The SpaceThe Sea Ranch is a unique community association of private homes, sited with careful attention to the natural landscape along a 10-mile stretch of the Sonoma County coast in Northern California. It is internationally known for its distinctive architecture, the sensitivity of its land planning, and community-based stewardship of the natural environment.
This house was built by our dad 40 years ago, and has been the scene of many wonderful gatherings of our large extended family since then. We are renting the house out so we can keep it in the family, even though our parents are now gone and we are all busy with our lives. We are trying to improve the house---we just recently added bamboo flooring and removed the old carpet in the living area. We are saving for a fireplace insert and a new hot tub.
Our house is not fancy but functional. The house only costs $175 a night because that we don't have nice linens, the furniture and washer/dryer are old, etc. Some people complain about this, so I like to be direct. There are plenty of very well-maintained, more expensive places to rent at the Sea Ranch. If you want a professional rental home with this kind of view and access, you can pay as much as $350/night. We are not trying to make a profit, just trying to keep the house in the family and maintain it.
There are two bedrooms and two baths, one in the master suite and the other in separate WC and shower rooms. Every room has an ocean view, and small deck off the master bedroom. There's a huge stone fireplace and foldout sofa bed in the living room, which is a open to the kitchen and dining area. The loft above the great room sleeps at least two. please note that you can only access this by climbing a ladder, so it's best to plan on putting elderly/disabled/very young folks elsewhere. I say the place sleeps 6, but we have put as many as 12 in the house depending on the relationships.....kids need less privacy...:-). We allow dogs for an extra fee of $75 per dog per stay---this is high because of the inordinate number of abuses perpetrated on our house, floors, rugs, and outdoor areas by dogs and their owners. We know you love your dog, we know your dog is different from all those other bad dogs. That's cool, but please let us know about dogs when you are reserving. If we find evidence of a dog visit that was not reserved, or if you leave dog droppings ANYWHERE on the property, we will charge a $100 fine. Nobody likes "picking up" after a dog, especially our cleaning service.
The kitchen is equipped with a microwave, toaster, coffee maker, but no small appliances like food processors and hand or stand mixers. There is one set of sheets for each bed. There are two small tv's and dvd players.
There is a webber grill---bring coals. Please clean it after you use it! There's a washer and dryer, albeit funky. There is now internet at the house, but the internet and cell service are notoriously spotty. There is a landline at the house that allows local calls only.
There is a brand new hot tub, within an enclosure, in the front area of the house. You can't see the ocean from the tub. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THE HOT TUB. There are no refunds or discounts for a non-functional tub during your stay. Since the tub's new, it shouldn't be a problem.
This is a peaceful and quiet place. If you're looking for a party that you're not bringing, we recommend staying in a town, B&B or inn; there are many on the coast.
Please feel free to email with questions and offers that don't meet our stated criteria. We want people to use and enjoy our beloved home as much as we have! Guest AccessWe are an easy walk to the recreation center, which has a pool, sauna and tennis courts nearby, and to several beaches. We are 8 miles from the rustic hamlet of Gualala, which has several great restaurants, at least one bar, a bookstore, several grocery stores, a hardware store, etc. Interaction with GuestsWe are never around during guest stays, as our nearest family member lives 40 miles away. The cleaner and hot tub service will come at check out time, so you may see them. The Neighborhood(URL HIDDEN) unbelievably gorgeous? It's quiet! People are relaxed and nice, for the most part. Good for solitude, walking, enjoying nature, enjoying our friends and families.
Facilities and Activities
All Sea Ranch roads, most facilities, and most trails are private, for use only by owners, renters, and their guests. However, members of the public may enjoy The Sea Ranch by visiting the public beaches and access trails. You may also stay at the Sea Ranch Lodge or play golf at the Sea Ranch Golf Links. The public is welcome to visit the Sea Ranch Chapel located at mile marker 55.5 on Highway 1.
Visitors are asked to remember that The Sea Ranch is a community of private homes. Please respect private property and the privacy and peace of the residents.
Three swimming pools, tennis courts, dressing facilities with showers & Saunas, basketball, volleyball and picnic areas. See Olson Recreations Center. Each person must have a pass to enter.
