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Ocean Front Privacy on 9 Acres_Views_Beach Access......20 Miles S of Mendocino

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Detached Unit w/2nd bath (up to: 4 in house and 4 in loft)

WHALES ARE MIGRATING!!!!! Come on over and watch the show!!!

*** Please include your phone number on your Rental Inquiry***

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

**2016 Holidays-7 night minimum July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years** Holidays are at full rate.


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 ((we have scrabble, yahtzee, cranium, cribbage, monopoly, jenga, cards, poker chips, backgammon, jigsaw puzzles... etc)). 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.

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.

Separate loft with knotty pine interior & skylights. Full Bathroom with shower, Microwave & Coffee Maker. Sleeps 4 with 2-'Built-In' Double Beds. Fee to add loft is based on number of guests and length of stay. Only Available with Rental of Main House. Loft is NEVER rented out separately.

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.

Divers...Cottontail Acres is close to many great Ab Coves.

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.

This property has been listed by me with VRBO since April of 2006. I have worked with hundreds of people who've now visited the Mendocino Coast. I prefer to talk 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.

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
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 12, 2017

About Holly Petersen

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 purchased this house in 1999

Why Holly Petersen chose North Coast

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 game of ping pong.

A glass of wine on the deck. Laughing with friends. Long beach walks. Watching the flames dance in the fireplace. Watching 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • 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
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Loft Bathroom - toilet , shower
    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. Loft has bathroom with shower, toilet and single sink.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Loft - 2 double , Loft can be added to main house rental. Never rented alone!
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , CA King master bed (Porta-Crib available)
  • Main House: Sleeps up to 4 Adults, portable crib for a child under 3 California King in Master Bedroom... 2 twins in the second bedroom... Loft: Sleeps up to 4 people... 2 Double beds, built in 'Ship style Captain's Beds...'
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • 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.

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(58 traveler reviews)

Ocean Front Privacy on 9 Acres_Views_Beach Access......20 Miles S of Mendocino
average rating of 4.965517 based on 59 reviews

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: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great experience.

  • 5 of 5

Had a great 3 nights at "cottontail acres." Home was simple but comfortable and had everything we needed. It was really nice to be able to just walk down to the beach. We would stay here again. The large property makes it a great spot for kids and dogs to play.

If they had a hot tub, this place would be perfect. As is, it still deserved 5 stars.

Holly was easy to communicate with.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit and the wonderful Mendocino coastline! We're unhappy the hot tub went missing...still trying to get to the bottom of the mystery!
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Truckee, CA

Great Location, but needs a good cleaning

  • 3 of 5

We really enjoyed the location. You can walk down to the beach and it is very private. However, it seems the house has been a bit neglected. The garden is overgrown, the outside of the house needs a good power wash, and the kitchen was in pretty bad shape. We ended up rewashing most of the dishes as we found food stuck on them. The dishwasher has mildew covering the entire inside and was completely unusable. The BBQ looks like it has never been cleaned. The grate is rusted and flaking off. We had to grill all of our food on foil. The oven was very dirty as well. The shower curtain was also covered in mildew. There were also numerous cigarette butts left in a shell on the outside table. Even the trail down to the beach is overgrown and needs to be cleaned up.

Also, we booked when a hot tub was offered on the website. We payed the hot tub fee for cleaning. When we showed up, there was no hot tub and the hot tub had been removed from the ad on VRBO.

We did notify the owner of all of our issues. She responded the day we were leaving and apologized for the condition of the house. She refunded our cleaning fee. She also refunded the hot tub cleaning fee and stated she was surprised the hot tub wasn't there and was reporting it stolen.

