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Abinitio Tranquillo-The Name Says It All!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 6 Sleeps

Abinitio Tranquillo which means, Peace From The Beginning, is exactly what we have set out to create for ourselves and our guests. From our winding road that takes you past gigantic ferns, magnificent Redwoods and abundant wildlife; tranquility is just a step outside your car door.

This beautiful hilltop home offers the best of both worlds. Ocean views and distant ocean lullabies without the roar of the ocean keeping you awake at night and, yet, we are just down the hill from the beach. Watch the deer nibble nearby and wild turkeys gobble and strut as ocean vistas wash away your worries as you relax on the huge back deck. The front courtyard offers a quiet peaceful place for coffee as you listen to the fountain bubble amoungst the gorgeous flowers.

This beautifully furnished two bedroom home with it's giant loft sleeps six. Enjoy the airiness of the master bedroom with its new king-size mattress and four-poster bed. A large window seat makes you feel as if you are high in the trees staring out at the ocean that lays before you. The master bath features a large walk-in closet with a shower for two and radiant heat flooring.

The loft offers a large comfy brand new Indonesian day-bed with twin mattress that cuddles the body while the library stimulates the mind.

The ground-floor bedroom has queen size mattress with subtle soothing colors and beach-theme decor. A sliding door to the outside deck means you can watch the sunset in privacy if you wish. Across the hall is the bathroom with radiant heat flooring that keep your tootsies warm and a large jacuzzi tub which might just warm your heart and that of your loved one during a romantic evening. There is also a single roll-away mattress.

The living room features elegant furniture including a sofa window seat, television/dvd combo and stereo with a record player. Because we have created Abinitio Tranquillo with the intention of promoting peace and re-discovering ourselves and our children we have intentionally chosen not to have internet nor cable TV. Instead we have a library of over 100 DVD's to cuddle up with one another when we have some down time and a closet full of games. Believe me, every family should try doing without all the gagets if they want to discover one another all over again.

The cheery and bright kitchen features a convection oven, microwave, dishwasher, and cappuccino making machine with brand new dishes and pots and pans. A new refrigerator (2016) with ice maker and a bar sink complete the picture.

With easy access to Gualala and with its trendy shops, artist galleries and groceries (approx 10 minutes), Annapolis Winery and Alexander's Restaurant you have everything you need at your fingertips. And with our neighbor's house available for rent next door you can easily hold that family reunion that you have always been dreaming about.

It is with extreme sorrow that we have to say that we no longer allow pets due to abuse of our home by animals.

More Details

Cheryl Dieter
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2017

About Cheryl Dieter

Well that picture you see is at our 25th anniversary almost two years ago.

We have five children of various ethnicities and ages. We also have 2 grandchildren with a third on the did we get so old?

We are both native Midwesterners. He is originally from Iowa and I was born in Michigan.

I first saw Sea Ranch in 1979 when I was married to my first husband. We looked at the brochure and my heart sunk because I thought I would never ever be able to afford to live in this beautiful area. Fast forward about 35 years and I still am not living here but hope to eventually when we retire. Dreams really can come true.

Cheryl Dieter purchased this house in 2012

Why Cheryl Dieter chose North Coast California

We bought at Sea Ranch because it is our absolute without a doubt favorite place to be in the entire world. This is where we go to re-discover ourselves and our family. It is where we go to relax and unwind.

I have a unique perspective because I write travel articles and have been fortunate to have traveled all over. But by far my favorite place is right here at Sea Ranch.

We also bought this property because one of our children may need to continua living with us into adulthood and this property can have an artist studio connected to it. The people here are wonderful and we think they will be good to our son when he is an adult.

What makes this house unique

We bought this place because of the lovely front garden. That sold us which is incredibly funny because I do not have a green thumb. None the less we can still have our dreams!

