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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! Rate is the same year round and a good value for this special home.

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 out of respect for others who are sensitive.

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 a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 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 Caspar

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

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UNIQUE, AFFORDABLE, MAGICAL FOREST HIDEAWAY HOME!
average rating of 4.9489794 based on 101 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: March 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

Wonderful Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The house is perfectly located in between Mendocino and Fort Bragg, right in Jug Handle State Park. Star is extremely helpful, and returned our security deposit just a few days after we departed. Great place for a couple to stay if you want to enjoy Mendocino County in all its glory. We will definitely be visiting again!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco Bay Area
5

Cozy, Well-Equipped Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in Stringbender Cottage during our recent trip to the North Coast. The cottage proved to be a very good choice. It is located about a mile east of Highway 1 in Caspar, between Mendocino and Fort Bragg and a few miles' drive to either. The cottage is well-equipped, with a single bedroom -- including a very comfortable queen bed -- a full kitchen and a washer and dryer. There was no tv; however, I finished 2 books in the evenings, and so didn't miss the tv at all.

The hosts, Star and Greg, were friendly and more than conscientious. If you're very lucky, you might get to find out why Greg's quartet, Wood and Steel, is our new favorite Northern California geezer band.

The Cottage also turned out to be a good spot for stargazing. On a clear night, you'll be amply rewarded if you simply spend a few minutes to let your eyes become accustomed to the darkness; lots of stars and the Milky Way.

All things considered, Stringbender Cottage was a solid five stars.

FYI, Cucina Verone in Fort Bragg turned out to be a very good choice for dinner. We also enjoyed a late breakfast at Egghead's in Fort Bragg.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having Andy and Jo at our cottage for a few days. They were kind, considerate and took great care of our home. Just so our guests know, my husband's name is Gene and not Greg so nobody gets confused. He provides a shop tour to all of our guests who are interested in his varied projects.
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5

The cottage was warm and inviting

  • 5 of 5

We loved the tranquility of the setting.

The cottage felt very comfortable and colorful. We really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about the cottage and its surroundings. The abundance of flowers and greenery are so beautiful. We enjoyed the comfortable and creative touch to the interior. Star and Gene really think about everything. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Las Vegas
5

Glad I choose this over a hotel room

  • 5 of 5

Very Comfortable and spacious. Convenient location, Close to everything.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • 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

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Taxes and fees are additional

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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