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Quiet Meadow Cottage by Mendocino, ocean, redwoods

SuperhostAlbion, California, United States
Entire cottage hosted by Tom
4 guests1 bedroom2 beds1 bath
Entire home
You’ll have the cottage to yourself.
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11 recent guests said this place was sparkling clean.
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Our clean, cozy & quiet cottage is located on the Mendocino Coast just 1.5 miles from Pacific Ocean on 13 acres of gardens, meadows & redwood forests in a beautiful rural area, close to beaches, rivers, trails, Mendocino & Anderson Valley. The cottage includes a queen bedroom, bath tub & shower, kitchen, living room, deck with lounge chairs & BBQ, and on-property hammock, gardens, meadows & forests. Guests love the lush surroundings, peace & quiet-- an ideal retreat. Family- and LGBT-friendly.

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Vacation rental on the Mendocino Coast, amidst gardens, meadows & forest, 150 miles north of San Francisco.
Our Quiet Meadow Cottage is located on the spectacular Mendocino Coast in a beautiful rural area just 1.5 miles from Pacific Ocean on 13 acres of gardens, meadows and redwood forests, with sheep and llamas next door on our quiet, dead-end, paved road. We are 5 miles from the fishing village of Albion, 12 miles from historically preserved coastal village of Mendocino (an art, wine and food lover's paradise) and 20 to 30 miles from Fort Bragg’s harbor, ocean fishing, whale-watching cruises, sand dunes, Botanical Gardens, the historic Skunk Train, two virgin redwood preserves, and many Anderson Valley wineries.
Our guest cottage is clean, cozy and quiet with a queen bedroom, tub & shower bathroom, small kitchen, sunny deck with BBQ and recliner chairs, and a comfy, sun-filled living room (with 2 additional day-beds). No other houses are in sight (besides the owners' next door), hummingbirds, deer and wild turkeys frequent the meadow in front, nearby is a hammock and extensive flower and organic vegetable gardens you're invited to lounge in, and at night what you usually hear most is the distant ocean surf.
Costs: During the off-season (Jan-March) it's $115 per weeknight and $140 for Friday and Saturday nights. During the high-season, April-Dec, it's $140 per weeknight and $160 for Friday and Saturday nights. There is a 2-night minimum, a one-time $50 cleaning fee and no other costs. (The county bed tax is already included in the list price.) You get a 15% discount for week-long stays and 33% off for a month.
To keep the cottage fresh for all occupants, smoking and pets are not permitted. More photos can be sent to you upon request, and several photos of the property, garden and Mendocino Coast area can be viewed at the owners' home-exchange website, available at Quiet Meadow Cottage, spelled as one word, followed by a period and com.
Note that we have a radio, CD-player, Smart TV, DVD-player and lots of DVDs, but not TV reception or cable. Cell phone reception works for some carriers and not for others. There is a phone in the cottage in case you want to give its number to family or friends, and which you may use freely for local calls. The internet is accessible thru a secured high-speed Internet connection. We also have a generator to provide electricity in case the power is out.
The cold Pacific Ocean 1 1/2 miles away usually keeps our summer daytime temp below 80 degrees-- 60 degrees during foggy days-- and nights can go as low as 45 in summer and 30 in winter. Bring layers. The cottage is heated centrally by a Monitor propane heater whose thermostat you can adjust to your desired temperature. We provide all bedding, towels, bathrobes, hair-dryer, iron and ironing board, and numerous books, games, CDs and DVDs. Your deck has 2 recliners and a BBQ.
The check-in time is 3pm, and check-out is noon. We do not provide breakfasts or meals. The kitchen includes a propane stovetop, mini-fridge, sink, microwave and toaster ovens, stick blender, toaster, coffee makers and electric tea kettle, plus sugar, salt & pepper, and usually some teas and spices. However, you need to bring your own coffee, cream and all the food you want to eat. Many restaurants are available in the area, and Albion village has a good little grocery store and deli. Driving directions are at the bottom.
We will do our best to insure you an enjoyable time in the country.
Tom & Sharon

Comments from the guestbook:
"Thank you for creating such a spacious, uncluttered, tranquil environment. This lovely cottage, deep rest, miles of quiet, and black nights all conspire to ease my wound-up nerves."
"We enjoyed our stay and were very refreshed by the quiet, natural beauty nearby and deer and wild turkeys stopping by to visit from time to time. We loved our 3-hour kayak ride up the Albion River. We didn't see another soul but did see several harbor seals, river otters, cranes and hawks."
"This is truly a special place. I was looking for a retreat and I found more... I found myself again. Thank you for creating a safe, warm space and sharing your incredibly beautiful property."
"You have a truly magical world here and a cozy cottage to comfort guests. Being here in this enchanted forest is a true gift."
"Thanks for this lovely space to rest and become restored. The nature, the quiet, the warm and sunny days have left us all softened around the edges."
"This is my 5th time staying here in this cozy space. Your land is more beautiful than ever and the peace and quiet so supportive. The blooming wysteria was an extra delight, truly lovely."

