'Posh' Romantic Cottage, Panoramic Whitewater Views, Wifi, Sauna, Spa

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Last updated: 09/30/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Seahorse Cottage is situated on its own, very private, 3.5 acre bluff overlooking the beautiful Albion Bay and the last wooden bridge to span Hwy 1. Ceiling to floor windows showcase the 180 degree ocean views, crashing waves, grasslands, forests, Albion River/ boat docks and our own secluded courtyard garden. Our pristine rural setting is home to abundant wildlife, but minutes from the finest restaurants, beaches, & the Village of Mendocino, for shopping/dining.

Seahorse Cottage has a unique, welcoming energy. Dual master suites, located on either end, offer guest privacy. The 'Great room' is spacious and divided into three areas: Enjoy the offerings of our expanded Directv programming on the 50' flat screen, with amazing laser surround sound; settle in by the Bay windows and watch the surf & boats coming in the harbor, or enjoy a reading selection from our eclectic library, snuggled in on the 'butter' soft leather love seat

Gourmet Kitchen: There are numerous excellent places to dine in our area, but one of your favorites might well be at Seahorse itself! I love to cook and was always frustrated with the limitations I experienced in the kitchens of other vacation rentals. That is not the case here! Our kitchen offers just about anything you might need to prepare a fabulous meal and serve it in elegance, from full appliances & 'gadgets', linens, candles, & cabinets full of beautiful dishes and serving pieces. For your convenience, we stock the kitchen with the 'supplies' you'd find in your own - coffee, sugar, spices, oils, paper products, you name it! To top it all off, you can enjoy your meal looking out over the magnificent ocean, or marveling at the color & hummingbirds in our lush courtyard garden with water feature. If you'd like to prepare a more casual meal, we offer a Weber BBQ to cook up some of the local 'fare'. The Albion Deli, just 1/4 mile away, offers a wide selection of meats, produce, & a coffee bar!

Bedtime Comforts: Our dual master suites were designed for the ultimate in comfort and relaxation. Both suites have romantic rope lighting, oversized comfy robes, and the most amazing ocean views. It's important to sleep well when traveling and to insure you do, our beds, a combination of tempurpedic mattresses & covers are the ultimate! Our microloft bedding is akin to being wrapped in the softness of a receiving blanket.(Or you may choose to enjoy 800 count Egyptian cotton) Pillows and comforters can be down filled, or foam/alternatives if you have allergies. Our north suite offers a large, walk in shower of gorgeous Italian tile, while the south suite boasts an infrared sauna, perfect for healing deep tissue aches & pains. Each suite offers a full compliment of bath products, hair dryers, and a CD/Am-Fm/Alarm/I-dock stereo unit. Combine all of this with a long 'soak' in the custom, sunken spa, overlooking the Albion Bay and under the amazing night sky, and you have the perfect recipe for sleep!

Fun in the Sun, Fog, Rain, Whatever!: Seahorse is located in the heart of the most beautiful beaches & walking trails in the area! You need go no further than the beach directly below to fish, watch the surf, or rent a kayak to explore the Albion River or, on a calm day, the sea caves in the Albion Bay. We have a long and very detailed list available to provide information on some of our favorites. Many are pet friendly too! If the weather isn't cooperating, you can still explore the fascinating Village of Mendocino with its many restaurants and shops, sure to delight, or head 20 minutes inland on Hwy 128 to enjoy the fabulous wine tasting opportunities & art. The Anderson Valley offers the charm of earlier times when you could sit down with the grape grower, in a non commercial setting, and learn all about the history of the vineyard and the wine you are enjoying. There are also three excellent sparkling wine producers too. If the day brings rain, just kick back and enjoy a crackling fire in the company of friends!

