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Caspar Cottage, Charming Private Mendocino Vacation Rental

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Caspar Cottage is a charming, quiet, nicely and newly furnished cottage that we built on our five private acres, with a walk through a redwood forest to the waterfall in Russian Gulch State Park. We are located just 3 miles up the ridge from the ocean and 10 minutes from Mendocino or Fort Bragg. It's a perfect place for a honeymoon, anniversary, special occasion or quiet retreat. It has a comfortable queen bed with down comforter and nice linens, sleeper sofa, fully equipped custom kitchen, gas BBQ and picnic table with string lights above for enjoying the outdoors in the evenings, lovely custom cabinetry and a beautiful marble tiled bathroom with a jetted tub and large shower.

The cottage is private, spotless, very comfortable and nicely appointed. Flames from an enameled European propane stove bring the warmth and coziness of a fire with the convenience of a thermostat. There is a CD player, DIRECTV w/ HBO, DVD/VCR with small library of films, Satellite INTERNET connection, iron and hairdryer. We provide coffee and tea, toast and jam and fresh fruit and flowers. From the cottage you can walk through the Redwoods to a beautiful WATERFALL, as we are near the Russian Gulch State Park Waterfall Trail and bicycle trails in Jackson State Forest.

We will gladly direct you to great restaurants, nice beaches, beautiful hikes and activities on the coast. PRICES INCLUDE ALL TAXES AND CLEANING AND BREAKFAST GOODIES!

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Diane Buxton and Robert Winegar
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Diane Buxton and Robert Winegar

We built this sweet cottage on our five private acres near the end of the road at the eastern end of the Russian Gulch State Park. We also built our home and a small woodworking shop, and raised our children here. We have lived on the Mendocino coast for 35 years and love the Mendocino community.

Diane Buxton and Robert Winegar purchased this cottage in 1985

Why Diane Buxton and Robert Winegar chose Mendocino

Mendocino is a beautiful coastal village perched on a headlands overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It has a very active artists' community with many art galleries as well as fine restaurants and shops. There are five State Parks along our coast, perfect for hiking and biking and kayaking and birdwatching and beach combing. There are many activities and festivals throughout the year. Whale watching weekends in March, a Film Festival in early June, the Mendocino Music Festival in July, Mendocino Art Center Fairs in July and November, Winesong! in September and Wine and Mushrooms and Crab Festivals in November and January.

What makes this cottage unique

We enjoy sharing our little oasis with guests who appreciate nature, peace and quiet and a comfortable, nicely appointed cottage to relax in and enjoy beautiful Mendocino coast. It's all about hospitality! Please visit our CasparCottage website and the Guests' Comments page.


Mendocino Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • lovely marble tiled bathroom with a jetted tub and a large shower, bath soaps, extra towels, hair dryer, first aid kit, and fresh flowers
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • comfortable Queen size bed with memory foam topper and nice linens, leather armchair and antique floor lamp, Sleeper sofa for one adult or two children, hardwood floor, Oriental carpet, extra sheets and blankets, flat screen TV, European gas heater/stove
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • 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
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
From the cottage you can walk through the Redwoods to the WATERFALL in Russian Gulch State Park. There are also many biking trails nearby


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Caspar Cottage, Charming Private Mendocino Vacation Rental
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews


  • 5 of 5

What a terrific cottage and what perfect hosts! Caspar Cottage is charming, cozy, well stocked for cooking (or not!), impeccably clean, and immensely comfortable. We were met with lights and heat on for our late chilly afternoon arrival--along with fresh bread, butter and jam, local Thanksgiving coffee, fresh seasonal fruit, and a delightful ambiance. The sense of privacy and peace was glorious. Diane and Bob not only offer a perfect get-away, but tons of ideas and pointers for enjoying the area. Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love you too, and look forward to seeing you every year. We enjoy getting our cottage ready for our guests, knowing that they will be pleasantly surprised when they arrive and have a memorable experience. We love sharing the magic of the Mendocino Coast. Hospitality has become friendship with many of our returning guests and we treasure that. Thank you! Diane and Bob
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A second home

  • 5 of 5

This is our home of choice when we visit Mendocino, especially for longer stays where a full kitchen is a must. Bob & Diane are warm hosts who built everything on the property themselves, so it's lovely to appreciate all the care that went in to this guest cottage. It is artistic yet minimalist, and just the aesthetic we are looking for when we want rest among the redwoods and the waves. My husband and I usually bring our young son, who camps out on the sofa bed, while we enjoy the comfy foam mattress on the bed around the corner. We all love the soaking tub, the propane fireplace, and the beautiful light streaming in the giant sitting room window. The surrounding gardens on the property are also gorgeous. This is a spot that feels like home.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love you guys too and look forward to seeing you every time you stay with us. Hopefully when your new house in Mendocino is finished we'll still get to see you, as locals! Thanks for the nice review. D & B
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Springfield, IL

