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Spectacular & Dramatic Secluded Setting, Cozy Oceanfront Cabin by Pretty Creek

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View south from the cabin to Havens Neck

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Last updated: 01/15/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:0
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Creekside is a 1.5 room cabin on a sunny grassy bluff above a rocky ocean cove

Creekside Cabin is a small secluded guest house 100 ft above a rocky cove on 2.5 acres of magnificent south Mendocino ocean front. It is in the "Banana Belt" with the sunniest weather on the coast. It was built as a guest house for the larger family retreat next door.

NOTE 1: We will respect your privacy and stay out of sight if we happen to be there when you are.
NOTE 2: We sometimes rent the big house (Clifftop House) for larger parties or for two people who want a larger rental. See VRBO #866480 for listing details or call or e mail for details.

The cabin is a one room studio with a queen bed, full bath and shower, electric range, refrigerator, microwave, and 2 large decks. Most of the cabin and its furniture were built by our family, friends and other local artisans. It faces southwest and enjoys a more than 180 degree ocean view including miles of rocky shoreline, and local coastal landmarks Havens Neck and Sail Rock. Stargazing, sunrise and sunset, moon rise and moon set are all exceptional.

Our few neighbors are invisible, rarely there - or both. With rare exceptions, despite the sweeping views, no house lights are visible from the property at night, so you feel as if you are alone on the planet or in a time long ago.

The grassy bluff in front of the cabin is full of wildflowers and butterflies most of the year. Birds, deer, bobcats, dragonflies all enjoy the grass and flowers. The gurgling of the creek next to the cabin is lovely - in the rare times it is audible over the breaking waves.

Whales (we've seen at least 6 kinds), seals, sea lions, dolphins, porpoises, river otters, sea birds are constantly in view off the bluff. Pelicans, hawks, falcons, ospreys, eagles, hummingbirds, deer, foxes with cubs, bobcats with kits all live on and visit the property. The small creek next to the cabin is filled with willows, azaleas, frogs, dragonflies, and song birds.

2 large sheltered decks with deck furniture are offered for wildlife or sunset watching, reading, cocktails, or dozing.

The Cabin is decorated with art and photographs created by our family, friends and notable Mendocino artists. We have furnished the cabin comfortably with homemade furniture, local artwork, comfortable sheets and towels, coffee maker (with local gourmet coffees), local Heath ceramic dinnerware, full selection of pots and pans, and tools for enjoying the bounty of local produce, seafood and other Mendocino County delicacies. Or you can enjoy the variety of nearby award-winning eat-in or take-out restaurants (there is even a good Thai place 10 minutes away!). Because we have no dishwasher we provide recyclable and biodegradable plates and cups.

Note the cabin is professionally cleaned before you arrive.

The property is not landscaped. Our family has worked for 3 generations to maintain the land as high quality habitat for native plants and wildlife.

There is wireless internet, a 32 inch flat screen Smart cable TV, and unlimited local calling. So if you want to, you can work from the cabin. We have never been able to do so, but if you can manage not to exclaim at the whales, pelicans, herons and the hawks, people never need know you're not back at your office.

We are 3.5 miles north of Anchor Bay, 7 miles south of Point Arena and 10 miles north of Gualala, all of which offer restaurants, shops, parks, and beaches. Our stretch of coast is empty and quiet compared to the Sea Ranch, Gualala or Ft. Bragg/Mendocino village. Nevertheless, there are light houses, historic sites, local craft shops, and spectacular county, state, and national parks to explore - even local music and theater in Pt. Arena.

The many big and small nearby beaches are generally emptier than most people have ever experienced. Our area is within a National Marine Sanctuary. Several beaches are less than 5 minutes from our driveway.

A gorgeous 1 hour drive takes you to Anderson Valley wine and beer tasting, Mendocino Village, Hendy Woods ancient redwoods, or Van Dam Pygmy Forest. Kayak the nearby Gualala river or the Big River near Mendocino Village.

See the Cabin Book for details and recommendations about restaurants, grocery stores, beaches, and what to see and do on the Coast.

*We have another VRBO property (#492927) in San Francisco. Take a look at our reviews to see the quality of our hospitality.

