About This Listing
This unique lovely Dome feels like being inside a giant tree. It was built in 1970 by a civil rights attorney named Sherwin Shayne, along with some friends over a few years time. I believe the front doors were from an old church in San Francisco.
Conveniently located halfway between Carmel & Big Sur! Enjoy a spectacular drive along the breathtaking Hwy 1 to a serene and lovely forest road to arrive at this unique and "glamour-rustic" dome home (upper level) with views of the redwoods from all around the house. You'll feel like you're living inside a giant tree! We get plenty of indirect sun most of the year even though we're in the forest. Close to gorgeous local hiking, shopping and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, special events all year. Of course you also may just want to relax and feel your connection to nature. This property is owned by local artist Sofanya where you might find her working in her studio or gallery. The dome house is the jewel on this property. A luscious bedroom loft with sunken tub, forest views, 2 bathrooms, futon in living room for 2 more and a little nook with a single bed. You might want to bring a laptop with movies as we don't have tv here. We do have some dvd's available too. The house is open so it's especially perfect for a couple. It has a luxurious ambience with several super comfy areas to sit and relax or read. The Dome is primarily heated by wood stove and in winter it can be a bit chilly so bring layers. There's also a small electric heater to help take the chill out while making a fire. Sofanya enjoys providing a special area stocked with paints and journals for guests to paint and enjoy expressing. Enjoy a nap or read in the hammock while listening to the stream. Meditate in the garden while reading a book.....while visiting this "Jewel in the Forest".
Also check out our lovely
"Calla Lilly Cottage"....A charming 1 bedroom cottage with lovely sitting garden surrounded by redwoods near a stream.
The "Foxglove" a little dwelling up in the forest...cozy for 1 or 2 people.
Please park in the driveway nearest to the Dome House. Go upstairs to the Dome and make yourselves at home. Feel free to enjoy the area out front where you can lay in a hammock or sit and have breakfast or dinner at a lovely table in the magical forest. There's also the area of Carabella's Theatre where you are welcome to relax. Feel free to use the guitar in the house or bring your own. We can't have loud music and ask for quiet after 10PM but acoustic is welcome! Occasionally we will hold a house concert or art event here. Let us know if that is a problem for you. I will contact you with key info! It's best not to walk on the road so either stay on property to walk or drive to a nearby hiking area or beach.
Interaction with Guests
You'll have your privacy but I'm nearby and you'll know how to reach me.
Magical forest drive to Jewel in the Forest....only 2 miles from Coast Hwy 1....a spectacular drive!
I LOVE the magical forest drive off Hwy 1 to my house....I love the beautiful trees....the stream....the smells and sounds. I have some great neighbors too though we don't see each other often. There is a very important document from the MCVRA (Monterey Cty Vacation Rentals Alliance) which I've been required to share with you and I thank you in advance for taking the time to read it carefully.
Good Neighbor Policy
for Guests of
The Jewel in the Forest
Guest Code of Conduct:
Welcome to one of the most beautiful and peaceful places on the planet. It is an honor that you have chosen to stay with us and likewise it is a privilege that we have opened our homes to you.
We have worked hard to make this possible. We appreciate your cooperation and support that allows us to continue to share our homes and community with you and future guests.
Vacation Rental properties are often located in mix-use neighborhoods that include short-term guests, second homeowners and year round residents. Please be sure to observe all rules and regulations, which are provided for each property. All guests, as well as owner, are required to conform to all rules and regulations of the properties. Violators are subject to immediate eviction. Please do respect the rights and space of nearby homeowners and other vacationers. Please be a good neighbor!
There is a 24/7 Hot Line (phone number hidden) neighbors to report disrespectful or inappropriate behavior possibly resulting in citations, fines and expulsion from the rented property for both you and your guests. These rules apply to every guests and we also encourage our neighbors to practice similar practices with each other.
The Jewel in the Forest requests that all our guests abide by the
“Good Neighbor” policy outlined below.
We are dedicated to maintaining “good neighbor” policies and responsibly caring for our neighbors’ rights. We ask that guests recognize Jewel in the Forest Vacation Rentals’ dedication to maintaining a peaceful family atmosphere for all residents and visitors of Big Sur and Monterey County. We belong to an organization called Monterey County Vacation Rental Coalition (website hidden) whose members pledge to inform all of our guests about local laws, subdivision rules, beach rules, safety and respect for the neighborhood. We are a self-regulated group made up of individual homeowners, vacation rental managers representing homeowners, local business members, concerned citizens and neighbors.
Guests are asked to abide by the following Guest Code of Conduct:
Please respect the neighborhood and your neighbor’s right to quiet enjoyment of their home. Loud music and noise is prohibited. Quiet time is from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am. Please be a good neighbor!
Overnight guests shall not exceed the property’s posted occupancy. Only registered guests shall occupy the rental property, unless written permission has been given.
All rental properties are designated for residential use consistent with the Monterey County Ordinance. Large groups, receptions or other like events are not allowed without an agreement with Jewel in the Forest.
Cars parked on premises shall not exceed the property’s published parking capacity. Cars must be parked in the driveway or designated parking area of the rental property. Parking in neighboring yards or driveways is prohibited. Vehicles will not be driven or parked where not allowed. Please do not turn around in neighbors’ driveways.
Posted street signage (speed limits, parking, etc.) will be obeyed.
Motor homes, campers, and tents are prohibited and may not be parked or hooked up at rental property.
