The Cetusaurus at Irish Beach
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
|Living space||1350 square feet|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyYes
Description from the owner
Getaway to Irish Beach
The Cetusaurus at Irish Beach is an unusual house, an architectural marvel, on the Mendocino Coast. It's 140 miles from the San Francisco Bay Area. There's a wonderful, sandy, private beach that runs for about two miles. It's a 15-18 minute walk to the sand, or a 3 minute drive, using a magnetic gate card to go past a gated barrier.
The house looks across a fifteen acre meadow to the sea. There are ocean views from everywhere in the house - you can see and hear the water from laying in bed in the master bedroom. There's a fireplace in the master bedroom, and also a TV-DVD/VCR for movie showing (but no TV rec...Read more
The Cetusaurus at Irish Beach
(Property location is approximate)
Additional Location Information
The house is on California's scenic Mendocino Coast, half way between the Village of Mendocino and Gualala, at the Northern end of Sea Ranch.
Location Type Ocean
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$155||$155||$850||$3,250 - $3,400||2 nights|
|Apr. 26 2011 - Dec. 31 2012
|All Other Dates||$155||$155||$850||$3,250||2 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Cleaning fee - $75 / stay - Other
Additional notes from owner
There's a flat housekeeper's fee of $75 for all stays
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 21, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
San Francisco, California
Our getaway occurred on one of the worst storms in November. The owner kindly agreed to let us delay travel for a day. The house and view were exactly as stated. Great views from living room and bedroom. The warm floors and the fireplaces were great for this weekend. We loved the ceiling and enjoyed the spaciousness of the house. It is perfect for a couple or a family with kids. The second bedroom does not have a door and the second bathroom is actually in the garage so not the ideal situation for two couples. We were aware that there was no wi-fi or television reception. Because of the storm we found not having those items somewhat of problem as we wanted to get information as to which roads were closed. Could not get cell phone reception or radio reception from the car so we drove to Mendocino. There was a phone we could use to call possible road closures. All in all it was a great place to stay but for myself personally, I found that I missed having wi-fi and would prefer that the TV be in the living room. If you are looking for a place to get away from everything, this would be it.
This unique house was a perfect weekend retreat for my husband and I and another couple. The view was gorgeous and we all took advantage of the deck to watch the sunrise/sunset each day. It's a short, lovely walk to the beach and a quick drive to Gualala or Manchester for markets, cafes, etc. The fireplaces were perfect for the chilly nights and we were able to make each meal at the house. We wish we could have stayed longer!
Home away from home
My daughter and I spent a week at Cetusaurus and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It is exactly as pictured and described and is truly unique in it's design. It was so much nicer than spending a week in a hotel or b&b.; We had an entire house with washer, dryer and (my favorite part) the kitchen. We quickly relaxed into this comfortable, clean and beautiful home and appreciated all the amenities offered. There are ocean views from the kitchen, living room and bedroom on a clear day. There is a market nearby in the town of Manchester and a wonderful little bakery in Point arena. Bert was a pleasure to work with and handled the rental details in an efficient and convenient manner. On my next visit, Cetusaurus will hopefully again be my "home away from home."
Couple from the bay
Gorgeous home in lovely setting!
The pictures accurately show the beauty of this well-planned home. The views were lovely, the fireplaces (plural!) were wonderfully cozy and the jacuzzi tub was the cherry on top. A great setting for relaxation and romance!
Restorative get away
We have stayed at the Cetusaurus for a few days every summer for several years, and book way in advance to make sure we get it. It's peaceful and clean, and has a laundry, which we usually need after a week camping in the woods. There are quiet neighborhoods for walking. There is access to the semi-private Irish Beach, where you can find wonderful seaweed piles, often undisturbed. We frequently see a herd of tiny deer grazing close by. Beautiful spot, beautiful house.
life inside a work of art
The short time we spent living inside this unique structure of redwood, tile, concrete and glass provide us with a brief introduction to a different class of housing. One created by someone in love with the country just outside. Winter, with gray sky outside, was balanced with the radiant heat and warm toned redwood ceilings flowing thru the rooms I will treasure the memory of our visit, forever.
San Francisco, CA
My husband and I stayed here from 12/27/09-1/2/10 along with our dog and we just thought the place was so cool! We loved the architecture of the house, all the round edges, curved ceiling, the fireplace, so many windows. We cooked almost every night and just sat relaxed by the fire, listening to the huge music collection, my husband reading, me knitting. We went to the beach, and walked along the cliffs, went to Fort Bragg a couple of times... The only scary part was actually being so secluded that taking my dog out at night in the dark was not fun. I kept thinking a wild turkey (apparently they roam in the forest behind the house) was going to get my dog! Driving up the driveway can be tricky though. It's slopes upward and is curved and driving up in reverse (recommended by the owner) can be tough. Just don't hit the lawn lights (we did) or the stack of logs. Had a good time and would definitely recommend!
