Sophisticated, Private Compound that Balances Nature's Beauty with Luxury

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Last updated: 11/02/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Elements Retreat is a majestic compound located on a five acre ridge above historic Austin Creek.

The grounds have been landscaped with indigenous grasses and ferns, highlighting the phenomenal native redwood trees. Pathways wind throughout, offering innumerable walks among ever-changing scenery, including a serene pond and enchanting waterfall to delight and awaken the senses. When you hike from the main compound, pathways become forest trails beckoning further into remote adjoining terrains still on the property Extended walks offer seasonal streams and waterfalls, in addition to Austin Creek itself, with its numerous swimming holes and opportunities for creek wading. The entire retreat is professionally lit to a stunning degree, complimenting its allure day and night

Entertaining large groups is effortless and everyone can have their own privacy, while gathering together in the large entertaining areas.

The Main House: The main house is a contemporary craftsman style structure with a great room, master bedroom and two bathrooms. One of which is exceptionally large with multiple shower heads and a Zen inspired private garden. The fully appointed kitchen is centered around a granite island and can accommodate multiple chefs. Appliances include a professional six burner Wolf range/oven, micro wave drawer, Stainless refrigerator/freezer, and garbage compactor. The Great Room does have the latest in video, audio and Internet capabilities if that need strikes. The lodge is replete with fine attention to every detail, from the refectory style dining table, the deep leather sofa, to custom designed candle chandelier, which radiates throughout the main living area.

The West Terrace and Buddha Garden: The West Terrace and Buddha Garden off the main house is an example of what makes this estate so unique. The outdoor kitchen and gardens were crafted from river stone years ago when the property was a summer campsite. The outdoor kitchen has been restored and updated and includes a state of the art gas BBQ, sink, lighting and herb garden. The original river stone fire pit is now the focal point of a modern and sophisticated outside entertainment area. The dining table was custom made from the center cut of a local redwood tree and seats fourteen plus people. It’s the perfect setting for a large family gathering or a special event.

The guest house: The guest house has its own terrace and seating area. Its windows have beautiful garden views too, but with different vistas, giving this two-bedroom space a unique atmosphere and privacy. It has both a king and queen size bedroom connected by a hallway to the common bath room. The spacious multi shower head bathroom offers a mini spa experience off a secluded and private patio.
The Cabin is a secluded gem on the compound. It has a king size bed and full bath with its outside shower. It adjoins the large east terrace that has vistas into the Redwoods.
The Yoga Studio is situated in quiet of the lower gardens. It does have adjustable weights and an iPod player for guests use.


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Property Type

  • Estate
  • 3000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum age 21....moreless

  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking allowed inside the residences....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well behaved dogs only (2 max). Please send photo in advance for approval....moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 2 (Guest House): 1 queen

    Guest house second bedroom....moreless

  • Bedroom 4 (Cabin): 1 king


  • Bedroom 3 (Guest House): 1 king


  • Bedroom 1 (Main House): 1 king


  • There are four bedrooms spread across three structures.

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1 (Main House): toilet


  • Bathroom 4 (Cabin): toilet, shower, outdoor shower

    The shower is outdoors...moreless

  • Bathroom 3 (Guest House): toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2 (Main House): toilet, shower


  • There are four bathrooms spread across three structures.

Other Amenities

  • Entertaining large groups is effortless and everyone can have their own privacy, while gathering together in the large entertaining areas. All bedrooms, a total of three king and one queen beds, are furnished with quality linens and down comforters. Located throughout the property is all the latest that technology can offer including two HDTV’s, a full range of cable programming, Sonos sound system, Blu-Ray DVD, and high speed Internet....moreless


  • Books:

    Lending library with lot os great locals guides....moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Blu-Ray systems in both main house and guest house....moreless

  • Games:

    Tons of great board games....moreless

  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    There are two large screen systems, one in the main house and another in the guest house....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Sonos cloud sound system with multiple Bose speakers inside and out....moreless

  • Television:

    Large HDTV in Main House, two smaller TVs in Guest House....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain:

    Elements sits on a small ridge in the Redwoods above Austin Creek....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Elements sits on a ridge with views of Magic Mountain and the Austin Creek watershed....moreless

  • Rural:

    Elements feels secluded and quiet, while being convenient to all that Sonoma County has to offer...moreless

  • Water View:

    This property has its own seasonal streams and several waterfalls....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    This property has its own seasonal streams and several waterfalls....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Large 10 person table and 14 person outdoor redwood table....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace:

    Complimentary basket of wood included....moreless

  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Yoga room with weights....moreless

  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    High speed: 150 Mbps. Enterprise-grade wifi system that reaches throughout the property....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    The property is equipped with high quality sheets, towels and duvets...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Built-in speakers throughout the property (indoors and out) with a Sonos sound system and other high tech gadgetry....moreless

  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking for four cars....moreless

  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone:

    Free domestic long distance and incoming service....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Enterprise-grade wireless access points....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace


  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    Standard coffee pot and Keurig machine....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    There is a full range of ultensils and cookware available. Both the amateur and the chef will find everything they need....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is equipped with: stainless steel dishwasher, side by side refrigerator, 6 burner commercial Wolf range, and oven. The kitchen island houses a microwave drawer, and trash compactor....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Sharp Microwave Drawer...moreless

  • Oven:

