About this listing
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.
The Zendo was rustic, yet clean and well-appointed. Debbie's directions were spot on and our dog loved the grounds and smells. The perfect get-away, yet less than 30 minutes from towns on the Mendocino coast. Well worth it and we hope to return.
We loved our stay at "The Zendo." It's the kind of experience that made me start using Airbnb. Beautiful, peaceful, and unique, it was great for our getaway to the Mendocino area. The location was wonderful, and the atmosphere both inside and out was just what we were hoping for. Debbie was a great host--proactive about making sure we had a great stay at her place. The extra fold-out bed was made ready for our arrival. That was really nice.
In addition to being beautifully rustic, "The Zendo" is also complete with all the amenities and comforts we could want for our stay.
The Zendo offers rustic charm, in a setting of peaceful solitude among the redwoods. The kitchen is well equipped, the house is spotless, the beds and furniture are wonderfully comfortable. High quality linens are provided; excellent wifi connection is available. Debbie sent excellent directions for reaching the Zendo, and helpful advice on area restaurants and attractions. Debbie welcomed us warmly when we arrived, & made us feel at home.
The Zendo was amazing, we were expecting paradise and certainly got it. Our group was a bunch of city slickers who ventured down the gorge to the river and really left the concrete jungle behind. Couldn't have asked for a better weekend away. Thank you Debbie for providing such an amazing experience.
We really enjoyed our stay here. The cabin was gorgeous and well located. It was a short drive to Mendocino and Ft. Bragg. The area was really quiet. Would definitely recommend the Zendo for anyone looking to have a relaxing getaway.
The Zendo was perfect, beautiful, peaceful, and tranquil. It is a magical space with such attention to detail, I couldn't have asked for a better place to stay while in Mendocino. It's just far enough from the village to feel secluded and pristinely quiet while also being a very easy distance back into town. The house has everything. I didn't get a chance to meet Debbie, but if the space is any reflection, I'd say she's amazing.
Staying at the Zendo was nothing short of transformational. Nestled quietly in the towering Redwoods, it feels like a place that exists without time. It was the perfect place for my sweetheart and me to get away and unwind together, with a well-stocked kitchen and plenty of space for prepping elaborate meals. Debbie was very communicative and a great host. It was a joy to visit, and I know we will be back.
About the Host, Debbie
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.