About This Listing
Pitch your tent or use my tipi. Bring your pillow and warm bed-clothes. Affection for cats highly recommended.
See my other Watsonville (Royal Oaks) listing for "Trailer or tipi camping" for more reviews/description.
RVs under 20 feet welcome.
(Arrival before 9pm...no... 8:45, but ideally BEFORE DARK. This is really important!)
Good luck finding a flat spot....
But if you do you will be rewarded by the pastoral beauty, affectionate cats, the local screeching donkey, the warbling turkeys, and the distant purr of some neighbor kid's dirt bike.
The Homestead is a 16 acre private property with a few small gardens, fruit trees, and ongoing green/alternative projects (solar, biodiesel, garden compost, and organic gardening.) The Homestead is NOT A FARM; just folks. But I like to pretend. (FYI: I am also a WWOOFing host.)
It's semi-rural, fairly isolated: a mile to the bus stop and the gas/food mart, 6 miles to the edge of town (Watsonville or Prunedale), and 30 minutes to the good surfing waves in Santa Cruz or the tourism in Monterey/Carmel. There are cats, chickens, and goats. It's a peaceful scene, and you would often have the place to yourself. It is often WET and COLD here in the winter. If you are comfortable with 3-season tent camping you will do just fine; but please remember that everything is OUTSIDE: bathroom, shower (heated), etc. That's what makes it FUN! There are bicycles available for use (nominal rental fee), WiFi, campfire rings, and un-even parking for small RVs (under 20ft).
The Homestead is all about tranquility and simplicity. It's a bit too rustic for some (see: "everything is OUTSIDE" above.) Please note that my definition of tranquility does not preclude screeching donkey or Jurassic goose sounds . =-)
See "AMENITIES" and "HOUSE RULES" before booking please!! Remember, the word "CAMPING" is in the title. 'Be prepared.' Oops, I think that motto is already taken.
Late night arrivals are not welcomed, with rare exceptions (e.g. some holiday weekends and/or you bring me a bottle of Mescal or Sotol from Mexico). But once you're here and settled in, come and go as early/late as you please.
Outdoor warm shower with adjustable modesty measures working most of the time.
Toilet is a hole in the ground which we call the 'cat hole.' I am not joking. You will love it; I promise.
Propane stove and cooking supplies/utensils are available (in a trailer), but you are welcome to bring your own stove.
Drinking water provided.
If you do NOT bring a sleeping bag/pillow, I can provide pillows/linens/blankets for the same "cleaning fee" as is listed in my "Trailer or Tipi camping" listing, i.e. 9 bucks.
(Unpredictable bonus prize for those staying more than one night: possible/probable use of my Monterey Bay Aquarium passes (2). No promises, but I'll try to make them available. Oh, the thrill of uncertainty!)
Interaction with Guests
My neighbors are just the right balance of private and helpful, eccentric and practical.
The bus stop is about a mile away.
Bikes may be available for a nominal hassle/maintenance fee (like 10 bucks).
Other Things to Note
I love your dog, too. But you cannot bring your dog here.
PLEASE recycle or re-use everything possible. I actually enjoy digging through the trash, but my time is limited, so please save me the trouble.
Don't smoke. It's bad for you. Cigarette butts send me into a blood-curdling, mouth-frothing fugue.
No smoking inside living spaces.
Not able to welcome dogs due to the risk of mishaps with our cats, chickens, and goats.
Arrival BEFORE 9pm, but ideally BEFORE DARK; it's not easy finding your way around, and we have to get up early!
We had a great experience at wendall's. He has lots of space to find a spot and find some privacy. The outdoor shower was super great, nice and hot, and there's just something special about taking a shower in the great outdoors. We were there for the Cali roots music festival so we were basically only there to sleep and shower but he had a great set up for cooking and hanging out as well if you plan to stay during the day. It is camping, and some aspects could be described as "rugged" if you're not much of a camper but we found it to be just perfect :)
Wendell was a great host. A friend and I only stayed 1 night and arrived later than expected but it was no big deal. He gave us a quick tour of the grounds. Instead of staying in our tents, he allowed us to stay in the warm RV. I highly recommend staying here.
Stayed in the tipi for 9 nights. Not for the high-maintenance crowd, but if you are the outdoorsy type, it's hard to beat! Just the right amount of amenities to make it doable for a business trip. Very peaceful surroundings- I slept much better than I would have in a hotel room, since I am the early to bed/rise type. Note: the infamous donkey doesn't wake up until 5:30 or 6. Wendell is a great host, genuinely good-hearted guy, and extremely accommodating.
Wendell was very friendly and accommodating, giving us the grand tour with all of the campsite specifics and offering many different locations for our tent setup. Our group of 7 split up into two different sites on the property, both of which were comfortable and private. The location is great for day trips to Santa Cruz, Monterrey or Elkhorn Slough where we kayaked with sea otters and seals during our stay. The outdoor shower was refreshingly rustic and had plenty of hot water, a huge plus for a campsite. The goats were super cool but surprisingly picky - cauliflower yes, kale no. The farm cats were really friendly, but they will steal your food when you're not looking as we had been warned. The screeching donkey was no lie but it only sounded off a few times a day. Wendell was around if we needed him but left us in peace. This was a great alternative to the state beach campgrounds. I would definitely recommend!
This host has 96 reviews for other properties.View Other Reviews
About the Host, Wendell
Interests: eventually getting organized; not screwing up the world. Hobbies: bargain hunting; cycling. Favorite Holiday: Nat'l Donut Day. Culture: blend of California, Midwest, Texas; moderately responsible professional with organic granola topping.
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