Enter a magical little private garden surrounded by redwood forest.....still with plenty of light
A charming lovely little magical 1 bedroom cottage with a sweet and magical private garden setting surrounded by Redwood forest.
A sofa bed in the living room can accommodate two more. You'll enjoy the warmth and ambience with a wood burning stove. You may want to stay in or cook in our kitchen equipped with all the basics. The bright bathroom has two sinks so no waiting for teeth brushing!
Sofanya likes to supply art materials and journals for each guest in case you'd like to express yourself this way. This cozy cottage will sparkle in your memories after a stay in this special dwelling in the forest.
On the property and available to all guests you'll find an area Sofanya calls "Carabella's Theatre" where you can relax, bbq, read, chat with the birds or other guests or perform on the wood stage surrounded by redwoods.
There is internet access is just a short walk to the art gallery/Dome House area you'll have access to wi-fi internet. This way you'll have the option to access but still choose to "unplug" if you like. There is also a land line in there for U.S. calls only.
There is a restaurant called "Rocky Pt" about 2.5 mi from here where you'll find spectacular views...great for breakfast, lunch or dinner....or just a glass of (email hidden)g Sur and Carmel are equidistant from here....one to the north about 20 min and one to the south about 20 min. You'll find amazing hiking, river swimming, art galleries, restaurants, whale watching and soooo much more. Check out (website hidden) for more info.
Call or email if you'd like to book a massage with a local massage healer or if you'd like a private (or group) art class with Sofanya!
Internet access in Sofanya's studio/gallery located on the garden level of the Dome House just a few feet away.
Interaction with Guests
You'll have privacy in your enclosed yard with the cottage but if you like you may also enjoy the more public area in Carabella's Theatre in between the Dome and the Calla Lilly.
Magical forest drive to Jewel in the Forest....only 2 miles from Coast Hwy 1....a spectacular drive!
I LOVE the magical forest drive off Hwy 1 to my house....I love the beautiful trees....the stream....the smells and sounds. I have some great neighbors too though we don't see each other often. There is a very important document from the MCVRA (Monterey Cty Vacation Rentals Alliance) which I've been required to share with you and I thank you in advance for taking the time to read it carefully.
Good Neighbor Policy
for Guests of
The Jewel in the Forest
Guest Code of Conduct:
Welcome to one of the most beautiful and peaceful places on the planet. It is an honor that you have chosen to stay with us and likewise it is a privilege that we have opened our homes to you.
We have worked hard to make this possible. We appreciate your cooperation and support that allows us to continue to share our homes and community with you and future guests.
Vacation Rental properties are often located in mix-use neighborhoods that include short-term guests, second homeowners and year round residents. Please be sure to observe all rules and regulations, which are provided for each property. All guests, as well as owner, are required to conform to all rules and regulations of the properties. Violators are subject to immediate eviction. Please do respect the rights and space of nearby homeowners and other vacationers. Please be a good neighbor!
There is a 24/7 Hot Line (phone number hidden) neighbors to report disrespectful or inappropriate behavior possibly resulting in citations, fines and expulsion from the rented property for both you and your guests. These rules apply to every guests and we also encourage our neighbors to practice similar practices with each other.
The Jewel in the Forest requests that all our guests abide by the
“Good Neighbor” policy outlined below.
We are dedicated to maintaining “good neighbor” policies and responsibly caring for our neighbors’ rights. We ask that guests recognize Jewel in the Forest Vacation Rentals’ dedication to maintaining a peaceful family atmosphere for all residents and visitors of Big Sur and Monterey County. We belong to an organization called Monterey County Vacation Rental Coalition (website hidden) whose members pledge to inform all of our guests about local laws, subdivision rules, beach rules, safety and respect for the neighborhood. We are a self-regulated group made up of individual homeowners, vacation rental managers representing homeowners, local business members, concerned citizens and neighbors.
Guests are asked to abide by the following Guest Code of Conduct:
Please respect the neighborhood and your neighbor’s right to quiet enjoyment of their home. Loud music and noise is prohibited. Quiet time is from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am. Please be a good neighbor!
Overnight guests shall not exceed the property’s posted occupancy. Only registered guests shall occupy the rental property, unless written permission has been given.
All rental properties are designated for residential use consistent with the Monterey County Ordinance. Large groups, receptions or other like events are not allowed without an agreement with Jewel in the Forest.
Cars parked on premises shall not exceed the property’s published parking capacity. Cars must be parked in the driveway or designated parking area of the rental property. Parking in neighboring yards or driveways is prohibited. Vehicles will not be driven or parked where not allowed. Please do not turn around in neighbors’ driveways.
Posted street signage (speed limits, parking, etc.) will be obeyed.
Motor homes, campers, and tents are prohibited and may not be parked or hooked up at rental property.
Charcoal grilling on a deck is strictly prohibited; it is a fire hazard.
Only registered pets are allowed in designated rental properties. Leash laws must be obeyed and pets are not allowed on the beach except where noted. Please do not leave your dog home alone and always clean up after your pet. Carmel is well-known for its pet-friendly restaurants.
Help keep Monterey County clean! Garbage should be bagged securely and placed in the trash bins provided. Recycle all your plastic, glass and paper products. City Code requires that all trash bins be returned the house within 24 hours after it is picked up.
