Private Suite, Huge Wilderness View, Solar Ranch

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Private room in residential home hosted by Kitty & Creek

2 guests, 1 bedroom, 2 beds, 1 private bath
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Frank Lloyd Wright School, unique mountaintop off-grid solar home on 180 Acre Historic Ranch overlooks vast forested wilderness. Sure cure for "Nature Deficit Disorder!" Panoramic view to ocean. Spacious, private, peaceful View Suite is a separate wing of the house: king bed + sleeper sofa; en-suite full bath, deck, kitchenette, breakfast snacks, table. Sunsets, sunrises, big dark night sky, hummingbirds galore, paradise for birders, nature lovers, seeking serenity, renewal & peaceful getaway.

The space
Our mountaintop ranch retreat is well known as a 180-acre slice of heaven; overlooking thousands of acres of wilderness all the way to the Pacific Ocean. This spot is a sure cure for "Nature Deficit Disorder"! We encourage you to enjoy first-hand the awe-inspiring vistas, sunrises and long lingering sunsets, relaxation, and unpretentious hospitality of our secluded mountain home. It is more than a destination, it is a feeling that you won’t soon forget, and a rare experience you can’t afford to miss.

Are you a devotee of Shinrin-yoku: The Japanese Art of "Forest Bathing"? We invite you to immerse yourself luxuriously in the naturally saturated atmosphere of prescription grade nature, here on the mountain!

Roughing it? No way! Your entirely separate, peaceful, private and spacious (836 square foot) wing of the house is furnished with comfortable, handcrafted furniture, antiques, unique works of art, a world class library, kitchenette, en-suite full bath (tub & shower), heating and air conditioning, a handcrafted king bed with new Serta iComfort mattress, lots of pillows, fine linens, hardwood & tile floors. Also in your space is a comfortable "Flex-Steel" couch with chenille throws, which becomes an excellent, pull out sofa bed for others in your party, or for your companion who wishes for a separate place to sleep. In addition you'll find your suite features an incredible view without city sounds, or city lights!

This is a destination for special people who love to go that extra mile for the exclusive, unique location and extraordinary view that is ours, behind locked gates. Come stay here and it becomes yours to savor.

Your spacious, professionally cleaned guest suite also includes coffee maker & coffee, tea pot & tea, breakfast snacks, dishes & utensils, cutting boards, mini- refrigerator, microwave, utility sink; outdoor and glass-enclosed deck areas, telescope, hand drums, slippers, bathrobes, hairdryer, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap & conditioner, couch, table, chairs, Stressless Recliner, yoga mat & blocks, stereo, Wi-Fi, cell charging stations, and all high quality bed, bath and table linens.

Relaxation is effortless after a day of fun and adventure exploring the Giant Redwoods, the famous Mendocino Coast, the parks, rivers and events or the abundant Award Winning Wineries. If you wish to spend your stay relaxing or in retreat, we hold space for you to do that as well.

Your well-appointed suite was designed by the same Frank Lloyd Wright School architect who designed and built the main house. Our home is perched on top of the highest point west of Highway 101, with vast stunning vistas of elegant Redwood, Fir, Madrone, Manzanita, Oak trees, plus Chaparral and wildflower covered slopes.

We are happy to serve as your personal guides on private wilderness trails, direct you to easy walks on our un-paved quiet road, guide you to our special spots for sitting on a rock contemplating the view of seemingly endless wilderness, while surrounded by singing birds, fresh air and ocean breezes. At night we invite you to sit on the porch in the moonlight or under the canopy of stars which pop out brilliantly in this place of no streetlights or neighbors.

Our lovingly landscaped gardens are open to you for strolling, sitting, contemplation. Our fruit trees provide delicious fruit in season, which we are happy to share with you. The Gardens have been a popular feature on charitable garden tours.

You are invited to experience off-grid living in a thoroughly modern home with all the amenities. Electricity has never been available here, so for the past quarter century we’ve been building up our own abundant solar generating system, backed up by generator on cloudy winter days. Solar energy pumps our pure and delicious well water, and solar water heating is on the roof. Weather permitting, we heat, cool and cook with solar in addition to pumping our well water, powering lights and appliances.

This ranch/retreat is perched on a rocky mountain top in the spectacular coast range wilderness 2.5 hours north of San Francisco. We have 360 degree panoramic views (from your private space too!) of big mountains, forest, and ocean with abundant wildlife and lots of hummingbirds. This is an ideal Nature Lover's, Writer's, Musician's & Painter's spot; perfect for a Birthday, Anniversary, Honeymoon or Special Getaway with your Sweetheart, Best Friend, or Best Traveling Buddy. Terrific home base for visiting Redwoods, Wineries, Festivals, Coast and Hiking Trails all over the County.

The Guest Suite, like the entire house, is a bit of an art gallery/museum of our personal travels around the world as anthropologists; and contains a portion of our precious personal reference library.

