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. =-)
The reviews tell the rest.
(Arrival before 8pm...no... 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.
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.
My neighbors are just the right balance of private and helpful, eccentric and practical.
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.
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!
About the Host, Wendell
Interests: eventually getting organized; not screwing up the world. Hobbies: bargain hunting; cycling. Favorite Holiday: Nat'l Donut Day. Culture: blend of California, Midwest, Texas; moderately responsible professional with organic granola topping.