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Otter's Rest - Gualala, CA

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50 reviews
Max. occupancy: 6 (4 adults) 1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed 1 bedroom  plus loft 2 bathrooms Sleeps 4 comfortably  1 dog max 
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Oceanfront Home Close to Town w/ Stunning Views, WiFi, & Fireplace - One Dog OK!

This beautiful, dog-friendly home right on the Pacific Ocean has the charm and views that you look for when vacationing on the Northern California Coast! Enjoy a stunning back deck with a gas grill on sunny summer days, a wood-burning fireplace and a Roku Smart TV on chilly coastal evenings, and unforgettable oceanfront vistas from an incredible bluff-top property!

What's nearby:
This oceanfront home is located in the heart of Gualala, offering guests easy access to every necessity in this small, charming town. A variety of restaurants, markets, and art galleries await less than a mile south, and Gualala Point Regional Park (which includes the Bluff Top Trail, the Salal Trail, and excellent whale watching at Gualala Point) and the Sea Ranch Golf Links are only two miles south. If you find yourself craving indoor activity, the Gualala Arts Center is only one mile away.

Things to know:
Free WiFi
Full kitchen with a dishwasher
One dog is welcome for a nightly fee
Cell and WiFi services are very inconsistent in this area
This home is right on an ocean bluff; please always supervise your children and your dog
*This home is not recommended for children under 12 due to the proximity of the bluffs
*Please note that this home is in a neighborhood that is prone to seasonal visits from ants. We always try to be as proactive as possible when dealing with this issue. Thanks! 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.

Parking Notes: Please park in the driveway.

County permit number: 127319

County tax number: 2355
County tax number: 11103

You must be 25 years or older to rent this property.



Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC
Partial AC

Space heater

Wood stove

House rules


Not suitable for children

Kitchen & dining






Ocean view


Water view





Blu-Ray player



Gas grill : Private


50 reviews

Jane G. Jan 2022
Fantastic view, quiet location, a stone's throw from the markets, plus fast internet for those of us who must have a connection even when relaxing. Perfect for the two of us and our Great Dane! Would definitely return.
SUSAN A. Dec 2021
The house is on a bluff and looks out over the ocean! Spent hours sitting in the comfy chairs watching the waves, birds, and a couple of otter sitings. Very comfortable and even had a cozy fireplace
Orlando W. Dec 2021
The home is very comfortable, all amenities are provided for your stay. Kitchen is well stocked with utensils and appliances for your convenience. Place is clean and the ocean VIEW'S are outstanding!! This is a one of a kind location. If a outside fire feature could be added to compliment the views this place a top contender.
Jonathan P. Nov 2021
Otters Rest might be in the best location of anywhere I have ever stayed. Those recliners positioned right in front of the windows? It's better than TV. The surf is mesmerizing, and changes every day, and throughout the day. The view itself makes this house a great choice. I saw a bald eagle one day. But it also has everything that you need to have a very comfortable stay: a very well-appointed kitchen, great beds, and a clean and bright layout. While the place feels quite remote. the two grocery stores that are nearly walking distance away will have everything you could need. We loved our Thanksgiving stay at Otters Rest and cannot wait to come back.
David H. Nov 2021
We loved most everything about this place. It's location is the finest we have ever experienced in the Sonoma north coast area. It is literally perched right over a cliff, with incomparable views of the ocean. The property is nicely furnished, with good kitchen utensils (although a vegetable peeler would be a good addition). The master bedroom was fine. The loft with a second "bedroom" was ok, though with limited privacy. The media room we actually turned into a third bedroom, as it has a futon sofa, so that worked out well for our two adult daughters. Marvelous view from the picture windows in the living room, with nice comfy chairs available to do endless ocean watching. We loved it overall and can't wait to go back!
Jody T. Oct 2021
the house was beautiful and the location was unbelievable
David S. Oct 2021
Great location , very well maintained and all the comforts of home down to the very sharp kitchen knives.
Only thing missing was beach access..
David S. Oct 2021
We needed to push the reset button because of the pandemic, working remote, and so many other obligations during this hectic year. Otter’s Rest was the perfect place to refresh, restore, and reset. The only downside was we didn’t have more time.
Harish B. Jul 2021
We stayed at Otter's nest for 5 days. It was a very relaxing time. The view from the living room is breathtaking. All the amenities were available. Very clean and well maintained. The fenced area worked out very well for our dog.

