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USA California Sonoma County Sea Ranch Listing #7512

Bovill on Shell Beach - Sea Ranch, CA

39 reviews
Max occupancy: 6 1 King Bed, 2 Queen Bed, 2 Twin Bed 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms No pets 
384 Pipers Reach, Sea Ranch, CA 95497

Oceanfront home w/ private hot tub & deck, beach access & shared pools/tennis!

You'll be within steps of the most beloved beach in Sea Ranch at this beautiful four-bedroom home, an oceanfront escape with gorgeous views of the water, a private deck and hot tub, and nearby access to community swimming pools, tennis courts, and saunas.

Bovill on Shell Beach is a family vacation home of over 40 years, located in a quiet neighborhood, where neighbors are respected and where Sea Ranch regulations are always followed. It's not the place to come for blaring music or loud games but rather a place to enjoy the pristine beauty of the North Pacific Coast and the multitude of recreational activities at the Sea Ranch, in the surrounding communities, and on the coast.

Dramatically situated on the bluffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean, this single-level home sits directly above the tidepools and sandy shores of Shell Beach. You'll be only a few steps from the Bluff Trail; two miles south of the outdoor pool, tennis courts, and saunas at the Del Mar Recreation Center; and five miles south of the markets and restaurants in downtown Gualala.

Comfortable, plush, and full of quintessential Sea Ranch charm, this home is the perfect getaway for families, groups of friends, or couples in search of romance and relaxation. Step inside to find a light-filled living area with natural wood ceilings, a soft sectional sofa, and a wall of windows that frame the open ocean.

Come home from an afternoon walk on the Bluff Trail to curl up with a novel in the cushioned window seat, set up a board game at the large dining table, or gather around one of two gas fireplaces (in the living room and master bedroom). Create a tranquil iPhone soundtrack for the sound dock stereo system, use the WiFi to plan your next hike, or watch a DVD, Blu-ray, or cable movie on the wall-mounted flatscreen TV.

Wake up each morning to grind your own coffee beans, whip up some homemade pancake batter, and read the newspaper outside on the ocean-facing deck. Back inside, the gourmet kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, green marble countertops, and a dishwasher to take care of the plates and glasses.

Leave dinner bubbling away in the slow cooker and head down to Shell Beach for a morning of wiffle ball and tidepooling. Come lunchtime, rinse off the salt in the spacious tiled shower (which is accessible from outside), light the gas grill for an afternoon barbecue, and sit down to eat with a panoramic view of the ocean.

In search of a bit more peace and quiet? Retreat to the sheltered interior courtyard to relax in the sunshine or play a game of cards among the strawberry plants and calla lilies. You can also grab your bathing suits and towels from the washer/dryer and soak in the soothing warmth of the private hot tub.

With four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, this Sea Ranch home will accommodate the whole family. Watch spectacular sunsets on the deck before retreating to the master suite, which features a king-size bed, a private fireplace and flatscreen TV, and an attached bathroom with a tub and a shower. The second bedroom offers a queen-size bed among the bookshelves, while the third and fourth bedrooms have a queen-size bed and two twin beds, respectively.

And although the Sea Ranch community has only sparse cell phone service, a landline phone is available for your ease and convenience.

As one of the best-kept secrets of the Northern California Coast, Sea Ranch offers a glimpse of the region in its incredible, untouched glory. Follow the Bluff Trail to reach Stengel Beach and Walk On Beach, make a morning tee time at the cypress-lined Sea Ranch Golf Links three miles north, or spend your days swimming and practicing your backhand at the Del Mar Recreation Center.

Take a leisurely drive on California Highway 1 to reach the Point Arena Lighthouse 23 miles north or the artsy town of Mendocino 54 miles north. Along the way, you'll find incredible cliffs and rock formations, as well as the best pizza in the area at Upper Crust Pizzeria in downtown Gualala.

Your unforgettable trip to Sea Ranch begins today - don't miss out on this incredible oceanfront home!

