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.
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.
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.
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.