USA California California Coast Albion Listing #19041

Albion Garden Cottage - Albion, CA

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25 reviews
Max. occupancy: 2 1 Queen Bed 0 bedrooms 1 bathroom 1 dog max  (25 lb weight limit) 
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Quiet, quaint, quintessential cottage in Solitude with kitchenette & free WiFi

Find peaceful, quiet, serenity at this enchanting studio cottage, surrounded by a half acre of private garden, perfect for a beach getaway on the wild Northern California Coast. Enter the private garden to discover quiet solitude and relaxation. Sit on the private deck and enjoy the clean ocean air, fire up the barbecue for summertime cookouts, or drive a quarter-mile south to the famous Ledford House for world-class international cuisine. You'll also be treated to a small kitchenette, Netflix streaming, cable, and internet.

What's nearby:
Albion, a travel destination with international appeal, is surrounded by endless opportunities for outdoor activity, including Woodlands State Park, Russian Gulch, Jug Handle State Reserve, and the picturesque lighthouse at Cabrillo Point. Stroll from the cottage to the Albion River Inn for locals' happy hour and a superior meal, or walk down the hill to rent a kayak at Albion Flats harbor or jaunt along the docks to the beach under the historic Albion River Bridge. You'll be just a few minutes from the Little River Inn and Golf Course, just a few miles south of magical Mendocino, and close to all the attractions that the stunning Mendocino Coast is known for.

Things to know:
Free WiFi (internet speeds can be affected by the weather)
Kitchenette with a minifridge, microwave, and coffee maker
The Albion Garden Cottage can also be rented along with the main house as the Albion Garden Estate

County permit number: 127470

County tax number: 2430
County tax number: 11183

You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.


Heating & cooling

Central AC
Partial AC

House rules


Kitchen & dining




Internet : Xfinity



Wireless router

HBO streaming

Netflix streaming


Gas grill : Private


25 reviews

Carol C. Aug 2022
My husband and I were looking for a quick get-away for a few days to escape the scorching Lake County heat, and found this place. It was the perfect location for access to the Mendocino coast, and its affordability made a multi-night stay viable.

The room is a generous size, and tastefully decorated. Love the flooring and the lack of carpets. The walk-in shower was a powerful, warm and welcome experience after an afternoon of ocean kayaking! The queen bed was "just right" and provided a great night's sleep for the both of us.

Remember to take a photo of the access code, so you don't inadvertently lock yourself out ;)

No more day trips to the coast for us - we'll now book an overnight here to savor our short breaks just that little bit longer!
Ron H. Apr 2022
It was of the highway enough to be quiet and had been cleaned before our arrival. It was adequate in most aspects. The fence will not keep a small/medium dog in. There is an ant problem also. I never give a 5 of 5 rating. I would rate overall at a 3 because of the ants and fence issues.
Manager response:
Thank you for choosing to stay with us, Ron. We're surprised to hear the 5' fence didn't keep your dog in and apologize if you had any trouble there. The home has ant bait and spray available for guests to use when needed. Thanks again!
Gloria C. Mar 2022
It's so cute and cozy! Super clean, the area is so nice and so are the people. Glass beach was lovely too.
Kathleen W. Mar 2022
Location was great. Yard was perfect for pets!
Pensco Trust LLC C. Jan 2022
Wonderful location far enough off Hwy 1 to be very quiet, yet excellent access to the coast, Albion River, and marina.
JJ L. Dec 2021
Quiet and comfortable. My friends booked a stay in Albion and I wanted to join them. They stayed right on a cliff les than a mile away directly above the crashing waves with gorgeous views. While Albion Garden Cottage doesn’t offer these spectacular views it has a lovely cottage feel in one of the most beautiful places on earth!
Mary G. Sep 2021
Beautiful location and just the perfect size for a small getaway. Close to Mendocino, Little River, Fort Bragg and all the wonderful parks.
The rental itself is nicely equipped with some kitchen supplies for cooking and cleaning, although it is outdated and has some repairs that should be made. Poor lighting outside for the evening, it’s bright porch light or nothing some small deck lights would do the trick. The shower handle is broken and on backwards as well as a broken bathroom sink handle. The bed is saggy and the linens do seem like they could be refreshed, There is a definite problem with ants inside and make sure you keep the outside garbage lid locked so the critters don’t get in it. The garden could use some upkeep for the ambience as it is listed as a “Garden Cottage”
I’m not a fussy person and none of those things deterred me. I still enjoyed my stay very much and just noted these things and made adjustments.
Manager response:
We appreciate your review, Mary. The garden, ants, and bathroom fixtures have all been addressed. We will be looking at the exterior light to determine what can be done to improve that situation. This home is on a linen program, so the linens and towels are changed out regularly to ensure they're in great shape for our guests. Thank you!
Jay B. Aug 2021
Good location, quiet. Deck and fenced yard for dog. Lots of hummingbird activity. Used gas grill for 2 dinners. TV streaming undependable, our back-up notebook worked better
Russ W. Aug 2021
We loved the cottage… and the location. There was fog in the morning in Mendocino and no fog at the cottage. The restaurant across the street is superb and it is convenient to the grocery store for coffee in the morning. We loved the fenced garden and the privacy of the cottage.
Anna Marie W. Jul 2021
The Cottage is conveniently located right off Hwy 1, with scenic views easily accessible. The Cottage provides moderate comfort and conveniences. Great location and easily accessible to all major attractions. Highly recommend if you only need a base for your adventures. Clean and well kept, easy to find, and perfect for a weekend visit getaway for two.
YVONNE E. Jun 2021
We loved the quiet location of this home. Private garden, close to beach, kayaking, delicious restaurant, and very clean.
Ricky O. Jun 2021
This place reminded me of Europe not in a good place but because it's dated and worn down looking. This place is an overpriced and Run down.

