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 reception) with a collection of 360 well chosen movies (I chose them). There's a Jacuzzied tub for two in the master bathroom.
There's a fireplace in the living room, and a futon couch that opens into a comfortable full size bed.
There's a second bedroom, two steps up, off the living room but open to it, with a bunk bed that has a full size lower bed and a single upper. There's a half bath off the living room, so if two couples go up, or a couple with children, they don't have to share a bathroom at night. The den/office also functions nicely as a writers' and artists' retreat, and has been the starting point - and midway jump start - for two published novels and three published non-fiction works, and a book of photographs. There are also two fold-out mats that accommodate another two sleepers, and since the house is tiled throughout and has radiant heat (hot water under the floor tile), sleeping close to the floor on the mats is very comfortable. There's also a chair and ottoman for reading, that also opens up to a single futon bed.
There's a stereo that plays CD's. The house is set up so that you can just walk in and occupy. There's dishware, cookware, and I supply linens. Some people want to bring their own, but you'll find the bed made up with fresh sheets and fresh towels available. I ask that you keep the house clean, leave it clean, and wash and dry and put away the linens and dishes that you've used. There is laundry and dishwasher soap there.
There's a patio in the front with great ocean views and some patio furniture. There is another patio in the back, completely private from the street. The front patio is also private because the street is remote enough, and there is almost no one around. There are no houses on either side, in back or directly in front. The nearest house is about 300 feet.
But the real miracle is the house itself. It's a series of curves. The ceiling, in cross-section, is a softened bell shape; the centerline, if there really were one, would be like a long slow backwards 'S'; and the exterior shape is curved too. It has an amazingly compelling and satisfying feel to it. It seems to resonate with people, and they feel at home, as though it were their house at the sea, not a stranger's place.
There's a large well stocked supermarket in Manchester, S&B;, five miles south of the house. And ten miles south, in Point Arena, there is a very good restaurant and a movie theatre. The Arena Cove Bar and Grill has good food and is very reasonably priced. Seven miles north in Elk, the Greenwood Pier Cafe has been highly recommended; and of course, 25 miles north, in the town of Mendocino, there are several very good restaurants.
Also, please note: I restrict one night stays to Sunday through Thursday nights to keep the more sought after Friday/Saturday combination available....Read more
Left on 03/28/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | Sarah H.Reviewed Mar 28, 2013Stayed Mar 2013
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!
Left on 06/25/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | East CoastReviewed Jun 25, 2012Stayed Jun 2012
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."
Left on 06/02/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 2, 2012Stayed May 2012
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!
Left on 03/09/2012 for a stay in July 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 9, 2012Stayed Jul 2011
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.
Left on 03/08/2012 for a stay in December 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 8, 2012Stayed Dec 2011
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.
Left on 11/07/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | voscottReviewed Nov 7, 2011Stayed Oct 2011
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.
Left on 09/07/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | Lauren SReviewed Sep 7, 2011Stayed Sep 2011
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.
Left on 07/13/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | Farrokh DehbozorgiReviewed Jul 13, 2011Stayed Jul 2011
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.
Left on 05/19/2011 for a stay in February 2008 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 19, 2011Stayed Feb 2008
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!
Left on 05/18/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | Travis ZReviewed May 18, 2011Stayed May 2011
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!
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