About this listing
Otter's Den is located on the Ten Mile River. It is off the grid and surrounded by nature and wildlife. Close to beaches and sand dunes. Rustic, but comfortable with queen bed, propane heating and cooking, hot shower, outdoor privy and big firepit. Kayaks included.
Otters’ Den awaits those wanting an intimate experience with nature. Secluded in the alder woods on the bank of the river, this little hand-built rustic cabin is surrounded by a natural wonderland. Sitting beside the river or kayaking on it, you can watch families of otters, ducks and geese. Egrets often roost in the trees across the river. Seals also frequent this tidal stretch of the river and foxes make their dens in these woods. Otters Den is a real escape--it is off the grid and out of WiFi and cell phone range (cell service is available 1 mile away).
Along with beautiful views of the trees and river from large south windows, the studio cabin has a queen bed, a glass front propane heater, a cozy kitchen with a full sized propane fridge, propane cook top and large sink. Propane and LED lights illuminate the interior. Outside is an enclosed hot shower, a redwood privy, a Weber BBQ, outdoor table and chairs around the large fire pit. Wood for the fire pit is available at most stores and from vendors along the highway. Bring your own charcoal for the BBQ.
Perfect for those seeking a retreat from the hubbub of city life and an immersion in nature, Otters’ Den is still only 20 minutes from Fort Bragg with it’s galleries, fine dining opportunities, Farmers’ Market, many festivals, great shopping and other activities. It is 5 minutes from miles of beach and sand dunes.
Perfect too for abalone divers. The site is also available for events and camping—when the cabin is not occupied by those seeking to renew themselves in the beauty of nature.
Otters’ Den is part of a large property with other residences. Use of kayaks is included. A two-night minimum is encouraged. Also available by appointment are guided nature tours, tarot readings, and visits with our flock of friendly sheep. No dogs please—you can play with ours.
Recent refurbishing will make your stay even more enjoyable and are reflected in our rates.
Guests have access to kayaks, the river and it's swimming hole. The cabin is surrounded by a large open area. The county road along the wetland is a great walk.
Interaction with guests
Usually, after a brief orientation on arrival, guests have all the privacy they want. Though if desired or needed, someone is available anytime.
Our neighborhood is one of the most beautiful on earth. Ten Mile Beach and its dunes is just five minutes away and is the longest undeveloped beach in California. On the north side of the Ten Mile River folks can walk on lovely Seaside Beach. The river itself is very gentle for kayaking and folks can expect to see many birds including kingfishers, great blue & other herons, ducks & geese, as well as many kinds of hawks and other species of birds. Seals and otters can be seen in the water. The area also is home to other wild life such as deer, foxes & racoons.
The river valley and its wetlands are a constantly changing tapestry of colors.
No public transportation nearby
Smoking outside please. No dogs. Please sign a release of liability form on arrival. We do our part to protect and conserve resources. Fire is always of concern. Keep fires contained & dispose of cigarette butts in ashtrays or in your pocket--not on the ground. Please conserve water and recycle. Also we appreciate your minimal use of fragrances--on clothes & bodies. We'll provide non-toxic alternatives.
Quiet hours are from 10 PM to 9AM
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
We are Pat, Raven, Judi, Leu & Ami, living simply on Ten Mile Ranch on the Mendocino Coast--your team for your stay at Otters'Den.
Pat is as busy as her bees, developing permaculture projects in her "free" time between managing the ranch and her nursing job. If you can catch her, she loves to share her permaculture knowledge with folks.
Raven is the hostess with the mostest. She is an herbalist and is also into rocks, trees and ritual. She studies the Way of Mastery and H'opononpono. Raven also does Flower Essence Tarot readings by appointment.
Judi is head shepherd and a naturalist who loves the water & "messing about in boats". She's our Airbnb contact for Otters' Den. Judi & Raven would be happy to take you on a guided nature walk.
Leu and Ami love gardening and taking their goats for long walks in the hills.
We love to travel & meet new people, but don't often get the opportunity, so you'll have to come to us. We love beauty & art--fine is fine, funky is better.
We all want your time on this beautiful land to be as enjoyable as possible. Please let us know how we can best make that happen.