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Beautiful home on 5 magnificently landscaped acres with Koi pond and Hot tub

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Peaceful and secluded high end home with large koi pond and lovely garden.

Our beautiful house is U shaped around a flagstone patio that looks out on a large koi pond and magnificently landscaped pathways winding through the property. The house has two bedrooms and two baths, a Viking gourmet kitchen with Travertine floors and marble countertops. You won't be disappointed! Attention to detail has been the compass during the 20 year remodeling and addition building process. The hot tub included looks out upon the Koi pond. It is 5 minutes to Albion center and 20 minutes to the town of Mendocino. The 2 bedrooms are large and airy. The Master bedroom, with it's comfortable Cal King bed, looks out over the koi pond The bathroom features 2 sink vanity with glass door shower.The 2nd bedroom is also very large with comfortable queen sized bed The guest bath has a large glass doored shower and bath tub. Both bathrooms feature beautiful natural stone counters and floors.

If you are trying to decide this property is right for you: If you are looking for a private, quiet get away where you can relax and rejuvenate, where you can plan to eat out in a nice restaurant or go to the beach but don't need to be walking distance to a town then our place is right for you. If you love beautiful gardens large, comfortable homes, privacy and quiet then you will love our home. If you have kids that enjoy nature and the out doors then you would enjoy our place too.

If you love traveling with your well-behaved, housebroken dog that you can let outside off leash into a 5 acre fenced yard then we think you will like staying with us too.

Children are welcome and dogs are considered on a case by case basis (Our pond does not have a fence surrounding it so young children must be monitored) Wifi is available but may be slow it and will not accommodate streaming or large downloads. It is mostly suitable for emails and surfing.

Cell phone service is intermittent. Verizon works best. ATT or US cellular will not work. There is a landline phone available for your use if needed.

Please tell us about you and what you are looking for when you do an inquiry or booking. We want this to be right for you!

More Details

Ron and Marilyn
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2018

About Ron and Marilyn

Ron is a retired contractor and his wife Marilyn works as a Nurse Practitioner at the local hospital. We have lived in the Mendocino area for the past 25 years.

Ron and Marilyn purchased this house in 1990

Why Ron and Marilyn chose Albion

When Ron retired he began pursuing his passion for sheep dog trialing with our Border Collies. We purchased a sheep ranch in the nearby area of Covelo. We decided to share our lovely home with vacationers to allow us the flexibility of maintaining our life on the coast while developing our sheep ranch. We enjoy knowing about our guests so we can try to anticipate their needs. We strive to have the balance of having our guests feel attended to while also letting them have their privacy.

What makes this house unique

Our home is truly a retreat with the lovely Koi pond and beautiful Japanese maple trees. It has been featured 3 times on the annual Mendocino Art Center garden tour. The relaxing sound of the waterfall, the Koi swimming gracefully through the water and the birds singing are all relaxing and rejuvenating. Exactly what a vacation should be! In addition, the beds are comfortable, the kitchen is gourmet and there are multiple sweet places to sit and read your book or just sit and relax. A family owned grocery store, with deli and tasty home made food is 7 minutes down the road. Albion River campground, also just down the road, has a small restaurant that serves a tasty breakfast as well as lunch and dinner. The Ledford House and Albion RIver Inn are both known for their fine food and are both 10 minutes away. There are no visible neighbors from the home so privacy and quiet are assured.


Albion House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Natural Stone shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Natural Stone shower
  • Master bath is attached to the master bedroom. Guest bath is larger with glass vessel sink, bathtub and larger shower. Both showers have built in benches.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedrooms are large with lovely garden views. Master has french doors that open onto a deck that has a hot tub and overlooks the Koi pond. The living room couch is also very comfortable and can be easily made into a bed. We will consider an extra guest if sleeping pads or blow up bed are provided by the guest or you want to use the couch. Please let us know.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • racquetball
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Beautiful home on 5 magnificently landscaped acres with Koi pond and Hot tub
average rating of 4.923077 based on 39 reviews

Gorgeous scenic property

  • 5 of 5

Middle Ridge Retreat is just that: a beautiful, quiet, peaceful place to get away from it all. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Ron & Marilyn's lovely home in the woods, and appreciated the fact that it's just minutes away from Mendocino and other places we wanted to visit. Ron & Marilyn even provided driving directions, saving us time driving up from the Bay area. Overall, it was a wonderful experience! :)

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Holly for your lovely review. I'm glad we were able to help you with your travel plans and glad you had a great time at our property. We hope you will be able to visit us again! Best wishes! Marilyn and Ron
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San Francisco

Amazing peaceful place for our whole family

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here here 3 night for labor day weekend with my wife, our 2 daughters (6m.o and 2y.o), my mom and our au pair and we all loved it, especially the overall peaceful vibe and beauty of the garden, and how clean, roomy, comfortable and the quality material of the inside.

The adults were welcomed with a nice bottle of wine and the kids got some grapes :) Ron and Marylin were very responsive before and during the trip but we didnt need to contact them since everything was well thought for, with instructions and recommendations ready.

