About this listing
The Recording Studio is a converted studio in a rustic country setting surrounded by vineyards and forests on five acres. Our place is quiet, beautiful, peaceful and full of art, music, horses and creativity. A perfect retreat to unplug and relax.
Stay in a converted recording studio in the country where many great records were made. Our guests say it was the quietest sleep they have had 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 separate from our 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 getaway for unplugging.
A California king bed is in the Control Room, a queen bed in the 'Isolation Booth' and a queen in a separate building off the house. Price quoted is for the main Control Room and both the other two bedrooms. All are included in the price. There is a $45 fee for each additional person after two people. Futon mattresses are 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 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.
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 in the woods to the creek 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 off Ukiah right off Hwy 101, one hour to the Pacific coast and two hours north of SF. Visit regional highlights like wine tasting, tour 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 90+ wineries across the county.
Local restaurants to visit include Patrona, Oco Time, Saucy, Ukiah Brewing Company, Ruen Tong Thai, North State St, 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.
Pianos, killer sound system, horseback lessons (a fee attached), pool in the summer, long walks on 56 acres of forest nearby, instruments 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 would like. We can also give you a tour of recorded music on vintage players from 1890's to 1940's equipment.
We are in the country on a one lane dirt road surrounded by vineyards. 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.
MTA (local bus line) comes within a mile of our house.
Other Things to Note
Amazing sound system and dead quiet sleeping environment.
This is a smoke free house.
There are three beds are in different rooms. The Control Room is $100. All three bedrooms are included in the fee. Each additional person over two people are charged $45 a piece. Your choice which bedroom you want to use.
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 around.
We hope we can provide an experience where you relax, have fun, enjoy the countryside, possibly make music and get a great sleep!
Spencer & Esther met up with us as soon as we pulled up. Very warm and welcoming, I felt like I was visiting a friend I hadn't seen in a while. The room has absolute silence which is refreshing after spending several hours on the road. Can't go wrong with wine and chocolates either. I didn't have much time to spend around the grounds or testing out the sound equipment, but I'm grateful to have had so many options.
The house so nice. The owner friendly.
We had a great time as Esther greeted us warmly and showed us the details of the set-up. We even went out to dinner together and it was a really good conversation.
The rooms were amazing as it was such an unusual setting, being in a quiet and very private space. We enjoyed the recording studio decor, the music and movie collection and were very comfortable. We had a great time and even enjoyed a swim in the pool.
This place is great, exactly what we were looking for, a quiet place in the country with a perfect night sky for viewing Perseids, shooting stars. Esther was incredibly friendly, showing us all around all around the studio, the workshop, the garden and introducing us to all the horses. And the pool was great, perfect for a warm summer day.
Such an interesting and original place to stay! We had a great time playing records and drinking wine, and we slept like babies in the super-comfortable king-size bed. Will definitely be back!
Lovely quirky place, really kind people.
Spencer and Esther seemed like old friends the moment we met them. I couldn't have felt more welcome and comfortable - and what a great night's sleep :) The studio was so quiet - and now I'll never have to wonder how it would be to sleep in a recording studio. The horses were fun, the property is beautiful... If we ever go through here again, and I hope we do, we'll call ahead and book it again.
About the Host, Spencer & Esther
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.