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Large, open, bright, airy space with high ceilings and hardwood floors throughout house. One bedroom downstairs and 2 bedrooms upstairs with bonus 'office room' upstairs. One bathroom downstairs. Large patio and backyard. Located on a ranch with goats, chickens, horses, dogs and cats. Large kitchen with custom designed picnic style kitchen table.
Great place to getaway for the weekend or to hold a personal or professional retreat type weekend. We also accept and welcome long term visitors or people in transition who would like to stay on a monthly basis.
The house does not have any air conditioning. It is heated only by wood burning stove and a small wall heater in the kitchen, a fire must be kept burning in the winter months for heating purposes.
One roll of toilet paper and one roll of paper towels will be available when you check in but it is up to you to purchase during your stay if you need more. Thank you!
There is a landline with free long distance and wireless internet.
Quiet, peaceful land relatively close to many San Francisco Bay Area attractions. 15 miles from transportation such as BART.
If the calendar is open the space is available! Thanks!
I live in the Bay Area and travel a lot for the work I do. I am a writer and online marketing strategist who loves creative collaboration, experiencing new things and taking on new ventures!
This is a one of a kind house and property in a unique rural, peaceful setting but still close to the city of San Francisco and Berkeley.
This was a really nice find. I planned a visit with a friend and my brother's family to San Francisco. Instead of staying in the hustle bustle of the city, we found this barn home on a farm a wonderfully relaxing alternative. The farm is situated in some of the most gorgeously green hills I have ever seen. There are horses, chickens, goats, cats and dogs all around the farm.
The house was very big and easily afforded comfort to everyone. We enjoyed being able to cook meals in the kitchen and eat around a large table together instead of eating out at restaurants the entire vacation. The beds were comfortable and clean. The house was mostly clean but you can tell it's not regularly lived in. There were spider/cob webs throughout and looked like it could have been dusted a bit but that wasn't a problem (just something I noticed). The bathroom was the most frustrating part, although it was completely frustrating. The shower head was broken off so it was a little tricky taking a shower. The instructions we received after we rented the house asked that we not flush the toilet after urinating and to only flush if anything else was needed. This ended up causing some toilet clogging that we had to fix.
The only thing that concerned me a little bit was the fact that there was a gentleman living in a trailer right in the driveway of the house. We had no idea he was living there until the next day when we just happened to see him sitting inside the trailer. I think there could have been a little more open disclosure about that but he wasn't a bother or anything like that, just a surprise.
Overall, I was very happy to stay here and really enjoyed the opportunity it provided my family!
The location is off the beaten path but within reach to all necessities within an approximate 15 to 20 minute drive. You can hear conversations between both floors. No tables in living room had to set beverage on the floor while watching a good movie. no throw blankets for added comfort while watching a good movie. No medium or large size bowls to prepare or serve meals. bring your own paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, clorox wipes to clean up). the battery on the landline cordless phones were dead and wouldn't charge, so we had to use a the phone of a relative to call Lupe the Inn keeper (for lack of a better word). The oven had its challenges. However, all mention above is trivial in comparison to The ranch itself . Merely an honest critique. It is upon a hillside with a wonderful setting and great view of the rolling hills. Very peaceful and serene, the children Loved the wild blackberries that flanked the roadside, the horses and other pets are very friendly, we enjoyed going for walks in the evening. The children referred to walks as adventures. The neighboring residents were very pleasant. Plenty of space to spread out. We "city slickers" very much loved our stay and would stay again in the future.
What an amazing place to stay!! It is a little bit out of the way, but worth every additional mile traveled. Since there were four of us, we could have used a few more bowls and cups, but all the other amenities were plenty! Although it was near 90 in the daytime, the house was very comfortable. The wifi is a little spotty at times, but look out the window and enjoy the view, this is an awesome rural experience in the middle of the city!! I would definitely stay here again. Thanks to Brian and his wonderful staff!
This property is a Naturalist's delight. The red carpet is rolled out to you with a crew of unusually friendly animals. Daily, we were visited by a large, old bearish golden retriever named Rosie. Of the gentlest nature, she would put her chin on my lap as I sat out back admiring the view, and listen intently on my views of life. Two small chihuahua's named Angel and Milo flank the properties rear yard and act like paparazzi preening to get a shot of us. A cat named Jasper also came regularly to sit on our back porch, receiving belly rubs and back rubs from my children. Jasper likes to eat lizards and we watched him have a crunchy lizard breakfast one day. It only took about a minute to get that thing down.
We fed carrots to the horses, watched two bird parents rush back and forth from their barn nest to feed a gaggle of babies, took walks on a nearby fire road and worried in the middle of the night about the nearness of coyote howls. Fresh eggs are in the chicken coup every morning. Between the view, the flow of wind on a summer's evening, a library of books and the animal magic, this place could mend a broken heart.
However, I recommend that if you come here you bring your own towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, soaps, silver ware, can opener, toilet paper, paper towels and smelly candle for the bathroom where the toilet is to be left mellowing when it's yellow. The property is on a well and while we are in drought, we were told not to flush the toilet until necessary which makes for a stinky bathroom. The provisions here are old and neglected. There is no air conditioner. If you are looking for the VRBO that competes with the hotel industry, stop here, do not proceed. In the sense of indoor accommodations, I would give this property a 2. However, if you are able to rough it a little in order to be in the beauty and spirit of a barn out in the hills, you will appreciate this experience.
Martinez is 20 minutes from the property by car, but Pinole is a whimsical 10 minutes away with Safeway, Chipolte, a nail place, yogurt shop, etc. I never saw the property owners Brian and Nikki, but emailed with them extensively. Brian is receptive. Lupe, the property caretaker is a delightful ranching troubadour who can be glimpsed racing by on a three wheeler to fix a fence or feed the horses. We will miss Lupe and the animals.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
There is no refund within 30 days of arrival date.