About the property
- House1200 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights
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.
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- May 21, 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 Mendocino County
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.
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Very relaxing home on protected beachfront
Clay has done a wonderful job at keeping this place comfortable and clean. The views are outstanding, whether sitting on the deck and watching the seals frolic in the protected bay or from the chairs at the cliffs at sunset. We actually preferred sitting on the deck as it was much less windy, warmer and enjoyable. The meditation/yoga deck on the upper part of the road has gorgeous views of the ocean, creating that very peaceful zen feeling we all love.
Our dog was in tow and, while there aren't any fences, she remained within calling distance from the home at all times. There is a dog beach pretty close by but note that the beach across the bay from the house is restricted from off leash pets due to the protected Snowy Plover. The beach at the house, however, served its purpose and we did not feel the need to go elsewhere.
The second bedroom has a trundle bed that a taller adult may not be as comfortable sleeping on but my 6'2 husband was able to lay on it with his feet just touching the end and said it would be okay if he had to sleep on it. We didn't take advantage of the sea kayaks as we didn't want to leave our dog behind.
All in all, it was just what we needed for rest and relaxation in the middle of our long vacation. Thanks Clay!
We shared a special weekend with our son, daughter in law and grandson in this amazing home overlooking the Ten Mile River. From the property we viewed bald eagles and seals, had a wonderful BBQ watching the sun set and spent quality time together. The home was comfortable, clean, warm and light. The kitchen was well stocked with pots and pans, cooking utensils and had a pantry, which we didn't use, but good to know there are food supplies . The open living room/kitchen area was perfect for us all congregating together comfortably. We would like to return again soon.
The house was clean, well stocked and had a great view of the estuary. My family hiked at multiple nearby state Parks (Russian Gulch and Jug Handle), rode the Skunk Train and visited the glass beaches in Ft Bragg. I braved a chilly February to go kayaking on the estuary and was rewarded with close up encounters with lots of wildlife. Buying fresh seafood off the boat in Noyo Harbor is also a must do....we steamed our first live crabs and they were awesome. Our stay at Clay's house allowed my family to decompress from our hectic Silicon Valley life and spend some quality time together playing cards and enjoying the beautiful Mendicino Coast.
WE all enjoyed the stay at Clayton's house. Beautiful house and clean, and it had everything we needed to make the stay pleasurable. We had a blast using the canoe on the river, our dog had fun in the river . WE will be back !!
Relaxing and so beautiful
What a wonderful and most relaxing experience yet again. Waking up in the mornings watching all the wildlife come in and out and the sound of the ocean is mesmerizing. Clays house is fully equipped, clean and just feels like home. We love the fact he accepts our two dogs as well. This is the second time we have stayed here and certainly not our last. So many good things to say about this comfy beautiful home!
Cozy and beutiful
First off, the setting is gorgeous. View of a well protected estuary. Lots of wildlife.
The home itself is very cozy, warm, inviting. It is also well equipped. Put away the cell phone and relax. Great place to devour a book. North or South excursions will be breathtaking scenery, great food, fun shopping.
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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.