Frank Lloyd Wright School, unique mountaintop off-grid solar home on 180 Acre Historic Ranch overlooks vast forested wilderness. Sure cure for “Nature Deficit Disorder!” Panoramic view to ocean. Spacious, private, peaceful View Suite is a separate wing of the house: king bed + sleeper sofa; en-suite full bath, deck, kitchenette, breakfast foods, table. Sunsets, sunrises, big dark night sky, hummingbirds galore, paradise for birders, nature lovers, seeking serenity, renewal & peaceful getaway.
Our mountaintop ranch retreat is well known as a 180-acre slice of heaven; overlooking thousands of acres of wilderness all the way to the Pacific Ocean. This spot is a sure cure for “Nature Deficit Disorder”! We encourage you to enjoy first-hand the awe-inspiring vistas, sunrises and long lingering sunsets, relaxation, and unpretentious hospitality of our secluded mountain home. It is more than a destination, it is a feeling that you won’t soon forget, and a rare experience you can’t afford to miss.
Are you a devotee of Shinrin-yoku: The Japanese Art of “Forest Bathing”? We invite you to immerse yourself luxuriously in the naturally saturated atmosphere here on the mountain!
Roughing it? No way! Your entirely separate, peaceful, private and spacious (836 square foot) wing of the house is furnished with comfortable, handcrafted furniture, antiques, unique works of art, a world class library, kitchenette, en-suite full bath (tub & shower), heating and air conditioning, a handcrafted king bed with new iSerta mattress, lots of pillows, fine linens, hardwood & tile floors. Also in your space is a comfortable “Flex-Steel” couch with chenille throws, which becomes an excellent, pull out sofa bed for others in your party, or for your companion who wishes for a separate place to sleep. In addition you’ll find your suite features an incredible view without city sounds, or city lights!
This is a destination for special people who love to go that extra mile for the exclusive, unique location and extraordinary view that is ours, behind locked gates. Come stay here and it becomes yours to savor.
Your spacious, professionally cleaned guest suite also includes coffee maker & coffee, tea pot & tea, breakfast foods, dishes & utensils, cutting boards, mini- refrigerator, microwave, utility sink; outdoor and glass-enclosed deck areas, telescope, hand drums, slippers, bathrobes, hairdryer, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap and conditioner, couch, table, chairs, yoga mat & blocks, stereo, Wi-Fi, cell charging stations, and all high quality bed, bath and table linens.
Relaxation is effortless after a day of fun and adventure exploring the Giant Redwoods, the famous Mendocino Coast, the parks, rivers and events or the abundant Award Winning Wineries. If you wish to spend your stay relaxing or in retreat, we hold space for you to do that as well.
Your well-appointed suite was designed by the same Frank Lloyd Wright School architect who designed and built the main house. Our home is perched on top of the highest point west of Highway 101, with vast stunning vistas of elegant Redwood, Fir, Madrone, Manzanita, Oak trees, plus Chaparral and wildflower covered slopes.
We are happy to serve as your personal guides on private wilderness trails, direct you to easy walks on our un-paved quiet road, guide you to our special spots for sitting on a rock contemplating the view of seemingly endless wilderness, while surrounded by singing birds, fresh air and ocean breezes. At night we invite you to sit on the porch in the moonlight or under the canopy of stars which pop out brilliantly in this place of no streetlights or neighbors.
Our lovingly landscaped gardens are open to you for strolling, sitting, contemplation. Our fruit trees provide delicious fruit in season, which we are happy to share with you. The Gardens have been a popular feature on charitable garden tours.
You are invited to experience off-grid living in a thoroughly modern home with all the amenities. Electricity has never been available here, so for the past quarter century we’ve been building up our own abundant solar generating system, backed up by generator on cloudy winter days. Solar energy pumps our pure and delicious well water, and solar water heating is on the roof. Weather permitting, we heat, cool and cook with solar in addition to pumping our well water, powering lights and appliances.
