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Amazing Ocean View, Walk To Beach, Cozy Carmet Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Large Bonus TV Room, Panoramic Ocean Views (Sleeps 8)

Enjoy ocean views, gorgeous sunsets, and strolls to the nearby beaches. Our beach house is located 3 miles north of Bodega Bay in a quiet, friendly community called Carmet. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large kitchen, a living room with a wood burning stove, a newly added family room with bar and large flat screen TV perfect for watching Sunday football. It has both travertine and hardwood floors, a large deck and a huge yard. The new deck extends the length of the house and has a raised hot tub to soak in as you enjoy the sunset. The living room, dining room, and kitchen have large windows with ocean views. Walk in either direction for 3 to 5 minutes to enjoy two great beaches. A short drive to the town of Bodega provides excellent dining – Lucas Wharf and The Tides are two favorites. Wine tasting, horseback riding, golf, spa, and fishing are all minutes away. The quaint town of Occidental is only a 15-minute scenic drive away for antique and gift shopping. The amazing River's End restaurant in Jenner is a short 15 minute drive North. Nearby Goat Rock State Park at the mouth of Russian River is a great place for seal watching during the 'pupping season' and rock climbing as well. The house has 1 queen bed, 1 full bed, 1 bunk bed with full size bed on the bottom, 1 twin bed, 4 color TVs, 3 DVD players, and a stereo. For families with children there are 2 pack-n-plays for babies, 2 booster seats, and lots of toys and videos. Comfortably sleeps two families.

We want to share our home with families looking to spend quiet time at the beach together. Please no parties or large groups. The house is located in a quiet, family friendly neighborhood and is on a sensitive septic system.

NOTE: We have had some difficulty with presentation of the rate information in the automated system below. Correct rate details are provided here:

Low Season: Oct.-Mar.: $275/night for 2 nights, $250/night for 3 nights and week nights; $1575/week

High Season: Apr.-Sep.: $300/night for 2 nights, $275/night for 3 nights, $1800/week

* 9% Sonoma County Occupancy Tax and 2% Sonoma County Tourism Tax and $150 Cleaning Fee not included in the rates

** The holiday rate is $325/night. There is 3 night minimum for all holidays.

***Holidays incude Christmas, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Easter, President's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day and Valentine's Day

**** Call for last minute specials for same week reservations 5 days or less in advance of arrival date ($250/night!) or even better discounts for stays of 2 weeks or more.

Pets welcome with advance notice and $50 deposit/pet. Please mention you plan to bring pet(s) when booking.

Sonoma County Transient Occupancy Tax Certificate No. 1255N

More Details

Gretchen Polkinghorne
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2017

About Gretchen Polkinghorne

We live in Novato, CA about 1 hour from Bodega Bay. We bought our beach house just before our first son was born. We now have 3 boys and a yellow lab, 2 cats, and 3 fish. We have enjoyed taking our family out to the beach for the past 13 years and have made countless, precious memories there! With the boys activities getting more numerous and keeping us away from the beach more than we'd like, we have decided to share our beach house with other families. We hope you will enjoy your time there as much as we have!

Gretchen Polkinghorne purchased this house in 2000

Why Gretchen Polkinghorne chose Sonoma County

When we considered buying a vacation home, Bodega was appealing because we LOVE the beach and we LOVE to fish! There is nothing my boys love more than being out on the boat with their dad. This property was perfect because it has a large fenced in yard that kept our children safe when they were young and keeps our lab safe now. We can walk to three amazing beaches in less than 5 minutes from the house. There are many amazing restaurants in the area as well as golf, spas, and wine tasting. Even if the weather is foggy or rainy, sitting inside in front of the fire reading a book or watching a family movie is a welcome break from the hectic day-to-day routine.


