Old-growth ferns & Ginger surround the courtyard.Rustic style surrounded by Redwoods!

Entire home/apt

4 guests

1 bedroom

2 beds
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A lovely magical one bedroom forest cottage with sofa bed in the living room makes this a cozy forest dwelling for up to 4 guests. Fully equipped kitchen with full-size appliances. Private garden yard with lovely seating area.

The space

Vaulted ceilings and skylights in a rustic forest cottage with all the comforts of home. Wood-burning stove (all firewood provided) and propane cooking range. Art materials are provided and expressive exploration encouraged! Full bath/shower with double vanity.

Guest access

Larger common-area courtyard with a propane fire pit and propane BBQ (shared by other guests on the property.) Art Gallery open 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Essence Portraits by advance appointment with Sofanya. Cell phones and GPS will not work here -- plan ahead. Telephone available in the Art Gallery for U.S. calls and 911 in an emergency.

Interaction with guests

I'm often on property in my studio painting or sculpting.
Please let me know if you'd like to have a private art session.
Also I have been "Essence Portraits" since 1995 after moving to this magical place on earth. Please make an appointment if you'd like to have one created.
"Essence Portraits by Sofanya" on (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) and (URL HIDDEN)

Other things to note

There are other guests on the property in separate dwellings. I have an indoor/outdoor dog that goes everywhere on the property, sometimes unattended. She can jump the fence at Calla Lilly Cottage and might visit you -- please let me know if you prefer that she doesn't.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: 4PM - 10PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt

Free parking on premises
Wheelchair accessible

Cleaning Fee $85
Security Deposit $300
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 4PM - 10PM

I ask that you not smoke at all anywhere on the property. No wax candles or incense. No parking for RV's or large vehicles unless approved in writing in advance. No tent camping on the property.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

139 Reviews

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Amy User Profile
September 2017
Perfect and exactly as expected. Cool cottage in the woods great for unplugging. We had plenty of privacy and our host was there in person and via text when we needed her. Art supplies were provided and we painted one night. Star Lily, the resident dog, only came around a couple times and when she did she was warmly welcome--she's friendly and calm. Overall great experience. Highly recommended.

Annie User Profile
September 2017
Lovely, secluded cottage close to all the beauty of Big Sur and Carmel. Great place to relax, read a book, and get your creative juices flowing.
Sofanya User Profile
Response from Sofanya:
Thank you Annie! It was an unusual summer with regards to heat and all that comes with it.....here in this very beautiful forest! I hope that you'll visit again....Sofanya
September 2017

Bernadette User Profile
August 2017
If you are looking to lose yourself in the redwoods, this is a great retreat. Close to the coastline but nestled off the beaten path, it offers the beauty of a Big Sur forest without traveling too far south. GREAT host. Not the spot if you expect to stay connected on your phone (cell service stops around Point Lobos).
Sofanya User Profile
Response from Sofanya:
Thank you for being such appreciative and aware guests....and for enjoying the paints as well! Please come visit again....Sofanya
August 2017

Lourdes User Profile
August 2017
This place was magical. The cabin was clean and cosy. Kate who manages the place was incredibly helpful. Great place for families as well as couples. Can't rate it highly enough. One tip- make sure you take proper walking boots or battered trainers as the walks in the wood are pretty dusty!
Sofanya User Profile
Response from Sofanya:
Magical ...yes! Thank you for adding to that special feeling here and I hope you'll come back again and invited friends and family as well! Warmly, Sofanya
August 2017

Zhenyu User Profile
August 2017
It was a really nice experience in Sofanya's cottage in the wood. I suggest you buy some food before heading to the house in Carmel and the kitchen is very nice. There is a beautiful art gallery there. It will be really nice to draw a painting on your own. Really close to Big Sur from the cottage for 15min to drive. Hope you enjoy it!
Sofanya User Profile
Response from Sofanya:
So happy your had a good experience here and that's a very good suggestion to stop for groceries on the way. Sometimes people get here and just don't want to leave the first night so bringing the food is helpful with that. See you next time....Sofanya
August 2017

Ariadne User Profile
July 2017
Sofanya's place is a beautiful hidden gem in the middle of the forest. The property caretaker, Kate, is very friendly and great at communication. She personally showed us all the details about the place for us to feel at home. The space is clean and has an artistic vibe that is relaxing and unique.
Sofanya User Profile
Response from Sofanya:
So happy your enjoyed the "artistic vibe" as that's what this is about...Nature & Art! Looking forward to your next visit...Sofanya
July 2017

Evonn User Profile
July 2017
We had a fabulous stay in the cottage. It was exactly the sort of quite, secluded and relaxing stay we had in mind for our trip. Our hosts were very sweet and thoughtful people. Would love to come back another time.
Sofanya User Profile
Response from Sofanya:
Thank you Evonn! I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and please know that you're welcome to come back....Sofanya
July 2017

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Sofanya User Profile

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 pages!

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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