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Spectacular Riverfront/ Oceanfront Property On Nature Preserve!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Bdm 1.5 Bath. Kayakers Dream! Hot Tub Overlooking the River and Beach!

A Beautiful and Serene Retreat On the Banks of the Ten Mile River-- and Only a Stone's Throw from Miles of Beach and Dunes. Open floor plan, fully outfitted kitchen, 2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath, Sleeps 6. Queen bed in the master bedroom, daybed with trundle in the second bedroom and a queen size sofabed in the living room. Fireplace, laundry room. There is a large deck surrounding the entire house with a 4-person hot tub, chaise lounges, chairs and dining table all overlooking the river and the beach. There is also Traeger Smoker/Grill and a Weber propane BBQ on the deck for outdoor cooking. WiFi throughout the house.

The house is on the river about 500 yards from the Pacific ocean. You can kayak from the front yard either up-river or toward the ocean. Up-river is absolutely breathtaking. The estuary is a Marine Sanctuary and it is totally protected. It stretches east for several miles and has many side channels and inlets to explore. As you head deeper east into the estuary it transitions from brackish to fresh water. It can often be sunny along the river when it's foggy on the beach, and you can easily find great places to swim and picnic.

If you venture toward the ocean you'll find two exquisite beaches to the north and south. The beach to the north, Seaside Beach, is strikingly beautiful with huge rocks and caves. It's also one of the few State Park beaches that allows dogs! There is a large and deep cave at the extreme north end of the beach that is accessible when the tide is right. The cave tunnels completely through the bluff and leads to a secret cove with its own beach. Ten Mile Beach is to the south. It is a huge complex of dunes and is part of MacKerricher State Park. It's great habitat for the endangered Snowy Plover. The beach stretches south for at least six miles. It's incredible for both jogging or hiking. It's covered with sand dollars, shells, and all kinds of other marine life. Also, there are very few people on the beach. You will almost always have the entire beach to yourself. It's very romantic. The hiking is amazing, and the birdwatching is world class. Bring a good pair of binoculars!

Directly in front of the house is the river. Every year families of harbor seals haul out of the river every day and sun themselves on the riverbank. Typically, the seals are swimming around in the river in front of the house. Momma seals and their pups frolic together all the time. I've watched momma seals nursing their pups many times just sitting on my deck. There are also otters, and more birds than I can name: Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Egrets, Osprey, Mallards, Canada Geese, Snow Geese, Mergansers, Grebe, Belted Kingfisher, Cormorants, Pelicans, Caspian Terns, and even a Bald Eagle! The list goes on and on.

If you've got a canoe, kayaks or bicycles bring them. However, I have a three-person canoe and a kayak that guests are welcome to use. There is a great logging road along the south side of the river going east. It's paved, and there is virtually no traffic. The road goes along the river for 5.2 miles before you reach a gate. It's perfect for biking, jogging or hiking.

If you like the outdoors, there are many things to do without ever leaving the property. If you start to crave civilization, the Town of Fort Bragg is only 15 minutes away. There, you'll find plenty of good restaurants, galleries, a movie theatre, Glass Beach, the Skunk Train, Noyo Harbor, North Coast Brewery, and many other attractions unique to the area. Another 15 minutes to the south along Highway One is the Village of Mendocino. This charming hamlet is filled with fine restaurants, shops, and the natural beauty of the beaches, bluffs, and Big River. Both towns are worth exploring.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please bear in mind that booking requests which include only one weekend day will likely be declined by the owner. This is especially true during Holidays, Spring Break, or any period of high demand. Such reservation requests reduce the number of full weekends the house can be available to other interested renters and are disfavored for that reason.

More Details

Owner
Clay Brennan
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2018

About Clay Brennan

I'm a Superior Court judge for the county of Mendocino. I preside over the Ten Mile Branch court located in Fort Bragg. I have lived in Mendocino County since 1991 and have never stopped being enthralled by the natural beauty that surrounds me here. I purchased the house in May of 2015 and still can't get over my good fortune. I love this place!

