Forest View RoomPrivate Bathroom Upstairs
Forest View Room/Redwoods/Hot Tub/Yurt-Art Studio
Forest View Room/Redwoods/Hot Tub/Yurt-Art Studio
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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About this listing

A quiet country retreat in the middle of the forest yet minutes from the town of Mendocino. Come enjoy the peace and quiet of the forest, hot tub under the stars, play in my yurt/art studio, and walk the labyrinth in the meadow. Wildlife sightings are possible from the solar greenhouse loft. You will be the only guests here unless you bring others and rent my other room. My place is nurturing and rejuvenating, unique and unforgettable!

The space

As you wind your way down my private road, off the beaten path, you will find my three story country house tucked in the redwood forest with trees all around. My seven acre property affords complete privacy from the outer world but the town of Mendocino is just minutes away. Rent my Forest View Room upstairs and you will feel like you are staying in the treetops. If you are coming with family or friends who don't mind sharing the bathroom. I offer a special rate of $230 for this room and my Moon Room. I love hosting families and even have some books and toys I can bring out to make this room a fun space for your children.

The room has high ceilings and lots of light. There is a queen size bed, a desk, a comfortable recliner and a bookshelf with a good variety of books. My photos do not do justice to this room as it is impossible to capture the feeling of the vertical space that is part of the rooms design.

You will have a suite of rooms, the Forest View Room, a room across the hall with hardwood floors, table and chairs, hand crafted by my great grandfather and a food prep area off to the side, with microwave, toaster, coffee maker, teapot and refrigerator. You will find granola or cold cereal, milk, and fruit for your morning enjoyment. Just down the hall, you will have a PRIVATE BATHROOM with mexican paver tile floors, a big tiled walk in shower with bench and a six foot long claw foot bathtub. The solar collecting greenhouse for this solar home is adjacent to the bathroom through antique oak french doors. From the chair on the balcony of the greenhouse you can look out over the forest and meadow below. Deer wander by regularly and you might catch a glimpse of Mr. Fox and more!

There is a separate upstairs guest entrance. Though in winter guests may prefer to use the main door which is still private as there is an additional door to the remainder of the house.

The hot tub is now up and running. Soak under a giant redwood tree and wake up while enjoying the sounds of the forest. Also nice during the full moon and on starry nights. The hot tub is around the back of the house and is extremely private.

On my property you will also find a 27 foot yurt, surrounded by a ring of redwood trees. The yurt functions as my art/music studio and is the home of my expressive arts therapy practice. Use of the yurt can be added to your stay when I am not using it. The yurt is a great place to relax, read, write, do some art or music or just enjoy the forest. Guests are welcome to play with the art supplies and musical instruments as part of their stay. There are paints, chalk and oil pastels, charcoal, colored pencils, colored pens and lots of paper. In other areas you will find collage making supplies, clay and a writing table. There are musical instruments of all types, a piano, drums, rhythm instruments etc. It is a fun place to explore. It guarantees a fun evening after a day out exploring. I work as an expressive arts therapist. If you are interested talk to me about having a "creativity playshop" while you are here. You can also sign up for a "creative sparks" retreat.

Guest access

There is lots of quiet and privacy at my seven acre forest retreat. Basically the second floor of the house is yours to enjoy. You will have your own separate entrance. Guests have access to the Forest View Room, a private bathroom, a seating area in in the solar collecting green house loft which looks out over the meadow. There is an additional room that serves as a semi-kitchen/dining room with small refrig, microwave, toaster and coffee and tea making supplies. So cooking possibilities are limited and the kitchen downstairs is off limits. The yurt art studio is available when I'm not using it. If you play the piano, arrangements can be made to play the grand piano in my living room. There is a piano in the yurt as well.

Interaction with guests

I enjoy greeting guests and welcoming you to my home. I am happy to answer any questions you might have and provide all my local recommendations. I'm always happy to visit, show guests my yurt/art studio, and arrange to share my grand piano in my living room, but am completely respectful of those who just want to be left to themselves to enjoy my property and Mendocino on their own. I work as an expressive arts therapist am available to facilitate creative arts sessions in my yurt.

Other things to note

There is wireless internet access on the property but it is probably slower than what you are used to. It works well for internet and emails but does not do well with streaming. Cell phone coverage is spotty at my house and the area as well. Verizon and smaller carriers work in some places on the property. ATT only works in town. The house phone is available for your use. A stair lift can accommodate those who would have difficulty with stairs. When you book with airbnb, the 11% county bed tax is already included in your $120 room rate. I'm sorry that I can't accommodate one night stays as I just can't keep up that pace.

WINTER WEATHER WARNING: Living in the forest, we sometimes lose power in the big winter storms. It wouldn't just be my house, but the general area. Should that happen, I have emergency supplies to get you through until the power returns. Still it is an inconvenience as with no power there is no water since it comes from a well and needs electricity to pump to the house. I do have a porta-potty in the forest and bottles of water stored in the house. Fireplaces downstairs provide heat. Usually the outages are short lived. Guests who have been here when the power is out have graciously enjoyed the adventure. (Especially the oatmeal I cooked for them over my camp stove one morning.)


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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

No pets please. No drugs or smoking of any kind. No Candles. It is fine if you need to arrive late. Just let me know ahead of time and we can make a plan for access to your room. Quiet time after 10. Hot tub hours vary with the season but usually available from 8 am - 9:30 pm. Thats not a rigid rule, its just that I sleep near the hot tub so need privacy at my end of the house.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit

2 nights minimum stay

225 Reviews

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Rosemary User Profile
August 2017
Marilyn was such an accommodating and friendly host! Even though she was away our first night, she maintained great communication for a smooth arrival. Her recommendations were fantastic, and we had so much fun during our stay! Marilyn's home is BEAUTIFUL. We loved the seclusion of the forest, but also the accessibility to the middle of town. It really was the best of both worlds! We can't wait for our next trip!

Andrew User Profile
August 2017
Great little gem in the woods, yet still close to town

Cat User Profile
July 2017
This house is so unique and gorgeous! We loved our quick get away, it is so relaxing out in the forest. Marilyn is a wonderful host and was so helpful in her recommendations. Our only regret is that we didn't have enough time to do everything that we had wanted. Will be back!

Elana User Profile
July 2017
Magical spot tucked away in the redwood forest but a short drive from town and some great hikes. Very private and we loved the expansive moon room, claw foot tub (and bathroom the size of a bedroom!), hot tub, and amazing library. We hope yo be back!

Rich User Profile
July 2017
Beautiful retreat just 3 miles from Mendocino that feels a million miles from civilization...gorgeous views of the forest from bedroom window

Arias User Profile
July 2017
Wonderful place to come back to a place of reflection and peace.

Manuel User Profile
June 2017
We had a great time, the house is beautiful and we loved the quietness. We hope to be back soon.

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Mendocino, California, United StatesJoined in July 2010
Marilyn User ProfileMarilyn is a superhost.

I've lived in Mendocino and on this property for over 30 years. I raised my three sons here in the forest and then founded and run FOR THE JOY OF IT! Creative Arts Center. Aside from my vacation rentals, I offer creative retreats and have an expressive arts therapy practice. I teach people how they can use the arts for healing, self discovery and as spiritual practice. In my own creative life I paint, make art quilts, write and play the piano. I love nature and take myself out into it as often as possible.

Languages: English
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