About the property
- Cottage600 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
Cottage, 1 Bedroom + 1 convertible bed, 1 Bath (sleeps 2-4) On Forested Property
RED BARN RETREAT, located on the Mendocino Coast just a short drive from the Village of Mendocino, is the perfect getaway from your busy schedule and every day life. This lovely 600 square foot cottage apartment, which comfortably sleeps 2-4 guests, contains everything you need to come away feeling renewed and refreshed. Handsome woodwork, warm, rich tones on the walls, and comfortable, radiant heated floors make for a cozy, enveloping environment.
A comfortable queen sized bed fitted with a down comforter, bookcase full of good reading material, slipper chair, and a handsome armoire complete the cheerful and cozy bedroom, from which you can access your private fenced garden and patio to enjoy the peaceful outdoors.
The bathroom features modern fixtures and a wonderfully deep bathtub, perfect for soaking.
The well furnished and equipped open living, dining, and kitchen space fills with natural light and greenery views from its many windows.
The kitchen has a gas cook stove and oven, refrigerator, microwave, and all of the pots, pans, dishes and utensils needed for cooking and serving a delicious meal.
A large gathering table surrounded by a fun collection of chairs invites you to enjoy a meal, play a family game, or work on a project.
Additionally, a comfortable futon sofa / convertible bed and leather club chair are situated in the living room across from the entertainment center, which includes a flat screen TV, CD & DVD players, stereo, and i Pod plug in. DirecTV programming with popular channels is available. Wifi is also available throughout the property, but please note, cellular service is spotty in the entire Mendocino area.
Other conveniences include a coffee maker, tea pot, toaster, iron and ironing board, and hair dryer.
The property borders Van Damme State Forest which features some of the area’s most amazing hiking trails through the unique Pygmy, and stunning Redwood Forests. Our area’s beautiful beaches and rivers, and the gorgeous Village of Mendocino, all found along one of the most pristine coast lines in Northern California, are only minutes away.
Whether you are here for a variety of outdoor activities, wine tasting in the nearby Anderson Valley, or to just experience a quiet retreat, your comfort is our top priority.
In addition to the well appointed accommodations, cozy bedding and soft linens, you are also invited to indulge in a variety of massage treatments available right on the property, to ensure complete relaxation. Please call us to book a massage for your stay.
RED BARN RETREAT is perfect for any individual, couple, or family of four looking for a charming residence while visiting the Mendocino Coast.
We will gladly guide you to great restaurants and activities best suited to your party and the purpose of your visit to this spectacular and rugged part of the world.
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- english, german
- Calendar last updated:
- May 15, 2018
About Gabi Fienburgh
The owners, Richard and Gabi first moved to the coast more than 30 years ago, both originally from Europe. Richard, growing up north of London, left England on the Istanbul Express and ended up in Western Canada. He visited a friend living in Mendocino and fell in love with the coast and the community here and never left. An accomplished musician, he still performs locally from time to time. Gabi has a similar story, growing up in Germany, she came to visit a friend in Mendocino and after falling in love with the beauty of the pacific coast and the wonderful people, essentially has been here ever since. They met here on the coast, a notoriously romantic spot, and have been married for 28 years, raised three children and are now proud grandparents of three. Along the way they developed their own 'design / build' construction company and have built and restored many fine custom homes on the coast. Gabi is also a licensed massage practitioner and manages a local spa.
Gabi Fienburgh purchased this Cottage in 1992
Why Gabi Fienburgh chose Mendocino County
After living on the coast for almost 20 years we finally found a place we wanted to buy. On a quiet rural road inland from the fog belt was a cottage, overgrown and with a glorious blossoming cherry tree hidden behind the house. It felt like it could be our home and over the years we have transformed it into a sunlit, open and peaceful place that is the heart of our family.
What makes this Cottage unique
Often, if the coast is foggy, just 3 miles inland the sun is shining and the property, though close to the redwoods, has a mix of pine, fir, cypress trees, rhododendrons and open gardens that let the sun shine on us most of the day. Coming from hazy Europe we are still awed by the clear, dark, star filled night skies.
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This rental has been constructed and appointed to a very high standard. Gabi and Richard have thought of everything one might need for a comfortable stay. Even the knives are good quality (Henckel) and sharp - and that's a first for the many vacation rentals we've enjoyed. The apartment is spacious and immaculate, so well organized. It's located in the middle of forest and the only thing I would change is to provide a view, although the fences are no doubt required to keep out the wildlife. We only stayed 4 nights - for a longer stay, laundry facilities would be a plus. The drive into town takes about 10 minutes. There are numerous state parks and hiking trails to enjoy, and Mendocino has a number of good restaurants (try Goodlife Bakery's outstanding apple pie). My partner was thrilled that there is also a small (9-hole) golf course in Little River, the only one on the Mendocino coast. The drive from San Francisco up Highway 1 was beautiful, a twisty turny road with views of ocean, forest, cliffs carpeted with spring flowers at every turn. A lovely stay in every way.
