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the experience of cetusaurus is one that we will remember for a very long time. not only is the architecture of the home amazing, but the owner, bert, was really great at helping us feel welcome and keeping us informed about the home and the area. before arriving, bert sent us information about the home and then met with us at a coffee shop on our way there to go over a map of the area and the home. this was a first for our family in visiting the area. the drive is breathtaking and there is a ocean view from the home in just about every room. also, the private beach close by is what made the trip. there is drift wood everywhere. the home has radiant heat, a kitchen that is stocked with dishes, pots and pans, and a large jacuzzi tub. we plan on coming back to the area and staying in this beautiful home in the future. thank you for making us feel at home, bert!
Thank you so much for building such a beautiful house. From the moment we walked in we felt comfortable and relaxed. We very much enjoyed your music selection, nothing much nicer than sitting on the porch, listening to Garcia/Grisam with the weather and the beautiful views all around. We also enjoyed the dvds you made available.
We were completely satisfied with all the things that were made available to us. Plus seeing deer & quail walking around was spectacular, & we didn't hit one! Thank you again, we will be back someday soon and we will recommend your house for any of our friends who need a relaxing, reasonably priced getaway. Thank you so much again, we really couldn't be happier.
--Ellora & Linda Cole
Berton was a great host. He sent detailed information ahead of time, called me to make arrangements, mailed the key, and had good suggestions for the area.
The house is a wonderful retreat. Radiant flooring, big fireplaces, beautiful views. We tucked in for a weekend, with daily walks to the beach (about 20 min walk) and strolls through the neighborhood.
We booked because it had three beds (the 3rd bed is really a top bunk, which was actually too squeaky for us to use). But we easily just cuddled two people in the master bed instead. Oh, and the big jacuzzi tub was amazing!! Definitely take a long soak during your visit!
I would highly recommend the house - its a great space with a great host!
Bert's Cetusaurus is an phenomenal work of art. His craftsmanship and engineering even managed to impress my husband (who is an artist and owns a tile installation business), and that is a high bar to achieve. The place was also meticulously clean.
This space was amazing. Both its location and the physical layout.
Bert was kind enough to meet up a couple of days before, as I was already in California. We met for coffee and he thoroughly described everything from driving directions to the best places to see shooting stars.
I would highly recommend this space to anyone seeking to get a bit beyond the touristy areas of the NorCal coast.
What a fantastic experience from beginning to end. Bert was so accommodating and a pleasure to deal with. The Centaurus was an incredible home, and just what we had hope for. The view is spectacular, and you can hear the not too distant sound of the ocean at night. Bert gave us some hints about and tips as far as places to visit, sightseeing, etc.. He was spot on. We can't wait to visit again!
The Cetusaurus was wonderful. There were deer in the yard in the morning, and the evenings were so quiet you could hear the ocean. The house is unique and cozy. Our family had a great time. Thank you Bert!
The house was breathtaking and Bert was a wonderful host. We would definitely stay here again and highly recommend this unique home in a unique area.
Bert was a very helpful, and informative host. The house was absolutely beautiful and inspiring, with amazing views, in a very quiet, serene, neighborhood. All we could hear at night was the distant sound of the ocean.
This is a very special place. I drove up from the Bay Area for the weekend with my girlfriend and we absolutely loved it.
If you are looking for a getaway in the Mendocino coast area, this is a great option. The price is really reasonable, considering you are getting an entire home - nevermind the fact that this house is completely hand built by the owner.
It was winter but the house was very warm inside, even without using the heat. There are two fireplaces, one in the bedroom and one in the living room, which is nice. There is an indoor jacuzzi, which is a nice feature. I think I would have preferred an outdoor jacuzzi, given the drippy, foggy climate, but the indoor was still nice.
The house had everything we needed. If I went back I might consider doing more meals there, as the options are few and far in between. We arrived at one of the few restaurants for dinner at 8 pm and were told that we were too late - so if you're used to the Bay Area dining scene get ready for something different.
Overall amazing stay. Very relaxing and I would love to go back.