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Riventides: North Coast Delight

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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.

More Details

Lois Isenmnan
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 14, 2018

About Lois Isenmnan

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.

Lois Isenmnan purchased this house in 2014

Why Lois Isenmnan chose Albion

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.

What makes this house unique

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


Albion House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Powder Room - toilet
    Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Suite - 1 king
    Guest Room - 1 queen
    Upstairs Bedroom - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • wind-surfing


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(28 traveler reviews)

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Riventides: North Coast Delight
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews


  • 5 of 5


5 of 5

We booked a weekend at Riventides for a family gathering with adult children and spouses. We knew it was a special place from the moment we stepped out in the yard and were greeted by a pair of bald eagles gliding over the Navarro River canyon heading out to the Pacific. The house is so charming and extremely comfortable with plenty of room to relax and visit together. We enjoyed grilling and cooking In the well equipped kitchen, and ending our evenings fireside before falling asleep in the very cozy and comfortable beds. It is a great location for exploring the Mendocino area as well as the fantastic vineyards of Anderson Valley. Riventides is a truly inspiring getaway and a wonderful place to reconnect with dear family who live on opposite coasts. We hope to return one day soon! Thank you for allowing us to share your very unique home and glorious property.

Submitted: May 2, 2017 Stayed: April 2017

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here 2 nights and we really loved the house. It was cozy and charming. We lit up the fireplaces at night as it could get cold at night although during summertime. The views are amazing. The fog seeps in early hours of the morning and it is beautiful. The quietness is blissful. The kitchen had everything we needed. Will definitely recommend. Amazing place!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home full of character and a great view

  • 5 of 5

We had a great experience staying at Riventides. The house was very comfortable for our family esp considering this was our first trip w/ infant daughter and our dog. As others have said the photos cannot do the view justice and the seclusion of the home makes it very serene. Keep in mind it will be a short drive to get groceries if needed. Also, our dog does not play nice w/ others so be aware the onsite caretaker has a dog which required a bit of minor coordination. House was well stocked w/ essentials which made a couple daily meals at the house very easy.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breathtakingly Beautiful!!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place for family gatherings!! 3 bedrooms with their own baths. Kitchen is well stocked and labeled. Dining room table big enough for 10. Kids loved gathering around pot belly stove in kitchen....and hot tub. We will definitely be back!!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, comfortable and supremely well-organised house

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely lovely 5 days in Riventides, helped by splendidly sunny weather, which allowed us to breakfast outside even in December and to catch the rays on the comfy porch, overlooking the sea. The house is extremely well-equipped, well-organised and very comfortable. We enjoyed the gas pot-belly stove in the kitchen/dining area and the fire place in the living room in the evening (tip - make sure your wood is dry!). If you had 4 adults and 2 large children it might be difficult to sit around the fireplace at night - but there is plenty of room in the dining room and kitchen. We did not use the BBQ (too cold at night) or the hot-tub, as we like our hot-tubs under the stars and this was under a tree and a holly-bush, but the stars were truly wonderful from the garden! The Navarro ridge road is great for morning runs or evening constitutionals, and we loved the Navarro beach. A great house - we would come again.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing property!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house and amazing property. We enjoyed every minute!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Albion River Inn
Nearest Motorway
1.2 Miles
CA Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Cleaning $150
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 11.0%

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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