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Property Details

Updated: May 18, 2015
House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 4 Sleeps

Congratulations! You have found one of the best vacation rentals on the North Coast! We rented vacation homes in the area for years, before retiring and building our own home away from home, in this beautiful rural setting. We considered our rental experiences (good and bad). It was our goal to create the perfect experience for you in design, function and ammenities. From all the wonderful comments shared with us by our prior guests, we've been very successful! Seahorse Cottage is perched on the top of a 3.5 acre bluff, with a 180 degree ocean/white water view that features the Albion Bay, redwood forests, grasslands, the Albion River, and the last wooden bridge to span Highway 1. (NOTE: The photos here don't accurately reflect our close proximity to the water's edge, as they were taken to provide more of a panorama.) Please feel free to email us so we can provide our website address and a video slide show. We want you to fully experience all that Seahorse Cottage has to offer! Ours is a welcoming home of warmth and romantic energy. (We've hosted several small wedding parties and quite a few honeymoon and anniversary getaways.) Speaking of which, we're happy to offer assistance in planning a special occasion.

Our location, perched above the Albion Bay/River, demanded a highly engineered bio septic system. Accordingly, we must limit our guest number to a MAXIMUM OF FOUR with a possible fifth if a small child or infant. K-9 kids with Advanced Approval Only. Thank You!

Our amazing retreat was built with luxury and enjoyment in mind. The details, furnishings and decor reflect the care and love we have for our little piece of paradise. We take a great deal of pleasure in being able to share it with vacationers who are looking for something special in a vacation home - that feeling of being truly "home", not just in a rental property. At Seahorse we strive to anticipate your every need while traveling. Our home is spotless, lovingly maintained and so cozy you'll never want to leave! Come see for yourself!

Note! Please contact us directly to determine availability as we do not utilize the site calendar (other than for major holiday periods). Thanks!

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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet

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Dear Nancy, Frank & Marley,

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. We cooked up some great meals in your well equipped kitchen and took advantage of a few of the local restaurants - my favorite was probably "Wild Fish" (the duck was incredible) but the Albion River Inn was fabulous and so close!

Duke and Rex (our dogs) felt right at home and loved our long walks. They'll definitely want to come with us when we come back - next time for much longer!
Apr 2014
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Seahorse Cottage Whitewater Views/ Pet O.A., WIFI,Spa,Sauna
+1 -(707) 937-2315
Mendocino North Coast California

Beautiful Inviting Home

  • 5 of 5
First of all the owners of this property are incredible to work with, and go the extra mile to make sure you will be comfortable and completely satisfied during your stay!

The home is perfect for a cozy retreat for two, or in our case a trip with the in-laws. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the home is beautiful and clean, there was much attention to detail, the kitchen was well equipped,and the sunsets were spectacular.

Should we venture back to the Mendocino area again, we wouldn't hesitate to stay at this cottage.

Thank you Nancy!

Joan and Jerry Timmerman
  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Seahorse Cottage Whitewater Views/ Pet O.A., WIFI,Spa,Sauna
+1 -(707) 937-2315
Mendocino North Coast California

Comfortable & Gorgeous

Comfortable & Gorgeous
  • 5 of 5
This home is fantastic! This home has 2 master suites with 2 master bathrooms. The little touches that the owner has paid attention to makes the stay special. It has a fully stocked kitchen, the bedding & sheets are extremely comfortable, and even the toilet paper is high quality :) !! Nancy is very accommodating -- she even called the house to make sure we didn't need something.

The view from the home is spectacular. A truly special stay -- highly recommend!!!
  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Geri! You and your 'pack' are welcome anytime. It was so kind of you to take a moment and post a review. Nothing speaks louder in our market than a review directly from the guest. You rock!! Hope your Fall and holiday seasons are fabulous and that, one day soon, we have the honor of having you back!

Best wishes to you and yours!
Nancy, Frank & Marley dog
Seahorse Cottage Whitewater Views/ Pet O.A., WIFI,Spa,Sauna
+1 -(707) 937-2315
Mendocino North Coast California
Ridgefield, CT

Seahorse Cottage - Wow!

  • 5 of 5
We arrived for 4 days and the property exceeded our wildest expectations. The view was magnificent. The furnishings are superb. The beds were extremely comfortable and the owners provided all of the necessary information for a terrific visit. We can't wait to book Seahorse Cottage again
  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for your gracious review! Nothing brings us more joy than wonderful guests like you, who bring such a delightful energy to our home. We make every effort to treat each special guest like an honored family member, and try to insure that they 'want' for nothing during their stay. You and your party were so kind and we can't wait to welcome you back!
Seahorse Cottage Whitewater Views/ Pet O.A., WIFI,Spa,Sauna
+1 -(707) 937-2315
Mendocino North Coast California
San Mateo

A Getaway In Itself

  • 5 of 5
We had booked Seahorse Cottage as our base and launch pad to explore Mendocino and as far north as the attractions in Leggett. But if there's anything we could change about our itinerary, it would be to just make Seahorse Cottage an attraction in its own right. It promises comfort and luxury melded into one perfect cottage that offers superb views of the Albion River Bridge from atop the ridge and awesome sunsets. I love that all the rooms generously let in natural light. Sitting at the dining table and peering out into the lush and lovely garden allows you glimpses of the hummingbirds that stop to feed.

