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Visit Steinbeck Country at Home to Roost Ranch!

SuperhostSalinas, California, United States
Entire cottage hosted by Audrianne
5 guests2 bedrooms4 beds2 baths
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Rural 1100 sq ft, 2 bedroom manufactured home overlooking 4000 acres of undeveloped foothills and the Salinas Valley agricultural quilt. Fenced yard and kids’ playroom. Perfect for a media detox! The Monterey Zoo is nearby, but you may also catch a glimpse or two of our goats, emus, horse, donkeys and alpaca! Close to many world-famous tourist destinations! **Please be sure to check local guidelines as to whether places you are interested in are open during this pandemic time.**

The space
Please read our entire listing to be sure this is the place for you, and so you will know just what to expect. It's unfair to hosts when things have been described accurately in much detail and guests give a lowered review score because of something they didn't like (but should have read about in advance and factored into their decision to book or not). ***NOTE: Monterey County requires us to collect and pay 10.5% transient occupancy tax from each guest. This amount will be calculated from the total of your room rate and cleaning fee, and will be charged to you separately, through Airbnb, at the time of check in; payment must be completed during your stay.***

*IMPORTANT* If there is a smoker in your group, you MUST choose another spot to stay, as there is absolutely no smoking allowed anywhere on the property, inside or outside of the house or anywhere on the grounds; there is no street access for walking.

The house can potentially accommodate more than 5 guests; please let us know how many are in your party and we will decide if it’s possible to host you; there is an additional fee of $35 per night per extra guest after 5.

If you are looking for super-comfy beds and luxurious accommodations in spic-n-span surroundings with quick access to shops and tourist attractions and instant internet, then you'll need to look elsewhere now -- this is definitely NOT that place! BUT... if you're wanting a relatively clean, private place to escape from the constant presence of media and screens and immerse yourself in plain ol' country living surrounded by farm fields and animals, with changing views of vast rolling hills out your front windows, where you will get dirt on your shoes, and have the possibility of being woken up by the "cock-a-doodle-doo" of a rooster....read on! Located in the heart of the Salinas Valley (Steinbeck Country) this rustic house overlooks golden rolling hills in the summer and fall that turn a lush green in the winter and spring. We are far enough away from city lights so that on a clear night one can see the Milky Way and a dazzling celestial display from the front porch. Spring and summer bring a festival of frogs and toads to serenade you to sleep, occasionally punctuated by the yipping of coyotes or the hooting of owls.

This cozy space has many windows to enjoy the expansive views, as well as let in light and air. Accommodations include a large master bedroom with a full size, squeaky antique bed (over 100 years old!), walk-in closet, and private bathroom with a quirky shower (the hot and cold are reversed!). There is a smaller second bedroom with a raised loft single bed accessible by a ladder (which children love but which may or may not appeal to an adult), and also a slightly-smaller-than-twin rollaway bed that can be used in this room or elsewhere in the house. This fun room has toys and books suitable for young children; if you are bringing children, please check the toys and remove any you think could pose a safety issue; there is a high shelf in the closet for storage. The living area has an ancient fold-out sofa with queen size mattress (the mechanism is a bit fragile, you must open and close slowly and carefully -- and it is usually best to leave it open instead of closing it up each day) and a second bathroom with shower and tub. Water pressure is a bit low, so be prepared to take long showers to get all rinsed off! All beds are functional and serviceable, but are most definitely nothing fancy, and will absolutely NOT by any means be the most comfortable (or quiet!) you have ever slept on. Sheets, blankets and towels are provided, as well as many toiletry items you might need during your stay. A doorless third room opening off the living room can serve as an office, a studio, or yet another space to accommodate other sleepers if you use the rollaway bed, or bring your own inflatable mattress or sleeping bags and pads; a standing screen is available if desired for added privacy. It is necessary to arrange in advance for more than 5 guests so that we can adequately prepare for you and adjust the nightly charge; there is an additional fee of $35 per night for each guest beyond 5. There is a large deck out the front door that affords spacious views of the ever-changing agricultural quilt of the Salinas Valley; you may look out at thousands of acres of undeveloped rolling hills and grassland. The deck wood is weathered from years of Salinas sun, wind, and rain, so please wear shoes to guard against splinters and raised nailheads. The back deck is a great observation platform to watch the antics of our emus and Nigerian dwarf goats, and catch glimpses of Moonshadow the horse. The yards and grounds are generally rather wild-looking and overgrown, and the ranch is home to many outbuildings in various states of disrepair and repair — if tidiness, order and fastidiousness are important to you and the lack of them will cause distress and ruin your ability to enjoy yourself, please choose another place to stay.