We liked the Thai restaurant in Anchor Bay. Surf supermarket was well stocked

We are already planning our next trip. Hopefully there is a frequent traveler discount 😁
Carol W. Jul 2021
This house is close to perfect! The view is absolutely beautiful, the beds are comfortable, the kitchen is equipped for those who cook (as we did), and it is in a great location, central to everything in Gualala. The kitchen sink sprang a leak and the nice, competent repairman was there within 20 minutes of our call - amazing! The internet went out and we were notified that it was a server problem affecting the area and that it was being worked on. The communication with Vacasa was great. This was our first experience with Roku TV. I was able to stream from Netflix and Amazon but if you want current news or other regular TV then it is not so great. It seems that for the price of the rental that the owners could have a dish so real time shows/events could be watched. This would be my only complaint. Otter's Rest will be our future "go to" place on the California coast. Loved it!
Manager response:
Hello Carol, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to host you again soon!
Jane F. Jun 2021
We loved our visit! The kitchen is incredible well-stocked, the views are unbeatable, and the house itself was lovely. The location is also perfect. Cannot wait to come back!
Lisa L. May 2021
We absolutely loved this adorable little house. The decor was as perfect as the view. The beds were very comfortable and the outdoor space was well furnished. The kitchen had all the amenities which made it possible to cook at home and enjoy the view while eating. The wifi was great. The TV was equipped with Roku and we enjoyed streaming from the many available services. We had an amazing, restful coastal getaway. We would definitely stay here again.
marshelle c. Jan 2021
This small cozy home had the best views and was clean and comfortable. We had a big storm move through and it was so great to sit a watch it. Will definitely rent this home again as soon as the stay at home orders are lifted.
Denise J. Jan 2021
This home is in such a beautiful spot and was perfect for our week together with our adult children. We watched every sunset on the deck while enjoying a glass of wine. I seriously never wanted to leave. We will definitely be back!
Linda S. Dec 2020
A quiet neighborhood, a beautiful view and a lovely home: Otter’s Rest is just what our stressed out bodies needed. The home is well equipped to immediately relax and just enjoy our time away without trips to the store for odds and ends. The owners take immaculate care of the home and we were honored to visit. We look forward to returning.
Marisa R. Nov 2020
We absolutely loved our stay. Enjoyed sitting on the deck overlooking the ocean and relaxing inside by the fire. Neighbors are friendly and even recommended a perfect beach to take our pup to (Cook’s Beach). We enjoyed the visits from Butch, the neighbor’s dog. House is stocked with everything you’d need.
Macy B. Oct 2020
This home was more than what I expected!! The view was breathtaking, the home was clean and had so many great amenities! Also loved how dog friendly this home was! Will absolutely book in the future!
Also was a great stay even during the pandemic!
MIke V. Oct 2020
Fantastic spot with an amazing ocean view
Juliana v. Oct 2020
I booked this house for a bday retreat during the pandemic and it was well worth the splurge! The house is beautifully designed and we loved sitting in the recliners facing the Pacific or on the deck. The only mishap was a sprinkler that woke me up one morning splattering water on one of the living room windows and then the same sprinkler went off (and got us wet while we were sitting on the deck). But Vacasa was very responsive and came and shut off the sprinkler system the next morning. Enjoyed getting to know the next door neighbor's dog Buster who was very friendly! Saw whale spouts! Will definitely be back!!
Manager response:
We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay, Juliana! Thank you for letting us know about the sprinkler, we are sorry that it woke you up one morning. We always want our guests to have a relaxing experience during their vacation. We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review and we hope to host you again soon!
David B. Sep 2020
We had a lovely four day stay at Otter's Rest. The property was just as described in the profile. The home was clean, well-equipped, and extremely comfortable. I have been to other rentals in the area over the years, and this has been the best. The views from the living room and the deck are amazing. It's simply a great place to relax and enjoy simple living. This will be the rental we book whenever we return to Gualala/Sea Ranch.
