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Allen House Family Retreat: 12 Acres of Meadows and Redwoods

Mendocino, CA, USA
  • Estate
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

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 (w/sleeping bags), 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!


Rosemary Allen

Member Since 2012
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 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 must bring own sleeping bag.


        • 3 Bathrooms
          • 3


            • Catering available


                • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                • Clothes Dryer
                • Free Long Distance
                • Linens Provided
                • Living Room
                • Parking Off Street
                • Computer Available
                  There are computers available at Moody's coffee shop in Mendocino, 10 minutes away.
                • Telephone
                  We have a land phone. The only cell phones that get service here are US Cellular and Verizon.
                • Washing Machine
                • Wireless Internet
                  We have a satellite connection. A little slower than cable or DSL but quite adequate for emails and computer work. Not good for downloading movies, but short youtubes are possible.
                • Wood Fireplace
                  Also have central heating. Not necessary for heat.
                • Wood Stove
                  Can use for cooking, but also have a Viking range.


                    • Catering Available
                      Chef available if booked ahead. http://summer-makovkin-iwae.squarespace.com/private-dining/
                    • Coffee Maker
                    • Cooking Utensils
                      Everything you need to prepare a gourmet feast.
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                    • Dishwasher
                    • Kitchen
                      Kitchen outfitted for gourmet cooking. Viking Range, Cuisinart appliances.
                    • Microwave
                    • Oven
                    • Refrigerator
                    • Stove


                        • Child's Highchair
                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 10 people


                            • Books
                              Lots of books in dining room library, including most of the popular classics!
                            • CD Player
                            • DVD Player
                            • Game Room
                              The corner table in the living room is a perfect place for playing Scrabble or putting together puzzles.
                            • Music Library
                              Hundreds of CDS from rock to classical to rap to children's dance music.
                            • Stereo
                            • Toys
                              We have a toy box filled with all kinds of toys and shelves filled with children's games. If you want toddler bikes, let us know. We also have balls and croquet game available on request.
                            • VCR
                            • Video Library
                              We have both video and dvd players and an extensive library for the entire family. No adult videos or dvds.


                                • Balcony
                                  Private balcony off the master bedroom upstairs. Perfect for having morning coffee.
                                • Deck / Patio
                                • Gazebo
                                  We have a ring of trees outside the cottage that is a fine place to relax or have a meal.
                                • Golf
                                  At Little River Inn 5 miles away.
                                • Outdoor Grill


                                    • wheelchair accessible
                                      Ramp through back door, downstairs accessible.

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • Hot Tub
                                          Off the back deck.

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Private Chef


                                                • museums
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • cinemas
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • churches
                                                • playground
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • synagogues
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • 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

                                                            • rafting
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              14 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Family fun for all ages, relax, chill and eat!

                                                              Anna Y.Petaluma

                                                              We were two families : 4 adults and 4 kids and there was something for everyone. The home is lovely, clean, and surrounded by giant redwoods which you can explore for hours on end. Love our stay at the Allen’s house

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We are delighted you enjoyed yourselves! Please come again.


                                                              the Allens

                                                              A Paradise Stay in Mendocino

                                                              Kristen E.

                                                              The Allen House is truly a magical place. We can't decide what we loved the most--the charming farmhouse, the sweeping grounds, the natural forest, the kid's outdoor play land (tree house, rope swings, even a zip line...oh yes, a ZIP LINE.) This gorgeous farmhouse slept our whole family + grandparents in cozy comfort. The smallest touches--a stack of New Yorkers, a working wood stove, a shelf full of classic novels--added to the experience. While the house is tucked away in a private forest, you are 7 miles from town and 20 minutes from Ft. Bragg. We had a spectacular Thanksgiving weekend and we will DEFINITELY be back.

                                                              Even better than advertised!

                                                              Dianne M.Cotati, CA

                                                              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.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thanks so much for your compliments. We love sharing the property with people who appreciate it. Please come again.

                                                              Allen House - wonderful!

                                                              Blanca V.

                                                              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.

                                                              3 Generations Building Memories

                                                              Joe Z.

                                                              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.

                                                              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!

                                                              A sunny haven

                                                              christine s.

                                                              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.


                                                              Mendocino, CA, USA

                                                              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

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Cleaning Fee
                                                              Pet Fee
                                                              Additional Guest Fee
                                                              $30 - $50
                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              Rates above are for up to 8 guests. 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

                                                              14 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.9/5
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