A full-size kitchen with dining table, refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher (with a door that sometimes sticks and refuses to open!), coffee maker, electric kettle, toaster, and blender are at your disposal, along with a washing machine and dryer on the enclosed back porch. The cabinets contain an ever-changing assortment of mainstream non-perishables that may or may not include coffee, tea, hot chocolate, canned chili, soups, ramen, packaged pasta, rice mixes, instant oatmeal, popcorn, etc. and in the refrigerator and freezer are an assortment of various supplies such as eggs, milk, butter, yogurt, cheese sticks, OJ, bread, a few frozen foods, some condiments, etc. While you are here you are welcome to help yourself to whatever food supplies you need (please enjoy them while you're staying -- don't take them with you), or bring your own groceries to cook meals using the small array of supplied cookware and dishes. Be sure to keep crumbs and food debris to a minimum, though -- foraging visits from country mice and ants are not unusual!

You are a ways out in the boonies, but there is a gas station with a convenience store less than 5 minutes down the road, and the town of Salinas with grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations and other amenities is about 8 miles, 10-12 minutes, away. If you would like to walk/bike/hike/sightsee, you will need to hop in your car; we're happy to give recommendations for things to do/places to see while you're in the area, as there are no trails adjacent to our property.

There is no television so that you may enjoy peace and quiet or laughter and good conversation. Wi-fi is provided but has a very limited bandwidth; no large downloads, please, and you will need to be patient as it can be s-l-o-o-o-w. On occasion, especially in bad weather, there may be no internet connection available. We also occasionally have power outages, which means no electricity, and in some cases, no water! This all adds to the adventure of “living in the country“! This is the perfect place for a digital detox, with seasonally morphing views of nature out every window -- though some seals in the dual-pane windows are failing, so the views out some windows may be a bit blurry! Multiple bookshelves hold an array of reading material for all ages, and a cabinet in the living room contains an assortment of board and card games and puzzles, as well as some art supplies, to encourage creative quality time! There is also a small cupboard filled with souvenier-type items for sale, as well as several shelves laden with vintage figurines available for purchase; these are from Audrianne's days working in an antique mall. Surfaces are usually a bit dusty from the insidious Salinas farm dirt that blows through every crack; fixtures and furniture are old and worn so please look for hygienic and aesthetic perfection at someone else’s house — enjoy this one for the qualities that make it unique!

Guest access
Guests may use the house, the attached decks, and the fenced front and back yards (which are generally fairly wild-looking and overgrown), as well as the weed ‘n’ gravel driveway leading to the guest house and the parking area. All other outbuildings, all animal coops and enclosures, yard areas and driveway to main house are private and may be accessed by guests only with express permission and when accompanied by the owner. **DO NOT at any time put any objects, plants, food, etc. in the animal coops or pens.** Children of any age must be supervised at all times, and parents should always check to be sure the interior and exterior house and yard spaces are safe and suitable for their child(ren). The yards are quite wild and overgrown, and it is important to note that many types of wild animals live in the area, as well as insects of all types and sizes. Check regularly for ticks while in Monterey County!

Please remember that there is no smoking allowed anywhere on this property; if there is a smoker in your group, please choose another place to stay. If you need to leave or access the property after dark, please note that there is a gate at the bottom of the hill that is kept closed and chained at night -- you will need to unchain the gate to come through and rechain it once you've driven through.