We also love the fact that we are surrounded by beautiful redwood trees but have an ocean view. I know some love being almost on top of the ocean but I am a light sleeper and the loud booming crash of the waves keeps me up at night while the whisper of the redwoods lulls me to sleep.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is a fabulous place in the trees and the ocean view is pretty great too. Everything is brand new, extremely clean and comfortable. It belongs in a magazine; it was just that pretty. There were games galore for the kids and lots of exploring to do. The Sea Ranch pools were a big hit. We will be back next year. By far the best property we have rented and the price can't be beat!
Jul 2012
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Sea Ranch House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • ***Any additional guests other than the number agreed upon when guest books stay will be charged $30.00 additional per guest per night + a $150 fee.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , upstairs loft with large daybed
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Second floor Master Suite with ocean views Ground floor bedroom Loft with Indonesian day bed and small library Two full baths Fully equipped kitchen with condiments/tea/etc available for your use. Wood stove for those chilly, romantic evenings. Firewood provided. Sheets, towels Washer and dryer Garage Television, small stereo Miles of hiking trails, 3 heated community swimming pools and of course, THE OCEAN! This is a NON-SMOKING home If you have a Verizon cell phone you will have cell phone coverage


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Abinitio Tranquillo-The Name Says It All!
average rating of 4.869565 based on 24 reviews
United States

Tranquility amonst the redwoods

  • 5 of 5

If you need a place to pause and rest, this is it. Luckily the weather was perfect, bright sunny days, wildflowers in abundance, refreshing breeze so I'm sure that helped. Don't know what it would be like in heavy fog. The courtyard of this house is enchanting. There's a view of the ocean at a distance, great to watch the fog bank over the ocean one twilight as the colors changed, the fog morphed into all these different configurations.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that you enjoyed our home. It is nice to have such great guests!!!
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The property had some very nice features however, it needs some tender loving care from the owners.

  • 3 of 5

The initial access was very confusing and required an urgent call to the owner for clarification. Apparently, other renters had the same problem.

A lot of small stuff like burned out light bulbs, outdated appliances (you have to light the stove with a match ) no ice in the ice maker etc.

Also, cleaning service needs attention. Coffee maker wasn't cleaned nor was the fireplace. No soap in the bathroom.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, we had two renters in a row who could not figure out how to use a simple lock box. This was one of them. Never had that issue before but because of this instructions are now posted on the box and sent along with the paperwork. We never keep the ice maker on due to the possibility of flooding because of malfunction which is why we have the note on the fridge about turning on the ice maker. We supply hand soap at all sinks. We do not supply shampoo and the like. I am not sure what light bulbs this guest is talking about but right before her visit paid an electric company to change all the light bulbs and smoke detector batteries in the house. Every once in a while a visitor does not realize that the lights are on dimmers and they need to slide the dimmer switch up for illumination if a previous guest has created "mood" lighting. We supply all matches to the stove so it should not be a problem. I will bring the cleaning issues to the attention of the housekeeper. Unfortunately, when there are people coming in the same day someone is leaving, it can be hectic esp. if the previous renters do not leave on the time agreed upon. I am not sure what she means about tender loving care...all rooms have been repainted in the last two years, year old refridgerator, two year old hardwood floor in living room, newly stained bathroom vanities, new linens every year, etc. Most people don't keep their houses this up to date. Neither do most hotels.
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  • 5 of 5

We relaxed the moment we saw this beautiful place. From the architecture to the abundant art, comfortable furniture, fully stocked kitchen, views of the redwoods and the ocean; the ample games and movies to the Jacuzzi tub and more, it exceeded our expectations. Thank to the Dieters for sharing their lovely home with us. We look forward to more visits there.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breathtakingly most exquisite, peaceful, and as close to mother nature as you can get.