I think with a good cleaning, this house would get a 5. The bones of the house are great. There are really nice pine floors, etc. We were traveling with our dogs and weren't expecting an immaculate property. However, the house was really unsanitary. The mold/mildew in the shower and dishwasher were really bad. If the house was cleaned up, we would consider staying again because it is a great location.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have owned Cottontail Acres since 1999 and have had a wonderful time sharing it with people who want to visit the coast since 2006. The house was a joy to decorate and the location can't be beat! Please take a look at the FIFTYFIVE, “5 Star” reviews from Happy Renters. Every “story” has two sides, the guest was reimbursed properly yet wanted more...*sigh*... I hate being blindsided... Upon arrival I found the dishwasher was on “Rinse only” cycle… one push of the "wash" button and it would have been using dishwasher detergent to clean the dishes and the machine. There was a spot of mildew on the bottom of the shower curtain, which was promptly placed into the washing machine and hung back up. As to the hot tub: I still have no idea what transpired. The "SofTub" hot tub was found over the edge of the neighboring property, one side mashed down. Both the tub and motor were in unusable condition. I do know it was there the day before the guests arrived per the housekeeper. ( I removed the tub from the ad after the guests had gone.) Cigarette butts belong in the outdoor ashtray where they were spotted. An oversight that it had not been emptied before their arrival. The trail is cleared 2-3 times per year. This being the coast and having fog, the natural plants continue to grow between clearing dates. We have chosen to leave the path as close to a natural state as possible so as not to cause erosion. Due to the drought and not being able to water the front garden some of the plants are overgrown and will be trimmed once the rains come (trimming in dry weather would cause stress and many of the plants wouldn’t survive that).
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Reno, Nevada, USA

Just Us and Our Dog

  • 5 of 5

We just finished a fantastic week at Cottontail Acres. The house sits on nine acres and there is nothing between it and the ocean. The sandy beach is beautiful and goes on for miles. We were often the only ones on it. We had deer in the yard every day. The house itself is fenced, so we were able to allow our border collie to run free.

Holly, the owner, has literally thought of everything. There are even beach chairs and binoculars available for guests. The house is spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated, and the beds are like new. Inside, wherever you look there is something interesting.

This was the best, most relaxing get-away we've ever had, and we plan to reserve a week next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boulder Creek, CA (in the redwoods)

Perfect, Perfect, Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Husband and I stayed here for first time for several nights (27th anniversary) and were absolutely awed at the beauty, the accommodations, the quiet and the peace. We own property just over yonder in Irish Beach, so Cottontail Acres is just a stone's throw away. We visited all our favorite things in this area: our property, the 5 miles of private beach, visited with neighbors in Irish Beach, spent time in Gualala & Mendocino, Point Arena and mostly just vegged at Cottontail Acres, with it's woodstove, books, videos, and hot tub. Once we went through the gate, we really did not want to leave. The home is well appointed with everything you need, the local grocery store in Manchester is close by, and you can do all kinds of activities or do nothing at all, in a beautiful little home that is decorated so sweetly. I LOVE the kitchen and even your dishes, and the room with the twin beds (LOVE the comforters on the bed-where did you find those?) and the special little doggie door to the main bedroom we found by mistake. How innovative is that! We want our family reunion here in October! Our entire family could fit around that gorgeous table in the kitchen and there's so much property to play on in the meadow on the bluff. With the extra available room in the garage and loft with full bathroom, I think we can all fit in and just enjoy each other. WHAT A MAGICAL SPECIAL PLACE you have! Looked in your photo book and saw how it was all built, and we congratulate you on such a wonderful place and your lovely vision for it. Thank you so much for sharing with weary travelers looking for a place to rewind. So very special - really a holistic, relaxing, clean, lovely place.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW!!! Thank you for the wonderfully kind and effusive words about Cottontail Acres!! I do love that little slice of heaven by the sea, too! I'd be happy to host your family for a reunion at the property....and as you are "repeat guests" will offer you a 10% discount also!! Thank you again, your review has me smiling from ear to ear!!
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Nearest Point of Interest
SB Market
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Ledford House Restaurant
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Queenies Roadhouse Cafe
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Point Arena Lighthouse
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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

Manchester House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
May 15 2017 - Sep 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning-Main House only $125
Refundable damage deposit $250
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 11.0%

*** Please include your phone number on your Rental Inquiry***

This property has been listed by me with VRBO since April of 2006. I have worked with hundreds of people who wish to visit the Mendocino Coast. I always try and talk 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: loft addition, pet, event, etc...).

Check in is 4pm 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.

Loft is in addition to Main house rental. Loft contains additional bathroom with shower; 2 double beds. Rates are 40.00 to 160.00 per night depending on number of guests, please inquire.

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.
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