Stay in a Fine Art Photographer’s modern studio, plus deck, on the edge of a wooded forest. The studio is a private unit with its own entrance.
Located on a naturally landscaped property, with a main house and multiple outbuildings, including a wood-workers shop, the photography studio and an in-law apartment. The studio is a private modern, light, spacious room (750 sq ft), that occupies the lower level of a gambrel roof barn with a retired professor and his wife living on the second. On the deck, two teak chairs and teak café table overlook the large open garden.
The south and west light filled studio has natural wood trim, bamboo and natural linoleum floors, full bath shower/tub combo and studio lighting. The studio easily sleeps 3 people (the third guest are an additional $30 per night each), with a new king-size bed, a futon couch and 2 comfortable chairs in the seating area as well as a small table and two chairs for reading, writing eating, etc. A microwave, mini-refrigerator, coffee-maker and electric kettle make simple meals possible. Coffee, tea, sugar and cream are provided by your host. Cabinets, a coat rack and suitcase stand offer space to store your personal belongings. Free wi-fi is available. Sheets, towels, blankets, soap and shampoo are also provided.
The studio is located 20-minute walk/5-minute bike (bring your bikes!) from Main St. Fort Bragg where you’ll find shops, restaurants, and various cultural offerings, depending on the season. Mendocino Coast beaches, including Glass Beach and the Old Railroad Walk at Haul Road, as well as the extensive Botanical Gardens are a five-minute drive away. A leisurely coastal drive brings you to the heart of historic Mendocino Village, 20 minutes away. Enjoy wine-tasting, surfing, kayaking, or hiking at any time of year, or check in advance to find out which of the many festivals are happening before you visit (crab, mushroom, whale, film and music festivals, local history days, Paul Bunyan days, etc). Wind your way to the headlands, where you’ll look onto the dramatic glory of the Pacific Ocean.
For longer excursions, hike or bike in Van Damme State Park, Big River Estuary, Mendocino Headlands State Park, Russian Gulch State Park, Jughandle State Reserve Ecological Staircase, or the Pygmy Forests.
We're a 3.5 hour drive from San Francisco or Oakland airports, and 2.5 hours from Santa Rosa. We are gay-friendly, tourist-friendly, family-friendly! Please let us know in advance if you have any special needs or requests to make your stay enjoyable.
Check-in is 4pm, check-out is 11 am. Let me know if you need a later departure or earlier arrival, and if we can, we will accommodate you.
We have a 2-night minimum policy, but feel free to request single nights during the winter or weekdays. We will generally be able to accommodate you.
Property and home is strictly smoke free and drug free.
Smoking and drug use is not allowed.
Strict no pet policy. (Except the ones that already live here.)
The 11% Mendocino County Bed Tax is included in the room rate.
Deck and flower & fruit tree filled yard.
Interaction with Guests
We like to meet guests when they arrive just to say hi, show them around and see if they have any questions about where to eat or what to do in the area. We often check in with our guests in passing to make sure everything is going well, answer any questions or see if they would like any other suggestions for accessing whatever it is that they would like to see or do. We presume our guests are here to relax and enjoy themselves. We like to enhance that experience as much as possible!
We live in a very rural area (you are likely to see deer & other wild life on your way to town) but, we are just 5 minutes from the town of Fort Bragg, 10 minutes from the famous Glass Beach and headlands of MacKerricher State Park and 20 minutes from the village of Mendocino as well as several other state parks.
Bicycle, walking or car are the best ways to get around the neighborhood or into town, to the beach etc.
Other Things to Note
Some of the birds that have visited our yard:
Violet Green Swallow (nest in our bird houses), Cliff Swallows (nest under our eaves), Hummingbirds (several types), Goldfinches, Ravens, Redtail Hawks, House Finches, Robins, Varied Thrushes, Blue Jays, Stellar Jays, Mourning Doves, Pigeons, White Crowned Sparrows (a colony lives in yard), Fox Sparrows, Flickers, California Quail, to name a few.
