About this listing
Our custom built country home sits in a meadow and is surrounded by forest. The house is spacious and homey. It is a quiet and very private retreat from the outside world, but just minutes from town. Please inquire before reserving on holidays.
A PRIVATE GET-A-WAY
Come down my quiet country lane and you will find our three story custom designed country home sitting in a beautiful meadow surrounded by the redwood forest. My seven acre property is bounded on two sides by Jackson State Forest and is completely private with forest all around yet its just minutes from town. Inside you will enjoy high ceilings, large beam construction and all the welcome of a warm country home.
Downstairs has a large well equipped kitchen, and open dining area with sliding glass door to the south facing deck. You can eat at the small round table in the kitchen or the larger dining table in the adjacent area. There is country antique furniture in the room, giving it old style charm.
Step down into a large living room with cathedral ceiling and a seven foot grand piano. You'll find a flat screen TV with DVR, Stereo and DVD. The couch here is a queen size hide-a-bed and there is an extra long twin bed in this room also.
UNIQUE BATHROOM WITH REDWOOD SHOWER
The downstairs bathroom sports a redwood shower with a window that looks out into the forest (there are no visible neighbors). A wooden counter top surrounds a hand thrown pottery sink.
SECOND FLOOR BEDROOMS
Upstairs you will find two large bedrooms. The master bedroom has a king size bed and country antique furniture. Glass french doors lead into the attached solar collecting greenhouse. This house was a solar house experiment from the 1980's. Heat is collected in the greenhouse and blown to a rock bed under the house which radiates heat up through the floor. It helps with the heat but we have added a forced air heating system as well. Antique french doors with leaded pane glass lead from the greenhouse into the bathroom. Across the hall from the bathroom is an additional bedroom with a queen size bed, lots of books a rocking chair and a comfortable recliner. A loft above (not accessible) provides and interesting design feature in the room. Both rooms have lots of light even with windows all around.
SECOND FLOOR BATHROOM
The bathroom features a Mexican paver tile floor deep blue tiled counter tops and a large tiled shower with bench. There is a 6' claw foot bathtub which adds oodles of charm to the room.
THIRD FLOOR/ATTIC BEDROOM
The third bedroom is in an attic space above the sun room with glass french doors that look out over the whole property and a skylight over the queen size bed so you can take in the night sky. You will feel like you are living with the birds as they fly by at eye level. Guests will need to use the bathroom on the second floor. Also the entrance to this room is accessed through the bathroom so it takes a bit of planning around privacy for other bathroom users
YURT/ART STUDIO CAN BE ADDED FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT
There is a 27 foot yurt/art studio on the property which can be added for an extra fee. It is full of art supplies and musical instruments, including another piano. This property provides many delightful ways to entertain yourself through out your stay.
INTERNET, CELL PHONES, HOUSE PHONE, MISC
The house has satellite TV and DSL internet. Rural internet is challenging, slower, no doubt than what you are used to but works well for email and searching the web. It doesn't work for streaming media. Cell phone coverage is spotty. There is reception for some cell phone companies, Verizon works in some areas outside the house. ATT only has reception in town. Guests can use the house phone for calling within the country. There are stair lifts available for those who would have trouble with stairs. When you register with airbnb the 11% county bed tax is already included in your room rate. Minimum 2 night stay.
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.)
You will be a 5-7 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 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.
PLEASE COMMUNICATE BEFORE BOOKING. THANKS.
No pets please. No drugs and no smoking of any kind. Moderate drinking OK. 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. Quiet time after 10. It is very, very quiet here and neighbors would notice lots of noise at night and respond with alarm.
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.