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View from the front doorLiving room with view of the forest through every window
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4 guests1 bedroom3 beds2 baths
4 guests
1 bedroom
3 beds
2 baths
Great location
94% of recent guests gave this home’s location a 5-star rating.
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This unique Dome House feels like being inside a giant tree. It was built by civil rights attorney Sherwin Shayne and his friends over several years beginning in 1970. You will occupy the upper two levels, an expansive open floor plan with no interior walls (other than the lower level Bath) finished entirely in wood. Large windows provide views of the forest and birds. Skylights for stargazing & moon beams, and a private deck for listening to soothing owl song.


Free parking on premises
Hair dryer

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 super king bed
Common spaces
1 single bed, 1 sofa bed

House Rules

Not safe or suitable for children (0-12) and pets
No smoking, parties, or events
Check-in time is 4PM - 10PM and check out out by 11AM
Self check-in with lockbox


125 Reviews

Grant User Profile
April 2018
The Dome house is beautiful and well placed for exploring Big Sur. We spent 2 nights there and had an amazing time. Kate, who helps Sofanya with the property gave us some excellent local tips for restaurants. We went to Post Ranch Inn, expensive but incredible views. We want to g…
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Response from Sofanya:
Hi Grant... Thank you for being such great guests and I do hope that you'll feel welcome to come back to stay here again. Sofanya
April 2018
Stuart User Profile
August 2017
Everything was wonderful - just as photos show, Kate & Sofanya were great, a truly magical place, want to go back there to live!
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Response from Sofanya:
Stuart....YOU are the one that made that amazing sketch of Star Lilly! Both she & I LOVE're so talented and the drawing truly captures her beautiful spirit. I'm happy you enjoyed being here and please know that you're welcome any time as a "home away from home"!
August 2017
Carlos User Profile
August 2015
The Dome and the area it sits in are stunningly beautiful. The house itself is utterly unique and filled with a host of interesting details and artworks...everywhere you look you notice something new and unexpected - yet you don't feel in any way that you are walking on eggshells…
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Response from Sofanya:
Carlos & Family were so delightful! The kids were adorable and loved loved loved playing with the cats and my doggy Star Lilly. (Of course their British accents made it even better!) They painted and just had a great time and I really enjoyed their happy presence here! They were so appreciative, comfortable and I felt like I've known them for years. My friend Monty likes to say ...they arrive as friends and leave as family.
August 2015
Graham User Profile
August 2015
Amazing, unique, welcoming place to stay. Great location for lovely Garrapata beach and Rocky Point restaurant, and for exploring Big Sur and Carmel. Wonderful outdoor spaces - perfect for a relaxing, stress-free break. Sofanya was hugely welcoming - we loved our stay here!
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Response from Sofanya:
Thank you (Website hidden by Airbnb) was a joy to host your visit....I'm so happy that you found it welcoming to my heart! Please come back again any time ....Sofanya
August 2015
Jennifer User Profile
August 2018
Absolutely amazing. We have two little kids and they LOVED it. Make sure you paint outside.
Niki User Profile
August 2018
Jewel in the forest is as its name promisses a lovely place and Sofanya is a wonderfull host!
Anthony User Profile
August 2018
Sofanya’s Dome House is a unique place. It is a cabin adorned with unique artwork and rustic touches. Set back a couple miles from Route 1, the dome house is more secluded than many of the inns that you may find in Big Sur. It is on a local one lane road with cabins. Sofanya’s …

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Big Sur, California, United StatesJoined in May 2012
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599 Reviews
Sofanya is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
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…
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