View from the front doorLiving room with view of the forest through every window
Dome House
Hosted by Sofanya
Sofanya is the host.
5 guests
1 bedroom
3 beds
2 baths
5 guests
1 bedroom
3 beds
2 baths
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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.

The space

Conveniently located halfway between Carmel & Big Sur! Enjoy a spectacular drive along the breathtaking Hwy 1 to a serene and lovely forest road to arrive at this unique and "glamour-rustic" dome home (upper level) with views of the redwoods from all around the house. You'll feel like you're living inside a giant tree! The open 2-story floor plan contains a luscious Master Bedroom loft, a futon in living room that sleeps two, and a nook with a single bed. It has a luxurious ambiance with several comfy areas to sit and relax or read. Two full baths with tubs and one with shower.

Guest access

Larger common-area courtyard with a propane fire pit (shared by other guests on the property.) Art Gallery open 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Essence Portraits by advance appointment with Sofanya. Cell phones and GPS will not work here -- plan ahead. Telephone available in the Art Gallery for U.S. calls and 911 in an emergency.

Other things to note

Heated only with wood stove, and all firewood is provided. It gets chilly here most evenings and mornings, even in Summer -- bring jackets & sweaters.

Free parking on premise
Wireless Internet

Cleaning Fee £78
Security Deposit £313
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Common spaces
1 single bed, 1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 4PM - 10PM
Check out by 11AM

I ask that you not smoke at all anywhere on the property, and please no wax candles or incense. No parking for RV's or large vehicles unless approved in writing in advance. No tent camping on the property.

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

107 Reviews

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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!
Sofanya User Profile
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, unable to enjoy yourself because you might break something; especially important when you are staying with three children. In fact, Sofanya offers paints and other art materials which our children thoroughly enjoyed. To wake up to redwoods outside the window and have a leisurely breakfast before enjoying Big Sur was truly memorable and a wonderful tonic for the soul. The kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves, exploring the area, painting, playing instruments in the "theatre area" and playing with Star Lilly, Sofanya's friendly young dog. We never felt that we had to worry about them annoying anyone, which is totally down to how welcoming Sofanya is as a host. From the outset she made us feel utterly at home, free to use the area as we pleased, gave some good advice about places to visit and was as involved as we needed. We can't recommend staying here enough and would love to stay again! Thank you Sofanya - Carlos, Louise, Rafa, Ofelia and Flo x
Sofanya User Profile
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 (URL HIDDEN) 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

Laura User Profile
September 2017
Magical place to get away! The dome house is truly a blessing to all that have the opportunity to visit. Sofanya, Kate and Star Lilly are amazing host's.

Amy User Profile
September 2017
We had a wonderful time in this beautiful space! It felt very secluded and tranquil- yet close to beautiful Carmel and Big Sur. Would definitely stay in this unique house again.
Sofanya User Profile
Response from Sofanya: and Friends were delightful and I hope you'll be visiting again. I'd love to paint with y'all next time or do your Essence Portraits! Let's plan for that... Love, Sofanya
September 2017

Jessica User Profile
September 2017
Sofanya's Dome House is truly a magical place!! I spent two nights there with two of my best friends from college during a road trip to Big Sur. The Dome House was the perfect, cozy, charming space to reunite and reconnect in nature. Sofanya and Kate gave us all the information we needed before and during our stay, and everything went very smoothly. We will definitely be back again in the future!!
Sofanya User Profile
Response from Sofanya:
So pleased that you enjoyed and I love that you chose to be in the Dome for your friend reunion! It's a special environment for that.... hope to see you here again!
September 2017

Matthew User Profile
September 2017
Sofanya's Dome House is a unique and truly special get-away. It is the perfect place to disconnect from the outside world in a secluded and quiet setting. The house itself is so unique and full of character, with the interesting furniture, instruments and Sofanya's beautiful art. You can tell right away it is a sacred place to her and we appreciated so much that she shared it with us. The house is in a great area of Big Sur, about 10 minutes up a long winding canyon road with other houses, surrounded by the amazing tall red woods. We felt so comfortable there and it allowed us time to really wind down and relax. And of course we had all the amazing views and hikes that Big Sur has to offer just minutes away, as well as great restaurants and shopping in Carmel/Monterrey a short drive away. Kate, the property care-taker, was so helpful and kind, she made our stay so pleasant. Both Kate and Sofanya are so kind, interesting and welcoming. We just wish we had more time there!
Sofanya User Profile
Response from Sofanya:
Thank you Matthew for choosing to stay here and for your wonderful appreciation. Your presence here has added to the magical energy that makes it what it is! I look forward to another visit....Sofanya
September 2017

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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 pages!

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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