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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 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Bdm 1.5 Bath. Kayakers Dream! Birdwatching Galore! On 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, large deck with Traeger Smoker/Grill. 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 an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 4, 2017

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 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
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
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 ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
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

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Spectacular Riverfront/ Oceanfront Property On Nature Preserve!
average rating of 4.894737 based on 38 reviews
5

We like the place so much we have stayed there 3 times in the past 3 years.

  • 5 of 5

What more can we say?

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Relaxing and so beautiful

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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5

Cozy and beutiful

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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5

Amazing property and location

  • 5 of 5

The house is in a fantastic location by the Ten Mile River, overlooking the dunes. We saw otters, seals, a skunk and numerous birds. You can just sit on the deck or on the bench by the river and the seals and otters swim past. Some guests have also seen a bald eagle but we weren't that lucky.

You'll also hear the ocean from the deck. The house has a nice open feel and the kitchen is very well equipped and has everything you'll need for cooking. The nearby beaches are beautiful. If you are looking to get away from it all and enjoy a few days of rest and relaxation with some wildlife viewing, you won't find a better place than this. We had an amazing stay here.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Greensboro, NC
5

unforgettable!

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect spot to return to nature! From sunrise to sunset, we enjoyed the solitude and beauty of the property. We canoed over to the beach each day which was a wonderful experience for our boys. Watching the osprey, seals, and river otters was memorable too!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Foresthill, Ca.
5

Heaven on Earth!

  • 5 of 5

This was my family's first trip to Fort Bragg & BOY! Were we impressed! Clay's house alone made the trip worthwhile--from the scenic, breathtaking views to the different wildlife we encountered just around/near the property! We never thought we would be mere feet from a sunbathing harbor seal whilst utilizing Clay's canoe along Ten Mile River! Not to mention the pair of otters that were always nearby keeping us company throughout our stay. The 2 BEST encounters were when the hubby went out to the truck in the driveway & almost came face-to-face with a skunk snooping around the shed & watching an otter cross the road as we sat watching bicyclists zoom by whilst visiting MacKerricher State Park!

The house itself is SPECTACULAR! Open & bright with natural sunlight pouring in from the windows & skylights. The kitchen was stocked--so instead of eating out, we ate in mostly & enjoyed the peaceful, glorious scenery! The beds were comfortable & the house was stocked with plenty of books to read & even a decent collection of movies to watch-albeit, there wasn't a TV to view in the main room or the master bedroom. We noticed it immediately & yes, there was a slight panic--but we quickly realized how quiet & pleasant it was to not have it & it worked out as a blessing in disguise!

Clay was a great host & was so helpful & willing to show us the ropes @ any point during our stay--whether we would've needed a tutorial on the use of the watercraft made available to us or any questions we had about the house/property. He is a lucky man to live in such a beautiful place & we are grateful that he allowed us the opportunity to share that experience, if even for a few days.

We hope to be back whenever we decide to head to Fort Bragg & hope that Clay will allow us future stays!

Thank you, Clay!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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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 $120 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

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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