Guest access
You are encouraged to explore and lounge in the owners' 13 acres of gardens, meadows and redwood-Douglas fir forests. The organic veggie garden often has produce the owners are happy to share with guests, The landscape garden has a hammock and various lawn seatings for reading and relaxing pleasure amidst flowers and nature. Guests staying a week or more may use the owners washer & dryer.

Other things to note
Guests have written of the hosts, "Tom and Sharon's Quiet Meadow Cottage is a total oasis. They've created this incredible, comforting nook in the world that weary travelers are welcomed to and given a chance to truly rest. It's like going home. Just read a few pages in their guest book and you'll know immediately that there is something really special about them and this place. We were looking for a place that we could rest and recharge and this was it to a T. When we arrived there was a family of deer in the meadow there to greet us. There is a really great movie collection and a super interesting range of books and CDs. The kitchen has everything you need and the Albion Grocery & Deli has the basics, including organic produce and local wines. The cottage was super clean and had everything else you could possibly need. If you're up to exploring this coastal area during the day, there are plenty of options ranging from incredible ocean bluffs and beach bumming to virgin redwood forest hikes. The cottage comes complete with maps, local guides and informational pamphlets from all over the area. We're grateful for the time we spent at the Cottage and are tremendously thankful to Sharon & Tom for welcoming us. We hope to go back soon!"
Our clean, cozy & quiet cottage is located on the Mendocino Coast just 1.5 miles from Pacific Ocean on 13 acres of gardens, meadows & redwood forests in a beautiful rural area, close to beaches, rivers, trails, Mendocino & Anderson Valley. The cottage includes a queen bedroom, bath tub & shower, kitchen, living room, deck with lounge chairs & BBQ, and on-property hammock, gardens, meadows & forests. Guests love the l… read more

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 air mattress, 1 floor mattress, 1 crib, 1 hammock
Common spaces
1 single bed

Amenities

Wifi
Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Dryer
Dedicated workspace
Washer
Heating
TV
Hair dryer
First aid kit

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Albion, California, United States

Our immediate rural neighborhood is explorable via paths thru our meadows and woods and by walking on Middle Ridge Road, a little-used, dead-end, paved country lane. The village of Albion is 5 miles away and has a little grocery with wine selection & deli, a post office, hardware store, ocean harbor, beach, boat rental and 3 restaurants. Seven miles up the coast from Albion is Mendocino-- a historically preserved coastal village and an art, wine and food lover's paradise. Seven miles further north is the larger town of Fort Bragg, with a large harbor, ocean fishing, whale-watching cruises, 25 restaurants, sand dunes, Botanical Gardens, and the historic Skunk Train. Forty miles inland from Albion are two virgin redwood preserves and 20 Anderson Valley wineries. Albion is great base for hiking, biking, kayaking and exploring the beautiful North Coast.
Our immediate rural neighborhood is explorable via paths thru our meadows and woods and by walking on Middle Ridge Road, a little-used, dead-end, paved country lane. The village of Albion is 5 miles away and ha…

Hosted by Tom

Joined in January 2010
  • 292 Reviews
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-My wife, Sharon Hansen, and I have lived in Albion on the Mendocino Coast for 40 years, arriving here in back-to-the-land communes. We've both involved in educating our kids then, environmental protection and restoration, progressive politics, music and culture. We love hiking in beautiful nature and to travel. We have done free home-exchanges with people in Vermont, Maine, England, Paris, southern France and Tuscany. So we know how wonderful it is for travelers to find a cozy, comfortable "home" while on the road and gracious hosts who happily help out while respecting the guests privacy.
-My wife, Sharon Hansen, and I have lived in Albion on the Mendocino Coast for 40 years, arriving here in back-to-the-land communes. We've both involved in educating our kids then,…
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House rules
Check-in: 3:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Long term stays (28 days or more) are allowed
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Carbon monoxide alarm
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