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Francesca Scalpi

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

A 1-Of-A-Kind Mid-Century Modern Luxury Sonoma Coast Home With Coastal Garden

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Architectural Home with Russian River & Pacific Ocean Views

This is one of the most unique properties on the coast. Featured in architectural magazines when built. Home is designed to provide you with privacy, views, natural light, large windows to bring the outside in and views of the night sky. Accented with Asian & African Antiquity's. New contemporary furnishing. Updated with taste and your comfort in mind.

The home is on 3/4 acre lot with a large coastal garden and pond. The architect designed two separate buildings (Main & MBR) with over 850sqft. of connecting decks on 3 levels.

The main building on the 1st level is an open floor plan that houses the living room, dining area, full bath and a sleeping loft. It has large windows to bring the outside view of the coastal garden, river and ocean. Sit out on the deck to take in the Jenner estuary wildlife and watch our spectacular sunsets. It has exotic touches from Asia and Africa. Open floor plan with sleeping loft.

On the 2nd level is the a private Master Bedroom Suite. This unique building is designed to create a private space from the main house for those romantic evenings or write that novel or screenplay. It has a large shower room for two, writing desk, sitting area, vanity and bath. It includes a deck to watch the sunrise or sunset. This uniquely designed space is one of a kind custom built. The entire building is a master bedroom suite with exterior and interior sitting area, built in writing desk, large shower room, tile and wood vanity, water closet and walk in closet.

On the 3rd lower deck we have a hot tub and a outdoor eating area with a Weber grill with tables and chairs. It too has views of the coastal garden, river and ocean.

Side garden with a separate deck with two studio sheds is not part of the rented space. Guest will not have access to this area. This is the owners art studio space that we access from a separate entrance.

The coastal garden has easy walking paths between the variety of garden spaces. We planted each area with seasonal flowers so there will be a flowers blooming through out the year. There are many places to sit and read. Our pond is a favorite spot for Pacific Tree Frogs to mate, lay eggs, become tadpoles and mature into frogs that live in the garden. Our mosquito fish keep the pond free from mosquito.


Up to a maximum of 6 guests per Sonoma County. Sleeping for up to 4 people in the main building. A queen sleeper sofa in the living room and two twin beds in the sleeping loft. Please note: The twin beds cannot be moved together to create a full size bed. We have provided an additional memory foam mattress to add that extra comfort when sleeping on the sleeper sofa. Sleeping for up to two people in the master bedroom building with a queen sofa bed. Luxury high thread count sheets provided. Down comforters, wool blankets and pillows.

Baths: Main home includes a full bath with claw foot tub. Private Master Bedroom Suite a vanity, bath, master shower room for 2.

Entertainment & Communications: Free US long distance phone service. No cell reception at home. There is cell reception in town. Satellite WiFi Internet. Internet is provided for checking email and web surfing. Sorry no Internet downloads or streaming. Satellite provider limits bandwidth each month. Dish satellite television programs. Large selection of dvd's with blue ray players in main house and master bedroom. I pod player with docking station in master bedroom. Receiver with ipod hook up in main house.

Cooking: Fully equipped kitchen and outdoor Weber gas grill. Extensive cook book library to challenge or delight the chef in all of us. Kitchen Appliances: Thermodor Gas Range Stove with large oven, Subzero refrigerator/ freezer drawers, Bosch dishwasher, microwave, illy espresso machine, french press and electric drip coffee maker. Fully stocked kitchen with small appliances for baking, food prep and raw food preparation. High quality knifes, pots and pans.

Rental Info: Perfect for 2 to 4 adults. Can accommodate a max. of 6 people. Extra charge for more then 4 people.

Age Limit: The home was built by an architect for an adult couple so it is not child friendly. Multiple level decks and separate sleeping buildings requires us to have a minimum age requirement of 10 yrs. old.

Laundry: Washer & Dryer. Iron and Iron Board

Heating/Cooling: Main House and Master Bedroom: Jotul Propane Gas Fireplaces

Parking: Off street Parking for (2) cars

General: Sorry No Pets / No Smoking


TRANSIENT OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATE # 1210N. Quiet Hours: 10 pm - 7 am.


Sonoma County has a maximum overnight occupancy for vacation rentals shall be up to a maximum of two (2) persons per sleeping room or

guestroom, plus two (2) additional persons per property. Maximum overnight guest for The Blue Lotus is 6 persons.


On-site parking space at The Blue Lotus is three small cars or two large suv's. There is no on street parking on Rock Point Drive.

