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Cove House, Dramatic Oceanfront with Swimming Pool on the Wild Sonoma Coast

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms including Loft, 1.5 Baths (Sleeps 4). Bluff Top Swimming Pool & Spa.

The Cove House in Timber Cove offers a dramatic and romantic experience you will savor for a lifetime. Intimate enough for the honeymoon of your dreams yet spacious enough for two couples. Relax and toast to your good fortune in a rare bluff top swimming pool and spa overlooking a rugged ocean cove, View whales, dolphins, ospreys, harbor seals and wildlife from every room of the house. We spot whales all year round. Our location is perfect to witness the gray whale migrations, they have even swam into our cove with their babies. The harbor seals nurse their pups on the rocks just below the house. Designed by John Cook, the Cove House is constructed entirely of redwood and glass. Snuggle up next to the soaring wood burning fireplace with a glass of wine. A candle lit table with a view takes on a whole new meaning in our home, The moon dances across the cove to miles of whitewater coastline. The beautifully appointed master bedroom with king size bed opens out to the oceanfront garden, pool area and outdoor shower. Enjoy stars and sweeping ocean views from the queen bed in the loft accessed by a spiral staircase. Flat screen TVs await you after a day of exploring the Sonoma Coast, wine tasting, beachcombing or simply doing absolutely nothing. Awake to the roaring surf as the mist lifts off of the rugged coastline. The smell of the surf mixes with your coffee as you curl up in the big leather chair. South facing floor to ceiling windows and cathedral ceilings allow the warm morning sunshine to fill the open and spacious living room and dining room. Don't be surprised if a pelican is sitting on the large upper deck off of the living room to greet you. Seagulls, hawks, ravens, herons and seabirds preform aerial ballets while ospreys dive into the surf emerging with the catch of the day. The Cove House sits on a very private one acre forested lot with redwoods, pine, firs and coastal flowers. It is the perfect place to unplug, rejuvenate and reconnect with each other. Turn on the music, pour a glass of wine and finally open that book you have been meaning to get lost in.

You don't have to take just our word for how spectacular this location and house are. Ansel Adams photographed our cove on one of his frequent visits to Timber Cove. The renowned architect John Cook wrote that the Cove House is an example of some of his best work. We are only the second owners and this is the first time the Cove House has ben available for rent.

The Sonoma North Coast offers a wide variety of activities if you wish to get out and explore. Kayaking, diving, wine tasting, golf, fishing, hiking and parks filled with redwoods are all a short drive away. The Timber Cove Inn can be seen from the house. You can enjoy live music and fine dining there. We love going to the local farmers market on Sunday mornings, We buy delicious breads, homemade spring rolls and freshly made cheese and take a drive through the redwoods on the back roads before returning to our retreat.

You should be aware that the house is two stories. The living room, kitchen, dining room, large deck and half bath are on the entry level. The loft is above the kitchen overlooking the dining room and balcony. The master bedroom, separate full bath, garden, patios, outdoor shower, swimming pool, and spa are located on the lower level. The nearest town with full service grocery stores is Gualala about 25 minutes north. We are not kidding when we say unplug. There is no cell phone service at the Cove House or anywhere in Timber Cove. We do provide phones with free local and long distance calling in the US and Canada. If you bring a computer, notebook or pad, we do have free wireless DSL internet service. There is DirecTV with HBO on both flat screen televisions, a DVD/CD player. We provide some DVDs, lots of CDs, board games, a chess set and jigsaw puzzles for your enjoyment.

If cooking is one of your passions, then the Cove House is for you! Take advantage of Sonoma County's bountiful farm to table produce, sea foods and organic meats. Not only does the kitchen offer fantastic views, it has been updated with stainless steel appliances including a 5 burner cooktop, double ovens, full-size refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher and microwave. The small appliances include coffee maker, coffee grinder, electric tea kettle, blender, slow cooker, and toaster. We provide spices, oils, pots, pans, bake ware, dishes, glassware, cooking utensils, serving utensils, paper goods, foil and plastic wrap. A full kitchen inventory is available upon request.

Our professional hospitality staff expertly cleans, sanitizes and prepares the home prior to your arrival. The carpet is brand new and is vacuumed between each booking. No smoking and no pets have been allowed in the house. Pet allergies are not an issue. Big fluffy robes, plenty of towels and luxury bedding are provided. Guests also have access to a washer and dryer.

The Cove House is perched atop an eighty foot cliff. Most of the property is unfenced. Wildlife wander freely and frequently through the yards. We do not make any exceptions to our NO PETS ALLOWED POLICY. Even small dogs will scare away our seals and wildlife for weeks.