Property permit ID: 1883



Board games

Tennis court : Shared

Children's games


Pool : Shared


Washer/dryer : Private

Gas fireplace

Sauna : Shared









Cable : Dish Network

DVD player

Wireless router

Blu-Ray player

Sound dock



Hot tub : Private

Gas grill : Private



Enclosed yard


Water view


39 reviews

David E. Dec 2019
Beautiful spot, and right next to Shell Beach Kind of a quirky lay out, with two stairs up from the kitchen to the living room and bedrooms. Up to date appliances for the most part, but disappointing the new gas fireplace in the living room didn’t work during a cold and wet week. Plenty of plates and silverware, glasses, pots and pans. Great courtyard with hot tub, nice gas grill. Would have given it 5 stars except for the fireplace and the relatively high rental cost.
Manager response:
Thank you for staying with us, David! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. We apologize for any difficulty you experienced with the fireplace. It is functioning and available for guest use. We would have assisted with troubleshooting had we been notified of the need for assistance. We hope to host you again in the future!
Joe M. Oct 2019
We loved this house. The view is breathtaking. The house is clean and well stocked. Our family had a wonderful stay. Even with the blackout.
Bould D. Oct 2019
This home had a retro vibe with lots of charm. Great rooms and views of the ocean. The center courtyard with hot tub was a great place to unwind after a day of exploring.
Elizabeth N. Oct 2019
Easy walk to anywhere you would want to go (well, short drive to the pools) beautifully maintained hot tub. Comfortable beds, abundant pillows. I cooked a lot (used to be a chef) and the kitchen was easily the best equipped rental I’ve stayed in. I wish there had been more hooks to hang towels to dry because we had to end up using the dryer more than felt good for the planet. I also wished there had been a few couch/lounge type blankets as it gets cool and that would have helped the cozy. We also didn’t realize there was a third toilet until our third day because it gets hidden behind the door to the giant awesome giant shower door. Had a hard time locating the garbage recycling area and a raccoon came into the garage (opened the lever style door knob!) and also one came inside somehow (very mysterious) and are a package of buns, which was actually pretty funny) the number of deer and seals is amazing! Go to sea ranch. It’s majestic. Oh and note to the rental company, in the house booklet the WiFi password is wrong and I only got it by guessing ;)
Chantal T. Oct 2019
Everything about Sea Ranch is amazingly beautiful!
Susie M. Sep 2019
There was plenty of room for everyone. Nice large table to share meals for the whole family. View of teh ocean and just a short walk to the beach.
Chris K. Jul 2019
My new wife and I stayed for the weekend of our wedding and it was nothing short of magical and amazing! Beautiful house in an unbelievable location, everything in the house was clean and well maintained and worked wonderfully. The hot tub was *perfect*. We honestly couldn't have asked for more. Check-in was easy and simple as well. Sea Ranch is such an amazing place and this house puts you right in the middle of one of California's gem locations for hiking, wildlife, beach and overall coastal wonder. We will be coming back for our anniversary!
Jessica R. Jul 2019
The house was perfect for our extended family! Lots of space with all the amenities. A short walk to the beach, with amazing views from the porch. We will definitely be back!
Laura T. Apr 2019
The ocean views and beach access were absolutely amazing! We loved seeing the seals on the beaches and hiking along the shore and up to the chapel. There are cute shops, restaurants and markets within five minutes of the house, in case you forget something. The house was well appointed and had everything we needed. The layout is great with 2 bedrooms on each side of the home, with common areas in-between. It was rainy during our visit, so we didn't get to enjoy the hot tub or deck spaces as much as we would have liked, but that's no fault of anyone besides Mother Nature. The fireplaces were undergoing renovations while we were there, which was disappointing on a chilly, rainy weekend; however, before I even had a chance to email them, the rental company reached out to offer a discount on our stay as well as a discount on a future stay to make up for it! We would rent this lovely home again, for sure!
Thomas B. Oct 2018
We've rented Bovill over the years, it remains our favorite. It's the biggest available. We like what you've done in the kitchen. Thank you for continuing to share.
Andrew K. Jul 2018
Booked a stay with an extended family of 8 and had a wonderful time. The location is clearly a premium and has views of the ocean from almost every room and the large decks. The property is located as close as possible to Shell Beach and an easy mile hike to Walk-On Beach. For the amenities, beds and linens were comfortable. At night we made use of the new 4K SMART TV and decent Wifi bandwidth. The fantastic modern hot tub was definitely a plus, and is perhaps the one place that doesn't have an ocean view but instead placed in the front side of the property in a well-maintained garden. Kitchen is relatively large, stocked, and fairly modern appliances. The price was a bit high for the week we booked but if available again, we would highly considering booking again for our traditional summer trip next year.
