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The Dome House...Jewel in the Forest

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Fireplace


About the property

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"!

Sofanya White Property
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 5, 2017

About Sofanya White Property

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

Why Sofanya White Property chose Central Coast California

I remember the day I was drawn 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'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 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.

What makes this house unique

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Jul 2012
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Carmel-by-the-Sea House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main floor bathroom with a lovely forest view
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , In the master bedroom with a sunken tub/open walls
  • 2
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1) Very comfy bed in the loft master bedroom along with a sunken tub. There is a futon/full bed in the living room and a single bed in a little nook area off the living room.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • water tubing
Check for dates on "Creativity Workshops", painting classes, or private lessons. 'Essence Portrait' with owner/artist Sofanya or email for appt. for more info


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

The Dome House...Jewel in the Forest
average rating of 4.857143 based on 10 reviews

It really is a jewel in the forest

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Pete! Please come and visit are always most welcome!
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San Francisco

Zen holiday retreat

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sue for such a wonderful review. Of course it is guests like you and yours that make this place alive with magic of loving gratitude. I send you my thanks for being here and such a wonderful guest. Please consider this a "home away from home" and please come on back soon!
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United States

Amazing spot

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow Mark...I just realized that I hadn't responded to this wonderful review! I'm soooo excited that you became engaged while staying here! This is a huge blessing and I really hope that you two will stay here again as you continue your Life together. Consider this a perfect place to get married, or come back for an anniversary??? OR any time at were wonderful guests and I would be delighted for you to visit again!
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San Francisco, CA

Special Sanctuary

  • 5 of 5

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!!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gladys....I cannot tell you how excited I was when you called that you're coming back for a second visit! I feel like you and I connected and became Friends right away the first visit....I loved that we got to paint together ....and your painting is amazing! (I would love to see the finished piece sometime.) It was even more special that you celebrated your Birthday here with dear Friends...such great people!.....I'm honored that you would choose this amazing place to enjoy. I hope that you won't wait too long to come back again....sending lots of Love and wishes for a most Blessed year!
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Romantic, Inspiring & Heart opening

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Talley.....I loved getting to know you as you are such an amazing woman. I hope to visit you one of these days the Horse Ranch and see you at your workspace. It was wonderful to have dinner and sit around a campfire sharing a few quality moments of this precious Life. Let me know any time you wish to stay here again....I'd be so delighted to welcome you....Sofanya
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United States

Our experience in The Dome House

  • 4 of 5

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 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.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Danielle! I so enjoyed meeting you and the others..... a very lively and fun group and it was clear that everyone enjoyed being on this lovely property in nature. I doubt most people expect the "amenities" of a 5 star hotel such as room service, wake up calls, dry cleaning etc because this isn't a hotel but a vacation rental where you are welcome to make yourself at home. It was great that you guys did that so well! Gratefully, Sofanya
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Nearest Barpub
2.2 Miles
Rocky Pt Restaurant
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Pebble Beach and others
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Coast Hwy 1
Nearest Restaurant
2.2 Miles
Rocky Pt Restaurant
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Garapata Beach

"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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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $50
Cleaning fee $100
Tax Rate 10.5%

*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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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