The Dome House...Jewel in the Forest
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Big Sur house description
Come and enjoy our Big Sur rustic, unique, creative, loving, peaceful 'Jewel in the Forest'! Conveniently located halfway between Carmel & Big Sur you will surely enjoy a spectacular drive along the spectacular Hwy 1 and then onto a serene and lovely forest road to arrive at this unique dome home nestled among the redwoods. We get plenty of sun most of the year even though we're in the forest. Close to amazing local hiking, shopping and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The area hosts many special events all year. Of course you may just want to relax and feel your connection to nature. This property is owned by local artist Sofanya where you might find her working in her studio or gallery.
In the dome you'll enjoy a bedroom loft with sunken tub, skylights to moon bathe, forest views, 2 bathrooms, futon in living room sleeps 2 more and another lovely area with a single futon/bed. The house is open so it's especially perfect and private for a couple or enjoy a group/family vacation in this magical redwood home. Enjoy a nap or read in the hammock while listening to the stream, or meditate in the garden while reading a book while visiting this 'Jewel in the Forest'.
- Vacation Rental
- Pets Considered:
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
This is an open kitchen as the house is one large room other than the loft master bedroom. We have the basics in this rustic redwood home with a view and sounds of the forest from the kitchen are wonderful with windows all around. Everything you'll need to make some amazing meals!...moreless
- Wood Fireplace
- Linens Provided
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library
Location & View
- Mountain View:
- Mountain Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Pier Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Water Tubing
- Rock Climbing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Massage Therapist
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
- Whale Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Eco Tourism
- Sight Seeing
- Scenic Drives
- This unique rustic dome home is in the peaceful redwood forest with lovely gardens, plenty of sun, sounds of the stream and birds. A beautiful drive and easy to get to as you meander down a magical forest road to arrive at The Dome House. As you walk over the footbridge ('The Bridge Over Denial') you will leave all outside concerns behind to enjoy a peaceful stay here at 'The Jewel in the Forest'. You may even want to express yourself with paint or write as you'll find the house equipped with art supplies and journals. We are conveniently located halfway between Carmel & Big Sur and 2 miles into the forest from the Coast Hwy 1. You can find many wonderful sites and activities both in Carmel and Big Sur and in between! The Rocky Pt Restaurant is just down the road and has one of the most spectacular views on the planet! You'll find lots of hiking, shopping, art galleries, excursions for whale watching and so much more. Also while staying in 'The Jewel' you might want to visit Sofanya in her studio or gallery also located on the property. She is known for her 'Essence Portraits' which she's very happy to create for you. If you like you may inquire about private painting lessons with Sofanya or even a class with your group or family. She also holds occasional concerts, art workshops and special events at 'Carabella's Theatre'. You may also be interested in renting the space for wedding, an gathering, workshop or retreat of your own! The theatre is a small stage and circle area surrounded by redwoods. With the stage lights and magical ambiance it is truly a delightful place for performance and any creativity. The property has several dwellings to choose from, each with their own unique rustic charm. Also the Dome House has a garden level unit and the entire house can easily accommodate a group of 10 people. Please feel free to call or email with any questions....moreless
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It really is a jewel in the forest
It really is a jewel in the forest
We had a wonderful stay in the Calla Lily cottage. It was well-equipped, and the wood stove kept us cozy and warm. It was great being off the grid for a couple days. Sofanya was a welcoming host, and gave us a little tour of the property before we left.
- Guest desertmonkey
- Date of stay 01/10/14
- Review Submitted 02/04/14
Recommended for: Pet owners, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
Zen holiday retreat
Zen holiday retreat
Thank you sofyana for an amazing peaceful retreat for our holiday. The house is zen, rustic yet glam with high end touches from beautiful sheets to claw foot tubs with aromatic bath crystals. It was the most unique place we have stayed and the house has the most amazing zen quality. Bring your sleep mask for early morning sun due to skylights. Great for dogs but not toddlers or elders due to the stairs and open areas. Probably best for one couple and a friend or teenager versus 2 couple due to the layout The painting canvas and art supplies made for a unique vrbo and incredible night with a post bathtub aromatic lavender soak! Happy holidays and cheer with your next vrbo rental! Enjoy the dome! Looking forward to a return stay.
