Always dreamed of living in a hobbit-hole? Even if the thought never crossed your mind, you'll be dazzled by this Mendocino vacation rental, Bag End. Named after a Lord of the Rings reference, and being as full of character as the Tolkien novels are, this home is like none you've ever stayed in before.
Resting quietly on 20 acres of private, wooded land, this is the ideal place to unplug and unwind. Though it feels worlds away from the everyday, it's still only three miles from the village of Mendocino, which offers eateries and shops. Hike from Mendocino Headlands Stare Park down to Big River Beach for a real Northern California Coast experience.
Have more than four guests? You won't have to pass on this unique opportunity because you can also rent the property's second home, The Prancing Pony. That home accommodates a max of three adults (four guests if children are in the mix). Both exude a similar feel.
Back at the fantastic cabin, you'll get lost in the hours doing nothing but relaxing. The grounds outside are made for enjoyment, from the rustic bench circle to the treehouse. Early birds can steal a moment on the wind chime-adorned porch to savor coffee amidst the fog. Make a memorable meal on the gas grill, which sits on the spacious furnished deck.
Inside Bag End is the colorful grand room. Dusk welcomes a view through the telescope or an all-night round of board games.
This cottage's kitchen is as handy as it is picturesque, offering all the basics and even a coffee bean grinder. The vibrant wood staining on the cabinetry continues into the half bathroom. The full bathroom boasts hardwood floors, a deep soaking tub, stand-alone shower, and views almost too good to believe.
Between the two bedrooms are two king-size beds. The master bedroom is also equipped with a writing desk if you've come on a writing retreat and an armchair for catching up on some good reading.
Both bedrooms and the master bathroom are accessible by a wooden spiral staircase. Would you expect anything less?
Even though you'll feel like you've stepped into another world, you'll still have the comfort of a private washer and dryer, and there's even a 240 V hook up so you can charge your electric car!
In addition to Mendocino village just three miles away, visit-worthy towns dot the coast both north and south of this popular destination. Find yourself in Fort Bragg up north for souvenir shopping or take a mini road trip south to Elk, Albion, Gualala, or even Bodega Bay.
When you're ready to get away, really get away from it all with a stay at this Mendocino coast vacation home.