"My boyfriend and I were lucky to get a last-minute booking for the holiday weekend and everything about the Cottages and their staff was wonderful. Everyone was extremely friendly and returned messages quickly when we were booking our stay. The cottages themselves are lovely and very close to everything - state parks / botanical garden, beaches, town (Albion, Mendocino, and Ft. Bragg, etc.) were all just a short drive away. The cottages are clean and newly constructed, come with gas fireplace and full-kitchenette, and offer very comfy couches and beds for relaxing in after a long hike, kayak trip or bike ride! The facilities are pet-friendly, kid/family-friendly, and the owners have done a lot to make the entire operation green and eco-friendly. There is also flat-screen TV/DVD/cable and Wifi, but our internet access was a little spotty during our stay (not that we really minded since we wanted to get away from our electronics for the holiday!).
We stayed in the Gualala Cottage and enjoyed a view of the ocean from our deck. You can tell the owners and staff put a lot of thought and attention into the details, which made the cottage very inviting and us feel welcomed (welcome notes on the table waiting for us on arrival, binoculars for bird watching, luxury soaps and lotion in the bathroom, full-sets of knives/cooking utensils/flatware/plates/cups/pots & pans, public firepit and bbq grill with the best ocean view on the grounds, etc.).
There are a total of 10 standalone cottages on the grounds and they all surround a common garden/lawn area, where we could easily see the other guests playing with their children and pets and they could easily see us through the cottage windows and deck doors(!). These encounters didn't last for very long, but it was the only thing we felt might be slightly distracting for anyone looking for more a more secluded getaway.
Thanks for a wonderful stay, we can't wait to come back! My boyfriend's family are coming to visit in November and we're already thinking about booking the large cottage (sleeps 6-people) with the private hot tub!"
Guest: Lillian L.
Date of Stay: May 2015
Review Submitted: May 29, 2015