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
A very peaceful place. I would rank this stay as the best ever.
We had such a lovely time at the guest house. The grounds are beautiful, the house is beautiful and Point Arena is beautiful.
The guest house is so cozy that we hardly left! We'd initially planned on going out to dinner but instead wound up staying in, playing games and hanging out around the cozy wood burning stove. The suggestions Carolyn and Randall gave us, though, were all spot on and very helpful.
This place with just the right level of comfortable, unpretentious and cozy, while still being clean and nice.
We can't wait to go back!
We had a great time at the Guest House, tucked away in the redwoods. The wood stove was all ready to go and we had a nice fire going in the large living room and Randall helped us over the phone with starting the heater in the bedroom. What a lovely, relaxing place to stay, and just a short drive to the beach too. Also, an excellent collection of books spread around the house through which we enjoyed flipping.
We had a wonderful stay at this hidden redwood retreat! Carolyn and Randell were very communicative and helpful from the start, making it easy to relax and enjoy a weekend away from the city.
Carolyn and Randle were lovely hosts and the place was perfict for a little getaway.
Randall and Carolyn are excellent hosts, generous, accommodating, warm and attentive to details; they were readily available and very clear communicators. The setting is definitely rustic, with a beautiful sense of solitude, silence and deep quiet. Everything is and works as described. The "neighborhood" is trees and forest. A great place for retreat, and easy access to Pt Arena and the surrounding coast. The unpaved private road in is well maintained and easy to drive. The cabin is not far from the road, but there may be only one or two cars a day going by. If you are looking for absolute privacy as I was for a week's time you have to accommodate your mind to that road and the presence of a large estate down the road; but it is only a matter of knowing it is there; they cannot see you and you cannot see them. This is a great place to ponder, read, write, and dive deep with soul.
This little place was great! Carolyn and Randall were great hosts, and communication with them was always quite clear and full of information. The listing itself was very comfortable, and oh so cute.
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.