- Guest sue (San Francisco)
- Date of stay 12/26/13
- Review Submitted 12/28/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, pet owners, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Thank you Sue for such a wonderful review. Of course it is guests like you and yours that make this place alive with magic of loving gratitude. I send you my thanks for being here and such a wonderful guest. Please consider this a "home away from home" and please come on back soon!
We love the dome house! This is a great place to check out if you like something a bit different. The road up to the house is incredible in and of itself. My girlfriend and I came up here to have a quiet new years and relax, it was a great experience. Sofanya is a wonderful and caring host and the property is beautiful, it has a great energy. During the day you are so close to lots of great hikes, and interesting things to see at night we'd build a fire, open a bottle of wine and just enjoy the tranquility. Best of all, we were able to bring out dog with us which we always appreciate. We even got engaged while we were staying at the dome house. Anyway, if you like places which are a bit more unique this is a great choice.
- Guest mark (United States)
- Date of stay 12/28/12
- Review Submitted 03/05/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, pet owners, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Wow Mark...I just realized that I hadn't responded to this wonderful review! I'm soooo excited that you became engaged while staying here! This is a huge blessing and I really hope that you two will stay here again as you continue your Life together. Consider this a perfect place to get married, or come back for an anniversary??? OR any time at all....you were wonderful guests and I would be delighted for you to visit again!
I have had the absolute pleasure of staying at the Jewel in the Forest before at the Calla Lilly Cottage. For my second visit, I stayed at the Dome House. My stay at the Dome House what exactly what I was expecting: inviting, magical, peaceful, restorative. What a treat! The pictures do not do this home justice...the place is filled with the most beautiful art by the owner, Sofanya. Everywhere you look there are reminders of not only how powerful and inspiring of an artist she is, but also of how special this home is surrounded by the forest and nature. As always, Sofanya was incredibly accommodating and welcoming. The home was extremely cozy and came filled with all the amenities we needed to have a lovely time. Special touches like blank canvases/paint/brushes, chocolates, individually wrapped soaps, an already-built fire in the wood stove all served to remind me how much Sofanya is invested in ensuring every visitor leaves knowing what a special sanctuary she has built at the Jewel in the Forest. I can't wait to visit again!!
- Guest Gladys (San Francisco, CA )
- Date of stay 01/04/13
- Review Submitted 01/14/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, pet owners, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Gladys....I cannot tell you how excited I was when you called that you're coming back for a second visit! I feel like you and I connected and became Friends right away the first visit....I loved that we got to paint together ....and your painting is amazing! (I would love to see the finished piece sometime.) It was even more special that you celebrated your Birthday here with dear Friends...such great people!.....I'm honored that you would choose this amazing place to enjoy. I hope that you won't wait too long to come back again....sending lots of Love and wishes for a most Blessed year!
Romantic, Inspiring & Heart opening
Romantic, Inspiring & Heart opening
What I wanted was a place of peace, romance and inspiration. The Jewel in the Forest is that and so much more. I was delighted with the house and surroundings. So magnificent! It is a large space but very easy to nest in and so comfortable. I didn't want to leave. I cooked lovely meals, sat outside and drank wine by huge redwoods, made lovely warm fires and soaked in a magnificent hot tub. This is a place I will definitely return again and again. Also was delighted to be surrounded by art. Sofanya the owner is a delight as well as an amazing artist and we shared some meaningful time together also.