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Massage


  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21 years and older...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Only K-9's who are well mannered and seasoned travelers can be considered as, while we're happy to welcome your K-9 child whenever possible, our home is not a 'pet' rental, per se. (No odors, spots, damage, etc.) We are extremely sensitive to our traveling guests without pets and strive to present them with a home that shows absolutely no evidence of pets - especially for those who are allergic. We have a very extensive cleaning protocol to assure this and even a single accident often requires professional carpet cleaning to remove all traces ( to avoid 'tempting' a future K-9 visitor & is assessed to the guest). We have high end, light carpeting and hardwood flooring, which tends to scratch easily, if your 'kid' is larger and very active. For that reason, we can rarely accept more than one pet visitor at a time. We love dogs, and always travel with ours, so please feel free to discuss your needs with us so we can advise the suitability of Seahorse for you and your pup....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • N.Suite: 1 king

    Tempurpedic mattress...moreless

  • S. Suite: 1 queen

    standard mattress w/Tempurpedic topper...moreless

  • We are located on a steep bluff, directly above the Albion River and Bay. Due to our close proximity to the water, we have a highly engineered septic system which limits usage to guest parties of no more than four, with the possible addition of a small child....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • N. Suite: toilet, shower

    walk in shower...moreless

  • S. Suite: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Infrared sauna...moreless

  • The bathrooms at Seahorse are fully stocked with personal care and paper items, in addition to hair dryers, hand mirrors, hair wraps, etc....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Seahorse is, for the most part, level, with the exception of two entry stairs. All interior doors are 'pocket' doors and as such, will accommodate most wheel chairs. While children are, of course, welcome, parents should be mindful that the house is located on a steep bluff and is not 'child proof'. We have several barrier gates available for your use. Seahorse is, finally, Absolutely Non Smoking!! Guests are welcome to smoke in the courtyard area and back deck but, during the dry season especially, are cautioned to be sure to use the use containers provided to avoid grassland fires....moreless


  • Books:

    We have a large, eclectic library which is sure to offer something of interest for every ready taste....moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    We have a large selection of all the standard board games, cards, etc.,...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    Our entertainment system is set up with a charging plus and aux cord so you can enjoy your personal selections from a smart phone or Ipod, etc....moreless

  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Full selection of Directv programs and sports packages....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Amazing surround sound system with Mondo sub woofer to bring movies to life!...moreless

  • Television:

    52' HDTV...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library


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


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beach View:

    Albion Bay/ Flats & Docks...moreless

  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View:

    Gorgeous 180 degree views of the ocean, white water, Albion Bay/ Bridge /Docks!...moreless

  • Rural:

    Situated on a 3.5 acre bluff top makes you feels miles away but in the heart of beautiful beaches, walking trails, dining & shopping!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    The beautiful Pacific Ocean breezes provide all the 'cooling' you'll need as the highest day time temperatures (even in summer months) rarely exceed the ho 70's!...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:


  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace:

    We have a highly efficient, natural wood stove. We offer a limited supply of dry, seasoned firewood, for the occasional 'mood' fire....moreless

  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Propane / Central heating ...moreless

  • Internet:

    Our internet, due to our rural location, is provided by satellite. While it's speeds are most than adequate for email, & basic browsing, it will not support large downloads like Netflix, etc....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    We offer table linens and napkins, and a variety of bedding options from cozy microloft to high count cotton. Foam & feather pillows....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Great room with high ceilings, sky lights, and wall to wall windows to showcase the views - which go on forever!...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    One covered space is available in the attached garage with additional parking in the fully fenced driveway area....moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    Since cell coverage is unlikely, we do offer a ground line. We have domestic long distance available for your use and convenience at no extra cost....moreless

  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    We have a highly engineered septic system which requires the use of special laundry products (provided) but ask that you limit the number of loads per day to avoid taxing the system....moreless

  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet:

    The Federal 'Fair Share' provision for Satellite use limits our monthly 'share' to 10G. If exceeded, the service is terminated entirely with exception to basic internet until the next cycle....moreless

