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 9pm...no... 8:45, 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.
Interaction with Guests
Unpredictable. Plan on being on your own, with the occasional unscheduled peppering with questions and suggestions by 6 year old sage, Zen.
You can usually stay up and have campfire and conversation as late as you want in the 'barnyard,' but with regard for the other guests and permanent 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 5 bucks).
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.
Not able to welcome dogs due to the risk of mishaps with our cats, chickens, and goats.
Arrival BEFORE 9pm, but ideally BEFORE DARK; it's not easy finding your way around, and we have to get up early!
The RV was lovely and spacious (original 70s wood paneling and curtains and all!) and Wendell was extremely helpful.
It was fun to cook in the (separate) little kitchen camper, and we had all the pots etc that we needed. The land is beautiful, the other guests were sweet and Wendell was so so helpful. He even let us borrow his aquarium card (which we ended up forgetting and not using but still). A perfect weekend, I'd love to go back :)
It was very great to stay at Wendell place. He is very helpfull and he made everything to make us confortable.
If you like original experience, I would definitely recommend you to stay in the Tipi or in the RV.
If you love adventures and experiences that make great stories, Wendell's homestead is definitely the place to stay. It's in a beautiful and quiet location in the mountains but it's close enough to the bus stop and there is a very well stocked gas station/convenient store down the road that has all the essentials. Even without a car, his place is relatively easy to access (we walked three miles with 100 pounds each to get there and it was a long walk but definitely an adventure!) and the kitchen is stocked with everything you would need to cook full meals. The kitchen is away from the trailer and the shower and toilet are outside, which I imagine would be rather unpleasant in the pouring rain, but it makes for a trip that doesn't get boring. Wendell is quirky and so welcoming; he made us feel so at home and shared everything we needed with us. The trailer we stayed in was simple but the bed was comfortable, there was tons of storage space, it was clean, there was also a small living area, and there's a beautiful view of the sunrise out of the bedroom window. If you have small children, this place might be hard to manage, but it's wonderful for anyone who just wants to get away. We would both highly recommend the homestead!
Ps. One thing to consider if you get cold getting out of the shower or are picky is bringing your own towels--his are thin!
Wendell was pretty busy while we were here, but he made sure we were all set and comfortable. His description of the place is pretty accurate. He let us use his passes to the Monterey Aquarium.
Wendell was awesome. I arrived quite later than I had anticipated, but he was super nice about it and gave me a tour of all the important parts of the space (the kitchen, food shed, bathroom, and my sweet tipi lodging). Hanging out around the campfire, drinking tea and beer was a great way to end the night. Wendell's setup is really inviting and laid-back; I felt comfortable and at-home very quickly.
The tipi was cool. It had a candle lantern hooked up inside, which illuminated it well. I had three mattresses to choose from. I liked stacking all three. It got cold, but not as cold as I expected. Bundled up, I felt good (he provided plenty of blankets and showed me where I could find more if needed). In the morning I was thoroughly impressed by the hot shower.
I will definitely be returning here in the future. It was exactly the kind of unique, chill spot I wanted to stay at.
Heads up, sundown is closer to 5pm now that DST has ended.
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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.