2 Bedroom, 2 Bath + Tent Cabin, Hot Tub, Pond
Sue Hearn and John Gittins
About Sue Hearn and John Gittins
Hi everyone. Nice to meet you. We are John + Sue. John’s from Pittsburgh PA and helps run a local craft beer and Sue is a local Bay Area native working at an organic food company. We are a fun-loving, travel-obsessed couple who love to hike, kayak and chill in nature.
Sue Hearn and John Gittins purchased this Farmhouse in 2014
Why Sue Hearn and John Gittins chose Occidental
When we stepped onto the property we had that ‘feeling’ that this place was special. The light, the views, the serenity and calm definitely spoke to us. There is truly a magical quality about Still Light Pond. From the private redwood grove with seasonal creek, to fishing in a corner of the pond, the stillness of the light, hiking trails, watching the birds from herons to egrets, private safari tent , all within a restored farmhouse property. It was love at first sight.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Whether you are looking for a relaxing retreat or discovery weekend of all the area has to offer-- wine tasting for world class pinots, organic/local food, canoeing or kayaking down the Russian River, golfing 20 minutes away at Bodega Bay or cycling the great backroads; the location will amaze you for its close proximity to so many diverse areas. It’s only a few miles from Russian River, 6 mi from the coast, close to Bodega Bay and Tomales Bay. Wine tasting, hiking, cycling and kayaking are our favorite activities, come enjoy them here at Still Light Pond.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
The home is beautiful but also comfortable, and the grounds provide a serene setting for a real getaway. We spent three nights with our two dogs and enjoyed every minute. We took our bikes to Sebastopol and biked for miles along the Joe Robota trail, stopping at the end for a nice dinner and some cider just after the Gravenstein apple festival. The town of Occidental is absolutely adorable too and we really enjoyed wandering the area. The home was perfect for our combination of ambitious biking and chilling with our dogs!
We love this home! Could not have asked for a more beautiful setting, and will definitely be back! Rick and Wendy.
Peaceful light filled retreat
Our family of four fell in love with this property. It felt like a private retreat center, with the pond, trails, and lovely hammock in the redwoods. The interior of the house is so beautiful - a cottage style design, with windows everywhere, with wonderful details. The house had everything we needed and more. We had fantastic weather- perfect temperature and a sky full of stars every night.... and the hosts and property caretakers were exceptionally warm and welcoming, letting us drop our food and bags off even before the property had been cleaned (as it was a same day turn around). We didn’t want to leave and will definitely try to find our way back again!
Beautiful home and property. Kids loved the pond and rowing boat. We did lots of swimming. Love that the property was fenced so our dog was safe. We were supposed to explore more of the surrounding area but we loved the property so much that we spent most of our time there. Very relaxing and tranquil. Few minutes from Occidental with great market for supplies. Very pretty town.
Lovely Spot to relax and unwind. Beautiful setting with numerous birds and wildlife.
Incredible getaway for serenity and enjoying nature.
We loved our stay at Still Light Pond. The cabin is well outfitted, the grounds are stunning, and our kids had endless joy rowing around on the pond. We will definitely be back.
Sonoma County Beaches, Russian River and green Valley appellations, foodie farm to table restaurants, zip lining, river activities, nature, redwoods, birding, whale watching, hiking, spa