- Guest Talley (Malibu)
- Date of stay 09/07/12
- Review Submitted 10/27/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Talley.....I loved getting to know you as you are such an amazing woman. I hope to visit you one of these days too....at the Horse Ranch and see you at your workspace. It was wonderful to have dinner and sit around a campfire sharing a few quality moments of this precious Life. Let me know any time you wish to stay here again....I'd be so delighted to welcome you....Sofanya
Our experience in The Dome House
Our experience in The Dome House
We were invited to a Big Sur getaway with some friends on Labor Day weekend and jumped at the chance to stay at The Dome House. We didn't know what to expect, but we couldn't wait for a new Big Sur adventure. If you're not looking for 5 star amenities and prefer a "glamping" sort of vibe, this is the place for you. Sofanya was more than accommodating and was present on the property the entire weekend. She even started a lovely fire for us every night and shared many wonderful stories with us. The location itself was my favorite part- the 2 mile drive down the road and into the forest was beyond breathtaking...it made me feel like I was truly on vacation and away from the hustle and bustle of the city that we had just came from. While the house is suited for probably no more than 5-6 people, it's calming vibe would make this place ideal for the perfect weekend retreat for friends and couples.
- Guest dlillian (United States)
- Date of stay 09/01/12
- Review Submitted 09/12/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, pet owners, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thank you Danielle! I so enjoyed meeting you and the others..... a very lively and fun group and it was clear that everyone enjoyed being on this lovely property in nature. I doubt most people expect the "amenities" of a 5 star hotel such as room service, wake up calls, dry cleaning etc because this isn't a hotel but a vacation rental where you are welcome to make yourself at home. It was great that you guys did that so well! Gratefully, Sofanya
Enchanted place...Guest comment entered by owner
This is kind of a long review but I wanted to post excerpts from it because it warmed my heart to read this in our guest book and really says everything I want to share with you. It comes from a lovely woman who stayed with her husband for their 11th Anniversary... "We are in love with this world, this home, with all of the love and beauty throughout the house. Art, music, woods, lighting, furniture and seating to explore, luxuriate in. Little gifts to tell us to wake up to the moment. Warm, cool, green, crisp, peaceful, yum." ....and on another day.... "When we walked into the Dome House my anxiety left immediately. Ther is not an ugly vista in sight aat this enchanted place. It is even more spacious than it looks in the pictures. It is a real house build of all wood with stained glass and windows all around. Best dish washing experience I've had. The love nest upstairs has 4 skylights and you see majestic trees and even stars from them. Even ifyou are not an "artist" you can't deny self expression here. There are paints, pencils, musical instruments, and even a theatre outside. Sofanya is someone you will want to meet. She is divine and greeted us with a card wishing us a happy anniversary, a bottleof wine and freshly picked blackberries from this very land (yummy). You could bring a family, a group of friends, or have a romantic vacation with your partner here. I can't recommend it enough!" I really look forward to another visit from them.
- Guest Natasha M
- Date of stay 08/01/12
- Review Submitted 09/07/12
Loved staying here...Guest comment entered by owner
Loved staying here...
"Michael and I absolutely loved staying here this weekend! Thank you for the wonderful hospitality. The Dome House will hold a special place in our memory.
- Guest Lillian
- Date of stay 07/22/12
- Review Submitted 09/07/12
The Bregante FamilyGuest comment entered by owner
The Bregante Family
Here's what I found written in my guest book from this lovely wonderful family! "Sofanya~ Thank you for a beautiful stay at the Jewel and Calla Lilly house. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Big Sur coast from your unique and inspiring property. The stay was comfortable and relaxing due to your gracious hospitality. We hope to be back for another family gathering in the future, The Bregante Family" I so enjoyed hosting this joyful family....it brought a huge smile in my hear to know that they enjoyed their stay here. I feel so blessed to meet such great people!
- Guest Lisa
- Date of stay 08/19/12
- Review Submitted 08/23/12
Getaway in the mountains
Getaway in the mountains
Our trip to the Dome House was great. Sofanya was extremely hospitable and a wonderful host. The Dome House was unique and wonderful all at the same time. The views from inside the house are great. It is very spacious. It was nice to be able to enjoy time in the living room watching a movie while having a fire on. Our overall experience of this place was great. We (our group) highly recommends this place to others traveling to Big Sur. Sofanya thanks again!!