Jeffrey F. Jun 2018
Location location location. Decks ingeniously positioned so you can always find a quiet spot. Beautiful ocean view and sounds of the white water.
Barbara T. May 2018
Chantal T. May 2018
Joann, the on site or local property manager. She is amazing. We've never before received su h personalized assistance, so punctual, so friendly, so helpful. Thank you joann.
House setting was lovely,but house is dated and awkward, which is why Joan was so terrific.
Jim R. Mar 2018
Exactly how it looked in the pictures. We had a great time and would definitely stay here again.
Mona B. Mar 2018
Outstanding views of the coast and right next to walking path. Hot tub contributes to relaxation and the feeling of vacation. Living room is very spacious and comfortable; master bedroom also big with an excellent view. 2nd bathroom is inconvenient to 2 of the bedrooms. Some things on the list of kitchenwares were missing. House needs some updating and refreshing.
Scott C. Jan 2018
Wonderfull location
Thomas W. Oct 2017
Feel asleep and awoke to the wonderful sound of the sea. Loved the view from the deck.
Tara S. Oct 2017
Leela L. Oct 2017
Great location and cozy. Some things were not working - dishwasher and one bathroom shower was clogged but if these were fixed I would stay again.
Manager response:
The dishwasher has been fixed and the shower drain has been cleared by a plumber. Thanks!
Elias G. Sep 2017
Just steps from beach access, this home was perfect for a surprise bday getaway. Group of 6 slept comfortably and was able to use the kitchen for great family meals. Sounds of the ocean and sunset sky's make this a great getaway. Highly recommended from a group of mid-twenty year olds.
Julie A. Sep 2017
Very convenient to several lovely beaches and great path for an easy walk.
Jill F. Aug 2017
Road construction stops exhausting but once you reach the house, you are transported to another world----beauty and proximity to the beaches, well equipped kitchen that allows you to whip up anything delicious you dream up and gas grill to cook steaks and perfect salmon steaks you just bought at Surf Market in Gualala.
Kerin F. Aug 2017
What a view! This place is great. Right off the beach, no other houses in front of you, just a little pathway to the ocean. It's family friendly, stocked with board games, movies, etc,. We loved the private fenced in courtyard garden with the big jacuzzi. Nice artwork on the walls. Nice kitchen. Whale watching off the back porch with your coffee. It sure was hard to leave. We will definitely be back.
Brad B. Jul 2017
Mathilde B. Jul 2017
We love Sea Ranch and first visited it 30 years ago. This home is a lovely, quiet and private house with four bedrooms, four showers and two toilets (an interesting combination and lay-out) on a bluff right above the beautiful and popular Shell and Tide Pool Beaches. The house is comfortable with nice views and accessibility. Our kids loved the hot tub. We grilled our dinners and enjoyed walking down to the beaches. The seals come up on Shell Beach by the afternoon, which is fun to see. The tide pools are fun to watch for all ages. We also enjoyed Del Mar pool, which is a short ride north. The house is an easy 10 minutes away from Gualala for groceries or a meal. We found the house convenient, comfortable, but still a retreat. We could have stayed many more days. There are a few things that could be upgraded, but being in a cabin-like setting, these didn't bother us.
Bernice K. Jul 2017
The beaches were close and easy to get to. The wildlife and views were spectacular
Brad H. May 2017
great place to vacation
Claudene C. May 2017
Our family absolutely loved this vacation house! The location is perfect within the Sea Ranch community. Great views of the Pacific and an easy trail to Shell Beach (which is my favorite in this area). The house was very clean with all the amenities you could ask for. Gorgeous views from the many windows in the living room and master bedroom not to mention the deck! The secret garden with its blooming flowers and large relaxing hot tub was a nice touch. The chefs in the family loved the spacious kitchen with new appliances. Thank you for a wonderful vacation!
Sheryl C. Mar 2017
The Bovill house has the perfect location - right along the bluff with a five minute walk to the beach. The various patios gave us options for our relaxation time, and even the front yard was like discovering a secret garden when we opened the gate. The beds and blankets were cozy, and the walk-in dual shower was a cool surprise. Wood paneling and older cabinetry make the house feel a little a dated, but the newer kitchen and bathrooms felt clean and modern. We loved our stay here and would happily return for another retreat.