San Francisco, CA
The Perfect Escape
I cannot say enough about the Cetusaurus. The home is a work of art and craftsmanship completed by it's owner. If you're looking for the perfect romantic get away to the Mendocino Coast, this is the place. The Cetusaurus is fully equipped for a small family or just one looking to escape the routine and write or paint. I can't wait to return.
Most relaxing getaway for the two of us!
The Cetasaurus home at Irish Beach is a beautiful and inviting place to get away from it all. The location is fantastic and the access to a private beach is quite a luxury. Bert is most kind and helpful with the ins and outs of this artistic abode as well as how to get up there successfully. We would most definitely come back again on our next vacation.
Thousand Oaks, CA
I took my parents, my sister and her daughter to The Cetusaurus in Irish Beach. I found the house by accident on the Internet and was intrigued by its architecture. I was not disappointed when we got there--this is a house with a unique design. The owner has put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears when he was building the house-you can tell by his attention to detail. We had a great time in the house--we barbequed every day, walked to the private beach and took day trips to close by towns. I saw lots of deer in the mornings and afternoons and even a bobcat once when I was in the middle of barbequing. The house is located at the edge of the forest and has beautiful views of the ocean. Overall, we had a great time and we all enjoyed ourselves. I will definitely try to book this house again.
San Francisoc Bay Area
Relaxing and Comfortable
There is a very small view of the water form the kitchen window, but not much else. Out of all the homes we have stayed in in IB, this is the furthest from the water and sound of the Pacific.
Don't get me wrong, we very much enjoyed our stay and the radiant floor heating, fireplace, etc. Very cozy if you feel like locking yourself indoors for a few days. Quiet surroundings. The home backs up to the woods, so there are many deer. The reservation process was easy. The owner came out to my place of business to have me sign the papers, collect the funds and give me the keys. That was great service!
What I find discouraging is since our stay 4 years ago, I have e-mailed the owner probably 10 times and every time it is booked, yet his posting is continuously refreshed on Craigslist. It's a pain that he does not have a calendar for easy reference. I could juggle my dates around possibly...but always have to e-mail and am always told, "Sorry those dates are spoken for". Never had this with any other IB rental. Another bug-a-boo is that he always-always-always pushes a book he has written. We broke down on our first visit and bought his book at the local Manchester grocery store and couldn't get past the first 2 chapters. Sorry, it just wasn't for us.
A polite and gentle word of advice for owner, please do not push your fiction when someone e-mails about your home. We will not be staying here again, as we have found other homes closer to the water, more modern and with better availability.
The stay we had a few years back was good and enjoyable (although my partner got the worse case of athlete's feet from his bathroom). Oh, and a shower curtain of some sort should be placed in the bathroom, as water gets all over the place...
Response from Berton Garey - 07/03/2011
I've looked, but don't find a record of this person renting since February 2, 2007, which possibly accounts for his inaccurate memory. In fact, there are sweeping ocean views from the kitchen, living room and master bedroom. That said, while I'm disappointed that the reviewer never directly mentioned any concerns to me directly, and I take to heart any complaints, rare as they are, I have to wonder why he emailed me 10 times trying to book the house if his stay there was less than he'd hoped for. But most importantly, I cannot imagine ANYONE getting athlete's foot at my house. It is immaculately clean. It seems more likely he brought it with him and it manifested itself while there.
Wonderful home and experience
What a great house! My wife and stayed here for an entire week and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves whether we were lounging on the deck taking in the ocean view, cooking in the fully equipped kitchen, or soaking in the huge jacuzzi tub. The radiant heating in the floor and the fireplace kept everything cozy. We couldn't recommend this fantastic vacation home more strongly. In fact, we're headed back again this summer!
santa cruz, ca
My wife and I stayed here for a long weekend to get away from the San Francisco busy-ness. It was great! The architecture of the house is unique and beautiful and has a great view of the ocean (about half a mile away). We brought some food for meals and the kitchen was stocked with all the utensils needed. Great small-town restaurants are within a short drive as well.
Last, but not least, the owner Berton was a pleasure to work with.
Would definitely stay here again and would recommend to anyone looking to get away from the city and "disconnect." A very refreshing weekend overall!