This ranch/retreat is perched on a rocky mountain top in the spectacular coast range wilderness 2.5 hours north of San Francisco. We have 360 degree panoramic views (from your private space too!) of big mountains, forest, and ocean with abundant wildlife and lots of hummingbirds. This is an ideal Nature Lover’s, Writer’s, Musician’s & Painter’s spot; perfect for a Birthday, Anniversary, Honeymoon or Special Getaway with your Sweetheart, Best Friend, or Best Traveling Buddy. Terrific home base for visiting Redwoods, Wineries, Festivals, Coast and Hiking Trails all over the County.
The Guest Suite, like the entire house, is a bit of an art gallery/museum of our personal travels around the world as anthropologists; and contains a portion of our precious personal reference library.
The Suite was built with steel framing – recycled cars – rather than wood, the oak & redwood trim came from down trees on the property, milled on site. The ceiling is redwood, made from the wood of a huge old water tank. The floor is sustainably sourced Oak. The house was designed and built by Thomas F. Bingham, of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. The Guest Suite was designed by Thomas F. Bingham and built by Jay Fraser of Willits.
This is a fabulous destination in and of itself. Most visitors settle in and do not leave until their restful stay is over. The acoustics are great for singing and non-amplified musical instruments, hence the many house concerts we have hosted here.
A good flashlight is a must for after dark, there are no street lights anywhere, no nearby neighbors. We provide flashlights for you. If you ask, Creek will do a star show for you with his telescope – weather permitting – or you can just relax on the deck after dark, soaking in the vast Milky Way and occasional shooting stars. Definitely bring binoculars if you are into enjoying our terrific birding. Don’t forget your camera! Prepare for spectacular Sunrises, and long, lavish, lingering Sunsets where the sun slips into the ocean before your eyes. Wildflowers and stargazing are all superlative.
We love spontaneity, so we welcome short notice bookings.
Though our retreat is on top of a mountain in the breathtaking California outdoors, we are easier to reach than you may suspect. Our property is only 8 miles from Highway 101, and it is quite convenient to arrive by a rental or personal car. Don’t worry about getting here with a city car – I drive a Prius on the route you will take. The big UPS truck comes here daily. The road from the highway is all paved; except for a short, mostly flat, 1 mile from the community gate to our driveway, which is paved in all the tough spots. When you follow the detailed directions to get to the house, make sure you take the designated road which is all pavement from the highway to the Yellow Gate.
Internet is adequate for your getaway vacation. We get our broadband wireless signal from a ridge-top source, 6 air miles to the east of us, line of sight. We are grateful to have the best internet outside of the city limits. Much of this county has little to none, mostly due to the landscape; the forest, the mountains, the canyons, and the small, rural population.
As your hosts, we hold space for your goals for this experience. If you wish to interact with us, we are available. If you seek privacy, that’s perfect with us as well.
For your health and comfort, and that of others, this is a pet/domestic animal-free, non-smoking (everything), firearm-free and drug-free property.
Willits (and Ukiah also) has an abundance of excellent restaurants, a book of menus is on your coffee table. It is 25 minutes driving on a mountain road to Willits, so you might seriously consider dining before you arrive, or bringing your dinner – you’ll likely not want to leave once you get here, and Willits rolls up the sidewalks at 9 pm.
We can easily make the extra refrigerator available for you, especially for longer than overnight stays, so plan on bringing food with you, and sharing our humble country kitchen, if you wish.
In addition to the 836 square foot Private Suite, you, our honored and treasured guests, may explore the lovingly landscaped domestic gardens where you will find abundant seating in sun or shade. Most outdoor and enclosed porch spaces are available to you, if in doubt, please ask!
If you wish to use our humble country kitchen please let us know in advance so that we can arrange our own meal preparations around yours. We retire early, so please plan to play in the kitchen between 9 am and 8 pm.
Fresh fruit may be offered, from our vines and trees, in season and subject to availability.
If you are on an extended stay and wish to use the washer or dryer, please ask us for assistance in setting up and operating them. Please – no shoes (ever) in the dryer. It is reserved for freshly laundered clothing and linens.
The famous and amazing west deck in so many of the photos is available to you at any time, with easy access from your space through your half of the huge wrap-around glass porch. Find a table, take your food, a book, your flute or guitar – and sit contentedly out there, appreciating the spectacular view, and the serenity.
