A small, rustic, handbuilt cabin deep in the Northern California woods. Part of a remote, off-grid "village," including a few other cabins, goats, chickens, dogs, frogs, 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, puppies, chickens, and goats.
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.
•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, and recommend storing food in your car or in the sauna building to keep various animals from getting it.
•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.
•Phone / Internet: Some Verizon and US Cellular service is available, but AT&T and T-Mobile do not service our area.
The Great Outdoors:
•Domestic animals: Between the three dogs who run around at night chasing forest creatures, the early rising chickens and communicative goats, 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! Please message me with any questions :)
A gorgeous retreat! The hosts offered plenty of help about getting up to the mountain (which is a bit of a trek). It is a worthy excursion, however. I stayed at the end of February and it was cold! They offer plenty if blankets but the overall experience was like camping. There is no electricity and the heat is with propane so it is only temporary (15 minutes). I'd go back but would wait until it warmed up a bit.
My girlfriend and I stayed here on our way up from SF to PDX and it was AWESOME. It was pretty far off the highway (101) but was a really cool and mysterious drive through a kid of redwood jungle to get there. We arrived in the dark and the cabin was cozy with candles and warm blankets. We awoke to an entourage of adorable puppies, goats and chickens, and explored the cool off-the-grid village Jane and Dan created. We never met them but they left us great instructions and we felt totally supported and taken care of. A cool hidden gem.
The only negative thing about our stay here was that it was only for one night and not longer - my husband, myself and my cat stayed at MMV for a pit stop driving from Phoenix to Portland. The driving instructions initially seemed a little daunting as the village is located deep in the woods, but we found it absolutely no bother. Make sure you write them down - we had no signal for GPS or phone a while. The few miles of "unpaved" road was fun to drive. I'd probably not want to drive it in the dark though - there might be some fallen rocks or trees and the bridge is narrow so it would be a little more difficult. We arrived and had the whole village to ourselves and we just made ourselves comfortable and starting cooking! We stayed in the A-frame cabin. It's adorable and comfortable. It was cold, windy and very wet outside but our cabin was warm and snug and the bed is super comfy. We had 2 dogs and 2 puppies greet us - super friendly and so well-mannered. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook a "proper" meal. It was very wet and windy when we were there and the kitchen has a roof but just bear in mind no sides to it so you can still get wet! We still explored the village (Hey….we're from Scotland. It always rains there…..:)) and fed the goats. We didn't have time to explore further from the village or even go up to the upper part of the village (but we will be back to do this!!!). MMV is a very special place. It's fun, friendly and loved. If you are looking for a quiet but "pretty" off-grid experience this maybe isn't quite right for you - there are projects going on everywhere, things in progress, things changing, developing, moving…….This is what we love about it. It's full of character, adventure and thought. If the wether is bad, be prepared to get muddy. The weather didn't even diminish our enjoyment of the village - it made it even more of an adventure. We even spent time doing some night photography. Hopefully we will make it back in the warmer weather - this will be amazing for us to sit out and explore and connect with mother nature. We loved it and Jane and Dan were lovely to talk to (good Scottish accents!!!!!). We'll be back.
Jane and Dan have a truly incredible project they've started. The land is massive and they're getting so creative with it! We arrived in the rain and at night - which meant a little white knuckle driving. Follow their driving directions! They were extremely accurate and as Jane points out - cell phones don't usually work.
We had a beautiful weekend in the cabin, and walking around the river was lovely. I would not miss this spot!
Clean, comfortable, and creative space. A little off the beaten path but that adds to the charm.
It was such a wonderful experience to stay in the A-Frame. Definitely off the grid and unique. Thank you for accommodating us.
We really enjoyed our time on Jane and Dan's beautiful land. It was really fun being able to explore the surrounding area and hang out with their two sweet and friendly dogs, as well as have breakfast while having a bunch of puppies crawl over our feets :) The A-frame cabin was nice and cozy and kept us warm without us having to turn on the propane heater. We enjoyed playing board games by candlelight provided by our hosts. We'll be sure to book these cabins again the next time we stay in the area.
We had a great stay. It's a beautiful, secluded property with clean accommodations. Jane and Dan were kind and we enjoyed the company of the other guests as well.
First time 'camping' and we had a great time here! They've done a great job building cabins and cottages in the middle of a forest. Peaceful and beautiful. Highlights: surrounded by nature, a legit candle-lit dinner (we had our Thanksgiving there), and so many stars! There's also a wood fire dry sauna in the shower room which we enjoyed. The gardens are also impressive with fresh vegetables sometimes available to cook with. Just be ready for bucket toilets. Otherwise a lovely time in the woods!
Dan & Jane are really good people and they have a lovely spot up in the hills, I'd love to come back at some point and hang out some more. Loved all the animals and the dogs are just gorgeous, they followed me on a couple of walks which was really cool. Glad I found this spot. Thanks guys.