The Dune Flower, one of four cabins in the Mendocino Coast Dunes Retreat complex, is a great place for a small group to stay, though it can also be rented together with the other three houses for a fun-filled group vacation! This cabin has a charming nautical theme, a clean and comfortable design, and a dog-friendly attitude, so everyone will love it here! Up to four people are may stay in this one-bedroom, one-bathroom home which features a full-size bed in the bedroom and a comfortable fold-out futon. Feel free to bring your dogs to enjoy the vacation with you, though a nightly fee per dog and minimum fee per stay will apply. With a delightful nautical theme, you will feel very welcome in the living area, which comes complete with cable TV, a DVD player, free WiFi access, and a cozy gas fireplace. There is no full kitchen, but the kitchenette offers a small mini-fridge (without a freezer), a microwave, a toaster oven (but no regular oven), and a small two-burner hot plate so you can whip up a snack easily.
In the grassy backyard area, privacy fencing will keep you separate from the other cabins. A nice deck area with seating and a firepit nearby is a great place to sit in the evening, telling stories, relaxing in the cool sea air, and roasting a few marshmallows on the fire. This cabin would be a lovely place for a small family or a few friends to spend a nice vacation, though it would also be wonderful to rent all four cabins at the same time and invite all your loved ones! With the beach nearby, the beauty of nature surrounding you, and towns within a short drive away, you may never want to leave. With a fun theme, this ship-shape cabin is a comfortable place to stay during your vacation!
What's nearby: Located about seven miles north of Fort Bragg, this home is just over half a mile from the sparkling ocean; though if you want easy beach access, you may want to drive to MacKerricher State Park, because the walk from the cabin over the dunes is a bit hilly.
Things to know: Free WiFi Full kitchen Dog-friendly (four dogs max) * Please note that the local area is in a drought season. Please use the water very sparingly in this home, as the home is on a well, and be mindful of the situation and conserve as much water as possible.
A damage waiver, covering up to $2,000 of accidental damage to the property or its contents, is included in the cost of your reservation.
You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.
Property permit ID: 1971
Heating & cooling
Kitchen & dining
Internet : Comcast
Cable : Comcast
Surjit H.Jan 2021
Fort Bragg, CA is a Magical place to begin with. Ocean, redwoods, serenity, peace, small fishing town, quaint yet everything there. We love Fort Bragg as second home and been going there for last 12 some years.
One of the best and unique things that happened was to find Dune Flower, it was magical, mystical, serene and out of world experience. It was a mix of hobbit cottage, a Maine Ocean cabin and a nautical cabin. Everything in a small package. Starry night, quiet, peaceful, fireplace, trees, dunes and ocean. Hear roaring ocean music all night puts you to relaxing sleep. Cabin is cozy and seems to be in middle of forest. Mystical and amazing.
Cannot write enough thing but cannot wait to be back.
Kimberly G.Jan 2021
We came here for a memorial trip for my husband. It was perfect for myself, 3 children and our dog. Loved the decor and coziness. The only thing I wish we would have known is the appliances were small. No freezer, just a small fridge and a 2 burner stove you plugged in. We made it work, but I would have planned differently for meals. It is not that big of a deal though, and I would definitely come back.
Kerrily B.Jan 2021
This was such a wonderful stay to ring in the new year. The cottage is warm and very inviting. The fireplace had been turned on for me before I arrived and everything was clean and fresh. Despite there not being a full kitchen there was everything I needed and it is very functional with the two burner hot plate and a slow cooker I found in the cupboard acted as an oven for my chicken masala. Very hard to look at the hot tub and not be able to use it but hopefully it will be available at my next stay. I will definitely be back!
Cynthia b.Oct 2020
I really loved this cottage and was pleasantly surprised by the proximity to some amazing dunes! It is in a quiet neighborhood and surrounded by trees. The only downside was that it didn’t have a stove. Also, would have been good to know that there weren’t basic spices in the house. Other than that, this cottage was great. The fireplace was a plus!
Emily C.Aug 2020
I loved that it had hot water and a nice fireplace inside and out. The mattress is probably as old as the house—so small that we decided to sleep on the futon and the mattress is worn and hurt our backs. Also, even though the listing still says that there is a private hot tub, the hot tub is locked and not available right now.
Hi, Emily! We are so sorry we were not able to allow guests in the hot tub for a period. The hot tubs will be allowed to be open for guests by the end of October, and the owner has been made aware of the shower. Thank you!
