View from the front doorLiving room with view of the forest through every window
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About this listing

This unique 3-story Dome House feels like being inside a giant tree. It was built by civil rights attorney Sherwin Shayne and his friends over several years beginning in 1970. You will occupy the upper two levels, an expansive open floor plan with no interior walls (other than the lower level Bath) finished entirely in wood. Large windows provide views of the forest and birds. Skylights for stargazing & moon beams, and a private deck for listening to soothing owl song.

The space

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! The open 2-story floor plan contains a luscious Master Bedroom loft, a futon in living room that sleeps two, and a nook with a single bed. It has a luxurious ambiance with several comfy areas to sit and relax or read. Two full baths with tubs and one with shower.

Guest access

Larger common-area courtyard with a propane fire pit and propane BBQ (shared by other guests on the property.) Art Gallery open 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Essence Portraits by advance appointment with Sofanya. Cell phones and GPS will not work here -- plan ahead. Telephone available in the Art Gallery for U.S. calls and 911 in an emergency.

Other things to note

Heated only with wood stove, and all firewood is provided. It gets chilly here most evenings and mornings, even in Summer -- bring jackets & sweaters.

The space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Check In: 4PM - 9PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee: 100
Security Deposit: 400
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Common spaces
1 single bed, 1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 4PM - 9PM

I ask that you not smoke at all anywhere on the property, and please no wax candles or incense. No parking for RV's or large vehicles unless approved in writing in advance. No tent camping on the property.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

101 Reviews

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Anju User Profile
August 2017
A beautiful dome house nested among redwood trees. The place is very peaceful and is a great place to unwind and relax. Big Sur and Carmel by the sea are both easily accessible by car from the cabin. Highly recommended.

Byron User Profile
July 2017
We had a great experience at the Dome House. Kate, Sofanya, and especially Star Lilly made it feel like home. Sofanya's personal touches and Kate's helpfulness and knowledge of the area made it a wonderful experience. The home is surrounded by Redwoods! The home is conveniently located near all of the northern Big Sur attractions; Point Lobos, Carmel, Bixby Bridge, Garrapata State Park, Andrew Molera, and Pfeiffer. Don't miss out on this opportunity for beautiful surroundings, art, nature, and Star Lilly!
Sofanya User Profile
Response from Sofanya:
Star Lilly says she misses you and hopes you'll be back soon! Me too!!! Thank you!!! Sofanya
July 2017

William User Profile
July 2017
My wife and I had a great stay at Sofanya's place. We love exploring Big Sur, and the Dome House provided a great location to do that from. There's no wifi or cell phone reception at the house, but this was a welcome break. Just download your podcasts before you get there. The kitchen was very useful, we made scones and grilled vegetables. Everyone we met was very nice and the location is gorgeous. We hope to return someday!
Sofanya User Profile
Response from Sofanya:
It was truly a pleasure and joy to host your visit. You were wonderful happy guests and that makes me happy too. I look forward to more visits! Sofanya
July 2017

Brittany User Profile
June 2017
great place
Sofanya User Profile
Response from Sofanya:
Thank you Brittany! Hope to see you back again soon! Sofanya
June 2017

Matthew User Profile
June 2017
A beautiful location and home. Sofanya and Kate were amazing, accommodating, and informative about the local area. We are super grateful for providing an unforgettable weekend.

Adnan User Profile
May 2017
We spent our anniversary at The Dome House and loved it! It was comfortable, unique, and absolutely gorgeous from both the outside and inside. Really felt like we drove into an enchanted forest. Check-in was a breeze, Sofanya and Kate (the caretaker) were incredibly welcoming. We look forward to coming back sometime in the near future!
Sofanya User Profile
Response from Sofanya: and your lovely wife are certainly most welcome to come back! I feel blessed that you chose to celebrate such a special day here and thank you for being wonderful guests. Sofanya
May 2017

Matthew User Profile
May 2017
A very sacred refuge and sanctuary of heart and soul. If your drawn to the energy here, you know it. Magic abounds and the hosts are very special and kind people
Sofanya User Profile
Response from Sofanya:
Matthew it was such a pleasure to meet you both and I would be blessed for your loving presence here any time! Sofanya
May 2017

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Sofanya User Profile

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 pages!

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