Bodega Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (2) There are two pack and plays and two children's booster chairs for eating., Bunk Beds (1) Bunk bed has a double bed for the bottom bunk that can sleep two
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Amazing Ocean View, Walk To Beach, Cozy Carmet Cottage
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 90 reviews

Great location, great owners.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was amazing. The location was perfect for everything we wanted to do. The owners were very responsive to any communication. I would definitely recommend staying here to anyone and will think about staying here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unwelcoming but has a large deck

  • 1 of 5

As a couple, we found this house unwelcoming. (Disclosure: we are picky and our home is well cared for) At this cabin, the furniture (sofa) had a hole in it and is worn out and uncomfortable. The (tile) floor was cold/sterile. The kitchen, although large, was disorganized and even dirty in places especially the inside of drawers and cabinets. The owners have invested in improvements on this property but that becomes almost invisible by the overall lack of housekeeping inside and outside. If you are a group that wants to have a party, this house has a bar and a large room beside the bar. For us (a couple with an elderly dog) we found the house not cozy. The front shower does not have water pressure so if you soap your hair, there is not enough water to rinse. After one try we never used the front shower again. Also, the water pressure in the kitchen is poor and hot water can arrive as long as 8 or 9 minutes later. The back shower works well and water pressure is good. It is likely difficult for the owner to inspect as each renter leaves; thus, when you arrive you might be asked by the owner how the property appears. That is guess work and can be a "set up" to be blamed for something later as you do not know the before and after. (I am an experienced property manager so I am likely more alert.) The garbage can was overflowing when we arrived because of a large party of 20 cars before us - so be aware that you might also face something like this. We experienced a neighborhood power outage for 8 hours thus bring your flashlights. The kitchen and the front part of the cabin is very old (likely 1950's) so the kitchen has no dishwasher. Plumbing is old. The refrigerator has no icemaker. The old stove is electric. The pictures on the website (of the furniture) was very different then pictured. We vacated the cabin on August 7, 2017 and we visited for 7 days as our hardwood floors were being refinished in our home. If that had not been the case, we would not have stayed the 7 days as we were not comfortable. We found the owner accommodating but unaware of details because of their lack of physical presence. If you don't care about details and ambiance but perhaps want a large deck and a party environment and can live with only one working shower, this may be the cabin for you. Also, if you bring a dog, bring a dog bed. The sleeping is one queen, one double, and room for 3 or maybe 4 very small kids in a kid's room that has a curtain for a door.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Special time for a family of 7 including grandparents, children, and grandchildren

  • 4 of 5

This property is in a great location with fairly easy access for young children to beaches and many more attractions around Bodega Bay. The house had plenty of room for us all including a large backyard (with a fire pit we enjoyed one evening for smores) and hot tub! The new "bar room" added a nice extra space and bathroom. Our only suggestions would be for such a large house that can accommodate this many folks, it would be nice to have had a dishwasher as we were doing dishes a lot. It would be nice for the rest of the house to be updated to catch up with the new den. The front bath had a shower flow problem so all of us showered in the new bathroom. We did have some confusion about what was expected of us in our clean up responsibilities regarding linens, so that clarification would be helpful to include in the extensive contract. Over all we really enjoyed this house and would consider coming back as we didn't get enough time to explore all of the beautiful beaches near by.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a wonderfully relaxing time and enjoyed the hot tub and the beautiful walk to the beach.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ocean View and lots to do...or not do anything!

  • 5 of 5

We loved to sit on the deck and look out at the ocean! The hot tub was wonderful and we used it every day! There is a lot of room inside and outside. There were four of us visiting, along with our beagle. Our dog loved to run around the fully fenced yard. There is a fire pit which was great for making s'mores. The location feels very private, yet it is close to Bodega Bay and other wonderful destinations...such as the Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa. We hope to stay at Gretchin's wonderful property again next summer!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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This place was amazing for our annual Girls Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased with this very cute house. The view of the ocean was great, the hot tub was great. There were enough chairs and beds to accommodate the 8 of us. Very clean and well furnished. We will definitely consider this home again if we come back to Bodega Bay.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Carmet Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $300

The rate is $300 per night for stays of 2 nights. The rate is reduced to $275 per night for stays of 3 to 6 nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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