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The Lotus Blossom in Big Sur Forest

United StatesCaliforniaCarmel
Entire home/apt
2 Guests
1 Bedroom
1 Bed
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About this listing

This is a cozy tiny secluded cabin approx 7- 10 min steep hike from the main part of the property. This is the perfect getaway for romance, writers, artists or anyone who needs a retreat in nature!

View from the bedroom

View from the bedroom

The Space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1 (Private)
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Some pets
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee: $60
Security Deposit: $200
Weekly discount: 10%
Cancellation: Strict


The Space

This little jewel is up on Hoffman Hill Rd on the Jewel in the Forest property and the most secluded spot.

Perfect for anyone desiring a little more seclusion, whether for meditation, a writing retreat, a romantic getaway or just a very special rustic home in nature to come back to after hiking or town excursions.

This cozy little forest dwelling is lovely for fit or athletic people used to hiking as it is a short but steep climb to get to it. We will drive you up and back and in between you'll be on foot.

You'll enjoy the bedroom with an up close forest view, stay warm with the wood burning stove, cook in a little kitchen/dining area which is equipped with everything you need to cook and have a good meal. There's a lovely little deck right next to the stream and in winter this is divinely beautiful! On the deck you'll find a bathroom with shower open at the top so you can experience the forest while showering!

You'll also find art supplies so that you can express your experience through painting. Art classes available by appointment with Sofanya as well.

Hike down to your car to drive to many many hiking areas, boating, restaurants, shopping, galleries.....

We also hold occasional wknd art workshops and Sofanya offers private art classes as well. Call or see her to arrange a private creativity session!

Internet and phone is available in Sofanya's Gallery about a 5 min walk from the cabin.

The property is located halfway between Carmel & Big Sur, California ....near Monterey as well. There are always wonderful events and so much to do in the area....and of course coming back resting in this peaceful environment.

The Neighborhood

Please pull over to the side on our road if anyone is following closely behind you. Some of the locals get impatient and it's best to let them pass you.
It is a windy magical forest road....take your time and enjoy!
It's best not to walk around in the neighborhood outside the property. You are welcome to walk up our own road called "Hoffman's Hill" and take the redwood path to the stream, on property. Also by driving all the way to the end of our road to "Botcher's Gap" you'll find nat'l forest hiking!

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in is after 4PM

The Lotus Blossom Cabin….Jewel in the Forest Property
37732 Palo Colorado Rd
Carmel, California 93923

Check in procedures, Rules & Guidelines for The Lotus Blossom Cabin
at Jewel in the Forest Property
This document will be emailed as well as provided as upon arrival to be signed by guests.

Dear Guest….
I hope that you have a wonderful experience staying in the
Lotus Blossom Cabin at the “Jewel in the Forest" property.
37732 Palo Colorado Rd Carmel, CA 93923.
We are located exactly halfway between Carmel & Big Sur just 2 miles off Hwy 1.
The lovely 2 mile drive on Palo Colorado is a bit windy but it is paved.
If you see the 2 mile marker you may have just passed the driveway.
The number…37732 is on the mailbox.
Pull into the driveway and turn park to your far left with the front of the car facing into the forest so that we may fit 3 cars in that row. PLEASE do not block the dirt road.

Check in is 4PM or later….Check out is 11AM

*You might want to pick up some groceries on the way over because we're about 20 min from any shopping. Carmel or Monterey is good for picking up supplies on the way. There is a Safeway on Rio Rd in Carmel and this is the closest grocery store from the North. We supply 2-3 gal of bottled drinking water. Please bring more if you think you'll need it…..use bottled filterd water only for drinking please.

*In case I am not here to welcome you personally please pull into the parking area and park on your left with car facing towards the forest and leaving room for 2 more cars alongside you….and without blocking the dirt road. Walk up the dirt road and continue past a little trailer with a wooden deck up a steep hill to the cabin….and you're home! Be sure to bring good walking/hiking shoes and a flashlight if you plan to be here after dark. There are flashlights in the cabin as well.
*Please note that this is a small cabin with the bedroom and kitchen/cooking/eating area very close to each other and not separate rooms. It is idea for one person or two who are close and ok with sharing a full bed.
*The bedroom is all ready with sheets and pillow cases on the bed
*The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking and baking …minus the food of course.

*When you leave the cabin please try to remember not to leave many lights on as we want to be energy efficient.

*There is a motion light as you approach the cabin.
* You'll find a small propane heater attached to the wall. It is very simple to operate and will warm the cabin up quickly. Please be sure to turn it all the way off when leaving the cabin.
*I have supplied art materials for painting should you feel inspired to express yourself this way. They are located either outside near the cabin or on the table inside.

*Absolutely no campfires
*NO SMOKING IN THE HOUSE. If you smoke outside PLEASE do not throw cigarette butts outside but put them out in a container with water in it.

*Plumbing: Please try to conserve on water as we are in a serious draught in California.
Toilet…."If it's yellow let it mellow….if it's brown flush it down"
Please do not put tampons or anything other than the toilet paper provided into the toilet.

*You'll find some cleaning materials under the kitchen sink if you need them.

*** We respectfully ask you to not smoke anywhere in the house. If you smoke outside on the deck or nearby please be sure to put cigarettes out safely and completely and toss the butts in a glass bowl or ash tray as we are in the forest and certainly want to keep ourselves and our trees, homes and people safe.

