A roadside attraction without the distraction. A car goes by, a bicyclist or walker passes, swallows dip and dart. This circa 1890s former blacksmith shop is twenty feet to the peaceful Pacific Coast Highway, and a quick walk to a secluded beach.
Westport boomed in 1878 and was the largest town north of San Francisco, but truth be told, not much happens here any more.
Open and airy and cozy and happy, packed with strange and varied art work. Enjoy cooking and napping, reading or staring, and the endless changing Pacific off the deck. Writers, escapists, and creative types will appreciate the solitude of the detached artist studio.
One bedroom is cozy and dark, the other bright, with a view to the ocean and a loaded bookshelf. The kitchen has a 5-burner gas stovetop, large convection oven, and coffee maker. The living area has a long table for a gourmet spread or a project. Bath with shower, washer and dryer, and the Lost Coast's largest collection of those plaster fish. Watch a DVD or listen to music. Play a game. Be inspired. Or just sit on the porch in comfortable adarondack chairs or in the hot tub.
Outside you will find a 100 square foot artist studio with another large deck. There is a writing desk inside, chaise lounge and a stereo system for ipod/computer hookup with two indoor speakers. Great space to do some morning yoga or painting.
There sandy beaches just a block away and down the bluffs to stairs. All the nearby beaches are dog friendly too and pets are welcome in my home.
Buy local! The Westport General store sells beer and staples and makes great organic sandwiches and pizzas to order. The Westport Hotel and Old Abalone Pub serves dinners on the weekends.
Off high-way parking for two cars. Note that the side yard is a sculpture construction site for The Westport Whale, a future roadside attraction.
This place has all the basic amenties without the frills. The house is definitely a work in progress. It is my Dream and my favorite place to be in the whole world. I hope you will enjoy it too.
This was our second time in Kyle's home and it was a magical experience yet again. I've never felt so at home in a place that isn't my own. From the Bay Area, we visited Boonville to enjoy some local brews and then to Fort Bragg to buy our groceries at the lovely Harvest Market to pick up some amazing local fish and produce. Extremely well stocked and thought out kitchen. Books galore (no need to bring any). Stunning views, clean and fully functioning hot tub and bbq, and lots of great walks to nearby quiet beaches. We never got tired of looking at the artwork and kept seeing new things that inspired lots of laughter and conversation. We will never look at whales the same way! A few little things to note: poor wifi and no phone service (but this was actually a blessing for us), and the shower stall was a little short and cramped for my tall man. All that said, we are planning to return again soon for a longer stay and can't wait!
everything was great. amazing views from the house, fully stocked with everything we needed (and more). Kyle was super helpful and hospitable throughout (even though we never saw him!)
I find it hard to know where to begin this review, as the experience was fantastic and unique in every facet of the stay. The location is simply beautiful! The stunning views of the Pacific Ocean out the kitchen, bedroom, and from the deck kept us memorized for hours. Westport itself is a charming community, and the general store has a wide range of items, as well as great fresh pizza. Kyle had everything set for us when we arrived, including a great bottle of wine and some local chocolate. The house itself is so cosy, we wished we would have had more time to spend there. The art work both inside and outside of the home inspires and lifts the soul, while also providing interesting insights into everyday life experiences. We were excited to be part of Kyle's ongoing art project. We didn't watch any TV while we were there, and you really don't need to as there is plenty to see inside and outside the home. Being able to use the Ipod with Kyle's reciever to tune in a local radio station was a great extra. There was even a laptop left just in case we had trouble getting the WiFi signal. Everyday we found new art objects that caused us to smile. The bed in the back bedroom was very comfortable, with nice bedding. The kitchen was well supplied with necessary pots, pans, etc. The hot tub on the deck is a great bonus, and we spent lots of time there watching for whales during the day, or watching the thousands of stars at night. We managed to get to two of the beaches Kyle recommended, and saw sea lions (or seals) at each beach. The only downside of the stay was that we didn't get to spend enought time there. If and when we get back to Westport, we would love to spend a longer stretch of time at the Artist's Ocean Retreat.
Kyle's artistic retreat is exactly what I needed to set my city soul right again. As an East Coast transplant, I try to explore as much of Northern California as I can and Westport is an unexpected hidden gem. Hot tub, fireplace in every room, fire pit, yard, art studio (perfect for a book and a nap), ocean views..this home has everything. Even though we didn't get to meet Kyle in person, he was so warm, welcoming, and only a phone call away. We will be back soon!
A friend and I rented Kyle's house for a few days over New Years and could not have asked for a better way to welcome 2015. The wine and chocolate left to greet us aside, this place is a creative pocket of life reimagined. We saw well over 100 grey whales from the deck, shooting stars from the hot tub, and sunsets that would make your mama cry. We initially thought the whale house would be a landing spot for us to explore the surrounding area, and while we did do a bit of site seeing, we found ourselves drawn to the house as a wonder in and of itself. If you love whimsy and off-the-beaten path humor, this is the place for you.
My boys and I enjoyed the treasured whale hot spot. Not only was it incredibly comfy your heart and soul are nourished. Eye candy is plentiful with artwork and inspiration. I want to live here but since I live four hours away it will become our new vacation destination. Thank you Kyle!
Kyle was a great host!! The house was very well stocked with all the necessities and clean. We had a wonderful time and the view was absolutely AMAZING!!