My husband and i run several short term properties in the cities and tahoe. I don't know why people rated this as mostly 5 star. I would never let my friends nor someone who is paying me to stay at this place. For the amount i paid for this place a nighy I would expect at-least a 4 star standard.

Backyard needs major trimming and redoing. Furnitures, appliances and design are old and tired. Doesn't even have a toaster and an electric water heater for tea or hot cocoa which is a major basic. Shower pressure was low and the shower head needs to be changed. Outdoor paint is peeling off. TV kept turning off for no reason.

The only thing i liked was that our dog had a backyard he can walk around in, otherwise i would give this a 0/5 for the amount of money i paid. Definitely would not recommend or come back to this place.

Vacasa needs to recommend the host to upgrade their properties. The positive side is that it made us go out more so we don't have to stay at this place more than we needed to.
Manager response:
Hi, Ricky! We are sorry to read you were unhappy. The homeowner is working on cleaning up the yard and trimming back the garden. We purchased a toaster and electric water heater for the kitchen. The TV works well though service in the area is spotty. The shower pressure is low due to being on a well rather than city water. Thanks!
Lauren K. Mar 2021
This is our second time staying here and the place had everything that we needed. It took us less than ten minutes to walk down to the beach and just about ten minutes to drive into downtown Mendocino. It was perfect!
Josh R. Feb 2021
This place feels very private and has everything a weary travel might need to rest along the road. Very easy to find but off the road enough so there’s no hint of highway 1. Albion is a sleepy bedroom community and that’s what makes it so special. We loved our stay there!
Cathy P. Nov 2020
Our cottage was just what we were looking for. Secluded, quiet, and our dogs loved it! This type of setting may not he for everyone, but we couldn't have asked for anything better. The quarters were clean and well proportioned. The location was great and well, we just couldn't have asked for more. Okay, maybe one thing; the television to maintain a feed for our evenings relaxation. Thank you and we will probably reserve again!!!
John D. Aug 2020
We very very strongly suggest that no one ever deal with Vacasa in any way. They canceled our reservation 2.5 hours before check-in, because they made a mistake. Note that our drive to the accommodation was 4 hours long. Their offered solutions were (a) just refund our money (that's not really an "offer" since they were violating our contract), or (b) switch our reservation to a different accommodation that was 4 hours from our original reservation, in a fire evacuation order zone ("Leave now!") and had air quality hazardous for health.

We spent a huge amount of time and were stressed a lot, in trying to cope with this. Vacasa never was proactive in helping nor even offering help. We had to painfully extract all info from them, come up with our own ideas of how to cope, and repeatedly ask them for info and help. Eventually they refunded our entire fee, since we had to pay for a different accommodation not managed by Vacasa for our final night plus one night there while we still were in our original accommodation.

The Albion Garden Cottage was great, and we highly recommend it. Unfortunately the only way to stay in it is to deal with Vacasa, which completely outweighs the benefit of the cottage itself, so we will not stay in the Cottage again unless a different management company is involved.
Manager response:
Thank you for sharing your feedback, John. We are happy to hear that you otherwise enjoyed your stay. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic many of the local governments have created mandates on short-term rentals. Unfortunately, we have no say in these decisions. Our local staff has been doing their best to keep our guests informed of the ever-changing mandates. Thank you for allowing us to come to a resolution. We apologize for any inconvenience that this caused. We hope to have another chance to impress you in the future!
Lisa E. Jul 2020
Excellent location, private and charming, perfectly clean, comfortable and well equipped. We’ll definitely return!
Genevieve L. Feb 2020
This little cottage was so peaceful and tucked away, and perfect for a weekend getaway. Mendocino was a quick drive up the road and there were so many hikes and beaches nearby. My husband and I had a great stay!
Fayaz K. Oct 2019
Lovely cozy place to stay in Albion. Located in Mendocino county, not too far from all main attractions like Mendocino town and heartland park. The most affordable as well. Wake up early in the morning to hear the sound of birds and oceans.
Beth M. Sep 2019
Convenient studio setup with a nice kitchenette and spacious bathroom. The WiFi and TV worked well. Our only regret was that the weather was too wet to fully enjoy the deck and garden.
Bruce W. Aug 2019
Beautiful location, clean and enviro friendly. Go to Albion River Inn and say hi to Flurry
Shery L. G. Aug 2019
Had a great time at the Garden Cottage. Comfortable and amenities fit our needs. It’s a perfect place to stay for excursions along this quiet part of our coast.
Katherine P. Jul 2019
Everything we needed was their for our stay...the shower is huge (no tub, but we’re not tub people, so it worked for us). The only drawback was the heating unit...we didn’t find any instructions, but we fiddled around with it, and it all worked out.

So...if you’re there to explore the coast - quick access to Fort Bragg, Caspar Beach, Big River Beach in Mendocino, Jug Handle State Park, etc. - and just want a comfy place to rest at the end of the day (and not spend all your vacation time in your room), this little resting place is great!
russell w. May 2019
A quiet two-some cottage and close to an excellent French inspired restaurant. Near the town of Mendocino and the Wineries in Anderson Valley, just a half hour away.
Mark B. Jan 2019
Quiet, quaint, quintessential solitude. Located just a few miles south of magical Mendocino, this spot in quite simply a jewel