Sonoma County requires renters pay a 9% Transient Occupancy Tax.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Francesca Scalpi (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

About Francesca Scalpi

The owners are world travelers who appreciate diverse cultures, architecture, art and fine food. Interest are photography, antiques, farm-to-table dining, paddle along the coast, just sitting down and enjoy the sounds of nature.

We purchased this beautiful home in 2012 and because of its uniqueness and spectacular views we knew want to share it with others. The home is decorated with local art and photos taken by the owner Francesca. Her work has been on exhibit in galleries and art centers in Sonoma, Los Angeles and Sacramento. Both owners love to garden and are transforming the coastal garden with more intimates spaces for you to enjoy. We love to cook and have an extensive library of cook books that will inspire our guest to try a new recipe. We are big supporters of local farmers, cheese makers, vintners, artisans and non-profits. We love to share our favorite spots with our guests.

We look forward to you visiting our home and the lovely town of Jenner, CA.

Francesca Scalpi and Lotus Fong


Francesca Scalpi purchased this house in 2012

Why Francesca Scalpi chose North Coast California

This home evokes an emotion and is something to be experienced. The architect Carson Bowler designed the home to take in the views of the river, ocean, headlands, garden and night sky. The home itself is an art piece.

Nature in all of its glory unfolds before you. The coastal garden is on 3/4 acre property. Landscaped to invite birds, butterflies, honey bees to come smell the 4 seasons of blooms. Watch the harbor seals come up the river to play and fish. Thousands of shore birds visit the Jenner estuary through out the year. A pair of Bald Eagles come by for a visit during the fall, winter and spring. From our deck you can see the migrating Grey whales.

The home is decorated with new modern contemporary furnishings. Through out the home you will see unique touches such as an Asian carved door that is over 100 years old.

For that romantic evening alone there is a separate Master Bedroom Suite which provides privacy from the main house.

Spending time in the garden, reading a book or cooking up a feast you will find plenty of reason to stay in this home.

This home is in town close to all of the adventures Sonoma County has to offer.

What makes this house unique

The air along the coast is clean and energizing. Give your lungs the break they deserve.

Find a place in our coastal garden to meditate, write a book, take a nap, draw or paint or do nothing. A lot of our friends and family enjoy just being at home in our house.

The view of the Russian river and Pacific ocean is mesmerizing. We watch as people just drift off. There is something magical about when two power bodies of water come together. Watching the ebb and flow of the tides is like a natural sedative.

Stargaze with our large open views of the dark night skies. Bring your telescope and be marveled.

The Blue Lotus is a 'Home' that the owners want to share this magical space with you. This is not an investment vacation property.


Guestbook comments from the owner

Francesca and I used to work together and I can honestly say she was a joy to work, extremely honest, ethical and artistic. When I found out that she had bought a place in Jenner, my family and I were thrilled and booked a trip as soon as they were ready to rent the house out. I had seen pictures of the house and it looked beautiful but when we got to the house, we were amazed on how majestic and scenic the setting of the house was. The house slept 6 people comfortably and it was well equipped with all the comforts of home. My family had a great time fishing, crabbing, kayaking and playing board game (great family bonding time). Also the vineyards were close enough for my husband to go wine tasting for the day. I highly recommend a stay at The Blue Lotus, you won't be disappointed!
Feb 2013
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based on 15 traveler reviews

A 1-Of-A-Kind Mid-Century Modern Luxury Sonoma Coast Home With Coastal Garden
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Beautiful property, lovely owner

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at The Blue Lotus. The sleeping facilities were comfortable, kitchen well appointed, and the view was so lovely we barely wanted to leave the house! Thank you, Francesca, for allowing us a wonderful weekend away.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We took our really good friends to Jenner for the weekend for a birthday celebration. Our friend is an architect, and really appreciated the uniqueness of the home. What a comfortable home with spectacular views. Blue Lotus owner, Francesca, is such a pleasure to correspond with as you enjoy the planning of your getaway. We had dinner the first night at Rivers End which was lovely. Then we ate in the next night. It's a great kitchen and very well stocked. The view is just priceless! What a wonderful time! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you and your guests experience our nearby hiking trails and biking along the coast. Treating yourself to the fine food at the Rivers End and cooking a home cook meal. To have the homes designs validated by your architect friend was special. We also fell in love with Carson Bowler's design that is perfectly sighted on the property to maximize the view and privacy. We look forward to you and your guests coming back!
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A relaxing and unique house with character