  • Wood Stove


  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    We also have an espresso machine with an additional coffee maker attached....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Seahorse offers most small appliances including blenders, food processing, espresso, crockpot, toaster oven, etc....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Seahorse is fully stocked with lovely linens, dishes, candles and serving pieces - everything you'll need to set a beautiful table....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Our kitchen is fully stocked with a large assortment of spices, oils, and baking supplies. We also have a large assortment of small appliances, including an espresso machine & a grill....moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    We have an extensive selection of spices, oils, baking products, and paper products - just like your kitchen at home!...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Additional small refrigerator located in the garage for drinks, etc....moreless

  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Available directly below the house for a nominal fee at the Albion docks. Enjoy touring the Albion River and Bay!...moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden:

    We offer a beautiful, secluded, interior courtyard to enjoy a quiet spot during windy days. It's filled with flowers, sunshine and hummingbirds (on most days)!...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber propane BBQ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Two public pools are available in Ft. Bragg. One at the Mendocino Recreation Club and a second at the CV Starr Center....moreless

  • Hot Tub:

    Custom sunken tub overlooking the Albion Bay and Pacific ocean. Any amazing place to engage in night time star gazing. The Milky Way is often so dense it looks like a cloud itself! A real treat!...moreless

  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Sauna:

    Lovely cedar infrared sauna provides comfort and many health benefits....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Housekeeping/spa service $125
  • Add'l suite (4 guests) $50
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $395
  • Pet Fee $65


Our all inclusive rate (tax, 11% bed tax, housekeeping, spa service, county fees, garbage hauling, etc.) is based on a two night minimum stay. Our housekeeping rate is determined by the number of bedrooms in use and resulting cleaning time required. The initial two night rate for the use of one suite is $675. For both suites $725. Thereafter the nightly rate is $275 regardless of occupancy use. Please note that, depending on your preferred dates, we may require a 3 day minimum stay.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 09/30/2016
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5 Miles
Nearest Airport
Little River
0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Little River Inn
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Ledford House and Albion River Inn
0.2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Albion Bay

Car: Necessary

Our beautiful North Coast is home to many local artists and craftspeople. There are numerous festivals throughout the year spotlighting music, art, film, crab, mushrooms and, of course, wine. Speaking of wine, don't miss the opportunity to spend some time in the Anderson Valley to enjoy wine tasting, as it was meant to be - fun, unpretentious, and relaxing. If you enjoy gardening - be sure to save time to tour the Botanical Garden, just a few miles south of Ft. Bragg. It's 47 acres that go right to the ocean's edge, and it's divided into many 'zones'. It's even dog friendly, so it's a wonderful place for you and your pup!

For the outdoors person, you are only limited only by your imagination and energy. Everywhere you look there are beautiful beaches and hiking trails, kayaks to rent or bicycles to enjoy the back roads of Big River. At the end of the day, there is nothing better than to claim a little patch of sand, and watch the sun bid farwell to another day in Paradise.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: My husband and I are lifetime residents of the Reno/Tahoe area. While we adore the Sierras and the high desert, our hearts were always drawn to the beautiful north coast, and we spent many, many vacations there from the mid 70's until we purchased the parcel in Albion, that was soon to become Seahorse Cottage. As retirement neared, we began construction - a lengthy process when dealing with the California Coastal Commission! Once the extensive ground work was completed and the construction began in earnest, we drove back and forth nearly every weekend as we were very 'hands on' with this project and completed a great deal of the work ourselves including all the tile, granite, landscaping, etc. It was truly a labor of love, and the final results were well beyond what we might have imagined in our wildest dreams. The amazing view we enjoyed from ground level when we bought the parcel, became a full 180 degree view once we enjoyed the elevation of the house and ocean view deck. We are pleased to be able to share our little piece of paradise and make every effort to insure that our visitors want for absolutely nothing during their stay.

