USA California California Coast Mendocino Listing #42081

Headlands View Cottage - Mendocino, CA

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Max. occupancy: 4 1 Queen Bed, 1 Sofa Bed 0 bedrooms  plus loft 1 bathroom 1 dog max 
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Charming cottage w/ dramatic views and fireplace. Ideal location!

***Please note that there may be guests staying in Headlands View Home during your stay. The Home is a detached building with its own private entrance. Home guests have access to the large deck that separates the two buildings. Cottage guests do not have access to the deck.***

Escape to this delightful hideaway and enjoy the best of two worlds - both Mendocino Village and Mendocino Headlands State Park are literally at your doorstep! Take a five-minute walk to a picturesque nearby beach, stunning cliff-side bluffs, or along the expansive state park just across the street. Or if you prefer, stroll five minutes in the other direction to quaint cafés, bakeries, boutiques, restaurants, and galleries.

Headlands View Cottage has its own pathway and private entrance and is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or small family gathering. The Cottage is fully separate from Headlands View Home with a large deck between the two buildings (note that Cottage guests do not have access to any decks).

Downstairs you’ll find an inviting space that combines a kitchenette, living area, and dining area. The kitchenette includes a portable electric oven, a counter-top two-burner stove, microwave, mini-fridge, sink, and plenty of bowls, plates, and utensils for cooking and eating. It works great for preparing a memorable meal, storing/warming any delicious leftovers you might bring home from a nearby restaurant, or putting together quick snacks on the go. The dining table seats up to four. The gas fireplace keeps you warm while you snuggle up in the two luxurious recliner chairs or the sofa to read, watch TV, or simply take in the view in silence. The queen sofa sleeper downstairs comes complete with a comfy memory foam mattress.

A spiral staircase leads to a beautiful loft upstairs with a queen bed, built-in desk, and a gas wall heater. Two rocking chairs looking out over Mendocino Headlands State Park provide additional spaces to read, talk, doze, or quietly reflect.

What's nearby:
Welcome to Mendocino, the crown jewel of Mendocino County, which has been rated 'Most Picturesque Town' by Sunset Magazine! Villages, vineyards, marvelous state parks, and breathtaking natural beauty await. You'll be only half a mile from downtown Mendocino nestled between old-growth redwood forests and churning ocean waves. The town itself boasts a scenic location on a headland, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Mendocino is a treasure hunter's paradise featuring unique and stylish boutiques and galleries showcasing local art. The nearby state parks include Van Damme State Park (two miles), Russian Gulch State Park (two and a half miles), and Jackson State Forest (19 miles), so don't hesitate to pack your most comfortable hiking shoes to explore them! Rent a bike at the nearby Catch a Canoe & Bicycles, Too! (one and a half miles away) and ride along the beautiful Big River Canyon. You’ll also find delicious eats at local cafes or restaurants including Good Life Cafe, Luna Trattoria, Cafe Beaujolais, and Patterson's Pub to name just a few! Outdoor enthusiasts will find endless, fun activities to try here such as whale watching, horseback riding, The Skunk Train, which offers railroad tours on a historic train leading through meadows and redwood forest, historic walking tours, and annual festivals.

Things to know:
Free WiFi with booster mesh units, strong enough for video-conferencing
TV with Xfinity/Comcast Cable and Netflix Streaming
Dog-friendly for a small, nightly fee!