Please feel free to contact us to request more information or have any special requests. This home is very special and it is our pleasure to share it with you.

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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Diane

We are Diane and Chris, native Californians who discovered Timber Cove while we were attending Long Beach State nearly 40 years ago. Much of our time was spent in Cardiff by the Sea, a beach community near San Diego. Chris taught Cabinetmaking & Furniture Technology at Palomar College and Diane's background is in real estate. We've traveled throughout Europe, Japan and China studying woodworking, architecture and timber framing. Now that we have retired we have come full circle back to Timber Cove. We are convinced that it is one of the most beautiful spots on earth! We enjoy working on projects together and are having fun leaving our mark on the Cove House. We are also car enthusiasts. Often we compete against each other in car shows which make for some interesting drives home.

Diane purchased this house in 2013

Why Diane chose Jenner

We have been tent camping on our Timber Cove property for over 30 years. In 2011 we threw out the tent and purchased the Cliff House. We rented to vacation renters until we retired and moved up full time in December 2012. We loved sharing this magical place with others who can appreciate its unique beauty. To our amazement the Cove House came available and we were able to become its new stewards, Now you can experience this incredible home and its location. In less than 2 hours from San Francisco you can be surrounded by redwoods, exploring rocky coasts, tasting incredible local wines or watch the crashing waves from our swimming pool and spa. We are happy to supply our guests with a long list of things to do and see. But we have found that those lists are quickly forgotten once they walk through the door. We've spent 6 months up-dating and improving the Cove House. It is constructed out of clear heart redwood that is 500 to 1000 years old. 39 windows and skylights were replaced to make the most of the spectacular views! The pool & spa were completely redone and new equipment installed. The carpet is brand new throughout and we are ready for guests!

What makes this house unique

Spectacular views and nature set the Cove House apart from other vacation properties and hotels. Our warm south facing location shields us from the relentless northwesterly winds. Located in the midst of a banana belt microclimate means that we have sunny days while the rest of the coast is fogged in. Crashing white water surf as far down the coast as the eye can see, Bodega Bay off to the south and the horizon is so vast that the earth's curvature is visible. The Cove House is beautiful during the warm sunny days but its true character comes out during the storms! Crashing waves put on a show that rivals a 4th of July fireworks display. Greet seals as they soak up the sun on the rocks down in the cove. Watch them teach their pups to swim during the spring months. Spot many species of whales from almost every room of the house. Toast to the moon as it spreads diamonds across the ocean while you are in the spa.


Jenner House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • The full bath features double sinks and a large shower with white water views. There is also a beautiful outdoor shower next to the spa. Four fluffy bathrobes are provided along with plenty of soft bath and pools towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Loft Bedroom - 1 queen
  • There are sweeping ocean views from both beds. The romantic master bedroom is huge and luxurious with lots of windows. It has a inferred electric fireplace to keep you warm while you listen to the crashing waves. Step out to the pool & spa or enjoy the outdoor shower. Access the bedroom loft from a spiral staircase in the main entry. It is beautifully appointed with an electric fireplace, solid wood floor, floor to ceiling operational window, glass railing and panoramic views from the queen bed. A half bath and large closet for the loft are located in the entry next to the spiral staircase.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
If you are an avid biker (with or without an engine) this is a piece of heaven. The house is located right on scenic Highway 1. Bicyclists will be thrilled by the paved roads snaking throughout the hills in the Timber Cove subdivision. We are surrounded by some of the most beautiful parklands in the world. Most have beach access, hiking trails and unsurpassed views. The Historic Fort Ross built in 1812 is just a few miles south. We have several wonderful wineries in the area. The Fort Ross Vineyards and tasting room is only 6 miles away.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
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Amazing view and everything we needed was provided

  • 5 of 5

The Cove House is beautiful and the view was incredible! Diane and Chris made sure we had no trouble finding the house or getting inside. We didn't need to contact them again because the house had everthing we needed and it all worked perfectly. This home made our anniversary trip truly special. We enjoyed walking through the redwoods on their property across the highway and going to Stump beach. Wonderful place!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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The best coast house I've ever stayed in

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in dozens of VRBO rentals on the north coast over the years and most have been spectacular. The Cove House is by far the best. Fabulous open ocean views and views the surf crashing on the rocks below the bluff the house rests upon. The house itself is a gem anywhere it stands. Attention to fine detail, it's charming. But what really made our stay superior is that I didn't feel like I was renting a vacation house, I felt like I was staying at a good friend's home and the friend really wanted to be sure I had a wonderful experience. Every rental says "fully stocked kitchen" These guys really mean it! With first class everything! Not to mention the little dinner waiting to be easily prepared in case we had a late arrival and the champagne and flutes waiting in the fridge. Stacks of towels right wherever you might need them plus a closet full of extras.

