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Tenaya was a great host. I know there are a lot of reviews for this cottage, so let me write a few quick tips for the reader than necessarily a straight-up review of the place.
First, of course, as with a lot of the AirBNB listings, these are people opening up their homes as opposed to a hotel or a resort. Its a charming and unique house. Its a great experience. It has a cute outdoor bath. Again -- think an outdoor bath in a real farm-like house with a lot of garden area. You can picnic outside, watch the birds (they get a lot of finches, stellar jays, blue jays etc), watch the stars from the garden and so on.
The two other cool things that you can do are -- going out into the dunes and the glass beach. The dunes are super secluded. We were the only people there. Its fantastic to watch the sky from the top of the dunes. If you do venture out post-dusk it is incredibly easy to get lost. Be warned. We were very well prepared with flashlights, headlamps, sleeping bag, google satellite views (maps are useless since you can't navigate the dunes/bushes), cellphone battery. Cellphone is spotty and stay there post sunset only if you are very confident. Please don't read this, venture out and then bother people because you got lost. Having said that, its a super amazing experience to lie there, watch the sunset, drink some wine, watch the planets (jupiter, venus were clearly visible), orion, leo, gemini etc, moving satellites and of course watch the occasional shooting stars.
Glass beach is close to town and its beautiful. They have some fun places to eat nearby. Check yelp. Glass beach has beautiful glass pebbles and jelly fish that you can see in the water.
There are also other beautiful beaches much closer than glass beach. Maybe a 5-minute drive and you can boulder on a rock if you were so inclined.
We were warmly greeted and welcomed by Tanaya and Ed. The Rose Cottage was warm and clean, very comfortable. It was well represented and very comfortably equipped and furnished. The setting is picturesque, quiet, private and peaceful. Tanaya answered all our questions and made some very helpful suggestions.
it was beautiful. half a block to the state park of dunes and open space. beautiful ocean. taking a bath in the garden at night was like being in a midsummer nights dream. the smell of flowers and ocean air enhance it all. this cottage was perfect for one, and tenaya was kind and accommodating of me and my solo female traveler -ness. she thoroughly explained the property, grounds, surrounding areas when I checked in, and did come check on me my second evening too, which was nice but unnecessary. I think she just wanted to make me feel safe and secure, which I totally did through my entire stay. if you're looking for solitude and beauty, this place is perfect. tenaya and her husband live on the property but on the other side of a large deer fence, so if you're lucky enough to come mid week, you may have the run of the whole guest property and gardens like I did. bring a bathrobe if you don't want to walk through the garden in a towel, and a portable speaker if you want to listen to some music while you eat dinner, have a drink, read a book, journal, or just zone out after a day in the dunes:) I'd recommend this place for sure, especially to fellow solo travelers trying to escape the city and the addiction of modern technology. although you can get reception on the beach. at the cottage you are disconnected. it's nice.
Tenaya was a very welcoming host! The goodies she left were delicious. The place was charming, clean and in a great location to explore various state parks and beaches or really just to stay at and relax. The dunes you can walk to from the cottage are very cool and the views from the top are wonderful. We enjoyed sitting outside drinking a cup of tea and looking at the flowers, trees and birds. I would highly recommend staying here!
We had such an amazing time at the Rose Cottage! I could not have asked for a more wonderful way to celebrate my birthday weekend with my girlfriend.
- The Cottage: The listing pictures don't do it justice. The cottage was immaculate and so incredibly charming. Perfect size for the two of us, complete with a toasty wood stove. Great little kitchen that was very well stocked for a full weekend of cooking. We could have holed ourselves up in the cottage all weekend if the dunes weren't so tempting.
- The Setting: Beautifully landscaped yard and gardens. The property is set up in such a way that we were completely undisturbed by guests in other cottages on the property. Just a short walk down the private road to a MacKerricher Dunes access point. The Dunes themselves were stunning, I've never experienced anything quite like it. Just beyond them was a gorgeous stretch of beach with plenty of sand dollars to find while beach combing. We went out for 3 to 4 hours at a time and only came across a couple of people.
- The Host: Tenaya was great! She greeted us promptly upon arrival with her cute little dog Dora to check us in and give us the grand tour of the cottage and gardens. She answered all our questions and supplied us with all the information we would need for the weekend. Tenaya created a very welcoming atmosphere. Homemade blackberry jam and muffin bites were waiting for us in the fridge along with fresh strawberries and coffee. On our last evening lounging on the patio, Tenaya stopped by and left us firewood so we could enjoy the fire pit. Perfect for toasting s'mores!
Overall it was a terrific experience. Such a peaceful and serene environment providing us a much needed escape from the lights and sounds of the city. We cannot wait to come back!
This place is heavenly! My fiance and I were looking for a last minute get away for a few days and Tenaya responded to us right away per good fortune. The cottage is so adorable and peaceful. It's clean with tons of light, and the garden area with the charcoal grill is heaven. We loved the outdoor tub too. It was definitely a new experience for both of us, but it turned out to be one of our favorite parts of the cabin. The dunes nearby are spectacular too. In short, we will be returning again and again....
My boyfriend and I stayed at Clara's Cottage for two nights. We could tell Tenaya truly enjoys hosting - the cottage is beautifully designed and we felt every detail was attended to. The kitchenette is well equipped for light cooking, the location awesome for exploring the sand dunes, and the outdoor bath a really special and unique part of our visit!
Host made me feel most welcome. Lots of goodies in the fridge! Easy to find. Stunning, peaceful location three minutes from the dunes. The surrounding area is quiet and beautiful.
Thank you Tenaya and Ed! I will be back
Rose Cottage was exactly what we were looking for. Tenaya was extremely helpful providing recommendations on hikes, places to eat and directions. Not only was she very helpful but also respected our privacy when we wanted it. The cottage itself was fantastic - right by the dunes and a beach we had to ourselves. There was also tons of wildlife (birds and bunnies) right off our deck as we enjoyed our breakfast. She even made us homemade jam and muffins!
The firepit at night and the help yourself vegetable garden were unexpected bonuses!
I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing retreat away from a busy life.
The rose cottage was the perfect get away place for a romantic week end. North California as a whole is really one of the most beautiful place I have been so far and I'd definitely recommend the Dunes Garden as a starting point.
The cottage in itself is well-equipped, well-designed and with a beautiful garden. Tenaya was welcoming and attentive. She even left home-made plum jam for us!
I'll definitely keep the adress and come back
What a wonderful escape! I found the journey mild to and from this truly peaceful and regenerating little home by the sea. I couldn't have asked for more - the weather was fine, the company was friendly, and the gardens, the private beach access, the quiet breeze and flicker of sunlight on the backs of birds fluttering about. Very, very nice.