We are sorry, but because of the steep cliffs and abundant wildlife, no pets or children are allowed at Creekside.
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Owner

Member since: 2013

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/15/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 350 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Massage

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21 years old...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children:

    too many steep cliffs, unfortunately....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    to protect wildlife...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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  • Ocean front bedroom with queen bed, views, comforter, chest of drawers, 32 inch Smart TV, dining area, seating area, wood stove...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

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  • Full toilet, bath and shower in one room; sink, vanity and closet in adjoining room....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    There are bird, flower, tree, whale, and other guides. We also stock an odd & eclectic selection of books - various genres, eras, & styles, reflecting the odd/eclectic friends/family who left them....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    New Blu-ray player. Our DVD library includes about 15 titles from Tarantino to Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart. ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable TV ...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Bose speakers available for your phone, tablet, pod or computer. DVD player plays CDs....moreless

  • Television:

    32 inch Smart flat screen TV...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Our DVD library includes about 15 titles from Tarantino to Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Beaches and rocky coves visible below house and for miles to the south. ...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    You have to try hard to avoid it. ...moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    On a large grassy bluff 100 ft above rocky cove (inaccessible)....moreless

  • Rural:

    Our area is remote enough to be quiet and private, but stores, restaurants, and services are less than 10 minutes away....moreless

  • Village:

    Pt. Arena (quaint shops, theater, light house, beaches, and pier) is 15 minutes north. Anchor Bay Village with grocery store, restaurants, laundry and shops is 10 minutes south....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    A small beautiful creek runs next to the cabin....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dining area overlooks meadow, creek, ocean, with views of Havens Neck and Sail Rock. Table seats two. Great area to sample local foods & wines while enjoying sunsets and whale/bird watchin...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    sea breezes...moreless

  • Garage:

    Covered car port attached to cabin...moreless

  • Heating:

    Electric baseboard heating + wood stove + portable electric heater....moreless

  • Internet:

    Highspeed Wi-fi included...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    All linens are provided: sheets, pillow cases, comforter...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Small seating area overlooks meadow and ocean, seats 2 - 4....moreless

  • Parking:

    Off street covered parking provided for one car; short driveway....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Landline for local and emergency calls. Cell phone service spotty if you use Verizon and non-existent otherwise....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    All towels are provided ...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Vintage wood stove that opens into fireplace so you can enjoy the flames; we supply fire starters and logs....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Drip coffee maker and kettle; stocked with gourmet coffee...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Provided for 4; crystal wine glasses, vintage Heath diningware, champagne flutes, pots, pans, kitchen utensils. All you need to enjoy our fresh organic local produce, fish, cheeses, coffee, wines......moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Electric oven and stove, large new microwave, new refrigerator/freezer, toaster, coffee maker, vintage Heath ceramic dinnerware, fully stocked with pots & pans and cooking utensils. ...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Large new Kenmore microwave...moreless

  • Oven:

    Electric oven and stove...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Salt, pepper, olive oil, vinegar, gourmet local coffee. Because we have no dishwasher, we provide recycled/biodegradable paper plates and cups. ...moreless

Outside

  • Boat:

    Rentals in Pt. Arena (sometimes) or Ft. Bragg...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    The cabin has its own deck overlooking the meadow and adjacent to the creek. There is also a large deck around the bigger house. We provide 2 lounge chairs and a table for dozing in the sun....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rentals in Gualala or Mendocino Village...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The cabin overlooks a flower-studded meadow. Land kept as high quality native wildlife habitat. Our 2+ acre woodland and stream are filled with wildlife, wildflowers and native berries...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$190 $215
Fri, Sat
$1,300

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • cleaning and linens $120
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 11%

Notes:

Check in time: 4pm Check out time: noon


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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  • St. Orres

    "the last time we we went, the food was bad and expensive. It has always gone up and down tho..."

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  • Anchor Bay Thai Kitchen

    "Very good food nearby for eat in or takeout. "

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  • blue canoe coffee -- CLOSED

    "Good for breakfast. Nice coffee/pastry shop in Anchor Bay - 3 miles from cabin. "

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  • Schooner Gulch State Beach

    "Beautiful sheltered beach with a creek, 5 minutes from the cabin. This is also access to Bow..."

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  • Point Arena

    "Shops, restaurants, breakfast places, coffee shops and bars all along Main St. There is a gr..."

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  • Arena Theater

    "Movies, live music, live theater, Oscar Parties, other parties, Metropolitan Opera beamed in..."

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  • Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum

    "This is the tallest lighthouse on the Pacific Coast. Great view, fun climb to the top of the..."

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  • Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands

    "New addition to California Coast Nat'l Monument. Miles of rocky bluffs, seals, birds. There ..."

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  • Pizza N Cream

    "Good pizza and ice cream to eat in or take out. At Pt. Arena pier so you can have a drink an..."

