Calla Lilly Cottage in the Redwoods

House - Entire home/apt · Palo Colorado Rd, Carmel, CA 93923, United States
Your host, Sofanya
24 Reviews
Response rate: 96%
Response time: within a few hours

The Space

A charming lovely little magical 1 bedroom cottage with a sweet and magical private garden setting surrounded by Redwood forest.
S 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 in the cottage but sometimes weak reception in there, however 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 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 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!

Guest Access

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.

The Neighborhood

Magical forest drive to Jewel in the Forest....only 2 miles from Coast Hwy 1. While driving down our road please pull over if anyone is following closely behind you in order to respect our locals. This is very important...

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $75
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Sofanya was the best host we've ever had. She is so helpful and such an amazing artist. I loved speaking with her. The cottage we shared in had everything you could possibly need to make your own breakfast and save some for later too. This was the best part of my trip to California.

    July 2014
    Response from Sofanya:

    Jon and his lovely girlfriend were absolutely precious guests. I so enjoyed talking about art and nature with them. I would love for them to come back again and they are certainly welcome any time!

    July 2014
  • Sofanya's cottage is a complete delight! It is even more magical than the photos suggest.
    Sofanya has paid attention to so many details that really enhance the stay including the art supplies, which our nine-year old daughter loved.
    The cottage is warm and cosy, and the kitchen perfectly set up for cooking.
    Our only regret is that we didn't stay a week.

    June 2014
    Response from Sofanya:

    Such very sweet and wonderful family....I would welcome them any time and recommend them highly!

    June 2014
  • Thanks so much, Sofanya. I had a glorious stay with my partner and our dear friends in the Calla Lilly Cottage. We hope to be back very soon, and are glad you liked the art we left for you.

    For interested parties: the cottage is a remarkable space. The full property seems like it was once a commune or collective, with shared spaces as well as private ones. The beds are comfortable, the kitchen's well-stocked, and the design features are one of a kind. We went to Big Sur to 'aggressively relax' and found exactly what we needed.

    June 2014
    Response from Sofanya:

    Jennifer and her Friends were such fun guests. I'm so pleased that they enjoyed and I feel blessed for their beautiful loving presence here. I loved that they painted and got creative! I hope that they will come back again soon...and consider the Jewel in the Forest their "home away from home".

    June 2014
  • Brilliantly located to explore the rugged big sur coastline! A fab stay! Cheers x

    April 2014
    Response from Sofanya:

    Polly and her lovely family were perfect guests and I hope that they will visit again!

    April 2014
  • We stayed for two nights in the cottage and absolutely loved it. You are surrounded by a beautiful forest in a cozy quiet cottage -- with lovely light coming through the sky lights and your own private garden. Sofanya has thought of every last detail to make your stay comfortable and pleasurable. Highly recommended!

    March 2014
  • We arrived at the Calla Lilly cottage in the middle of the night. It was easy to find, the stove was perfectly setup for us to start the fire for some heat, and we had a great night's rest. When we woke up in the morning, we were thrilled with the scenery, the forested property, the inspiring art pieces, the 5 minute drive to the ocean and the outstanding warmth with which Sofanya greeted us.

    Perfect place to stay for a few nights in the woods! (Check out Sofanya's other properties too, which are either more and less luxurious than this one.)

    December 2013
    Response from Sofanya:

    Mickey was a great expressive of joy and warmth. I really hope that you come on back Mickey....and bring family and friends if you like! Your'e always welcome at the Jewel in the Forest!

    December 2013
  • We had a wonderful time at the Calla Lilly. It was the perfect, private getaway spot in the woods. The cottage gets incredible morning light when the sun breaks through the trees and streams into the glass wall where the front door is. Sofanya was a very friendly and informative host who shared her knowledge of the area and pointed us in the right direction for day excursions around Big Sur & Carmel. Would love to stay here again.

    November 2013
  • Cute, rustic cottage with easy access to both Carmel and Big Sur. We brought our dog and Sofanya was there to welcome us with wine and information on the place.

    November 2013
    Response from Sofanya:

    Jenn & Friends were wonderful guests. They settled right into this beautiful forest energy and enjoyed. I would love to see them here again!

    November 2013
  • Sofanya's heart is so beautiful And authentically genuine and it was reflected in the space she rented to us for two nights last week. Words fall short in describing the magic however Every part of our stay there was warm, inviting, and inspiring. I had the most beautiful and symbolic dreams. The fire is toasty and the bathtub was a perfect depth to soak my bones! We can not wait to stay again and are so happy to have a new friend in sofanya!
    Ps.Magic the black cat is truly magical!!!!

    October 2013
    Response from Sofanya:

    Tifani and her friends were all so incredibly friendly from the moment they got out of the car all smiles and so excited to be here. Tifani is delightful with her openness and loving heart.
    They were a wonderful group and I'm so happy that they enjoyed being here. Tifani and her friends are definitely welcome here any time and I'm really hoping they'll grace this property with their light and loving spirits again.

    October 2013
  • This cosy cottage is situated in the redwoods, next to the dramatic Big Sur coastline. The drive up to the cottage is unforgettable and Sofanya's woodland cottage does not disappoint. Thank you for creating such a wonderful place - we had a great time and hope to be back soon!

    September 2013
    Response from Sofanya:

    Charles was a perfect guest....respectful, communicative, appreciative. I would welcome another visit from him any time!

    September 2013
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Artist, Wedding Officiant, Student of Life, Entrepreneur....
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. Feel free to check out my website or (website hidden) pages! (website hidden) (website hidden) (website hidden) (website hidden)(phone number hidden) (website hidden)(phone number hidden) (website hidden)(phone number hidden)
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