Living Room w/butterfly ceiling and soaring 18 foot walls surrounded by Small loft/study/game room with extra twin sleeping nook looking into tree branches
Entire home/apt
2 Guests
1 Bedroom
1 Bed
1 adult
0 children
Ages 2 - 12
0 infants
Under 2
2 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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About this listing

Authentic, rustic, retreat for 1 or 2 guests. Surrounded by young redwood forest, with privacy and a fire view wood stove. Unplug for the week/weekend or stay glued to the mad pace with screaming fast wifi!

YES books have been written here. The latest:
'Chaos Monkeys', was published in June by HarperCollins, and stayed about four weeks on the NYT and WSJ bestseller lists.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee: $38
Security Deposit: $150
Cancellation: Flexible


The space

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 as a remodel of an existing hippie cabin-in-the-woods. It has a queen size bed in the bedroom (downstairs) and one, exposed, 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 cell phone reception but a landline provided for your use and VERY fast wifi . Filtered ocean view. Also features a fire view wood stove in the living room, a small, nicely equipped kitchen, Fußball in the 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 (URL 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 (URL 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 (URL HIDDEN) which boasts the only still-free wine tastings in the Napa-Sonoma-Mendocino region.

Guest access

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.

The neighborhood

Pristine and nationally recognized coastline with hiking trails and forest.

Getting around

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.

House Rules
Check-in is after 3PM

• Golden rule
• Leave it as you found it
• Tranquil and considerate use of house and the surrounds, or forfeit security deposit

2 nights minimum stay

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San Francisco, California, United States · Joined in July 2011

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.

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