Big River Farm - "The Zendo"

House - Entire home/apt · Comptche Ukiah Road, Mendocino, CA 95460, United States

HIDDEN in the Redwoods of the Northern California Coast, just 6 miles from the Village of Mendocino, Big River Farm is a tranquil getaway just minutes from the Pacific Ocean, endless adventure, fine dining, and much more.

Your host, Debbie
41 Reviews
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HIDDEN in the Redwoods of the Northern California Coast, just 6 miles from the Village of Mendocino, Big River Farm is a tranquil getaway just minutes from the Pacific Ocean, endless adventure, fine dining, and much more.

The Space

Big River Farm was once a Zen commune in the 60's. We have retained much of the flavor of that time. There are 4 dwellings on the property, strategically situated to have privacy from each other, but sharing the driveway, orchard & garden. The Zendo is a REDWOOD HOUSE nestled amongst the ferns and cherry trees, and can sleep 4 between its cozy BEDROOM w/ queensize bed and LIVING ROOM w/ kingsize pullout sleeper couch. There is a separate "bonus room" in the TOWER for yoga or quiet time, which is under construction at this time but will soon be available. We added satellite wifi to the Zendo, so guests can check their email & surf the web. We have limited data, however, and streaming video or audio is not permitted.
LARGE KITCHEN is well-equipped for cooking and entertaining. A couple or individual could enjoy the spacious single bedroom house, or up to 4 guests can comfortably share an incredibly AFFORDABLE vacation house.

Guest Access

SURROUNDED by Big River State Forest land, Big River Farm is only 1 mile by hiking trails from the Big River, and hosts many enormous ANCIENT REDWOOD TREES.
Make sure to come in the summertime and fall too, when the BERRY BUSHES and ORCHARDS are bursting with ripe goodies!

Interaction with Guests

I have an art studio & cabin on the property, so I come and go as the creative urges (and garden watering) dictate. If you need help settling in, please let me know and I will arrange to greet you. I encourage people unfamiliar with woodstoves to let me know and I will give you a basic introduction. Please help yourselves to the herbs to the right of the garden gate & any fruit on the trees when they are in season.

The Neighborhood

We are surrounded on 3 sides by State Parks, so are really located "deep in the forest" while still having access to the paved road to town. We can walk down a trail to the river from the property, but it's very steep and most people enjoy going to the mouth of the river to Big River Beach and walking or biking up the Haul Road on the other side of the river. There are trail maps on the desk in the Zendo.

Getting around

Unfortunately, there is no public transportation to the Zendo. Mendocino is 10 minutes away, mostly downhill so a car is a must, although we have had serious bicyclist visitors as well.

Other Things to Note

Please remember to turn off the wifi option on your cell phones at the Zendo as that will use up our limited data. There is a house phone for those whose cell phones don't work well (AT&T, TMobile, Sprint). Verizon & USCellular work fine.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $770 /week
Monthly Price: $2100 /month
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Zendo was beautiful - love the details, and the bathtub with window views of the redwoods. Bonus: fully stocked kitchen. The big trees are majestic and tranquil - and the house's many windows and the meditation tower allow you to fully enjoy them inside or out. Debbie is a great host - friendly & helpful!

    June 2014
  • The Zendo is in a beautiful location, the place is clean and the design/decoration is wonderful. We have stayed there twice in the last 4 months (vday vacation and birthday getaway) and has been magical. We plan on revisiting.
    Thank you Debbie

    June 2014
  • The Zendo is AMAZING!! Imagine waking up each morning to the true beauty of the Redwoods. It was enchanting and refreshing! Debbie and Aaron were great hosts and very knowledgable about the area. We can't wait to come back!!

    May 2014
    Response from Debbie:

    Thanks Barbi- hope you had a wonderful anniversary trip and come back to NorCal soon!

    May 2014
  • The Zendo was very charming and we loved the fully stocked kitchen. Looking forward to coming back :)

    May 2014
  • "The Zendo" was a very interesting,unique,beautiful and fun place to stay! Debbie was available and she made the check-In process easy.

    May 2014
  • Terrific weekend getaway at the Zendo. Very peaceful! Such a cool space with amazing custom windows and lush garden. Great sound system, easy to find and I hate leaving this place. You wont be disappointed.

    April 2014
  • Debbie's space on Big River Farm, The Zendo was the greatest experience. Waking up before the sun, the surroundings and enjoying peace and quiet in the middle of the Redwoods was a perfect reminder of what we all need. Many thanks to Debbie this memorable experience!

    April 2014
  • The Zendo is tucked back into a wooded hillside and we found it to wonderful escape filled with wood fire warmth, morning sunlight, and was ideal for an anniversary weekend. While the Mendocino area was beautiful, my most fond memory was an evening spent cooking dinner, stoking the fire, listening to music, and ignoring work emails. Definitely worth your time.

    April 2014
  • While we didn't get a chance to meet Debbie, we were able to stay in the Zendo with no issues. It is an AMAZING cabin in an incredible area. The house was so beautiful and filled with interesting architectural details. We had a great stay here during our honeymoon and are planning to return soon!

    April 2014
  • Debbie was great at answering all of our questions- very helpful and accommodating. note that the tower is detached. for some reason, despite it clearly saying detached in the description, i didn't realize it until we arrived. The tower is not really a place to spend the night- would be very very cold there. Because we have young kids, it required supervision with the large windows and single paned glasses. The house itself is beautiful! very cozy. The wood stove really kept us warm and it's very nice that they provide space heaters where necessary (like the bathroom). the king sleeper in the living room could be replaced for a more comfy one. i actually bumped my elbow on the side metal bars so much i ended up with bruises. kitchen and dining were my favorite rooms in the house. spectacular views in all directions from every room!

    Thanks for everything Debbie!

    April 2014
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I am an architect & artist :) I have owned Big River Farm since 1984, guiding upgrades and renovations to the beautiful redwood cabins there. I gardened, raised my children, juiced apples, made cherry pies and now create art in my newly renovated studio, the Butsu. I am bringing back the Zen feeling that the original builders created by encouraging a peaceful and appreciative environment to flourish among those who come to spend some time there. We are now surrounded on 3 sides by Big River State Park so the redwood trees will always be with us, whispering in the wind.
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