About this listing
Our custom built country home sits in a meadow and is surrounded by forest. The house is spacious and homey. It is a quiet and very private retreat from the outside world, but its just minutes from town. Please inquire before reserving.
A PRIVATE GET-A-WAY
Come down my quiet country lane and you will find our three story custom designed country home sitting in a beautiful meadow surrounded by the redwood forest. My seven acre property is bounded on two sides by Jackson State Forest and is completely private with forest all around yet its just minutes from town. Inside you will enjoy high ceilings, large beam construction and all the welcome of a warm country home.
Downstairs has a large well equipped kitchen, and open dining area with sliding glass door to the south facing deck. You can eat at the small round table in the kitchen or the larger dining table in the adjacent area. There is country antique furniture in the room, giving it old style charm.
Step down into a large living room with cathedral ceiling and a seven foot grand piano. You'll find a flat screen TV with DVR, Stereo and DVD. The couch here is a queen size hide-a-bed and there is an extra long twin bed in this room also.
UNIQUE BATHROOM WITH REDWOOD SHOWER
The downstairs bathroom sports a redwood shower with a window that looks out into the forest (there are no visible neighbors). A wooden counter top surrounds a hand thrown pottery sink.
SECOND FLOOR BEDROOMS
Upstairs you will find two large bedrooms. The master bedroom has a king size bed and country antique furniture. Glass french doors lead into the attached solar collecting greenhouse. This house was a solar house experiment from the 1980's. Heat is collected in the greenhouse and blown to a rock bed under the house which radiates heat up through the floor. It helps with the heat but we have added a forced air heating system as well. Antique french doors with leaded pane glass lead from the greenhouse into the bathroom. Across the hall from the bathroom is an additional bedroom with a queen size bed, lots of books a rocking chair and a comfortable recliner. A loft above (not accessible) provides and interesting design feature in the room. Both rooms have lots of light even with windows all around.
SECOND FLOOR BATHROOM
The bathroom features a Mexican paver tile floor deep blue tiled counter tops and a large tiled shower with bench. There is a 6' claw foot bathtub which adds oodles of charm to the room.
THIRD FLOOR/ATTIC BEDROOM
The third bedroom is in an attic space above the sun room with glass french doors that look out over the whole property and a skylight over the queen size bed so you can take in the night sky. You will feel like you are living with the birds as they fly by at eye level. Guests will need to use the bathroom on the second floor. Also the entrance to this room is accessed through the bathroom so it takes a bit of planning around privacy for other bathroom users
YURT/ART STUDIO CAN BE ADDED FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT
There is a 27 foot yurt/art studio on the property which can be added for an extra fee. It is full of art supplies and musical instruments, including another piano. This property provides many delightful ways to entertain yourself through out your stay.
INTERNET, CELL PHONES, HOUSE PHONE, MISC
The house has satellite TV and DSL internet. Rural internet is challenging, slower, no doubt than what you are used to but works well for email and searching the web. It doesn't work for streaming media. Cell phone coverage is spotty. There is reception for some cell phone companies, Verizon works in some areas outside the house. ATT only has reception in town. Guests can use the house phone for calling within the country. There are stair lifts available for those who would have trouble with stairs. When you register with airbnb the 11% county bed tax is already included in your room rate. Minimum 2 night stay.
You will be a 5-7 minutes drive from the town of Mendocino, with its headlands, art galleries, shops and restaurants, close to Van Damme and Russian Gulch State Parks, twenty minutes from Ft. Bragg with more beaches, parks, a beautiful botanical garden and more. There are beautiful walks right out your door that lead you through Jackson State Forest and to Big River State Park, however, trails here are not marked. There is much to do and explore or you can just retreat in this beautiful little hideaway.
PLEASE COMMUNICATE BEFORE BOOKING. THANKS.
No pets please. No drugs and no smoking of any kind. Moderate drinking OK. No Candles. It is fine if you need to arrive late. Just let me know ahead of time and we can make a plan for access. Quiet time after 10. It is very, very quiet here and neighbors would notice lots of noise at night and respond with alarm.
Marilyn was wonderful. She was there to greet us and show us around the house and had information available about the area.