Other things to note
This a rural agricultural area. Occasionally there are farm workers busy in the organic fields behind the house, and you may hear them listening to music, harvesting, or driving tractors and other heavy farm equipment, as well as various other sounds of agricultural equipment, which can be loud. On rare occasion crop-dusting helicopters work in the very early morning hours in the conventionally-grown fields to the front of the property, which could lead to an early-morning awakening. Earplugs are provided in the master bathroom medicine cabinet if needed. Our property used to be grazed by cattle, so many of the fences are still barbed wire; please be mindful of yourselves and your child(ren) around this fencing. Additionally, you're out in the country, so please expect some dirt! When the surrounding fields are plowed under after harvesting, quite a bit of good Salinas earth is kicked up into the air; it can be quite insidious, blowing into the house through the screens. If you have allergies or require a completely clean house to function, this might not be the place for you. We try, but the house is older and many surfaces, such as shower and tub floors, are permanently stained, no matter how hard we scrub. Occasionally, it is necessary to “rough it“ while staying here, as there are times when we have power outages that also affect the water supply. This is not frequent, but does happen on occasion in this rural area. We are located in a rural, grassland area, and do have occasional wildland animal visitors, including but not limited to mice, voles, ground squirrels, raccoons, skunks, possums, deer, bobcats, coyotes, bats, lots of spiders (and lots of spiderwebs!), insects (including ants, mosquitos, flies, and 3” long pine sawyers) lizards, skinks, frogs, toads, snakes (including the rare rattlesnake), golden eagles, and red tailed hawks (so keep a close eye on children!) Please NOTE: There are lots of chickens on the property, and there is a high likelihood of being woken up by the crowing of roosters!
Rural 1100 sq ft, 2 bedroom manufactured home overlooking 4000 acres of undeveloped foothills and the Salinas Valley agricultural quilt. Fenced yard and kids’ playroom. Perfect for a media detox! The Monterey Zoo is nearby, but you may also catch a glimpse or two of our goats, emus, horse, donkeys and alpaca! Close to many world-famous tourist destinations! **Please be sure to check local guidelines as to whether p…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 crib
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

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When you stay here, you will be surrounded with a natural setting and also with the agricultural component that makes the Salinas Valley the "Salad Bowl of America". On any given day driving down the road you may be stuck for miles behind a slow-moving tractor, and you will see and hear people busy planting, tending, or harvesting a variety of crops. Just a few miles away is a prime growing area for wine grapes, and there are many vineyards and wine-tasting rooms to visit. The brand new Monterey Zoo just 1-1/2 miles down the road offers tours every day at 1:00 p.m., and if hiking or biking is your thing, the newly-dedicated Ft. Ord National Monument offers miles of trails, from easy to challenging. Only 14 miles down the road there is beach access at Marina State Beach, where you can often observe surfing, parasailing and hang gliding -- and sometimes catch glimpses of dolphins, sea lions, and migrating whales. Just 30 to 40 minutes will take you to world-famous destinations such as Carmel-by-the-Sea, the butterfly sanctuary in Pacific Grove, Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, as well as kayaking, whale watching, and sea-otter spotting in Moss Landing. If you are looking for condors, within about 45 minutes, you can be entering the breathtaking Big Sur area, or in the other direction, nearly to the West entrance of Pinnacles National Monument.
When you stay here, you will be surrounded with a natural setting and also with the agricultural component that makes the Salinas Valley the "Salad Bowl of America". On any given day driving down the road you…

Hosted by Audrianne

Joined in September 2015
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During your stay
We live on the property in a separate house and can be reached via Airbnb messaging or telephone to answer any questions or address concerns. You do not need to check-in personally upon arrival; please let us know your anticipated time of arrival and we will be sure that the door is unlocked and open for you to go right in. Our schedules are full and erratic, so it is likely that we will not meet during your time here, but do not hesitate to reach out through Airbnb, email, or phone if there is anything at all that you need, as I am nearly always reachable before 9:30 pm and after 7:00 a.m.
We live on the property in a separate house and can be reached via Airbnb messaging or telephone to answer any questions or address concerns. You do not need to check-in personall…
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Check-in: 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
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