A small, rustic, handbuilt cabin deep in the Northern California woods. Part of a remote, off-grid "village," including a few other cabins, chickens, dogs, frogs, cats, permaculture gardens and all kinds of cool, sustainable, DIY infrastructure.
Enjoy the privacy of your own cozy cabin nestled deep in the heart of Six Rivers National Forest. Your hand-built hut features seasonal propane heat, a comfy double mattress and plenty of extra blankets, peace and tranquility, and the gurgle of Little Jones Creek lulling you to sleep at night.
Our property encompasses 160 acres of pristine natural wilderness in Northern California's beautiful Smith River area - home of the only un-dammed river in the state. Lush fern-encrusted hillsides slope down to countless spring-fed streams, teeming with wildlife, from cute caterpillars to (also cute, sometimes!) black bears. Accessible only by forestry road from scenic CA-199, this is your chance to experience Mama Earth as she was meant to be.
Your cabin is in the lower village area, featuring a full outdoor kitchen, wood-fired sauna (usable November thru May), large organic garden and edible landscaping, chicken and goat pens, and two additional cabins (one of which is home to your hosts, Dan and Jane). Other animal residents include dogs, cats, and chickens.
From your cabin, you are welcome to wander at will amongst our 160 acres of mostly steep, forested land, and enjoy the streams and waterfalls leading into Little Jones Creek. A stroll down the" driveway" and back along the forestry road is a beautiful hike in itself, where you could easily spend all day in the company of only quiet woodland creatures.
We also offer custom bodywork sessions - holistic chiropractic and massage - more info available on request.
Most visitors to the area are interested in spending time in the redwoods – we are about 30 minutes from the nearest entrance to Jedediah Smith Park, home of Stout Grove and other beautiful redwood hikes. Driving into Crescent City, about 45 minutes, winds you right through the "gentle giants" on your way to or from Redwood National Park.
This location is very beautiful and quite remote, so please be sure you've read through the full description and are prepared for certain elements of "roughing it" and adventure travel. The Village is also a work-in-progress so we are likely to be working and there may be construction, dirt, and messes around!
•Remote location: We are about 45 minutes from the nearest grocery store, and about 3.5 miles up an unpaved forestry road. It is preferable to arrive during daylight hours since you'll be driving up a dirt road through the woods, crossing a creek either by small bridge or fording, and arriving on a property with limited electricity and steep terrain.
•River crossing: The entrance to our driveway includes crossing Little Jones Creek – if you have a truck or SUV of any kind you can generally ford the river in the dry season. Otherwise the bridge can accommodate all but the widest of vehicles.
•Lighting / Electricity: We will provide you with candles, flashlights, and a lantern, since we are off-grid and your cabin does not have electricity.
•Sauna: The wood-fired sauna is near your cabin and is available for your use any time during your stay November to May. (Fire restrictions prohibit us from building a fire in the sauna from summer to early fall.)
•Kitchen: The outdoor kitchen, near your cabin, has a small propane camping stove, and plenty of pots, pans, and utensils for your use. We do not have refrigeration but do have coolers for storing food.
•Bathrooms: We use composting toilets (buckets with seats); there is an indoor toilet in the bathhouse, and you will also have your own composting toilet available at your cabin. Hot shower in the sauna/bathhouse.
•(Lack of) Phone / Internet: Some Verizon and US Cellular service is available, but AT&T and T-Mobile do not service our area. We do not have wifi.
The Great Outdoors:
•Domestic animals: Between the three dogs who run around at night chasing forest creatures and the early-rising chickens, it is likely that there will be some animal noises occurring at unpredictable moments during the night and day.
•Wild animals: There are various of these that live in the forest, including skunks, chipmunks, foxes, black bears, and many birds and insects. Since we have dogs and people around, the wild animals tend to keep their distance from the areas that we use. If you are lucky, you might spot a black bear on a hike; they are basically like big raccoon and prefer to run away from humans.
If you are looking for a unique experience and up for rustic accommodations with a few off-grid perks, we welcome you to join us in our mountain paradise!
Besides your own cozy cabin, you'll have access to the shared outdoor kitchen, bath-house, and sauna, as well as gardens and lots of forest! There is a steep loop trail through our property and plenty of forestry roads to stroll and woods to explore.
Interaction with Guests
The A-frame is a private space but faces the common garden areas in the Lower Village. The outdoor kitchen and sauna / bath-house are shared by the three cabins - sometimes this means the whole place is yours, or on busy travel weekends there can be several other guests around. On warm evenings the kitchen has been known to turn into a spontaneous potluck cocktail party! When we are home, we are happy to answer questions and like to meet and chat with amenable guests, though we also have plenty to do around the property.
Dan & Jane work in town so may not be around as much, but Nick is "on the mountain" full time so can usually show you around and help with questions.
Our neighborhood is all made of trees and animals. How amazing is that? We love it here. It is very remote, peaceful, and magical. The closest neighbor is a Buddhist Hermitage about a mile up the forestry road. Also, supposedly Bigfoots live here! Our 160-acre property is surrounded by about a million acres of National Forest.
We are 5 miles off of Highway 199, and at least 30 minutes drive from the nearest tiny "town."
There is no public transit! We are 5 miles off the highway on unpaved forest road. It is unlit, bumpy, windy, and sometimes steep. You do NOT need 4WD to access the village; I drive my Honda Fit up and down regularly and we have had hundreds of visitors come in "regular cars". Some have described the road in as "harrowing", others have named it "no problem". It depends what you are used to. If you arrive during a rainstorm, the roads will be muddy and have large puddles.