The Suite was built with steel framing - recycled cars - rather than wood, the oak & redwood trim came from down trees on the property, milled on site. The ceiling is redwood, made from the wood of a huge old water tank. The floor is sustainably sourced Oak. The house was designed and built by Thomas F. Bingham, of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. The Guest Suite was designed by Thomas F. Bingham and built by Jay Fraser of Willits.


This is a fabulous destination in and of itself. Most visitors settle in and do not leave until their restful stay is over. The acoustics are great for singing and non-amplified musical instruments, hence the many house concerts we have hosted here.

A good flashlight is a must for after dark, there are no street lights anywhere, no nearby neighbors. We provide flashlights for you. If you ask, Creek will do a star show for you with his telescope - weather permitting - or you can just relax on the deck after dark, soaking in the vast Milky Way and occasional shooting stars. Definitely bring binoculars if you are into enjoying our terrific birding. Don't forget your camera! Prepare for spectacular Sunrises, and long, lavish, lingering Sunsets where the sun slips into the ocean before your eyes. Wildflowers and stargazing are all superlative.

We love spontaneity, so we welcome short notice bookings.

Though our retreat is on top of a mountain in the breathtaking California outdoors, we are easier to reach than you may suspect. Our property is only 8 miles from Highway 101, 12 miles from the south end of Willits. It is quite convenient to arrive by a rental or personal car. Don't worry about getting here with a city car - I drive a Prius on the route you will take. The big UPS truck comes here daily. The road from the highway is all paved; except for a short, mostly flat, 1 mile private road from the community gate to our driveway, which is paved in all the tough spots. When you follow the detailed directions we provide, to get to the house, make sure you take the designated road which is all pavement from the highway to the Yellow Gate.

Internet is adequate for your getaway vacation. We get our broadband wireless signal from a ridge-top source, 6 air miles to the east of us, line of sight. We are grateful to have the best internet outside of the city limits. Much of this county has little to none, mostly due to the landscape; the forest, the mountains, the canyons, and the small, rural population.

As your hosts, we hold space for your goals for this experience. If you wish to interact with us, we are available. If you seek privacy, that's perfect with us as well.

For your health and comfort, and that of others, this is a pet/domestic animal-free, non-smoking (everything), firearm-free and drug-free property.

Willits (and Ukiah also) has an abundance of excellent restaurants, a book of menus is on your coffee table. It is 25 minutes driving on a mountain road to Willits, so you might seriously consider dining before you arrive, or bringing your dinner - you'll likely not want to leave once you get here, and Willits rolls up the sidewalks at 9 pm.

We can easily make the extra refrigerator available for you, especially for longer than overnight stays, so plan on bringing food with you, and sharing our humble country kitchen, if you wish.

What this place offers

Garden view
Valley view
Kitchen
Wifi
Free driveway parking on premises
Washer – In building
Dryer – In building
Air conditioning
Bathtub
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

Willits, California, United States

Our region was recently voted #3 destination in the world to visit... we are so totally honored!
In addition, The Washington Post recently published the findings of a USDA Natural Amenities Scale ranking the most desirable places to live in the United States. Not surprisingiy, Mendocino County and its North Coast neighbors, Del Norte and Humboldt Counties, took three of the five top spots! It is obviously time to take a trip to one of the top places to live in the U.S.!

This is a stunningly beautiful rural mountainous region with abundant hidden treasures waiting to be discovered and savored. The peace and quiet, the great outdoors, the fresh air, fresh food, the Giant Redwoods, The Skunk Train, The Wine and Mushroom Festival, the extraordinary Pacific coast ... diversity, friendly people, our first class community theatre, top quality local art, world class concerts, music festivals, award winning wineries, Frontier Days celebration and Rodeo, the July 4th parade, Roots of Motive Power, eclectic shopping ... excellent restaurants, local artists & musicians, farmers markets ...

Our two nearby towns are Willits [about 4,900 people] and Ukiah [about 15,000 people]. We are very active in our delightful community, and will love introducing you to the art, music, excellent restaurants, shopping; assist you with your touring and savoring...if you ask us. We have placed menus and local/regional information in your room, as we are proud members of the Chamber of Commerce. Most people here are very well educated, progressive, artistic, genuinely friendly and well-informed. Ask anyone on the street if you are looking for something!

Mendocino County is a noted art colony, no wonder - who wouldn't be inspired to create when surrounded by all this beauty!

Especially for birders:
Fall is migration time for hummingbirds. We have so many here that it astounds us. They return in Mid March to spend the entire summer and early fall with us and their nesting trees. We have observed a Peregrine Falcon at very close range from the house. They are resident here. In Fall the Band Tailed Pigeons return to our garden, sunning themselves in the tall trees, especially in the mornings. Ravens are offering commentary in the afternoons these days and doing some incredible trick flying in full view of the house. They sure have a lot of fun. We also have many nesting songbirds in our gardens, be prepared for their serenades, especially in Spring.

We also hear frogs, crickets and owls at night. There is no background noise of the city, or nearby roads, so prepare to sleep well. Without ambient city lights we get very dark skies at night, the moon and stars pop right out at us.

