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Ocean Front Privacy on 9 Acres_Views_Beach Access...925.788.5762.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms 1 bath sleeps 4

On Zuckerberg's social media page, do a search for Cottontail Acres. Shoot me a note with your dates and phone...and we'll talk! Thank you!

This rental advertising space is no longer letting either of us contact each other directly. All communication goes through them...yes- your phone and email are now kept from me until AFTER you book (through them and pay the booking fee). I also pay list MY property. I do not agree with this policy. All the years (since 2006) I have listed my home here I have been able to contact renters before renting. Would you rent your home to someone you had never talked with?

I accept personal checks and bill through Paypal for credit card payments.


Located on the scenic California Coast in Mendocino County. Mendocino is approx. 20 miles north and there are many small towns within 10 to 60 minutes. Wine tasting in the Anderson Valley is less than an hour away also!


Captivating and lovingly cared for ocean front cottage on 9 private acres. Expansive views of the ocean, Point Arena Lighthouse, and Manchester State Beach. Visit Point Arena Lighthouse and the Stornetta Public lands. Sit on the porch and you don't see another home! Ocean views during the day and the sky full of stars at night.

Fully fenced yard around cottage and fencing along road for privacy. Large wrap-around porch with south and west facing seating areas from which to view the ocean, wildlife, the lighthouse, gorgeous sunsets and the stars at night - when was the last time you looked up and saw the Milky Way?

A walk down your private path takes you to Manchester State Beach where you can enjoy strolling miles of soft sand, hunt for driftwood treasures or explore the tide pools. Whale watching here is ideal... sit and relax on the porch while you watch them pass by. Approx. migrations: southern mid-Nov-Dec and northern Mar-Apr.

Inside...there is a 12+ foot farmhouse table perfect for dining and games. Sit and enjoy a cozy fire while you watch a movie from the comfy sofa...Over 100 movies to choose from!

Quirky (and mostly made in Mendocino) artwork abounds both indoors and out to delight your eye wherever it lands.

Irish Pine antique beds and dressers, CA king in the master bedroom with a fold out chair-bed perfect for a child. . . Twin beds in the second bedroom. Fully remodeled tumbled stone bath with an oval corner tub/shower combo. (We have a port-a-crib and highchair seat stored in the master bedroom closet.)

This vacation rental boasts a large flat expanse with ocean views...... wedding, anniversary party, family reunion or other get-together. Have your event and then spend a few days for a Romantic Honeymoon or as a reward for a party well done! Please ask about the details. 7 night minimum for events requiring tents/tables/etc... due to delivery, set up and break down. Only one rental per 30 days.

Thinking about an Elopement or Renewal of Vows? We can put you in touch with an experienced Wedding Officiant here on the coast. And we have a list of local florists, photographers and caterers.

The vacation destination you've been searching for...Spend your days relaxing on the porch...Or take off to see the local sights... Mendocino is a short 30 minute drive North...enjoy stopping along the way to shop or dine.

The Family Hound is always welcome here. We have a fenced yard, dog beds and 2 sets of dog dishes. We also provide Dog Towels to wipe off the pooch after a romp on the beach. No need to pack the bulky stuff!

Located just 3 miles south of Cottontail Acres... S & B Market for your groceries and across the street is a Post Office.

Wouldn't it be nice to have the refrigerator stocked with all your favorites? Grocery shopping can be done for you. Need flowers or something special for a birthday or anniversary?? Just ask-we can help!!


Keywords: oceanfront, ocean view, mendocino, beach access, child friendly, pet friendly, privacy, fenced yard, views, events, north coast, california coast, weddings, surfing, fishing, driftwood, lighthouse, whale watching, sand dollars, seashells, million dollar views

More Details

Holly Petersen email: holly @
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 9, 2018

About Holly Petersen email: holly @

I was raised in the Monterey and Pacific Grove areas and have always loved living near the ocean. When it came time to find my own little slice of heaven on the California coast I actually started looking in those areas....and decided while I love where I grew up, I wanted more privacy and less people!! So I started looking all along the northern end of the state and finally found my dream location. Waterfront, beach, private yet within 10-60 minutes of everything I desired....from groceries and restaurants to many local/seasonal activities...Yippy!!! Mine!!!

