The studio features a spacious architecturally designed living area, kitchenette, 2 beds & bath in a lush 8 acre garden. Your own private retreat includes sauna, hot tub, breakfast. All just 5 minutes from town and Glass Beach. Paradise! 5 stars!
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The Garden at Road’s End, located just two miles from the beach at Pudding Creek in Fort Bragg is a garden lover’s paradise. Set on 8 acres in the middle of a carefully tended lush landscape, the gardens are surrounded by fields, forest, and redwood groves. As our guest, you’ll have the sense you’ve stepped into another world- one that offers peace, tranquility, and the opportunity to recharge and find your own place of inspiration.
You will be offered a private, self-contained architecturally designed studio adjacent to the main house. The 500 sq. ft. space features a comfy living area with a large sofa, table and chairs, a cozy window seat with views to the gardens, and photographs and original artwork by some of The Mendocino Coast's most renowned artists. The sleeping area includes TWO double beds, so the studio easily accommodates four, in one large, light-filled room. A queen-sized air mattress is also available for those of you wishing to add an extra person or two. The well-appointed kitchenette allows you to prepare simple meals with its refrigerator, countertop convection oven, toaster, microwave, coffee maker, instant hot water tap, and blender. An array of breakfast foods, and coffee and teas are included with your accommodations. A dining table and 4 chairs allow you to eat comfortably, and a beautiful bathroom of modest proportions with a glass block shower, plus large area for hanging and storing clothes complete your accommodations. A very efficient Monitor heater will keep your room at the temperature you prefer.
A wet/dry cedar sauna, free weights and bench, hot tub and deck, outdoor shower, comfy hammock, woods trail, fire circle, wireless DSL, and plenty of places to sit throughout the gardens complement your studio space.
A separate massage studio on the property offers massage and bodywork by prior appointment with an extremely talented local professional therapist, Paul, and he will help you to fully unwind and surrender into peace. Once you have a confirmed reservation you will have access to my website upon request, with contact information for massage appointments.
The gardens have played host to many garden tours, fund-raising events, and more than a dozen couples have been married in the gardens over the past 16 years. I bring my talents as an architect, landscaper, lover of Spirit, and as an innkeeper for 13 years at a retreat center in Sonoma County into play here, where I have finally found a place to live out my passion, and share it with others. My partner Alberto will see to it that your accommodations are beautifully prepared for your arrival.
We are fully licensed to operate a B&B, and our rates include an 11% hotel tax which we pay to the county, so staying with us helps to support our local economy here on the Mendocino Coast.
The Garden at Road's End is just 5 minutes from downtown with its restaurants and shops, and from the famous Glass Beach, Skunk Train, and from miles of spectacular coastline with its many beaches and hiking trails. We are a 20 minute drive along Highway One to the Victorian Village of Mendocino- a must see!
We look forward to playing unobtrusive host to those of you who feel inspired to visit and will do our best to make your stay a memorable one.
You will have access to all 8 acres of gardens meadows and forest, hot tub, sauna, free weights, hammock, free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast. You share nothing, it's all yours. Only one guest booking at a time on the property.
Interaction with Guests
I make an attempt to greet every guest to orient them to the features of the studio and property, to answer questions, make restaurant suggestions. After this 5-10 minute interaction, that may be the last guests see of me, except perhaps at a distance working in some part of the garden. I am around to respond to texts, questions, issues, but both my partner and I are extremely discreet and give our guests the sense of total privacy.
The neighborhood is a great location, just 5 minutes from downtown Fort Bragg, Glass Beach, and the coastal bluffs, yet the property is at the very end of a quiet road, and the only sounds you will hear are the garden's waterfalls, crows, wind in the redwoods, horses hooves and whinnies in the adjacent pasture, and when the conditions are right, the ocean surf. We are at the edge of the "banana belt": when Fort Bragg is socked in with summer fog, we are very often still in sunshine.
Parking is just steps from your studio, yet not in view from your windows. All you see are gardens.
Other Things to Note
Massage services are offered on site in a separate massage studio by a very talented local masseur by prior appointment. Combine this with sauna, hot tub (and hammock) for your own personal spa experience.
We ask that any accompanying children be supervised at all times around the pond and outdoor water features. No children under 14 in the hot tub or sauna please.
John's property is absolutely gorgeous! He was a fantastic host - very friendly and welcoming. We loved exploring the gardens, discovering something new at every turn. The studio itself is stunning with lots of different lighting options to set the mood. Incredibly comfortable and inviting. John told us when we arrived that there was something magical about the circle of redwoods on his property... He was must be right, because a couple hours after standing amongst them, my boyfriend proposed! We definitely hope to come back again some day!
John's Garden Paradise is nothing short of amazing! The garden is beautiful and every inch of the studio was thoughtfully put together. Even the tiniest of things, like the little sign in the bathroom, is framed rather than taped on the wall (what most Airbnb hosts do). Small touches here and there really show how much time John has put into creating a memorable experience for guests. My boyfriend Tom and I laid on the hammock outside for quite some time, enjoying the gardens. The hot tub was private and the lighting around the tub was perfect. I would love to visit again soon.
John was a great host. He was responsive and extened us every courtesy.
Our stay was short retreat, but we could not have asked for anything more. Accomodations were like new, comfortable bed, and a very well thoughtout and well appointed spacious studio. The kitchen nook was well equiped for simple meals and more than expected.
The location is tranquil and serene. the meticulously cared for outdoor gardens invite exploration and awe.
Wow, what a fantastic experience, everything from the studio to the garden you can sense the caring of each little detail that john puts in, it is more than a b&b, it is work of art in each and every corner.
We appreciated our stay and look forward to visit again.
This place was AMAZING! (even better than the pictures) The garden was beautiful and the room had everything that we needed and then some. John welcomed us in and gave us all the info we needed and we felt free to explore and enjoy the gardens at our leisure. The location is about a 5-8 min drive to the Glass beach and was convenient to everything in town. We will be back! :)
We stayed here for 2 nights on our tour of Northern California and it was nothing less than perfect. We are traveling with our preteen granddaughter and she fell in love with John's property, as did her grandparents. The studio can easily accommodate 4 people. It is close to yet far enough away from the Fort Bragg strip and beaches. The studio is beautiful and the gardens are amazing. John encourages you to make yourself at home and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring the gardens and the redwood grove. Lovely stay.
The Garden at Roads End is the most amazing place I have ever had the privilege of staying. There is never a dull moment amongst exploring the acres of gardens, relaxing in the hot tub and getting a good nights sleep in the amazingly decorated home. While being an incredible gardener and architect, John is also an incredibly accommodating and considerate host. Could not have asked for a better stay. Wish I could have been there longer.
What is first apparent is that I'm a passionate gardener. My training is as an architect, however, and I came to my passion later in life when I left the big city career behind and moved to a mountaintop in the mid-'80's to run a retreat center that catered to groups who were seeking answers to some of life's bigger or more elusive questions. When I left the mountain in 1998 I moved to Fort Bragg with the idea of creating something on a small scale where I could offer guests an intimate and personal sense of the healing power of nature. I've recently teamed up with AIberto who works tirelessly with me here and helps to manage the home and guest accommodations. I can't imagine anything I'd rather be doing than stewarding the gardens and property in this most beautiful part of the planet, and sharing them with others who appreciate the natural world.