I grew up in Palo Alto, CA and went to college and law school in San Diego. I love to spend time with my family, travel the world and play music with friends.

Clay Brennan purchased this house in 2015

Why Clay Brennan chose Fort Bragg

The location of this property at the mouth of the Ten Mile River is unique. You can kayak or canoe from the front yard--20 yards away from the front door. The entire estuary is a spectacularly beautiful marine preserve and there are miles of dunes and beach on either side of the river to explore. The hiking, biking and kayaking are superb. A typical day starts with birdsong in the morning and ends with relaxing in the hot tub while gazing at a dazzling sunset over the Pacific. There is adventure for when you're feeling bold, and a fireplace for when you want to curl up by the fire with a book. You'll feel right at home in this welcoming house. It's equipped with all the modern conveniences and everything is clean and in good working order.

Amenities

Fort Bragg House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Guest Bathroom - toilet , Toilet and Sink
    Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , MBR bathroom is also accessible from living area of the home
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Guest Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Day Bed with Trundle. Sleeps 2, Full Closet and 1/2 bath
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Full Closet, Bathroom, Sliding Door to Deck
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.9183674 based on 49 reviews
5

Loved it.

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful place to stay. The house had everything we needed and the location is awesome. We took the canoe up river in to the estuary and saw Otters, Osprey, Eagles, and a Seal. The beaches were great and loaded with sand dollars. This is truly a unique location and we enjoyed every bit of it. Can’t wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect Riverfront Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This cottage on the river bank was the perfect riverfront getaway for our family. The house is so well furnished and decorated that we felt at home when we walked in. Clay has furnished the kitchen with every possible pot, pan and utensil for a gourmet chef. Our dog loved the water access and wanted to spend the entire day in the river.

Clay has provided a fleet of kayaks and canoe with is a huge plus for any wildlife enthusiast. From the deck we saw Mergansers, Canada geese, Cormorants, various raptors, harbor seals and an otter. It feels like the house is secluded a million miles from civilization, but a short 10 minute drive to Fort Bragg gives access to all the services a person needs.

The hot tub was a bonus. We spent our evenings warming up in the hot tub. It was very soothing for aching bones.

We would love to rent this home again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Incredible!

  • 5 of 5

We LOVED staying here- and so did our pups! Clay was such an ease to work with and the home has everything you could ever need. We will definitely return soon

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect spot!

  • 5 of 5

When the biggest decision of the day is whether to paddle across the river to a mostly deserted beach or up the river to observe wild life and enjoy the quiet... life is good. Clay gratiously has provided a small fleet of kayaks and canoes to make exploration easy.

The house is wonderful and clean with all the needed amenities. The deck is a nice place to watch the sunset and eat outside with a hot tub if it gets cold or to watch the stars. Very quiet spot with Ft Bragg nearby for supplies and other activities.

Highly recommended, we hope to come back....

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I absolutely loved our stay. Clay was very helpful in sharing places to see and check out. He also gave us a crash coarse on how to use the kayaks/canoes on the property. Thank you! It’s a Must to use the canoe to cross the river to the other side to explore and see the sunset.The house was clean and had everything we needed. Views on the property are amazing. If you are in the spa you have beautiful views to enjoy while you relax. This place also has such a private setting making the stay very enjoyable. Thank you Clay!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Amazing...again!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying at this location and once again, it could not have been better. The location is fantastic with plenty to do right outside the front door. The watercraft provided make it easy to get out in the water for a quick visit with the seals, paddle up the river, or go across the estuary to a gorgeous, secluded beach. The house is cozy and well-stocked with everything necessary to feel at home. The hot tub out on the front deck was also a great new addition that was much appreciated after a long day of mountain biking or exploring the local beaches.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Small plane: Fort Bragg or Little River. Jets: SFO
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Purple Rose in Cleone
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Little River Golf Course, Little River
Nearest Train
6 Miles
The Skunk Train Steam Locomotive in Fort Bragg
Nearest Beach
Seaside Beach or Ten Mile Beach. Out Front door
Car: recommended

The house is on the Ten Mile River about 500 yards from the Pacific Ocean. You can kayak from the front yard either up-river or downstream toward the ocean. Up-river is absolutely beautiful. The estuary is a marine sanctuary and it is totally protected. It stretches east for several miles with little side channels and inlets to explore. It's breathtakingly beautiful and serene.

