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 more than 275 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 my 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, tea kettle 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.
I am fully licensed to operate a B&B, and the rates include an 11% hotel tax which I pay to the county, so staying with here helps support the 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. The property is a 20 minute drive along Highway One to the Victorian Village of Mendocino- a must see!
I 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 roommate and I are extremely discreet to give guests a 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 contacted us in advance to prepare for us, and graciously accommodated our adjusted late arrival. The property was exactly as described, but even better experiencing it in person. The neighborhood is rural and the gardens on the property make you feel miles away from everything. John made us feel welcome to wander the gardens and enjoy the amenities, and remained out of sight but easily available. We enjoyed our stay so much, and will definitely stay here the next time we are visiting the Northern California coast.
The guesthouse and garden were absolutely beautiful and a joy to stay in. John was a very welcoming host and clearly takes great care in providing a comfortable and tranquil space for his guests. This was by far the best airbnb experience I've had to date!
As a fellow gardener and AirBnB host, I can appreciate the work and pride that went into both the indoor space and the outdoor garden. It's a labor of love and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to experience and explore it. The studio still maintains the peace and tranquility of its original use as a yoga and meditation space with a lighting system that can be completely adjusted to your mood or need.
And the garden! There are so many hidden gems that you can keep finding new things even after a couple days of exploring. I may be back just to see what else I can encounter.
What a fantastic place! Every detail is attended to. I will definitely return!
John was very welcoming, gave us the info. needed and gave us space to explore.
Amazing getaway. My girlfriend and I loved out experience up in this garden escape. John is friendly and inviting, provides you all the privacy you want, and the freedom to roam the gardens to you hearts extent. A lot of work has been put into making the grounds an amazing place to walk around. The studio itself is very nice. Comfy bed, with all the amenities one could want (including coffee and small assorted breakfast items). Would stay there again in a heartbeat. Wish we had more than one night.
John was a great host! He was there to greet us and walked us through everything. He thought of all the details! The room is spacious with great lighting and surround sound. The grounds are absolutely beautiful, extensive, and tranquil. We enjoyed that the hot tub is surrounded by trees. It created a romantic environment. We absolutely loved it. This listing was by far one of the best airbnb listings we've experienced, a true gem. It is definitely easy to understand why this place is so highly rated.
About the Host, John
A former architectural designer, 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 can't imagine anything I'd rather be doing than living a simple life in this most beautiful part of the world, and sharing it with others who are looking for a place to relax and unwind.