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Mark is very welcoming. He made sure we were able to find the place (it's in the middle of nowhere!) and spent time showing us the ins and outs of the cabin and grounds. After that, we had the place to ourselves. The cabin is very comfortable, but as other people have noted, the composting toilet does smell a bit. The smell stays in the bathroom so isn't overwhelming and didn't really bother us too much. All-in-all we really enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend the cabin to others. Waking up in a forest of Redwoods was very special and we loved falling asleep to the sounds of nature.
Wonderful remote cabin in the woods! Charming & cozy. Would definitely stay here again. This place reminds us that we can live both comfortably and Eco friendly.
We enjoyed the cozy, little rustic cabin surrounded by the peaceful redwood forest. Mark greeted us and was a gracious host. He gave us the guided "tour" of the place. He has a delightful sense of humor and is easy-going. He made sure we found the cabin as the dirt roads are narrow and confusing if one isn't from there. Cell phone coverage is tough unless you have AT & T or a prepaid plan like Trackfone. The kitchen and living quarters were perfect for our needs. We enjoyed the tea assortment in the kitchen Mark supplied. He has a CD player in the cabin and hooked up big speakers, which created an awesome symphonic experience. I'm a music buff so it was a huge plus. Big Basin State Park is 20 minutes away on HWY 9 from our little hideaway. The only downside is the compost toilet, which reminds me of a port-a-potty. It truly reeks. Mark said he would get a better commode for the cabin in the future.
Mark was exceptionally welcoming and funny! He made the cabin even more perfect by sharing a few stories of the area and making suggestions of what hikes to do and where to go for great views of the redwoods.
Mark is a really sweet guy who met us and told us all about the cabin. The cabin is in a very secluded, quiet, and beautiful location in the forest. The bed was comfortable and there were amenities such as soap, shampoo, breakfast fixings, bedding, towels, games, cd player, etc. We had a very nice stay and do not regret renting the cabin.
We only have 3 issues with this listing: 1. The composting toilet does not really compost and it can smell really badly. Mark said he is going to replace it and I would recommend he do it soon. 2. Although the cabin appeared clean the insides of the cupboards and refrigerator were covered with old grease and spilled food. They really need to be cleaned. 3. Mark should warn renters about the road. If I had been driving I would have taken one look at that road and kept on going down the highway. It is very steep, twisty, and narrow. No reviewers have remarked about it so maybe most people are used to narrow mountain roads.
But in spite of those 3 things we had a very quiet, peaceful time to rejuvenate. Another plus was its proximity to Big Basin Park which I highly recommend seeing. It is a very special place.
Mark was a great host. Very thorough and his detailed directions were perfect. Gave local advice but also gave us privacy. Great experience. Cabin is VERY basic but it met our needs and the bed was very comfortable.
Mark really took the time to show us around the cabin and surroundings. It can be tricky to find the place, and evidently best to follow Mark's map and instructions - we didn't and kind of got lost! We came because we wanted to explore Big Basin SP and look at the redwoods, and it was the perfect location for that. Being in the middle of the forest, it prolonged our experience. We even saw deer walking around at the front in the morning! Remember to bring your own food as you'll be miles away from anything. We cooked dinner, had a bottle of wine, and played Trivial Pursuit (supplied!) while listening to the CDs provided by Mark. The cabin is rustic and you need to be realistic about that.
This is a nice, no frills, eco-friendly space for a cozy and quiet rustic getaway. We stayed here in between hiking at Castle Rock Park and Big Basin. About a 20 min drive to Boulder Creek for any food/wine essentials you may have forgotten. Mark is very welcoming and thorough in his explanation of the cabin and property. All in all, a great experience!
Beautiful piece of property tucked away in the redwoods. Mark is super cool and hilarious. The cabin is great for a night after hiking, and for those accustomed to the cabin/camping/outdoor lifestyle. It's a little rough around the edges which worked well for the condition we were in after hiking 10 miles.
Mark was right there to make sure we found the place, and explained the workings of everything in the cabin. All the instructions were pretty clear, so we didn't have to contact him again.
The kitchen is more kitchen than kitchenette -- all that's missing is an oven, but we were perfectly happy cooking three meals a day there.
Everything in the cabin works, but some things are a little rough around the edges. The composting toilet probably should be mentioned - it's a little tricky, even as someone who's used one before. But the bed is in great shape. I'll forgive any number of sticky windows and doors for a really good mattress.
The location is beautiful - basically all redwoods. It is worth noting that this cabin is on a property with half-a-dozen other buildings and a couple of RVs, so it's not like you're plopped down by yourself in the forest, but there weren't of other people there while we were there and it definitely felt private.
This was a nice place to spend a quiet weekend.