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Amazing Ocean View, Walk To Beach, Cozy Carmet Cottage"""

Bedrooms 3
Space 139 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Large Bonus TV Room, Panoramic Ocean Views (Sleeps 8)

Enjoy ocean views, gorgeous sunsets, and strolls to the nearby beaches. Our beach house is located 3 miles north of Bodega Bay in a quiet, friendly community called Carmet. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large kitchen, a living room with a wood burning stove, a newly added family room with bar and large flat screen TV perfect for watching Sunday football. It has both travertine and hardwood floors, a large deck and a huge yard. The new deck extends the length of the house and has a raised hot tub to soak in as you enjoy the sunset. The living room, dining room, and kitchen have large windows with ocean views. Walk in either direction for 3 to 5 minutes to enjoy two great beaches. A short drive to the town of Bodega provides excellent dining – Lucas Wharf and The Tides are two favorites. Wine tasting, horseback riding, golf, spa, and fishing are all minutes away. The quaint town of Occidental is only a 15-minute scenic drive away for antique and gift shopping. The amazing River's End restaurant in Jenner is a short 15 minute drive North. Nearby Goat Rock State Park at the mouth of Russian River is a great place for seal watching during the 'pupping season' and rock climbing as well. The house has 2 queen beds, 1 bunk bed with full size bed on the bottom and twin on top, and 1 twin bed, 3 color TVs, 2 DVD players, and a stereo. For families with children there are 2 pack-n-plays for babies, 2 booster seats, and lots of toys. Comfortably sleeps two families.

We want to share our home with families looking to spend quiet time at the beach together. Please no parties or large groups. The house is located in a quiet, family friendly neighborhood and is on a sensitive septic system.

NOTE: We have had some difficulty with presentation of the rate information in the automated system below. Correct rate details are provided here:

Low Season: Oct.-Mar.: $275/night for 2 nights, $250/night for 3 nights and week nights; $1575/week

High Season: Apr.-Sep.: $300/night for 2 nights, $275/night for 3 nights, $1800/week

* 9% Sonoma County Occupancy Tax and 2% Sonoma County Tourism Tax and $150 Cleaning Fee not included in the rates

** The holiday rate is $325/night. There is 3 night minimum for all holidays.

***Holidays include Christmas, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Easter, President's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, and the 4th of July.

**** Call for last minute specials for same week reservations 5 days or less in advance of arrival date ($250/night!) or even better discounts for stays of 2 weeks or more.

Pets welcome with advance notice and $50 deposit/pet. Please mention you plan to bring pet(s) when booking.

Sonoma County Transient Occupancy Tax Certificate No. 1255N

More Details

Gretchen Polkinghorne
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
15 March, 2018

About Gretchen Polkinghorne

We live in Novato, CA about 1 hour from Bodega Bay. We bought our beach house just before our first son was born. We now have 3 boys and a yellow lab, 2 cats, and 3 fish. We have enjoyed taking our family out to the beach for the past 17 years and have made countless, precious memories there! With the boys activities getting more numerous and keeping us away from the beach more than we'd like, we have decided to share our beach house with other families. We hope you will enjoy your time there as much as we have!

Gretchen Polkinghorne purchased this house in 2000

Why Gretchen Polkinghorne chose Bodega Bay

When we considered buying a vacation home, Bodega was appealing because we LOVE the beach and we LOVE to fish! There is nothing my boys love more than being out on the boat with their dad. This property was perfect because it has a large fenced in yard that kept our children safe when they were young and keeps our lab safe now. We can walk to three amazing beaches in less than 5 minutes from the house. There are many amazing restaurants in the area as well as golf, spas, and wine tasting. Even if the weather is foggy or rainy, sitting inside in front of the fire reading a book or watching a family movie is a welcome break from the hectic day-to-day routine.

What makes this house unique

One of the best things about this house is the huge deck on the back of the house. It has a raised hot tub from which you can enjoy the sun setting over the ocean in the evening.

The large fenced in backyard is also great if you have children that want to play ball or dogs that need a place to roam.

