The SpaceThis wonderful home can be called "a mountain retreat". It has a large salt water swimming pool with panoramic views. A big up stairs dorm perfect for groups or families. We're within 42 acres of beautiful wilderness up in the mountains of Saint Helna and located near two lakes, Lake Hennessey and Lake Berryessa which have great hiking trails, fishing and boating. Of course plenty of wineries. A couple of which are no further than 3 to 5 miles.
We provide coffee with "continental" breakfast which is cereal and fruit when available.
The Loft is on the second floor of the barn, a separate building from the house. It has its own bathroom which, is shared if we have guests at the Treehouse. We use the first floor of the barn as our art studio. We have 2 friendly dogs who are happy to have visitors. We are also willing to have well behaved and socialized dogs here. As long as you are responsible for your own pooches. An additional fee of $20.00 per dog, per night will be required. This is the country so there is not an inclosed yard.
We realize a barn in the mountains of St. Helena is not for everybody. We're in the middle of may acres of wilderness and there are creatures around so, if you're uncomfortable encountering spiders, bugs, lizards, frogs, bats, very rare but, occasional snake, etc., spending the night in the second story of a barn or a treehouse may not be the best choice. All the water in the property comes form a well so it has a lot of minerals, including sulfur. If you are uncomfortable with well water, sulfur smell or the drought, please do not come to spend the night in the countryside.
We started bee hives on the property which is a common and generally harmless farm activity but, if you are allergic to them, it is certainly a consideration that needs to be done.
During long holiday weekends when we have a high demand for the space, we'll give preference to larger groups for more than one night rather than individuals or single nights. Since the space sleeps up to 8 people comfortably and we only rent it to one group at the time.
We are 15 miles (about 1/2 hr. drive) from down town St. Helena which has wonderful shops and restaurants. Napa is 20 to 25 miles depending on which way you go (30 to 45 minutes drive).
There are also some wonderful small wineries nearby, for a great personal experience we recommend checking them out. Some do require an appointment on weekdays.
Please consider we have no cell phone reception and limited internet access. So it a great place to unplug for a change! Guest AccessIf you get here when we're not home, please get settled, enjoy the pool area and the rest of the grounds. The bathroom is on the second floor of the barn at the Loft and there is cold water, cups, milk and sugar for the morning in the refrigerator at the bottom floor of the barn. Coffee and cereal will be set up at the bottom of the stairs.
We have guests staying at the "Treehouse" so, please be considerate in keeping the bathroom tidy and manage light switches and noise late at night or early morning. (Remember the bathroom shared)
It's dark here at night. We'll leave some night lights on. There are hooks for your towels in the wall outside the bathroom. Please take some time to read and follow our house rules regarding the bathroom. (Wipe the shower glass with “squeeye”, only very little toilet paper in the compost low flow toilet, pedal up fills the bowl, pedal down flush it down, do not hold the pedal to let a lot of water down it overflows the tank, keep the seat down, use the fan, etc.)
The light switches for the bottom floor of the barn are next to the door on the right side of the building, as you're facing it from the front. The last row is on a timer so that you can go upstairs and not have to go back to turn it off. The light switch for the top floor is on the left, next to the window at the end of the stairs as you walk up.
There are extra blankets and pillows, with your towels on the bench next to the big bed. Please do not disturb any of the other beds you are not going to sleep on.
If you hear walking around late at night and see flashlight beams, it's us checking for deer before letting the dogs out for the last time before bed.