|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
There are many different aspects to this beautiful place in Sebastopol, West Sonoma County, California and we encourage you to visit our website and Facebook page for greater detail and an abundance of pictures. Below, we will tell you about the house, the organic gardens, the animals, and this unique experience that awaits you at the farm.
First and foremost, it is a 23-acre mostly wild land. We have invited the wildlife to be at home here and for that reason you will often be able to see deer, raccoon, bobcat, and fox. Playing in the air currents above the land on a daily basis are the graceful turkey vultures, chatty red-shoulder hawks, and reserved, confident, red-tail hawks. All visitors are welcome to enjoy the private walking trails that wind through the forest, oak groves, and meadows on the property.
There are three turn-key vacation rentals, well placed at the top of the property for gorgeous sunset views. The 3-bedroom home, we call it the Retreat House, is surrounded with lush landscape, including a small waterfall and fish pond that can be heard from the wisteria-covered patio and from the kitchen, as well as two of the bedrooms. The hot tub is nestled beneath majestic oaks where privacy is assured and views abound.
Inside the Retreat House there are eight comfortable beds (three queens, one double, and four twins) easily sleeping up to twelve people. The kitchen is fully equipped and there are three dining areas from which to choose, two inside and one outside. We offer wireless high-speed Internet connection and the choice of many beautiful places to sit with your laptop. In the living room and master bedroom there are bookshelves filled with interesting books and magazines. To further entertain you, there is large flat screen HDTV with streaming access, as well as a full video library, stereo.. There are children's books, puzzles, and board games provided, too.
Upon arrival you will drive down your private drive and find the key waiting for you. Inside you will find a bowl of fresh organic eggs from our own hens, locally baked organic bread, coffee, tea, butter, and jam.
Throughout the year, you are welcome to stroll through our organically grown garden to pick fresh fruits and vegetable for your meals. During the summer you can find tomatoes, squash, green beans, cucumbers, raspberries, and more. In the winter there are a variety of veggies like lettuce, kale, spinach, broccoli, and always an array of herbs and edible flowers. The best of Sonoma County awaits you here!
If it is a farm experience you desire, come and learn about the chickens, goats, and horses. You can even assist us while we care for the animals. Tours are available for small and large groups and YOU are offered a complimentary tour while here. You can learn about micro-farming, organic foods, and sustainable living. There are picnic facilities if you are planning just a visit for the day, rather than an overnight stay.
One of the most attractive activities here at Full House Farm revolves around the horses, whether you are just visiting or would like to become a regular student. Harmony With Horses is designed to invite you to learn horses communicate with each other and how applicable that is to our own relationships, with the horses being the real teachers and Life-Coach, Christine Cole, skillfully guiding students. There are mentoring programs for kids and inspiring, life-changing programs for adults. This is not your ordinary horseback riding experience, but rather a journey into the language of the horse. Christine's 40+ years of coaching is a rare find, unique in its depth and insight.
So, whether you are seeking an outing with your family, a special vacation, or an experience with horses that matches no other, there is something here for you.
Keywords: Vacation Rental, farm stay, farmstay, animals, organic, garden, family, educational, goats, chickens
Dave and Christine have been hosting guests since 1999 on their 23 acre farm and wild land in west Sonoma County, California. They are dedicated to their animals and gardens and have opened their farm to the public through vacation rentals and tours for others to have the opportunity to learn about organic foods, compassionate community living, and sustainable choices.
The Owner purchased this farmhouse in 1989
This is a special place with a healthy mix of wild and domestic living harmoniously and respectfully together. It is close enough to the many enticing aspects of Sonoma County that draws thousands of tourist every year, yet tucked in to the hills in such a way as to feel privacy and peace. The best of both worlds.
