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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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
We now have unlimited internet so please enjoy! There is a house phone for those whose cell phones don't work well (AT&T, TMobile, Sprint). Verizon & USCellular work fine.
Please show respect to the house, the land, and the locals. Please enjoy yourself and your vacation, but keep the partying and noise within the immediate space of The Zendo at night, as the property is shared by other full-time renters.
Please help yourself to the fruit in the orchard and wild berries when ripe, but do not harvest in excess, leave some for others too. Feel free to enjoy the garden space, but do not harvest from beds or greenhouse as this is the fruit of others' labor. There are fresh herbs just inside the garden gate to the right. Please feel free to help yourselves!
Pets are allowed with a $25 pet fee. Please leave a check on the counter before you leave for the pet fee.
Check in is at 3pm and Check out is at 11am.
this is the second time we have stayed at the zendo.. we love it there and also really enjoy debbie.. we were going to buy a second home in the woods up there until we happened into debbie's place.. now we have made it our "country" home and plan to stay whenever we need a retreat from our busy life in the bay area.
there are not enough good things to say about it.. debbie is delightful, the place is gorgeously comfortable, and when you wake up in the morning to see a magnificient redwood tree out the many windows, life is just wonderful.. thank you, debbie, for maintaining this special place in the woods for so many of us!
We had a fabulous, relaxing weekend at the Zendo. The house was clean, cozy, and private. It's close to the town of Mendocino but its location in the woods really makes you feel like you're off the beaten path. Highly recommend!
What a FANTASTIC Airbnb experience! The Zendo was an absolute oasis. My boyfriend and I couldn't have asked for a more tranquil escape from the city. The kitchen had just about everything I needed for the multitude of dishes I cooked that weekend, my boyfriend really enjoyed the rustic wood-burning stove and the bathtub, and we both enjoyed the distressed, though modern feel of the furniture and decor, not to mention the redwood trees surrounding the place. Cherry on top: Debbie was extremely responsive and punctual in addressing all of my questions and concerns!! Highly recommended stay. :)
The host's directions were spot on. Cozy, peaceful cabin. Enjoyed the quiet and beautiful forest views from all the unique windows. The fire was going when we arrived at the cabin making it very comfortable. Would stay here again when visiting either Fort Bragg or Mendocino. We loved the uniqueness of this cabin.
We loved staying at The Zendo. The house is really lovely, comfortable and totally peaceful and quiet. And while you are really 'away from it all' it also has so many conveniences, such as WiFi and a full kitchen. We had such a nice time.
The Zendo was amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed the tranquility of being nestled in the redwoods, in an extremely comfortable and well designed cabin, cooking great meals in the spacious and well equipped kitchen, and lounging by the wood burning stove. Highly recommend and totally intend to return.
It was great. We didn't see the host but everything was setup, clean and amazing.
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.