We are happy to recommend walking, hiking, entertainment, dining and shopping venues to you! This is our home and we are actively involved in our community.
Interaction with guests
To have friends coming in from afar, how delightful!
We are delighted to respect the privacy of our guests should they desire to be left alone and not wish to engage with us. Some people stay here for quiet retreats, others to be more social. We provide the space for either, and it is our pleasure to do so!
We thoroughly enjoy meeting new friends from all over! We’ve been hosting international visitors for many years, have experience in resort management. We also host SERVAS travelers and have greatly enjoyed the exchange of ideas and experiences. We love traveling the world in the Airbnb fashion, and pass on to you the “welcome home” we have personally experienced.
We will be in residence at all times during our guests’ stay, and accessible as you wish. Please try to arrive between 3 pm and 9 pm*, so that we can personally greet you, answer any questions and introduce you to the features of your space.
*Returning Guests are welcome to do “late arrival”, as you already know where everything is, and how it all works! Do let us know that you’ll be coming in late, and we’ll see you in the morning!
Other things to note
We are off grid, which means we make all our own power with solar panels, generator as backup. Public utilities have never been available here, so this is like living on a ship, but in the total wilderness. We offer you the experience of living off grid for a time, in a thoroughly modern home. Our pure, delicious water is pumped by solar power from a 360′ deep well; then up to the top of the mountain so that gravity flow gives us excellent water pressure in the house. We are grateful for this precious resource, often scarce in this region of frequent drought.
Prepare to unplug from most media during your visit. We do not have TV here, and cell service can be limited by terrain in many areas. We are delighted to have a good signal, right here, on the mountain. Not all cell providers cover this rural mountainous region. GSM mobile carriers such as AT&T and T-mobile do not always work here, so prepare to use wi-fi to make your mobile calls, if needed. If you wish to watch movies, please bring your favorites to watch on your computer. For your entertainment, we recommend you also bring favorite reading materials, games, musical instruments, and art materials. Or delve into our extensive books and music library.
Please note that our residence is not appropriate for guests with mobility issues. There are 20 stairs to access the house. This is a vast wilderness area. We are in the mountains, surrounded by gardens, forests and rock outcroppings that require good walking shoes, good balance and coordination. We are at 3000 feet elevation.
We enjoy four distinct seasons, each with its own individual wonders and delights! Winter can, at times, be cold, wet, or excitingly stormy here in the mountains. We have friends who drive a long distance to experience the high energy of a storm here. We get just enough occasional snow in winter to be beautiful, rarely inconvenient. There is really no way to predict winter weather more than a couple weeks ahead of time, as our weather is so much like the SF Bay Area. We are coastal, which means that temperatures are mostly moderate. Rain storms that come off the ocean are exciting in this glass house. I love the rain, when it happens! We usually have a series of rain storms, with days of lovely weather in between. After a rain it is lovely to put on our waterproofed hiking shoes and walk in the forest, appreciating the fragrance, the beauty of the leaves, and looking for whatever exotic mushrooms appear overnight under the trees.
Also, In the middle of winter we usually have a couple weeks of warm sunny weather every month.
Snow is rare, but when it does happen it is light, beautiful, and always disappears too quickly.
Except for the few hottest days, it can be delightfully cool at night, and the refreshing breeze from the ocean is ever present.
*Please note that our nightly rental price includes the 11% TOT (Transient Occupancy Tax) that Mendocino County charges to all guests who stay less than 30 days at local accommodations. Our County of Mendocino TOT number is 2373, BID number is 11122. Our Mendocino County Business License number is 118932.
As your hosts, we bring our own lifetime passion for world travel and appreciation of cultural diversity to welcoming you here. We have always found delightful people & experiences, everywhere we’ve been. We carry on and pay forward this excellent tradition!
Empowerment Coach at KittyNorris.com, Volunteer & Producer at Willits Community Theatre, Calligrapher at MagneticGraffiti, Officiant at many ceremonies, Airbnb Host, Member Soroptimists International of Willits, Lover of Dance, Music, Arts, Natural Sciences, hiker, traveler, cultural anthropologist.See Owner Profile