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Allen House Family Retreat: 12 Acres of Meadows and Redwoods

Bedrooms 5
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Estate, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible Bed(s), 3 Baths (Sleeps 10-12)

The Allen house has returned as a popular vacation rental.It is perfect for a family vacation with precious privacy out of the coastal fog only 10 minutes from the coast and the historic village of Mendocino. Because it sleeps 10 in beds and 2 (child-sized) on futons, it is a good place for retreats, reunions, yet romantic for 2 on a honeymoon or anniversary. Children love the property with a tree house, a giant swing, a very large lawn for sports and plenty of room to run.

The house was remodeled in 2008 and is continually well maintained.

The main house sleeps 10: One master bedroom with a queen-sized bed and private bath upstairs and 3 bedrooms and bath downstairs with 4 twin beds, one double and 2 extra futons (child-sized). There is another bedroom with a new, plush full-sized bed and bath in the cabin which accommodates two. In the main house, the downstairs bath has a beautiful antique claw-foot tub and a stone shower that feels like showering in a waterfall. The shower has a door onto the deck with a new outdoor spa.

A large country kitchen is the place everyone likes to congregate with a beautiful wood stove that works and a Viking range. If your family likes to cook as much as we do, you will love our kitchen. It is supplied with all gourmet equipment including a Kitchen Aid mixer. The warm dining room leads out to a pleasant deck with southern exposure. We eat outside all year round on outdoor tables with umbrellas that can seat 12 easily. More seating available if necessary. There is another dining table in the living room that can be used as a game table or more seating with its 2 leaves.

Although the house is cozy with 2 fireplaces, one in the living room and another in the kitchen, we have central heating for people who do not want to fuss with fires.

All beds have fine European linens with goose down comforters and pillows. There are non-down pillows also for anyone allergic.

The charming guest cabin near the house is perfect for the grandparents who want some privacy, but close enough to be a part of the bigger family. It is equipped with a private bath and shower with its own hot water heater, a small refrigerator, and fixings for coffee or tea.

There is a new, plush full-sized bed there with the same down comforters and fine bedding.

There is a propane bar-b-Que on the deck along with a charcoal Weber with lots of room for eating Al fresco. Families love the setting! One child said, 'Boy, this is the way to live!'

You have a choice of reading in the hammock by the pond or jumping in the car for a 10-minute-ride to the beach to go swimming, picnic or take a kayak ride down Big River with lots of wildlife: ospreys, herons, otters, seals.

We have weekly maid service and WiFi access. Please note: we have no television reception, though there is a DVD player available and a video rental store in Mendocino. We also have a extensive DVD collection along with CD's and satellite radio.

Our new spa is heavenly! Especially at night because it is situated so that you can see the stars without the ambient light. The children are tucked in their beds and you can have the outside to yourselves! It is cleaned well once a week.

A year-round vegetable garden is at your disposal, where you can pick anything that is ripe and add it to your meals. Raspberries, strawberries, peas, beans, tomatoes, squash, and salad stuff are the summer selection. squash, beets, broccoli, cabbage and root veggies are for picking in the winter.

Concerning pets: you can talk us into bringing a dog as long as you can guarantee it will not dig in the garden, chase our beautiful wildlife: deer, quail, wild turkeys and rabbits, or scratch the doors trying to get out. The only damage we have had was from dogs so we do ask for a refundable deposit.

A short walk to upper meadow and you feel you are alone in the universe. A great place to write, read or meditate!

This is a true retreat. You won't believe the peace and quiet!

More Details

Rosemary Allen
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

About Rosemary Allen

We have been married 50 years and have made our living as artists all that time. Visitors will see some of our work on the walls and books about our work.

Rosemary Allen purchased this estate in 1971

Why Rosemary Allen chose Mendocino

We have owned this property for over 45 years. After 4 years of living on ocean front property, we decided we were ready for sunshine and a place to grow vegetables. The ocean is fun to visit, but it's hard to live with the fog every day. We have never regretted making this our home We have added on rooms and baths over the years and take pride in maintaining all the acreage. It is a jewel. We raised our children here, so we love to share it with families.

What makes this estate unique

Privacy and Quiet and Sunshine! Ahhhh.


Mendocino Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4) two beds in two bedrooms downstairs, Baby Cribs (1) Available on request, 2 single futons (for kids) available on request with linens
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Allen House Family Retreat: 12 Acres of Meadows and Redwoods
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews

3 Generations Building Memories

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to say Thank You to the Allen Family for opening up their beautiful home to us. There were 9 of us; 5 adults, 2 teenagers, 2 preteens. The home accommodated all of us and the cabin was a bonus, especially for the teens. There was so much to do and see just around the house that appealed to all ages. The home was located perfectly to explore redwoods, beaches and nearby towns. Great food and shopping and the majestic sights were unbelievable. So much to see & do we hope to be back next year. We had such a great time building memories that will last a life time.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your letter of appreciation. We love catering to large families like yours. Please come again. We love to hear the far away laughter of children having fun!
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Cotati, CA

Even better than advertised!

