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Oceanfront Romantic Cottage, an Anniversary Paradise with Hot Tub and Privacy

(53 Reviews)

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Last updated: 04/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Private Seafront Cottage, 1 Bedroom holiday house in a garden on the ocean

The 'Cottage at Sunset Cove' is a fabulous oceanfront property located on private grounds that are fenced with gated-only access 5 minutes from Mendocino Village. It is oceanfront, completely isolated, and has 2 acres of flowering gardens and walking paths, with parking on site. The shingled cottage/bungalow, which is entered through a rose covered archway, is an intimate hideaway. It is decorated like a 'country bungalow' in soothing blues and whites. Stone floors are covered with comforting area rugs, the sofa has down pillows, and a bistro table holds your welcome basket. The owners have decorated with artifacts from their travels, and have included in the cottage their love of classical literature and music, and local artwork. There is a beautiful gas fireplace and a completely separate bedroom with luxurious linens. Windows overlooking the gardens and ocean are large and everywhere. You can go to sleep with the calming sound of crashing waves on the double cove inlets. Peaceful and quiet, the area is a treasure trove for discovering wildlife - deer, wild turkeys, hawks, whales, blue herons, seals, porpoises, geese, and the occasional Orca. Russian Gulch State Park and Point Cabrillo Light House are less than 1 mile away, where nature walks abound. Mendocino Village, designated an official historical town circa the 1870's, is just 2 miles away, with wonderful restaurants and pubs, hidden garden paths for strolling, and specialty shops.

The cottage has a separate bedroom with large closets, luxury linens and 6 down pillows, living room with fireplace, queen-sized pull-out sofa bed, 2 comfortable reading chairs, and French bistro table. Teak reading chairs overlook the 2-sided deck and spa. There is also a large outside table and gas BBQ for cooking. The separate kitchen has dishes, glasses, pans and other cooking necessities and specialty items, and is stocked with beer, wine, bottled water, jams, coffee, tea and condiments. A basket of 'goodies' is added for late night snacks. Music, videos, books, games, binoculars will enhance your entertainment options. Bathroom has a powerful shower and a deep soaking tub with views of the gardens. Extra large windows from both the bedroom and the living room look directly out onto the ocean through the gardens, and are adjoined by a large deck with your own hot tub and seating for viewing the water and nature. Private gardens with paths surround the property and reading benches are sprinkled throughout the acreage. Best of all, there are sunsets 365 days a year (excluding rainy days, of course!) and you can view them all!

Because of the proximity to the ocean, this property is not suitable for children under 14.

Keywords: Secluded oceanfront cottage, dramatic whitewater ocean views, private hot tub, large deck overlooking gardens and ocean, private headlands, flowering gardens and pathways, reading benches, stream and waterfall, smells and sounds of crashing ocean waves, romantic and private, pet friendly and completely fenced.


Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 650 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 2
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Adults only...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Due to the proximity of the ocean cliff, children under 14 not accepted...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    We love dogs, but please call ahead and make arrangements; pets are $100 per stay; bring your own doggie beds, doggie bags; water bowl and treats provided....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    2 steps to redwood deck, another step into cottage. Otherwise level. No walk-in shower....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1

    Completely separate with 2 large closets/cupboards...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 1 sleep sofa /futon

    3rd person on pull-out sofa with a daily charge of $35....moreless

  • Queen size Bed in traditional 'cottage plantation' style; luxury accessories in your private bedroom overlooking the ocean with luxury linens, goosedown pillows and comforter; spa robes, closet and dresser space, beautifully furnished with side tables and reading lamps. Also included are iron and ironing board, hair dryer, and picnic basket. Local artists are displayed throughout. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Deep soaking tub with bath salts and other organic amenities, such as shampoo, conditioner, and lotion - a trousseau of wonderful lavender accessories - 'thirsty' towels, hair dryer, and night light. All of this in a seaside cottage-style room with a lofty ceiling, light and airy room. Shower head has a hefty water spray and there are candles and scented French soaps....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Gardens with paths and reading benches; Deck chairs and benches overlooking ocean; Property lined all along the south by a quiet stream ending in a waterfall to the ocean; Blow Hole seen from the south side; Ocean Caves underneath and visible from the accessable 10 acres next door; Black sand beach seen during low tides; Arched Rock and small islands which bring the 'white water'; Sandy beach 2 miles North and 1 mile South, State Parks both North and South, 1 mile to Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse, Hiking paths everywhere, Quiet and romantic, more like a home than a rental, very comfortable and exclusive...moreless


  • Books:

    The Best Classics in World Literature...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Scrabble, Board Games, and everything in-between...moreless

  • Music Library:

    CD player with separate speakers and a selection of easy listening CDs - romantic, jazz, and classical...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Dish TV...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Oceanfront:

    White water, crashing waves, and a waterfall that you can watch from your own private reading bench. The property has a 180 degree view of the ocean so sunsets are visible year around. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    French Bistro table inside; Teak table and chairs deckside with propane BBQ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Just ask...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    Just a flick of the switch turns the fire off and on and the flames look absolutely real on the genuine Swedish Jotul Stove...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Luxury linens with 6 goosedown pillows and duvet cover...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Spacious living room with library of books and tapes, reading chairs, sofa with feather pillow backing; traditionally decorated with a traveler's need for comfort and ease. TV and music....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Private parking area behind coded gate entrance...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Cell Phone access...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Available for week-long stays - just ask...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available:

