows roaming the green sonoma hills. but the approach to the town of gualala, past the river dumping into the pacific, is my favorite the owners, rick and teresa, were so friendly and attentive. upon making our reservation, they checked in with my wife and i and passed on their updated recommendations about the gallerys, restaurants, and cute well-stocked market in town. in fact, as it was the christmas season, they told us about the performing arts center's holiday concert. this was fantastic! open to the public, a beautiful building and grounds, singing, bell choir; our 2 young kids loved the appearance by santa and homemade cookies! but then we arrived at serendipity. WOW!! craftsman style with shingles on the outside, exposed wood, and bedrooms at either end on the inside. amazing beds. the pictures of the views don't do it justice. the central windows are huge, complete with a relaxing ~3x30 foot window seat/bench, and are the center piece of the great room. this open kitchen/dining/living room nicely focuses on the waves crashing on the sandbar from the gualala river. we started and ended our days on this bench. as other reviewers noted, the kitchen was fully stocked, but our little ones were most excited about discovering toys, games, animals, projects, and tons of movies in the drawers under the window seat. well that, and the hot tub on the back porch. who doesn't like a hot tub in the afternoon on a winter day?? it did rain on/off for the 3 days, but this only added to the charm and reinforced our desire to stay at the house. we just didn't want to miss any of the waves! we were completely entertained at the house: relaxing, napping, reading books and coloring/making our christmas cards. we arrived to deer in the backyard, saw tons of otters and seals in the brackish river water, and even made some home-made ornaments for ourselves as souvenirs. my wife even had a nice solo-adventure exploring a couple galleries and the crafty shops full of tons of fun house/art stuff just down the road we had so much fun that none of us wanted to leave...writing this review makes me miss it more. Its such a great family/entertaining house, and we can't wait to come back!! thank you rick and teresa"
    Guest: joe Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: February 3, 2015
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  • Could not want anything more!

    "We went there for my husbands birthday! He loves mountain biking and he said the bike park and trails were great so close to the best house we've ever stayed at! The house was so cozy and very inviting. You could easily forget that you eventually have to go home. My daughter who is 5 loved it as well from the bunk beds to the air strip out back! We will defiantly be back!"
    Guest: Kelli Jo S. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: March 4, 2015
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  • Magical spot, charming rental could use a few upgrades

    "This spot was magical because it was on a lovely piece of landscaped property, down a private road, with gorgeous walking path through Dunes State Preserve, to the almost deserted beach. Dunes are magical, but 30 minute walk to beach in sand, so be prepared for that. Cottage was super cute beach-themed, but would recommend new shower, new bedding. Great propane fireplace, but no instructions, had to fiddle with it to make it work. Be aware, no stove, freezer or dishwasher. 10 minutes drive north of Ft. Bragg in Inglenook. Would go again for the access to the dunes and beach, and loveliness of property was exceptional. Cottage wasn't perfect, but great for the price. We brought our dogs, who loved romping in the dunes, (but technically, they weren't allowed in the Dune state preserve!, we got away with it...)"
    Guest: Dana R. Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 24, 2015
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  • One of our favorite views!

    "Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Have you ever been to a vacation spot where one week is just not enough? Trinidad is one of those places. We've been vacationing in Trinidad for years now and every year we find some way to love it even more."
    Guest: Michele H. Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 3, 2015
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