As you head deeper east into the estuary the river transitions from brackish to fresh water. It can often be sunny upstream when it's foggy on the beach. There are many places to swim and picnic, and the bird watching is fantastic!

If you venture toward the ocean, you'll find two beautiful beaches-- Seaside Beach to the north, and Ten Mile Beach to the south. Both are State Parks. Seaside Beach is a strikingly beautiful beach with huge rocks and caves. There is a very big cave at the extreme north end of the beach that is accessible when the tide is right. The beach to the south, Ten Mile Beach, is a huge complex of dunes and is a part of MacKerricher State Park. It's great habitat for the endangered Snowy Plover. The beach stretches south for a least six miles. It's a spectacular place for hiking, jogging or horseback riding. The beach is covered with sand dollars and all kinds of shells and marine life. There are very few people on the beach. You will almost alway have the entire beach to yourself. It is very romantic. The hiking is amazing and the birdlife is fascinating to watch. I have binoculars and a spotting scope at the house, but if you have a good pair you should definitely bring them.

Directly in front of the house is the river. There is a group of harbor seals that haul out of the river every day and sun themselves on the riverbank. Typically, the seals are swimming around in front of the house. In the winter, the seals patrol the waters hunting for salmon and steelhead headed upstream to spawn. If your lucky you might get to watch a pursuit. It's a high speed acrobatic affair with lots of splashing and excitement. When they're not hunting the seals frolic together and care for their pups. I've watched the momma seals nurse their pup many times.

There are otters, and more birds than I can name: Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Osprey, Mallards, Canada Geese, Snow Geese, Mergansers, Grebe, Belted Kingfisher, Cormorants, Pelicans, the list goes on and on.

If you have bikes, kayaks or canoes, you should definitely bring them, but I have a 3 person canoe and a small kayak that guests are welcome to use. The place is perfect for those activities. There is a paved logging road along the south side of the river going east. There is very little traffic on the road and it goes along the river for 5.2 miles before you reach a gate. It's perfect for biking, jogging or hiking.

If you like the outdoors, there are many things to do without ever leaving the property. If you start to crave civilization, the Town of Fort Bragg is only 15 minutes away. There, you'll find plenty of good restaurants, a movie theater, Glass Beach, the Skunk Train, Noyo Harbor , North Coast Brewery and other unique attractions. The village of Mendocino is just another 15 minutes to the south on Highway One. Mendocino is a charming village, full of great restaurants, shops, galleries and the natural beauty of the ocean, bluffs and Big River. Both towns are totally worth exploring.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Exit Cleaning Fee $130 + Tax

Cancellation Policy: If cancelled more than 30 days prior, there is a $25.00 cancellation fee. Funds are non-refundable within 30 days prior unless we are able to re-rent. If we can re-rent, we would then refund the rented days minus 6% to cover the cost of our credit card charges.

All pets are subject to owners approval. The Pet Fee is $100 per week (or portion thereof) per animal. In other words, the Pet Fee for 2 dogs for 1 week would be $200. No more than two dogs will be considered or allowed on property.

Please indicate the number of guests and pets in your booking inquiry to obtain an accurate quote.

Booking Requests that include only one weekend day are discouraged and will likely be declined by the owner. This is especially true during Holidays, Spring Break, or any other period of high demand. Such requests limit the availability of the house to other interested renters and are disfavored for that reason.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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