The Hot Spot is a beach on the Gualala River; fishing in season (license required), picnic tables, BBQ, outhouse
Sea Ranch Golf Course links -018 holes, driving range, carts, green fees charged, call ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)-Eyed Jack’s Playground is located at the center of the Sea Ranch near Shell Beach. It has children’s play equipment, picnic tables, BBQ, volleyball court.
Trails offer the opportunity for a direct experience with a variety of environments. They also provide connections between facilities, beaches, and other points of interest. Carry your pass with you if on the trails.
Trail maps are available for purchase at the Sea Ranch Association.
Bicyclists will find that the Sea Ranch roads offer safe and enjoyable way to get around. Also, some trails are designed for bicycles. This combination makes it possible to traverse most of the length of the ranch without using Highway One.
Public Beaches and Trails
All of the beaches on the coast of The Sea Ranch, like all California beaches, belong to the public. The public can access the beaches at specific points without trespassing on private property. Along Highway 1 at the mile markers indicated, you will find public access parking maintained by Sonoma County. Parking is currently $7. Restrooms are available. From each parking area, you walk a trail to the beach.
Black Point: Steep staircase to 1/4 mile-long sandy beach with dramatic waves. Mile marker 50.85.
Pebble Beach: Small sheltered cove with tide pools. Mile marker 52.29.
Stengel Beach: Small rocky beach with stairs that end on a large rock; waterfall after rains. Mile marker 53.96.
Shell Beach: Sea stacks and tidepools; logs to sit on; ramp to walk small boats to the ocean. Mile marker 55.54.
Walk-On Beach: Wheelchair and stroller accessible, but it's a hard push through sandy spots; a sandy beach. Mile Marker 56.48.
Bluff Trail (3 miles from Walk-On Beach to Gualala Point Park).
Marine Preserve is located within walking distance of the house. This has many tidepools to explore, and a seal rookery.
Shellfish Hotline: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) This toll-free line maintained by the California Department of Public Health advises the public of quarantines that prohibit the harvesting of shell fish. The quarantines are issued to prevent human illness and death caused by paralytic and amnesic shellfish poisoning. If you are not sure if it is safe to eat harvested shellfish, please call.
Please Note: All Sea Ranch roads and most trails are private. Visitors not staying on The Sea Ranch must park in the public access parking areas on Highway 1 and stay only on the public trails and beaches. If staying at The Sea Ranch, be sure to display the tag supplied by your rental agency on your vehicle's rearview mirror or dashboard, or your vehicle will be subject to citation and immobilization. Carry your pass with you when hiking the trails. The pass must be shown to enter any of the recreation centers. Guests staying with members should obtain vehicle tags and passes from their host.
If this is your first visit, we'd like to be sure you know that the Ranch is a big place: it's ten miles along the coast, with more than 1,700 houses on the bluffs, in the meadows, on the hillsides, and in the forest. When you arrive, please take a few minutes to look at the house you are staying in so that you will recognize it when you return from a walk. Before you set out on a hike, be sure you know where you are going and how you will return.
Our visitors especially enjoy the hiking trails and the beaches. In addition to the Bluff Trail and hiking trails in the hills and forest, there are four interpretive trails with brochures describing historic and natural features. Trail Maps are available at the Association office located at 975 Annapolis Road. (You are welcome to visit the office, which is open every day 8:30 am to 5 pm, except Sunday, Monday, and major holidays. It's located on Annapolis Road, just past the airstrip and the Cal Fire station). Getting AroundYou must drive here! There's no public transit---it's out in the sticks. Other Things to NoteWe will email access instructions to you about a week before your stay. If you do not receive instructions, please email through the airbnb site.
PLEASE READ THIS:
We have all the house rules in the manual and arrival instructions. In general, we prefer you treat the house as if you owned it. We all have different standards of cleanliness and how we live, and the cleaning fee is meant to offset that. But here are the basics:
If you break something, admit it, replace it or reimburse us for it
If you make a mess, clean it up
If your dog makes a mess, clean it up.
Don't disturb our neighbors with loud noise, especially between 10 PM and 9 AM.
Don't steal from us. Firewood, pillows, toilet paper, space heaters (we have had about ten taken in the last year), whatever.
No smoking allowed ever.
No fires anywhere on the Sea Ranch property except in the fireplace.
No camping or tents.
No pets in hot tub, duh.
Leave it how you found it.