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This beautiful geodesic home is a real Big Sur bohemian rustic, yet glamorous experience.
You'll feel like you're living inside a giant tree in the redwood forest.
Enjoy lounging in the large living room or hanging out in Carabella's Theatre where you'll find comfortable areas to enjoy being in the middle of nature while relaxing.
The Dome House can accommodate up to 5 guests, has a great fully stocked kitchen, 2 bathrooms and art supplies. Our focus in Nature and Self Expression here at our "Oasis of Inspiration"!
I am an artist so Blessed to live and work in this paradise forest in between Big Sur and Carmel. I'm inspired by the reality that each of us are nature and not separate from it. This is the basis of my work. People often ask me what kind of art I make and my response is that 'Life is the Art'! I work in many mediums including painting, redwood carvings, mixed media and of course the Essence Portraits I create for people have been a profound exploration into the hologram of time and space of a person's soul. I love the discovery of art as a medium for the universe of knowledge to come through the paintings and sculpture. I enjoy welcoming people from all over the world into my gallery & studio here on the 'Jewel in the Forest' property. We also have a small area I call 'Carabella's Theatre' where we hold seasonal gatherings, weddings, workshops etc. ?Feel free to check out my website or Sofanya on Facebook.
Sofanya White Property purchased this house in 1996
I remember the day I was drawn here....it was as if everyone I encountered had a message for me. Since the moment I got here I've felt it to be my true home. I used to drive thru Big Sur on my way to LA on art business and this time I visited a shop that was carrying my wearable art at the time and the clerk in there said 'Sofanya you should check this place out....it's perfect for you!' I called to make an appt to see the house the next morning. The moment I turned onto this road to my house I recognized it as the place I belonged on the planet. When I drove into the driveway to the dome house my gaze was filled with a beautiful large young woman with long golden hair nursing her baby who was proportionally as large and gorgeous as she....it was like a bigger than life vision of nurturing. She showed me upstairs to the dome house. When I entered I had a strong sense that I made it home! I rented for a year and a half knowing that someday I must buy this property so that I would never have to leave. Miracles took place so that I could manifest that dream and here I am almost 17 yrs later. In that time we've had a theatre in the round in the lower dome level, art shows, concerts, workshops, community gatherings. Over time I found out that long before the dome was built the property was called 'Hoffman's Camp' owned by Carabel & Lou Hoffman. They used to have Sunday dinners for the guests cooked by Carabel...people loved staying here and couldn't wait to come back. I have photos from that era and now I once again bring to life the long history of welcoming new friends to this beautiful magical place on earth.
Peace in beautiful nature while being less than 20 minutes to countless fun activities in Carmel, Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove and on and on!
This is kind of a long review but I wanted to post excerpts from it because it warmed my heart to read this in our guest book and really says everything I want to share with you. It comes from a lovely woman who stayed with her husband for their 11th Anniversary...
"We are in love with this world, this home, with all of the love and beauty throughout the house. Art, music, woods, lighting, furniture and seating to explore, luxuriate in. Little gifts to tell us to wake up to the moment. Warm, cool, green, crisp, peaceful, yum." ....and on another day....
"When we walked into the Dome House my anxiety left immediately. Ther is not an ugly vista in sight aat this enchanted place. It is even more spacious than it looks in the pictures. It is a real house build of all wood with stained glass and windows all around. Best dish washing experience I've had. The love nest upstairs has 4 skylights and you see majestic trees and even stars from them. Even ifyou are not an "artist" you can't deny self expression here. There are paints, pencils, musical instruments, and even a theatre outside. Sofanya is someone you will want to meet. She is divine and greeted us with a card wishing us a happy anniversary, a bottleof wine and freshly picked blackberries from this very land (yummy). You could bring a family, a group of friends, or have a romantic vacation with your partner here. I can't recommend it enough!"
I really look forward to another visit from them.
We had a wonderful stay in the Calla Lily cottage. It was well-equipped, and the wood stove kept us cozy and warm. It was great being off the grid for a couple days.
Sofanya was a welcoming host, and gave us a little tour of the property before we left.
Thank you sofyana for an amazing peaceful retreat for our holiday. The house is zen, rustic yet glam with high end touches from beautiful sheets to claw foot tubs with aromatic bath crystals. It was the most unique place we have stayed and the house has the most amazing zen quality. Bring your sleep mask for early morning sun due to skylights. Great for dogs but not toddlers or elders due to the stairs and open areas. Probably best for one couple and a friend or teenager versus 2 couple due to the layout
The painting canvas and art supplies made for a unique vrbo and incredible night with a post bathtub aromatic lavender soak!
