Spectacular & Dramatic Secluded Setting, Cozy Oceanfront Cabin by Pretty Creek(17 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:Cabin
- 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
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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Member since: 2013
- 350 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
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
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- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
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Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Pier Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Surf Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 2 people
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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
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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
- Housekeeper Included
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- cleaning and linens $120
- Refundable Damage Deposit $250
- Tax Rate 11%
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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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.
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Links to more information:
- CLICK HERE - Stornetta Public Lands is 10 minutes away in Pt. Arena
- CLICK HERE - Pt. Arena Lighthouse has great views and a museum
- CLICK HERE - Anderson Valley world renowned wines are a beautiful 1 hour drive
- CLICK HERE - Our Guide: Check out the beaches, restaurants, grocery stores, and other places we like
- Click Here to see All My Rental Listings
View south from the cabin to Havens Neck
view from cabin's oceanfront deck
Seals and birds bask in the sun on Sail Rock to our west
Sunset over Sail Rock from our bluff
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
Grass iris often covers our meadow
Deer grazing by creek off your deck
Pelicans are always passing by
Living area, wood stove, view west
Sea Palms in our rocky cove
cabin from west
Stormy Haven's Neck
New moon and planets at sunset
Sunsets happen every day
Full moon over Haven's Neck
Baby Blue Eyes are common in spring
Osprey taking dinner to her nest behind our house.
Blue Heron lunching on bluff. They also fish from the kelp in our cove.
Living area, view south with wraparound deck
sink and work area
Time lapse milky way and stars from back deck
This listing was first published here in 2015.
Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017
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