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I recently stayed at the Blue Lotus and couldn't be happier with our experience. The house is very comfortable and has a great unique design that will keep you saying 'Wow'! We had plenty to do and still have many more things we couldn't squeeze in during our short stay...another reason to come back! A bit of a drive to Napa but close to Sonoma so no shortage of great wineries to visit in either place. Francesca was very thorough showing us all the bells and whistles of the home and had lots of great insight into local spots tucked away here and there. Overall a fantastic home with amenities to make you feel at home and comfortable. Thanks for sharing your home with us and making our Anniversary unforgettable!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that our home and the champagne made your anniversary a memorable one. I am glad that the photos of the home and area convinced you to stay on the Sonoma Coast verses Napa. In your short time here you saw the Point Reyes lighthouse and went to Napa two items on your bucket list. Next visit climb up the Point Arena lighthouse and see a 360 degree view or the ocean and coastline. Go wine tasting on the Sonoma Coast and Russian River for world class wine. We look forward to having you back.
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San Carlos, CA

Beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Francesca's house. They were very caring and the house had a beautiful view. The house is very clean and kitchen is very well equipped, beds are very comfortable. The property has a unique atmosphere - a perfect getaway for a relaxing weekend or longer. Also they gave us some very good recommendations for wine tasting and restaurants!! All in one fantastic - thank you!!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were honored to host Mirjam, her husband and their family in from Germany. I was happy to help plan the perfect vacation for them and their family. They were able to get all there wishes tasting, kayaking, cooking, relaxing and family time. We look forward to having them back.
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Philadelphia, PA

A terrific week at the Blue Lotus!

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I had a great time at the Blue Lotus. The house is actually exactly as portrayed in words and pictures. We were not surprised or disappointed in any way. The house has a beautiful view of the Russian River and--beyond Goat Rock Beach--of the Pacific. The house itself is singular--two modernist structures connected by stairs and interlocking balconies. It's equipped with everything we needed--modern kitchen, excellent A/V systems, hot tub, gas grill, and, most important, ample locations to spread out and relax in. It's perfect for a couple or a small family whose kids are old enough to sleep in a building separate from Mom and Dad. Jenner is a small and quiet town. We rarely heard or saw neighbors during the week. It feels "away" without being isolated. And it's within easy reach of a bunch of interesting places, including Sonoma wine country. Lastly, Francesca and Lotus were warm and offered excellent advice about the region. They were also very flexible when we asked to make some changes in our dates. They made the whole rental a breeze. I can't recommend Blue Lotus highly enough.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sean and Scott embraced the house, coastal garden, view, Sonoma Counties food, wine and art. When we caught up with them after their week stay we could see the transformation. They were reinvigorated and had tales of their travels to great restaurants, little hamlets and larger locals such as Healdsburg, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. I was thrilled that they enjoyed the food at the restaurants and small lunch places I recommended. They went back for Spud Point Clam Chowder twice during their stay. Most of all they enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to stay in a Carson Bowler designed home. They crossed the country and found a sliver of heaven on the Sonoma Coast. We look forward to having them return.
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Perfect weekend TREAT

  • 5 of 5

We found a perfect retreat for the July 4th holiday weekend here at Jenner (one of our favorite places). We were greeted by a friendly neighbor who showed us around and made us feel at home right away as the owner was unable to. The views from almost every room, and especially the decks, were wonderful and serene. A stroll through the mostly California native garden was peaceful and fun with lots of hummingbirds buzzing around. Although in the sole cluster of homes that makes up Jenner, the house's sly architecture maximizes your privacy and the owner's imported wooden carvings throughout the house and high ceilings lends an air of exoticism and uniqueness. We appreciated the fully equipped kitchen (even though we barely used two pans and boiled water, but the salad spinner and all the plates were all handy.) Not sure if it's obvious, the house's master bedroom and bath is in a separate building from the main areas-- just a short few steps away, which can be a nice additional bit of privacy.

Location was ideal, too, for our family with two teens. We walked to excellent coffee(!) and the boat ramp for kayaking (we also brought our own). We drove to the ocean and hiking or up river for dinner at Guerneville. Or even better, just read a book on the deck and watch the coastal fog swoop down the river and back!

I should also mention that the video and book library are extensive! (did the owner used to run a blockbusters?!) She also provides binoculars for bird watching. So this place was also designed for staying in and enjoying, day and night!

