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Mendocino Coast - Panoramic Ocean View, Irish Beach Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

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 free WiFi, DVD, stereo tape deck and CD player, a music and film library, and clock radios in each bedroom.

The home sleeps a maximum of 5 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, you can easily drive east to enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting in beautiful Anderson Valley or south to visit Pt. Arena's beautiful lighthouse and fascinating exotic animal preserve.

The town of Manchester, 1 mile south, has a country store that sells food, meats, fresh produce, wines, etc. Five miles south is Pt. Arena with a pharmacy, movie theatre, Indian casino, gas station and bank with ATM.

Please note: there is no broadcast TV reception in Irish Beach. Due to allergy sensitivities no smoking or pets are allowed.

California residents who are driving to Irish Beach are expected to bring their own bed and bath linens. There is a $60 cleaning fee. Guests staying 4 nights or less have the option of cleaning for themselves.

Keywords: Cottage, Beach house

More Details

Donna Dell
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 27, 2017

About Donna Dell

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.

Donna Dell purchased this house in 1992

Why Donna Dell chose Manchester

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

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Just wanted to let you now what a fabulous time we had at your beach house. The weather was fairly cooperative, and we enjoyed just getting away and walking on the beach and spending some precious time together. The house was absolutely great! The views were wonderful, even through the fingers of fog that greeted us each morning. We visited the beach at low tide and were able to see anemones and starfish galore! The amenities in the house were perfect, and even though we didn't take advantage of the hot tub, we probably would next time we visit. All in all, a lovely, but long drive, and wonderful times spent in the house and on the beach. Rick and I are hopeful that we can visit again and thank you for sharing such a beautiful place. We definitely feel like we've found the perfect beach getaway!"
Oct 2008
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Manchester House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master bath with Roman tub and shower. Guest bath with shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis


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Mendocino Coast - Panoramic Ocean View, Irish Beach Cottage
average rating of 4.95 based on 29 reviews
San Rafael, CA

A fabulous and charming house with great views

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our 5-day stay in Donna's vacation house in Irish Beach. The house has all the comfort needed and more. It is profusely but very nicely decorated with an interesting personal touch. In all it creates a warm homey feeling and a pleasant atmosphere. The expansive view of the ocean and white waters all the way to the Point Arena lighthouse is out of this world. And the little flower garden provides some additional charm to the place. Once in the house you do not feel like going anywhere.

Pierre and Barbara, San Rafael, CA

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Pierre and Barbara, Thank you for your kind words - I'm so glad that you enjoyed your stay at St. Clair House! With warmest regards, Donna
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Meridian, CA


  • 4 of 5

Beautiful view! Just stunningly beautiful!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

I have been visiting Irish beach for 20 years. I have stayed at many of the homes there. St Clair house is my favorite place to stay. The house sits alone on a little hilltop with panoramic views of the most beautiful beach in California!

The home is very comfortable and inviting. The owner Donna is a wonderful host and I so appreciate her sharing her special home!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing stay on coast

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at St. Claire House. From the moment we entered the home, we knew it was the best choice. Warm and inviting, we felt comfortable the whole visit. The house has quaint decor, is very clean, a great location, lots of privacy but with neighbors for a sense of security. One day we had deer visitors, and the beautiful garden attract birds galore. The view from both inside the house and from the fabulous deck is amazing. One clear day we even saw the Pt. Arena Lighthouse!

Donna was very helpful from the beginning to the end of our stay. From general information to tips on local activities, she was open to all of our queries. I highly recommend this location for friends, couples, and families. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Fran, What a thoughtful review! Thank you so much for your kind words, and thank you for taking such good care of my little house - you are welcome guests anytime! With warmest regards, Donna
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  • 5 of 5

The first thing you notice upon walking into the house is the wall of windows with a view to the ocean. Our favorite spot was lounging on the window seats reading and staring at the ocean. We had daily deer visits and a great horned owl high in the pine tree looking for his evening meal. The house was comfortable and very welcoming with a well stocked kitchen to satisfy our cooking needs. The house is close to Pt. Arena where we found 2 high quality restaurants: Bird and Uneda! We love to visit NorCal and would definitely come back to St. Claire House.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brookings, OR.

Wonderful Christmas at the Beach

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a place to spend Christmas at the last minute and found this gem. Donna, the owner, was wonderful about accomodating us and even put up a Christmas tree compelete with lights. Everything was wonderful and the views were amazing. The weather was fantastic, warm for December and we enjoyed the hot tub. We will very definetly be coming back again. Thank you so much Donna

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
(private) Sea Ranch, Little River
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Pt. Arena
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Little River, Sea Ranch
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Skunk Steam Train, Ft. Bragg
Nearest Motorway
Highway 1, adjacent
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Point Arena
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Irish Beach, Manchester
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee (optional) $60
Tax Rate 11.0%

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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