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Larry and Donna Ulrich

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Raven Ridge Retreat: Beautifully Landscaped and Quiet Serenity

32 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Less than a mile from the Historic Village of Trinidad, this elegant home is on four acres and at the end of a private road. It is snuggled into a mature redwood forest with a third of a mile of well groomed trails. Four benches have been placed along the trails to relax and to enjoy the exceptional creek and forest views. Around the front yard there is plenty of sun exposure. Quiet, except for the occasional sound of seals in the distance, and songs of chickadees, winter wrens and Douglas squirrels; this is truly a retreat. This wood-sided home has an outside hot tub on a private deck adjacent to the upstairs bedroom. The spacious front patio has a fire pit for those who love to spend their evenings out. There is a ping-pong table in the garage. For the lawn there are croquet and bocce ball.

Oftentimes the location is out of the fog and wind of other beach side properties; This is a peaceful, private experience where the beauty of nature satisfies your craving for tranquility. This is the home that you will long to return to year after year.

Inside, granite counter tops and a cook top stove are centrally located for gabbing with each other over cocktails. The wet bar is where those cocktails originate; the cabinets are all custom made. All the proper amenities are here, whether you are planning a lavish dinner or want casual dining on the patio. There is a king sized bed upstairs and a walk in shower with his and her's sinks and showers. A set of twin trundle (day) beds downstairs (can be made into a queen bed), and a fold-out couch/futon with a comfy mattress is in the upstairs loft. Outside, there is the Octacabana—a cozy building 50 feet away from the house with windows that open to the sound of the year-round creek and waterfalls. The Octacabana has a heater (No Plumbing) and a Queen bed—perfect for a couple who wants to sleep in and be alone, surrounded by nature.

For cat lovers, we have a cat named Bunky. He is loving, playful and very friendly. This is his home and we would love to have you take care of him during your stay.

If you need a break from hiking and exploring the beauty of the North Coast, you can stay inside. A large collection of music CD’s are here for your listening pleasure. There are many DVD and VCR movies, There are also some board games and a large selection of picture puzzles.

The natural setting in the redwoods has been complimented with groomed native plants, rhododendrons (47 of them!), cedars, and Japanese maples. Two ponds full of goldfish, water lilies and a pump-powered waterfall between them are a perfect place to have lunch and a chance to glimpse a threatened species, the red-legged frog. The large lawn is perfect for bocce ball or croquet. The back yard is a lush shade garden, full of ferns, Japanese variegated grass and more Japanese maples. From there, the forest drops off towards McConnahas Mill Creek.

Owned and designed by a renowned photography couple, this home is decorated with stunning photographs and interesting artifacts from their decades of travels. It is a short scenic drive to Redwood National and State Parks, Trinidad State Beach and Patrick’s Point State Park. Arcata and Humboldt State University are 20 minutes away. A locally-owned grocery is less than a mile away; many fine restaurants are within minutes.

Trinidad is a sport fisherman’s destination. If you enjoy fishing in the ocean, bring your boat! There is a large field for parking your boat.

Keywords: End of Private Road, 4 Acres, Redwoods, Spa, Large Lawn.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Larry and Donna Ulrich (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Larry and Donna Ulrich

Larry and Donna Ulrich are professional nature photographers. They have been photographing America and beyond for almost 40 years. This is their home: they live in it most of the time. If you have been bitten by the Travel Bug, you know you just have to keep going places. So they decided to rent their home and share the beauty of their surroundings with others. While they are out visiting places they love, you can live in the home they love. The Gardener is Donna, the maintenance guy is Larry and you will quickly learn that they take pride in their home and its surroundings. Ask about packages for a Larry Ulrich Creative Photography Workshop May 25-27.

Larry and Donna Ulrich purchased this house in 1995

Why Larry and Donna Ulrich chose California

There is a year-round creek on the property, and we have always loved living near water. When we discovered that McConnahas Creek with its natural waterfalls was on the parcel that sealed the deal.

