Sanctuary-Cabin at Artist's Remote Ranch Oasis


Entire cabin hosted by John

  1. 4 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 2 beds
  4. 0 baths
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Spectacular 320 acre isolated working ranch, no neighbors, total solitude, awesome panoramas: lush meadows, snow-capped peaks to W, rim-rock buttes out the back door to E, exuberant sunsets. Dark Sky Area, great star-gazing. Warm spring-fed swimming pool, park-like lawn/trees, owned by artist (painter)... Great hikes in every direction. Perfect place to relax, de-stress, de-program, be creative, be with Nature ( and with your own True Nature.)

The space
Enjoy vast vistas, immense skies, and solitude at the historic Long Ranch (est.1890's, before that a native settlement for millennia), in Surprise Valley.... This small working ranch encompasses 320 acres of high desert ranchland on the far northeast edge of California, just over the Nevada border. High rim-rock tablelands of the Hays Range, towering peaks of the Warner Mountains, spring fed pastures and desert sand dunes are your welcoming views from a private rustic cabin. This cabin has off-grid electricity for lighting and internet, and good water which flows from a natural warm spring up the mountain. The bathhouse, with clawfoot tub (w/hot water), shower (only sometimes w/hot water), 2 toilets and 2 sinks, is located only forty feet away. Shade trees and lawn surround a beautiful warm (80 degree) spring-fed pool 100 feet away for your enjoyment. Wander the ranch grounds, sit on an old corral fence, hike the nearby canyons and mesas of the Hayes Range or across the valley up into The Warner Wilderness, seek out the local wild hot springs, or just relax, absorb the magic & solitude, and have an epiphany or two...

Where you'll sleep

1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed

What this place offers

Desert view
Mountain view
Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
Shared pool
Pets allowed
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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4.91 out of 5 stars from 66 reviews


Where you’ll be

cedarville, California, United States

The neighborhood is totally devoid of humans (present company excepted..) Lots of mountains, trees, grass, sage, rabbits, coyotes, birds,

Hosted by John

  1. Joined in May 2015
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I grew up on a gorgeous ranch in an idyllic valley S of Reno many eons ago, even went to a one room schoolhouse for a few years. After high school I took off for parts less known: Stanford, Antioch College, the Haight-Ashbury scene, then an isolated homestead in far northern British Colombia for 5 yrs, hanging w the moose and grizzlies and wolves, getting a tutorial in aboriginal existence & elemental mindfulness.

BC was too cloudy & wet, though, for me, so I skedaddled back to SF, started oil painting at The SF Art Institute (even came up w an MFA), in the meantime bought a nice old house for next to nothing, made a studio downstairs, lived upstairs, survived the punk scene there in the late 70's, early 80's... At the same time I bought an abandoned cheese factory for even less than next to nothing in a spectacular remote valley (Surprise V) in NE CA/NW NV to give me an escape/respite fr the onset of terminal urban dysphoria.

Then off to the frenetic East Village scene in NYC for 5 years, where I flourished & nearly succumbed to the hyper-narcissistic "art world." Back again to SF (and Surprise Valley,) marriage, beautiful daughter, great gig installing trade shows at the SF convention center (super flexible hours, good money/benefits), which afforded me a glimpse of the shiny bowels of high-end capitalism & an appreciation of the (now-extinct) union movement... Eventually we added a speakeasy in the basement of my SF house ("The Undisclosed Location," it was called, had bands, performances, etc...).

Always I maintained a frequent part-time presencel in Surprise Valley, & in 2000 I sold the cheese factory for an isolated abandoned oasis/ranch just over the border in NV, a fixer-upper if there ever was one, which has been the major focus of my refurbishing talents ever since... Given the encroaching gloom from the outside world, it has become more & more a splash of beauty & tranquillity in the pervasive murk, a tiny utopian negation to the prevalent cultural & political miasma we now are forced to call home.

Mostly now I hole up on the ranch, except for brief forays back to what currently passes for civilization, to see my daughter/friends, & to remind myself why I am better off out here in the middle of nowhere.... I seem to have become a gregarious hermit, & unquestionably somewhat eccentric at this point, I suppose -- given the increasing empowerment of our corporate state & its zealous thought police, my ranch & myself are fast becoming anachronistic holdouts fr the former age of freedom known now nostalgically as The Old Normal....Ahhhh, those were the days...

Anyway, I'm appreciative of creative self-aware individuals and free-thinkers of all types, and have an affinity for artists/writers/musicians, people who push the envelope right out of the box, so to speak.... Also, I have had a life-long interest in Eastern religions and practices (been to India and Nepal, also Europe, Mexico and Guatemala), and I value a mindful, contemplative and compassionate (and humorous!) approach to our shared endeavors here on our whirligig orb.

And I still am doing paintings, so you might get a studio visit, if you wander this way, & show some interest..
I grew up on a gorgeous ranch in an idyllic valley S of Reno many eons ago, even went to a one room schoolhouse for a few years. After high school I took off for parts less known:…


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Available for help/advice/info, if needed... I'm pretty gregarious... (if I'm not around, there are others here I'm partnering with who will be happy to assist.)

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Check-in: 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with building staff
No smoking
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
No carbon monoxide alarm
Pool/hot tub without a gate or lock
May encounter potentially dangerous animal
Smoke alarm

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