Corey L.Aug 2020
We really enjoyed our stay there. The location was great, it was cozy, and we loved using the fire pit! The only downfall was lack of cell service (which isn’t always a bad thing), and we could use spare towels and blankets/pillows. 3 days with a family of four with only 4 spare towels is not realistically enough. But with all that said, the reviews people em have left are spot in and we really enjoyed our stay!
Randy D.Jul 2020
Perfect get away for some beach time near Fort Bragg. Secluded enough, off the beaten path. There was a path to the dunes right from where we were staying. Great place to escape to during this crazy time. Sad we couldn’t use the hot tub, but under the circumstances and COVID I totally get it. Had a nice fire pit in the backyard and took in a sunset on the dunes instead. Happy our dog could be included here. She loved it! 🥰
Lydia M.Nov 2019
Very cute cottage. My husband and I and our Labrador enjoyed our stay and were very comfortable. I would agree with other reviews that the spa is very chlorinated but no more so than many public pools.
David K.Oct 2019
We had a delightful stay. The dunes were an adventure. It took us about a half hour to hike to the ocean and we got some wonderful photos. The place was tidy and very thoughtful touches were all about. All in all it is a unique and charming little cottage.
Harry S.Oct 2019
Clean, very quaint, loved the private hot tub. It was in a great location.
Linda N.Sep 2019
very comfortable little home at the end of a private road, super clean and well appointed. hot tub was great and we enjoyed a fire in the outdoor pit both nights. we will certainly be back to this home soon.
Kimberly M.Sep 2019
The privacy and everything it has to offer is so amazing it was perfect!!!!
Ronald W.Sep 2019
Vacation home had everything we needed for our stay. In the
cupboards, were a portable electric burner and electric wok
and we were able to prepare meals in the home. there was a
trail to sand dunes but we turned back in the dunes because
we feared getting lost. I definitely would go back again.
Donald M.Sep 2019
The cottage was charming.
The bed too small. Upgrade to a queen.
Rebecca Y.Aug 2019
The home was cute and cozy. Very peaceful.
Rachel T.Apr 2019
Beautiful, cozy cabin near the ocean. Within walking distance to the beach, and the sand dunes were so much fun to walk on!
Martha H.Feb 2019
This was a very cute beach-themed cabin with plenty of room for three seniors. Everything was as advertised and very clean. We loved the gardens. It would have been handier to have our parking spot closer, but we managed. The inside lighting was more than adequate. We're all readers and appreciated that. We would definitely recommend this property to our friends.
Susan C.Jan 2019
The house was cozy and comfortable. The hot tub was amazing. The only thing the cottage needs is a good wine opener and a couple of nice wine glasses!
Beverly L.Dec 2018
This cabin was perfect! Cozy, comfy and everything we needed was right there. WiFi worked great. Mobile phone service was minimal (a plus in my view). We got to bring our furry family and enjoy Christmas near our favorite dog friendly beach. Sitting by the fireplace basking in the warmth, reading and listening to the rain fall on the roof was just what I needed this year. Can’t wait to go back!
Gabriela M.Dec 2018
claire b.Nov 2018
This place is extremely quiet. Great location with access to 10-mile dunes (dogs prohibited) and easy drive to many coastal areas and beaches.
Lots of birdsong in the trees.
Ocean pounding in the distance.
Dark at night. Dog loved the outside space to play.
Easy to heat and very comfy.
Mark M.Oct 2018
We loved this place, super cute, everything needed to cook meals was there and 5 minute walk to the tallest dune and another 15 to the beach.
Elizabeth E.Oct 2018
This place was beyond adorable! It was perfect for my boyfriend, myself, and our dog. The hot plates/cooking supplies were more than enough, it should be noted that it also has a small toaster oven. Plenty of towels, dish cloths, paper towels, hand soap, as well as dish soap we're supplied. The refrigerator was small but did the trick as we also brought your large cooler filled with ice to hold the rest of our food/drinks. It was bright and airy with plenty of windows to open and let fresh air in. The fireplace was fantastic, as was the hot tub. I only wish the hot tub was cleaned better and the toilet was not so small. The toilet was comically small, especially for my 6'2" tall boyfriend. I myself and five feet tall and using the tiny shower was a bit of a struggle. It would have been nice to be able to use the loft space and extra room, and kind of creeped me out that there was only a thin accordion style plastic partition separating us from this space, then again, I may have seen too many horror films as my imagination ran wild with what might be behind said partition. There was plenty of outdoor space and privacy. Overall, this ended up being a fantastic vacation and we were grateful to have such an adorable space to stay in!
Bernadette S.Sep 2018
Charming house, with just the right amenities. Wonderful location!
Marion S.Jul 2018
House was cute and near the dunes which were great to explore. By the time I added up all the additional costs though, I was spending $200 a night for no stove. Have to do my research better next time. All the fees just added up!!!
