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Little House On The River- Quiet getaway for nature lovers!

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Vacation rental house. Sleeps 4, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. No pets allowed.

543 Mad River Road Arcata, Ca 95521 United States

Receive a warm welcome at this owner hosted, artfully restored 1914 farm house surrounded by hundreds of acres of rich farm land and perfectly placed in the Mad River estuary. It is just steps from the river and a ten minute walk to miles of pristine beach. Sit on the porch and relax to nature's sounds: birds chirping, waves crashing, river currents lapping the shoreline and wind rustling through the trees. Sara and Ty will meet and greet you at the cozy and comfortable two story, 2 bedroom home filled with vintage charm. They designed a one of a kind river rock hearth and wood burning stove that create a warm glowing ambiance in the family room. Cozy up by the fire and enjoy a movie on the 40 inch Smart T.V. Both bedrooms are bright, cheerful and boast comfortable Queen beds with Egyptian cotton linens. The downstairs bedroom has a romantic East Indies decor with mosquito netting and Indian art. The small but complete and fully stocked kitchen is a delight for cooking. The bathroom is beautifully tiled, has a refinished deep vintage cast iron bath tub, rain shower head with exposed plumbing and galvanized metal surround creating a real rustic farm house feeling. Recycled Redwood accents and surf art add even more character to this quaint river home.

Sarah, Ty and their young son live just next door on the property with their 3 wonderful dogs and Blaze, their 23 year old sweet Arabian horse. They are happy to show you around the property and even share their paddle boat. The property has a 1/2 acre garden with river access. The flowering gardens include several rose varieties, different types of lilies, fuchsias, and salvias. There are two 30 year old tree ferns, an apple tree, along with maples and other flowering trees. Guests will also enjoy the large organic vegetable garden with raised beds. About a 1/3 of the property is used by Blaze the horse. Blaze has a sweet, good nature, but unexpected quick movements will spook him so guests need to refrain from going inside the fencing to visit with him. Please watch children closely so they do not put themselves into harms way out of curiosity. At the back of the property is an open grass lawn that contains a fire ring. Off the back lawn is a path that leads you through the trees, to the gate that opens up to the river. In the summer at low tide there are expansive gravel bars to sit on and read a book, wade in the pools dug out by the river, or walk across the river to a trail system on the opposite side. During the summer season, at high tide the river becomes like a still lake deep enough for canoes, kayaks, and shallow hulled boats to venture a couple miles up the river to the 101 bridge, or the opposite way toward the beach/dunes.

The estuary, farm lands, beach, and dunes are a constant changing tapestry of color that many types of wildlife call home. While relaxing on the bank or exploring the water way by boat one might see seals and otters hunting and playing, by day. Armed with an Audubon an explorer will see many different species of birds including swallows, kingfishers, herons, egrets, ducks and geese, as well as various kinds of Hawks and other birds of prey. At sunset sit out on the river bank, sip a glass of wine, listen to the stillness of the evening and possibly you may see the resident beaver swim up the river.

*Due to proximity to the river, un-fenced yard w/ a horse and 3 dogs on the property children require close parental supervision.

**Due to the rural setting limited satellite high-speed internet is available but no Cable or DSL Internet. The satellite internet does allow video and music streaming. Sorry, no dishwasher or on-site laundry available.

5.8 miles to plaza, approximately a 30 min bike ride and 13 min drive
3.7 miles to mad river hospital, a 9 min drive
13 miles to old town Eureka, 25 min drive
6 mile bike ride to Clam beach, via the Hammond Trail bike path, 35 min bike ride

Rooms and Amenities
Property Type House, 2 story
Unit Code River
Beds 2 queen beds
Bathrooms 1 bathroom
Rooms Sleeps 4, 4 dining seats
Floor Area 900 square feet
Pets No pets allowed.
Standard Amenities queen, shower, toilet, tub, festivals, forests, library, marina, museums, restaurants, Games, Stereo, Television, Hair Dryer, Heating, Internet, Parking, Wood Stove, Coffee Maker, Dishes & Utensils, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Stove, Toaster, beachcombing, bird watching, eco tourism, gambling casinos, photography, scenic drives, sight seeing, fitness center, groceries, Deck / Patio, Lawn / Garden, Outdoor Grill, cycling, deepsea fishing, fishing, fly fishing, freshwater fishing, hiking, hunting, mountain biking, sound/bay fishing, surf fishing, surfing, swimming, non smoking only
Kitchen Full Kitchen, Refrigerator, Microwave, Toaster, Cookware
Living Linens, No Phone, Wood Stove, Beds - 2 Queens, Satellite Internet
Culture Near Town, Near Patricks Point
Geographic Secluded, Near Beach, Close to Town, On mad River , 3 minute walk to Beach
Entertainment Stereo System, Games, DVD Player, Smart T.V. w/ HBO Go, Satellite Internet
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100 % of our reviewers would recommend this vacation rental.