  • 5 of 5

I rented this property to ring in my 40th birthday with friends, and we had an absolutely fantastic time! We loved the space in the house, the wooded paths on the property, the treehouse, the hot tub, and especially the fully supplied kitchen. I was also very impressed with the quality of the beds - I have back problems, so that was a nice treat to have a new firm mattress! Several folks in my party are already talking about renting this property for future family gatherings.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your compliments. We love sharing the property with people who appreciate it. Please come again.
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Allen House - wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

We had a good time staying in Allen House for 4 days. It was very homey. my grandchildren loved the swing, treehouse and seeing the deers walking around. wonderful memories will be shared by our family.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A sunny haven

  • 4 of 5

We were looking for a home to enjoy our family reunion at and were focusing on the coastline. I am so happy we chose the Allen House instead. 6 miles inland and we had sun the four days while the coastline was covered in fog, it was just perfect. The grounds are truly lovely and we would certainly return for another trip someday.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Choice for a Cozy Getaway

  • 4 of 5

A very lovely property. The online photos are excellent, but donʻt convey how delightful the house and property are.

We had a party of five adults and two teenagers (17 and 18 y.o.) for a Friday through Sunday stay. It was unanimous that we all had an exceptionally wonderful experience. My husband fired up the old-fashioned wood kitchen stove for heat (after cleaning out eons of ash and dental floss), something he grew up with but hadnʻt done in 35 years, and really enjoyed the nostalgic experience. We didnʻt tell the teenagers about the wi-fi but they had a terrific time reading, taking turns on the swing, exploring the property, and playing with the dog outside. There were no complaints of boredom from either even once.

The house is cheery and bright, immediately comfortable and homey, with lovely skylights in the living room, a well-equipped kitchen (but bring your own preferred spices) with a high-quality gas stove and dishwasher. Very clean and well-maintained in general. Nice to stay in a place where you donʻt have to lock the doors at all.

The paintings, excellent library, the picnic table at the top of the ridge, the swings, the creek, the fish pond ... there were lots of charming touches that were wonderful surprises. I forgot to try out the hammock, but it was probably still wet from the recent rain and fog.

The only quibble we all had was the beds are hard. The first night was extremely difficult. My husband and I stayed in the little cabin above the main house and solved the bed problem by putting a down comforter under the fitted sheet. We also had to shut off the water heater and little refrigerator because they came on all night the first night, waking us up several times. We turned down the heater for the same reason but we were comfortably warm all night. So the second night was wonderful. Okay, one tiny problem ... no extra toilet paper. We had to retrieve some from the main house.

The main things we did were to go to Glass Beach, a little north of the town of Mendocino, and we visited the beach at Big River twice. There are really incredible art galleries in the town of Mendocino, and we had an exceptional lunch on the deck overlooking the ocean at the Mendocino Cafe, 10451 Lansing, Mendocino.

Our entire party would highly recommend the Allen House. We wished we could have stayed longer and would love to go back.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the praise. A very plush mattress had been ordered for the cabin, but not delivered until this Friday. Sorry for the other inconveniences. They will be all tended to before your next stay. We DO have wi-fi connection. I am sorry if that was not clear to you. We stream movies and use facebook! Please come again. The Allens
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The Allen House - An excellent choice to plan your family vacation in beautiful Mendocino.

  • 5 of 5

Our experience at The Allen House was absolutely great! The quiet, scenic, peaceful setting of the home, the sweet couple (home owners) who live close by to answer all our questions over the phone and help us with anything, and yet, gave us all the privacy that we needed. The warm cozy house so well equipped with all the essentials made our stay so memorable. Our group had kids of all ages and we had such a terrific time exploring the surrounding areas, playing games in the open, exploring the tree house with the zip-line, swings and of course the hot tub where we would relax after the day long activities. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Allen house and would love to come back and visit this place yet again. We have nothing but sweet and fantastic memories of our vacation.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Mendocino County Airport for small private planes
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Dick's Place
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Little River Inn Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Mendocino and Little River
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Big River Beach
Car: necessary

We are inland in the sunbelt just a short 10 minute drive from the beautiful Mendocino Coast with wild beaches, beach combing, sea diving, abalone diving, whale watching, hiking and much more. On our own property we have trails that you can take that connect with a forest preserve which borders us on 3 sides. Our house sits in the middle of 12 acres which affords lots of privacy and quiet. The town of Mendocino, only 10 minutes away, is made up of historical Victorian buildings which are maintained with little changes since the 1800s and yet have all the modern conveniences, fine restaurants and museum.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

dog deposit $100
cleaning fee $200
damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates above are for 5-8 people.
for 2-4 people: $330./night $1,980./week
for 5-8 people: $380/night $2,280/week
for 9-12 (10 adults beds/2 kids futons) $380 plus $30 per each additional guest
Holiday Rates for July, August, & Holidays
For stays of 7 or more nights, one night free.
For 9-12 $50 per additional person

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.