Marco M. Aug 2020
The location is fantastic and home was very clean! Neighbors dogs were super friendly and our son played with them daily. Can’t wait to go back!
Linda M. Mar 2020
Wonderful view, wonderful cottage and amenities.
Elaina Kaye C. Dec 2019
The house was what we were hoping for, Ideal location, views etc. But we would never rent it again because of the total lack of amenities. TV - Raku service - 99% of the programs offered required a password which we did not have. 1 roll of toilet paper per bathroom, 4 bath towels/handtowels/washcloths, no kleenex. Ratty dishtowels, 2 packets of laundry detergent, cheap sheets, master bedroom sliding door didn't open. I could go on. We paid a lot of money and I felt the lack attention to basic necessities was cheap and tacky. Yes the house was fantastic, loved the view. The TV became a major issue. We missed the Kennedy Awards and were very upset!
Manager response:
Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to tell us of your experience. We apologize for the disappointments you experienced. We do not advertise cable for this home, but there is streaming via Roku including a free channel with several viewing options. We would have been happy to drop off more supplies had we known they were needed and will be sure to discuss this with housekeeping. We hope to see you again!
Andrew K. Sep 2019
The house was gorgeous. The view is spectacular.
The only issue were the flies. Copious amounts.
Manager response:
Thank you for staying with us! It is the season for flies in this area. We provide fly swatters, and we have also ordered fly traps for guests that prefer those. We hope to see you again!
Stanley R. Aug 2019
Otters Rest was the perfect escape for my husband and I. We had never been to CA and for a first trip it was amazing! The Gualala location is so welcoming! The house was perfect for the two of us to celebrate our anniversary (and would definitely be a good fit for a family as well). We lived the whole experience!
Steven G. Aug 2019
The location is awesome, on a bluff overlooking the ocean. We saw whales swimming by while sitting on the deck. The house is very nice with everything we needed for our two night stay. The property manager was very responsive to a couple of questions we had. This was a great place to start our vacation!
Beverly D. Jul 2019
We live in the Phoenix area... this was the perfect time for us to visit Gualala. The home was everything we had hoped for. Beautiful view, comfortable furnishings indoor and out, and a nicely stocked kitchen. Loved seeing the local wildlife...deer, sea otters, a grey fox and a whale breaching on our last day!
Teresa M. Jul 2019
Out of 28 homes that I have rented over the last few years this is the best so far. If you cook they had top of the line pans, sharp cutting knifes, etc. not the cheap kitchen stuff a lot of homes have. Mattresses on the beds were comfortable, thick towels in the bathrooms, good water pressure in the house, all electronics worked great. The views from this home are postcard worthy! And if you go out on the deck at night the sky loaded with stars is truly beautiful, we could clearly see Jupiter. No light pollution at night makes star gazing a treat. And the home was very clean.
Dawn D. Jun 2019
Ottersrest is absolutely divine. The only negative about this property is that I wished for access to the small beach area below.
Adean R. Jun 2019
I don't want to say how much we loved this home because it will be booked always. Really nice to stay someplace with comfy furniture! And the view is amazing. The oven is noisy is about the worst we can say. Can't wait to come back!
Britanny H. Jun 2019
This was our first time ever renting a vacation home and we loved it. The house was clean and very comfortable. The location was amazing. We have already talked about going back next year!
Lorelei F. May 2019
We really enjoyed our stay at Otter’s Rest. The house has a great ocean view, was clean and close to the town of Gualala. We would definitely stay there again.
Deborah C. May 2019
Well appointed, very clean little house that was perfect for our family of four. Comfortable beds and loads of seating for everyone to relax and enjoy the terrific view.
Audra S. Apr 2019