County permit number: 128499

County tax number: 9389
County tax number: 10208

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




Heating & cooling

Central AC
Partial AC

Gas fireplace

House rules


Kitchen & dining




Ocean view

Water view


Internet : Xfinity



Wireless router

Netflix streaming

Nearby activities & attractions

Golf nearby


Beach towels

23 reviews

Sasha B. Jan 2023
Excellent location and very quiet. Well stocked with cooking and eating utensils. Amazing views north towards Point Cabrillo lighthouse and within a minute walk of the headlands trail. Within walking distance to great restaurants too.
Robin M. Jan 2023
I love the compactness of this cottage. The only drawback is that one must go down spiral staircase in the night to use the bathroom. I'd still go back. I plan to go back.
Kevin J. Dec 2022
Great location. Comfortable and quiet, but not a normal “Airbnb” type property with kitchen, laundry or any other extras. The deck and the hot tub in the pictures are not part of the cottage rental, which they state, however because of that there really isn’t anywhere to chill outside of the cottage on the property.
Andria L. Dec 2022
Cozy, well appointed place with beautiful view of ocean and walking distance from town and most beautiful coastline on earth
Lynnette L. Aug 2022
Location is everything here. Though the place is small, it is located within walking distance to the little town of Mendocino as well as walking trails to the bluffs and trails. Location to everything in Mendocino is awesome! Fairly clean except the windows really need to be washed and a very dirty rag was left on the recliner when I arrived, which was disturbing.
Manager response:
Thank you for staying with us, Lynnette, we are delighted that you enjoyed your time, and that you found the location convenient! We apologize for the cleaning rag left behind, and appreciate you bringing to our attention areas of the home requiring additional care. We are having your feedback addressed, and please know that our guest services line is available 24/7 to assist you. We look forward to hosting you for another even more enjoyable getaway! Thank you.
John G. Aug 2022
We loved the right-sized cottage with all the great views, the 'out the door' hikes right at the Mendocino Headlands State Park (insanely great coastal views!), the easy access to downtown Mendocino and surroundings, and the very comfy bed and recliner chairs! And quiet all around. A great vacation spot.
Jeffery B. Apr 2022
Located right next to my new most favorite spot in the world the Mendocino Headlands. Like 2 blocks away. Fantastic

The only drawback for us 60+ was the upstairs bedroom, the down stairs bathroom, and the narrow spiral staircase connecting the two. My wife chose to sleep on the hidabed.
mahmood m. Apr 2022
Proximity to town center & a nice path to see the ocean. Clean. It is not a comfortable place for older folks. Circular staircase is very problematic & dangerous for someone who is 80. The couch in the living room is a sofa bed. There is no outdoor space which would help a great deal. The view is an unkempt lawn in the back yard. The kitchenette is hard to deal with but is better than nothing. Bring all your spices, including pepper. Also sugar if you want it for your coffee. I suggest that the pics & description for the cottage be separate from the main house because the info is very confusing on the property's website. Otherwise, I think it is a nice place if your expectations/standards are not too high.
Manager response:
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us, Mahmood, we hope that you had a great stay! We make every effort to present clear, accurate descriptions of our homes in order for guests to make informed decisions on their rental choices. We encourage guests to reach out with any questions or concerns prior to booking, as we are happy to help. We look forward to hosting you again soon!
Kate B. Mar 2022
Nicely appointed with everything we needed. The location was perfect: in easy walking distance to Headlands trails and town. You need to be able to use the circular stairs, the bedroom is upstairs and the bathroom downstairs, and if anyone uses the hot tub/deck next door, the voices come into the bedroom. That said, we would rent this again.
Marie B. Jan 2022
If you ever want to be happy anywhere else, ever again. We had the best time! It was raining the first two days, but on the 3rd day, we saw the views. Gorgeous! The little market downtown has the most delicious prepared foods, and we were able to eat a lot of meals right there in the room, making good use of the microwave and fridge (no real cooking-yay!). This unit is right next to the coastal trails and a short walk to downtown. The bed upstairs is comfortable, the downstairs pullout ok, and the space well appointed. My only suggestions would be to be sure you can manage the spiral staircase and bring ground coffee- the grinder doesn’t work. It hurt to leave. We will definitely be back!
Frieda H. Nov 2021
Cozy cottage with easy access to the headlands, beach and all the cute shops in town. Great value for this stay!
Charles A. Aug 2021
This cottage enjoys a terrific location, being a short walk to the headlands as well as the downtown. Although the space is compact, it is thoughtfully appointed and very well maintained.
Steve W. Jul 2021
Location was good for us.
Ananya M. Jun 2021
Headlands view cottage was perfect for our little family + dog. It’s super close to the fantastic Mendocino headlands trail, the Portuguese beach and all the cute little stores and restaurants.
We’ll be coming back soon!
Alison A. Apr 2021
Cute little place, very cozy, great heating, and the location is very nice! Would recommend to anyone looking for a modestly priced stay in Mendocino
Dr. Marshall W. Dec 2020
This is a terrific, well-located place to stay with everything one needs provided.
Ted B. Dec 2020
The location next to the headlands and lovely walk into downtown.
Rita D. Oct 2020
Coziest cottage ever! Quiet, bright. Easy access to beautiful walks by ocean-just walk out front door- and pleasant five minute walk to “downtown” amenities.
Susan B. Oct 2020
A beautiful little house in a perfect location. The house has everything you want to relax and enjoy the beaches and Mendocino. With water views, high ceilings, clean and comfortable furniture , the house is ideal.
celeste f. Sep 2020
Comfortable queen bed with lovely view. The living room has the same view with comfortable chairs and couch.
naleni t. Sep 2020
Cute little cottage, perfect location, walking distance to Mendocino town and beach.