The flock of local birdwatchers are reporting lots of amazing birds every moment on our local e-group MendoBirds. Western Tanagers, Varied Thrush, Grosbeaks, Hummingbirds, a number of types of Warblers, Flycatchers, Rufous Sided Towhees, Bewick's Wrens, Stellars & Scrub Jays, Mountain and California Quail, Pileated Woodpeckers are among the many birds nesting in our garden. It seems there is a bird show going on in every tree. Our raven neighbors check on us frequently. Wild Turkeys and Grouse are in the area. We are dedicated birders, and have a fair knowledge of wilderness skills and resources. We have decades of experience living in the wild lands. If you ask, we are happy to share any of our knowledge.

"Leave the beaten path and dive into the woods. You are certain to find something interesting."
-- Alexander Graham Bell

Hosted by Kitty & Creek

  1. Joined in September 2013
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From Confucius: "To have friends coming in from afar, how delightful! " We have lived here as stewards of this location since 1992, reverently appreciating that this property nourishes us on a deep spiritual level in so many ways. Most peak experiences are best when shared, living here is definitely one of them. We love sharing it with like minded people from all over. When we committed to this property, we immediately felt strongly that this place needs to be shared. The previous administration, who commissioned the house to be built in 1982, did not want guests, and therefore built only a one bedroom home here. We added on your wing, which mirrors the one bedroom the house came with, which is ours. We also had, as part of our long term plan, to host visitors here, when the time came in our lives that the physical and financial maintenance of this place exceeded our income. We love business, as much as we love people; and assumed that we would need to develop a means to market our retreat, when the time came. At just the right moment, along came Airbnb, with a superlative site, integrity, an attitude and approach totally appropriate for us. We love that it is a perfect fit, and we have incredible experiences with all our Airbnb guests. We are so grateful for this amazing synchronicity...and cannot praise this entire relationship enough. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! As you spend time in our home, you will quickly notice that our hobbies include singing, dancing, adventure & culture-study travel; reading, photography, hiking, birding, community volunteering, art and music. Our studies include nature study, anthropology, mycology, herbal medicine, photography, economics, physics, cosmology, astronomy, philosophy, psychology, energy medicine, shamanic spiritual traditions. This is a special place for bird watching and other wildlife, large and small. We have several local species that are of particular interest to birders. We love architecture and design. Our favorite dance forms are flamenco, country-western, ballroom, latin, swing, belly dance, and tango. We volunteer our time and support for local service organizations, including Soroptimist International of Willits. We have served as music programmer/hosts for Public Radio, and produced many years of house concerts for our very dear musician & dancer friends. Our home and gardens have been on charitable fundraising tours. We have a rich and satisfying background in Resort Management, have served as Volunteer Firefighters in wilderness areas, and in the busy Emergency Room of an urban hospital. Our travels have taken us to Asia, Europe, South America, Central America … places such as Tuscany, the Himalayas, Andes, and Amazon; The Galapagos Islands, The Darien, Taiwan, and the Hill Country of China, Laos, & Vietnam. We prefer independent, down-to-earth travel; educating ourselves on the history, culture, customs, language, and natural history of places before we visit. We love going to places with very little infrastructire, and doing so on foot! Along these lines, we are both hosts and travelers for the international SERVAS organization, which has a wonderful philosophy of Global Village and culture exchange. We have some basic Spanish and Mandarin language skills, and have served as delegates to our Sister City Qufu, in Shandong, China. As stewards of this land, we educate on the various aspects [pros, cons, & responsibilities] of living in the wilderness as uninvited neighbors to the local wildlife; impacting the local environment in every imaginable way, no matter how mindful we may be. We take great pleasure in hosting musical, dance, star-gazing, mycological, spiritual and retreat events. Birder are always welcome! We love our multicultural, interdisciplinary life! Thank you for joining us here on the mountaintop, for whatever delights Mother Nature decides to dazzle us with. It is always different, always incredible, always a welcome surprise, always a Peak Experience!
From Confucius: "To have friends coming in from afar, how delightful! " We have lived here as stewards of this location since 1992, reverently appreciating that this property nouri…

During your stay

From Confucius:
To have friends coming in from afar, how delightful!

We are delighted to respect the privacy of our guests should they desire to be left alone and not wish to engage with us. Some people stay here for quiet retreats, others to be more social. We provide the space for either, and it is our pleasure to do so!

We thoroughly enjoy meeting new friends from all over! We've been hosting international visitors for many years, have experience in resort management. We also host SERVAS travelers and have greatly enjoyed the exchange of ideas and experiences. We love traveling the world in the Airbnb fashion, and pass on to you the "welcome home" we have personally experienced.

We will be in residence at all times during our guests' stay, and accessible as you wish. Please try to arrive between 3 pm and 9 pm*, so that we can personally greet you, answer any questions and introduce you to the features of your space.

*Returning Guests are welcome to do "late arrival", as you already know where everything is, and how it all works! Do let us know that you'll be coming in late, and we'll see you in the morning!
From Confucius:
To have friends coming in from afar, how delightful!

We are delighted to respect the privacy of our guests should they desire to be left alone and…

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Check-in: 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
Not suitable for children and infants
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