Hipcamp host Mackenzie O.
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The Pond House was a bait shop back when Mendocino Magic was a trout farm.  Now it’s a private studio with its own deck, dock, and pondside sunset marvel.  The house has a small kitchen (no stove, but there is an electric hotplate) as well as a bathroom with a hot

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Please read through all of the provided information, including our “Rules and Safety” and “Pricing” pages.

The Pond House was a bait shop back when Mendocino Magic was a trout farm.  Now it’s a private studio with its own deck, dock, and pondside sunset marvel.  The house has a small kitchen (no stove, but there is an electric hotplate) as well as a bathroom with a hot shower. The house sleeps three people comfortably – there is one queen-sized bed and one small day bed/couch.  It’s a short walk to both the Lanai and the Stage.

Maximum Capacity for the Pond House is 3 guests. You are welcome to bring additional guests – they can book a car camping site (very close to the Pond House) or stay in the campsite area in front of the Pond House.  It will be $30 per extra person per night upon arrival.

Lodging provided
Cabin
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Mackenzie a message!
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at The Pond House in California.

Forest
Lake
Swimming hole

The vibe at The Pond House

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Hipcamper Jorge
Jorge R.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
October 7th, 2018

In this review, I will try to be as objective as possible as I did enjoy my stay at the Pond House but the overall experience was filled with pros and cons.

Let’s start with the Cons: I know this is a camping experience and I should see it as so but for $200 a night we did expect a bit more.
• linens seemed dirty
• bed (mattress) was super uncomfortable
(We ended sleeping on our sleeping bag on the twin size day bed)
• daybed was covered in dog hair
• hot plates did not work at first and when it turned on only one did and did not heat properly
• the soaps / shampoos provided in the shower seemed like they had not been changed in years
• there seemed to be so much random stuff just laying outside of the pond house (for example, two carts filled with rained water that appeared to have been there for some time)

*** the pond itself seemed practically empty. I understand that’s out of their hands. But a nice disclosure would be nice: something along the lines of “pond levels may vary throughout the year” or “pictures were taking during high peak season “ etc

Pros:
• the property is vast and beautiful
• the reservoir is really nice and you can use their kayaks as well as swim if wanted
• plenty of hiking trails
• plenty of drinking water placed throughout the hiking trails
• the host (Mackenzie) is friendly and helpful
• the dogs are super friendly and beautiful
(One of them even followed us on a hike and seemed to be showing us around )

Once again, I know it is camping we are talking about. But for $200 a night I would expect a little more care and attention to detail.

Would I come back to this property in the future ? Yes
Would I rent the pond house again for that price ? No, I would opt for a normal campsite

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Hipcamper Aayush
Aayush R.
recommends this listing.
January 18th, 2016

Great place and great views. We had fun!

Hipcamper Pierre
Pierre A.
recommends this listing.
April 25th, 2016

The Pond House is a cute little nest with a large and wonderful outdoor deck overlooking a lovely pond. It's small but has everything we needed—even a coffee grinder—to have a very comfortable stay. Don't hesitate to pass by Mackenzie's house while hiking around the property. She's such a friendly host! We would come again without any hesitation.

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Hipcamper John
John S.
recommends this listing.
August 8th, 2016

Beautiful and rustic
Very much in nature
Mackenzie, the host, is the best
Try to get to know her as soon as you can so you can get a feel for the place
She is the compass rose for the vibe here
She will also tell you where to go for grabbing food, picking berries, playing in the reservoir, etc
There are other campers close by - it is not utter isolation - but it is pretty darn close
Stargazing from the dock at night is amazing

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Hipcamper dennis
Dennis W.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2016

Very rustic, but peaceful and the lights around the pond at night is magical. The over all camp is very rural but I see improvements and Mckenzie is a wonderful host and I see a bright future for people who go there. The pond at first looks very small form the side but once you are in front it is long and the inside is pretty equipped for anything you need.
You will enjoy yourself.
Dennis

Hipcamper Daniel
Daniel F.
recommends this listing.
January 1st, 2018

We had a great stay at the pond house. It was a nice quiet place to spend new years. Enjoyed walking the path with a cup of coffee in the morning. Mackenzie is a great communicator and helpful. Made the drive over to fort bragg for a beer at north coast brewing and walked around. Would stay again!

Hipcamper Ricardo
Ricardo E.
recommends this listing.
July 7th, 2019

The Pond House is probably one of the best spots on this huge fun property. It's not cheap but when you sit on the dock in the morning and watch the wildlife in the pond it's pretty much worth it. Keep an eye out for otters. The property has tons of hiking, and there' a huge lake about a 10-15 minute hike from the house. There's a communal cooking spot a minute's walk away. There's tons of camping spots on the property, so the Pond House isn't super secluded or anything, but it's really nice. I'd go back.

Hipcamper lisa
Lisa D.
recommends this listing.
October 4th, 2015

An amazing get away!

Hipcamper Daniel
Daniel A.
recommends this listing.
October 31st, 2016

The Pond house is fun, but a little more run down than I expected it to be.

Property
Mendocino Magic
State
California
$200/night
1 Site