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Francis Street Vacation Home. Ferndale, California

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

A family home in Ferndale, the Victorian Village, California

A very quiet Craftsman house on 1/2 acre, two bedroom, two baths. Francis Street Home was built in the Craftsman style, heated with warm-floor, furnished with family favorites, antiques, art and rugs, wireless access, Dish TV, telephone and DVR. The kitchen is fully equipped: dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, appliances, and full laundry room.

From the old-fashioned porch and wrap around deck, you can enjoy the wildlife, or just relax and watch the cherry petals drift down.

Set on 1/2 acre, Francis Street Home has two bedrooms with adjustable twin beds, two full bathrooms, den/office (with sofa bed), large living room, dining nook, kitchen and laundry room and outside barbecue. A cement ramp allows easy access to the house without using the stairs. Two parking spaces. The beautiful, landscaped yard includes a swing-set and play house for younger children. The city park is just around the corner.

More Details

Marilyn Benemann
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: german, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 8, 2018

About Marilyn Benemann

We, Carlos and Marilyn Benemann, by mistake took the right turn off Highway 101 across Fernbridge 36 years ago, and have been in love with Ferndale ever since. We own a two-story Craftsman house, built in 1912, right across the yard from your Francis Street Home. We owned antiquarian bookstores in Ferndale and Eureka for 25 years, until Marilyn retired. Carlos continues his career as a California court certified Spanish and German interpreter. We love talking with our guests about books, foreign travel, horses and the good life in Humboldt County. Francis Street Home was built as a retirement dream home for Carlos’ parents. We now want to share it with you.

Marilyn Benemann purchased this house in 1999

Why Marilyn Benemann chose Ferndale

WELCOME ! To a quiet, comfortable, redwood Craftsman style home, on a landscaped half acre. Bordered by Francis Creek, just a block from the city park and downtown stores and restaurants.

What makes this house unique

As you cross Fernbridge from Hwy 101 and drive through the bucolic scenery,

feel the stress from your daily hustle slip away. Drive past the beautifully preserved Victorian buildings on both side of Main Street, Ferndale, which becomes Francis Street after Ocean Street.1 and 1/2 blocks to a long driveway on the left. Turn up the driveway at 176 Francis Street. You have arrived.

Francis Street Home is your home away from home and downtown and the restaurants on Main Street are only a block away.


Ferndale House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Master bathroom with full-sized bathtub. Second bathroom has shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , Second bedroom has adjustable twin beds, full closet.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Adjustable.
  • Master bedroom furnished with 2 twin beds, full sized closet, dresser, chest of drawers.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting
  • surf fishing
Francis St. Home is very private, but the historic town of Ferndale is a block away. It is one of the few intact victorian towns in California, so you can stroll through town and enjoy the history and architecture, or easily drive to the ocean and redwoods.


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(46 traveler reviews)

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Francis Street Vacation Home. Ferndale, California
average rating of 4.8913045 based on 46 reviews

Great house and property owners - we will defiantly go back.

  • 5 of 5

I made a late reservation (the day before arriving) and I received a fast response from the owners. We arrived to a warm house with lights on. It was very welcoming after a long drive. In addition, there were home made scones waiting for us.

The house was clean, comfortable, spacious, and well equipped. The house has radiant heating so it was always a great temperature. It is also set off the street so it was very quiet.

We had a great stay. I would recommend this rental without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were delighted to have this family stay with us. They were here for a school event (high school rodeo), but they had a long drive through snow. Faced with a choice between staying in the horse barn and staying with us, I am so glad they chose us. Vacation rentals are a great alternative to a few days in hotels, especially for families.
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Macon MO USA

Perfect place for small family gathering

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from Ferndale! Great stay. The house was just as described! Worked out great. We were met as we arrived. Given short tour and instructions. Everything we needed. All beds were comfy. Extra pillows, blankets and towels. We had wifi trouble but we were told we could come to the host house but wasn't necessary. Felt like visiting family. Great communication. Will book again

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a kind review. They were here to visit family and see the old fashioned Christmas Tree lighting, which tops new technology wi-fi problems. Ferndale is right at the end of the fiber optic line so to speak (any further west and you are in the Pacific Ocean). Problem fixed after 2 days. It was a pleasure to have this family, and I am glad they all arrived home safely.
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The property is in a great location. Within walking distance of everything we wanted to do

  • 5 of 5

This was the cleanest vrbo we have ever stayed in. The refrigerator had milk, butter, and sweet bread. All the pans were spotless. We entertained friends at the house and they were all impressed. Will stay again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review. We certainly enjoyed having these guests, and truly hope they will come again.
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  • 5 of 5

The Francis Street home was perfect for our needs. My sister and I found this home to be beautiful, clean, tastefully decorated with every convenience you could want. Its location was perfect for walking to restaurants, shops and just exploring the town of Ferndale. One morning we even saw a mother and baby deer right in the yard.

We really enjoyed our stay and hope to return one day

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review. The house is located perfectly in Ferndale, close to downtown, but still secluded. And Ferndale is perfectly located to reach all the Humboldt county attractions. Kathy and her sister were perfect guests, and left the house in absolute order.
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Wonderful, welcoming home.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. Beautiful home, helpful owners, a real joy!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And we return the compliment. These guests were very thoughtful and tolerant. I hope we see them again for the classic car jamboree. And they shared their ice cream too!
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Beautiful and peaceful home

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Francis Street Vacation Home with my family and we loved it! We were in town for a marathon and hiking in nearby areas and it was the perfect place to come back and relax afterward. It truly felt like a home away from home and I would highly recommend anyone considering staying in Ferndale, stay here!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These guests deserve a special award. They flew from the east coast, had luggage problems, dodged fallen redwoods and ran a marathon. I am so glad they found our haven in Ferndale and were able to relax and rest a bit.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Arcata, CA (ACV)
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Victorian Inn
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Eureka Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Victorian Inn
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Centerville Beach
Car: necessary

Ferndale is a lovely small Victorian town with the entire town listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Access to Redwood National and State Parks is just a short drive. The drive along the Lost Coast over Petrolia through Rockefeller Forest is described as the most scenic drive in the world. The best description of Ferndale's quiet, picturesque atmosphere is 'Brigadoon'.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $30 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Basic rate is $225.00 per night up to 4 persons in party. For additional guests $40.00 per person per night. Occupancy limit 6. Please ask for a quote for fees for dogs. Basically it is $30.00 per night per dog.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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