Charcoal grilling on a deck is strictly prohibited; it is a fire hazard.
Only registered pets are allowed in designated rental properties. Leash laws must be obeyed and pets are not allowed on the beach except where noted. Please do not leave your dog home alone and always clean up after your pet. Carmel is well-known for its pet-friendly restaurants.
Help keep Monterey County clean! Garbage should be bagged securely and placed in the trash bins provided. Recycle all your plastic, glass and paper products. City Code requires that all trash bins be returned the house within 24 hours after it is picked up.
Cigarette butts shall be properly disposed of.
·Guests shall bring written directions with them. Neighbors are not to be disturbed if guests are lost.
Please arrive & leave at the designated check in and out times on your check in documents. If you would like to arrive earlier or leave later please ask for permission in advance.
We wish you a wonderful vacation and please let us know if we can assist you in any way.
Other Things to Note
Heated primarily with wood stove and we provide firewood. There is also a propane heater and a portable oil based heater in the house to help take the chill out but the wood stove does a great job! Please do not put anything on the wood stove as it does get very hot.
Fire safety and any safety is our #1 concern.
Please be very conscious of fire safety at all times.
If you smoke please do so out in the yard away from any trees or shrub and always put out cigarettes thoroughly in an ash tray with water.
Water usage is also an issue with our present drought situation. Please take short showers and do not waste water.
We greatly enjoyed our stay at the Dome. Sofanya made us feel very welcome, as if we had known each other for years! The house is amazing- very peaceful and refreshing. We felt connected to nature and a deep sense of relaxation that we had not experienced for a long time. We highly recommend staying here and plan to return the next chance we get!
Sofanya is an exceptional host and helped create an experience that was well beyond our expectations. The Dome is in an amazing redwood forest just off Hwy 1 in a hidden neighborhood. Definitely worth the visit.
Chris & Friends were such fun guests!
Sat night they joined in with other guests, some neighbors, my friend Josh playing guitar and other guests singing....and Chris's friend Tim from NY did some karaoke. We had an awesome evening of sharing nature, music and conversation and I certainly would be happy to welcome these lovely people here again.
There's a reason Sofanya has named her listing "The Jewel in the Forest". Most think it's because of the listing itself but I know different. Sofanya is the real jewel and was a point of light from the moment we interacted. She as kind, engaged, empathetic and cooperative. When we arrived she was warm and welcoming and took a genuine interest in who we were and what we wanted from the experience.
The dome was awesome and had everything we needed. Sofaya has put herself into this property and you can tell. The hammock, the heaters/fire pit, the cute dining area outside and the animals all put you into a great headspace. Extremely comfortable and unique accommodations and a wonderful host made this a perfect getaway. Thank for such wonderful memories. They (and you) won't be forgotten.
Oh my goodness, I don't know where to begin. The Dome is absolutely incredible--definitely a unique experience we will always remember.
The beds and couches were really comfortable, the amenities (like the bathtub!) made this such a relaxing visit, and Sofanya's artwork and style are beautiful. It was also really interesting to learn about the history of the home from Sofanya.
The property is amazing and it's fun to explore around. I will definitely be visiting again.
Thank you Sofanya for being such an incredible and warm host to us :)
Ali....you are such a sweet heart! You & the crew were so wonderful and I felt a warmth and connection with all of you. Lia & Garry who drove in with the amazing Tesla was a real treat to meet and get to know and I'd like to grow a long lasting friendship with them. It was such fun to enjoy a delicious dinner made by Lia, Noam and all of you... a lively discussion....a "soiree" to remember! Thank you Ali for your kindness and talent....you're most welcome any time!
a truly unique and magical place in the big sur forest. would love to visit again. highly recommended.
It was so sweet to meet Kenneth and his friend to meet his Mother....a really lovely woman. We chatted briefly in the garden as she quietly observed the magical beauty of our garden in the redwoods.
They were kind and respectful guests and left the house so clean it was almost like nobody was there!
The Dome was a wonderful place for our little escape. We really enjoyed staying at Sofanyas beautiful Jewel in the Forrest!
Meaghan was easy to communicate with and although I didn't get to meet her and her friends I got the sense that I would have so enjoyed them. From what I understand they had a great time and that makes me very happy! I hope to meet Meaghan next time for another great stay!
Such a beautiful home!! Everything about it is perfect & the exact escape
I was looking for! A wonderful place to spend my birthday with friends, and also easy access to the coast.
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About the Host, Sofanya
I am so pleased to welcome guests to stay here at my "Jewel in the Forest" with choices for several very "glamorustic" magical houses and cottages. It is so rewarding to know that people can come here to stay for a vacation, business trip or even a retreat for healing and leave with wonderful peace and memories and a desire to come back!
I am an artist so Blessed to live and work in this paradise forest in between Big Sur and Carmel.
I'm inspired by the knowing that each of us are nature and not separate from it. This is the basis of my art and healing work. People often ask me what kind of art I make and the truth is "Life is the Art"!
I work in many mediums and love the exploration and discovery of art as a medium for the universe of knowledge to come through the paintings and sculpture. I have for many years enjoyed welcoming people from all over the world into my gallery & studio here on the "Jewel in the Forest" property. We also have a small area I call "Carabella's Theatre" where we hold seasonal gatherings, weddings, workshops etc. I am so pleased to welcome guests to stay here at my "Jewel in the Forest" with choices for several very "glamorustic" magical houses and cottages.
Feel free to check out my website or facebook pages!
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