Our farm is named after the cliff and barn swallows who share their habitat with us in the picturesque green, sometimes golden, hills of Valley Ford, California. We are in dairy country located 15 minutes from Bodega Bay, 15 minutes from the town of Occidental and 5 minutes from Valley Ford (population 127)
Our rental is on a farm. You will see sheep, goats, and pigs. In the fields are gophers, field mice and other animals. You may hear coyotes at night, roosters in the morning and sometimes tree frogs. This is their home as much as it is ours. The house is surrounded by the countryside so bring your hiking shoes and take in the scenery. Bird watching is spectacular and in the evening you can build a fire and enjoy the evening stars.
There are two beds, one in each bedroom and there are two futons in the living room which people can sleep on. There is extra fees for usage of the washer and dryer ($25), Japanese Bath ($50 per day), kitchen and dishwasher ($50). If you would like a tour of the farm please us know, so we can schedule it in advance. You are welcome to read books from the main house library featuring agriculture, nutrition, natural history, humor and the great books series. There is an upstairs area of more technical books in anthropology, the social and cognitive sciences, cognitive neurology, social psychology, philosophy and social criticism. Please respect our check in time of 3 pm and our check out time of 11 am, as we often have a new guest checking in the same day.
Upon booking, please give us a little background about yourself. We love to hear and learn about our guests. The owner, Benjamin "Nick" Colby, lives on the property and, when not out on the farm, is available should questions arise. If you have any questions you may contact Fallon or Nick. Please leave a review after your stay and let us know how we did. Feel free to leave a note about your stay in our guest log, found in the Farm Stay house. Please visit our website for more details and reviews,(website hidden) As your host we are happy to provide maps, suggestions and recommendations for fine dining and other entertainment options in the area.
The farm is out in the hills of Bodega Bay, you will need a vehicle to get around.
Some animals may be okay. All we worry about is dogs chasing the chickens and other farm animals. Please check with the manager first for accommodations.
Great and comfortable stay. We were lucky enough to come when the lambs were being born.
We had a fantastic time at the farm. Nick, the owner, was a great host. He shared with us his plans for his farm, showed us around. Waking up in the morning and watching the sheep next to the pond, was amazing. Biking to the near-by village for coffee and breakfasts was a delight. We all would love to be back!
This farm is amazing. Beautiful. Quiet. Perfect for a quick getaway from the city. Also love that the house is sustainably built.
The house is very new, so the furniture is a bit sparse in the main kitchen area, if you are planning on using that area. I'm sure it'll be filled in no time. But the area where the rooms were was great!
Farm was expansive and peaceful, huge clear starry sky views at night. Sheep and chickens to visit. Host was very kind and offered his knowledge about the wildlife on the property. Huge views of the surroundings, lots of windows. Like new condition of the property, rooms and bathrooms were spotless. Everything was built solid and near soundproof. Very comfortable place to get a way from it all... thanks
Wow! What can I say... a special place out in the country. This is really a great spot and a lovely house. The hosts were attentive, but let us feel like we were all alone on a big farm. This place is close to Occidental but also feels like it's far out in the country. I highly recommend staying here. I'll absolutely be back!
The property is lovely and large, perfect for our group. The setting was perfect to watch the stars and enjoy a quiet night in Bodega Bay.
If you want to get away from it all and wake up to a peaceful farm setting, then this is the place for you. Nick and his staff were very friendly and happy to let our kids wander and see the animals. When we returned to the city, my 8 yo said, "I wish we could wake up and see the farm".
What a wonderful experience! I was searching for a quick getaway for my boyfriend and I and a couple friends and found Swallow Valley Farm. Fallon, the office manager, provided detailed information for our stay, and I was so impressed with her kindness and hospitality. We drove up from the city on a Friday evening after work and although we arrived later than we had expected, we were greeted so kindly by Nick and immediately felt at home. The house is BEAUTIFUL! Gorgeous architecture, modern, plenty of space and CLEAN! The 4 of us had a wonderful nights stay and woke up the next morning to a beautiful fall day on the farm. We explored the farm and had a great conversation with Nick about the future plans of Swallow Valley Farm and it's efforts in sustainability. He even brought us fresh and delicious scones for breakfast! I cannot commend the staff of Swallow Valley enough for such a wonderful experience. We will most certainly be back and look forward to seeing the progress of their 'beyond sustainable' venture!