ORGANIC, SUSTAINABLE: the-ECO-NEST

Other - Entire home/apt · Montezuma Rd, Forest Knolls, CA 94933, United States

Our beautiful organic & sustainable GUEST NEST is a private eco-green sanctuary in the heart of West Marin. Near Spirit Rock, Fairfax, Nicasio, & Pt. Reyes beaches, we are 45 minutes from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Come & Relax!

The Space

Welcome to the Findhorn Dweller's ORGANIC, Sustainable, ecoGreen, the-eco-nest.

*** Our preferred guest is ONE SINGLE VISITOR at a time, although we do host couples on occasion. We can not accommodate more than 2 people.

The ecoNEST is nestled in a forest of redwood & madrone 5 minutes from SPIRIT ROCK in West Marin's SAN GERONIMO VALLEY and 20 minutes from Point Reyes National Seashore. Only 45 minutes from San Francisco's Golden Gate, this valley is a nature lover's paradise populated by artists, musicians, restaurants & environmental activists.

The NEST is CHEMICAL-FREE & MOLD-FREE. We do not have a microwave, smartMeter, WiFi, TV. We have free cable internet, floor-to-ceiling windows to the west, & doors & windows on 3 sides to provide beautiful natural light & fresh air. We use earth-friendly cleaning products.

What's ORGANIC in the NEST?
Everything with an asterisk * is * ORGANIC *, & everything else is sustainable or recycled.

*ORGANIC MATTRESS
*Sleeping Pillows
*Duvet Comforter
*Cotton & Silk Bedding
*Mattress Pad
*Teas,*Coffee
*Towels
*Bamboo Flooring
*Private Bathroom with Large Travertine Tile Shower
*Earth-friendly Cleaners
*HEPA vacuum
*EL Foust HEPA charcoal air filter
*Low-flush toilet
*Low energy Cozy Legs electric radiant eco-efficient space heaters
*Lasko Ceramic (Green Company) oscillating heater.

POINTS OF INTEREST

~ 2.6 miles to Spirit Rock Meditation Center
~ 1 mile to Cafe Arti, fabulous Organic Indian Restaurant
~ 5 minute walk to local pub with pool table, awesome juke box & sometimes live music - the Papermill Creek Saloon
~ 10 minute drive to Fairfax CA with SOLAR-POWERED movie theater (5-plex), Good Earth Natural Foods, Hummingbird Cafe (amazing breakfasts), Community Wellness Center, Frogs Hot Tubs, Yoga, many restaurants, shops, and music venues
~ 20 minutes drive to Pt. Reyes Station - 30 minutes drive to Blue Waters Kayaking (neighbors) on Tomales Bay. Point Reyes National Seashore & beautiful beaches feature indie bookstore, Saturday seasonal Farmer's Market, organic cheese from local grass-fed pastured animals, unique boutiques, art galleries, yoga
~ 1 mile to award-winning beautiful SGV Golf Course offering Friday night live music & dinner
~ 1 mile to Thursday night "Sweat Your Prayers" 5 Rhythms Dance (1st time's free)
~ a few miles to Samuel Taylor State Park - hiking, biking, swimming holes, camping, dog-walking
~ 1 mile in each direction for delicious breakfasts - either at Two Bird Cafe or Lagunitas Deli
~ 1 mile to Paradise Healing Retreat Center
~ 45 minute -1 hour drive to Napa - vineyards & wine tasting
~ 1 hour to Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

WHAT TO BRING - Please bring slippers or heavy socks to wear inside the nest & leave your street shoes at the door. A flashlight (we don't have street lights here and evening walks can be dark). If you want to go to the beach or sunbathe, please bring your beach towel. Always bring warm clothing for cool evenings, even when the days are hot.

SEPTIC/WATER MINDFULNESS - We are on septic system. Please be mindful of water usage for showers & flushing. Please don't throw anything down the toilet except toilet paper. Please use the propane fireplace mindfully & shut propane heater before getting into bed and when leaving the NEST, even for short trips.

We are in a HIGH FIRE AREA bordering open space. Please NO SMOKING of any kind on the property, and no candles or open flames.

Shoes off at the door keeps the NEST free from one of the main sources of indoor pollution (your shoes).

The NEST is very private but you may hear occasional normal noises of footsteps or dog bark from neighboring guests or our home. With windows & doors on 3 sides, a huge deck & private balcony you'll fell like you're in your own shangri-la tree house.

We live in a QUIET village in the forest. If you're looking for a relaxing time in a quiet & serene space, book with us. If you're looking for a place to play loud music & party, we're not your place.

* FOOD: We have a refrigerator and kitchen sink for prepared food or cold food. We offer organic coffee, organic tea, & organic instant oatmeal. NO COOKING in the NEST.

ARRIVAL TIME: Between 3.00 PM & 9.00 PM.
DEPARTURE TIME: 11.00 AM

We welcome you to our sanctuary, the ecoNEST.

* Marin County's new TOT tax is 10% of your stay which we collect it IN CASH at time of arrival in exchange for the keys. We also collect a one-time $30 cleaning fee in CASH at time of arrival. We do not take checks or credit cards.