  • 5 of 5

The drive to Sea Ranch is beautiful and upon arrival the drive up the hill and on to the drive way to the entrance of the home is so enchanting. As we opened the gate it reminded me of the book The Secret Garden! And I fell in love. The home is open and airy. So spacious for our family if 6. We cooked in the beautiful kitchen that had all the pots, pans, plates etc. We BBQ in the backyard while sipping wine watching the sunset. Played games and watched that were provided. Mornings were so magical waking up in the master bedroom with a few if the red woods that are never ending. This is the most peaceful and serene weekend we ever had. The property is very well maintained, super clean and owner provided many instructions to help get around town. 3 community pools with showers are clean and close by.... Fishing, horses, shopping little boutiques and enjoying fresh seafood caught in the morning from local fisherman is purely the best time ever!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: That is exactly how I felt the first time we saw our home. It felt magical. I am so happy that you had a great time!
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lovely place to spend time with family

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time at Abinitio Tranquillo. The home is lovely and we only wish we could have stayed longer. We especially enjoyed the fire place and the deck. Felt like we were in the forrest. Hiking trails practically out the door. Lovely beaches with hidden coves. We will be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tranquil Perfection!

  • 5 of 5

My family of three absolutely loved every minute of our four-day stay at Abinitio Tranquillo. Cheryl; the homeowner answered our emails promptly and gave us thorough information about the house, the resort and nearby amenities. The house itself is lovingly cared for and it shows in every detail. The courtyard entry is charming and when you open the front door; Wow! High, airy ceilings, large windows opening to a relaxing back deck give the house a lovely indoor outdoor flow. The home is well stocked with children DVD's and a good selection for parents as well. Lots of current magazines and books as well. We had everything we needed in the kitchen to cook meals, including a pasta dish and a soup. The refrigerator looks brand new. Everything was spotlessly clean. The downstairs full bath and nearby bedroom gave our young adult son plenty of privacy while Mom and Dad had the privacy of the cool loft with daybed for reading and the master suite with king size bed. The mattress is very comfortable too which really pleased my husband. The master suite in on the second story with huge windows looking out through the trees; it's a magical location. The small town of Gualala is about a 10 minute drive away. We were able to purchase a good selection of foods and snacks from the two grocery stores there. Morning espresso drinks and pastries (or full breakfasts if that's your thing) at Trinks in Gualala was our standard way to begin the day. Trinks does an outstanding tapas dinner on Wednesday evenings; it's one of the best meals we've had in quite a wile. Dining at St. Orres just past Gualala is awesome, especially for a special occasion. My family definitely wants to return here for future vacations. I will highly recommend Abinitio Tranquillo to friends and family

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review. You are observant. The refrigerator is brand new! We love our house too and can hardly wait until we can retire there! Hope you will come back and visit soon.
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Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Sea Ranch Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Sea Ranch
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Hwy 1
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.6 Miles
Stegel Beach
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Play at the beach.

* Hike along the cliff-top trails and in the deep woods.

* Watch the birds and abundant wildlife.

* Relax.

* Swim, golf and visit the quaint nearby towns and stores.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Play at the beach.

* Bike.

* Play Tennis.

* Swim.

* Play.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Explore the tide pools.

* Watch for whales.

* Seek the seals.

* Play family games and RELAX.

* Take a drive and walk along the river.

With hiking (and biking) trails galore this is a outdoor lovers paradise. Sandy beaches are easily accessible and as a guest you have access to all the amenities of Sea Ranch including three heated pools, saunas, tennis courts and the world reknown Sea Ranch Golf Links with it's 18 hole Championship course which are all nearby. Also available are ocean fishing, horseback riding, abalone diving, kyacking and other ocean sports.

In nearby Gualala you will find restaurants, organic foods and groceries, a pharmacy, post office and numerous little art galleries. Further down the spectacular coast you will arrive at Point Arena Lighthouse and the surrounding wineries that lie within the hills.


Rates & Availability

Sea Ranch House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $90 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 15.5%

$185 a night May-October. $165 per night November-April excluding holidays
There is a 2-night minimum rental, 3-night minimum rental during major holidays.
There is a $90 cleaning fee for light cleaning (2.5 hours). If further cleaning is required you will be charged $30 per hour
***Due to the fact that our septic system is only designed for the number of guests we advertise; any additional guests other than the number agreed upon when the guest books stay will be charged $30.00 additional per guest per night plus a $150 flat fine.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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