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UNIQUE, AFFORDABLE, MAGICAL FOREST HIDEAWAY HOME!

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Quaint Home, 1 Bedroom , 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3) 700 sq.ft.

Our nightly rate of $175 includes taxes and cleaning. NO hidden fees! NEW winter rates start Nov. 1st @ $155 nightly.

Our vacation rental home is a lovely Craftsman style that is uniquely decorated with special attention to cleanliness and comfort. This is a FRAGRANCE FREE home! We use all scent free, environmentally friendly cleaning products. Guests are asked to NOT wear perfume or cologne while staying at our cottage. Note our rates page for more information.

ROCK LEGEND Gene Parsons and his wife, Star, also live on this 2 acre property in a separate home and will be your hosts. Meetings with Gene and a tour of his custom shop are provided for those guests who are interested in his inventions and special projects, which include a world famous unique guitar invention and a real, hand machined steam train.

LOCATION: We are located in Caspar, just 6 minutes to both Mendocino Village or Fort Bragg. Beaches are 1 mile away and National Forest is right out the door for those who like to hike or bring their bikes along.

AFFORDABLE comfort in our well appointed and warm cottage. Lovely, large and conveniently stocked kitchen for those who love to cook. An open floor plan gives a spacious feeling in this small, modest home.

QUIET and private garden surroundings on our South deck offer a restful retreat, especially during times of the year when flowers are abundant.

COMFORTABLE furnishings and a quality bed. ALL bedding is completely laundered and often line dried in the sun between guests. We pride ourselves on fresh and clean.

HIKE/BIKE for miles of forest trails right out of our front door.

SHOP/DINE in local Mendocino Village and Fort Bragg, both within 6 minutes of our property.

WIFI IS PROVIDED IN THE COTTAGE. CELL SERVICE IS SPOTTY. THERE IS NO LAND LINE EXCEPT NEXT DOOR IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.

WE ARE AN 'ADULTS ONLY' ACCOMMODATION.

More Details

Owner
Star Decker
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

About Star Decker

Gene Parsons has a wide variety of skills which he puts to good use operating his current business as well as maintaining the StringBender Cottage property. Moving to Caspar in 1970, Gene teamed up with local friends and carpenters to build his custom machine shop, his own home and the cottage. As far back as the late 60’s and into the late 80’s, Gene had a full-time career as a musician and recording artist. As a multi-talented singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, he toured with such bands as the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers. His talents were also used in the recording studio with such greats as Randy Newman, Arlo Guthrie, The Everly Brothers and The Rolling Stones. Currently Gene is happiest working in his custom shop where he manufactures and installs the StringBender mechanism in client guitars as well as other artistic projects. One of those pet projects is the building of a 1/8th scale, real live steam locomotive, part by part!

Star Decker is a native of Mendocino County with strong roots in local culture and history. Raised on ranches she has trained horses, gardened, landscaped and run family businesses. An adventurer, she has traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe sometimes by herself or accompanied by her horse and dog. Other interests include; community volunteer work, playing music, reading and various art projects. Today she is happiest at home creating the beautiful garden and landscape of the property and providing a lovely and warm atmosphere for the guests at StringBender Cottage. Both Gene and Star have a long history in the local coastal areas as well as the county. They are always willing to share their 'insider' knowledge and stories with guests.

Star Decker purchased this house in 1975

Why Star Decker chose North Coast

We chose to live here for the ocean, the weather and a small, rural community with a LOT of culture, art, music, events, good restaurants, and so much more.

What makes this house unique

The forest setting, wildlife such as deer, fox and wild turkeys, beautiful organic garden, excellent hiking/biking/horseback riding trails, interesting owners that honor and respect privacy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Star~ The cottage was amazing. We definitely enjoyed our stay in Caspar. We did the waterfall hike at Russian Gulch and we got to walk around Fort Bragg and downtown Mendocino. We'd definitely like to come back and stay someday. Thanks again for coordinating and making our stay smooth and comfortable. Take care.

