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Red Barn Retreat - Romantic and Peaceful Cottage near Popular Hiking Trail

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + 1 convertible bed, 1 Bath (sleeps 2-4) On Forested Property

RED BARN RETREAT, located on the Mendocino Coast just a short drive from the Village of Mendocino, is the perfect getaway from your busy schedule and every day life. This lovely 600 square foot cottage apartment, which comfortably sleeps 2-4 guests, contains everything you need to come away feeling renewed and refreshed. Handsome woodwork, warm, rich tones on the walls, and comfortable, radiant heated floors make for a cozy, enveloping environment.

A comfortable queen sized bed fitted with a down comforter, bookcase full of good reading material, slipper chair, and a handsome armoire complete the cheerful and cozy bedroom, from which you can access your private fenced garden and patio to enjoy the peaceful outdoors.

The bathroom features modern fixtures and a wonderfully deep bathtub, perfect for soaking.

The well furnished and equipped open living, dining, and kitchen space fills with natural light and greenery views from its many windows.

The kitchen has a gas cook stove and oven, refrigerator, microwave, and all of the pots, pans, dishes and utensils needed for cooking and serving a delicious meal.

A large gathering table surrounded by a fun collection of chairs invites you to enjoy a meal, play a family game, or work on a project.

Additionally, a comfortable futon sofa / convertible bed and leather club chair are situated in the living room across from the entertainment center, which includes a flat screen TV, CD & DVD players, stereo, and i Pod plug in. DirecTV programming with popular channels is available. Wifi is also available throughout the property, but please note, cellular service is spotty in the entire Mendocino area.

Other conveniences include a coffee maker, tea pot, toaster, iron and ironing board, and hair dryer.

The property borders Van Damme State Forest which features some of the area’s most amazing hiking trails through the unique Pygmy, and stunning Redwood Forests. Our area’s beautiful beaches and rivers, and the gorgeous Village of Mendocino, all found along one of the most pristine coast lines in Northern California, are only minutes away.

Whether you are here for a variety of outdoor activities, wine tasting in the nearby Anderson Valley, or to just experience a quiet retreat, your comfort is our top priority.

In addition to the well appointed accommodations, cozy bedding and soft linens, you are also invited to indulge in a variety of massage treatments available right on the property, to ensure complete relaxation. Please call us to book a massage for your stay.

RED BARN RETREAT is perfect for any individual, couple, or family of four looking for a charming residence while visiting the Mendocino Coast.

We will gladly guide you to great restaurants and activities best suited to your party and the purpose of your visit to this spectacular and rugged part of the world.

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Gabi Fienburgh
Member since: 2013
Speaks english, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2018

About Gabi Fienburgh

The owners, Richard and Gabi first moved to the coast more than 30 years ago, both originally from Europe.

Richard, growing up north of London, left England on the Istanbul Express and ended up in Western Canada. He visited a friend living in Mendocino and fell in love with the coast and the community here and never left. An accomplished musician, he still performs locally from time to time.

Gabi has a similar story, growing up in Germany, she came to visit a friend in Mendocino and after falling in love with the beauty of the pacific coast and the wonderful people, essentially has been here ever since.

They met here on the coast, a notoriously romantic spot, and have been married for 28 years, raised three children and are now proud grandparents of three.

Along the way they developed their own 'design / build' construction company and have built and restored many fine custom homes on the coast.

Gabi is also a licensed massage practitioner and manages a local spa.

Gabi Fienburgh purchased this cottage in 1992

Why Gabi Fienburgh chose Little River

After living on the coast for almost 20 years we finally found a place we wanted to buy. On a quiet rural road inland from the fog belt was a cottage, overgrown and with a glorious blossoming cherry tree hidden behind the house. It felt like it could be our home and over the years we have transformed it into a sunlit, open and peaceful place that is the heart of our family.