There is a river crossing at the bottom of the driveway - if you have an appropriate 4WD truck or SUV you can ford the creek most of the year. Otherwise you should use the bridge - we don't recommend taking cars through the river. The bridge is extremely narrow but does fit most cars, except for wide or low cars such as a Hyundai Sonata, a Dodge Charger, a minivan with trailer hitch, or a vintage police cruiser. The Prius is debatable - many people have come up in Priuses and have not expressed any problems, but it is easy to scrap the bottom of such low vehicles on the ramps.
If you do not want to deal with the bridge please let us know and we can plan to leave you a shuttle car.
Other Things to Note
What to expect (not the Holiday Inn!): Our rustic, off-grid lifestyle includes regular exposure to dirt, dust, mud, rain, insects, dead things, animal poop, etc. The village is also always evolving in some way and there will most likely be some sort of building, construction, and/or garden project going on as we continue working towards Shangri La!
1. PLEASE USE THE WRITTEN DIRECTIONS THAT WE HAVE PROVIDED. Do not count on phone service, internet maps, map apps or GPS. Keep in mind that you will be driving almost 5 miles into dense forest with no other buildings, signs, lighting, etc., crossing a river and driving up steep hills to find your unlit cabin. It is preferable to arrive before dark so that you can find your way.
2. NO SMOKING. We live in wood buildings surrounded by national forest.
3. NO FIRES OF ANY KIND DURING FIRE SEASON. Usually May through October, depending on the weather - if it's dry, we don't start fires even indoors.
4. YES to Doggies! We have several already who *usually* love new playmates. There have been a few instances of our otherwise mellow new-mama dog being territorial and unwelcoming to new dogs - sometimes it's fine, but some visitors have ended up keeping their dogs separate. Dogs are still allowed but this is an FYI for the dog scene!
Overall, our visit here was very enjoyable and incredibly peaceful. Being off-season, we actually had the whole place to ourselves for a while too! Well, we got to share it with the three lovely dogs which was even better.
The good & great: the stillness, the majesty of the trees, the richness of the forest, it was all very enriching. Nick & Rob are great guys and it was nice to talk with them. The dogs were a lot of fun to hang out with too! This is a remarkable retreat.
Now, not everything was perfect. Arriving to find the shower out of order (there was still one within short-hiking distance) and no cooler available was a bummer, and finding a very dirty pair of panties right next to the bed was a little off-putting. But these things happen and life goes on, no big deal.
I'd say: don't come expecting glamping. Bring a headlamp and don't plan on making meals that involve a lot of cooking & prep. Plan on enjoying the peace and solitude. Plan on kicking back and maybe doing nothing and plan on enjoying it a lot.
This truly is what it means to get away from it all. The Villagers have done something admirable and they share it with us. How cool is that?
We felt very welcome. The area and the people were all so wonderful. We had a great time by the fire and all the dogs are super sweet. We were able to go on a awesome hike while we were there. Be aware the A frame cabin is definitely not for super tall people. It's about the same size as a 2 person tent. But we were both comfortable and had a great time. Would definitely stay here again. Thanks for the memories!
My boyfriend and I tend to wing things when on road trips and I never went back and re-read the lodging details. I highly recommend you do this before your stay! When we turned left at the smiley face nailed to the tree and got to the bridge over the creek we weren't sure if we could make it over. And fording the creek was not an option in February. There was no cell service so we walked the .6 miles up to the camp where we met the Villagers. Jane assured us the bridge and the car would be fine and kindly gave us a ride back down the hill. Our Subaru Outback made it fine. I also suggest if you want to keep your side mirrors, get there before dark and have a passenger get out and spot the driver while crossing the bridge.
Everyone was super friendly and the creativity in architecture and design paired with the natural beauty of the place was pretty amazing.
Staying here was akin to camping. I would compare it (amenity wise) to staying in a cabin or yurt at a state park. It of course had more character and loveliness but if you stay here, prepare and pack as if you're camping. I wish I had brought camp chairs, whiskey, a head lamp, bacon and my French press.
The bedding was super warm and cozy and the propane heated shower in the morning was HOT with surprisingly good water pressure for a gravity fed system. Cool place! I couldn't have dreamed it much less made it a reality. Thanks for letting us stay!
After making it up the mountain during the oncoming of one of there biggest rain storms that year, the cabin & grounds were better than I could have ever expected & the trip was well worth it. It's really hidden away in the middle of the most beautiful mountains & I had a blast getting to know everyone & their journeys that brought them there. Definitely one of the most memorable & inspiring AirBnb trips to date.
This place was awesome ! Really unique location... Like miles miles away... Got in at night and it was a little terrifying driving up to the village, especially the bridge... Driving out during the day was more lovely than you could imagine. For the price this place is a steal, a thousand times more personal than a hotel. We got to meet nick who was super friendly, only wish we could've stayed longer- will definitely be back if fate allows it.
We loved this airBnB, but we wish we could've stayed to enjoy it more. As posted, the route in is quite tricky, especially at night, which is when we came in. So arrive by day, as Jane, Dan and Nick suggest! Unfortunately no one was there to welcome us when we arrived, but Nick came later that evening and was very welcoming.
The property is like nothing I've seen. The buildings are functional and unique, and beautiful! It's an inspiring place. My favourite was the greenhouse. I wish I could've spent more time exploring...
Beautiful spot! Hidden away in some spectacular logging road backcountry, this is a really nice place to stay. We loved the simple design of the whole place. Friendly folks on the property, too.
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Four of us share our wilderness homestead with three dogs, two cats, ten chickens, and various intrepid guests! We are all fun and easygoing, like to laugh, and are happy to meet new people and share our unique village with folks from all over the world.