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Paradise with Ocean View. Respite, luxury, comfort, quiet, and cozy.

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

5000 sq ft along one floor, on 2 private acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean

Ideal for family reunions, elopements, dinner parties and hanging out with friends, a writer's retreat, etc! Quiet and peaceful, our home offers you and yours a memorable experience in one of the most unique, wonderful properties on the Coast. Enjoy a great night's sleep on our new FloBed mattresses (handmade in nearby Fort Bragg) and sumptuous sheets and pillows. Constructed in 1924, this Schoolhouse was lovingly renovated to serve the 21st century visitor. Spacious as well as cozy, there is something for everyone at The Albion Schoolhouse.

A special occasion? Celebrate here! Our chef's kitchen is ideal for dinner parties, or just hanging out with loved ones.

Set on 2 private acres, this is Mendocino County's most unique guest accommodations.


On July 1st 2014 The Albion Schoolhouse was purchased by Rabbi Sydney Mintz (of Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco) and Justine Shapiro (documentary filmmaker and former Globetrekker TV host).


Built in 1924, the Albion Schoolhouse served as a real schoolhouse until 1967 when it became a community center. In 1995 legendary record producer Bill Bottrell purchased this property for his family home. For 20 years Mr. Bottrell lovingly restored and enhanced this unique property from the foundation on up, blending Arts and Crafts with Japanese influences, designed with elegant wainscoting and skylights throughout. Mr. Bottrell carefully appointed the furnishings, installed a custom fireplace, and re-designed the the school's 'girls' and 'boys' bathrooms with 20's era sea-green tiles and claw foot bathtubs (with 21st century shower pressure).


KITCHEN: This large room encompasses a chef’s KITCHEN which caters to large parties or intimate at-home dining. The Nakashima DINING kitchen table comfortably seats 12. The copper BAR offer prime viewing of the sun setting over the Pacific. A cozy SEATING AREA is arranged by the CUSTOM FIREPLACE fireplace.

The LIBRARY: This is the central living room area with a spacious floor for dancing or yoga, and a RAISED STAGE with piano. 3 microphones and a PA system set up so all can sing! Bring your devices to connect to you can play your music. Extensive book and games selection. Queen Murphy bed is on the stage.

THREE BEDROOMS, each with new FloBed mattresses and Comphy Co. bedding.

DECKS: wrap around the house so it's easy to serve inside and out. A large PANTRY off of the kitchen provides cooking and cleaning staples and in-house laundry.


For additional fees, we can stock the fridge and pantry with your favorite things, provide a private chef, chauffeur, masseuse, dog care; day camp activities; for your kids as well as evening baby sitting, a local tour guide of the region as well as outdoor adventures guides.


RATES: 2-3 night minimum.

PETS: $40 per night (no puppies, or pets that are in a chewing phase).

CLEANING FEE: $325 for up to 7 guests, $400 for 8-12 guests

TWELVE PEOPLE can sleep in The Schoolhouse.

There are 3 bedrooms.

1 King bed in the Master Suite has private full bath, private deck, living room, desk and TV area.

2 Queen bedrooms each with 1/2 bath.

4 twin mattresses which our housekeeper will set up for you in the bedrooms or library.

1 Queen Murphy bed, on the stage

Please visit for more info.

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Kindly, Justine

Please read RATES page.

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Justine Shapiro
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish, Hebrew
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December 13, 2016

About Justine Shapiro

Rabbi Sydney Mintz is a Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco. In 1989 she moved to the Bay Area from Chicago and soon became enamored with Mendocino County. Justine and Sydney fell in love 4 years ago and they live together in San Francisco with their sons. Justine grew up in Berkeley California and for 10 years traveled the world as the host of the TV travel show GlobeTrekker. Though she was born in one of the most beautiful places on the planet (South Africa) and has traveled through over 40 countries, Mendocino county is one of the most stunning spots she has ever set foot upon, for both the land and its people are radiant, and grounded, creative and kind. Justine produces and directs documentary films. Justine was nominated for an Academy Award for PROMISES, a documentary about Palestinian and Israeli children.

