SOPHISTICATED, PRIVATE COMPOUND THAT BALANCES NATURE'S BEAUTY WITH LUXURY

Michael Hastings

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
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SOPHISTICATED, PRIVATE COMPOUND THAT BALANCES NATURE'S BEAUTY WITH LUXURY

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4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4.0 Baths (Sleeps 8)

Elements Retreat is a majestic compound located on a five acre ridge above historic Austin Creek.

The grounds have been landscape with indigenous grasses and ferns, highlighting the phenomenal native redwood trees. Pathways wind throughout, offering innumerable walks among ever-changing scenery, including a serene pond and enchanting waterfall to delight and awaken the senses. When you hike from the main compound, pathways become forest trails beckoning further into remote adjoining terrains still on the property Extended walks offer seasonal streams and waterfalls, in addition to Austin Creek itself, with its numerous swimming holes and opportunities for creek wading. The entire retreat is professionally lit to a stunning degree, complimenting its allure day and night

Entertaining large groups is effortless and everyone can have their own privacy, while gathering together in the large entertaining areas.

The Main House: The main house is a contemporary craftsman style structure with a great room, master bedroom and two bathrooms. One of which is exceptionally large with multiple shower heads and a Zen inspired private garden. The fully appointed kitchen is centered around a granite island and can accommodate multiple chefs. Appliances include a professional six burner Wolf range/oven, micro wave drawer, Stainless refrigerator/freezer, and garbage compactor. The Great Room does have the latest in video, audio and Internet capabilities if that need strikes. The lodge is replete with fine attention to every detail, from the refectory style dining table, the deep leather sofa, to custom designed candle chandelier, which radiates throughout the main living area.

The West Terrace and Buddha Garden: The West Terrace and Buddha Garden off the main house is an example of what makes this estate so unique. The outdoor kitchen and gardens were crafted from river stone years ago when the property was a summer campsite. The outdoor kitchen has been restored and updated and includes a state of the art gas BBQ, sink, lighting and herb garden. The original river stone fire pit is now, the focal point of a modern and sophisticated outside entertainment area. The dinning table was custom made from the center cut of a local redwood tree and seats fourteen plus people. It’s the perfect setting for a large family gathering or a special event.

The guest house: The guest house has its own terrace and seating area. Its windows have beautiful garden views too, but with different vistas, giving this two-bedroom space a unique atmosphere and privacy. It has king and queen sleeping accommodations. A spacious multi shower head bathroom offers a mini spa experience off a secluded and private patio.

The Cabin is a secluded gem on the compound. It has a king size bed and full bath with its outside shower. It adjoins the large east terrace that has vistas into the Redwoods.

The Yoga Studio is situated in quiet of the lower gardens. It does have adjustable weights and an iPod player for guests use.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
Michael Hastings (Owner)
Advertiser since 2008
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About Michael Hastings

I have been living in Northern California for many years. Although I always consider San Francisco 'home', I have had a vineyard in Napa (Blackbird) and now Elements in Sonoma County.

I was born in Miami Beach but raised on the West Coast. I attended UCSB, and was an avid sailor for many years. I now have started to really enjoy my retirement years spending time at Elements.

Michael Hastings purchased this estate in 2007

Why Michael Hastings chose Cazadero

The western part of Sonoma Valley has a much milder climate, its why its ideal for the Pinot Grapes. The small towns of Sebastopol, Guerneville, and Monte and reminiscent of an easier time. I choose the area because it reminded me of an early version of Napa Valley. This area has a blend of fine wines and great food, along with a unique environment with the Redwoods and Coast.

What makes this estate unique

I like living in the country, and when I first visited the property, all my senses seemed to come alive. There is a tranquility and peacefulness that seems unique. And then there is the view, over the canyon, and above the Redwoods. All of that, and abundant sunlight just made me realize it was my home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello Michael,



I just want to echo everything Mike said in his earlier email to you! We had a wonderful weekend at your beautiful home! It was the perfect setting to celebrate my big Birthday with close friends, and everyone - two-legged and four-legged guests alike - felt so comfortable and relaxed and just lucky to have found such a special place to spend the weekend together!



