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Amazing Ocean View, Walk To Beach, Cozy Carmet Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq ft
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 Friday and Saturday nights, $250/night for Sunday through Thursday nights; $1575/week ($225/night)

High Season: Apr.-Sep.: $300/night, $1925/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 for summer and $225/night off-season Sunday to Thursday and $250/night off-season Friday and Saturday nights!)

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 a few days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 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:
  • 1500 sq ft
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
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Great family get away spot

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful time. Great view, very comfortable. Well appointed. Fenced yard a bonus if you are bringing a dog. Gretchen a pleasure to deal with. Return cannot be ruled out!

  • Review Submitted: 03/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, well-equipped home.

  • 5 of 5

Older bungalow feel with a lot of "original" cabinets, floors and equipment. The deck is fantastic, the grill worked well and the hot tub was in great shape and such a pleasure to use.

  • Review Submitted: 01/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here. We were here for a conference at the Bodega Lab and this was perfect -- close enough to be easy and a bit of an escape as well. The house is clean and very well kept and appointed, and the proprietor very responsive and helpful. Highly recommend it but almost don't want to so that it is available for another stay!

  • Review Submitted: 24/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Modest, Yet Charming, Very Clean and Roomy Accommodations by the Beach!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this property. We really appreciated how roomy it was inside and out with plenty of different areas for people to sit and visit or find their own space to relax, as well as the property being pet-friendly. The property was very clean. The kitchen was well stocked with dishes, pots, pans, etc. There was a wonderful supply of quality extra beddings and linens to keep everyone warm and comfortable. We especially enjoyed our time in the hot tub, our view of the coastline from the back of the property and its close proximity to the beach and tide pools. We were generally very pleased with this property. Gretchen was very nice to deal with and we are very much looking forward to our next opportunity to stay there again. Thank you, Gretchen!

  • Review Submitted: 15/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This house was the perfect place for us and perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for all of us, 2 families and nana had her own room. We had a wonderful time and the views are amazing and watching the sun set while in the spa was heavenly! Will definitely come back again!

  • Review Submitted: 11/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything you want in a Bodega Bay Beach House

  • 5 of 5

Big spacious deck with a 104 degree hot tub, tons of windows in the living room, kitchen, and dining area... All of it looks out over the ocean which is just a couple hundred feet away. The house was clean, well-maintained, wifi and heat worked great, basically everything was convenient and as you’d hope for on a vacation and it all went down without a hitch. Would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 07/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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$202.1
Pet Fee AU$67.37

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.