Charlotte our 2 y.o even named one of the koi fishes "Camille" and came back to say hi and screamed her name every chance she had. She had such big smiles every time feeding the fishes! We just had to clean the pond skimmer once during the trip, which is a well described operation and such a small price to pay to witness those smiles

I personally enjoyed the nice Weber grill in the patio, and the fact that is was just ready to go, with charcoal available and the small gas tank made it effortless to have it ready within minutes.

My wife, au pair and mom loved that the hot tub was already hot and ready to use as soon as we got there, especially after a long drive from SF + traffic.

Even though we didnt cook any big meals and enjoyed some good places around, the sweet Viking stove didnt hurt, and just added to the level of comfort we're used to at home. There were instructions in case you spill anything acidic on the beautiful marble counter, but being a bit careful and you wont have to.

The heated floor in the master bathroom was a nice touch too.

Cant wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Duc for your lovely review and I love your story about your daughter and the fish! We are so glad your family had such a great time! We look forward to your return! Best wishes Marilyn and Ron
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Pioneertown, California

Can we just live here?

  • 5 of 5

This was our first summer visit to Middle Ridge Retreat. We were delighted. So many flowers in bloom in the incredible garden! We spent a lot of time just enjoying the gorgeous space our hosts have created. And the house, so inviting and comfortable and clean. And we love that dogs are welcomed. Our Australian cattle dog had a great time exploring the 5 fenced acres, and we didn’t have to worry about her chasing a squirrel and getting lost. If we had to pick our favorite vacation rental of the dozens we have visited, this would be it. Great property, close to the ocean, close to a great wine region — what could be better?

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Cathy! We were so glad to have you return and it was nice that you could come at a different time of year. Each season has it's own beauty. Thank you for your kind words, we appreciate you sharing them here! Best wishes, Marilyn and Ron
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Los Angeles


  • 5 of 5

We had the immense pleasure of spending 10 days at this stunning property.

The beautifully landscaped property alone would make this a standout VRBO, but the house itself is just perfect. A chef's kitchen, views of redwoods in every room, modern amenities, a great gathering living room, the list goes on and on.

We brought a list of local places to explore with our dog, but as soon we got to the retreat, we realized that we didn't want to leave the property. We were too busy enjoying the fresh air and drooling over the golden light coming into the rooms in the morning and our pup was too busy enjoying running around the fenced property.

Marilyn was a fast responder with any questions and we felt very well taken care of.

I'd give this home six stars if I could.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow thank you Danielle. It was a pleasure to have you and thank you so much for your kind words! It means a lot to us to receive your review as yours is the type of experience we try to provide for our guests. In appreciation, Marilyn and Ron
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Overall, in summary, it was awesome.

  • 5 of 5

When it's time to go you'll wish you'll have another day. We enjoyed our family stay at this high quality built house where every aspect was masterfully planned. The kitchen is well-stocked and provisioned, the house is pet friendly. The perfect space for two adult couples, or parents and a child. From the full page welcome letter to the summary binders and local newspapers, our hosts thought of every detail. And it was the details like the heated floor in the bathroom that left a lasting impression, not to mention the beautiful garden and Koi pond and hot tub.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful comments and kind review. We are so glad you had a wonderful time and fully enjoyed yourselves! Best Wishes! Marilyn and Ron
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Vast yet cozy oasis, tucked away yet very accessible

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at Middle Ridge Retreat twice now, once during the winter and once during the summer. Both times it was truly a perfect experience. The house is beautifully designed and maintained, as are the expansive yards and gardens. The kitchen has pretty much everything you need to prepare a gourmet meal (which we did repeatedly). Our German Shepherd loves it here too, as our house in the city doesn't have much of a yard. Everything in the house is helpfully organized and labeled, and Marilyn is extremely nice and responsive. We look forward to our next stay at Middle Ridge Retreat!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review of our place. We are happy that you had the rest and relaxation that you wanted and that Jake had his fun too! We look forward to your return! best! Marilyn and ron
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Little River
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Ledford House
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Little River Golf Course
Nearest Train
22 Miles
Skunk Train
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Ledford House
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Van Dam
Car: necessary

Home is situated in a large meadow surrounded by redwood trees. Located 20 minutes from picturesque Mendocino village and 30 minutes historic Fort Bragg. Both have excellent restaurants and shopping in addition to beautiful beaches and places of historic interest. Live theater productions are available in Mendocino. A variety of churches and places for worship are also available. Enjoy local activities including grange breakfasts every Sunday and local pubs.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $50
Refundable Damage Deposit $900

3 night minimum is required for any 3 day weekend or holidays ( Labor day, Memorial day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas) If rental term is 10-21 days then cancellation refund is as follows:100% if cancelled 21 days prior to the Check-in Date 50% if cancelled 14 days prior to the Check-in Date. No refund if canceled less than 14 days prior to check in date. If the rental term is 22-30 days then cancelation is as follows: 30 days prior to check in: 100% refund. 14-29 days prior to check in 50% refund, less than 14 days prior to check in, no refund. Occupancy limited to 2 people for rentals lasting 22 -30 days. Cleaning fee is $200 for rentals 14 days or more. Guests staying for 14 days or more are required to obtain travelers insurance for 3000.00 coverage or do a $3900.00 damage deposit

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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