Vacation Rental Reviews

  • Charming and relaxing

    Stayed 5 days ending in January, 2018

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    a guest from La Canada, CA recommends this vacation rental

    The little house was very charming and comfortable. It had everything we needed, and was a great place to relax after days spent walking on the beach and hiking through the redwoods. And it provided inspiration for a writing retreat. Our hosts were very welcoming. The one negative was the reservation process, which was over the top. I don't know why the management company needed my age, or why they use Adobe digi-sign (unsecure). I am still waiting for my security deposit to be returned.

    • Manager Responded on 1/26/2018

      Glad you enjoyed your stay at Little House on the River. We do have a comprehensive tenant agreement due to different local government regulations regarding vacation rentals. We ask for ages of guests so that we know how many guests are adults (must be over 25 to rent) and how many are children. Some of our properties are not safe for small children and we also do not have to count children under 12 toward occupancy limits in certain locations. Sorry if this all seems over the top but it really helps us to have a clearer picture of our guests which helps us to better serve them. We refund security deposits within 1 week of guests departure and inspection of the home but it may take up to several more days to post to your account depending on your bank. Thank you for staying with us. - Jonna

  • Excellent Stay!

    Stayed 5 days ending in October, 2017

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    Edie K from Grass Valley, CA recommends this vacation rental

    This cottage was everything stated in the listing and more. Our family of four felt very comfortable and pampered in this two bedroom unit. From the whimsical surroundings on the outside to the personal touches on the inside, it was evident the owners take pride in this rental. The quaint, but very well-stocked kitchen met our needs for cooking all three meals in a day. The fresh flowers, immaculate linens and supplies for the woodstove made us feel well-hosted from the first through the fifth day of our stay. We would DEFINATELY stay here again.

    • Manager Responded on 10/26/2017

      Sara and Ty, the owners of the cottage do truly love hosting guests and sharing their little gem of a place. So happy to hear you enjoyed your stay. Hope you get to come stay again. - Jonna

  • Wonderful little old farmhouse!

    Stayed 4 days ending in August, 2017

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    a guest from El Segundo, California recommends this vacation rental

    Wonderful little old farmhouse, very charming and cozy. We plan to come back! Such a nice host family living next door; our young "city kids" loved the dogs, cat, horse, and rural vibe! Host family insisted we take our fill of veggies from their garden, what a treat! Easy stroll down to the river to explore (bring water shoes) and a nice area to take walks along country roads and greet some cows. Location was an easy drive from main town square and all comforts/conveniences needed. Thank you for a wonderful vacation!

    • Manager Responded on 9/12/2017

      Sara and Ty love hosting guests at their farmhouse. I am delighted to hear you loved your visit with them and had a wonderful vacation. We appreciate your business and look forward to your next visit! -Jonna

  • Delightful retreat

    Stayed 3 days ending in June, 2017

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    a guest from sandy, ut recommends this vacation rental

    My family and I enjoyed our stay. The location was a central to the places we visited. We loved the proximity to the ocean. The owners were friendly and helpful.

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Seasonal Rental Rates for this Vacation Rental

Dates Daily Weekly Monthly Minimum Stay Checkin Restrictions
Jan 1, 2018-Apr 30, 2018 $125 $875 $3,750 2 No restrictions
May 1, 2018-May 9, 2018 $150 $1,050 na 2 No restrictions
May 10, 2018-May 13, 2018 $325 na na 3 No restrictions
May 14, 2018-May 24, 2018 $150 $1,050 na 2 No restrictions
May 25, 2018-May 27, 2018 $225 na na 3 No restrictions
May 28, 2018-Jul 2, 2018 $150 $1,050 $4,500 2 No restrictions
Jul 3, 2018-Jul 5, 2018 $225 na na 3 No restrictions
Jul 6, 2018-Aug 30, 2018 $150 $1,050 $4,500 2 No restrictions
Aug 31, 2018-Sep 2, 2018 $225 na na 3 No restrictions
Sep 3, 2018-Sep 30, 2018 $150 $1,050 na 2 No restrictions
Oct 1, 2018-Nov 20, 2018 $125 $875 $3,750 2 No restrictions
Nov 21, 2018-Nov 23, 2018 $225 na na 3 No restrictions
Nov 24, 2018-Dec 21, 2018 $125 $875 na 2 No restrictions
Dec 22, 2018-Dec 24, 2018 $225 na na 3 No restrictions
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