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
We highly reccomend this adorably cozy cottage. Step into a magical japanese inspired garden with a dreamy garden tub where you can bathe under the stars. The land is so peaceful and nurturing and just a short walk from some of the most gorgeous dunes I have seen. The beach was sprinkled with sand dollars of all sizes! A dream come true…and we will most certainly return!
Our stay at Clara's Cottage was nothing short of magical. Tenaya was such a warm and gracious host, and we very much appreciated all of her insider tips for the area. The gardens surrounding the cabin were so serene, and we couldn't get enough of the outdoor bath open to the sky. Inside the cabin was perfectly cozy, and the homemade muffins Tenaya left us in the fridge were to die for! Our stay was all to brief, and we're already longing to return...
From the moment we met Ed, greeting us with his warm smile, and Tenaya, with her twinkle in her eye, we knew we were in store for a treat. This was our first adventure as new retirees. What a gift you gave us. The cottage is cozy; filled with light, and appointed perfectly. Our favorites included the magical garden, filled with blossoms, the birds, and the lovely outdoor bathtub. Additional highlights were walking over the dunes to the beach, humming birds welcoming us, and the gentle peace surrounding and enveloping us. Thank you for the ultimate experience in the joy around us.
The perfect unplugged weekend! We were welcomed warmly and guided through the gate of Tenaya's lovely garden at dusk. The cottage's cozy decor set a comfortable mood, with the woodstove ready to be lit. She guided us though the amenities, provided insider tips for the dunes and left us with delicious fresh fruit, seed-muffins and homemade jam. In the morning the cottage was full of light with Blue jays and quail in the yard. Her little snacks made for a tasty breakfast with a cup of coffee. The neighborhood was very quiet, with a few small houses and fences leading out to a private trail onto the surreal network of dunes by the ocean.
After climbing the dunes and walking along the beach we were a bit sandy and excited to make use of the garden shower/bath. The water is warm and steamy the moment you turn in on and is very soothing in the soft breeze. The lush garden and fence provide privacy as sunlight peeks through the trees and mingles with the steam of a soothing shower.
Tenaya was an EXCELLENT host! The cottage was exactly as described and everything was so nice and clean! She really goes the extra mile by putting homade preserves and muffins in the fridge for guests. Tenaya made us feel even more welcomed when she stopped by the second day to make sure we were OK and had everything we needed to make our stay perfect! Tenaya was a great,warm and friendly host and we'll recommend Clara's cottage over and over again! We can't wait to go back!
We had a lovely stay at this cabin. Tenaya was very welcoming and informative. The cabin was small but cozy, and the yard is beautiful. The dunes are only a few minutes walk and are definitely worth exploring. I appreciate how much care our host took to tell us about the best ways to access them. Great experience all around!
Clara's Cottage exceeded our expectations once again -- quite remarkable given that this was our second stay! We enjoyed all our favorite elements from our first stay (very well-designed and comfortable space/layout of the cottage, the outdoor tub, cozy wood stove, beautiful garden, delicious homemade muffins and jam) plus some new treats: watching the sun set across the dunes from the hammock, admiring the burst of spring flowers in the garden, making a short drive to Russian Gulch State Park where we hiked to a waterfall.
As always, Tenaya's attention to detail and graciousness as a host is wonderful! Clara's Cottage is truly a magical retreat!
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