check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit

Oceanfront Cottage, Stunning Views, Beach, Private, No Service Fee!

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2 Maximum)

Thanks to our wonderful guests, we have the highest review score in all of the Mendocino listings with 98 five-star reviews!.

If you want to book summer reservations, sorry for the inconvenience, but we don't take reservations more than 2-3 months in advance. On April 15, we will start taking reservations for the summer months - June through August, 2017. PLEASE check back then.

NO "service fee" to pay because you will book with us through our secure visa or mastercard merchant processing account. We have been a licensed vacation rental since 2009 and have hosted over 450 guests. To book with us, click the "send email" button and we'll get back to you. Ignore the automated, confusing vrbo messages.

For the correct rates and terms and other details, please read this description to the very end and all your questions may be answered. Read on about OFF-SEASON DISCOUNTS.

To SEE OUR VIDEO TOUR, click on the video tab above the photo on this page and be sure to read our reviews (the sofa has changed since this video).

DESCRIPTION: This adorable cottage has an amazing location on a bluff above a magnificent cove, lovely beach and island. A short private path on the property leads you down to the peaceful cove. The cottage is just 3 miles from Mendocino Village and close to restaurants, markets, activities, golf and hiking.

The cottage is light and airy, nicely decorated, and very clean! Vaulted ceilings give an open feel to this romantic little house. It is well-equipped with electronics, including 2 Cable TV’s, WIFI, DVD player, stereo IPOD docking station, and CD player. The cottage is a separate and private building on the owner's 3-acre property.

It's a perfect romantic place for 2 and a great place to celebrate a honeymoon, anniversary, birthday, or just get away from it all.

Our single guests have found the cottage and the setting to be an inspiring retreat. Come and write the first chapter of your novel. Meditate to the sound of the waves.

PLEASE NOTE: NOT SUITABLE for divers, kayaks, or any wet sporting gear, RV's or motorcycles, no portable BBQ's, or outdoor fires because of fire danger. 2 guests only, no additional sleeping space.

RATES AND TERMS: NO SERVICE FEE! Ignore the automatic quote.

Off Season SPECIAL DISCOUNT; starting October 30 to March 3, 2017

$195 Weeknights, 3rd and 4th and 5th weeknights @ $175/night

NOTE: Thursday and Sunday are charged as weekend nights if it breaks a weekend - example: 2 nights Thursday and Friday, or 2 nights Saturday and Sunday.

*COUNTY TAX of 11% and exit cleaning fee of $50 are charged when the guest arrives.

TERMS: We require $20-25% advance payment to confirm the booking and the balance to be paid 30 days prior to arrival. These payments are non-refundable unless we are able to re-rent. In the event of a cancellation, we put the dates back on the calendar and if we re-rent, funds will be returned for the days re-rented less 6% to cover cc charges.

Minimum Stay: 2 nights, except some holidays.

THANK YOU for taking the time to read it all. If this suits you, we will be happy to welcome you for a very special oceanfront getaway. Send us a request and we will send you an agreement.

BTW: Please tell your friends to find our property by sorting by "review count".

More Details

Ginny or Norm
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

About Ginny or Norm

We fell in love with Mendocino in the late 80’s while staying at an oceanfront vacation rental. In 1989, we got the wild idea to buy an oceanfront property and left our home in Sausalito to become “Mendonesians”. Since we both had jobs in the wine business which allowed us to work out of our home, we have managed quite well over the years thanks to the FAX-era of the 80’s, the dial-up era of the 90’s, and finally the high-speed era of today.

The cottage was almost totally rebuilt in the 90’s and was used as our offices for several years. We also lived there while we built our new house and have very fond memories of our years in the cottage. On sunny days, we liked to sit on the porch steps for our evening glass of wine.

We have only been renting the cottage since February, 2010 and so far it's been a 100% positive experience for us, as well as our guests. We give our guests the key and we usually don't see them again until they leave, totally relaxed and happy. Most people report that the cottage is like a decompression chamber and a great escape from work, home, and city life. This is always music to our ears!

Ginny or Norm purchased this house in 1989


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(98 traveler reviews)

Oceanfront Cottage, Stunning Views, Beach, Private, No Service Fee!
average rating of 4.9897957 based on 98 reviews
Goleta, CA, USA

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have made this Dream Cottage our special home away from home for several years now. Coming from the Santa Barbara area, I can't tell you how rare it is to find private scenic property like this available at working man prices. Nearly all property along the coast has been bought up by corporate interests and built up into hotels crammed with noisy tourists or made into huge sprawling private estates. Many blessings to Ginny and Norm for saving and sharing their little piece of paradise with the rest of us. A place of serene peace and beauty, unmatched in our opinion, anywhere in the world.