Cigarette butts shall be properly disposed of.
·Guests shall bring written directions with them. Neighbors are not to be disturbed if guests are lost.
Please arrive & leave at the designated check in and out times on your check in documents. If you would like to arrive earlier or leave later please ask for permission in advance.
We wish you a wonderful vacation and please let us know if we can assist you in any way.
Make yourself at home. I'll provide art materials and journals to write in if you feel inspired to do so. I ask that you not smoke at all in the cottage or the garden. You may smoke outside the yard in the parking lot. Please leave your towels and sheets in the hamper in bathroom. Please make sure that the fire is out and door closed to the wood stove each time you leave.
Absolutely amazing place to stay. Beautiful forest all around and so close to the wonders of Big Sur and route 1. Very cosy, wood burner just made it for us. We found everything we needed, the shower was powerful and kitchen fully equipped. Would love to come again one day!
Joanna & Mark were lovely guests. I barely knew they were here....it was quiet and I'd just returned from a long trip myself and getting settled in too. They are lovely people and and ideal guests... I really hope they will be coming back again and are most welcome!
This was my first experience using air bnb, and, not that I was nervous, but I didn't really know what to expect. Sofanya instantly took me in and made everything SO easy. She replies right away, gives you all information you need, and sets up a BEAUTIFUL place for you to use as your own retreat.
The Calla Lilly Cottage is really a jewel in the forest, just like the name. Surrounded by redwoods, only a couple miles from the Big Sur coast, and taken care of by people who clearly love sharing a little bit of their magic with the rest of the world, it's an easy way to escape in the outdoors and get back to the basics. Four of us spent our nights making good food and conversation and our days exploring the coast line hiking and kayaking. It was a wonderful time, and this is the perfect home to come back to.Literally, the hardest thing I had to do was the puzzle. I will definitely be coming back!
I really cannot think of anything to improve imo. I loved not TV and the seclusion! Such awesome reading material and loved the fact you left out art supplies. Thanks so much for what you do, we shall meet again :)
Sofanya was an amazing host! She gave us tips of things to see and where to go. The cottage was a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of LA. Quiet, clean air, private and everything you'd want in a cottage tucked away in the forest. Highly recommend for someone looking to get away and recharge. I'll be coming back!
The Calla Lilly Cottage is such a great place to stay. My parents came over from Japan and we stayed there for 2 nights, we absolutely loved the cottage. It is cute, cozy, comfortable and fun. I enjoyed playing with the wood burner which kept us very warm the whole time (you can just use the heaters if you want) chopped wood are plentifully provided by the host. The cottage is surround by redwood trees and nature. The host and her friends are very friendly, helpful and welcoming. They are very fun to talk to. Ask them about the secret places around here that only the locals know. Note that you won't be having phone signal here unless you have ATT so be prepared. Wifi can be used in front of the dome. There is so much less distraction and more family fun time and interaction without phone and internet anyway. Enjoy the nature.
Minh, his wife and lovely parents were delightful guests. I loved their smiles and kind demeanor. It was wonderful to know that they thoroughly enjoyed exploring the area and coming home to a cozy warm home to enjoy. I certainly would welcome Minh and Family again any time!
Such a lovely cottage nestled away in the redwoods. It was a great place to go if you need to unwind from the busy fast pace of life. Sofanya was such a great host, she greeted us on arrival and made herself available if we needed her. This place is about a 20 minute drive from any shopping centers or dining, so if you want peace and quiet like we did, this is just the place. Big sur was our favorite place to visit close to here. There are some great parks to visit and go hiking. The beauty of this area is breathtaking. I would definately come back to this place again.
We LOVED this place!! It's was very cozy and perfect for our romantic honeymoon getaway. We were so happy to be able to have our dog daughter with us too! Sofanya was an absolute pleasure! She was always there if we needed her but never intruded on our privacy. She truly has created a special place to relax and enjoy nature. We will be back!
Vic and her husband and sweet little doggy Audrey were wonderful guests. I loved that they were on their honeymoon. This is a great place for a romantic getaway and I think that they really enjoyed it....and even got one of our local massage practitioners to come to the house for massages. Good for them! I'd love to see them here again and they are most welcome!
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I am so pleased to welcome guests to stay here at my "Jewel in the Forest" with choices for several very "glamorustic" magical houses and cottages. It is so rewarding to know that people can come here to stay for a vacation, business trip or even a retreat for healing and leave with wonderful peace and memories and a desire to come back!
I am an artist so Blessed to live and work in this paradise forest in between Big Sur and Carmel.
I'm inspired by the knowing that each of us are nature and not separate from it. This is the basis of my art and healing work. People often ask me what kind of art I make and the truth is "Life is the Art"!
I work in many mediums and love the exploration and discovery of art as a medium for the universe of knowledge to come through the paintings and sculpture. I have for many years enjoyed welcoming people from all over the world into my gallery & studio here on the "Jewel in the Forest" property. We also have a small area I call "Carabella's Theatre" where we hold seasonal gatherings, weddings, workshops etc. I am so pleased to welcome guests to stay here at my "Jewel in the Forest" with choices for several very "glamorustic" magical houses and cottages.
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