A charming and eclectic combination of up cycled materials we've dubbed 'country cottage meets barnyard industrial'. We've taken building supplies such as rusted iron roofing and used as siding. A redwood water tank has been utilized for window and door trim. Old plumbing supplies are now door handles or coat hangers, window shutters transformed into kitchen cabinets. While rustic, it's extremely clean, well stocked and comfortable. The location is the perfect blend of easy access and privacy. The cottage is located separately from the main house, situated approximately 500 feet away and screened by trees. There are four steps leading up to the front porch, with the residence being on one level. The elevation makes for a pleasant view across the front lawn area and out towards the distant forest. It's been situated so as to be protected from the prevailing north winds, yet soak up the southern sunshine.
Newly Constructed, Cozy Cottage On A 100 Year Old Apple Orchard Ranch
- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 4, 2019
About nancy puder
Being central California natives, Mendocino was an unknown destination to us until the early 70's but once discovered, it was home. We settled on the coast, embraced 'back to the land', cultivating farm animals and gardens, learning how to run chainsaws and tractors without losing digits, eventually raising two sons and countless chickens. We purchased an overgrown apple orchard, designed and built our present house and continue to love and appreciate our lives here. This is a community of artists, fierce protectors of our coast and populated by people who can be counted on for support when needed. We know and love our neighbors, even the ones that may drive you a little bit crazy. Our own love of travel inspired us to build a small cottage that would be a comfortable home away from home. We have the space and opportunity to share a piece of our paradise with others and look forward to meeting fellow travelers.
nancy puder purchased this Cottage in 1988
Why nancy puder chose Mendocino
Once you enter our gates, you won't question why we chose to live here. The property consists of gnarled, twisted apple trees, most planted around 1910. Though old and contorted, they still produce an amazing variety of heritage fruit. Open meadows are encircled by a forest of redwoods, fir and pine. The property backs up to Jackson State Forest, so essentially, we have a 90,000 acre backyard. Slopping down the south embankment approximately 1 mile, you reach Big River. Our location is close to town, yet considerably warmer than the coast. We are generally out of the fog belt with a 15-20 degree difference. What we lack in an ocean view, we make up with sunny days and open vistas.
What makes this Cottage unique
Your private cottage is equipped with everything we could think of to make it special. A large front porch has a covered roof, enabling you to sit out and enjoy the view of the property, protected from drizzle and rain. A fire pit beckons for an evening spent under the stars. There's a claw foot bath tub on the back porch, just waiting for hot water and bubbles. While the tub is exposed to the elements, the deer are the only eyes that might sneak a peek. It's a very short drive or bike ride to town. (Going to town is a cinch... all down hill. Coming back takes a bit more effort, or call and we'll pick you up :-) ) The cottage was designed and finished with attention to detail. All the amenities you need have been provided and some you may not even know you desired. Egyptian linens, down comforters, plush towels, organic soaps and lotions and numerous luxury items have been carefully chosen. We want you to feel pampered and relaxed.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
A lovely cottage on a beautiful property.
So well thought out. Everything that we needed and more. Warm and intimate. For nature lovers and hikers, we recommend exploring the forest trail that begins just across the road.
Farm house elegance extraordinaire!
Everything was perfect! it was obvious that much thought and care went into every detail of this property. The architecture of the cottage alone was enough to keep me coming back. The outdoor fire pit, backyard soaking tub, and wild Quail were among my favorite things. Oh yes — and the forest view from the bed. Everything is sparkling clean and the cottage is full of light. I enjoyed preparing food in the smart little kitchen. What a treasure!
Just what we needed.
Nancy's cottage provided the perfect getaway for my wife and me Cozy, comfortable, and clean with all we needed for a needed weekend away from it all.
Tomatoes from the garden, fresh eggs in the fridge, dozens of quail roaming nearby, and multiple soaks in the outdoor tub were just some of the perks.
Much thanks to Nancy for her attention and privacy.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Peaceful and beautiful.
So glad you were able to come to the coast. Unfortunately, it feels like a repeat of last year's fires, especially for you, experiencing it first hand. I'm grateful to offer a place of respite. As far as the outdoor tub; I love it too. I've utilized it myself when the cottage isn't booked. (which is beginning to be difficult to find an opening for me :-( ) Now about those tomatoes... if you really want to thank me, make sure to take some zucchinis next time!! They've begun to take over, multiplying faster than can be harvested. So head on back
Lovely Cottage on an Apple Orchard
We enjoyed our 2 night stay. We both work in Silicon Valley, and life does not slow down very often. The quiet and stars at night was calming.
You can tell the love Nancy puts into this Gem. We are grateful for the opportunity to stay there. Thanks again! Kathy & Roy Hallstein
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It's very much appreciated.
I realize your time while here was concentrated on the festivities of the wedding, so you didn't get much time to explore the area. Hopefully you'll have the chance to return and do so. I'm glad we were able to meet and chat, even briefly. Would enjoy the opportunity for a little more... maybe with a glass of wine by the fire pit.
Amazing Gem in Mendocino
We had the most amazing stay in the Applegate Cottage in Mendocino. Located just 9 minutes from downtown, I feel like we had our own little oasis. The cottage is PERFECT for two people looking for a weekend away -- equipped with EVERYTHING you could need: the coziest bathrobes, all toiletries you could imagine, a blender for any morning smoothies?
We will absolutely be booking another weekend away here in the future. Also, the fire pit is PERFECT for smores and you can't even believe the number of stars you'll be able to see on a clear night. Absolutely magnificent!
Although I wasn't here for your visit, I'm delighted that you had such a lovely time while on the coast. The fall is usually the best time for night gazing. The Milkyway is directly over head and really does look like a maiden spilled her bucket of milk across the sky. I never tire of gazing up! Return for some more neck craning....
We really enjoyed our stay at Applegate cottage! It’s a charming, comfortable cottage with special touches like fresh dahlias on the kitchen table, fresh fruit in the refrigerator and eggs for breakfast. We loved the location as well as the suggestions Nancy gave us for places to eat and where we could enjoy a hike.
Mendocino is a historically significant area and is a registered national monument. The town itself is architecturally designed in the Victorian style. It is preserved and restricted to further development.
Mendocino Art Center was established in the 60's by artists leaving the high cost of living in the San Francisco area. It remains a vibrant attraction for artists coming to the coast to experience further growth in their fields of interest. Amateur, as well as professional artists, find inspiration with the environment of personal support.
There are numerous art galleries scattered throughout the town, as well as interesting and unique articles for sale in the quaint shops.
The town boasts many gourmet restaurants, often farm to table style and particularly organically grown, locally produced items.
Outdoor enthusiasts will relish the trails along the ocean bluffs, hiking the miles of forest haul roads, walking the many beaches or riding bikes on roadways or trails.
Sport fishing remains a strong component, primarily salmon, rock cod, crab and ling. Shell fish such as mussels and abalone attract the water hardy.
The near by town of Fort Bragg has a gorgeous botanical garden, located on the headlands. A full day can be filled strolling the gardens, walking the bluffs, whale watching, or even taking gardening classes.
There is a newly constructed aquatics park, boasting two huge indoor pools. Swimming lanes are separated from the lazy river moat which is heated to 85 degrees. There are numerous classes given in swimming, aerobics, spin, zumba, weight lifting, etc. An all day pass can be purchased or 'Silver Shoe' admission is free.
More through information can be gotten on the Mendocino County tourist board's web site: gomendo.com
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We are happy to communicate with you prior to your arrival. Phone or email is acceptable. We will send you a detailed description to direct you to your accommodations. GPS does work but not always reliable. We are very easy to locate, even if you've never been to the coast.