    Commercial Wolf range...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Pantry is stocked with a wide range of spices, and cooking ingredients....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Ice maker and filtered water....moreless

  • Stove:

    Commercial Wolf range with industrial hood...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio:

    There are two large entertainment zones adjoining the main compound. Both have abundant seating. The West Terrace has access to the outside kitchen, lounge chairs and hammock....moreless

  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:

    High end gas grill....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    The redwood tub and its deck, sit suspended in the center of a ring of redwoods, a secluded distance from the main house. It and its adjoining gardens are discretely lit for night time enjoyment....moreless

  • Outdoor Hot Tub


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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$580 $720
Fri, Sat, Sun

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning $200 + tax
  • Pet Fee $50
  • Tax Rate 9%


An important note about maximum occupancy:

Maximum occupancy is limited to 8 adults and a maximum of 4 cars. County ordinances prevent any larger gatherings and is strictly monitored. If you're planning an event that would bring more than 8 guests to the property, please contact us first to arrange. You will waive your deposit if you hold an event for more than 8 people at the property without prior permission, in addition to being responsible for any and all county fines. Thank you for your understanding.

TOT Certificate No. 822N.

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Last updated: 11/02/2015
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27 Miles
Nearest Airport
Santa Rosa
4.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Blue Heron
59 Miles
Nearest Ferry
San Rafael
6.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Northwood Golf
80 Miles
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 101
4.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Cape Fear, Duncan's Mill
228 Miles
Nearest Ski
Lake Tahoe
17 Miles
Nearest Beach
Goat Rock

Car: Necessary

Elements Austin Creek is a majestic compound located on a five acre ridge above historic Austin Creek. Once you breathe the air and see the vistas you are aware of the profound spirit penetrating the property. This extremely private estate consists of four buildings and a spa thoughtfully situated among spectacular gardens and towering redwoods with breathtaking panoramic views of Magic Mountain and its adjoining watershed.

Other Activities: shopping, rafting, kayaking, boating, rock climbing, spa, miniature golf


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2015

About the owner: We've lived in downtown San Francisco for the better part of a decade, and often spend summer weekends in Guerneville and Sonoma. We're absolutely thrilled to be the new stewards of Elements in Sonoma County, a very special place. We both work in the tech industry, but have found a calling in hospitality. We've been hosts on AirBnB and VRBO for over 8 years in San Francisco and Sonoma, having hosted over 250 guests from around the world. Just as we love traveling the world ourselves and love sharing what we can with travelers and hearing their unique stories. Heather is from Kentucky, works at FitBit, and has come to enjoy taking our dog Pepper to Austin Creek for a game of fetch and a quick swim Bryan is a Northern California native, works at Google, and has fond memories of driving out to the Russian River for summer kayaking and relaxing.

Why the Owner Chose Cazadero:
When we first saw Elements, it was love at first sight. You really have to visit to understand the feeling of serenity that surrounds you here. We live in the city, and while we've come to love the convenience of it all, we immediately appreciated that Elements felt worlds apart from all that hustle and bustle even though it was a short drive away - we knew it was a place that we wanted share with family and friends for years to come. The western part of Sonoma Valley has a much milder climate, which is why its ideal for the Pinot Grapes. The small towns of Sebastopol, Guerneville, and Monte Rio and reminiscent of an easier time. This area has a blend of fine wines and great food, along with a unique environment with the Redwoods and Coast.

The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
There is a tranquility and peacefulness to this place that feels unique and special. It's one of those things that must be experienced to be appreciated. The upper deck has this amazing energy about it - it's difficult to describe, but many visitors have agreed they can feel it too. The views over the redwood forested canyon and the abundant sunlight is really all you need to reconnect with what it means to be alive. And when was the last time you sat in a Redwood hot tub surrounded by 100 ft tall redwoods? The experience cannot be missed.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Austin Creek Retreat at Night

    Austin Creek Retreat at Night

  • Main Living Room

    Main Living Room

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Guest House bedroom #2

    Guest House bedroom #2

  • The hot tub and spa area

    The hot tub and spa area

  • West Terrace

    West Terrace

  • Fire pit and the west terrace

    Fire pit and the west terrace

  • The Cabin

    The Cabin

  • The Buddha Garden offers so many great spots to just relax under the Redwoods.

    The Buddha Garden offers so many great spots to just relax under the Redwoods.

  • The east terrace connects the Cabin and Guest House.

    The east terrace connects the Cabin and Guest House.

  • The yoga cottage

    The yoga cottage

  • The Cazadero General Store

    The Cazadero General Store

  • Chef's kitchen

    Chef's kitchen

  • Kitchen area

    Kitchen area

  • Entertainment Center

    Entertainment Center

  • Guest House seating area

    Guest House seating area

  • West Terrace from the Buddha Garden

    West Terrace from the Buddha Garden

  • West Terrace BBQ & table

    West Terrace BBQ & table

  • West terrace with its incredible view

    West terrace with its incredible view

  • The cabin, with its outside shower.

    The cabin, with its outside shower.

  • The outdoor seating area between Guest House and House.

    The outdoor seating area between Guest House and House.

  • The east terrace

    The east terrace

  • The upper terrace

    The upper terrace

  • Raymond's Bakery & Pizza shop

    Raymond's Bakery & Pizza shop

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Sunday, November 22, 2015

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