Deeply quiet, converted recording studio in the country, surrounded by vineyards. Our location has a killer sound system, horses to ride, trails to walk, minutes from wineries and hot springs in one of the world's more beautiful counties, Mendocino.
Stay in a recording studio in the country where many great records were made. 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 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.
This is the quietest sleep anyone will ever have as all the walls are 2' thick. There also is a separate entrance from the main house for privacy. We are solar powered, on a well, situated on 5 serene acres and surrounded by vineyards.
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.
There is a king bed in the Control Room, a queen bed in the 'Isolation Booth' and a queen in the building next to the studio. Price quoted is for the main Control Room and there is a $35 fee for each of the extra rooms.
There is a coffee pot, microwave, small fridge and a toaster oven available next to the Control Room. We are on artesian well water and it tastes great.
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 2.5 hours north of SF. Visit regional highlights like wine tasting and take a tour at Parducci Winery (the Greenest Winery in the US), Orr Hot Springs, Montgomery Woods old growth redwood grove, The Skunk Train, the Mendocino coastline, Anderson Valley wineries, 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, UnCorked, Ukiah Brewing Company, Ruen Thong Thai, North State St, Crush, Ellie's Mutt Hut, Schat's Bakery and too many Mexican Restaurants to mention.
You have your own private half bath and access to a shower in the main house. The kitchen in the main house is available for your use.
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, our kitchen when needed, the sculpture studio (The Funny Barn), private walking trails in the woods, horse riding lessons, the garden (seasonal) and wine 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, it works for us.
We live in the country on a one lane dirt road. It is quiet, private 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!
No transit this rural. Mendocino County is the size of Scotland or Rhode Island and Delaware combined with 90,000 people in it. People come here to unplug, not plug in.
We will be happy to guide you all over the county to great hidden gems off the beaten track, of you can hibernate in the dead quiet Control Room for days....many have.
Spencer and Esther are some of the most welcoming and generous people I have ever met. I immediately felt right at home staying in their beautifully renovated recording studio. They opened my eyes to incredible music, art and food throughout my stay. We shared a few great meals together and had a wonderful time building sculptures and light instillations in their art barn. Spencer took Sam and I on a VIP tour of his local winery. He is an amazing musician and we were so lucky to hear him play his work. Esther is a wonderful cook, it was great to spend time with her in the kitchen and watch her ride horses out at the barn. Sam and I could not have asked for a better stay, it was like staying with family!
Spencer and Esther provide a wonderful experience. I was driving up the 1 so it was a little out of the way, but it was completely worth it! The pictures look nice, but they don't do justice to just how relaxing, inviting, warm, comfortable, fun, homely, and interesting this place is. I wish I could live there!
It was much more than I had expected and my expectations were high. I'm not sure which I enjoyed more: being serenaded by the best pianist I've ever heard, the acoustics of living in a soundproof environment, the complimentary bottle of wine and plethora of books CD's and movies, the friendly horses in the back yard, mulling through the collection of every little artifact you can imagine in the barn, or just enjoying a walk in the surrounding wilderness.
I highly suggest that you go stay a night or two with these warm people in their amazing home.
Really awesome studio. It was amazing to watch movies, jam out to some Michael Jackson, and rekindle the holiday spirit by listening to Christmas songs coming out of that sound system. Most definitely an experience to have! Homemade pastries, wine, tomatoes from the garden...enough said. SUCH a treat~
We had a fabulous stay at Spencer and Esther's. We played instruments, visited the horses, had a great dinner by our host's recommendation, toasted marshmallows by the campfire, and had a great night's sleep. In the morning we picked tomatoes from the garden and cooked a lovely breakfast. We had a wonderful time. Thanks to Spencer and Esther for making us feel at home!
Esther and Spencer were great hosts! We are very lucky that we found their lovely place via airbnb and would definitively stay there again. We even stayed two days longer than planned. The accomodation is perfect for a calm and creative get-away. Everything looks exactly like on the pictures. The house, garden and area is wonderful. A lot of things to do - producing music, writing, cooking, petting the cat and horses, picking fresh herbs and tomatoes from the garden, hiking in montgomery woods and wine tasting at Parducci or creating artwork and riding. Esther and Spencer are warm-hearted people who were nice talking to. They respected our privacy to make us really feel at home and were very helpful at any time.
I was delighted to discover this Redwood Valley gem. The location was fabulous - you have the beach, redwoods, and central valley wineries at your door.
Spencer and Esther were wonderful and welcoming hosts, and I had some of the best sleep of my life in the control room. This was a great home-base option for exploring one of the most beautiful areas of California.
We had a blast in the recording studio, listening to music, playing instruments and dancing. We actually knew some of the same people from Mo. Spencer and Esther are very talented with their sculptures, lights, oh, I could go on and on. We all slept well and enjoyed the garden and the conversation with Esther the next morning. She also told us about Montgomery Woods. We make a 5 mile hike out of a 3 mile hike. Great time in Northern CA.
Ideal spot for creatives to rest their bones on the road!
Spencer & Esther are super friendly and welcoming. Spencer is a musician which for us musicians was an absolute delight.
We were playing at the Kinetic Carnivale in Willits and wanted a place we could all stay at and enjoy after our show. The casual accommodations and lovely surroundings suited our band perfectly. Sitting around the pool with our feet in the water was a very nice post-gig treat.
If you are looking for comfortable, relaxed, and just the right amount of unusual then this is your spot. The beds are comfortable. There are pianos to play and plenty of music to listen to. To hear Spencer's phonographs is worth the visit alone. He kindly demonstrated his collection.
If you are looking for sanitized, sterile, predictable, bland and characterless then pass on by this sweet place.
Note: We brought our own libations, snacks and breakfast fixings.
Spencer & Esther were great hosts. Their recording studio room was very comfortable and we enjoyed playing the instruments that were all around. It was truly relaxing and we loved the wine and goodies from their garden. I would definitely recommend staying here if you're in the area!
Staying at Esther's place and sleeping in a recording studio was awesome, the whole place is beautiful and my wife particularly enjoyed the horses! It is 10 minutes from Ukiah, where you can find everything you need! Would definitely recommend!
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.