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1 Bed

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About this listing

A simple, lovely, rustic place to spend some time or just get some sleep during your travels.

A cross between community garden and junk yard. An unconventional stay with most of the basic comforts but no guarantees. =-)

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Trailer or Tipi Camping

The Space
Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 0.5
Beds: 1
Pet Owner: Cat(s) and Other pet(s)


Extra people: $15 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $9
Weekly Price: $195 /week
Monthly Price: $725 /month
Cancellation: Flexible


The Space

(Arrival before 7:45, but ideally BEFORE DARK. This is really important!)

The Homestead is a 16 acre private property with a few small gardens, fruit trees, and ongoing green/alternative projects (solar energy use, biodiesel, garden compost, and organic gardening.) The Homestead is NOT A FARM; just folks. But I like to pretend. (FYI: I am also a WWOOFing host.)

It's semi-rural, fairly isolated: a mile to the bus stop and the gas/food mart, 6 miles to the edge of town (Watsonville or Prunedale), and 30 minutes to the good surfing waves in Santa Cruz or the tourism in Monterey/Carmel. There are cats, chickens, and goats. It's a peaceful scene, and you would often have the place to yourself. It is often WET and COLD here in the winter. I can offer a dry place to stay (trailer, tipi, barn), but know that everything is OUTSIDE: bathroom, shower (heated), etc. That's what makes it FUN! There are bicycles available for use (nominal rental fee), WiFi, campfire rings, and parking for small RVs.

The Homestead is all about privacy, tranquility, and simplicity. It's a bit too rustic for some (see: "everything is OUTSIDE" above.) =-)

See "AMENITIES" and "HOUSE RULES" before booking please!! Remember, the word "CAMPING" is in the title. We don't want you to be disappointed.

Guest Access

See "amenities."

Outdoor warm shower with adjustable modesty measures working most of the time.

Toilet is a hole in the ground which we call the 'cat hole.' I am not joking. You will love it; I promise.

Propane stove and cooking supplies/utensils are available (in a trailer), but you are welcome to bring your own stove.

Drinking water provided.

(Unpredictable bonus prize for those staying more than one night: possible/probable use of my Monterey Bay Aquarium passes (2). No promises, but I'll try to make them available. Oh, the thrill of uncertainty!)

Interaction with Guests

Unpredictable. Plan on being on your own, with the occasional unscheduled peppering with questions and suggestions by 7 year old sage and ambassador of good will, Zen.

You can usually stay up and have campfire and conversation as late as you want in the 'barnyard,' but with regard for any other guests, neighbors, or space-mates living nearby.

The Neighborhood

My neighbors are just the right balance of private and helpful, eccentric and practical.

Getting Around

The bus stop is about a mile away.

Bikes may be available for a nominal hassle/maintenance fee (like 10 bucks). I don't mind offering rides if I'm not at work.

Other Things to Note

I love your dog, too. But you cannot bring your dog here.

PLEASE recycle or re-use everything possible. I actually enjoy digging through the trash, but my time is limited, so please save me the trouble.

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House Rules

Don't smoke. It's bad for you. Cigarette butts send me into a blood-curdling, mouth-frothing fugue.

No smoking inside living spaces.

Please keep the cats out of living spaces (i.e. be mindful of doors, windows, tent flaps).

Fires only in designated fire rings. No candles/flames/smoke in living spaces, please.

Not able to welcome dogs due to the risk of mishaps with our cats, chickens, and goats.

Arrival BEFORE 8pm, but ideally BEFORE DARK; it's not easy finding your way around, and I have to get up early!

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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Safety Card
Fire Extinguisher
Lock on Bedroom Door

1 night minimum stay

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About the Host, Wendell

California, United States
Member since December 2011
Response rate: 100% (past 30 days)
Response time: within a few hours


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