The Lotus Blossom in Big Sur Forest

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

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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • The reservation was canceled 7 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    June 2014
  • The Lotus Blossom is a truly wonderful place. I would recommend it to anyone looking to escape Into a location surrounded by nature that is very peaceful. Also great location to explore the local area and Sofanya is a great host and makes sure you have everything you need during your stay.

    June 2014
    Response from Sofanya:

    David was a great guest. He seemed to enjoy the privacy as well as hiking and enjoying the area. He's kind and respectful and do hope he'll consider this a place to come back to!

    June 2014
  • The Lotus Blossom was a really nice place to stay at if you are looking for a private and quiet cabin like type of experience. This is what my wife and I (and dog) wanted and that's what we got. It's well equipped with kitchen supplies and basic necessities. You have cooking gas, warm water for cooking and shower and a wood burning stove to keep the cabin warm. You also have a dog-eared copy of Henry Miller's Big Sur and the Oranges of Hyeronimus Bosch there, which I found to be VERY APPROPRIATE reading while staying at the cabin.

    You can't drive your car (unless it's a rugged 4x4) all the way up the sheer dirt road that leads to the cabin. We had to park our Prius halfway up the road and take our supplies on our backs (not a big deal - but something to be aware of - specially for older folks planning on staying there).

    The highlights of the place in my view are its "glass walls" that lead to views of the beautiful redwood forest that surrounds the cabin. Palo Colorado road, which you take from Hwy 1 to access the cabin has got to be one of the most beautiful and magical roads I have driven down with an insane number of Redwood trees everywhere and quaint little cabins perched along the windy road.

    Now, I DON'T RECOMMEND arriving in the cabin after dark. The drive down Palo Colorado road and drive/walk up to the cabin in the dark can be a little spooky to those that have not gotten the lay of the land first during daytime.

    From the cabin, I recommend drives down to Pfeifer Beach (dog friendly!!!) in Big Sur and to Carmel-on-the-Sea (also dog-friendly!!!). I also enjoyed a vigorous hike up the mountain behind the cabin in the mysterious and epic forest with my dog. Very nice experience overall. If I have anything to say that I think could be improved I would say that the bed if shared with a significant other felt a little small. But then again, I have a big Queen size bed back at home and am used to that.

    There are other, bigger and potentially more comfortable cabins/houses on Sofanya's land. It's a really pretty and different kind of property, replete with artwork everywhere and a little outdoor theater and small stream running through it. There's wifi by the host's art studio at the bottom of the hill for those that need an internet fix after a few days of staying at the out of the way Lotus Blossom.

    June 2014
    Response from Sofanya:

    Thank you for the wonderful and detailed review of not only my sweet and lovely cabin but for the surrounding area, the drive etc. I appreciate your recommendations for how it is to arrive here when dark when you've not been here before. Although it is very safe it is not familiar territory. I am happy to drive guests up to the cabin. Thank you for leaving the cabin so clean. You are welcome here any time! Warmly, Sofanya

    June 2014
  • Neat little cabin up on a hill! As other reviews mentioned, the space was small and intimate, but my boyfriend and I enjoyed the privacy (though not the muddy hike up the hill) and natural ambience. Our dog also loved it and was able to wander around the cabin to explore without disturbing other visitors.

    The good:
    Cute wood stove heats up the cabin and makes you feel extra rugged.
    Open windows let you wake up to the morning light filtering in through the trees.
    Awesome open ceiling shower had great water temperature and provided a once-in-a-lifetime experience - highly recommend!
    Paints! Wine!

    The caveats:
    The hike is not terribly short, especially when you're carrying up food supplies and water, and it has been raining recently.
    The toilet - while running and flushing and otherwise very modern - rocked a bit when you sat on it (or was that just me?) and was a little awkwardly placed, though I assume it was to try to stay out of the way of the shower.
    Water supply - she made a note to only drink bottled water, which we brought, but it made me a little nervous about the tap water and there were also loud groaning noises whenever you turned on the water.

