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Charming Oceanfront Cottage at Schoolhouse Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Enjoy a romantic getaway for two or bring family and friends - either way, you'll have a wonderful time at our charming cottage by the sea. For the active, the beach is just steps away - fly your kite, picnic, build sandcastles, explore the tidepools or dive for abalone. For the more passive, sip a cool drink on the deck and enjoy the spectacular view or curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book.

Our home is well suited for two couples - two of the bedrooms each have a queen bed and ocean views. There's a 3rd bedroom with twin beds plus a den with fullsize futon if you bring the family. All linens are provided. There are also beach toys, towels, chairs, picnic supplies, plenty of books and games for all ages - and high speed wireless internet access.

The northern California coast is beautiful and relaxing and you don't need to leave the house at all - but if you do, you'll find almost limitless activities to fill your days. The area has many quaint villages, shops and galleries filled with local arts and crafts, restaurants serving fabulous fresh seafood, wonderful wineries, historic sites and natural wonders galore. Just be sure to return for the incredible sunsets!

Our cozy home is filled with antiques and comfy furniture. We think you will feel right at home. We have visitors who have returned year after year with their family and friends and now think of the cottage as their second home. We hope you will too! Please check our availability calendar.


More Details

Nina Mourning
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 August, 2018

About Nina Mourning

I am an entrepreneur and workaholic. I have been an editor of a scientific journal, a travel agent, a paralegal, a real estate agent and property manager, a commodity trader, a financial newsletter editor, and resident neighborhood psychic.

I currently produce video biographies of seniors, interviewing them and recording some of their family history and stories so they can be permanently saved on DVD for future generations.

I have helped raise 7 children. I love to read, garden, dance, travel and practically have my own personal zoo. I am a gatherer of information about almost anything. And I have an incredible husband, Jeff, who puts up with all my nonsense.

Nina Mourning purchased this house in 1960

Why Nina Mourning chose Bodega Bay

My parents bought the cottage more than 50 years ago. It is the closest beach community to the Sacramento area. It is close to San Francisco, Sausalito, Berkeley, Napa Valley and Sonoma wine country. I grew up spending vacations there and so did my children. It is a great place to share with family and friends.

What makes this house unique

It is only a minute out the front door down the path onto the beach. But if you don't feel like a walk, you can lie in bed, sit on the sofa or at the dining room table, or out on the deck and have a wonderful view of the ocean and the waves crashing on the rocks. I never tire of the wonderful sunsets - every one is different but terrific in its own way.

And the most amazing thing - you can actually see millions of stars because the night sky is so dark. We also have deer, lots of shorebirds, and great tidepools.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Bodega Bay in the Sonoma County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both baths have tubs with shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Steps from Beach, amazing ocean view, great tidepools and whale watching, nearby Sonoma and Napa County wineries, Free Wireless Internet, Large Deck, Books, Games, horseback riding and golf. Sonoma County Certificate 718N


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Charming Oceanfront Cottage at Schoolhouse Beach
average rating of 4.8591547 based on 71 reviews

Fantastic Ocean view and access

  • 5 of 5

Very clean. Super stocked with more of everything you need for supplies. Many towels and pillows and linens if needed. Very comfortable.

Really close to many beaches. Great ocean views from all front facing windows, and even a side facing window in one of the bedrooms.

Nina, the host, was wonderful with her communication and responded very quickly to all inquiries.

It is an older home and the only issue we had was low water flow. Only one person could be using the water (shower, washing dishes, brushing teeth, flushing toilet) if someone else was using it they would have a trickle of water. The heat for the water was great. Still totally worth it to stay here.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are aware of the water flow issues and the house is scheduled to be re-piped this winter as soon as we get through the busy summer and fall visitor season. Thanks for visiting - I'll look forward to hosting you in the future.
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Sweet with charactor

  • 4 of 5

We were very happy with our stay. It was a perfect little cottage (although dated) and just the right size for our stay. We were very impressed with how clean it was and how well stocked. We had absolutely no issues. The only reason we are rating 4 stars instead of 5 was the road you have to cross to get to the beach has a pretty blind corner so be careful. Would recommend again.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Auburn California

Incredible location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a magical girlfriends weekend in this home! The 1960 beach house is in a small community of homes above Bodega Bay right across the street from Schoolhouse Beach. Nina was extremely accommodating, helpful and easy to communicate with. We enjoyed exploring the beaches, galleries and dining. But our favorite short hike was on Bodega Head where the wildflowers were in full bloom. The house easily accommodated the four of us and did not lack any supplies. I especially enjoyed the family antiques. One night we lit a fire, drank wine and talked into the night. Perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beach house

  • 3 of 5

The house had a lot of room and the owner was great to work with

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful cozy house on the shore

  • 5 of 5

Be sides offering a great ocean view, we found the rental house to be wonderful. It was stocked with everything we could need and served as perfect place come back to after a day of driving up and down the coast. Both of my sisters and my mom were impressed with the quality of the rental and job Nina's done with decorating. Though house definitely got some age,that just makes it feel even more cozy. I loved the south pacific-like theme. There was plenty room for the 4 of us. The beach across the road was memorizing to with the waves crashing on the rocks. And of course since its the west coast you get treated to great sunsets through the patio doors. We would definitely rent again.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Love it!!

  • 5 of 5

Being Ocean Front the water was so soothing and beautiful the house is beautiful and everything is already there and handy it was truly the vacation of Tranquility I really needed definitely would book it again! Great Family house

  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Oakland or San Francisco
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Bodega Bay
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Bodega Harbour Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Bodega Bay
Nearest Beach
Schoolhouse Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Schoolhouse Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Coleman Valley Road
Nearest Point of Interest
Duncan Mills
Nearest Point of Interest
Northwood Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Armstrong Redwoods State Park
Car: necessary

Wine tasting, Whale Watching


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £101.57
Pet Fee £39.07

Arrivals and departures accepted any day except Saturday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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