The fact that the weather was so good was the icing on the (Birthday!) cake! It allowed us to fully appreciate the beautiful indoor/outdoor living spaces you have created and we couldn't have been more comfortable, both indoors and out! Everything was perfect and no one wanted to leave! Thank you so much again (and especially thank you for allowing us to bring our dogs!)



With all best wishes,
Jan 2014
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Reviews

4.9
based on 39 traveler reviews

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Sophisticated, private compound that balances nature's beauty with luxury
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Amazing relaxation in gorgeous wooded compound

  • 5 of 5
The Elements was a perfect vacation rental for a group of friends! As we pulled up the long drive into a shady redwood glen, we knew our stray would be wonderful. The main house looks exactly as photographed, the grounds are superior! A lovely pea gravel patio with comfy seating around a fire pit (and sticks for roasting marshmallows), and built in barbecue , Buddha fountain and hammock appoint the grounds. The two guest houses are comfortable and complete, all clean and easy to figure out. We took a moonlight soak in the hot tub while enjoying local wine. The stars were multitudinous and the stoic redwoods enclosed us in a dramatic glen.
The kitchen had all the utensils, plates, glasses etc. that we needed to cook, and the pantry provided spices, oils and pepper towels.
It was so beautiful and luxurious, we spent a day just hanging out on the property, taking walks in the woods, and swinging in the hammock. Just 10 minutes to guerneville, the locations was very private, yet convenient to shops and activities. Excellent! We will stay again.
  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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A Healing Sanctuary for My Mom & Dad

A Healing Sanctuary for My Mom & Dad
  • 5 of 5
There are already tons of 5 star reviews over the Elements. What could I add more? My suggestion is "you have to be there, feel it and then get it, whatever you are looking for". The Elements was a healing sanctuary for my mom who is recovering from the cancer surgery, and for my dad who has devoted all of his time and energy taking care of her. Both of them had gone back home safely, happier, healthier and more determined to make another trip to the Elements next summer. I wish they could and I believe they will. Thanks, Michael! Both you and the Elements may well deserve THE five stars.

Much appreciation on the architectural design and the layout of the Elements, especially, for trying hard to preserve the nature as it is. James, Irvine/ CA
  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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5

A magical oasis in the woods.

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I (with our 4 small children) and my sister and her husband and daughter spent a wonderful week at Elements. It was spacious, quiet, and beautifully outfitted but not in a fussy way. We spent our days either doing short excursions or lounging around eating, drinking great wine and playing board games. We were out of doors 18 hours a day and loved every minute. I will also say I found Michael exceptionally professoinal and responsive. He even lent my 8-year old daughter his asthma inhaler. What a star...
  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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5

The BEST home away from home!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and his siblings were all born in March so we thought it might be a great idea to get together for one big birthday celebration. With that said, finding a vacation place for our family and 2 dogs is not always an easy task.

We have high standards regarding beauty and comfort and we are extremely particular with cleanliness.
After reading about Elements, everyone immediately agreed THIS was the place for us.
Michael, the owner, was instrumental in the planing of our family get together by suggesting numerous activities for us to do and places to visit. He was also very kind, helpful and quick at answering any questions we had while staying on his property.
Upon our arrival, we all had the same reaction. WOW!!!

We've rented several vacation homes over the years and Elements is, by far, the most beautiful place we've stayed at.
The website offers wonderful photos but when we first saw the property surrounded by all it's natural beauty and gorgeous houses, it more than surpassed our expectations.
The compound is just so peaceful and serene. It has something to offer for every age group and its location is perfect for sightseeing.
Our son and his dog Penny loved sharing the little cedar house with it's outside shower and swimming in the freezing creek across the road.
We had a fantastic time wine tasting at Sophie's Cellars in Duncan Mills and shopping at Mr. Trombly's table, a new store that just opened the day we arrived. We walked around Healdsburg and Guerneville, drove through Goat Rock State Park and spent tons of time just relaxing and enjoying the beauty of Elements.