Justine Shapiro purchased this house in 2014

Why Justine Shapiro chose North Coast

Sydney and Justine hoped to buy a small piece of land in the region they both loved the most: Mendocino county. A friend insisted that they see the Albion Schoolhouse, which had just gone on the market. Sydney and Justine stepped into the Albion Schoolhouse and to their utter astonishment, fell in love with EVERYTHING about it.

What makes this house unique

Mendocino County is one of the planet's most pristine, protected and therefore, stunning spots. 147 miles from San Francisco to Albion, this lovely drive - which takes about 3 hours introduces you to the varied landscapes of Northern California. The route takes you through pastoral lands, then vineyards, through beautiful Anderson Valley, the forests, and winding into the lovely town of Boonville (with its unique shops and delicious ice-creams and meals). 45 minutes from Boonville the road opens onto the dramatic coastline and (voila!) you are at The Albion Schoolhouse.

You are far enough away from the Bay Area that you will notice that the air is fresh, your rhythms align to a pace in tune with nature, and within in a short time you'll find your mind shifting into a familiar but long forgotten gear. You'll marvel at simple wonders: clouds, sparkles on the sea, grasses that shimmer in wind and sunlight.

From The Albion Schoolhouse you are minutes from stunning coastal hikes, pristine beaches, world class restaurants and the best that cafes anywhere have to offer by way of coffee and baked goods.

The town of Mendocino feels far more like a victorian sea side village but with all the amenities one desires: unique shops, art galleries and excellent restaurants and grocery stores. Don't miss the breath-taking hikes along the Mendocino's headlands, the trail heads are right there in town.

Mendocino offers other outdoor adventures: canoeing, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking.

We offer 2 options for your stay at The Albion Schoolhouse: Option 1: CONNECTED (wifi, tv, landline). And Option 2: DISCONNECTED (landline only… remember the good old days?).


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Paradise with Ocean View. Respite, luxury, comfort, quiet, and cozy.
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews

Amazing weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at the schoolhouse - every thing was beautiful and we cooked two amazing dinners in the kitchen. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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a magical place

  • 5 of 5

10 members of our blended and extended family (ages 10 to 65) stayed at the albion schoolhouse for 2 nights in late july for a family wedding on the medicino coast. for many of us, it was the first time to the area, and we were all deeply moved by the natural beauty of that section of the california coast. for us, the schoolhouse was the perfect landing spot after long days socializing with dozens of guests. we played board games (on the biggest and best scrabble board we had ever seen!); improvised bursts of music on the stage with the piano (in tune, by the way!) and drums; sipped excellent mendicino coffee and prepared breakfast in the large, well equipped kitchen; enjoyed cocktails and tapas in the great room before heading out to the wedding festivities; and slept deeply in comfy beds. the schoolhouse was beautifully furnished, modern, clean and completely charming, all at once. we all hope to return again to this magical property for another family escape in that magical part of the world. thanks justine, for making the rental experience so easy, and for having the vision to restore the schoolhouse for others to enjoy.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Great spot, LOTS of room, would recommend for families, groups of couples, etc.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Fabulous Schoolhouse!

  • 5 of 5

The Albion Schoolhouse was amazing! It's in such a beautiful location with so much to do in the area. And the schoolhouse itself is absolutely beautiful! We were able to make a glorious meal in the chefs kitchen. There was more than enough room for all of our family. We had a family style concert in the library/stage room, with professional instruments. The bedrooms are so comfy and the bathtubs are to die for! (although I will say, if you have anyone in your party that has any kind of disability getting in and out of the tub/shower is not advised)

We are planning another trip to the schoolhouse next year and we will.stay for longer. There is so much to the area and the accommodation's are so lovely and welcoming. We just have to.come back!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Amazing and such a fun place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Albion house with two families over the 4th of July weekend and we absolutely LOVED the house. The owners are a delight to work with and very helpful with recommendations on restaurants and things to do.