This would be a great place for a writer...

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Petaluma, CA

lovely ocean view cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely weekend at Ginny and Norm's Cottage. It was a special treat for my birthday and it was perfect for that! I could just sit and look out at the view forever! Thanks to Ginny and Norm for telling us about some beautiful walks by the ocean! And thanks to Norm for showing us the way down to the little cove by the cottage. It is a great place to sit in the afternoon and also check out the tide pools. I was worried we might be cold in November, but it was very warm and cozy in the cottage. It felt private and romantic! It is convenient to the town of Mendocino as well as being close to highway 128 and highway 1 junction. We ate most of our meals at the cottage because we enjoyed the view so much!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Our Favorite Getaway !!!

  • 5 of 5

This adorable little cottage has all you need for a quiet and romantic getaway. It offers a warm and cozy atmosphere within its own private setting. Ginny and Norm have done such a wonderful job of adding their personal touch to make this as if it was your own. It is delightfully furnished and has all you need for a relaxing and memorable stay. We loved listening to the sound of the waves at night and having our coffee in the morning looking out over the ocean cove . It is stunning and breathtaking !!! If you love the coast as we do, this is the place to be. The Little River Inn is just up the road and if you get a taste for fish and chips, this the place !! The entire surrounding area is worth the trip and has so much to offer. You won't be disappointed. I know we weren't.

Looking forward to our next stay!!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

It's all about the view!!!

  • 5 of 5

The view from this cottage is a WOW! If your as lucky as we were you get to enjoy the magnificent sunsets! We were greeted by Ginny and Norm, who then gave us a bit of a tour of the property. We were only here for 2 nights. What a mistake, wished we stayed longer. We were on a 10 day drive starting in Portland, this was mid way, the perfect place to relax, which we did! The only draw back was spotty internet!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
London UK

Expectations Exceeded!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 6 nights at this wonderful hideaway and it wasn't enough! The accommodation is first-rate: thoughtfully furnished and equipped, beautifully clean and with incredible views over the cove below and out into the Pacific. Ginny and Norm are welcoming hosts who provided so much help and info before and during our trip. The town of Mendocino is close by and we felt privileged to experience all that it (and the area) had to offer, with this memorable cottage to return to. Relaxation is guaranteed. We travelled many, many miles to stay here and would do it all again!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 5 of 5

Classic Northern California cliffside cottage. Has it all - easy beach access, stunning view from every room, privacy, gracious hosts, and a convenient nearby market. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Car: necessary

The cottage is 3 miles from Mendocino Village with many restaurants, galleries, markets, and activities. Our location is only one mile from one of the best oceanfront walking trails in the areas and within only one mile of the Little River market, 3 restaurants, and a beautiful ocean view golf course.


Rates & Availability

Little River House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Ask about weeknight discounts
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Mar 3 2017 - May 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Exit Cleaning Fee $50
Tax Rate 11.0%

All bookings are done through secure credit card processing.

The weekend rate applies to a weekend that includes a Friday or Saturday - like Thursday-Friday or Saturday-Sunday.

Holidays 3-night minimum, $245/nt.

WINTER RATES: $245 Weekends, $195 Weekdays, $175 for additional weeknights
EASTER WEEKEND, $245/night - 3 night minimum
MEMORIAL WEEKEND, $245/night - 3 night minimum
4TH OF JULY WEEKEND: $245/night - 3 night minimum
LABOR DAY WEEKEND: $245/night - 3 night minimum
COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND: $245/night - 3 night minimum

*COUNTY TAX of 11% and exit cleaning fee of $50 are charged when the guest arrives.

*We require 20-25% advance rent payment to confirm the booking and the balance of the rent portion to be paid 30 days prior to arrival. These deposits are non-refundable unless we are able to re-rent.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If cancelled more than 30 days prior, the deposit is non-refundable. WITHIN 30 DAYS prior, unless we are able to re-rent, all funds paid are non-refundable. If we can re-rent, we then refund the rented days minus 6% to cover the cost of credit card charges. WE TRY OUR BEST to re-rent and return funds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)


Little River House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Golf ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

Partner Offers

You might like these similar properties