Welcome to the sun on Heart Circle Mountain. Be embraced by the Silent Temples of redwoods, mountains and waterfalls. Enjoy the magnificence of Big Sur while experiencing a wilderness setting with undisturbed tranquility surrounding each retreat. This expansive and private 36-acre property offers on-site hiking trails from your door ~ one with an ocean view (The Zen Trail) and another (The Waterfall Trail) along a uniquely private section of Palo Colorado Creek. This trail includes intimate forest settings and a waterfall/pool at trails end. Plus we are only 3 miles from gorgeous Garrapata Beach!
We have 1 additional private retreat on our large property, the Little Gem Cabin, the retreats are totally private from one other. Please check our other listings and website for details.
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The Forest Cottage provides the solitude of our wilderness, and makes for a perfect romantic getaway for 2 or a solo retreat.
The Cottage is unique, established in the 1930’s as the original cottage on Heart Circle Mountain. It is a lovingly remodeled and welcoming two-story home nestled in a private redwood and oak glen. The Cottage has a romantic bedroom with a queen tempur-pedic bed. The large sitting area has a love-seat and sofa, CD/IPod/Radio System and a Flat Screen TV with a wide selection of DVD’s. It has a full gourmet kitchen, which includes completely stocked cupboards of cooking implements, full sized refrigerator, stove, and large dining area. You can BBQ on the patio and enjoy the beautiful yard with a custom redwood table. Relax in the hammock or in the hydromassage hot tub under the dappled sun canopy of redwoods & oaks, while listening to the sounds of the forest and flowing creek.
The Forest Cottage is built out of the finest materials; plaster walls, tumbled marble, granite and art glass lighting. The retreat is meticulously cleaned with sparkling white linens and is cleaned with non-toxic, eco friendly cleaners and is pet dander free. Enjoy the rugged landscape of the outdoors, and escape into the comfort of your private retreat, created by local artists and craftsmen. Drink our fresh spring water, with coffee & teas provided. Smell the sweet clean air and listen to the birds sing. Gaze at the stars unobstructed by city lights. Then slip into your cozy, silky, and luxurious bed with a fluffy down duvet, for a blissful nights sleep.
Private Chef, Masseuse, and Tour Guide available at your request.
On Heart Circle's pristine property, we offer hiking with On-Site Trails that are completely Private - no need to worry about accidentally stumbling upon a neighbor's property, passing cars, or dusty roads!
The Zen Trail gently climbs up Garrapata Ridge and offers spectacular ocean, mountain, and valley views. The trail passes by a fox den where you might catch a glimpse of their world. There is a delightful picnic area at the trails end nestled under a natural oak arbor with a view of the ocean. This magical spot is perfect to watch the red-tailed hawks and peregrine falcons fly overhead while enjoying gorgeous sunsets.
The Waterfall Trail meanders through a redwood forest along a gentle creek with areas for relaxing and dining amid Big Sur's unique flora and fauna. Look for a magical clearing in our redwood glen along the creek, with fairy rings of redwoods surrounding it. At trails end relax and enjoy the tranquil pond at the base of a 10ft granite waterfall.
You won't have to drive anywhere to explore the beauty of Big Sur! Of course there are endless possibilities for many adventures in the Ventana wilderness a few miles away!
Heart Circle's microclimate is unique, a marine influence with inland sun and warmth. Our mid-altitude (900ft) mountaintop is not too hot (fewer insects) like higher ridges and mountains, and not too foggy or cold, like lower altitudes. It's the Goldilocks Zone!
Our property is perfectly located on Big Sur's north coast, atop a small mountain overlooking Palo Colorado Canyon and beyond. Heart Circle is conveniently located just 2.2 miles from Highway 1 providing more sun and less wind than the coast. Enjoy all that Big Sur has to offer, yet remain only a 15-minute drive north to Carmel, and a 15-minute drive south to Big Sur valley. Enjoy the best of both worlds on
Hello! We are the owners of Heart Circle Mountain Retreat. We love Heart Circle, and have been able to continue our passion for design when creating each unique retreat. We put thought and care into designing and furnishing the retreats. We originally created them for our family. We are now excited to open the retreats to more people who want to experience the healing tranquility and beauty of Heart Circle Mountain. Thank you for your interest. Andrew, Brianne and Tara
We find the location of Heart Circle Mountain to be naturally healing. The climate, views, and privacy all come together to create a place of peace and serenity. We consider living on this land to be the most precious gift, and have devoted ourselves to caring for it. The retreats have scenic roads in all directions and are close to the Villages we love.
The circular driveway, ridges and mountains, all encircle the mountain on which the retreat sits, is unique to this property, and is the reason for the name, Heart Circle Mountain. The rich and abundant animal and plant life also provide us with extraordinary experiences on a daily basis. We are able to offer private hiking trails because of the large acreage, which is rarely available in Big Sur with diverse flora and fauna on one property. Enjoy idyllic Big Sur beauty, pure spring water, healing nature and rare old growth ancient redwoods.