I have another home here on the coast now and decided to share Cottontail Acres as a vacation rental...... Are you ready to enjoy the glorious coast?...schedule your vacation and come see for yourself why I fell in love with the cottage and the location.

Holly Petersen email: holly @ purchased this house in 1999

Why Holly Petersen email: holly @ chose Manchester

It is the most perfect house on the Mendocino coast!! Easy drive to grocery store, quaint and cute towns to visit within 10-60 minutes. Fantabulous restaurants. Fresh fish and crab from Noyo Harbor....and all of this is just 3 hours from the Bay Area!!!

What makes this house unique

THE PACIFIC OCEAN!!.... Sunrises and Sunsets. Cooling and mysterious Fog. Cottontail bunnies. Stargazing. Quail. Deer napping under the trees.

A glass of wine on the deck. Laughing with friends. Long beach walks. Watch the flames dance in the fireplace. Enjoy the dogs playing on the beach. Flowers. Sunshine. Raindrops watering the garden. Tranquility. Privacy. Just an 'all around feel good place' ...which is a direct quote from a happy vacationer!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had 7 nights with each day full of sunshine (did you order that special for us Holly?) LOL Dogs loved romping on the beach and chasing the tennis balls across the huge yard. We had many animals visit during our stay, deer, raccoon, hawks, a bobcat, a couple foxes, and silly quail running by, . What a treat for us apartment in SF folks! We'd love to make this trip a couple times a year to stay here. Cozy house and we wanted for nothing, you even have a coffee grinder which impressed the He-male of us!
Feb 2017
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Manchester House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • ALL cancellations are subject to $150.00 fee as outlined in Rental Agreement.
  • One rental per 30 days per county rules.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Main House Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Custom corner tub/shower combo, with a soft curtain surround
  • Main House has corner bathtub/shower combo, along with toilet and single sink.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , CA King master bed (Porta-Crib available)
  • Sleeps up to 4 Adults, portable crib for a child under 3 California King in Master Bedroom... 2 twins in the second bedroom...
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Oceanfront deck right on the bluff. A great place to sit and enjoy the sunset. It is so relaxing to sip your favorite beverage while watching the ocean. Watch whales as they migrate south in the winter months and then north in the spring with their babies! Renew your Wedding Vows or pledge yourself to your love on the bluff deck with the ocean as your backdrop,


A bit of paradise on the Mendocino coast!!

VRBO Bear stayed here

Aug 5, 2013

When arriving at Cottontail Acres the first thing I noticed was the incredible views of the Point Arena Light House and the ocean. As a bear I appreciate nature and this 9 acre bit of paradise on the Mendocino coast was just what I needed to relax, recharge my batteries and enjoy myself. A few friends and I enjoyed golfing at the Little River Inn Golf course and we found some fabulous restaurants in Mendocino. Manchester Beach was our back yard and we enjoyed the serene beauty of a virtually private coastal experience. The beach was dotted with interesting driftwood sculptures that captivated our senses. When in the mood to stay in and relax after a long day we took advantage of the large movie collection. The long dining room table allowed us a chance to play poker and was comfortable for our group of 7 large bears and even had a lot of room for more bears if necessary. We liked the loft and the accents of the home and enjoyed sitting on the deck listening to music as the sun went down. The observation deck halfway down the path to the beach was also a favorite spot to sit and meditate while enjoying the expansive ocean view. One time we saw a pair of hawks wing their way through the cool air above. The privacy and almost total serenity of this house is one thing that will draw us back to Cottontail Acres at some point, I am sure. This was easily one of the most beautiful locations this bear has ever visited.

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Cottontail Acres was the perfect place for a relaxing vacation near Mendocino.

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our vacation at Cottontail Acres. The property is a full 9 acres on a bluff which overlaps the ocean and has spectacular views. The dining area has a beautiful long wooden table which can accommodate up to a dozen people. The kitchen is fully equipped and well-organized. The master bedroom has a comfortable king size bed and plenty of room. The second bedroom is large with two single beds. The place is incredibly comfortable and built for relaxation, with great privacy and views from the dining area and from the large porch. It is a short walk to the edge of the property overlooking the ocean and then about a 5 minute walk down to the water. The house and location are ideal for a dog, and our dog had the time of her life, enjoying the fenced yard, the ability to roam in a safe area, and then play all day at the beach. As would be expected for a country house, there are a few inconveniences such a low water pressure and no live TV (but DVD and VHS videos are supplied), but these simply made us focus on enjoying our vacation. We definitely will return.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Didn't want to leave......