Happy holidays and cheer with your next vrbo rental! Enjoy the dome!
Looking forward to a return stay.
We love the dome house! This is a great place to check out if you like something a bit different. The road up to the house is incredible in and of itself. My girlfriend and I came up here to have a quiet new years and relax, it was a great experience. Sofanya is a wonderful and caring host and the property is beautiful, it has a great energy. During the day you are so close to lots of great hikes, and interesting things to see at night we'd build a fire, open a bottle of wine and just enjoy the tranquility. Best of all, we were able to bring out dog with us which we always appreciate. We even got engaged while we were staying at the dome house. Anyway, if you like places which are a bit more unique this is a great choice.
I have had the absolute pleasure of staying at the Jewel in the Forest before at the Calla Lilly Cottage. For my second visit, I stayed at the Dome House. My stay at the Dome House what exactly what I was expecting: inviting, magical, peaceful, restorative. What a treat! The pictures do not do this home justice...the place is filled with the most beautiful art by the owner, Sofanya. Everywhere you look there are reminders of not only how powerful and inspiring of an artist she is, but also of how special this home is surrounded by the forest and nature. As always, Sofanya was incredibly accommodating and welcoming. The home was extremely cozy and came filled with all the amenities we needed to have a lovely time. Special touches like blank canvases/paint/brushes, chocolates, individually wrapped soaps, an already-built fire in the wood stove all served to remind me how much Sofanya is invested in ensuring every visitor leaves knowing what a special sanctuary she has built at the Jewel in the Forest. I can't wait to visit again!!
What I wanted was a place of peace, romance and inspiration. The Jewel in the Forest is that and so much more. I was delighted with the house and surroundings. So magnificent! It is a large space but very easy to nest in and so comfortable. I didn't want to leave. I cooked lovely meals, sat outside and drank wine by huge redwoods, made lovely warm fires and soaked in a magnificent hot tub. This is a place I will definitely return again and again. Also was delighted to be surrounded by art. Sofanya the owner is a delight as well as an amazing artist and we shared some meaningful time together also.
We were invited to a Big Sur getaway with some friends on Labor Day weekend and jumped at the chance to stay at The Dome House. We didn't know what to expect, but we couldn't wait for a new Big Sur adventure. If you're not looking for 5 star amenities and prefer a "glamping" sort of vibe, this is the place for you. Sofanya was more than accommodating and was present on the property the entire weekend. She even started a lovely fire for us every night and shared many wonderful stories with us. The location itself was my favorite part- the 2 mile drive down the road and into the forest was beyond breathtaking...it made me feel like I was truly on vacation and away from the hustle and bustle of the city that we had just came from. While the house is suited for probably no more than 5-6 people, it's calming vibe would make this place ideal for the perfect weekend retreat for friends and couples.
"An Oasis of Inspiration"....This unique rustic dome home is in the peaceful redwood forest with lovely gardens, plenty of sun, sounds of the stream and birds. A beautiful drive and easy to get to as you meander down a magical forest road to arrive at The Dome House. As you walk over the footbridge ('The Bridge Over Denial') you will leave all outside concerns behind to enjoy a peaceful stay here at 'The Jewel in the Forest'. You may even want to express yourself with paint or write as you'll find the house equipped with art supplies and journals. We are conveniently located halfway between Carmel & Big Sur and 2 miles into the forest from the Coast Hwy 1. You can find many wonderful sites and activities both in Carmel and Big Sur and in between! The Rocky Pt Restaurant is just down the road and has one of the most spectacular views on the planet! You'll find lots of hiking, shopping, art galleries, excursions for whale watching and so much more. Also while staying in 'The Jewel' you might want to visit Sofanya in her studio or gallery also located on the property. She is known for her 'Essence Portraits' which she's very happy to create for you. If you like you may inquire about private painting lessons with Sofanya or even a class with your group or family. She also holds occasional concerts, art workshops and special events at 'Carabella's Theatre'. You may also be interested in renting the space for wedding, an gathering, workshop or retreat of your own! The theatre is a small stage and circle area surrounded by redwoods. With the stage lights and magical ambiance it is truly a delightful place for performance and any creativity. The property has several dwellings to choose from, each with their own unique rustic charm. Also the Dome House has a garden level unit and the entire house can easily accommodate a group of 10 people.
Please feel free to call or email with any questions.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
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*We recommend purchasing traveler's insurance so that if a situation occurs where you are unable to get here for your reserved dates, you are covered. One such company is CSA Travel and there are others.