About this listing
Abalone Cottage is a unique hand-crafted cottage close to both the wild Mendocino coast and the buzzing Anderson Valley wine country. It's the perfect getaway for....nature lovers, romantics, homesteading dreamers, wine lovers and maybe...you?!
Abalone Cottage is perched on 25-acres of Greenwood Ridge, in Mendocino County. This hexagonal, hand-crafted cottage offers rustic-charm and sweeping vistas of the forest and distant ocean views. The cottage is two levels - the upper main level houses the large sleeping area with queen bed (comfy feather bed mattress topper and down comforters), wood burning stove, space heaters, sofa, toilet/sink, ipod/phone dock/radio, and expansive views from three large windows. Your private downstairs (which you access via outdoor stairs - see photos) includes a large tiled shower and bathroom sink, and a complete kitchen with full-size refrigerator, gas stove, microwave, stovetop espresso maker, coffee maker, toaster, tea pot, blender, dishes, table and chairs. Views from the kitchen/dining area.
The entrance to the owner's home is 50' from the cottage entrance, but your total privacy is assured. Enjoy the large main redwood deck with views of the distant sea (see photos). A charming kitchen garden and koi pond surround the deck, making it the perfect spot to enjoy your favorite beverage and the often picturesque sunsets, or sip your coffee in the morning with the birds and other forest life. You also have the cottage's private deck with its koi pond beckoning you to sit and enjoy the sun. For your morning we provide coffee and tea, and a light starter to prepare you for an exciting day of adventure on the Mendocino coast!
IMPORTANT TRAVEL NOTE: Although only 130 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge, Abalone Cottage offers a soothing respite amidst the vastness of nature. This special property is 20 minutes from Elk and the Pacific Ocean, 25 minutes from Boonville and the many wineries of the cutting-edge Anderson Valley, and 40 minutes from the famed village of Mendocino. The roads are windy (motion sickness sufferers, beware), and for those who aren't regular navigators of coastal routes, expect to take much more time than you are used to getting from point to point.
If you want very close proximity and short drives to local dining and wining, we suggest you look at other nice options in the Village of Mendocino or elsewhere.
If, however, you're in need of a real break and enjoy - night skies teeming with stars, wind rustling in the trees, rain on the roof while you're sleeping - Abalone Cottage might very well be the place for you! There are some very nice dining choices and local wineries in the area but, as noted, they do require a bit of drive: 20 - 40+ minutes. As we've suggested to our many happy guests, the best ways to experience the joys of Abalone Cottage are to spend the day exploring on the coast or in the valley, then return to the cottage to enjoy wine and a spectacular sunset on the deck and delight in the use of the kitchen facilities.
Note that cell phone and related network access is good for most carriers (but is carrier dependent) and the cottage has limited access to wireless internet and there is no television.
Visit our guidebook on this site for a taste of our favorite restaurants, wineries and bars and an idea of the many offerings of the county, and if this sounds like the spot for you, we hope to hear from you soon!
Interaction with Guests
We live on the property, and our house is ~ 50' cottage. We are available either in person or via cell in real time to make activity/winery/restaurant suggestions, answers questions, or address concerns. We go to great lengths to assure your privacy, and encourage you to make exclusive use of the main deck and the smaller cottage deck. Our level of interactions with guests are based on the guests' wishes, and range from no more than a friendly welcome and introduction to the property for those who want privacy, to the many delightful guests with whom we've shared glasses of wine and even meals.
~Please no smoking or drugs in the cottage or on the property
~Two occupants is generally the maximum.
~We're sorry, but the cottage isn't suitable for children under 12.
~Cleaning fee is $50 regardless of number of nights.
~We will try to accommodate your requested arrival and departure times if possible.
~We are happy to discuss with you the possibility of your bringing one small well-behaved dog