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. The hand-built Half-Moon Cabin is the more spacious of the two small cabins, with extra storage space and a comfy leather sofa section, a lofted lofted double bed and woodstove heat, as well as extra privacy down forested Village Creek Road. If you are visiting during the colder months, you'll love getting cozy in the Half Moon with the woodstove and extra hangout space for reading, playing games, or cuddling.
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 is accessible for all but the widest 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 cooler space 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! Please message me with any questions :)
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 Half Moon has a little extra privacy from the Lower Village thanks to its location down the forested Village Creek Road. 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 and sometimes the kitchen can turn into a social scene on nice evenings. When we are home, we are happy to answer questions and also like to meet and chat with amenable guests, but we also have lots 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
Driving here: No, you do NOT need 4WD or any special vehicle to reach our cabins. We drive in and out regularly in our small Honda hatchback and have had hundreds of visitors drive up in their "regular" cars. Indeed the roads are quite bumpy, the driveway has some steep sections, and if you arrive during a huge storm in the rainy season there will be large puddles and mud. The bridge at the base of the driveway is quite narrow and you will cross it slowly and carefully; if you have a wide or long vehicle (large van, vintage police cruiser, Hyundai Sonata, fancy sports car) you will probably want to park at the bridge; depending on your schedule we may be able to provide a shuttle from the bridge.
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!
Great and beautiful place, nice people, if you are looking for the northern California woods experience do not look anywhere else
As a city-boy, I wasn't prepared, but this was definitely worth the experience. If you decide to stay here, be ready to spend 20-30 minutes on an unpaved road with no lights. Thankfully we made it to the site before sun-down. Also, if you don't have an SUV, just use the bridge - I definitely scratched up my rental, but that's what insurance is for! As for the cabin itself, its secluded from the rest of the village. My girlfriend and I had our privacy, but we also felt it would have been nice to have been closer to the main area. Everyone seemed to be pretty laidback - unfortunately we had hiked for the majority of the day so we pretty much knocked out too early to really get a sense of the camaraderie of the fellow guests. We decided that we would definitely come back but with more of our friends and in an SUV!
The hosts at Maitreya Village were great. The place was definitely off the grid which was what I needed! Accommodating and nice.
This was my second stay at The Village and I found it as pleasant as my first. The hosts were friendly, they emailed greetings before my arrival and I had a hello from Nick before my early morning departure. I enjoyed the joyful greeting of the dogs (the puppies having grown up since last year), the gentle morning clucks of the chickens, and the camaraderie of other guests at the fire pit. The cabin provided rustic, warm and cozy shelter from the rain, in close proximity to the rich botanical trails off of Hwy 199. I'm hoping that next time I'll have time to explore the forest trails at the village rather than needing to hurry on my way. In the meantime the accommodations of The Village provide a fun alternative waypoint between coastal California and inland Oregon that gets me off the beaten track and into the forest. Much appreciated!
We had a great two days staying at the Half Moon cabin. Everyone was very nice and friendly. Our trip was cut short due to a twisted ankle, but so much help was given. Thanks for a great time.
Our stay was great! We arrived after dark and our Honda Fit made it up the dirt road. Our cabin was super cozy. We ended up making dinner and breakfast in the kitchen/communal area and had some nice conversations with Nick and some WWOOFers who were staying there. The hot shower was also a nice plus! Thanks for the amazing stay!
All of the villagers were very friendly-- there were definitely people and dogs around, so if you are looking for complete privacy this may not be the place from you. It was TOTALLY isolated from other properties, but there is a great community of people and pets once you make it up to the village, which is accessible by dirt road, miles into the woods. It was a bit difficult for our shy puppy to be approached by the dogs upon our arrival, but she LOVED the morning walk through the 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.