Thanks again for a lovely stay; having stayed in other places in Jenner, some through VRBO, we would return here. Lastly, despite not meeting the owner (an understandable reason), she seemed very involved (another example: has helpful notes through the house) and did phone us before we left to check-in. Lovely to chat with her and hope to meet some day!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were happy to see you and your family enjoy the home and Jenner. The home is perfect for a single couple, two couples and or a family with teenagers. The architect was a master at indoor outdoor living having built many homes along the coast and in particular Sea Ranch. I knew you and your wife would especially enjoy the privacy of the mater bedroom from the main house. We regret not being able to meet you in person as well. Meeting our guests and getting them settled in is one of the things we enjoy. We are lucky to have local dear friends who can stand in for us when we are unable to be there in person. We look forward to having you back.
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Nearest Airport
32 Miles
Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
River's End
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Northwood Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
River's End
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Goat Rock State Park
Car: necessary

Sonoma County represents the best of Northern California — premium wine, farm-to-table dining, ancient redwood forests, more than 50 miles of stunning Pacific Coast, oak-covered mountains, and quiet rivers. Breathtaking Highway 1 delights visitors with crashing waves, sea lions and otters sunning on the beaches, and amazing sunsets that color the sky in brilliant hues.

More than 20,000 gray whales migrate past the Sonoma Coast each year. The whales are en route from the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea to the Gulf of Cortez in Mexico, where they will calf in winter. From January through May, the mothers with their newborn hug the shore as they head north to feed off Alaska.

View wildlife year round at Goat Rock, near the mouth of the Russian River, the beach is a regular resting ground for seagulls, sea otters, elephant seals, harbor seals, and sea lions.

With miles of hiking trails you can take a walk along some of the most beautiful coastal trails on Earth. Spend the day biking by the coast or inland towards the redwood forest. Kayak up or down the Russian River.

See a live seal show in Jenner. Throw your kayak or canoe into the Russian River at Duncans Mills and paddle to the mouth of the river and get close to the seals and sea lions that sun themselves on the beach.

Take a Farm Trail tour or visit one of our many farmers markets. What the Bay Area eats, Sonoma County grows. Sonoma County is a agricultural powerhouse. Sonoma County Wine Region: The world-class Sonoma wine region offers over 370 wineries. Within the county are 15 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs, appellations, or wine-growing regions) with unique soils and climates that allow certain grape varieties to grow particularly well.

Within a 10 minute drive visit Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve an 805-acre park, features a magnificent grove of ancient redwoods, a large outdoor amphitheater, self-guided nature trails and a variety of picnic facilities.

Within a 15 minute drive you can visit Bodega Head in Bodega Bay. Rent a boat and go deep sea fishing, whale watching or diving. Bodega Head is the rocky headland that forms the entrance into Bodega Harbor. The harbor side provides a popular crabbing area along the jetty, and the many hiking trails on the ocean side allow access to small, sandy coves and spectacular scenic bluff-top views. The high cliffs offer excellent vantage points for observing migrating gray whales. Famous for the location of the Alfred Hitchcock's movie 'The Birds'.

Within a 10 minute drive you can play golf at the Northwood Golf Club. It was recently ranked by Golf World Magazine as the #3 Nine-hole course in America! Built in 1928 by famed golf architect Alister MacKenzie set amidst towering Redwood trees.

Dive up the coast 11 miles and visit Fort Ross State Historic Park. The 3,386-acre park preserves a Russian settlement.


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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $175 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rates are subject to change unless reservation is confirmed. Sonoma County requires a 9% transient occupancy tax. Cleaning fee rates are based on occupancy. For a party of 6 the cleaning fee is $175. For a party of 4 or less $150.

Sonoma County has a maximum overnight occupancy for vacation rentals shall be up to a maximum of two (2) persons per sleeping room or guestroom, plus two (2) additional persons per property. Maximum overnight guest for The Blue Lotus is 6 persons.The maximum number of total guests and visitors allowed at any time in a single vacation rental shall not exceed the maximum overnight occupancy plus four (4) additional persons per property during the daytime.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Jenner House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
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  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
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  • Hair Dryer
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  • Iron & Board
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  • Microwave
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  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Home - toilet , tub
    Master Bedroom Suite - toilet , shower , Shower room with tiled bench
  • The main house bathroom has a claw foot tub. Due to the Drought Emergency we are restricted its use to showers not baths. The master Bedroom suite has a shower room with a tiled seat based on a design from a Native American rug. Two separate shower heads so couples can shower together.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom Suite - 1 queen
    Main Building - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Please contact us about additional sleeping arrangements.
    Sleeping Loft - 2 twin/ single
  • The Master Bedroom suite is in a separate building providing maximum privacy from main house. There is a queen sleeper sofa in living room. We provide an extra memory foam mattress for the sleeper sofa for comfort. The sleeping loft has to XL twin beds.
  • Books ...
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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The buildings are designed to take in the maximum view while providing privacy from homes next door. Home is a piece of art with its geometric design. Main house interior is redwood and the master bedroom cedar. High end furniture typically not found in vacation rentals.

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