Authentic, rustic, dreamy retreat for 1 or 2 (occasionally a 3rd guest can be accommodated). Tucked away in young redwood forest, with privacy and a fire view wood stove. Unplug for the week or the weekend.
Dramatic one bedroom, rustic/contemporary, guest house surrounded by forest, above the tiny coastal city of Point Arena – 3 hours north of San Francisco. This small home was designed by Obie Bowman, remodel of an existing hippie cabin-in-the-woods. It has a queen size bed in the bedroom (downstairs) and one twin mattress for an extra guest* in the loft upstairs. Soaring 18 foot butterfly walls, separated by an acre of redwood forest from nearest neighbors. It has a garden just outside. No internet or cell phone reception . Filtered ocean view. Also features a fire view wood stove in the living room, a small, equipped kitchen, Fußball in tiny loft, and a tiled bath with shower/tub.
Two other dwellings on the property, each on its own private acre in the woods can be found listed on airbnb. Our "Thoreau cabin/woods/write your book" is a one room cabin tucked away with distant coastal views from 3 windows. Our "Jewel box house w/ wide ocean view" has panoramic views of 5 miles of coastline and comfortably sleeps up to 4.
Property is down a mile and a half of dirt road on a steep mountainside, accessible year-round. It is set back on the ridge above historic Point Arena and the Point Arena lighthouse, circa 1868. At this spot, it is possibly 300 meters above and 3.5 kilometers away from the ocean with naked green hills and deep forests of redwood, Doug Fir and pine all around. At night there are no lights to be seen from the guest house, outside of its own small illumination. Tranquil and set in spectacular nature -- excellent for bird watchers and other wildlife enthusiasts looking for deer, wild rabbits, and other small, harmless, creatures.
Point Arena is the second western-most spot in the continental U.S. and is one of six locations around the globe selected by NASA for clean air quality samples. In addition to the lighthouse museum (website hidden) our tiny city has an epicurean French Bakery noted by several national magazines, a coop market with locally produced, organic produce in summer, an excellent 3 star restaurant, bread clubs
featuring organic artisan breads AND a first-rate cinema http://(email hidden)/ with a new (usually independent) film each week and live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera. The tiny city is located an hour south of the popular village of Mendocino -- another destination for spas and artisanal goods. Local sports include kayaking, hiking and biking along the coast, fishing, diving and and surfing off the pier. Inland, a 1.25 hour drive from our residence, is Mendocino's famous wine country (website hidden) which boasts the only still-free wine tastings in the Napa-Sonoma-Mendocino region.
Guesthouse, private driveway, garden area.
Interaction with Guests
We check in beforehand and on arrival and are happy to offer as much privacy as guests like during their visit.
Pristine and nationally recognized coastline with hiking trails and forest.
Daily RT bus service to village of Mendocino, one hour to the north. Also one-way and RT bike rentals for coastal trails on America's newest National Monument, "The Stornetta Lands."
Other Things to Note
Guesthouse located in the middle of a young redwood forest, down a mile-and-a-half of dirt road.
• Golden rule
• Leave it as you found it
• Tranquil and considerate use of house and the surrounds, or forfeit security deposit
Thank you for Carolyn and Randall for the wonderful stay at the Guest House. They are so welcoming, all the instructions for the stay are very clear. Everything they mention in their description about the cabin is there and much more. The Guest House was a wonderful place to spend a long weekend in peace and solitude. A perfect place to gather thoughts and read a book, listen to music or walk in the woods.
I warmly recommend the Guest House!
What a beautiful cabin! It's secluded, charming, cozy, contemporary and quite well taken care of. Coordinating with Carolyn and Randall was a breeze. We also appreciated the good reading material, foosball table, and games in the cottage :)
The road in can seem epic on a foggy night, but that just heightened the sense of adventure (something to be aware of, but it's really not a problem)
This place is amazing. Lovely decor, sweet down-home rustic feel, wood floors, high ceilings, spacious living room. No wifi or cell service, and a sweet little CD player with a lovely selection of music. It's nestled in a beautiful woodland spot & there's so much beauty all around. We had an incredible time & we're surely coming back.
This was our first time using Airbnb and the experience was very positive. Our host was very nice and provided us with all the detailed information we needed during our stay, and communicated often with us to make sure we where fine. I traveled from SF with my wife and 20month old daughter and we loved the house. We visited Montecino Bryan Reserve which is nearby and have Zebras and Giraffe you can touch and feed. Totally worthy for a weekend. The best was sleeping in a very cozy house in the middle of the forest and enjoying a dinner near to the fireplace
Carolyn and Randall were incredibly communicative not only regarding the ins and outs of the cabin, but in regards to all matters Mendocino coast/Point Arena. They were incredibly warm, inviting, and understanding when I thought I needed to make a last minute cancellation (that I am very happy did not need to happen!).
The cabin is in a very remote area where you only feel seclusion and tranquility, and able to enjoy the beauty around you. It is very close to the beautiful coast, as well as a short ride from Mendocino and Fort Bragg. The cabin was amazingly beautiful and while rustic, still provided comforts and room. It truly is an amazing place, so amazing in fact, I probably would have been perfectly happy staying in the cabin and surrounding property the entire weekend I was there! Thank you again Carolyn and Randall for a great experience!
Carolyn and Randall were very quick to respond to our request and our questions. They even had the woods stove packed and ready to go when we arrived! Their guest house is cozy, comfortable and clean. It's on a very quiet back road in the woods above Point Arena. This is an awesome place to unplug and unwind!
We arrived after dark on a cool, rainy night. Once we had the electric heater and wood stove going the house was warm and inviting and we enjoyed reading and chatting by the stove until going to sleep. We awoke to light streaming into the house and the sound of rain on the metal roof. This place is a great place for anyone seeking a rustic getaway.
I'm a novelist, short story writer and essayist. Born in Bar Harbor, Maine, I've lived for the past twenty years in Northern California, where I direct the MFA programs at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. My husband, Randall Babtkis, is also a writer. Point Arena is one of my top three favorite places on the planet.