*The number of guests agreed to on your contract is the number expected. Please do not invite more guests to stay here without the prior permission of the owner, Sofanya White.

You will not have internet reception up at The Lotus but will down below near the Dome House or in the gallery in the lower dome.

*Carabella's Theatre and Sofanya's Gallery:
This is a public area located in front of the Dome House and the gallery is on the garden level of the dome. This area is open for all guests where you'll find a stage area, comfy chairs to sit and relax, a BBQ and more art supplies. Feel free to spend time in this area enjoying the trees, reading.

*Sofanya's Gallery: This is located on the garden level of the Dome House. The door is open until 10PM and you can turn on lights and check out my art. There are also paintings in the cabin. Most of the art is also available in high quality reproductions if you're interested.

*The gallery is also the area where you can get internet service. Feel free to grab a chair and go online if you like. The network is Netgear 27 and password to go online is: mistyplum253

We appreciate your feedback, comments, likes and dislikes and leave any other info in the guest book in the dining area. Also if you put your email and/or phone on there we will let you know about special events or offers coming up.

*Please feel free to call or email with any questions any time.
Also I'm often on property either painting in my studio or gallery.
Feel free to use my land line in the art gallery if you need to make calls or to reach me on my cell (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).

I hope you have a wonderful visit! Please let me know if there's anything you need!

Warmly, Sofanya

Please read and sign form below…

Each adult who stayed in the Lotus Blossom Cabin
Please sign and leave this document or give to Sofanya….thank you!

I have arrived at The Lotus Blossom Cabin on the Jewel in the Forest property and acknowledge that all is in good condition. I agree to follow all the rules and guidelines listed in this document for my visit here. I will leave this house in as good condition as I have found it in.

I agree that if I should fall or injure myself or anyone in my party staying here falls or injures themselves I will not hold the owner, Sofanya White responsible and take full responsibility for any injuries to my self or guests with me.

Please read and sign this check here.

Guests (print name) __________________________________

Guest sign here______________________________________

Year & Model of Auto _________________________________


Guests (print name) __________________________________

Guest sign here______________________________________

Year & Model of Auto _________________________________


Making a Fire in the Wood Stove

There should be enough wood in the house to start and maintain a nice fire for one or two days. If you need more wood you can find it outside in the driveway next to the brown shed with a sign on it saying “Wood Shed".

Bunch up a few pieces of newspaper….6-8 pieces
Place the paper on bottom of wood stove
Put small pieces of wood and/or a wood starter if provided, over the bunched paper in a teepee or tent like fashion
Place a few more pieces of paper over that
Layer a few slightly larger pieces of wood over the paper and wood below it going in opposite directions
Light a corner of the paper and allow it to start to flame up. You will find the long stem lighter nearby. Please do not leave the lighter on or near the wood stove.
Once the flame is going well you may add another one or two pieces of slightly larger wood.
Allow the fire to get hotter as you add more wood and keep the vent in the wood stove door slightly open.
When you are ready to go to bed be sure that the vents in the door to the wood stove are almost closed as this will keep the house warm for a longer time and in the morning you can add more wood to it to continue warming the house in the daytime.
Be sure to close the vents and wood stove door completely when leaving the house.
Please do not leave anything on top of or even close to the wood stove…it gets very hot and can burn or melt anything on top of it which can be dangerous.
If you see smoke coming out of the door or anywhere into the house or any other issues or questions don't hesitate to either call me or knock on my door inside the Art Gallery the garden level in front of the Dome House.
You'll find a fire extinguisher near the wood stove if you should need it.
Never ever put anything on top or near the wood stove. It gets extremely hot and this can be a hazard. Be aware and use extreme care.
DO NOT take any logs out of the wood stove to put back into the box of wood. If it has any fire in it at all it will ignite the other wood around it and could cause a huge fire....NOT GOOD!

We are always concerned about safety and fires are a major issue in our forest. Please be mindful of this and keep the door to the wood stove closed while burning wood.

Do not leave a raging fire in there when you leave the house.
It is okay to leave a moderate fire with the door closed and the vents closed on the door.

In case of emergence call 9-1-1

Important Phone Numbers


Dianne Miller (neighbor/friend/assistant)Home (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

Adan Gonzales (maintenance)(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

Leo Perez(housekeep(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)


Monty Perry (aka Chief Gnome)Cell (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

Abraham WolfingerHome (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

Lloyd Jones (helpful neighbor)Home (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

Mid-Coast Fire Brigade(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

Road Conditions-Caltrans((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

In an emergency call 9-1-1

Check Out Document….Jewel in the Forest Property

Dear Guest….

I sincerely hope that your stay was pleasant and that you will return again someday!

Checking out:

Please remove and put sheets & towels on the bed.
Be sure to close the wood stove door whenever the fire is going and especially when you leave the cabin.
Put all trash in plastic bags in the kitchen
Wash dishes and put away on shelves
Leave keys on table with door unlocked

In signing this document I acknowledge that I stayed
in the following home: (please check)
Dome House
Calla Lilly Cottage
Jasmine House
Lotus Blossom Cabin
Foxglove Trailer
at The Jewel in the Forest property and leave it today in good condition with no damage and everything is in the working order as when I arrived.

Please sign here______________Print name here_______________

Please sign here______________Print name here_______________

Safety Features
Smoke Detector
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay
Dining area in kitchen

Dining area in kitchen

Your Host



Big Sur, California, United States · Member since May 2012

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!

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