The fire pit is the backyard is great for making s'mores or just roasting marshmellows together as well.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Bodega Bay, California

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 139 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • mobile phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 single bed , 1 bunk bed
  • The two bedrooms located in the orignal party of the house both have queen beds and share a bathroom. The third bedroom is off the newly added bonus room which has a bunk bed with twin over a full size bed and another twin bed. The third bedroom is quite small and works well for four children, However, four adults may find it too cramped in this small space. Ther are two Pack N Plays and two children's booster chairs for eating that guests may use.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • video player
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Amazing Ocean View, Walk To Beach, Cozy Carmet Cottage
average rating of 4.740741 based on 108 reviews

Just PERFECT for our family of 8 and two dogs!!

  • 5 of 5

Oh my goodness, this home is absolutely PERFECT! Not one thing I would change-these owners have thought of every necessity. My family of 8 were so comfortable, we felt like we were HOME! Short walk across the street and the spectacular Pacific ocean will take your breath away. The views from the deck were amazing, and the yard was perfect for our dogs! My children so enjoyed the raised hot tub! The home was clean, welcoming and the beds were all very comfortable! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us- we are already planning our next trip, and your home will be our home away from home once again! Kathie and family!

  • Review Submitted: 26/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I don't normally write reviews, but feel this trip warrants one. My family of four and our friend's family of four brought our two dogs to the coast to get away for the New Year holiday. We really enjoyed our stay. I'm giving this five stars because I believe this place is a great value.

Not everything rates five stars, but putting it all together - yes, I give it five stars.

Here's what made me give five stars:

Location - walk across the street and start exploring the coast, cliffs, little stream running into the ocean (seasonal stream)

Yard - the yard is HUGE. Plenty of room for the dogs to run around and kids to play

Value - it's very affordable.

Things that made me consider giving four stars:

The hot tub was cloudy - BUT, we didn't pursue having the owner take action on it. When I mentioned it to her after returning home, she apologized and even refunded some of my money without being asked.

As mentioned in other reviews there is no dishwasher. It didn't bother us, but I can see it being a problem for others.

We had a great visit. Gretchen was a pleasure to deal with. I hope everyone has as enjoyable time staying at this place as our two families did!

  • Review Submitted: 13/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Chris, Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review! Again, I apologize that the hot tub was cloudy upon your arrival. As I mentioned to you before if there is ever a problem with anything at the house, please notify us as soon as possible so that we can take care of it. The hot tub service is usually able to come out pretty quickly if needed. Glad you enjoyed your stay! Hope to hear from you next time you visit the coast! Best, Gretchen
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Excellent place for a family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the sea, shells, seals, deer, quail --and of course, the hot tub. A very peaceful getaway.

  • Review Submitted: 04/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay Kristine! Hope to hear from you next time! Cheers, Gretchen
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What a wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

We just spent 3 nights at this wonderful property. The weather was beautiful for our stay and the house was perfect! I loved that we could separate the main area from the other living room/bedroom as the teenagers were able to sleep in and have their own space. The beds were cozy and the large fenced yard was fabulous for our dog. Everything was very comfortable. My only suggestion would be to make sure you have absolutely everything you need to cook your meals. The kitchen is not very well stocked as far as staples go. There was no oil of any kind to be found and the spices are quite old. The cookware and knives however were all great. There's also no coffee grinder, which necessitated a trip to the store to buy ground coffee for us as all we had were beans. The deck and the view are amazing, the access to the beach was very convenient and the hot tub was great. Overall, a fabulous place and I would stay here again for sure!

  • Review Submitted: 01/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Amy, I am glad you enjoyed your stay! Adding a coffee grinder is an excellent recommendation. Thank you! We do have a Kuerig coffee pot at the house, but you do need to bring your own pods. Hope to hear from you on your next trip to the coast! All the best, Gretchen
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A Wonderful Christmas..,

  • 5 of 5

Our two families enjoyed Carmet. Beautiful views...Thank You, Gretchen!

  • Review Submitted: 30/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay, Mike! Hope to hear from you again soon. Gretchen
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Nevada City, California


  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay! Cozy home with good spaces to be together in and comfy beds. Clean and well stocked. Hot-tubbing with a beautiful sunset was a highlight, and a walk to the beach. Gretchen was welcoming and available for quick questions (when I misplaced the directions). Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: 28/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review, Ariel! I am glad you enjoyed your stay. Please contact us on your next visit to the coast! Cheers, Gretchen
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Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Carmet Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$191.14
Pet Fee AU$63.71
Damage Deposit AU$382.29

The rate is $300 per night for stays of 2 nights. The rate is reduced to $275 per night for stays of 3 to 6 nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.