About This Listing
WELCOME TO FOR THE JOY OF IT!
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, play in my yurt/art studio and hot tub under the stars! Its unforgettable!
A PRIVATE RETREAT
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.
UNIQUE DESIGN ELEMENTS
The room has high ceilings and lots of light. There is a queen size bed, and antique rocking chair, a recliner and a bookshelf with a 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.
SUITE OF ROOMS FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT
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.
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.
HOT TUB IS ALWAYS ON
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.
SPECIAL RATE FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES RENTING BOTH ROOMS!
A note to families and friends who don't mind sharing the bathroom. I offer a special rate of $210 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.
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. If you would like you can talk to Marilyn, the owner and expressive arts therapist about having a "creativity playshop" while you are here. You can also sign up for a "creative sparks" retreat.
You will be 7 minutes drive from the town of Mendocino, with its headlands, art galleries, shops and restaurants, close to Van Damme and Russian Gulch State Parks, twenty minutes from Ft. Bragg with more beaches, parks, a beautiful botanical garden and more. There are beautiful walks right out your door that lead you through Jackson State Forest. You can walk to Big River State Park but it is a bit tricky as trails are not marked. There is much to do and explore or you can just retreat in this beautiful little hideaway.
INTERNET, CELL PHONES, HOUSE PHONE AND MISC. AND DISCLAIMERS
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 allow 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. One night stays during the week are possible close to the date you want to stay but please communicate first. Minimum 2 night stay on weekends.
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.
You will be surrounded by forest but its just a 7 minute drive on a country road to the town of Mendocino, with its headlands, art galleries, shops and restaurants, close to Van Damme and Russian Gulch State Parks, twenty minutes from Ft. Bragg with more beaches, parks, a beautiful botanical garden (best in spring and summer) and more. There are beautiful walks right out your door that lead you through Jackson State Forest and to Big River State Park, however, trails here are not marked. There is much to do and explore or you can just retreat in this beautiful little hideaway.
Public transit is non-existent. A sad comment on rural living.
Other Things to Note
Don't forget to check out my special rate for both rooms for friends and families! Reservations for one night stays only available just before the time of your stay. Inquire first please.
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.
Marilyn’s place was so relaxing and so pure and close to nature. The forest view from the room we stayed in was amazing to wake up to. The solar collecting greenhouse she had was such a great place to eat breakfast and watch the animals move around. We found the house to look like the pictures posted and it exceeded our expectations in some areas. We saw a skunk running around the lot and a deer grazing in the meadow. We were bitten by mosquitoes during our stay, but that was our fault for going into the hot tub during mosquito season. Even then, we enjoyed the hot tub and savored the amazing view surrounding us. Marilyn was kind enough to let us have access to the yurt but we didn’t have enough time during the weekend to utilize that area. She was also very considerate of the fact that we were very private people and came to Mendocino to get away from the crowds and the craziness of the Bay Area. The interactions we did have with her were very warm and helpful (helping with the hot tub); she was very patient when I kept delaying our arrival time due to accidents and traffic, and she took the time to welcome us even though she was feeling a bit under the weather. One thing I would have to note is that there were no street lamps after a certain point on the way to her house late at night so the area was almost pitch black. Even though we weren’t used to that, I think that added to our experience of getting away from the city. We would definitely love to stay here again when we come back to the area. Thank you for the amazing experience!
Marilyn's house was such a delight! Who would've guessed to build such a cozy place in the middle of the forest? The house and space were perfect for a weekend getaway and really felt like a retreat! The yurt is a fun place to hang out as well, and Marilyn was a great host. We'll definitely be back again.
I booked a room at Marilyn's as surprise for my partners birthday. We both absolutely loved it. So quiet and peaceful. Lovely to wake up to a view of the redwoods outside your window. The place was clean and just as described. The claw foot tub is amazing to relax in after a day out enjoying the bluffs and coastal hike in Mendocino. Marilyn was a pleasure to interact with. From the first email until our arrival she made us feel so welcomed and at home. She goes above and beyond. We can't wait to come back for another visit. Thank you!!
I was looking for a Mon-Fri retreat, and this proved to be the perfect home away from home! Marilyn's place is beautiful, serene, and rejuvenating. There are comfy spots to read and relax all day if you want to stay in, and the hot tub and claw foot bath are especially wonderful after spending a day visiting the Coast's many offerings, which she can expertly help you with. Marilyn graciously shares her art studio yurt and gently encouraged me to use it. What an unexpected bonus! A dose of artful playing really topped off my vacation.
Marilyn was welcoming and communicative and allowed me complete privacy. I was equally grateful for the conversations we enjoyed. Five days was not enough! Thank you, Marilyn, for sharing your home and getting me get back on track.
This was a fantastic experience. Marilyn is a kindred spirit and made us feel very welcome. Comfortable bed, lots of big windows and natural lighting, big bathroom, and a hot tub under the stars. Hard to go wrong! Her home is the perfect retreat in the woods.
Marilyn's cabin is a dream. It's a rustic, cozy, and unique place to stay if you want to be comfortably immersed in nature and quiet. Marilyn is a fantastic host who's very welcoming and accommodating. She gave us very detailed directions on how to get to her house, gave us a tour of her house and yurt, and provided wonderful suggestions on where to hike, adventure, and eat. We pretty much had the top floor to ourselves and would start each morning off drinking a cup of locally roasted coffee in her sunroom loft area looking off in the forest. Just book a stay here -- you won't regret it!
Marilyn was warm and welcoming and answered all of our question about things to do in the area. She provided a binder full of recommendations including local hiking spots.
In terms of food: Marilyn provided fresh fruit, granola, and coffee.
The room was comfortable, clean, and cozy. The listing very accurately reflected what the accommodations looked like. All the rooms were welcoming, but I espeically I loved the bathroom, with the gigantic shower and bath tub.
The property over all was we kept with christmas lights strung up at night to light the way to the hot tub.
We greatly enjoyed our stay and look forward to coming back again.
Marilyn was lovely!
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About the Host, Marilyn
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.
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