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About this listing

Enjoy the ocean views from this 2 story spacious cottage on almost 3 acres of land. Light fills the cottage with large skylight windows. Relax on the lawn or walk to the beach. Star gaze from this beautiful space with contemporary furnishings.

The space

Great views and dine with view of lawn and sea. Large skylights. Bath and shower. Cook with beautiful views of the ocean. Contemporary furnishings. TV, internet, comfy queen bed. On the warmer banana belt of the coast. Close to town, 2 miles. Situated on a private estate like drive in. Small to mid size dog welcome. There are deer that come by, whale watching from all windows, seals on rocks and many bird migrations to view.
2 night minimum

Access to beach, a 5 minute walk, local trails along the coast. Regional state park 2 miles north, Stornetta Lands on 1200 acres is 12 miles to the north.

We own and caretake the property and will either greet them or leave key for them. We attend to all your needs to make sure your stay is a great experience.

Very few homes on this road, very private setting and open space of ocean in front view. Cook's Beach to walk to at end of road.

Need a car.

No smoking -small dog is OK.

Guest access

There are hiking trails and local Cook's Beach to walk to, 5 minute walk away. Grassy area with cottage to sight see.
Privacy on 3 acres.

Interaction with guests

We will be here to greet them with the key in most reservations and make arrangements with them if key needs to be left.

Other things to note

2 night minimum. During holidays there is a 3 night minimum. Stay 6 nights get one night free during specials we have. Return guests get discount on repeat visits.

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The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: Studio
Bed: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Lockbox


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: 71
Security Deposit: 141
Weekly Discount: 12%
Weekend Price: 261 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
Check in is anytime after 3PM

We hope you will respect the space. Very quiet and peaceful place. No Smoking in house!



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

44 Reviews

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John User Profile
July 2017
Just lovely and peaceful. Wild foxes and whale spouts (in July !) to top it off. Will do again, hopefully next year. Gualala and Point Arena are soo relaxing.

Brian User Profile
July 2017
My second stay at the whale watch cottage was as wonderful as the first. Clean, quiet, and comfortable - exactly what I was looking for! Thanks again for the great stay!!

Dave User Profile
June 2017
Beautiful, relaxing cottage. Clean and classic Californian. The ocean can be heard at night! Beach was walkably close. Good food within 2 miles. I will return!

Adil User Profile
June 2017
Ralph and Larain's Whale Watch Cottage is beautiful - clean, spacious, warm, with awesome views. Ralph and Larain are excellent hosts - very warm and friendly. Will definitely be back!

Kay User Profile
May 2017
Lovely view, very peaceful, a clean and comfortable cottage that I would recommend for a long weekend getaway

Jake User Profile
May 2017
Ralph and Lorain are great hosts. The view from their cottage is absolutely gorgeous for sunsets and they are very close by to a secluded Cooks Beach. Their cottage was very comfortable and a perfect place to stay while visiting Point Arena, the Mendocino wineries is Philo, and hiking all over Mendocino county.

Lori User Profile
May 2017
Very comfortable and charming accommodations! Very secluded while still just minutes away from Gualala and Anchor Bay. The property sits on a bluff, but is just a few minutes walk from a gorgeous walking beach. Gualala is a great little town with good grocery options and some great retail stores. Close to Point Arena. Great hikes in Gualala Point Regional Park. Really cool seeing the Russian River flow into the Pacific. Perfectly appointed, everything we needed for comfort and cooking.

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Gualala, California, United StatesJoined in October 2014
Ralph And Larain User ProfileRalph And Larain is a superhost.

My husband is the architect and built the house. He knows and has lived on the coast over 40 years. I am an artist /educator . We love the ocean and the peace and quiet of where we are. We welcome people to this area and the beauty of this coastal house, situated on 3 acres,and are helpful to new people coming to stay in suggesting restaurants, things to do, galleries, etc.. The house has art in it, many paintings by Larain, who is a local artist and shows her work nationally from Santa Fe to Tucson, Az. Berkeley, Ca. Marin galleries and local Gualala galleries. She is a member of the Northcoast Artists Guild and continues to teach workshops in encaustic wax and oil medium. You may see her work in local galleries .For entertainment there are many art books to explore in the house, trails to hike, beautiful beach on our road to walk to. You will never tire of the sunsets from our glass windowed living room. Expect to see some whale watching from the house too. We are gathering reviews from newcomers since we have not had our house on a short term rental site, but have rented it for summer months at a time in years past. Eager to please you and have you stay at this lovely ocean home.
We respect the privacy of our guests renting , and we are also here to help you whenever you may need it. Lovers of architecture and art, we enjoy sharing with our guests when it feels right. Ralph has designed over 450 homes in this area from Sea Ranch to Mendocino and knows the history of the growth of this coast. Just ask!

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

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