The house is in a great location and short drive to Mendocino and many of the local activities. It is also a short walk to the beach thru a RV park.

The school house has been meticulously and uniquely remodeled and has an incredible energy. We love to cook and the kitchen had everything we needed to make some amazing meals. The home is filled with organic soaps and cleaners and incredibly comfortable beds and sheets.

The adults enjoyed talking by the grand fireplace, while the kids played in the great room on the drums and toys provided in the house. We we enjoyed family meals of eating and praying together and appreciating the love that went into creating such a wonderful home.

I would 100% recommend staying here and Mendocino is such a fun and unique town to visit and we loved all of the organic and delicious food at many of the restaurants.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Beautiful, spotlessly clean and unique place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent a weekend up at the Albion School House and found it beautiful, unique and extremely comfortable.

The kitchen is amazing and a chef's dream in terms of the professional stove, equipment and layout - I cooked up a storm all weekend and had everything I needed. The bathrooms are beautifully done with great amenities and the bedding was soft and luxurious.

The house is bright and airy, spotlessly clean and thoughtfully furnished. The fact that they allow pets was a huge plus since we were traveling with a pup.

Justine, the owner could not have been nicer or more accommodating when I made a VERY last minute reservation ( the night before).

She made sure that her house manager, Pamela came by the house before we arrived to turn on lights, since we arrived so late, and to make sure that we could get in and were comfortable. Pamela called me the next morning to say hello and offer any help we might need over the weekend.

Justine also sent me an amazing list of all types of restaurants, activities and things to do during our stay.

They made us feel so well tended to and vested in us enjoying ourselves.

Clearly they LOVE this house.

You do need a car or a mode of transportation to get into Mendocino whilst staying here.

There is however a market within walking distance and beautiful trails to explore all around the house.

Thank you for such a great, relaxing weekend!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Car: necessary

We are located 5 minutes walking distance to other wonderful accommodations: down the road from us is The Albion River Inn which boasts stunning individual cabins on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and a superb restaurant; and just down the road are camping sites on the Albion River Campground, and the delicious Flats Cafe.

The lovely town of Mendocino is a 10 minute drive north and Fort Bragg is 10 minutes north of Mendocino. Art galleries, lovely restaurants, unique shops, cafes, bookstores, abound in this part of northern California. For wine lovers driving to Albion from the San Francisco Bay Area, you will come through the many vineyards of Anderson Valley, Boonville and Navarro.


Rates & Availability

Albion House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
MLK Wkend
Jan 13 2017 - Jan 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
President's Day Wkend
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

housecleaning $325
Pet Fee $40
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 11.0%

rental nights, fluctuate by season
rental nights, are taxed at 11% (hotel tax)
cleaning fee is $325 (8-12 guests an additional $75 is added).
pet fee is $40 per pet per night.

Please visit our website to take a look at our floor plan and lots of photos:
3 bedrooms: 1 King Master suite w/ full bath. 2 Queen bedrooms with 1/2 bath. 1 Queen MURPHY bed (on the stage)
Up to 4 additional guests are accommodated on twin mattresses which we set up we set up for you.

Please visit: thealbionschoolhouse (dot)com for more info


CHECK IN: 4pm and CHECK OUT: 11am
Please don't hesitate to email me with any questions:
Kindly, Justine

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Albion House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , gorgeous! sea-green tiles, amenities, great water pressure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , gorgeous! sea-green tiles, amenities, great water pressure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , beautiful half baths, with sink, toilet and amenities
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , beautiful half baths, with sink, toilet and amenities
  • seriously the most gorgeous bathrooms you will ever call yours: 1920's era, sea-green tiles appointed with apothecary furniture, superb amenities, great water pressure, divine towels, and skylights.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Suite:800 sq ft with private deck, full Bath,TV & DVD
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , with half bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , with half bath
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single , 1-4 twin beds can be set up in the Master Suite or Library
    Murphy Bed on the stage - 1 queen
  • The 4 twin mattresses can be set up in the Master Suite and/or the Library.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • wind-surfing

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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