What makes this cottage unique

Often, if the coast is foggy, just 3 miles inland the sun is shining and the property, though close to the redwoods, has a mix of pine, fir, cypress trees, rhododendrons and open gardens that let the sun shine on us most of the day. Coming from hazy Europe we are still awed by the clear, dark, star filled night skies.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Here’s what Carmen wrote:

“There are so many words that can be used to describe the Red Barn; tranquil, serene, beautiful... But out of all the words I feel "lovely" is the perfect word to describe the Red Barn. From the amenities to the surroundings, everything was lovely. The barn is also very private, separated from the host's house, and well equipped. The barn features one bedroom, with a very comfy pull out couch in the living room. The kitchen is state of the art with a full GAS stove and all the utensils you could ever imagine needing. The bathroom features an amazing big bathtub which was definitely a highlight to the trip. Also Gabi and Richard furnished the place beautifully with unique and artistic touches. The barn is situated about a 15 min drive from Mendocino and generally 15 mins drive from anything you may need (good restaurants, shops and scenic views). Also Gabi and Richard who are practically natives to the area have fantastic suggestions for things to eat and explore in the area. Gabi and Richard are exactly what you would want in a host; helpful, sweet and also respectful of your privacy. I stayed at the Red Barn for my birthday and it was certainly a memorable experience. I was lucky enough to schedule a massage with Gabi who is a FANTASTIC massage therapist! So glad that we had the opportunity to stay at the Red Barn, we definitely plan on returning soon!”
Mar 2018
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Little River, California

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Modern fixtures and deep soaking bathtub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , Very comfortable queen bed in private bedroom.
    Convertible Bed - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Additional bed is a queen sleep sofa/futon in Living Room
  • Queen sized mattress and topper, down comforter, side tables with lamps, armoire, luggage rack, book case and reading collection, slipper side chair, sliding glass door to private patio and garden.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
A full menu of massage therapy options are available on-site. Please call to book a treatment to ensure complete relaxation during your stay!


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Red Barn Retreat - Romantic and Peaceful Cottage near Popular Hiking Trail
average rating of 4.9714284 based on 71 reviews

Perfect Getaway! A Must Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn’t have been happier with our stay at Gabi & Richard’s Red Barn Retreat! It was the perfect getaway for us to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary and the first trip away from our two little girls since our youngest was born 3 years ago. We couldn’t have been more impressed with our experience! Gabi & Richard greeted us when we arrived at the property, gave us a tour, showed us the binder they put together with all sorts of good information, and had chocolates and wine waiting for us to celebrate our anniversary which was so thoughtful. I knew then that we hit the jackpot and that I was thankful to call the Red Barn Retreat home for the weekend. The location can’t be beat. It’s private and peaceful, but a quick 8 minute drive and we were on Hwy 1 and close to lots of cute restaurants and things to do. The property itself is beautifully decorated, has a great kitchen with a gas range and everything that you need to cook, the bathroom is stunning with the biggest tub I have ever seen, the bed is the comfiest bed I have ever slept on and I got the best nights sleep I have had since my oldest was born 5 years ago, there is even a cute little backyard that has a patio table perfect to enjoy a morning cup of coffee at, and my favorite the heated floors! The only thing I regret is that we couldn’t stay longer! We will definitely be back though and are excited to plan our next trip hopefully this summer with our girls in tow. If you are debating staying here don’t debate it book a stay at the Red Barn Retreat with Gabi & Richard you won’t regret it!

  • Submitted: 28-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Katie, Thank you! It was such a pleasure having you and your family here at Red Barn Retreat and we hope that we will see you again for many more visits. We already look forward to meeting your girls when you do come back this summer. All the best, Gabi and Richard
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Wonderful property

  • 5 of 5

This rental has been constructed and appointed to a very high standard. Gabi and Richard have thought of everything one might need for a comfortable stay. Even the knives are good quality (Henckel) and sharp - and that's a first for the many vacation rentals we've enjoyed. The apartment is spacious and immaculate, so well organized. It's located in the middle of forest and the only thing I would change is to provide a view, although the fences are no doubt required to keep out the wildlife. We only stayed 4 nights - for a longer stay, laundry facilities would be a plus. The drive into town takes about 10 minutes. There are numerous state parks and hiking trails to enjoy, and Mendocino has a number of good restaurants (try Goodlife Bakery's outstanding apple pie). My partner was thrilled that there is also a small (9-hole) golf course in Little River, the only one on the Mendocino coast. The drive from San Francisco up Highway 1 was beautiful, a twisty turny road with views of ocean, forest, cliffs carpeted with spring flowers at every turn. A lovely stay in every way.

Frances & Michael

  • Submitted: 27-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tremendous place

  • 5 of 5

Heated floors were pretty sweet and the place is overall just wonderful!