    All in all, I enjoyed it a lot - the bathroom and conserving water and all of that ended up adding to the charm of it. But it's not a luxurious cabin getaway - there is some work involved in order to feel comfortable. But it feels extremely cozy for an "unplugged" weekend, especially with the amazing paints supplied and a bottle of wine.

    Sofanya was great and very informative and responsive, though I did not get to meet her. Everything was in its place as she told us it would be.

    She left nice touches such as a bottle of wine and had great hand soap (yes, I notice these things) and made great use of the minimal space.

    March 2014
    Response from Sofanya:

    I was so sorry I didn't get to meet Jen as I most often do get to greet my guests but she and her friend were great with the explicit directions provided. I know that the rain can make a bit of an extra "adventure" walking up to the cabin so I like to advise guests ahead of time that this might be the case if you decide to come here in winter. Clearly they made the best of it and enjoyed this cozy little cabin in the woods. I'm definitely going to look into the "rocking" toilet comment! It probably just needs to be tightened. Sorry for the "groan" sound of the of the water pump but we need that in order to finally provide running water, toilet etc up there. The water is fine but just to be safe I do provide drinking water so they didn't have to carry any. Jen and her friend were really fine guests and certainly seemed to enjoy the amenities of the Lotus Blossom. I hope that they come back...and perhaps try the Calla Lilly which is easy to get to.

    March 2014
  • Sofanya's lodgings are very deep in a redwood forest off Highway 1. The setting was beautiful, primeval, and peaceful. We had booked the Lotus Blossom but due to inclement weather (very heavy rain) Sofanya was kind enough to relocate us to the Calla Lily cottage closer to the road. Lotus Blossom would be a great retreat for one person or two people who are up for almost off-the-grid adventure without another dwelling in sight. My partner and I (and our dog) were very comfortable in Calla Lily; we enjoyed the rain falling on the roof as we were snug near a woodstove fire. Sofanya had a number of very thoughtful touches, including treats in recognition of the anniversary we were celebrating. Everything was clean and tidy; wifi worked very well in the gallery.

    We were concerned at first about the distance to "civilization" but dining out in Carmel or Big Sur was roughly only 30 minutes away by car.

    March 2014
    Response from Sofanya:

    John and his partner were ideal guests and very understanding that I wanted to put them into the cottage instead of the cabin as it was storming. They were adventurous to come here during the rains and it turned out so well. Winter rains here are actually blissful....gorgeous and so fresh with fragrant earth. They were appreciative and very respectful and it seemed like they so enjoyed their stay. I would be so happy to welcome them again any time!

    March 2014
  • We had a terrific time at the Lotus Blossom cabin in Big Sur Forest. The cabin was cozy and beautiful and very, very quiet. I love that it was a little bit removed from the other places on the property and that it was surrounded by redwoods. My partner and I had a wonderful time there. Thanks, Sofanya!

    January 2014
    Response from Sofanya:

    Julie and her partner were delightful guests and they seemed to so enjoy everything....that makes me very happy! I hope to see them here again soon!

    January 2014
  • Sofanya's place was amazing! Beautiful area, nice accommodations, and a very special person running the place! Thank you so much!

    December 2013
  • Lovely little cabin. We had a very relaxing stay. The host is welcoming, the place is comfortable, and the deck shower is great. Would gladly return.

    December 2013
  • We originally booked the Lotus Blossom but due to over booking we got the opportunity to stay in the DOME HOUSE! It was absolutely wonderful. It felt like our own getaway in the forest. Highly recommend it to other couples!

    December 2013
    Response from Sofanya:

    It was great to have the opportunity to share the Dome House with Bernhard due to my mistakenly double booking. I'm so pleased that he and his girlfriend so enjoyed....hoping for another visit from these very sweet people!

    December 2013
  • Beautiful and cozy little cabin in the woods.

    November 2013
    Response from Sofanya:

    Noah....thank you for staying here! You were a wonderful guest and I hope that you'll be back. You are most welcome any time!

    November 2013
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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. 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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