Namaste, Marcia & Andy

Guest Access

NATURE, tons of beauty, and a safe space, free of chemicals, with a great organic comfy mattress, books on sustainability and health, beauty, quiet, great tiled bathroom, beautiful silk furnishings, original artwork, privacy.

Interaction with Guests

Sometimes we meet and interact with guests and other times we never see guests. Each situation is unique. We have a lot of repeat guests and we've become good friends with many of those, so we often invite them up to our place for meals, or go out together, but others we never see.

The Neighborhood

NATURE, NATURE, we border thousands of acres of forest land of Redwood Trees, Madrones, California Oak, Bay Laurel. It's so beautiful here. We have great local music and art with venues ranging from 3 - 15 minutes including Rancho Nicasio, Fairfax Local Music Vibe, galleries, and great ORGANIC FARMS and restaurants. We're about 20 minutes from Tomales Bay and 25-30 from the Pacific Ocean, with great biking and hiking, yet only 45 minutes from San Francisco and 20 from San Rafael, 60 from Napa, you get the picture. We have a local organic Indian Restaurant about a 20 minutes walk from the NEST, and Sam Taylor Park and Golden Gate Parks within 10 minutes. Salmon Spawning, Environmental Awareness and amazing care for kids and seniors. A great neighborhood with much natural beauty.

Getting around

There is the West Marin Stage Bus from San Rafael, San Anselmo, Pt. Reyes Route 68 that will take you to beaches and into town with connections to the Larkspur Ferry into San Francisco, or bus directly into San Fran from either Fairfax or San Rafael.

Other Things to Note

We do not use chemicals. We are organic and sustainable. We recycle. We use land phone lines and do not have WiFi. Some guests who have chemical and electro-magnetic sensitivities can find a safe haven at the ecoNEST.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $35 / night after the first guest
Security Deposit: $150
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

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  • This was the exact nature getaway we were looking for during a weekend City escape. Ideally set amongst the trees in Forest Knoll, this wonderful and cozy nest was the perfect setting to a relaxing weekend in the beautiful outdoors of Northern California. Close to Fairfax, that has amazing food, bars, and cafes and guests also enjoy 10% off Artii Indian food. This a wonderful stay and we cannot wait to return!

    We also were so thankful for Marcia's very warm welcome to the home.

    April 2014
    Marcia
    Response from Marcia:

    Please come back! You're our #1 stellar guests. We'd love to see more of you in this valley (or over the hill). Cheers, Marcia & Andy

  • Marcia made planning the trip so effortless for us! We arrived and had everything we needed to ride out the storm in front of a cozy fire. The place is charming and the view overlooking treetops was magical. Just the perfect spot for our weekend getaway of Hog Island Oysters and wine tasting in Sebastopol. Thanks and we'd love to be back soon!

    December 2012
  • My partner and I and our two pups had a wonderful time at the EcoNest! It was great for a one-night stay. It was very restful, comfortable and convenient! Maria and Andy were very helpful and nice. I would highly recommend the EcoNest!

    November 2012
    Marcia
    Response from Marcia:

    Thanks Emily. We enjoyed hosting all of you and hope you're safely home, out of our storms. Cheers, Marcia & Andy

  • Quiet sweet space in a beautifully private setting. Very clean and bright with all the windows & natural light. I'm a photographer and appreciate beauty and the econest is full of the beauty. I will return to this magical spot.

    November 2012
  • Cozy spot, everything clean, lovely, easy and provided. We were very well taken care of. Great view of the misty trees illuminated by full moon at night.

    November 2012
    Marcia
    Response from Marcia:

    Thanks Jonathan. We enjoyed hosting you. Hope you return when you need a respite, or quick getaway. Marcia

  • The ecoNEST was the perfect place for two busy graduate students to spend a quiet, relaxing mini-vacation. It's a beautiful space in a beautiful setting.

    November 2012
  • One of the most beautiful spots for me to return and rejuvenate. The owners, Marcia & Andy provide a safe space with organic towels, sheets, curtains, rugs, beautiful colors and nice views. This eco nest is quiet, and the owners took my dog for a few hours so I could go off to do volunteer work with a local nature organization in their neighborhood. I will come back. Thank you.

    November 2012
    Marcia
    Response from Marcia:

    Come back any time Ruth, and bring your little dog too! We really enjoyed hosting BoBo and it's good for our dogs to socialize with guests. Marcia

  • Lovely place. Very relaxing! Definitely coming back to Forest Knolls.

    November 2012
  • This was our second time staying in the Econest. We had a lovely time while there! It is so cozy!

    November 2012
  • Marcia and Andy are welcoming, hospitable hosts. This is a very comfortable accommodation. We plan to stay here again.

    November 2012
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Former member of sustainable intentional community Findhorn in Scotland. Retired college/university faculty, flutist, painter, floral designer. Andy is a friendly Harvardian. We enjoy providing lodging for fellow alumni and others with appreciation of environmental & sustainable lifestyles.
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