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
Down a lovely, bumpy road (directions easy to follow), we found the little cottage (exactly as in photo). The heat was on, the fireplace ready to be lit. Everything we needed for cooking was in the kitchen and we made ourselves a nice dinner, opened a bottle of wine and listened to music (a nice collection of cds).
Slept soundly in the quiet woods (comfy bed), had nice hot showers (bathroom perfect), made some coffee (Peets in the fridge) and set off for an adventure on the coast....
Not a far drive to the gorgeous beach.
Thanks to the hosts for a perfect weekend! We'll be back.
What an incredible experience, again! We had the chance to come here when my wife was 8 months pregnant, and this time were back with the 3 month old... such a peaceful spot to recharge your batteries, enjoy the sounds of the nature, and see some of the best coastline CA has to offer. Randall and Carolyn were perfect hosts. We will be back again, guaranteed.
Wow! What an incredible structure within an incredible location! We spent our first weekend, as a married couple, at Carolyn and Randall's guesthouse and I could not have wished for a more perfect space within which to start our marriage! It was super cosy and on a rainy Sunday afternoon what could be more romantic than lighting the wood burner? The guesthouse wore the rain so well. The spot is secluded but so close to Point Arena where you can find everything that you need for your trip within a super laid back community! The guesthouse has everything you need plus it has the amazing luxury of completely escaping the world with no TV or wi fi! Complete bliss! Carolyn and Randall are fab hosts leaving us a welcome note of congratulations and a bottle of fizz to enjoy which was such a kind gesture. This is our second stay with Carolyn and Randall and I cannot recommend them highly enough! It is always such a joy receiving messages and information from them as it feels like a friend is getting in touch rather than an accommodation host which is one of the reasons that a stay with them is so special and recommended!
Oh my, this cabin was just what we needed. We got in late, but the directions that Carolyn and Randall provided made getting to the cabin fairly easy. We loved that it was secluded with no wi-fi or internet, but still so close to Point Arena. We explored the forest, found some sand to dig our toes into and enjoyed the fresh air. We hope to come back, it was the perfect getaway.
Finding the cabin was a little tough, but once we found it, we were astonished. It was beautiful. Quiet. Tranquil. Carolyn was very kind, she checked in on us, but allowed us to have a private visit. The bed was very comfortable. I highly recommend.
5 Stars! My girlfriend and I had such a cozy time staying in Carolyn and Randall's guest house. It's the perfect mix of forest solitude and coastal grandeur! Carolyn and Randall are great hosts, making themselves available should the need arise, but otherwise absolutely ensuring our privacy. The cabin has a beautiful wood burning stove (that was ready to light as soon as we walked in the door), not to mention a wonderfully eclectic music and book collection that we enjoyed all weekend long...We hope to return!
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!
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.