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 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.
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.
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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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.