We are sorry to see this home ended up being more than this guest was interested in. We have agents available on the phones to assist our guests in finding the right house at the right cost for them. Thanks!
joe n.May 2018
hot tub, outside fire pit, decor
Andrea H.May 2018
Wonderful, tiny spot to land.
A couple improvements would be the shower, nozzle broken so it was a tad challenging and no way to really cook or prepare meals for longer stays, - BUT we booked because we didn’t require that. Would recommend for a couple looking for quite.
Stephanie O.May 2018
We had so much fun and the little house was very cozy. Hot tub did take some time to heat up but we were thankful it was there to enjoy!!
Erika G.Apr 2018
Loved this place. It was charming and comfortable. Lots of skylights, nice little gas fireplace, great hot tub!
Bruce C.Mar 2018
Got sick, first night. Had to leave very early after only one night (not fault of the property)
Edward H.Jan 2018
Both my wife and I a very enjoyable time. Dune Flower is a quaint, affordable getaway. I'm sure we'll revisit this hideaway again.
Brooke T.Oct 2017
Close proximity to walk the the beach is great. Very quiet & peaceful. Would be great for those with small pet. We were 4, 2 adults & 2 kids. The small kitchen made it nice to have some breakfast food items not to have to run out early & the crockpot made it easy for us to have dinner in one night to relax. Beds are on the tiny side, but overall sleep was good.
Tarra B.Sep 2017
Location and amenities were wonderful for our weekend stay I've read mixed reviews about the dunes and their accessibility I found that the accessibility was very easy and wonderful although we didn't make the full trip to the ocean from the Dune Trail I was confused on previous renters confusion on the distance and location of the dunes they seem to be quite accessible and the ocean was quite visible we would stay here again it was a beautiful comfortable home thank you for sharing with us
Luca M.Sep 2017
Great little cottage, close to the dunes and beach. Only a short drive into town. I will definitely stay here again
Ed E.Aug 2017
Very nice, quiet location. Everything necessary was provided.
Alison S.Jun 2017
This place needs a lot of TLC, especially in functioning appliances... there is no real kitchen, only the hot plate works, the bed is full sized, not a queen. The furniture is old (i.e., futon couch cover is torn in multiple places, stained and gritty chairs). The location is great, and the place is really cute, but really neglected.
We're sorry the guest appeared to be surprised as to what amenities are available. The bed is advertised as a double, and the pictures show a coffeemaker and a hotplate.
Michelle C.Jun 2017
This is a cute little house for a small family of 3-4. It's on a quiet street with lots of room for kids and animals to run around outside. It says there is beach access from the property but, if you can access the beach from there, we're not sure how. We walked 20 minutes toward the beach and almost got lost in rolling sand dunes, 20 feet high, and still no closer to the beach. Don't let the sound of the waves in the distance fool you into thinking you can walk down there with your kids, drive a short way north to McKerricher State Beach instead. Beautiful spot. As for the house itself, it has most everything you need (although no regular oven or range) and is comfortable if a little rough around the edges. Wouldn't recommend it for more than one family because the usable space is essentially one room with a tight alcove with a curtain for a bedroom; not much room or privacy. A pleasant stay overall and an affordable option for the area.
It takes about 20-30 minutes through the dunes to reach the ocean (it's just over half a mile from the house). Thank you!
Amanda B.Jun 2017
bring much bug spray for the mosqitoes, don't buy anything that needs to be frozen and mark your way from the trail to the beach so you can actually find it.
Lauren T.May 2017
We really enjoyed our stay at the Dune Flower. It's small, but totally fine for the two of us. The utensils and kitchen equipment is limited (mini-fridge, hot plate with two burners), but we had read about this and planned our meals accordingly. The location was quiet and convenient. A bit far out of Mendocino (25-30min), but close enough to Fort Bragg and any of the spots we wanted to be. We particularly enjoyed walking over the dunes to the beach in the morning and soaking in the hot tub under the stars at night. Thanks for the great getaway!
Nicole C.Jan 2017
This house is fantastic. Perfect for a weekend. It's small but has all the amenities you would need for a couple of days away. We had our 2 kids and our dog and we were very happy. The beach is right down the path. It's about a 10 min walk out to the water through the dunes. Some reviews say the dunes are a rough hike which they are not - our 4 yo had no issue getting out there. Should be noted dogs are not allowed on the beach which was a bummer when we saw the signs. It's about a 10 min drive back into Fort Bragg from where the house is. The hot tub, fire pit and bbq were perfect for a nice evening in. There's no stove but the hot plates work well for pasta/rice etc. The only issue we had was the master bed is a full. If you are tall (I'm 5'9" and husband is 6'3") it gets uncomfortable so my recommendation is removing the foot board. Other than that amazing spot :)
Norma T.Dec 2016
What a lovely peaceful stay! Thank you
Teresa C.Nov 2016
This home was really cute and in a quiet, gorgeous location. If you are staying an extended amount of time, or you are bringing children, just be prepared for a small fridge, no freezer, and limited cooking ability (no stove, and two-burner hotplate.