Frances & Michael
Heated floors were pretty sweet and the place is overall just wonderful!
We loved this staying at this home and cannot wait to return. It was perfect for us to enjoy our stay in Mendocino and explore the surrounding area. The home has everything you could possibly need, is very clean, and beautifully decorated. Gabi and Richard are wonderful people and hosts and very helpful while we were there. We have stayed at many places in the area over the years and this was by far the best of them all.
Perfect Getaway! A Must Stay!
We couldn’t have been happier with our stay at Gabi & Richard’s Red Barn Retreat! It was the perfect getaway for us to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary and the first trip away from our two little girls since our youngest was born 3 years ago. We couldn’t have been more impressed with our experience! Gabi & Richard greeted us when we arrived at the property, gave us a tour, showed us the binder they put together with all sorts of good information, and had chocolates and wine waiting for us to celebrate our anniversary which was so thoughtful. I knew then that we hit the jackpot and that I was thankful to call the Red Barn Retreat home for the weekend. The location can’t be beat. It’s private and peaceful, but a quick 8 minute drive and we were on Hwy 1 and close to lots of cute restaurants and things to do. The property itself is beautifully decorated, has a great kitchen with a gas range and everything that you need to cook, the bathroom is stunning with the biggest tub I have ever seen, the bed is the comfiest bed I have ever slept on and I got the best nights sleep I have had since my oldest was born 5 years ago, there is even a cute little backyard that has a patio table perfect to enjoy a morning cup of coffee at, and my favorite the heated floors! The only thing I regret is that we couldn’t stay longer! We will definitely be back though and are excited to plan our next trip hopefully this summer with our girls in tow. If you are debating staying here don’t debate it book a stay at the Red Barn Retreat with Gabi & Richard you won’t regret it!
Thank you! It was such a pleasure having you and your family here at Red Barn Retreat and we hope that we will see you again for many more visits. We already look forward to meeting your girls when you do come back this summer.
All the best,
Gabi and Richard
Outstanding- Perfect Mendocino Style Retreat
We first visited the Red Barn a few years ago when it was fairly new. We were so excited to return. The owners have added so many new wonderful touches since then. The bed is gorgeous and extremely comfortable.
The fenced garden is very private and serene. The kitchen is amazingly well equipped including even spices, olive oil and excellent dish ware. Truly it has all the kitchen gear you would ever need to prepare meals including excellent knives. We love the cozy radiant floor heating. We're even trying to add that to a remodel we're doing. The Red Barn is perfectly clean and beautifully maintained inside and out. The owner (Gabi) is a massage therapist and a big advantage of the Red Barn is that she offers massage in a lovely suite just upstairs in the barn. Absolutely one of the best massages I've ever experienced. Though we've visited the coast many times over the years we've come to realize that the location of this rental is ideal as it tends to be a lot sunnier than the coast and yet it's only 10 minutes to town. Also, very private and peaceful being away from the crowds of tourists. If you go be sure to hike the Pygmy Forest and down the Fern Canyon trail- stunningly lush and beautiful as it runs along a river all the way to the beach. The entrance to the trail is just a short walk away from the barn.
In our real life on a stressful day we often dream of sitting on the patio in the garden at the Red Barn where all our cares seem to melt away. We'll return whenever possible.
It is always such a pleasure having you here at the Red Barn and we are already looking forward to seeing you again! We love it that our guests are so comfortable here that they want to come back again and again. We are always looking for ways to make for an even more enjoyable stay for our guests and, like you say in your review, this is what we have done over the years and will continue to do.
All the best to you and hurry back!
Gabi and Richard
Gabi and Richard are excellent hosts. The home was spacious, well equipped, and the location was great for hiking and heading to the coast. This was a perfect retreat for our family of four. The experience was 5 stars. Two points of feedback: I wish we could have streamed video (consider for next time!) as that's all we use these days, and I wish VRBO didn't hide the additional people fees - it's more expensive than initially advertised.
So glad that you had a lovely experience here at the Red Barn.
Thanks also for your feedback. It helps us make our guests experiences even better.
I was just looking at the pricing again for your booking and in fact, had the prices been correct, you would have paid more, especially around the holidays. As it turns out, you received a really good discount per night for those days because of the glitch in the rates.
Thanks also for your feedback regarding streaming. We so wish that we had all of the conveniences of the city when it comes to technology but here on the coast, most of us are limited to satellite for our Internet and TV service. We do have the highest possible allowance for our satellite and it turns out that we can stream. We'll make a notation in our information binder to let our guests know.
Professional massage services on site or at a nearby Spa, Whale Watching in Fall and early Spring, Music Festival in July, Film Festival in June, Crab and Wine and Mushroom and Wine Days in Fall and Winter, Wine Tasting Tours available.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Cleaning fees are assessed separately. An additional guest fee is assessed for bookings of more than 2 people. Please contact owner regarding discounted weekly and monthly rates. 3 night minimum on some holiday weekends. All rates are subject to 11% bed tax.