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  • Anchor Bay Store-Village Market

    "Our closest grocery store - 7 min away. High prices but good selection of local and standard..."

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  • Gualala Supermarket

    "Our preferred grocery store in Gualala, 10 minutes away. Good prices and selection of grocer..."

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  • Anderson Valley

    "World renowned wine tasting area also boasts - we think - the WORLD's BEST brewery (Anderson..."

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  • cook's beach gualala

    "Cook's Beach is a nice pocket beach about 5 miles south of our house."

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  • Anchor Bay Beach

    "Anchor Bay beach is a nice long beach accessible through Anchor Bay Campground (for a fee) o..."

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  • The Sea Ranch

    "The Sea Ranch is a development on about 10 miles of coast at the north end of Sonoma County ..."

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110 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Francisco
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Pier Chowder House and Tap Room
9 Miles
Nearest Golf
Sea Ranch Golf Links
52 Miles
Nearest Train
Historic Skunk Train - sea to redwoods
0.1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway One
3.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Anchor Bay Thai Kitchen (Eat In or Take Out)
3.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Schooner Gulch/Bowling Ball State Beach

Car: Necessary

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1955

About the owner: Emily is a San Francisco/Mendocino native, ecologist/environmental activist. Emily's first field research project was on the ecology of this coast. Dan is a software entrepreneur. We are both semi-retired. Emily's family built this cabin - with their own hands - in the late 1950s/early 60s. As a child Emily and her mother installed the tile on the window sills.

Why the Owner Chose Gualala, CA, USA:
Why Creekside? *With rare exceptions, despite the sweeping views, no house lights are visible at night. You are alone with the ocean and the stars. *Unlike Sea Ranch and much of the coast, there is no open access to our property. You have the waves, birds, flowers and 2 sunny decks to yourself. *the sheltered sunny blufftop meadow is a constantly changing display of wildflowers *The creek and the secluded location draw diverse wildlife year round. *We are located in the "Banana Belt", the sunniest area on the coast. *Sea birds and marine mammals seem to love our cove (see photos). There is always a show! *We have another VRBO property (#492927) in San Francisco. Take a look at our reviews to see the quality of our hospitality.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
We have 2.5 acres of pristine ocean front land with a creek, forest, native plants and wildlife. It is secluded. Although you can see miles of coastline, no other house lights are usually visible. The creek draws wildlife, frogs and butterflies. When the ocean is still you can sometimes hear it gurgling. Whales like our place -- they often stop to feed, rest and mate off of our deck.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/15/2017

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Photos

  • View south from the cabin to Havens Neck

    View south from the cabin to Havens Neck

  • view from cabin's oceanfront deck

    view from cabin's oceanfront deck

  • Seals and birds bask in the sun on Sail Rock to our west

    Seals and birds bask in the sun on Sail Rock to our west

  • Sunset over Sail Rock from our bluff

    Sunset over Sail Rock from our bluff

  • Moonrise over Haven's Neck. See it from the deck or out your window.

    Moonrise over Haven's Neck. See it from the deck or out your window.

  • Mama and baby Grey whales often stop to rest below our bluff

    Mama and baby Grey whales often stop to rest below our bluff

  • Grass iris often covers our meadow

    Grass iris often covers our meadow

  • Deer grazing by creek off your deck

    Deer grazing by creek off your deck

  • Pelicans are always passing by

    Pelicans are always passing by

  • Living area, wood stove, view west

    Living area, wood stove, view west

  • Kitchen

    Kitchen

  • Sea Palms in our rocky  cove

    Sea Palms in our rocky cove

  • cabin from west

    cabin from west

  • Stormy Haven's Neck

    Stormy Haven's Neck

  • New moon and planets at sunset

    New moon and planets at sunset

  • Sunsets happen every day

    Sunsets happen every day

  • Full moon over Haven's Neck

    Full moon over Haven's Neck

  • Baby Blue Eyes are common in spring

    Baby Blue Eyes are common in spring

  • Osprey taking dinner to her nest behind our house.

    Osprey taking dinner to her nest behind our house.

  • Blue Heron lunching on bluff.  They also fish from the kelp in our cove.

    Blue Heron lunching on bluff. They also fish from the kelp in our cove.

  • Living area, view south with wraparound deck

    Living area, view south with wraparound deck

  • sink and work area

    sink and work area

  • shower

    shower

  • Time lapse milky way and stars from back deck

    Time lapse milky way and stars from back deck

VRBO #668277

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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