|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Large, open, bright, airy space with high ceilings and hardwood floors throughout house. One bedroom downstairs and 2 bedrooms upstairs with bonus 'office room' upstairs. One bathroom downstairs. Large patio and backyard. Located on a ranch with goats, chickens, horses, dogs and cats. Large kitchen with custom designed picnic style kitchen table.
Great place to getaway for the weekend or to hold a personal or professional retreat type weekend. We also accept and welcome long term visitors or people in transition who would like to stay on a monthly basis.
The house does not have any air conditioning. It is heated only by wood burning stove and a small wall heater in the kitchen, a fire must be kept burning in the winter months for heating purposes.
There is a landline with free long distance and wireless internet.
Quiet, peaceful land relatively close to many San Francisco Bay Area attractions. 15 miles from transportation such as BART.
If the calendar is open the space is available! Thanks!
I live in the Bay Area and travel a lot for the work I do. I am a writer and online marketing strategist who loves creative collaboration, experiencing new things and taking on new ventures!
This is a one of a kind house and property in a unique rural, peaceful setting but still close to the city of San Francisco and Berkeley.
This property is a Naturalist's delight. The red carpet is rolled out to you with a crew of unusually friendly animals. Daily, we were visited by a large, old bearish golden retriever named Rosie. Of the gentlest nature, she would put her chin on my lap as I sat out back admiring the view, and listen intently on my views of life. Two small chihuahua's named Angel and Milo flank the properties rear yard and act like paparazzi preening to get a shot of us. A cat named Jasper also came regularly to sit on our back porch, receiving belly rubs and back rubs from my children. Jasper likes to eat lizards and we watched him have a crunchy lizard breakfast one day. It only took about a minute to get that thing down.
We fed carrots to the horses, watched two bird parents rush back and forth from their barn nest to feed a gaggle of babies, took walks on a nearby fire road and worried in the middle of the night about the nearness of coyote howls. Fresh eggs are in the chicken coup every morning. Between the view, the flow of wind on a summer's evening, a library of books and the animal magic, this place could mend a broken heart.
However, I recommend that if you come here you bring your own towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, soaps, silver ware, can opener, toilet paper, paper towels and smelly candle for the bathroom where the toilet is to be left mellowing when it's yellow. The property is on a well and while we are in drought, we were told not to flush the toilet until necessary which makes for a stinky bathroom. The provisions here are old and neglected. There is no air conditioner. If you are looking for the VRBO that competes with the hotel industry, stop here, do not proceed. In the sense of indoor accommodations, I would give this property a 2. However, if you are able to rough it a little in order to be in the beauty and spirit of a barn out in the hills, you will appreciate this experience.
Martinez is 20 minutes from the property by car, but Pinole is a whimsical 10 minutes away with Safeway, Chipolte, a nail place, yogurt shop, etc. I never saw the property owners Brian and Nikki, but emailed with them extensively. Brian is receptive. Lupe, the property caretaker is a delightful ranching troubadour who can be glimpsed racing by on a three wheeler to fix a fence or feed the horses. We will miss Lupe and the animals.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes||There is no refund within 30 days of arrival date.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.