Larry
Apr 2015
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Amenities

Caspar House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • SHOWER ONLY. NO BATHTUB.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1) VERY COMFORTABLE BED! Fresh linens, Down comforter, Down pillows.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Please inquire with owners for further information.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(92 traveler reviews)

UNIQUE, AFFORDABLE, MAGICAL FOREST HIDEAWAY HOME!
average rating of 4.945652 based on 95 reviews
5

They Did It Again!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at the Stringbender Cottage, and we had another awesome vacation. I can't say enough about the cleanliness and ambience {peaceful and pleasant} of this property. We have stayed at over a dozen different VRBO properties in the past decade, and these hosts provide the best experience for their guests as far as we are concerned.

Star and Gene couldn't be nicer, and they genuinely care about the comfort and enjoyment of their guests. Thank you both for your hospitality! Can't wait to visit your cottage and the Coast again.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These guests point out a very important point about how we take care of our patrons. We have traveled and used vacation rentals ourselves and I have studied and learned what counts for comfort. Cleanliness is a big one so we are thorough between each guest. This reviewer has allergy issues so they require a fragrance free environment which is one of the reasons I have applied the new rule of " FRAGRANCE FREE" in our cottage. Occasionally certain guests apply excessive amounts of perfume or cologne which is difficult to air out on "turnaround" days. This can be very offensive as well as posing health concerns to incoming guests. We thank all potential inquiries for their cooperation and understanding.
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5

4 Nights in the String Bender

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time, beautiful landscaping, seclusion & great location! Perfect place for two! We enjoyed meeting Star and Gene and will be returning!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Complete! Attention to comfort & thoughtful amenities.

  • 5 of 5

Hosts gracious, talented, attentive and thought through many details to create an inviting homelike atmosphere. Quiet, serene setting coupled with an eclectic collection of books, music & decor. We appreciated our stay in every way. Marco & Beth

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A Perfectly Relaxing Stay

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at StringBender Cottage was exactly what we were looking for, quite, peaceful, and very comfortable; just the place to relax and rejuvenate. The back deck was a wonderful place of soak up the sun and read. The kitchen was well stocked with pots, pans, and the utensils needed to prepare a meal.The cottage was close enough to Mendocino and Fort Bragg for an easy day trip. Star and Gene were great hosts and invited us over to see Gene's amazing machine shop. My husband loved talking trains and music with Gene, and Star and I shared horse stories. Thank you Star and Gene for your great hospitability, we look forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A lovely quite, charming spotless place.

  • 5 of 5

We have expend 2 nights at Stringbender Cottage and we couldn't enjoy more. The house is located away from main road and is incredible quiet and peaceful. A charming place with all you may need to enjoy, cook and relax.

Only 5 minutes from the town of Mendocino where you have a nice art center, few nice restaurants and cafes and a great supermarket.

You can just go without driving to tons of coastal, river and Forrest hikes.

The owner, Star, responded very quick and give us good instructions for our arrival. Is and spotless and well organized place.

Will recommend it without doubt for a romantic escapade.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful Stay....

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect place to stop and relax at Stringbender Cottage. Everything is exactly as you see pictured, beautiful deck to sit outside and enjoy the garden and hummingbirds while enjoying a drink and lovely cottage with everything you need for a great stay.

We travelled around California for nearly 3 weeks and this would have to be my favourite stop out of all our accommodation. Can strongly recommend it..Thank you

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
150 Miles
San Francisco International or Oakland Inter.
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Dicks in Mendocino
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Little River Golf Course
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Skunk Train/ tourist excursion
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Coastal Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Mendocino or Fort Bragg
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Caspar or Jughandle Beach
Car: necessary

Botanical Gardens, Music Festival, Film Festival, Live Music, Skunk Train, Spa Services, Whale watching, Wine tasting and more. See Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce and Local radio station KOZT for more information on Current events.

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Rates & Availability

Caspar House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$175
$1,225
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150

FRAGRANCE FREE COTTAGE!!! Guests are urged to NOT wear perfume and cologne while staying at our cottage. This rule will be enforced as we will charge up to $100 for extra cleaning. We suggest you choose another accommodation if you cannot adhere to this policy. Thank you.

We do not book our cottage for long term beyond 10 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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