For a quiet, undisturbed retreat into the hills and with magnificent views you could enjoy from dawn to dusk, it'll be tough to fine something that trumps Seahorse Cottage. The cottage was clean, the garden well-tended and the cottage well stocked. Looking forward to our next trip back for some peace and quiet amid the hum drum of city living...and maybe get some journaling done on the patio.
  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thank you! We are both honored and humbled by such a generous expression. We are blessed beyond measure with our location and views and we strive to insure that our home is a retreat for the body and soul. Our guests, and their comfort and experience, is of paramount importance to us. We're so please when someone is able to make that special connection to the 'spirit' that is Seahorse Cottage.
Seahorse Cottage Whitewater Views/ Pet O.A., WIFI,Spa,Sauna
+1 -(707) 937-2315
Mendocino North Coast California

The perfect setting for our anniversary

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful week's stay in your lovely home. This was the nicest vacation rental experience we’ve had, by far! You’re such warm, friendly hosts and it’s really reflected in your home. It was impeccably clean and so thoughtfully stocked. We love the privacy of the home and the small town setting, yet it's such a short drive to Mendocino. We look forward to many more visits to Seahorse Cottage!
  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, thank you! So happy to hear that your anniversary getaway was such a success! That makes my heart smile!

It's said, that in life, you create your own experience. You both were so wonderful to work with and were fully expecting to have a great vacation, so it's no wonder that you did. If Seahorse played a role in all that, I couldn't be happier. You were such considerate guests. We love the energy folks like you bring to our little bit of paradise and we hope to have you join us again in the future.

Happy Anniversary to you both!
Nancy, Frank & Marley
Seahorse Cottage Whitewater Views/ Pet O.A., WIFI,Spa,Sauna
+1 -(707) 937-2315
Mendocino North Coast California

Paradise Heaven

  • 5 of 5
What can we say???After countless hours on the computer scouring for places to stay, we landed upon this unbelievable gem. One cannot explain unless you witness it for yourself. From the moment we drove up to the private gate and entered the courtyard, we knew we had arrived in heaven. The front door opens and ooh my god...the panoramic view out the bay window of Albion Bay was delightful. Step out on the balcony and there are views forever of the beautiful Mendocino Coastline. Not a neighbor for at least a half mile in either direction. Nancy really broke the mold when designing this home. Hence the word "HOME". Our welcome gift basket of Champagne and goodies for the pugs was so tasteful. Every inch of this home is decorated w/ so much to look at. Every ammenity is taken care of for you. Actually there is not a reason in the world to leave because it is all right there for you to enjoy. From spa's at night gazing at the milky way to invigorating saunas, to relaxing w/ a good Stephen King can't go wrong w/ Seahorse @ Albion Bay. It was so sad to leave!! We cannot wait for our planned return....So stop looking and agonizing and Book it now!!!You will not be disapointed.....Thank you Nancy....The Mallers Family (ARFARFARF) Abby & Cassie too!!!!
  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Could you guys have been any sweeter? We can't tell you how much we appreciate the time you took to post a review. That was beyond kind. We try very hard to make Seahorse a total retreat for the body and mind, and when we fill it with the amazing energy of guests like the two of you and the 'girls', how could it be anything but welcoming.

Your visit still has our housekeeper, Tia, shaking her head. Never, in all her 30+ years of housekeeping, has she enjoyed such immaculate and considerate guests. When she phoned me, her first questions was: "Have you guys been home?" She said it looked like I had teleported there as every little details was attended to. We were both amazed and grateful. It also makes me pleased to see 'pet parents' that have truly taught their 'kids' wonderful traveling manners. You are perfect advocates for allowing pets into the more upscale properties.

We can't wait to have you join us again and hopefully, the next time, we'll actually get a chance to meet you face to face. We clearly have a great deal in common.

All our best wishes,
Nancy, Frank & Marley


Activity and Interests

Canoe and Kayak rentals are available at the Albion dock below our home. This is great family fun and a wonderful way to explore the Albion River and sea caves in the Albion Bay.

Miles of beaches to walk - tidepools to check out!

