About this listing
Authentic, rustic, retreat for 1 or 2 occasionally a 3rd guest can be accommodated. 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!
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 (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 (website 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
We had such a good time! Carolyn and Randall were very communicative and readily available/super easy to reach. They gave me a ton of information on the area before our stay and more info was available in the guest house. The area was incredibly peaceful and quiet, with the guest house totally private. The guest house cute, clean and stocked with essentials; we loved it. The detailed directions we were given beforehand also were accurate and helped us get there easily. We loved Point Arena and Gualala and can't wait to visit again in the future! Thanks Randall and Carolyn!
Everything was fantastic. It's wonderfully quiet. We used the kitchen quite a bit and found it to be totally adequate for making tacos, pizza, and omelets! Great gas stove. The bed is very comfy and the maps and guidebooks are really helpful. Love all the windows and the place is much larger than I thought it would be! Carolyn and Randall were very kind and available to us.
I would recommend bringing an eye mask if you're sensitive to light in the morning, otherwise you will be up at the crack of dawn!
Had a great weekend here with my girlfriend. Randall and Carolyn were helpful hosts, and the cabin and surrounding area were beautiful. We enjoyed experiencing some recommended hikes and restaurants during our stay, and we would definitely recommend the location if you are looking for a nice, quiet escape.
Carolyn en Randall waren geweldig. We kregen heel veel informatie over wat er allemaal te doen was in Point Arena. Ook de routebeschrijving was uitgebreid en heel helder. Toen we er eenmaal waren hebben ze contact met ons opgenomen om te vragen of ze nog iets voor ons konden doen.
Point Arena is een geweldige plek. De market is een geweldige organicwinkel waar je heerlijke koffie kunt krijgen, we hebben er vele ontspannen uurtjes doorgebracht. Het filmtheater was fantastisch en de wandeling aan de kust onvergetelijk!!!!
The cabin was a real delight. In the middle of a redwood forest, it was the perfect spot for a weekend of quiet contemplation and intimacy. Randell and Carolyn were great hosts, providing my fiance and I detailed driving instructions (it's a bit off the main road) and suggestions for nearby activities.
This is a truly magical spot on the planet. The cottage is beautiful and situated in a lovely redwood grove. One of the best parts was waking up in a bed surrounded by windows underneath the boughs of those venerable trees - very much like being in a tree house, but safe and warm.
The hosts, both writers, have filled the cottage with wonderful books. They are also very responsive and welcoming, providing tips on things to see and do in the area. Randall's instructions are detailed and thoughtful and both he and Carolyn responded to my questions via email or text quickly. I've traveled a lot in my life and I can honestly say this very sweet cottage is now a favorite spot. I hope to return and stay longer next time.
Had a great time at this quant little guest house. The area gets super dark at at night and the stars are stunning. Carolyn was a great host. The heat was already turned on for us entering the guest house and we had no problem using any of the appliances during our stay. A lovely, quiet place to stay if you're in the area.
About the Host, Carolyn
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.