Roger A.Oct 2016
Great secluded yard and spa for star gazing and relaxing. Comfortable bed, large bath and adequate kitchen. The adventure trek to the beach is worth the effort for the grand Northern California coastal experience.
Krystle B.Sep 2016
We came here for our one year wedding anniversary. Great spot. The place is out off a dirt road FYI! I fell in love with the area, weather, and guest book with entries back to 1991! The hike over the dunes is no joke - if you're out of shape, beware! The hot tub is off when you get there so turn it on first as it takes a long time to warm up. Also there is no freezer so fridge items only or bring a cooler. The decor is great and the place is so quiet and peaceful. Also there's no fenced in area for your dog so be careful :) we will be back!
Marilyn T.Aug 2016
If you're looking for a quiet place to stay on a budget, this is the place for you.
Frederic T.Aug 2016
Charming, cozy, small. Beautiful surroundings. I recommend planning a barbecue dinner if you want to cook in as the provided electrical appliances have limitations for cooking a family meal.
Phoebe M.Aug 2016
This cottage is adorable. Unfortunately though, many things in the cottage are broken: shower door; shower handle; one of the only two hotplate burners does not work; electric saucepan is broken. Kitchen door locks do not work properly. If they fix these things, the cottage will be perfect.
We apologize for the several inconveniences this guest experienced during this reservation. Unfortunately, the shower door cannot be addressed at this time as it would require replacing the entire shower. The cooking implements will be replaced as soon as we have the owner's approval to do so.
Kate H.Aug 2016
We had a great weekend here, and the dog liked it too. Fort Bragg is lovely and this place is in a great location - not far from town but still quiet and private, with lovely trees, lots of birds singing, and the dunes just a short walk away (beach involves a longer walk). The hot tub is genuinely hot (not always the case with rented properties)... but I think the controls are locked up so if we wanted it cooler we had to run the noisy jets. Close to other rental and residential properties but private because of the way the buildings and yards are oriented. Some minor issues with the amenities (no teakettle; half-functional hot plate; no ice), but the place had that perfect "beach retreat" feel. Perfect for a nap on a misty afternoon. Guest book was one of the highlights for me -- something like 20 years' worth of visitors' comments, including some who returned several times. That took away some from the weirdly generic hotel feel that the plastic Vacasa signs lent to the place.
Collette D.Jul 2016
Most definitely would stay there again.
Karen E.Jun 2016
The cottage was very comfortable and extremely clean. We appreciated the shampoo and conditioner left by the owner as well as the hairdryer. We enjoyed the gas fireplace as well as the space heater! The horseshoe pit was nice and it was fun to explore the path to the water.
Yael B.Jun 2016
We stayed in the property for two nights with our two kids and dog. it was lovely, the cabin is small, but was perfectly fine for our needs. there is a well stocked kitchen, the kids shared the futon and we slept in the double bed. we had family dinners on the deck and sat by the firepit in the evening. i definitely recommend staying here, and i hope we will find the time to visit again.
Brittany C.May 2016
I was very pleased with the house and the location. It was very clean and adorable. However, they don't mention that HALF the house (with the sliding glass door) is blocked off for "owners storage". I feel it's unfair you pay for the house and you only get half !
We are sorry to see that the owner's space was such a disappointment; the home is advertised as having one bedroom and one bathroom, and guests do get that as well as everything pictured on the website.
Christen P.May 2016
Love Fort Bragg! We had a great time! The house has beach access within a bit on a hike, but dogs are not allowed. There is no stove, only a microwave and a hot plate. I still loved this place!
Tegan H.Apr 2016
This was a lovely little cabin for our family of four. We had the best time exploring the dunes on the adventurous hike out to the beach from the cabin. The yard space was lovely and perfect for the kids and the cabin was delightfully charming. We just wish there was a proper door on the bathroom for added privacy in a small place. The movie selection was so much fun to choose from and the fire pit outside provided lovely evenings under the stars. Thanks for a cozy stay!
