About This Listing
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!
The Mendocino Coast's most popular Airbnb destination now has 250 five-star reviews!
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.
Our experience staying here was nothing short of amazing. John has transformed this property into a shangrilah of rhododendrons, wisteria, bonsai and lovely moss-laden pathways. The home is stunning, very well appointed. He thought of our every need and gave us a memory we'll not soon forget!
We had a lovely stay. The studio is beautifully designed and the grounds are a peaceful and fun to explore.
Great place I will be back and recommend to my friends, one night is not enough for a lovely place like this.
John built an extraordenary, beautiful and spacy one room appartement. His garden is just breathtaking. You can spend hours wandering around and feel peace rising up in you. We've never seen anything like it. Spending time in the whirlpool was just lovely and calming after a long drive.
Sonja, Martin & Janine from Switzerland
What a wonderful experience! There's a reason why this listing has so many rave reviews!!
Location- Incredibly close to downtown Fort Bragg, a mere hop and a skip to Glass Beach-- yet far enough away to enjoy peace and quiet. Super easy to navigate to/from town and the house-- after my first arrival I no longer needed to use my GPS.
The room- Spacious, beautiful, inviting, with an incredibly relaxing atmosphere. In my free time, I sat in the window seat, reading and looking over the garden while listening to the birds. Mini-kitchen came stocked with breakfast foods which was a huge plus. My favorite feature? SURROUND SOUND that you can hook up into your laptop or phone. I turned on a relaxing Pandora station while I read my book and looked out onto the garden-- truly magnificent for my state of mind.
The garden- Breathtaking. A beautiful, serene retreat. Truly a garden paradise. There were ample places to wander, meditate, and enjoy nature. I felt like I was walking through the pages of the Secret Garden. Now I know why people come here to get married! Simply gorgeous.
The host- John was extremely friendly, personable, and accommodating. I needed a relaxing weekend to spend time on my own, in solitude, and John allowed for just that. John made himself available, but I felt very comfortable that my privacy and my need for alone-time were respected.
I feel privileged to have gotten the opportunity to stay here! My only wish is that I had brought people along to enjoy the Garden Paradise with me. I intend on returning to Fort Bragg with friends, and when I do, I will be trying to book this studio again!
This was our very first time using AirBnB and we couldn't have asked for a better experience! Our 2 night stay at John's Garden Paradise was nothing short of incredible. John greeted us warmly upon arrival and clearly explained where everything was and how everything worked. Unfortunately it was very windy during our stay but it did not prevent us from enjoying the comfortable indoor accommodations. We took advantage of the hot tub, sauna and had an amazing massage on-site. It's only a short drive into town where there are plenty of amazing restaurants (Egghead's might be the best breakfast spot on the planet). We can't wait to come back! Hopefully next time the weather will be a little more cooperative.
John Calhoun can only be described as 5 star host.
We arrived 3 hours earlier than the stated check in time and he graciously accommodated us and the room was ready within a half hour of arrival time.
The pictures of the studio apartment and the surrounding gardens on the Airbnb site are beautiful and 100% accurate. I live in NJ and was meeting my best friend who I haven't seen since she moved to California 4 years ago and my only regret was that we were only able to stay one night. The interior design of the studio is beautiful in its design and extremely functional. John has created a space that is architectully beautiful and extremely functional. It feels very spacious and incorporates everything one might need for a stay away from home,( i.e. microwave, toaster oven, refrigerator, an ample supply of cutlery, cooking utensils, glassware, wine glasses and even candles!
John clearly put a lot of thought and effort to ensure that his guests were comfortable.
The name Garden Paradise was chosen correctly - because it truly was. We were there during late spring enabling us to see everything in full bloom. In addition to being a skilled gardner, (John does it all himself), the landscape design was excellent. The gardens were not only beautiful to look at and walk thru but there was always something new to discover - a fountain, a greenhouse that you can sit and relax in, creative items repurposed to compliment landscaped garden nooks and many benches ( we took pictures sitting in all of them) in surprising places thru out the gardens so you can just sit quietly and admire nature's beauty, and last but not least one of my favorites - the hammock for two!.
I have already recommended this Airbnb location to my family who lives in Marin and they plan to use it for a quick get away.
This is my second Airbnb experience, the first one was in Vermont and was excellent but Garden Paradise was OUTSTANDING.
About the Host, John
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.