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


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.



More Details

Star Decker
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

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.

Apr 2015
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Caspar House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1) VERY COMFORTABLE BED! Fresh linens, Down comforter, Down pillows.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
Please inquire with owners for further information.


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average rating of 4.95098 based on 105 reviews

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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Very Nice

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Stringbender Cottage and look forward to visiting again!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay at this peaceful cottage among the trees!

  • 5 of 5

We recommend staying here and are very happy we made it our choice due to it’s beautiful serene location. Thank you Gene and Star for having us at your perfect cottage!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Shingle Springs, California

Better than expected

  • 5 of 5

I hesitate to write this review because we want to keep this little "Gem" all to ourselves. Usually the VRBO we rent is a let down from description and photo's. Not Stringbender. We loved the location, privacy and decor. It's the perfect getaway for a couple.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco Bay Area, CA

A beautiful retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a peaceful quiet two-day retreat in this Caspar cottage. The cottage was very conveniently located to explore the Mendocino coast. We found the cottage beautifully laid out, well maintained, and equipped with everything we needed to make our stay very comfortable. The garden in particular was indeed magical!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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.


Rates & Availability

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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.