Why the Owner Chose Albion, CA, USA:
When we first started visiting the north coast, we stayed in the Fort Bragg area, for the most part. As time passed and our familiarity with the area grew, we fell in love with the more southern part of the coast from Mendocino south, and especially Albion. For ten years prior to purchasing our parcel, we always rented homes in the immediate area and, on one of our visits, started seriously considering looking for a parcel and building our retirement home. When, after several years of searching, we found the perfect lot, with the perfect views, we began designing our home and started the construction process. We loved the fact that while extremely private and rural, we were in the heart of the best beaches and restaurants around as well as only minutes from Mendocino. Having the little grocery store/deli, hardware store & post office, less than a five minute walk away, was such an added bonus as it afforded a great deal of convenience, without having to be in a more populated locale. Once the 'noise' of the construction ended, all the wildlife we so enjoyed returned. Seahorse is home to a huge variety of birds, deer, fox, bunnies, you name it, and we all peacefully coexist on our 3.5 acre parcel of perfection!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Seahorse is very much a 'home' vs. a rental. We have prepared it with every amenity you'd find in your own home and take a great deal of pride in offering the 'total package'. It's furnishings are upscale, but very cozy and inviting. The dual master suites were designed on each end of the home to afford total privacy for traveling couples. We incorporated many 'extras' to delight our guests and make every effort to have them feel right at home. A guest's experience can be as varied as they are. We have the large deck overlooking the 180 degree views of the ocean, whitewater, Albion Bridge, Albion Bay and docks, forests, grasslands or, if the wind/weather don't permit, a lovely secluded courtyard garden with water feature for quiet contemplation. Our unique setting offers the feeling of being worlds away, yet beaches, restaurants and shopping are only a few minutes away, if one decides to 'venture' out. We designed our home to insure amazing views from every window and the extensive use of glass and elevated position, reminds one of being in a 'tree house' where you can enjoy the flight patterns of the ocean going birds at 'eye' level. It's an awe inspiring experience. The greatest benefit is the 'spirit' of Seahorse. It has such a welcoming presence and invites you to relax, recharge and connect with nature and yourself. You can absolutely feel all the love that was manifest in its creation.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Welcome! Private, enclosed courtyard entry.

    Welcome! Private, enclosed courtyard entry.

  • Private, interior courtyard

    Private, interior courtyard

  • View from kitchen of cozy ready area and Bay

    View from kitchen of cozy ready area and Bay

  • Ocean/Bay views from South Master suite

    Ocean/Bay views from South Master suite

  • Infrared Sauna for deep tissue healing and relaxation!

    Infrared Sauna for deep tissue healing and relaxation!

  • North Master Suite - King sized bed

    North Master Suite - King sized bed

  • North Master Bath with walk-in shower of Italian tile & Bay views!

    North Master Bath with walk-in shower of Italian tile & Bay views!

  • Aerial view. Note: You are much closer to Bay than photo depicts.

    Aerial view. Note: You are much closer to Bay than photo depicts.

  • Beautiful setting sun on a winter's day

    Beautiful setting sun on a winter's day

  • Seahorse Cottage, situated on it's own 3.5 acre bluff.

    Seahorse Cottage, situated on it's own 3.5 acre bluff.

  • Courtyard water feature

    Courtyard water feature

  • Welcome to Seahorse Cottage!!

    Welcome to Seahorse Cottage!!

  • Great Room with cozy fireplace and reading area, overlooking the Ocean & Bay

    Great Room with cozy fireplace and reading area, overlooking the Ocean & Bay

  • Oversized custom spa overlooking the Albion Bay/docks & ocean

    Oversized custom spa overlooking the Albion Bay/docks & ocean

  • South Master Suite with queen sized bed & Sauna

    South Master Suite with queen sized bed & Sauna

  • South Master Bath

    South Master Bath

  • Convenient laundry room and dog door access to run.

    Convenient laundry room and dog door access to run.

  • Views (we're actually closer than the photo depicts) from North Master Suite

    Views (we're actually closer than the photo depicts) from North Master Suite

  • Paradise, over the rainbow

    Paradise, over the rainbow

  • View looking southwest from driveway area

    View looking southwest from driveway area

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