  • Submitted: 26-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Citrus Heights, CA

Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this staying at this home and cannot wait to return. It was perfect for us to enjoy our stay in Mendocino and explore the surrounding area. The home has everything you could possibly need, is very clean, and beautifully decorated. Gabi and Richard are wonderful people and hosts and very helpful while we were there. We have stayed at many places in the area over the years and this was by far the best of them all.

  • Submitted: 10-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Barbara

Outstanding- Perfect Mendocino Style Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We first visited the Red Barn a few years ago when it was fairly new. We were so excited to return. The owners have added so many new wonderful touches since then. The bed is gorgeous and extremely comfortable.

The fenced garden is very private and serene. The kitchen is amazingly well equipped including even spices, olive oil and excellent dish ware. Truly it has all the kitchen gear you would ever need to prepare meals including excellent knives. We love the cozy radiant floor heating. We're even trying to add that to a remodel we're doing. The Red Barn is perfectly clean and beautifully maintained inside and out. The owner (Gabi) is a massage therapist and a big advantage of the Red Barn is that she offers massage in a lovely suite just upstairs in the barn. Absolutely one of the best massages I've ever experienced. Though we've visited the coast many times over the years we've come to realize that the location of this rental is ideal as it tends to be a lot sunnier than the coast and yet it's only 10 minutes to town. Also, very private and peaceful being away from the crowds of tourists. If you go be sure to hike the Pygmy Forest and down the Fern Canyon trail- stunningly lush and beautiful as it runs along a river all the way to the beach. The entrance to the trail is just a short walk away from the barn.

In our real life on a stressful day we often dream of sitting on the patio in the garden at the Red Barn where all our cares seem to melt away. We'll return whenever possible.

  • Submitted: 4-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always such a pleasure having you here at the Red Barn and we are already looking forward to seeing you again! We love it that our guests are so comfortable here that they want to come back again and again. We are always looking for ways to make for an even more enjoyable stay for our guests and, like you say in your review, this is what we have done over the years and will continue to do. All the best to you and hurry back! Gabi and Richard
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Perfect retreat in beautiful setting . . .

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have visited the Mendocino Coast area for extended stays regularly for the past twenty years. Discovering the Red Barn Retreat and host/owners Gabi and Richard Fienburgh 3 years ago has truly enhanced vacations in our most favorite place --the Mendocino Coast. The listing description is accurate in every way. The Red Barn is beautifully crafted and furnished, the kitchen is equipped to handle anything I might want to cook with the bonus of quality cooking utensils and tableware. The bed is comfortable with plush linens and the bathroom is spa-like. The enclosed garden/patio is a great place for morning coffee, a good read, and early evening drinks. We enjoy the nearby hiking trails in the Pygmy Forrest as well as the quick drive to the coast for walks on the headlands, good restaurants, live music, fine art galleries and the Mendocino Art Center. Gabi and Richard are wonderful hosts--warm, helpful and available but never intrusive. We highly recommend the Red Barn Retreat and look forward to returning many more times.

  • Submitted: 8-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review, Barbara. You and Charlie have truly become "family" to us, having been back now for 3 years in a row. It's always a pleasure to have you here at the Red Barn. We already look forward to the Fall of this year when you will be back again.
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Nearest Airport
170 Miles
San Francisco or Oakland International
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Ledford House/ Albion River Inn/ Little River Inn
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Little River Golf and Tennis
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Skunk Train to Willits
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway One
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Ledford House/Wild Fish/ Little River Inn
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Little River Beach at Van Damme State Park
Car: necessary

Professional massage services on site or at a nearby Spa, Whale Watching in Fall and early Spring, Music Festival in July, Film Festival in June, Crab and Wine and Mushroom and Wine Days in Fall and Winter, Wine Tasting Tours available.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Little River, California

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 2 2018 - May 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day Weekend
May 25 2018 - May 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer
May 29 2018 - Jun 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
Jul 1 2018 - Aug 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day Weekend
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
Sep 4 2018 - Oct 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
Early Winter
Nov 1 2018 - Nov 21 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 22 2018 - Nov 25 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
Mid Winter
Nov 26 2018 - Dec 20 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
Winter Holidays
Dec 21 2018 - Jan 2 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$77.27
Refundable Damage Deposit C$321.95

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Cleaning fees are assessed separately.

An additional guest fee is assessed for bookings of more than 2 people.

Please contact owner regarding discounted weekly and monthly rates.

3 night minimum on some holiday weekends.

All rates are subject to 11% bed tax.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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