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Quiet Meadow Cottage

Vacation rental on California's Mendocino Coast,

amidst gardens, meadows & forest, 3.5 hours north of San Francisco.

Our Quiet Meadow Cottage is located on the spectacular Mendocino Coast in a
beautiful rural area just 1 & 1/2 miles from Pacific Ocean on 13 acres of gardens, meadows and redwood forests, with horses, llamas and goats next door on our quiet, dead-end paved road. We are 5 miles from the fishing village of Albion, 12 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, making it a great base for exploring, hiking, biking and kayaking the beautiful North Coast.

Our cottage is clean, cozy and quiet with a queen-sized bedroom, tub & shower bathroom, small kitchen, sunny deck, and a comfy, sun-filled living room. No other houses are in sight (besides the owners' next door), humming birds, deer and wild turkeys frequent the meadow in front, nearby are extensive flower and organic vegetable gardens to lounge in, and at night what you usually hear most is the distant ocean surf.

Costs: We charge $140 per weekday night (Sun-Thur) and $180 per weekend night April thru December plus a one-time $50 cleaning fee and an 11% county bed tax. Reduced winter rates (January thru March) are $120 for weekday nights and $160 for weekends. There are no other fees, there is a 2-night minimum, and kids are welcome but pets are not. We require a $200 deposit when you reserve our cottage, and you pay the balance due by check or cash when you are here.

Our weekly rate gives you one night free and is $900 April thru December, and $800 January thru March, plus a $50 cleaning fee and 11% tax. Our monthly rate gives you 10 free nights and is $3100 April thru December and $2700 January thru March plus cleaning fee and tax.

Beds: We have a queen-size bed in the bedroom and a single bed in the living room. A 4th person could use either our ottoman foldout single bed, a folding foam mattress, a single air bed or share a queen-size air bed.

Kitchen: It has a 2-burner gas stove top, a mini-fridge, sink & counter, microwave & toaster ovens, toaster, stick blender, electric tea kettle, many coffee makers plus sugar, salt & pepper, spices, olive oil, vinegar, some teas & instant coffee. 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 little grocery store and deli. We also provide all bedding, towels, two bathrobes, hair-dryer, iron and ironing board, propane BBQ, 2 bikes and lots of info on local sites and history.

Kid friendly! We like hosting families and all ages. Kids like to run on our lawns & meadows, explore our woods, play in the hammock, and pick veggies and berries in our garden. And we can supply a crib, bassinet and booster chair upon request.

Refund policy: If you cancel more than 20 days before 3pm on your arrival date, you will get all your deposit back. If you cancel from 10 to 20 days before your arrival date, you will get half of your deposit back. If you cancel less than 10 days before date, no refund since it will probably be too late for us to rent the cottage to others.

To keep the cottage fresh for all occupants, smoking and pets are not permitted. Many photos of the cottage, property, garden and Mendocino Coast area can be viewed at Here are two web sites for general Mendocino area information: and .

Note that we have broadband secure internet service, a Smart TV for movies (we do not get TV reception or cable), a DVD player with many DVDs, an iPod dock, CD player and radio. Cell phone reception works for some carriers but not for others.

The cool Pacific Ocean 1 & 1/2 miles away keeps our summer daytime temp below 85 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 propane heater whose thermostat you can adjust to your desired temperature.

For more information or to book your stay, call 707-937-1113 or email: We wish 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."

"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 wisteria on the deck was an extra delight, truly lovely."