Control Room with mood setting Mic LightsControl Room Music, Sound Effects Library and Video's
Entire home/apt
5 Guests
2 Bedrooms
2 Beds
1 adult
0 children
Ages 2 - 12
0 infants
Under 2
5 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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About this listing

The Recording Studio is a converted four room studio in a rustic country setting surrounded by vineyards and forests on a one lane dirt road. If you desire a country setting, this is the place.

Our place is quiet, beautiful, peaceful and full of art, music, horses and creativity. Spencer will even give a mini private concert if you ask. A perfect retreat to unplug and relax in a rural setting. A private 56 acre woodland reserve for hiking is just around the corner.

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The space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 1.5
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $50 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Discount: 15%
Cancellation: Strict


The space

Stay in a converted recording studio way in the country off a one lane dirt road where many great records were made. Our guests say it is the quietest sleep they have had in years as the walls are 2' thick. You have your own private entrance into the studio complex which adjoins our house.

Guests have their own space adjoining yet separate from the host's home which is four rooms total. We are solar powered, on a well, situated on 5 serene acres and surrounded by vineyards. This is a rural 'in the country' getaway for unplugging.

A California king bed is in the Control Room and a queen bed in the 'Isolation Booth'. We also have a single futon that can used and a couch. Price includes an 11% Mendocino County Transitory Occupancy Tax. All fees are included in the price. There is a $50 fee for each additional person after two people. Futon mattress is available for extra people.

You have your own private half bath which has a toilet and sink. The shower is in a separate bathroom which is shared with the hosts in the main house. Included is a private coffee pot, tea pot, microwave, small fridge and a toaster oven. Water source is an artesian well. The host's kitchen is available for meal preparation that you might need, just let us know.

Some of the artists who recorded here are Paul Winter, Holly Near, Alex de Grassi, Paul McCandless, Barbara Higbie, Kostia, Todd Philips, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Michael Manring, Joe Craven, Paul Winter and many others. Lee Mun Wah's award winning films on racism (The Color of Fear, Last Chance for Eden, If These Walls Could Talk) were all filmed here. Spencer will even give a mini private concert if you ask.

Play the concert grand piano, guitars or percussion, take horseback riding lessons for a fee ($35 an hour - we have horses and a riding arena), swim in the pool (seasonal), hike trails in the 56 acre woods next to us, tour Mendocino county wineries (90+), and much more.

Wireless and cable hookup are throughout. Flat screen video and movies abound in surround sound in the Control Room. Listen to music on 1890's to 1930's gramophones and phonographs as well as spin some 33 vinyl records or CD's on a killer sound system. Read by Elvis 'Fat Boy' mic lights and wake up to complete silence.

We are 10 minutes north of Ukiah right off Hwy 101, one hour to the Pacific coast and two hours north of SF. Visit regional highlights like numerous area wineries, Orr Hot Springs, Vichy Hot Springs, Montgomery Woods old growth redwood grove, The Skunk Train, the Mendocino coastline, Anderson Valley wineries, Blue Lake, Real Goods & Solar Living Center, The City of 10,000 Buddha's, Grace Hudson Museum, Steam and Roots of Power Museum, Lake Mendocino, Ukiah Golf Course and Ukiah's Golf course.

Local restaurants to visit include Patrona, Oco Time, Saucy, Ukiah Brewing Company, Ruen Tong Thai, Marta's Gourmet Cafe, Chop-Chop, Crush, Ellie's Mutt Hut, Schat's Bakery and too many Mexican Restaurants to mention.

Check out time is 12:00 noon the next day unless other arrangements are made.

You have access to the pool in the warm months, private walking trails in the woods, the garden (seasonal) and wine and chocolate when you arrive!

We will interact with our guests as much as they feel comfortable. If you need space, no issue....if you want company or where to find the hidden secrets in Mendocino County....we know them. However it works for you, works for us. This is your vacation.

We live in the country on a one lane dirt road. It is quiet and yet close to town (10 minutes). We have a 3 acre walnut orchard, riding arena, great garden on 5 acres and surrounded by much more. It is our slice of northern California heaven. Very blessed!

MTA (Local bus line) comes to Redwood Valley. Greyhound stop is 20 minutes away. We will be happy to coordinate s time to meet and pick you up.

Guest access

Pianos, killer sound system, horseback lessons (a $35 fee attached), pool in the summer, long walks on 56 acres of forest nearby, instruments, chocolate and a bottle wine when you arrive!

Interaction with guests

We will interact with guests or give them privacy, it all depends on what you prefer. We can also give you a tour of recorded music on vintage players from 1890's to 1940's equipment.

The neighborhood

We are in the country on a one lane dirt road surrounded by vineyards. If you are looking for a Hilton or Big City 'white glove' accommodations, this isn't it.

There is a 56 acre set of trails to walk in down the road if you want a peaceful forest experience. We are on 5 acres with a garden, including 3 acres of walnut and olive trees located in Redwood Valley, a country setting with Northern California mountains on each side of the valley. We are located right off Hwy 101, 15 minutes from the town of Ukiah which has a population of 20,000 people.

Getting around

MTA (local bus line) comes within a mile of our house.

Other things to note

Our house is on a one lane dirt road that has potholes due to the neighbors not wanting to fill them. No issue getting here, just drive slowly please.

We added an extra 11% to the fee for our county bedroom tax, so hopefully you will support our efforts in supporting our local economy.

Amazing sound system and dead quiet sleeping environment.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check-in is after 2PM

This is a smoke free house.

We offer 3 different rooms, 1 with a queen bed, one with a king and a single futon that can be used in the Main Room. The cost is $111 for two. Each additional person is $50.00 or $100.00 per second couple.

We add an extra 11% to the fee for the Mendocino County Bedroom Tax, which supports our local economy.

This is a non smoking house, so no smoking allowed. We also do not allow pets because many of our guests have allergies we want to be sensitive of.

We hope we can provide an experience where you relax, have fun, enjoy the countryside, possibly make music and get a great sleep!

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

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Spencer & Esther

Spencer & Esther

California, United States · Joined in May 2011

We have lived in Mendocino County for 30 years. We love good food, and exploring unique and different places. We live in the country with a barn and stables, surrounded by vineyards and mountains.

Spencer has been in the music business his entire life and now is a consultant for wineries, an artist and a concert/festival producer.

Esther loves horses, connecting with people, creates all kinds of cool art and is a marriage & family therapist.

We both make 'found art' or assemblage sculptures and are always looking for weird stuff for our studio.

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