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Riventides: North Coast Delight

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Last updated: 05/15/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Large house with extended grounds can gracefully accomodate 8 in 3 bedrooms

Riventides sits atop peaceful Navarro Ridge overlooking the mouth of the Navarro River where it flows into the Pacific. The house has extended river and ocean views as well as a panoramic view of the forested ridges on both sides of the Navarro. We recently bought this dramatic yet serene dwelling with its two acres of land. We were enchanted by its views and its unusual combination of classical, creative, and rustic features. They all come together in what one friend characterized as “a rustic palace.”

The house is set back from the road by a long driveway with an adjacent grassy meadow. At the end of the drive, open a small gate and step into a delightful park-like courtyard reminiscent of those found in European country houses, complete with fountain. Enter the long foyer of the house and walk back to the living room, with its soaring cathedral ceiling, stone fireplace, and vaulted windows that beautifully showcase the ridge on the far side of the river. A balcony overlooks the living room from the second floor. To the right is the extended kitchen-dining area with river and ocean views, a high slanted roof, and a row of doors that open to the long covered back porch and generous backyard.

A number of vintage treasures have been incorporated into the house. The broad-board pine floors in the living and dining room hail from an old Singer sewing machine factory, the marble island counter top in the kitchen from the Berkeley Public Library, and the double doors at the front entrance are from a former Fort Bragg mercantile store. These harmonize well with the more contemporary elements, such as the industrial-style metal kitchen countertops and the stainless appliances.

The first floor has a large master bedroom suite with a huge spa/tub, enclosed tile shower, and an adjacent outdoor hot tub. There is also an ample guest room with attached bath. The second floor bedroom can sleep up to four with its bunk bed (lower double/upper single) and additional single bed. The second floor bathroom has an unusual tub/shower that is likely to delight.

Situated in Albion, Riventides is near many fine restaurants and only 8 miles from the town of Mendocino and its shops. Because it is very close to the junction of CA Route 128 and CA Highway 1, it also provides a wonderful base for experiencing the riveting beauty and other attractions all up and down the North Coast. We named the property “Riventides,” inspired by Tolkien’s “Rivendell,” a place of beauty, comfort and rejuvenation for Hobbits and Elves. We hope that with its open views of river, sea, ridges, and sky, its comfort, and its peaceful yet energizing ambiance, Riventides will serve a similar purpose for our guests!

We are lucky to have a very helpful but unintruisve caretaker for the property who lives in an apartment over the detached garage.

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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/15/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2600 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    We plan to be wheelchair accessible but are not yet ready...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom



  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Can see a bit of Navarro Beach from House. ...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Wonderful Ridge Views...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    White and Blue Water Views...moreless

  • Rural:

    The peacefulness of a rural house but only 8 miles from Mendocino...moreless

  • Village:

    Quaint but basic Albion village can supply food and harware needs...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage:

    We have the potential to park several cars in the garage but we will need to make special arrangments for this....moreless

  • Heating:

    Radiant heat in part of house Propane stove in Kitchen/Dining Room Electric heat in 2 bedrooms ...moreless

  • Internet:

    Adequate internet for email, etc. but downloading of movies and videos is only allowed from 3 to 8 am...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large front and backyards, also a delightful courtyard...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


from 26 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$2,500 $10,000

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $150
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $350
  • Tax Rate 11%


$50 per person/per night above 6 guests. Pets $100

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/15/2017
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3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Albion River Inn
1.2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
CA Route 1
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Flats Cafe

Car: Necessary

The North Coast of California is magical. It was listed as the third most desirable place to visit in the WORLD by the New York Times this year.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2014

About the owner: I grew up in Boston and live with my partner Joel in Mill Valley Ca. I am a former biologist who now studies the process of intuition from an experiential as well as scientific perspective. I love to cook and hike and think about thngs.

Why the Owner Chose Albion, CA, USA:
I have always loved the Mendocino Area. This house that is in many ways is reminicent of Cape Cod or Nantucket houses brings together my New England roots with my love of the North Coast of California.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
There is a wonderful sense of peacefulness that can be experienced at Riventides. Yet the house and the property also have a very dramatic quality. The magic of the place is that it brings the two together

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Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/15/2017

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  • Driveway and Adjacent Meadow

    Driveway and Adjacent Meadow

  • Courtyard and Fountain

    Courtyard and Fountain

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Large Window in Living Room from 2nd Story Balcony

    Large Window in Living Room from 2nd Story Balcony

  • Kids Cornor on Balcony

    Kids Cornor on Balcony

  • Ocean and River view from the Living room, Dinning room and the Porch

    Ocean and River view from the Living room, Dinning room and the Porch

  • Chairs for View Gazing in Front of French Doors in Dining Room

    Chairs for View Gazing in Front of French Doors in Dining Room

  • Back of House and Backyard

    Back of House and Backyard

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Early Morning Fog Between the Ridges

    Early Morning Fog Between the Ridges

  • Gate to Courtyard

    Gate to Courtyard

  • Stone Hearth

    Stone Hearth

  • Detail of Living Room Ceiling from Balcony

    Detail of Living Room Ceiling from Balcony

  • View from Living Room and Bedroom

    View from Living Room and Bedroom

  • Extended Dining Room Kitchen

    Extended Dining Room Kitchen

  • Back Porch

    Back Porch

  • Well stocked Kitchen

    Well stocked Kitchen

  • Early Morning Fog from Backyard

    Early Morning Fog from Backyard

  • Ocean Surging Up the Navarro River at Navarro Beach at High Tide  ('Riventides')

    Ocean Surging Up the Navarro River at Navarro Beach at High Tide ('Riventides')

VRBO #600445

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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