The perfect place to stay near Mendocino

  • 5 of 5

After traveling from the Midwest for vacations in Mendocino for many years, we found Caspar Cottage about 7 years ago and have been staying there ever since. We love its quiet setting in the woods in an area where there is a spot to go for a walk or run every morning without getting in the car, which is not the case in many places in the area. A State park with waterfall is a short walk from the cottage as well. Since there is so much to experience in the area, we love being in the middle of all the things that make the area so wonderful to visit - long walks on 10 Mile Beach (20 minutes north by car); walks in the magnificent Mendocino Botanical Garden (10 min. north by car); walks on the headlands near a light house, 5 minutes away, canoeing on Little River (20 min south), hikes in state parks in both directions and the towns of Mendocino, 10 minutes south and Ft. Bragg, 10 minutes north, each of which have fabulous restaurants, art galleries, shops and grocery stores. The cottage is spotless and well equipped. It provides an immediate sense of peace and relaxation because of its beauty of craftsmanship and wood (built by the owner) and the gorgeous landscaping and flowers with accompanying ceramics created by the other owner. These host artists have created beautiful places to sit and meditate or read.

They also go above and beyond to provide information and hospitality but do not invade your private space. We always hate to leave and can not wait to return the following year.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mary Caroline and David. We really enjoy providing a quiet, peaceful and comfortable place for guests to relax and enjoy the Mendocino coast, and we always appreciate our many returning guests. It's all about hospitality. We look forward to seeing you both again. Thanks, Diane and Bob
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Amazing, tranquil, restorative

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a wonderful week at the Caspar Cottage. We cannot say enough about the beauty and tranquility of the property. The cottage is extremely clean and well-equipped with everything you could possibly require for your stay. Bob and Diane are very talented artisans and the cottage is crafted to the highest standard and decorated in a most artistic manner. They are the most kind, warm and helpful hosts and will offer you whatever information you may need to explore the area.

Within walking distance of the cottage is a fabulous hike through a massive redwood forest which ends up at a waterfall. Fort Bragg and Mendocino are very close by offering galleries, great restaurants, shops and proximity to the ocean. The Mendocino Botanical Gardens are worth the trip. 47 acres of wondrous natural beauty and the path winds down to the ocean at one point.

The cottage is very quiet, peaceful and the gardens and flowers are just breathtaking. We recommend this home with the highest regard. You will not be disappointed! Tom and Mary

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We LOVE Caspar Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

I hardly know where to begin! Your kind hospitality began as we reserved your cottage. We felt so welcome from the get-go. And then to arrive and find an idyllic, private cottage in a pristine setting…heavenly! Your cottage is comfortable, immaculate and so tastefully decorated. The woodworking is gorgeous, the photography inspiring, and your plants and flowers warm, soothing and enviable. Your extra special touches were so very thoughtful - the divine bread (with butter no less!) delicious coffee (with milk no less!) and fruit galore. You thought of every amenity, even robes for the bath and special lights outside to make the evenings more magical. You are clearly kind, warm, generous folks who love to make even strangers very happy. Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. It makes us happy that you're happy. We look forward to seeing you here again at Caspar Cottage. Love you too! Diane and Bob
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Burlingame, California

Enchanted Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Once again, a 5-star review for this incredible cottage. I can't add too much more flowery language to the other 5-star reviews. All I can say is -- I can't wait to go back to this lovely place. Diane and Bob are wonderful people, and they've created a beautiful, peaceful retreat. It's glorious perfection!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It always puts such a big smile on my face to know how happy our guests are at Caspar Cottage. It's honestly why we do it! Every time I'm finished getting the cottage ready for our next guests I say to myself, "whoever arrives here today are lucky people" because I know they will be very happy when they open our new Virgin Redwood door and go inside. We are glad to share the peace and quiet of this little slice of paradise with people who appreciate it. We look forward to seeing you here again (and we'll have a nice dinner together!) Thanks for the nice review, Diane and Bob
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Car: necessary

Hiking, Biking, 7 State Parks, Redwood Forests, Waterfall Trail, Whale Watching, Music Festival, Film Festival, Live Music, Birding, Beach Combing, Salmon Fishing, Tide pooling, Ocean and River Kayaking, Great Restaurants, Art Galleries, Live Theater, Botanical Gardens, Skunk Train, Wine Tasting, Ocean Fishing, Abalone Diving


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

All prices include taxes, cleaning and breakfast goodies
Holiday nightly price is $175 total

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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