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. The A-Frame is definitely a "tiny house" with just enough space for the bed and a small set of drawers.
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!
Dan, Jane, Rob and Marissa,
Simply put, these are people of rare quality. As soon as we entered the property at the top of the road we knew we were in a special place. My wife and I got there later in the night, yet we were welcomed with smiling faces from Jane and Melissa. They were hanging out in the Hygge Halle or community kitchen for us B&Br's. They talked with us about the land and what we could expect in the coming morning, so we had a better idea of the lay out. Being on the road all day and starving, my wife wipped up some spaghetti in the new indoor kitchen. I feel very fortunate to have met Rob who was getting in late from working that night. We talked and I quickly realized that he was an awesome person with a great perception on life.
We spent two nights in the A-Frame. Perfect amount of room for my wife, my dog and myself. It stayed very warm through the night, with an awesome view if the surrounding rain forest. That day we spent some time relaxing in the Sasquatch temple and just soaking in the goodness that radiates from every direction there. Once everyone was up and moving, the day almost seemed to fly by with great conversions and true knowledge of the land and life itself. It was very apparent that Dan, Jane, Rob and Marissa are the epitome of true, good people who are making the absolute best of this life.
I can literally go on and on about the amazingly great time we had. Or, I can just recommend that if you are a person who is looking to reconnect with either yourself or like minded individuals this is a great place.... yes compost buckets and all.
Our night at the A Frame cabin was great. We arrived to the site a little past midnight, and Rob met us at the site to make sure we knew where we were going. Inside the cabin, there were plenty of blankets to stay warm, a propane heater to use before we went to bed, and various lanterns/flashlights just in case we needed more light than what we had brought. We didn't stay long the next morning (we were hiking all day) but we did meet Dan before we left and he gave us detailed driving directions to the trail we were hiking from the campsite.
It is definitely off the grid, but if you are patient in traveling the 3.6 miles of unpaved mountain road, it is totally worth the trip. Bring a car charger, and don't expect to have service when you are there.
What a relaxing and peaceful visit we had to the mountain village!! We did not want to leave, despite the rain on the morning we were departing. The woods were beautiful and based on the listing we knew exactly what to expect from our stay at the village. The road up to the village was a bit bumpy and crossing the bridge was an experience, but totally doable and worth it to be in the middle of nowhere. Everyone we met (including the dogs) was extremely welcoming and friendly and was able to answer all our questions. It was fun to sit around the fire with Nick and a few other guests one of the nights. Our dog had a blast running free and got along well with the village animals, even the chickens, although he did try to get into the pen a few times. The A-frame was simple and just perfect for 2 of us and a dog. It was warm and very comfortable. We would definitely like to visit this amazing place again!!
A rad experience! Once our booking was complete we were sent step by step instructions to find the property; following them through the winding forest roads, through a river and up the hill was like a mini treasure hunt. Once we arrived the a-frame was visible and we were given a mellow welcome, complete access to the property and a recommendation for a cool little hike up through the trees. After a quick hike and whipping up some food in the outside kitchen we were wiped. The cabin was a neat little fort that was heated perfectly by a small propane heater. My girlfriend, dog and I were snug, dry from the rain and happy to sit by the candle light listening to the rain while we fell asleep. Soo, overall a cool experience, really nice people on the property and all the conveniences you could need in a rustic setting.
Staying in this cozy cabin was a great get-away. Everyone staying there was very friendly and helpful. It was interesting and eye opening to see that different type of lifestyle that was closer to the land.
Oh my goodness. This was by far one of my BEST Airbnb experiences! Jane was easy, quick, and pleasant to communicate with while Rob and Nick were some of the most hospitable hosts I've met. We had a great time and the respite from the outer world was perfection... The location couldn't be more magical and the company more stellar. The A-Frame was clean, warm, and cozy, perfect for the rainy night. If you are even thinking of staying here, GO!
This was an awesome little stop-off traveling from Eugene, OR to SF. The road is a bit windy and narrow, but the directions are good the the spot is amazing. The cabin was clean and warm. Great spot.
We had a really nice morning talking with the residents of the village and walking in the beautiful forest.
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We 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.