1) There is a double futon couch in the room. It will accommodate one adult. There is an additional $30 charge for the additional person per night. A double mattress cover, sheets, blankets and pillows for the futon are located in the cabinet behind the entrance door.
2) Dishes are provided for simple meals, however we ask that any dishes with food residue NOT be rinses in the bathroom sink or tub. We provide a stainless steel basin (inside the cabinet behind the entry door) which can be left outside the door and we will wash the dishes and return them. Bathroom drains have stoppers which when combined with food residue leads to plumbing problems. Rinsing coffee and tea cups is not a problem. Thanks!
3) Please hang wet towels on the towel rack over the toilet, on the towel rack next to the shower or over the shower curtain pole only. Thanks!
4) Please be gentle letting the blinds down. Blinds are delicate creatures if they are dropped hard.
5) When closing the blind on the door for privacy, remember to clip it into the hold down bracket. this ensures that it does not fly around when the door is opened and shut. Thank you!
6) The bank of cabinets on the North wall are locked and are for the hosts use only.
7 Please let us know if anything is not functioning or if you are having difficulty operating anything. We will be happy to help. This will also lets us know if something needs improvement or repair. Enjoy you stay!
Anne was extremely welcoming and a great host! The studio was exactly as described and a gorgeous space, especially with Bill's photography on exhibit! The studio is just outside downtown so you're conveniently just a few minutes from everything, including Highway 1 - can't beat it for a weekend trip up the coast!
The Photographer's Studio was a beautiful space situated in the backyard garden of Anne and Bill's grounds. The studio was immaculate and very spacious for 2 -- we were even welcomed with a bowl of oranges and coffee if we so pleased! Anne and Bill were great - very friendly and helpful when we asked them for recommendations of where to go and what to see. We would definitely stay with them again!
Thanks so much for the wonderful weekend getaway spot! We enjoyed the studio space, as well as your beautiful grounds. The coffee and half and half in the fridge was a nice and much appreciated touch. We also appreciated coming "home" in the evening to find you had left the light on for us. We would definitely recommend your studio to others and would stay again if in the area. Thanks again!
Anne was a great host. Right when we got there she came out to welcome us and show us around our room. The room was gorgeous and it was great having a private room to ourselves. Whenever we asked for recommendations for places to go to, Anne was more than willing to give us some advice. If we're ever in the area, we'll definitely be staying again. Thanks Anne!
This was a really special place. The property is tucked away in the back of Fort Bragg right as the forest begins. There is ample parking, and the guest house is tucked behind the main house, with a large yard, and fruit trees. It was so nice to see smoke slowly rise from the neighbor's chimney.
The apartment was definitely as described, very large and comfortable, and wonderfully decorated. I really liked the photography theme, and the king size bed was great. Anne was very nice, and she even left us some oranges. This is a great jumping off place for all things Fort Bragg and Mendocino.
Anne was great! She showed us around when we arrived and answered all of our questions. She even gave great recommendations for restaurants and hikes in the area!
The studio was exactly as described and as depicted in the photos.
It was our first Airbnb experience and it couldn't have been better!
I had a wonderful time staying at The Photographer's Studio. The place was clean, exactly as described, and the photographs were amazing. We enjoyed the organic apples that Anne and Bill had left for us as well as the numerous brochures about places to visit in the area. It was a peaceful and perfect place to stay. I hope to come back sometime soon!
Bill & Anne are native Northern Californians. Bill has lived in Ireland and Anne has lived in Spain, Italy & Mexico, as well. Bill spent the last 20 years working as a fine art photographer and traveling as much as possible. Anne had a wholesale jewelry company with her sister and traveled to Mexico frequently, where her jewelry was handmade, as well as throughout the United States to exhibit at trade shows. Now we like to stay close to home, Anne particularly likes to be out working in our large garden. We still appreciate the spirit of travel and intend to stay connected to that through Airbnb. We have one daughter who will begin attending college in Western Massachusetts in August…it looks like we are going to be exploring being airbnb guests on the East Coast soon. We live with two lovable Australian Shepherds.