We stayed for six days at Otters Rest and wish it could have been much longer. The home is perfect in all ways, views from the deck and inside are amazing looking down on a small private cove which changes throughout the day. The house is very well accommodated, clean, cozy and perfect for couples - we brought our dog and it was great with a small fenced dog yard to make things safe and easy. There is tons to do indoors with great tv, music setup, wood fire, and games e.t.c. and the house is located in a quiet neighborhood and a short walk to Gualala shops and restaurants. We did a lot of research on houses in the area before our visit and Otters Rest ticks all of the boxes and the photos and description online are very accurate. Whilst there are several great beaches and hikes nearby just sitting on the perch watching the day go by is very very relaxing. We saw many birds, deer and were rewarded with otters playing and resting just below in the cove most mornings - the home is aptly named.. Highly recommended and thanks for sharing this lovely home with us, we will definitely be back.
Alyssa C. Mar 2019
Otter's Rest is peaceful, clean, and well-appointed. The ocean views are unparalleled, and you can hear crashing waves from every room. It was everything I hoped for and more. I cannot wait to come back for another visit.
Austin W. Feb 2019
Nice place, gorgeous view, highly recommended!
Renee C. Feb 2019
We had a great time. House had a great view. Even though we had a lot of rain we enjoyed looking at the ocean and watching the storm.
JEFF J. Feb 2019
This house is beautiful and could not be in a better setting. The house is well appointed and the furnishings are very nice. I loved the swivel chairs so you can look out. The deck was wonderful and we saw dolphins several times. Getting in was very easy. The house was clean but there seemed to be an issue with ants however, they have traps out and it seemed to be working. We didn't need the wood heater but if we had, we didn't know how to work it. We did not use the extra room but it is great to have if you had more people. The town was really cute but the Mexican restaurant wasn't good and the pizza place spouted out all these reasons they couldn't fix a pizza but mainly they were ready to close and go home. Wouldn't fool with them. Make the drive up to Mendocino. Well worth it and one of our favorite places!! I would love to stay in the house again!
Kyle T. Jan 2019
Beautiful Oceanfront home. We saw tons of wildlife during our stay - Deer, otters, dolphins, sea lions, eagles - AMAZING!
Amber C. Jan 2019
What a wonderful place to be! It had great views with the Ocean right in front of you. Very comfortable , we cooked every night and had everything we needed. Listening to the surf at night was wonderful... we will definitely stay again! My son enjoyed the room with playroom with the futons and Tv.. he brought his Xbox and had a lot of fun. Thank you for a wonderful stay!
Gabrielle P. Dec 2018
We absolutely loved your home! The view is priceless and your home is just lovely! We will definitely be back.
Theresa S. Nov 2018
Large sunlit windows with expansive views of the ocean. Very comfortable.
Olivia T. Sep 2018
Otter’s Rest is incredible. The view is awesome from almost any room in the cottage. Otter’s Rest, is a quiet, clean, spacious and calming place. The cottage is modern, had everything we needed to feel at home. The location is great, it was an easy drive to all the beaches and sites we wanted to see in Gualala and The Sea Ranch. Not to mention the all-round breathtaking views! A lot of our time was spent out on the deck; whether it was enjoying a cup of coffee while watching the otters in the ocean below, reading a book or stargazing at night. Otter’s Rest is also close to the supermarkets and the dozens of restaurants and cafes. We have fallen in love with the Mendonoma coast and have been coming up for years. We have stayed at their home twice now. Otter’s Rest is one of our favorite places to stay in Gualala! I would definitely recommend coming up and staying here, even if it's just for a quick weekend getaway!
Amy Y. Sep 2018
My family and I stayed at Otter’s Rest this year and I have to say the view from this cottage is breath taking!!!! It’s so calming and relaxing. We loved sitting on the deck or in the recliners in the living, just taking in the view or whale watching. I can't say enough about the spectacular view we had of the ocean, even from the kitchen. Speaking of, we cooked a lot while we were there, the kitchen is very well equipped if cooking is your thing. There is also a wide selection of books or movies to choose from, if that’s your pleasure. There a lots of things to do around the area and you could easily walk to downtown Gualala. We can’t wait to go back again!!!!!