About this listing
Privacy and quiet abound in this smartly apportioned one queen bedroom, one full bath and one full-sized futon couch in the living/dining/kitchen area. Delight in our "Contemporary Bohemian" decor complete with lots of color -- fun marine blue in the main rooms and Tantric yellows, oranges, and reds in the sexy master bedroom. Enjoy cosmopolitan panache, fresh flowers in every room and Buddhist sacred objects from the owner's extensive travels to 45 countries around the world. Cute and cozy camper with queen bed is available for those interested in a lodging adventure or even more privacy. Seven-person capacity hot tub is always set to your preferred temperature and looks up through a grandmother old growth Redwood tree. Owner is professional massage therapist and ready to smooth out all your ruffled feathers after your soak! Wander around our 6.5 acres and create your own altar in your favorite fairie ring in the ancient Redwood trees. Hike two miles to reach the unspoiled "Grove of the Old Trees" or go mountain biking on the dozens of trails of Willow Creek Preserve one block east. Drive only eight miles to some of the most spectacular and desolate coastline in Northern California. Drink pure water from our three underground springs. Breathe in deeply the fresh, moist marine air. Pick your own salad veggies, gourmet herbs and fresh fruits and berries from our gardens in season. Shanti is pet friendly, 420 friendly and LGBT friendly. Fully stocked kitchen of eco-friendly accoutrements including pots and pans, wooden utensils, coffee maker, compost bin, microwave, gas stove/oven and frig.
Location, location, location
Coleman Valley Road is known as the most beautiful road in Sonoma County. Shanti means peace or peaceful in ancient Sanskrit. Shanti is strategically located on Coleman Valley Road and only a short drive two-mile drive, bike ride or lovely walk from the cute little town of Occidental with its shops, video store and internet café, famous eateries and locally owned markets. The drive from Occidental to Shanti affords beautiful views of Mount Saint Helena and the surrounding Mayacamas Mountains to the east. But it is further west that attracts so many visitors. The remaining eight miles from Shanti to the ocean are a shockingly narrow, curvy and spectacularly panoramic drive unparalleled in Sonoma County. Forested landscapes of a varied ecosystem of deciduous Oaks, Redwoods and Douglas firs give way to sudden vistas of meadows and a fog-shrouded ocean that stretches into eternity. The drive to the coast only takes about 35 minutes, but you are guaranteed to stop and take pictures all along the way. This is the number one scenic attraction in the area, and it is just a left turn out of our driveway.
We can fit six people comfortably. There is one bedroom with a queen sized bed, one full sized futon couch in the living room that sleeps two smaller adults or children, and one queen sized bed in the camper.
We are unique in that we are super pet friendly, LGBT friendly and 420 friendly.
Things to do at Shanti
Walk around the property and investigate the Old Growth Trees and Pond
Relax in the gigantic seven-foot hot tub under the grandmother Old Growth Redwood Tree
Swim, meditate, fish or throw sticks to Elizabeth's Field Spaniels Libby and Lucy in the pond
Swing in the hammock in your private backyard
Get a professional massage from Elizabeth on site
Seasonally pick fresh vegetables, herbs, berries and fruits to make your own meals
Gather eggs from the chicken coop for your breakfast
Light a fire in the fire pit in your private backyard
Practice yoga on your private deck or with Elizabeth, who has practiced and taught yoga since 1991 (by arrangement)
Learn archery on the backyard hillside and practice shooting arrows at our targets (by arrangement)
Play tennis or golf at nearby Northwoods Golf Course or the courts at the Occidental YMCA.
Listen to the sounds of birds in the surrounding trees and frogs in the pond. There is no noise pollution at Shanti!
Gaze at the stars at night across the Shanti sky with absolutely no light pollution
Read books, take naps, make love
Interaction with Guests
Although she lives on the 6.5 acre property, Elizabeth doesn't require interaction with guests any more than the minimum necessary. If the guests wish to interact, however, she is happy to make herself available. Its entirely up to you.
Occidental is part of West Sonoma County or "West County" as the locals call it. This is considered by many to be the most desireable town in which to live in West County. The population density is very low because we are in a low flow water area, so there are less people and less developments possible because our ecosystem cannot handle a larger population. This in turn means that natural beauty abounds. We have towering redwoods, ancient oaks, aromatic eucalyptus, miles of beaches, stunning cliffs, the Pacific Ocean, the greenest meadows like Ireland and the super cute little town of Occidental. Nowadays, the locals in neighboring San Fransisco, Marin and Napa Counties come to unspolied Sonoma to spend their vacation time. See what all the fuss is about! Come visit West County!
Public transit is available mostly eastbound and northbound to Santa Rosa and the Russian River valley towns of Monte Rio and Guernville three times a day. You are welcome to park your cars here in the Shanti driveway during your stay, only an easy and flat 100 foot walk from your private cottage entrance. The local Santa Rosa airport is small but convenient. The San Fransisco Internatonal Airport is about 90 minutes south on highway 101. You can also catch the Sonoma County Airporter from Santa Rosa to San Fransisco International Airport.
Other Things to Note
Shanti Vacation Rental is very, very quiet. We are void of any light pollution, too. This allows for an extremely peaceful stay for our guests. We are neighbors with the famous Occidental Art and Ecology Center which promotes ecologically and culturally resiliant communities. In addition, we are neighbors with the Western Hill Gardens which has rare plants and amazingly beautiful grounds.
Guests are asked to be mindful of Shanti's land, its unique ecosystem and its gentle ways. Libby and Lucy (Elizabeth's Field Spaniels) love to have visitors of the canine or feline persuasion. Pets are very welcome here and welcome indoors as well. There is a sweet little backyard behind your vacation rental that is completely fenced for you dog. Elizabeth's hot button is littering. Please no littering whatsoever on the land (even cigarette butts are litter to us!). It is good karma to conserve spring water by not running the tap while washing dishes or toothbrushong, and also not taking long showers. Smoking cigarettes outside is OK. We are 420 friendly indoors or out. We thank you for being respectful of Shanti!