Ashley E D.Mar 2016
A very adorable place in a great location, however the roof leaks (don't keep things on the kitchen table or the rain will ruin them)and the deck is rotten by the kitchen door so be careful!! I almost broke through a rotten board in the dark. Overall though a cute place in a great private area and We'd definitely stay here again in this cute beach cottage.
Theresa F.Feb 2016
nice location very safe area
Jeanette J.Nov 2015
We had a nice and cozy stay. Going to the beach in brisk cold weather was fun. Bring plenty to eat. It takes a while to get to the nearest grocery store.
Brian S.Oct 2015
I will start by saying there is a locked curtain door that leads to another room that accesses a loft above the living room. It says it is the owners storage. I was really put off by this. I kept wondering if someone was in there. Haha I tend to have a wild imagination. I wondered why no one had mentioned this in the reviews. I guess it would have been a game changer for me as I would not have rented this place. Although after the first night I was feeling more comfortable with the situation. Also the curtain door for the bathroom offered no privacy. With that being said I ended up really enjoying the place. It was a little quirky but peaceful. We ended up staying an extra night and the property manager was very nice and accommodating. Vacassa was very thorough with everything. It was a very easy process.
Charles S.Oct 2015
We just needed to chill, and this cottage was perfect. We did a lot of cooking and watching shows together and walked the dog on the beach and found a great coffee shop downtown and had a great meal at Silver's at The Wharf. But mostly we stayed in and about the cottage, which is comfortable and well-equipped.
Nancy P.Jul 2015
The location was great, short walk to the dunes. House is very dated and used. The bathrooms and kitchen area....which are the two most important were not very clean. Make sure you wash any kitchen items before using. The deck was a sweet location but the deck furniture was nasty. Fortunately were were there for the activities and didn't spend much time at the house. Don't set food out....ants in the kitchen.
We apologize for the inconveniences you experienced during your stay; we will work with housekeeping on making sure the home is thoroughly cleaned and free of ants. We will also look into what we can do for the deck furniture. We hope you got to enjoy the fire pit! Thank you!
Jenni M.Jul 2015
I stayed with my mother, boyfriend, and two dogs in May and we all had a great time! If you plan to spend a lot of time in the house, it is a little crowded with more than two people, but we were out most of the time so it was no problem for us. There isn't an oven and the fridge is a mini-fridge but there is a two burner hot plate and the grill outside is great, if you plan on doing any cooking. The location is about 10 minutes north of Fort Bragg, which was great for us. Very quiet and peaceful. Very clean, plenty of towels and bedding. Would definitely stay here again!
Nathalie A.Jun 2015
A lovely cabin in a quiet location, on the edge if beautiful dunes. It feels remote, though very close to Fort Bragg and Mendocino. I would definitely return there .
Bob D.Jun 2015
It was quiet enriching stay. I was impressed with a blend of coziness and efficiency.
They anticipated all of potential needs
Joanie C.May 2015
We loved it from the moment we pulled up. So clean, beautiful and inviting. We loved the fact that we could cook in the kitchen and still eat outside by the camp fire. Our kids had a blast being able to explore the trail leading to the beach. I would recommend this to other families. It is small and very cozy, but very comfortable. The bed is quite small for for someone that is over 6 ft tall like my husband but we made it work! It was definitely worth getting away to this cute cozy cottage nestled in the woods. It would be great for couples or families with kids!
Bill G.Apr 2015
We very much needed a relaxing getaway and this house gave it to us. Great location, not that far from Fort Bragg. Very quiet and had a great area for me to play catch with my son.
It may not be on the beach, but it is close enough for a good ocean feeling. We absolutely loved the interior decorations. It was a very fun place for us to spend a few days.
Sharon H.Mar 2015
The furnishings were lovely, and the whitewashed walls are very pretty. The location is wonderfully quiet, we could enjoy every bird call and since our home is in a very dog oriented (read: barking night and day) neighborhood, the silence was so restful.
Loved walking the dunes and beach, could have really gotten in shape had we stayed a week instead of two nights.
Thanks for your wonderful review! These cottages are so cute and the location is fantastic with access to the beach just down the road. And the yard is great to play some horseshoes or just sitting around the firepit sharing stories. It is nice to hear that you found it nice and peaceful and were able to have a nice relaxing stay. We hope to have you as guests again soon!
Stephen C.Jun 2014
This property was absolutely amazing. I have one and only one complaint. There was no handbook explaining anything about the property. Ie, no WiFi password no location of the stove and rules or requests for when we leave. but overall it was a very wonderful place. I highly recommend it.
Thank you for your review. We're glad that you had such a great stay. Vacasa is in the process of updating and standardizing all of our welcome binders. The updated binder should be in the home shortly.