Full House Farm is unique in the opportunity to stay on a real farm, where gardens and animals sustain us, and you are welcome to partake and learn. The level of your interest dictates how involved you wish to be. You can harvest organic veggies for your meals or purchase delicious goat milk and other dairy products such as chevre, yogurt, kefir, lavender raspberry panna cotta (cream custard), blueberry cheesecake, and ice cream all made on the premises. You can insert yourself into the farm schedule, helping with chores like feeding and cleaning up after the animals, weeding in the garden, or performing simple maintenance. You can just bask in the peace or be actively involved. It is up to you.
14 of us spent 4 nights at Full House Farm for a family reunion at Thanksgiving. It was the perfect place for us. We rented both the retreat house and the trailer. Everybody gathered at the retreat house for meals. It was comfortable and we never felt in each other's way. The property is beautiful and we loved walking around enjoying the view. Christine gave us a farm tour. We met all the animals and got to ask all the questions about raising goats, chickens and horses. The whole tour was fascinating. Full House Farm is only 10 minutes from the coast and yet conveniently close to Sebastopol.
Before we got there I was bombarded by petty rules, like: *we cannot have visitors, inmates in Cal. State prisons have more visiting rights then we did. *We had to take our shoes off prior to entering the house. Come on! this is a farm house, not A condo on 5th Ave. We had only one roll of bath tissue (had to go buy some). No paper towels (had to go buy some). no garbage bags (had to go borrow one). The front screen door was broken, found spiders every night.
Enough negative, We had a great time visiting family.
The retreat house comforably housed my party of five adults, and it still felt extremely spacious. We were in town for a weekend family wedding, and two nights were simply not enough to stop and smell the roses. The pictures accurately show the accomodations. Everything is clean, well stocked, and comfortable.
The location is just a minute off the main road that leads to back to Sebastopol, but is nestled in a quiet valley where all you will hear at night are the local critters, which was nice to fall asleep to. There is also a nice view of the small valley from various parts of the house.
Christine and Lindsey (Lindsay?) were great hosts for my stay, and the garden next to the retreat house was a blast to harvest from, for supplementing meals. The farmstand at the lower property is also well stocked with fresh eggs, goat milk products, and other seasonal products for purchase. It operates on an honor system, and is generally refreshed by 7AM on most days, I believe.
You should know that cell phone reception is quite weak, to non-existent here at the retreat house, depending on your carrier. Verizon seemed to have a weak, but usable signal here, while my AT&T phone was "no service."
We had four adults and three children stay at the Full House Farm over the New Year week and it was a blast. Our kids (9, 6, and 3) really enjoyed the space and nature. Christine was wonderfully friendly and gave a very informative tour that our children are still talking about. They all wanted to return next year.
We had a wonderful stay at Christine's Full House Farm. We were in the West Sonoma County area with a group of tweens for zip-lining. We didn't know what to expect with a stay at a farm, but we were pleasantly surprised. Christine and her husband were welcoming and accommodating. The kids loved the farm tour where they were able to feed chickens and milk goats. Christine is a wealth of information about animals and farming. We were able to pick from the organic garden to cook for our dinner and breakfast. Don't expect the Ritz-Carlton; this is a farm stay. But, having this in mind, the house was clean and well equipped with everything we needed. I would definitely recommend this to others, especially if you have kids and are looking for a different type of experience.
We just recently returned home from a week at the Retreat house at Full House Farm. The draw for us was it's close location to our friends in Sebastopol and use of the organic garden. The bonus of eggs and bread was important as we prefer to do most of our cooking and eating at home. The description of the house and photos were very accurate. We have 3 small children and the space was nice and open for them with very little knicknacks to keep out of their way. The kitchen was well stocked. Linens were abundant and the beds were comfortable. Christine was very friendly and brought us lots of eggs and veggies. We picked tons of raspberries, strawberries and greens and were very happy. The house and furnishings aren't fancy but everything was clean and comfortable and we enjoyed our stay very much.
Your stay includes participation in one of our popular Farm Life Tours. You can also step out onto your own private trails on the 23 acres here at Full House Farm, discovering places to picnic or view the wild life.
|Cleaning fee||$150 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$125|
The rates listed are for double occupancy (two guests). Any additional guests--no charge for children two years and under--are $25/night each.