    We have access to several wonderful organic markets and restaurants with good and healthful food 'to go' and most of the local restaurants fix food to take away....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Peets Coffee complementary...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything you can possibly want to cook up a gourmet meal....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Completely full service...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Cottage designed kitchen with Kitchenaid glass stove top, large Calphalon counter oven, Full rerigerator/freezer and Microwave, Braun coffeemaker, toaster, hand-mixer, Cuisanart pots and pans....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Full-sized with popcorn provided...moreless

  • Oven:

    Large 'counter top' new Calphalon oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Spices, Olive Oil and vinegar, mustard, mayonnaise, catsup, storage bags, tea, coffee, fruit preserves and butter...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Welcome wine provided. Peets Coffee, a selection of teas (Republic of Tea) a variety of welcome goodies, and of course, chocolate....moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric range, four burners...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Large wooden deck with hot tub, teak chairs and table for outside sitting/ dining. Enter through an arbor of delicate pink roses onto your private garden area....moreless

  • Golf:

    7 miles south - Little River Golf Club...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 miles south on Big River and also in Fort Bragg (7 miles north)...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    2 acres of private gardens and large lawn area with benches for viewing and access to Sunset Cove's stream and waterfall...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber BBQ (Propane included)...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Just outside on your private deck with 8 jets and always set at 102-3 degrees...moreless



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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $100
  • Tax Rate 11%


3 night minimum, except when calendar has 2 nights available between bookings.

Thanksgiving, Christmas 5 night minimum.

No return deposit within 30 days of visit.

Pet fee $100 per stay.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/24/2017
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6 Miles
Nearest Airport
Little River Airport for private planes/ jets
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
both north & south
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Little River Golf Course
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 1
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
both north & south
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
View beach below us; walking beach north & south

Car: Necessary

State Parks, Lighthouse, Wineries, Redwoods, Rivers and Streams, Forests, Whalewatching, Sandy Beaches, Botanical Gardens, Sportsclub, Art Center, Coastal Headlands, Abalone Diving, Beach Glass Hunting, Nature Walks, Lapping Ocean Sounds, Sunsets Year Around. Film Festival early June, Music Festival in July, Mushroom and Crab Festivals in January


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: Jerry and Cathy Karabensh have lived in Mendocino for 16 years, are retired, and enjoying life so much in the area that they want to share their view of the world with others. They have 1dog, and invite you to bring yours along.

Why the Owner Chose Mendocino, CA, USA:
Sunset Cove is actually 2 coves with black sand beaches when the tide is out. The property is cliffside, so you can see white water crashing on the rocks below. Most of the year you can see the waterfall that spills out into Sunset Cove. The Cottage is set nestled in a banquet of bushes along the north, keeping your deck and hot tub wind-free from the northwest winds that are typical of the area.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Private, tranquil, and romantic, The Cottage is traditionally decorated in seaside colors, more like a home than a hotel. The Karabensh's have included memorabilia from their extensive travels as well as books, movies, and an array of helpful holiday treats. Your own private hot tub awaits your leisure usage at any time.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

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  • Path to Cottage along Gardens

    Path to Cottage along Gardens

  • Looking outward

    Looking outward

  • View of your Wrap-around Deck from the Master Bedroom

    View of your Wrap-around Deck from the Master Bedroom

  • Deep Tub with Open shower

    Deep Tub with Open shower

  • Hot Tub and Deck Chairs facing Ocean on Private Area

    Hot Tub and Deck Chairs facing Ocean on Private Area

  • Closer View of Sunset Cove from Luke's Bench

    Closer View of Sunset Cove from Luke's Bench

  • Entrance to The Cottage at Sunset Cove

    Entrance to The Cottage at Sunset Cove

  • Frequent Visitors to Sunset Cove at Luke's Bench

    Frequent Visitors to Sunset Cove at Luke's Bench

  • Black Sand Viewpoint, Low Tide, walking toward Doberman Point

    Black Sand Viewpoint, Low Tide, walking toward Doberman Point

  • Grand Room Entree

    Grand Room Entree

  • Welcome Snacks and Wine at the Bistro Table

    Welcome Snacks and Wine at the Bistro Table

  • Toward the Kitchen

    Toward the Kitchen

  • Kitchen Details

    Kitchen Details

  • Partial View to Deck from Bedroom

    Partial View to Deck from Bedroom

  • Bathroom with Garden Window

    Bathroom with Garden Window

  • Outside Dining Table overlooking Ocean and Sunset Cove

    Outside Dining Table overlooking Ocean and Sunset Cove

  • Luke's Bench overlooking Sunset Cove

    Luke's Bench overlooking Sunset Cove

  • Sunset Cove with Blooming Rock Roses

    Sunset Cove with Blooming Rock Roses

  • Gate over Bubbling Brook to private Headlands and Doberman Point

    Gate over Bubbling Brook to private Headlands and Doberman Point

  • Fabulous Sunset on Sunset Cove

    Fabulous Sunset on Sunset Cove

VRBO #325856

This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017

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