About this listing
Unplug, unwind, restore your senses at Clara's Cottage, a romantic, private, quiet garden retreat on the spectacular Mendocino Coast.
Clara's Cottage is located in Inglenook on several acres, just 10 minutes north of Fort Bragg in a unique microclimate with very little fog, tucked behind the MacKerricher dunes. Access to the dunes and MacKerricher State Beach is located at the end of our private lane.
Clara’s Cottage is a small, warm space with lots of light and easily heated with a glass-front wood stove (firewood provided). The studio accommodates 2 with a firm queen-size bed. There is a well-equipped kitchenette for light food preparation. A Weber charcoal BBQ is available for use off the outside patio area. Clara’s Cottage has an indoor 1/2 bath and an outdoor claw foot tub/shower located in a serene and private garden setting (think hot tub, hot springs ambiance).
Owners reside on the property and greet guests personally and enjoy making recommendations for restaurants, activities, hikes, etc. There are abundant opportunities for hiking, bird watching and beach-combing nearby. The cottage is equipped with excellent hiking and bicycling guidebooks.
The cottage has no TV, phone or WIFI. Cell phone reception is spotty on the coast; internet cafes are located in town. NO PETS, NO SMOKING. Nightly rate includes 11% county bed tax. Guests are expected to have a high regard for personal property and leave the cottage in the condition it was found - there is no additional cleaning fee. There is a refundable security deposit. Check-in time is 3pm - 10pm; check-out is 11am.
Other Things to Note
Holiday Guidelines 2014:
Clara’s Cottage is a very popular destination for the holidays. In order to preserve time for own holiday traditions, we are limiting our usual flexibility with booking dates. We are offering guests the booking schedule below; we are not able to make exceptions.
Check-in Tues. 11/28
Check-out Sun. 12/1
Check-in Mon. 12/22
Check-out Fri. 12/26
Check-in Fri. 12/26
Check-out Mon. 12/29
Check-in Tues. 12/30
Check-out Fri. 1/2
no smoking, no pets, no candles
light cooking is requested
out of consideration for our guests who may be allergic, our pets are not allowed in the cottage & strongly perfumed products are discouraged
One of my favorite vacation experiences to date!
Spend some time at Clara's Cottage and you will find that it is a place that was not only made by Tenaya and Ed, but "created"--the wonderful micro-home was not only tailor fit to the traveler's needs, but the custom craftsmanship and landscaping provided it's own ongoing enjoyment. Likewise, we not only enjoyed, but savored our experiences in the cottage as with the endlessly interesting Mendocino coast.
We tried almost all of Tenaya's concise recommendations and as a result enjoyed excellent fish n chips and boat-watching at Noyo Harbor, great local pizza and beer in downtown Ft. Bragg, a fantastic and solitary hike along the nearby tide pools, a trek to a private Pacific dunes beach, a wonderful journey through the gorgeous town of Mendocino and much more.
Clara's Cottage was simply perfect for our 28th wedding anniversary! We found the whole property to be enchanting and cozy. I have fallen so deeply in love with the private outdoor tub, that we are going to create a very similar environment out on the almond ranch! Tenaya is so genuine and very helpful with information of the area. We were close to town and the beaches, but felt completely removed from daily stresses and the hustle and bustle of life. We left feeling recharged, reconnected and rested. We enjoyed sitting in the beautiful garden watching the quail and all the little birds, while snacking on Tenayas home made muffins and jam. we recommend staying at least 3 nights. The first 2 were great, but 3rd made all the difference! We highly recommend Clara’s cottage and plan to return as often as we can! Thank you so much Tenaya! Terry and Gina
The cottage was nicely isolated and super cozy. Clara made us awesome jam and muffins. We had a great time exploring the area.
My partner and I immediately felt welcomed by Tenaya for our weekend stay. Clara's cottage was more beautiful than any picture could capture! The cottage was the perfect size and very clean and cozy. Tenaya's gardens were immaculate and there is a true sense of calm and serenity. We left feeling rejuvenated and look forward to another stay in the future!
Clara's Cottage was perfect! It was the retreat I was looking for. The cottage was clean, cozy, very welcoming and had everything I needed. The garden setting was lovely with flowers, greenery, and was very private. I loved watching the birds! The garden tub/shower was unique and completely relaxing and private. I can't say enough about the kindness and genuineness of Tenaya. She was so helpful and thought of everything. Delicious muffins, jam, and strawberries. Special extra touches! I loved the location--close enough to town, hikes, beaches but not in the busyness of it all. If you want a place to completely relax and re-energize, this is the place for you.
I hope to be back soon. Arlet
Fantastic experience! Tenaya was warm and welcoming, and the cottage was well appointed and very cozy! The beach nearby is pure bliss, my girlfriend and I went twice and didn't see a single person, collecting seashells and picnicking alone. And the outdoor tub was the perfect relaxation after the hike over the dunes!
Our stay at Clara's Cottage was perfectly relaxing and comfortable. Tenaya and her friendly dog Dora welcomed us with a quick thorough tour, dune hiking tips, and delicious freshly cut strawberries. One the first day, we explored the nearby Fort Bragg headlands (only a 10 minute drive away) and the next day we explored the dunes (only a 2 minute walk from the cottage) The cottage is perfectly equipped and comfortable. The garden area and outdoor bath were a delight.
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