The 5 star review is for being able to stay in one of the most beautiful locations you can imagine. The lighthouse sits right out on the point and the the old keepers quarters which are the rental units are behind it. On one side are the Stornetta Public lands and Manchester State Park on the other. The location is stunning with the cliffs, the ocean, the sea lions and the whales. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to take in the beauty of the natural world.
We stayed in the Assistant Keeper's House 4 (3 bedroom) even though it was just 2 of us because that is all that was left. Well worth it for the location alone. The house itself is old and nothing fancy but very clean and well maintained. It had a wood burning stove and they provide a very nice fire set up with everything you need. We stopped at the grocery store at Gualala on the way in and I was glad we did. You are a few miles from the town of Point Arena and most of the establishments (town of less than 500) closed early. The kitchen had everything we needed but for a three bedroom house it did not have a large amount of dishes - just a warning if you are bringing a larger group. When we arrived we found a lovely half bottle of a local wine and some local chocolates awaiting us. They also equip the kitchen with coffee and tea which I appreciated a great deal. There were many little touches that show they have really thought about what you need for a comfortable stay.
I do have to leave you with two cautionary notes. The first is that the wi-fi did not work. The signal was fine but it wasn't able to connect you to anything. They needed to reset something along the server connections but the ISP did not seem to be able to fix it. We were counting on that wi-fi for a meeting connection so that was a disappointment. The second is that the rate for the house doesn't seem that much higher then the B&B down the road, but they also charge a $50 cleaning fee. Don't forget to incorporate that into your decision on price.
The hike along the Stornetta Public Lands during our stay was beautiful. The perfect weather didn't hurt either!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Point Arena Lighthouse accommodations feature four Keeper's homes, one Keeper's apartment & one Keeper's room for your vacation pleasure. Whether you stay one night or one week, your experience here in our vacation rentals and incredible location will leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired. Fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves against the cliffs, or be serenaded by the howling wind as it rushes across the Point. Perhaps you will hear the faint barking of sea lions or the call of a black cormorant or two, your closest neighbors at this remote location. We offer the luxurious Assistant Keeper's House 4 as our showplace cottage. It is a a fully renovated and re-imagined 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with gourmet chef’s kitchen, beautifully furnished living and dining rooms, custom tile baths, designer furniture and linens in all bedrooms, unique art and decorative features and more! Like all of our Assistant Keeper's Houses it includes a a wood burning fireplace (we provide the wood and kindling), full kitchen, satellite television, CD/DVD player, gas fireplace in the master bedroom and the most incredible views along the California coast, as the Point is surrounded by water on three sides. Our other two Assistant Keeper's homes offer more rustic accommodations, but still offer full 3 bedroom, 2 bath houses with fully stocked kitchens, comfortably furnished living and dining rooms, unique art and decorative features, satellite television, CD/DVD player, gas fireplace in the master bedroom and more! These units are also pet friendly, and share the same incredible views that all of our cottages offer. The Head Keeper's House is a 1 bedroom, 1 bath full home with a fully stocked kitchen, dining room, sleeper sofa in the nicely appointed living room and of course the wood burning stove with all the wood and kindling provided, satellite television, CD/DVD player, books, games and more. The Keeper's Apartment is great for a couple looking to have a romantic cottage on the ocean that allows them all the comforts and amenities of home. This cottage has a queen bedroom, living room, dining room and fully stocked kitchen, and bathroom with shower. It is beautifully furnished and offers a gas fireplace in the living room to keep you warm and cozy on those cool coastal nights. Our most intimate and romantic option is the Keeper's Room. This small but fully featured room boasts a queen bed, sitting area with table and chairs, gas fireplace, microwave and mini-fridge and a full bathroom. This is our only cottage that does not offer a kitchen, but you can find many fine restaurants in the area. All of our rentals include unlimited Lighthouse Museum & Tower tours and full access to our 23 acres of grounds for all guests during their stay. You will also find a welcome gift of a bottle of Husch Vineyards wine and chocolates from Mendocino Chocolate Company waiting for you in the dining room of your Assistant Keeper’s home. Finally, you will sleep deeply and awake refreshed because of the sound of the ocean lulling you to sleep on our super comfortable Tempur-Pedic mattresses. Renting an historic Keeper's Home is a great way to have fun and support the ongoing preservation of the Point Arena Light Station at the same time. We offer seasonal specials. Reservations are required. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Point Arena Lighthouse Hotel Point Arena