Three of the areas best restaturants within 1-5 minutes from your door

Fishing, boating, hiking, at one of the many beaches and state parks

Wine tasting in the Anderson Valley

Beer tasting in Ft. Bragg

Whale watching (either from the deck of the house or on a charter

boat from Noyo Harbor)

Shopping, dining and exploring in Mendocino

Music festivals

Art galleries (Several just up the road in private residential


The only Botanical Garden (47 acres) with lands all the way to the

ocean - A Must See!

Pt. Cabrillo light house

Skunk Train out of Ft. Bragg

Wow! There are way too many things to begin to mention.


Rental rates


  • Nightly Rate: $260 - $260

    Weekly Rate: $1945 - $1995

    Monthly Rate: $0 - $0

  • Two Night Minimum base: $645-695., depending on number of guests. (Excludes pet fees, if applicable.) The initial minimum, 2 night stay, incorporates all fees & charges. Thereafter, the daily rate is in effect. NOTE! This is an All Inclusive rate! No Add-on pricing! This rate is your total charge and includes applicable fees for tax, 11% room tax,housekeeping, spa maintenance charges & garbage, etc. Many listings add these charges to the base rates they quote, so be sure to confirm when making comparisons. We have a three night minimum for some holiday weekends.
    Nightly rate (after initial 2 night minimum visit) is $260.00 (May be discounted for extended stays, or our very special returning guests and referrals) Please provide dates and number of guests so we can quote an exact rental rate. Dog fee: ( If a K9 child is approved in ADVANCE) is $45.00 Sorry, we can't accept cats, birds, etc.
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Updated: May 18, 2015


Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa


  • Internet

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub


  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • Ocean View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • Outdoor Grill


  • Two Master Suites - with fabulous ocean views: 1) South suite (queen sized bed) offers tub/shower combo & infrared sauna 2) North suite (king sized bed)offers over-sized walk in shower of Italian tile and glass block 3) Our comfy beds boast Tempurpedic, non allergenic toppers/mattress, but can also be prepared with feather bed toppers if preferred. You'll look forward to a fabulous nights' sleep with our fluffy down comforters & designer linens. (micro-loft or 800 count cotton) 4) Black out window coverings for late sleepers 5) AM/FM/CD Alarm clock, IPOD dock 6) Plush, oversized robes 7) Hair Dryers 8) A generous supply of bath gel, shampoo & conditioner Great Room: 1) Dual recliner TV viewing area with 52" flat screen 2) HD Direct TV/DVR 3) Laser surround sound system w/powered sub woofer (amazing sound!) 4) CD/DVD player 5) Ceiling to floor rock fireplace with wood burning insert for those cool coastal evenings 6) Reading area with "butter soft" leather love seats and an eclectic selection of reading material 7) Wireless Internet 8) A full sized twin ottoman sleeper(with it's own cozy linens) for a fifth guest Gourmet Kitchen: 1) Full electric appliances including ceramic cooktop, microwave oven, refrigerator with ice/water dispenser 2) Formal and informal table settings, numerous serving bowls & platters 3) Full linens including table cloths, napkins, napkin rings, vases, candles - Everthing you'd need to set a beautiful table 4) Assorted small appliances including expresso/coffee machine, coffee grinder,toaster,blenders,juicers, crock pot, electric griddle, food processor, baking trays etc. 5) A large selection of spices, paper goods, and all the basic kitchen "stuff". 6) Lovely views of the courtyard gardens and ocean surf in the Albion Bay Laundry room 1) Full sized washer & dryer 2) Ironing boards & irons 3) Laundry supplies 4) Extra towels, linens, bedding & beach towels 5) Sewing kits; shoe care supplies, pet supplies, etc. Misc: 1) Gorgeous sunken spa with custom jets and lounger 2) 7' double gated entry 3) Secure off street parking for three vehicles (1 covered spot available in the attached garage ) 4) Weather station with wireless monitor (just in case you're curious.) 5) Creative, custom lighting throughout, including romantic rope lighting in bedrooms and living room for a "candle light" affect. 6) Propane Weber BBQ 7) Fenced dog run with dog door from laundry room (we love our four legged child and can welcome yours, if he has "traveling" manners and mindful parents.) 8) Secluded courtyard with water feature and more flowers & birds than you can count.(Not to mention a few deer from time to time and an assortment of other creatures.) 9) Welcome basket that includes an assortmentof teas, coffee, snacks; 10) Attention to detail that truly makes you feel at home - meticulously maintained but so cozy you'll feel like you're staying with a close friend or family! Bonus!: We're within walking distance to the Village of Albion (1/4 mile) which has an amazing store/deli/expresso counter, post office and hardware store. We're also within minutes of the Albion River Inn and the Ledford House, both renown for their fabulous cuisine and excellent service. Little River Inn, which offers another lovely restaurant and small golf course, is only a few miles north. Any one of these fine restaurants will provide a true dining experience!

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