Queen bed with memory foam mattress, dressing tables, hardwood floors, large spacious room adjacent to bathroom, reading/tv room, and private deck.Private deck with morning sun off suite.
5 stars, 4 yrs, 3 rooms, 2 meals, 1 ocean
3 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
3 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Best of both worlds: Family-built, 70-year-old house in sheltered valley on 80 private acres, easy one-mile walk to Pacific Ocean, 4 miles from historic Victorian Ferndale. Home-cooked, fresh food dinner & breakfast included in room price. Dark, quiet nights. Fresh spring water. Comfy, queen bed w/ private bath & deck, reading room, view of creek & forest. Can easily accommodate children. On site animals: dog, 2 alpacas and one emu. Close to southern (30 min.) and northern (1 hour) redwoods.

The space

The rustic house is "farmhouse Victorian." Our private valley is lush & filled with wildlife. We have two wireless internet systems, but -- attention! -- the hills block most cellphone signals and if there's fog or smoke the internet can be slow. We cook fresh, local food. Homemade artisan whole wheat bread daily. Homemade ice cream. "From scratch" cakes and pies. Vegetarian and gluten-free meals on request. Suite includes reading/tv room (in which we can put a cot for a third person in your party), private bath, bedroom with a queen-sized bed and morning-sun porch with private entrance.

Guest access

Family groups: we can accommodate two adult couples/2 children with our second listed bedroom added to this booking (see listing for Garden Room, same yellow farmhouse photo). Family booking for two full bedrooms/two private bathrooms/full dinners/full breakfasts is $170/night, which we send as a special offer when you book either room as a family/friends group. Accommodations: access to common rooms: living room, dining room, deck, laundry facilities, 80 private acres of wilderness to explore. Lots of reading nooks, inside and out (hammock under the wisteria).

Interaction with guests

We live on the premises and are about most of the time, although we both are self-employed outside the home. We have a library of local brochures, tourist info, and "insider" local history (if asked). We're there if you want to hang out (usually cooking), and we're in our own quarters if you don't. We serve formal meals and eat with our guests. You may meet other travelers at our house as well. We have two Airbnb bedrooms and often both are booked.

Other things to note

The property is beautiful, the food is delicious, and the beds are super comfy. No close neighbors, 1/4 mile off a country road, no traffic noise. Here's the downside, according to some guests: Our private quarters are upstairs and the stairs creak. The very old dog, Frank, sleeps upstairs & often has to go out in the middle of the night. In "weather" -- and we can have Big Weather -- the house shudders. It's a 70-year-old house (built from recycled redwood and war surplus by family and friends): there can be drafts (although we have good central heating & use it). Coyotes howl, cell-phones really don't work (but email/text does and our Wifi is good.) There are unexpected creature visitations (raccoons, bobcats, squirrels, eagles and hawks, possum, bats, rabbits, chipmunks, porcupines, deer, foxes and a bear). The 4-mile road to our house from Ferndale is a paved but a rough country road, unlit, and full of wildlife after dark.
The good stuff: Water: fresh spring water to drink & in a jug in your room; hot & lots for showers. We welcome children (cots, sofas, toddler bed, etc.). Lots of room in the suite for portable cribs, etc (bring your own). We have an industrial-strength swing set, hammocks, 2 alpacas and an emu. Dog is sweet. You will sleep well. Fireplace, curl-up reading spaces. Variety of teas, kettle always on. Food is good, often very very good, and plenty. Everything made "from scratch." We accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions, per individual advance request, in the menu planning. Regardless of your age, this is a visit to grandparents who adore you and who will fix you pancakes in the middle of the night if that will make you happy.


Extra people £19 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee £11
Weekly Discount: 20%
Weekend Price £100 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 floor mattress

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in time is 3PM - 9PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

No form of any kind of smoking in the house. No animal guests. No third-party bookings.
Our mission statement: We believe in building a world house of love and laughter where each person, unique and respected, has hope and opportunity.

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Dog(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 1 night.

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Carina User Profile
September 2017
A cosy place to stay with delicious food!

Stephanie User Profile
September 2017
We had a lovely stay at Wendy and John's! They were very generous and friendly hosts, but were not intrusive if you wanted to be left to yourself. The farmhouse is super cute. It's full of old photos and antiques and the bed is one of the most comfortable I've ever slept on. And the location is about as close to the beach as you can be. We loved our stay!

Tina User Profile
September 2017
Where to begin..? Words won't do Wendy and Johns place justice, it's something you have to experience for yourself, but I'll try.. just outside of town you will find endless peace and quiet. You will hear the ocean, despite being exactly 1 mile away. Prepare to feel instantly comfy and safe, welcomed like family. Bring your appetite, Wendy and John prepare meals you won't forget, they may even share the recipe with you if you ask! The food is fabulous, the homemade clam chowder was my favorite. Don't even get me started on desserts, oh my! (hint: Johns angel pie) Splurge and eat them, you can walk it off on your way to the beach. Drive if you like, there is always parking available at nearby Centerville beach. However you spend your days in Ferndale, you will be glad to come 'home' to the Farmhouse to unwind and sleep ever so soundly. I loved how dark it is at night, no glaring lights coming in the window from anywhere. Just the distant glorious sound of the ocean. You will wake to the smell of breakfast, complete with Peets coffee and fresh squeezed juice! The shower is updated with a handheld shower head and there are endless fresh clean towels. The bed is dreamy with silky soft linens and plush warm blankets. A fresh sweet smelling rose from the garden on the nightstand was a nice touch! The delightful company and conversation you will have the privilege to enjoy is the icing on the cake. You will be hard pressed to find anyone that knows the history of the area better than Wendy. Stop reading and book your unique and wonderful vacation now!

Austin User Profile
September 2017
Like coming home for the holidays, spending time with your mom and pop hearing stories and meeting new folks.

Owen User Profile
August 2017
Very memorable stay, felt like a home from home with great food and welcoming hosts. Beautiful location a short walk from the beach with numerous animals and delightful hosts. Highly recommended.

Darlene User Profile
August 2017
Really a wonderful place to get away. Our hosts' Wendy and John were amazing! Shared a scrumptious dinner and then breakfast the next morning with everyone. The half mile walk to the beach was just perfect. Our seven-year-old loved her little cot in her own separate room right next to us. Plus she loved meeting Bob, the emu and Larry and Darrell the alpacas.

Konstantinos User Profile
August 2017
Our stay here was exceptional! Highly recommend this location for its excellent value and warm hospitality! Wendy and John made my kids and I feel like part of the family and went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of! The food was really amazing, fresh and great quality! They really are all-star hosts!

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Ferndale, California, United StatesJoined in October 2013
Wendy & John User ProfileWendy & John is a superhost.

These wooded 80 acres have been in the family for nearly 70 years. I grew up here, spent 35 adult working years in Los Angeles and New York, and returned to Humboldt County in 1993, when I inherited the farm. I work as a documentary filmmaker, editor, and writer; John, who spent 25 years designing computer communications systems, is a handyman (both at home and for others). We currently have two sweet dogs--an aging Australian shepherd named Frank; and Tickie, an adult Corgi-mix. If the bobcat and bald eagles and red-tailed hawks don't visit for a while, we also keep chickens (currently 0, alas). We are both enthusiastic cooks, and there is usually fresh bread and lots of veggies. We "do" Airbnb family style: our guests are considered just that, houseguests, members of our "fictive" family, if only for a few hours.

Languages: Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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