The SpacePeople have described it here as "tranquil", "relaxing", "rejuvenating", "inspiring", "an opportunity to get away from our cell phones" and, to paraphrase another guest, 'A place where peace is cultivated'. It's a great romantic get-away or a perfect place for a writer to work on their craft. Located in Burnt Ranch, we are about an hours drive inland (East) from Highway 101 and about 2 hours West of Redding - WHERE GPS/ONLINE MAPPING PROGRAMS DO NOT WORK ACCURATELY (you must use our directions). We are at 2000' elevation, on a creek, in the mountains of the Trinity River Valley.
Our cabin-in-the-woods has been remodeled with reused materials, family treasures, and antiques - all reminiscent of the 1930s. There are 5 rooms: A bedroom with queen bed, quality linens, closet and comfy window seat, an attached “ante-room" with matching antique desk and dresser, a full bathroom with a tub/shower combo, a comfortable living room with couch, loveseat and air-conditioning unit (in summer) and a kitchenette with a sink, pantry, a bar, two bar stools, a small kitchen table with chairs and multiple appliances including: an under the counter refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, 12-cup coffee maker, a one-burner Induction cooktop, electric fry pan, rice-cooker, egg poacher and an electric multi-cooker. The kitchenette is also furnished with pots, pans, dishes, tableware and most other kitchen essentials. Please note: There are no restaurants nor stores near by. The closest grocery store or restaurant is about 20 minutes away.
The cabin has two outside decks, one which is completely screened in with table and chairs for your enjoyment that overlooks the creek. The other deck is located off the bedroom with rockers and a view of the woods.
We may be able to accommodate more sleeping options in the cabin if necessary and we have a detached Guest Room (see our other listing called "Peaceful Trinity River Hideaway) which accommodates up to 3 people.
Our garden and orchard produce vegetables and fruit Summer through Fall. There are deer, raccoons, jack rabbits, squirrels and fox that frequent the area. Trails meander through our wooded 6 acres. Many species of native wild flowers have been identified on our property, especially in the spring and there are many types of birds.
We're located about 10 minutes above the beautiful Trinity River which affords opportunities for swimming, fishing, kayaking and rafting. Near by is a rock climbing area. Within 20 minutes is the Willow Creek Golf Course and the Hoopa Indian Reservation where you can experience their museum and culture. Within one hour drive you can visit the coast where the Coastal Redwoods and Humboldt State University are located along with fine dining, museums, deep-sea fishing, golfing, surfing, movies and shopping.
The temperature in the summer can range from 95F during the day to 50F at night. We enjoy warm afternoons and evenings, but it almost always cools down enough to sleep comfortably at night without air conditioning. The fall colors are beautiful and in the winter it's not unusual to have snow and temperatures dipping into the low 30s. We experience the beauty of all four seasons.
We've included in the cabin a variety of books to borrow and read, a few DVDs as well as many board games and puzzles for old-time entertainment.
More Details and History About the Cabin:
The cabin actually began life as two old sheds put together in the early 1970s. It has gone through extensive renovations since that time. The original sheds still make up the living room and kitchen and are still 2.5" out of plumb!
The original ceiling was “papered" with old sheet music from the 1930s and then varnished with shellac. We have retained portions of that ceiling and they are displayed in frames throughout the cabin. The knotty pine wainscoting came from our daughter's 1930s house in Vallejo and was originally room paneling (floor to ceiling). When our daughter and her husband decided to remove the paneling we brought it home, planed it down and refinished it for use in the cabin.
The decor, including an old spoon collection and plates, were Sarah's mothers. The paintings in the cabin are original and were painted by Sarah's great-grandmother, Emma (Sturmer) Holub. We believe the paintings were rendered sometime between 1920 and 1940. The picture frame, now used as a mirror in the bathroom, was also Emma's.
We also “reused" as much as possible. For example, Mike's leftover handmade fir trim was brought from the house he built in Fieldbrook (near the coast) and it now adorns the bedroom/hall door. The louvered doors throughout the cabin and the kitchen sink were purchased at the Portland Rebuilding Center in Portland, OR where they had been donated. The wooden floor was originally in our house in 2003 and was moved to the cabin in the fall of 2012 along with the kitchen cabinet and kitchen shelf - which also began its life in the kitchen of our house. Guest AccessGuests can access our additional, external bathroom/laundry room where more first aid supplies and bug spray are stored. The detached Guest Room can also be rented (see our other listing called "Peaceful Trinity River Hideaway"). The greenhouse in the garden is nice to sit in on cooler evenings. Our 6 acres, including the garden and the orchard, is open to those who care to wander, sit and enjoy. Interaction with GuestsWe give our guests privacy and only interact if guests want to visit, need help, or want directions, etc. We often work on projects around the property but try to stay out of guest's way so they can enjoy their stay without our interference as much as possible. The NeighborhoodWe have great neighbors that are actually not very far away - convenient for borrowing the proverbial "cup of sugar" or to help each other out, but you can't see anyone else's home from our property nor would you know anyone else lives in the area. It feels very private. Getting AroundBeing in a rural area, there is very little public transportation although a transit bus does run twice a day on Highway 299. Other Things to NoteIMPORTANT: There are no stores or restaurants in the immediate area. Come prepared with food for your stay, or come prepared to drive about a half hour to the nearest grocery store or restaurant. Cell phones do not work here. We have a landline you can use if necessary. Free Wifi is available.