This was a wonderful experience for all of us and what started as a vacation will now become a tradition.
Our only regret...we didn't stay long enough.
We've already shared pictures and spoken to lots of people
including my family in Québec. Everyone agreed, we were so lucky to have found this place.

Thank you Michael for allowing us to create new wonderful memories.
  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Wonderful Sonoma Retreat

  • 5 of 5
The Elements is a wonderful retreat in the redwood forest of Sonoma County. The property is as beautiful as the photographs depict, and a great place to spend time with family and friends. It is a great base from which to explore the wine country and the Pacific coast. The nearby small towns are charming, particularly Duncans Mills. We especially enjoyed cooking in the well-equipped kitchen and enjoying the fire pit and hot tub in the cool evenings. The owner, Michael, was very helpful and provided great suggestions for places to visit while we were there. The outdoor spaces are well designed and provide a variety of places to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Perfect place to enjoy our 10 year anniversary

  • 5 of 5
This property was really wonderful. We got the whole place to ourselves. I think the property is undersold. It is very private, romantic, the views are just amazing. The owner was great to deal with, smooth transaction and provided some great local insight to improve our stay. The kitchen is stocked by what has to be a chef. The access to ocean, wines and redwoods is unparalleled.

We thought the property was very well maintained, clean and welcoming.

I'd reccommend this property to anyone. It was great for a romantic getaway, but we are already trying to get a few more couples to come up with us next time. Great getaway for a group with ample private getaway space.

I'd reccommend this property to anyone and hope it works out that my wife and I will visit again.
  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
27 Miles
Santa Rosa
Nearest Ferry
59 Miles
San Rafael
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Oakland
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
HW 101
Nearest Beach
17 Miles
Goat Rock
Nearest Barpub
4.5 Miles
Blue Heron
Nearest Ski
228 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Golf
6.5 Miles
Northwood Golf
Nearest Restaurant
4.5 Miles
Cape Fear, Duncan's Mill
Car: necessary

Elements Austin Creek is a majestic compound located on a five acre ridge above historic Austin Creek. Once you breathe the air and see the vistas you are aware of the profound spirit penetrating the property. This extremely private estate consists of four buildings and a spa thoughtfully situated among spectacular gardens and towering redwoods with breathtaking panoramic views of Magic Mountain and its adjoining watershed.

Other Activities: shopping, rafting, kayaking, boating, rock climbing, spa, miniature golf

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Cazadero Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High Season
Jun 1 2014 - Sep 30 2014
4 night minimum stay
$680
$4,080
$12,500
 
 
Winter 2014/2015
Oct 1 2014 - Mar 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
$630
$3,780
$10,500
 
 
Early Season
Apr 1 2015 - May 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
$650
$3,900
$10,500
 
 
2015 Season
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
4 night minimum stay
$690
$4,140
$12,700
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%
Notes Maximum occupancy is limited to 8 adults. County ordinances prevent any larger gatherings. Parking limited to four cars.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Cazadero Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Free Local Calls
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Iron & Board
  • Alarm Clock
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , outdoor shower , shower , The shower is outdoors
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , main house
    Bedroom 4, Cabin - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 guest house - 1 queen , Guest house second bedroom.
    Bedroom 3 guest house - 1 king , Convertible sofa, Guest house
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Toys
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Deck Furniture
  • Porch Furniture
  • Binoculars
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • 20 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
  • health/beauty spa
  • nude beach
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkeling/diving
  • basketball court
  • rock climbing
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • hunting
  • rafting
  • water tubing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
Notes:
Entertaining large groups is effortless and everyone can have their own privacy, while gathering together in the large entertaining areas. All bedrooms, a total of three king and one queen beds, are furnished with quality linens and down comforters. Located throughout the property is all the latest that technology can offer including two HDTV’s, a full range of cable programming, Blue Ray DVD, and high speed Internet.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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