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderfully relaxing 4 days at Cottontail Acres, & we definitely didn't want to leave. The house had everything we needed, plus it was extremely dog friendly.

Beautiful property with great views of the ocean. There's a path from the house that leads to the bluff with a wooden observation deck. There is Beach access, via a path with three switchbacks down the side of the cliff. It's appx a 15min walk from the house until you are on the beach, but once you're there it's so worth it -- we rarely saw anyone else on the beach, & our dogs had a great time playing there.

The house was clean & all appliances worked great. It's very quiet & peaceful. The night sky is absolutely amazing & is easily viewed right off the back porch/deck area. If you're in to wildlife viewing, we did see several deer, rabbits, & birds, as well as seals & a whale.

Don't hesitate to stay at this home - you won't regret it! We're already thinking about making another reservation here. Thanks again to Holly for sharing such a great place with us

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxation retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully peaceful! Came to relax...mission accomplished! Can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! It is a great place to slow down and appreciate life.
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Pure heaven!

  • 5 of 5

Cottontail Acres is so beautiful and cozy. My husband and I will definitely return again. The house is very comfortable and nicely furnished and decorated. The views are breathtaking and a short hike down to the very beautiful beach.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and the miles of beach you can walk to right from the house.
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Beautiful rustic and isolated property to totally unplug and get away!!

  • 5 of 5

Cottontail acres is close enough to Mendocino and Pt Arena to see the charm and offerings of unique and beautiful coastal towns yet far enough away you don't have to speak to a soul if you so choose!! Holly our host was totally responsive to inquiries and gave great instructions. If you have little ones or little furry ones this property is ideal! Drew and Jasmine,

San Jose,CA

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love being dog friendly. The property and proximity to the beach make for tired dogs at the end of the day!
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Great place to relax and unwind.

  • 5 of 5

My wife & I have been lucky enough to spend several days at Cottontail Acres the past two summers and it such a wonderful place to relax and unwind. We had our dogs with us and they loved the open space and walks on the beach. This is not a 5-star hotel, and it does have a few quirks, but that's exactly what we love about it, because it feels more home. VRBO failed to return our damage deposit, but we notified Holly and she made sure it was returned. If you're looking for fancy-schmancy, this may not be for you, but if you want a sweet cottage with a fenced yard for your pups and a total of 9+ acres on a bluff above the ocean, you won't find amore relaxing and private place to stay.

Thank you, Holly!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
SB Market
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Ledford House Restaurant
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Queenies Roadhouse Cafe
Nearest Point of Interest
Point Arena Lighthouse
Nearest Point of Interest
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Lula Cellars

Historic Point Arena Lighthouse and Stornetta Public Lands ....Great coves nearby for ab diving in season, deer, hawks, owls, song birds, weasels, and Cottontails of course! Restaurants-from deli to gourmet, the coast has them all, We'll be happy to assist you with reservations! Museums, Star Gazing, SeaShelling, Driftwood Collecting, the Anderson Valley for Wine Tasting, Hiking and Golf, Fishing & Whale Watch charters from Noyo Harbor, Visit the Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg-glorious Rhododendrums in bloom, dogs are welcomed in the Gardens on leash.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $125
Pet Fee $50
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $250

On Zuckerberg's social media page, do a search for Cottontail Acres. Shoot me a note with your dates and phone...and we'll talk! Thank you!

This rental advertising space is no longer letting either of us contact each other directly. All communication goes through them...yes- your phone and email are now kept from me until AFTER you book (through them and pay the booking fee). I also pay list MY property. I do not agree with this policy. All the years (since 2006) I have listed my home here I have been able to contact renters before renting. Would you rent your home to someone you had never talked with?

This property has been listed by me with VRBO since April of 2006. I have always talked with each prospective guest before finalizing a rental. I find this helps me know more about your stay and I can answer any questions you have about the property or the area easily.

I accept checks and I bill through Paypal for credit card payments.

Fees will be updated when replying to your rental inquiry-rates and total dependent on your guest requirements (ie: pet, event, etc...).

Check in is 3pm or later. Check out is 11am or earlier. IF the house is available, early check in and late check out might be possible to arrange.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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