The private Beggs-Bishop
Cottage is located on a residential street in one of Mendocino's historic neighborhoods.
It's an easy walk to restaurants, live theater, shops, the Art Center, markets
and the headlands. You can simply park your car and enjoy village life on foot
or bike as we do.
Beggs-Bishop House, our
home and your cottage, is hidden behind a 6 foot tall hedge which insures privacy
in the garden or on your porch. The front of the cottage faces West and the
view outside the gate is Heider Field, a square block of open space land held
by the Mendocino Land Trust. Bordering the north of the Field on Little Lake
Street are the four "mansions" as the locals call them, the Packard House, Maxwell
Jarvis House, Albert Brown House, and The Blair House which some of you may
recognize as Jessica Fletcher's house on "Murder She Wrote."
The Beggs-Bishop house is
classified in the National Historic Register as a Category 1 Structure. We have
an interesting history of the house and some of its residents in the cottage
for your reading enjoyment.
A PEACEFUL PLACE TO REST...
Late morning sunlight flows
through the easterly facing windows in this picture. If you wish, there are
window curtains to block the light.
If you were to stand near
the lamp in the picture to the left and look toward the entrance to your bedroom
you would see the view shown at the right. The beautiful antique wardrobe provides
ample space for storing your belongings. The window that can be seen in the
short hallway outside your bedroom looks out onto your porch and garden.
The bed itself is queen
size and pleasantly firm with down comforter and Irish wool blanket to keep
you cozy and warm. Each side of the bed has a nightstand and reading light.
The full service telephone is located here.
A PLACE TO FIX A CUP OF COFFEE,
A SIMPLE SANDWICH, OR A GOURMET MEAL...
The cottage includes a complete
kitchen: full size stove and oven, apartment size refrigerator, coffee maker
(with filters), ample cooking utensils, pots and pans, tableware and all the
usual things you need in a kitchen. If we've overlooked something you need,
just knock on our door and we'll do our best to rustle it up for you.
RELAX AND READ A BOOK...
The small sitting area can
be considered an extension of the kitchen. An electric wall heater is available
to take the chill off a foggy or rainy day, but the wood stove is the best source
of heat. We provide the wood and lay a fire for you prior to your arrival. Cuddle
up in the wicker chairs and prop your feet up on the foot stools. You'll be comfortable
reading a book, visiting with the cook, or taking a cat nap. Or simply daydream
while viewing the garden from the multi-pane window. Radio with cassette player
and tapes are provided if you'd like a little mood music. If you forgot your vacation
reading -- not to worry. The cottage has a great collection of books about the
history of Mendocino and surrounding areas.
SHOWER AND A SHAVE...
Tile shower, glass door and
flowered ceramic sink by local artist Steve Larkin make this a pleasant room to
perform your daily toiletries. An electric wall heater helps to dissipate the
moisture and the window which opens lets you listen to the local birds: robbins,
geese, ducks, osprey, sea gulls, ravens, hummingbirds, and more.
FEAST YOUR EYES ON LOCAL ART...
Throughout the cottage, the
walls are decorated with art by local folks in various media (many are friends
and acquaintances). Local and European photographs by John Uhlar, drawing by Chuck
Hathaway, copper work by Mike Moreland, watercolor by Erin Deither, a Patty Walker
print, weaving by Betty Lette, ...
Upon your arrival the refrigerator
and kitchen table are stocked with a "starter kit." It varies, but can include:
yogurt, juice, soft drinks, fruit, fresh breads, and chocolate treat. We always
have fresh ground french roast coffee in the cupboard, sugar, milk, black and
herbal teas, fresh cut flowers in the kitchen and bedroom.
WARM SUN, THE FRAGRANCE OF THE
GARDEN, A GLASS OF WINE...
Ah! The Porch. When the sun
is out, it's the best weather in town. The porch faces west and the hedge blocks
any wind and insures privacy. Pick a wicker chair, settee, double rocker or adirondack
chair, get a glass of wine or iced tea, relax and enjoy the garden.
SO, IF YOU'D LIKE TO STAY
AT THE COTTAGE...
Just click one of the "Reservations"
buttons, or you may use e-mail or the telephone for questions and reservations.
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P. O. Box 393
Mendocino, CA. 95460