The house is wonderful and in a gorgeous location. We could couldn't have found a nicer place to stay while celebrating our wedding.
Marilyn was an amazing host - helpful friendly and knowledgeable. Her house is simple beautiful and the location idyllic and full of nature. We found the stay so rejuvenating and just a 10 minute ride into the centre of Mendocino and the beauty of Casper beach.
We had a wonderful long weekend at Marilyn's stunning house! My wife and I, our two kids (11 and 6) were here from Michigan, and my parents came from the Philippines. My parents took the master bedroom, my daughter the 3rd floor sunroom bedroom, and my wife, son, and I the 2nd floor bedroom. More than enough space for all of us.
Over the weekend, we were joined occasionally by other family (4 adults and two kids) who stayed at cottages 1/2 mile further down the road. We hosted two wonderful birthday dinners (my daughter's and mine) at which we cooked for and served 8 adults and 6 kids total. Marilyn's fully-equipped kitchen and dining table were fully up to the task...
We all fully enjoyed the hot tub, and the kids did a lot of running around the spacious grounds...
There was much music-making with the piano, guitar, and native drum... (We also brought a ukulele and violin)...
Marilyn met us at the start to orient us, and was very responsive to our needs. She offered us the use of her art-yurt for art activities, but we ended up at the beach in town instead!
Overall a great location for an extended family weekend!
Marilyn was a gracious host. She showed around the large home and grounds. She also had a bag of ice since we had inquired about ice. She also had suggestions for activities in the area.
We had 3 generations of family for a birthday celebration and loved the fully furnished and very clean house in a private forested setting. The house is very close to Hwy 1 and the town of Mendocino.
Marilyn was wonderful and extremely attentive to our family. We were a party of 5... Two adults and our children ages 7, 5, and 2.
The area is gorgeous... not Mendocino (which is nice), but Marilyn's neighborhood and setting. The trees tower around the house and the home is off and apart from any main road. We took a walk on the dirt/gravel country road that leads to her house and it was just as good as going to any redwood state park or anything like that. We found wild raspberries. Just lovely.
The home itself is a lot of fun. She has a grand piano and about 1000 piano books to play from if that interests you. The kids loved the hot tub - - - watch out for mosquitoes at this time of year though!
We didn't really use the kitchen facilities although Marilyn has a full set of whatever you might need.
The meadow and labyrinth beside the house are a lot of fun for the kids to run around and play.
It is a little strange to not have curtains on the windows... but then you remember your only neighbors are the trees and it's quite nice.
It is fun to see the Wall Street Journal ran a feature article on vrbos and had a snippet the interviewed Marilyn and her home included.
Marilyn likes to be there when you check in to make sure you are acquainted with the house and don't have any questions. She raised her 3 boys in this home.
I could see us returning and renting her home again someday.
We had a very pleasant stay in Marilyn's home. The five of us, including three in-laws from the UK had a great time. The setting was tranquil and stunning. Marilyn greeted us and showed us around the property upon our arrival and was very helpful. The house was comfortable and spacious and the kitchen had everything we needed.
It was the perfect Mendocino retreat. Thank you Marilyn!
Marilyn was a wonderful and responsive host. Her place is convenient to the wonderful and charming town of Mendocino. We especially loved walking the headlands and eating a Mendo Burger . We were a party of six and there was ample space for comfort and privacy if necessary. The bedroom at top can get very warm in the day but cools off quickly at night and is quite lovely. The other two bedrooms are nice size with comfortable beds. The kitchen, dining room, and living room are wonderful. Showers are great. Did not use tub but it looks amazing. Short soak in hot tub but very nice and clean. An extra bonus that is not listed is a basketball hoop on the garage that made for some fun games. Mendocino and the surrounding areas are not to be missed and Marilyn's home is a fine place to use as a base.
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About the Host, Marilyn
I've lived in Mendocino and on this property for over 30 years. I raised my three sons here in the forest and then founded and run FOR THE JOY OF IT! Creative Arts Center. Aside from my vacation rentals, I offer creative retreats and have an expressive arts therapy practice. I teach people how they can use the arts for healing, self discovery and as spiritual practice. In my own creative life I paint, make art quilts, write and play the piano. I love nature and take myself out into it as often as possible.