What makes this house unique

Peaceful tranquility in a natural setting for relaxing and entertaining family and friends. It is an easy walk into Trinidad where there is a museum, grocery, Post Office, wine tasting at Moonstone Winery and more beaches than you can visit in a week.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our stay at Raven Ridge left a lasting impression on our family. We were enchanted by the grounds as well as the surrounding woodlands. The home itself is everything it appears to be and more. You can feel the attention and love that went into creating it. We truly felt like we were on vacation. It was the perfect nest to come back to after exploring the area, hiking, and beach combing. Some of the most magical places we will ever see are very nearby. Our children did not want to leave, nor did we. This is the first VRBO place we have stayed that not only lived up to it's description, but exceeded it. We have every intention of returning one day.
Oct 2012
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based on 32 traveler reviews

Raven Ridge Retreat: Beautifully Landscaped and Quiet Serenity
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We breathed a sigh of relief upon entering the property at Raven's Ridge. Not only were we enamored with the absolutely stunning redwood forest wherein the property lies, but the beautifully designed and well maintained home welcomed us with all the creature comforts of home plus much, much more.

The property is truly one-of-a-kind and lends itself to much exploration as well as provides for ample relaxation opportunities. There are several trails on the property which meander through a redwood forest with a natural creek. The yard also boasts magnificent gardens and a beautiful koi pond.

Nestled in a truly breathtaking setting, the home also showcases the owner's sense of artistry and attention to detail. This well appointed home is clean and organized making it enjoyable for guests to relax and feel at home while either cooking a meal, relaxing by the fire pit, soaking in the spa or reading a book while the beloved Bunky the cat snuggles at your side.

The temperate climate with partial clouds and a few drizzles allowed us southern Californians a respite from our usual dry and blistering hot summer days!

The owners were very friendly to work with and we are grateful for having had the pleasure of relaxing in such a special place.

Locally, easy access to many day trips for hiking, kayaking, sight seeing. Only minutes from the beach and state parks. Super location!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 5 wonderful nights in Trinidad at the Raven Ridge Retreat in late May. Larry and Donna's home is gorgeous in a marvelous setting with beautiful artwork and lovely landscaping, yet it is also extremely comfortable. Our hosts gave us a tour of the house and property when we arrived and also provided tips on fabulous hikes and great restaurants in the area. We will definitely return!!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Redding, CA

A destination in its own right

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful custom designed and built home. Gorgeous property set in the Redwoods. Everything was first class, from the silverware to the hot tub. The grounds and home were immaculate. A bottle of wine was waiting upon arrival, and the owners personally showed us all the little details provided, so as to ensure a top of the line experience. We played croquet and ping pong, walked the trails, and just enjoyed every minute. And Bunky the cat really knows how to make you feel at home. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Seattle, WA

A beautiful home in the redwoods

  • 5 of 5

Had an incredible stay here with my fiancée; it's a beautiful home with very accommodating owners. Location is perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed relaxing, cooking, and just generally being in the house when not away exploring the redwoods!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Helotes, Texas, USA

Breathtaking surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4, (2 Adults & 2 sm kids) loved staying here. The kids had an amazing and magical time running around in the beautiful tree filled lawn and trails. I wouldn't have wanted to stay anywhere else. The house and surroundings are stunning. The owner's cat Bunky, was a very nice addition to our stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Wonderful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Such an amazing home nestled among the redwoods. We greatly enjoyed lounging on the patio in the morning and evening soaking in the beautiful atmosphere and peaceful birdsong. The landscaping is breathtaking and Bunky is such a pleasant companion.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Arcata Eureka (ACV)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Ocean Grove Lodge, Cher'ae Heights Casino
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Beau Pre Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Lighthouse Grill, The Eatery, Seascape
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Trinidad State Beach, Moonstone, Clam Beach
Car: necessary

Deep Sea Fishing, Agate Hunting, Tide pooling, Photography, Indian Casino 5 minutes away. Ask about packages for a Larry Ulrich Creative Photography Workshop May 25-27.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rate is for 4 guests. Each additional guest over 4 is $15.00 per night per person.
Extra charge for Events held on property with non-paying guests attending--Parties, Wedding rehearsal dinner, Holiday gatherings, etc. Inquire.

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California House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Day beds in downstairs bedroom
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Upstairs in loft, makes into Queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Outbuilding with bed, no plumbing, has heat
  • King size bed (1) In the upstairs master bedroom. Twin beds in downstairs bedroom (2). Futon (1) In the upstairs loft. Queen size Bed (1) In the Octacabana (Studio outbuilding),
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Octagon shaped sleeping cabin in Redwoods with Queen Sized Bed, Two Garden Ponds with Waterfall and Goldfish, Manicured Gardens with Dozens of Maples and Rhododendrons, Large Lawn for Play, Large Collection of Coffee Table Books, massage table available. NO LARGE GROUPS.

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