- Guest Cj (Costa Mesa CA)
- Date of stay 07/20/12
- Review Submitted 08/10/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Thank you to you Cody and your beautiful wife and wonderful Friends. I so enjoyed your presence here and very happy that you enjoyed this beautiful place! I look forward to another visit.....Sofanya
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- Nearest Motorway: Coast Hwy 1 at 2 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Garapata Beach at 2.5 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Rocky Pt Restaurant at 2.2 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Pebble Beach and others at 15 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Rocky Pt Restaurant at 2.2 Miles
Year Purchased: 1996
About the owner: I am an artist so Blessed to live and work in this paradise forest in between Big Sur and Carmel. I'm inspired by the reality that each of us are nature and not separate from it. This is the basis of my work. People often ask me what kind of art I make and my response is that 'Life is the Art'! I work in many mediums including painting, redwood carvings, mixed media and of course the Essence Portraits I create for people have been a profound exploration into the hologram of time and space of a person's soul. I love the discovery of art as a medium for the universe of knowledge to come through the paintings and sculpture. I enjoy welcoming people from all over the world into my gallery & studio here on the 'Jewel in the Forest' property. We also have a small area I call 'Carabella's Theatre' where we hold seasonal gatherings, weddings, workshops etc. ?Feel free to check out my website or Sofanya on Facebook.
Why the Owner Chose Big Sur:
I remember the day I was drawn here....it was as if everyone I encountered had a message for me. Since the moment I got here I've felt it to be my true home. I used to drive thru Big Sur on my way to LA on art business and this time I visited a shop that was carrying my wearable art at the time and the clerk in there said 'Sofanya you should check this place out....it's perfect for you!' I called to make an appt to see the house the next morning. The moment I turned onto this road to my house I recognized it as the place I belonged on the planet. When I drove into the driveway to the dome house my gaze was filled with a beautiful large young woman with long golden hair nursing her baby who was proportionally as large and gorgeous as she....it was like a bigger than life vision of nurturing. She showed me upstairs to the dome house. When I entered I had a strong sense that I made it home! I rented for a year and a half knowing that someday I must buy this property so that I would never have to leave. Miracles took place so that I could manifest that dream and here I am almost 17 yrs later. In that time we've had a theatre in the round in the lower dome level, art shows, concerts, workshops, community gatherings. Over time I found out that long before the dome was built the property was called 'Hoffman's Camp' owned by Carabel & Lou Hoffman. They used to have Sunday dinners for the guests cooked by Carabel...people loved staying here and couldn't wait to come back. I have photos from that era and now I once again bring to life the long history of welcoming new friends to this beautiful magical place on earth.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Peace in beautiful nature while being less than 20 minutes to countless fun activities in Carmel, Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove and on and on!
The Dome House.. "Jewel"
Living room....forest views all around the house!
Main floor full bathroom
Master bedroom in loft...night view
View from front door and porch
Lovely grounds to explore
&quot;Hoffman's Hill&quot; going up to &quot;The Lotus&quot; cabin
Carabella's Stage Great for weddings, plays, music concert, hanging out!
Loving wedding at the "Jewel in the Forest"
Fantuzzi and Friends played on Carabella's Theatre at the "Jewel in the Forest"
View from Carabella's Theatre area
Sit near the fire and enjoy the views all around the house!
Sleeps a 5th person
Master bedroom in loft
Sunken tub in the master bedroom loft
Come on up and relax a while!
&quot;The Bridge Over Denial&quot;
Garapata Beach....one of the most gorgeous spots on the planet only 2.5 mi away
Carabella's Theatre Great for family gatherings, concerts, weddings!
Jewel in the Forest from road
Beautiful wedding at "The Jewel in the Forest" property.
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