chairs or a hammock placed strategically in the abundant viewing spots. Tissues in every room (a rarity) and not just tissues, Kleenex Ultra Soft. Now that's someone who wants to be sure you are comfortable! The spa tub is right outside the bedroom and this is not a take off the cover and climb up and over, this is a step in easily tub just waiting for an evening soak or a great way to start your day, feeling the jets and gazing out over the ocean. Oh and don't forget the 5 acres of hiking trails through the coastal redwoods right across the street, owned by the owners of the Cove House. I don't have anything to recommend that could improve our experience. This is one of those opportunities to have a weekend or a week that you'll remember all your lives.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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  • 5 of 5

Firstly the photos are great but in person there is so much more charm and delightful surprise. My family of 4 loved the little break. We wished we had 1 extra day. The home is layed beautifully with rooms having a magnificent view of the ocean. The decor and amenities are laid out very thoughtfully. Looks of great adds like a beautiful chessboard, fireplace, bbq and so much more. The pool and spa was perfect - we spent half a day swimming and enjoying the view. The house is centrally located for hikes as well.

On top of all this Diane made our stay so comfortable! Her sweet welcome notes and accommodating requests exceeded our expectations. Super kind and generous - thank you.

I hope you’ll enjoy your stay as much as we did!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Absolutely amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this property is amazing, we could not have enjoyed our stay there more. It was relaxing, quiet and secluded. A nice drive to many nice places along Highway 1 as well. The lovely sound of the ocean & getting to see the seals sunbathe on the rocks below was mesmerizing. The property is very well maintained, the bed super comfy & the pool & hot tub were first class. We would not hesitate to visit this area again & stay at this lovely house.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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A wonderful sanctuary to relax

  • 5 of 5

Our stay and The Cove House was wonderfully relaxing. The kitchen is very well stocked with the necessary appliances to cook meals. The views of the ocean were amazing and we also enjoyed listening and watching the wildlife! Diane was very accommodating, wanting to be sure that we had everything we needed to enjoy this beautiful home. The pool was heated to 82. Our 3 days were very rejuvenating and we would highly recommend for a quiet getaway.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect. Thanks Diane!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Timber Cove
Gerstle Cove
Fort Ross State Historic Park
Sea Ranch
Nearest Airport
43 Miles
Sonoma County Airport - Charles M. Schulz
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Timber Cove Resort
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
The Sea Ranch
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Coast Kitchen at the Timber Cove Resort
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Stump Beach in Salt Point State Park
Car: necessary

Some of the best whale watching in California can be done right here in our living room. But if you want to go out and about here are a few suggestions. The Cove House is surrounded by some of the most spectacular parklands in the world. Hiking, biking, beachcombing, water sports and beach access are just minutes away. Visit the historic Russian Fort Ross built in 1812. Go wine tasting at our local wineries. Enjoy fine dining and live music at the Timber Cove Inn which is visible from the Cove House. Shop the local farmers market open on Sunday mornings. Drive down to Bodega Bay for fresh seafood and saltwater taffy. We love the clam chowder at the ultimate beach shack at Spuds Marina. Be sure to buy an extra pint for the next day. If you didn't get enough spirited driving up the Jenner Grade on Highway 1, Old Fort Ross Road can't be beat for an adventurous drive through the redwoods. Once you reach Cazadero an old logging town, reward yourself with a stop at Raymond's Bakery. We go there on Friday nights for the pizza and local bands. The outdoor eating area and stage are surrounded by giant old growth redwoods. Cazadero is also home to a fantastic Willys Jeep collection and museum. We are about 2 hours for the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, Anderson Valley and Calistoga. You can head north and reach Mendocino in about 2.5 hours. It's a beautiful drive. Many guests ask us about the weather here. It changes by the hour. We've lived here full time for a year now and we've experienced better weather than Coastal San Diego. Some visitors have been disappointed by sunshine rather than the dramatic storms and giant waves. It does not snow, if we get fog we are so close to the water we can still see it. The ocean keeps our temperature mild year round. Our southern location protects us from the wind. The nearest town is Gualala about 30 minutes north. It has 2 full service grocery stores, art galleries, restaurants and not a single stop sign or stop light on the main drag.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $500

Swimming pool can be heated from April 15 to October 15 and is included in the rent. Maximum of 4 daytime or overnight guests permitted on the property regardless of age.

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.

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