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The Dome House...Jewel in the Forest

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Last updated: 12/08/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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The Dome House….Jewel in the Forest
37732 Palo Colorado Rd
Carmel, California 93923

I hope that you have a wonderful experience staying in the
Dome House at the “Jewel in the Forest”.
37732 Palo Colorado Rd Carmel CA 93923
We are located exactly halfway between Carmel & Big Sur just 2 miles off Hwy 1.
The lovely 2 mile drive on Palo Colorado is a bit windy but it is paved.
If you see the 2 mile marker you may have just passed the driveway.
Pull into the driveway and turn to the right and pull in front of the Dome House to park .

Check in time is 4PM or later and check out is by 11AM

If I am not here when you arrive please pull into the parking area and park in the driveway up near the Dome House. Go upstairs to your home away from home. If the door is locked the key will be in the lockbox to the left of the door. I will send you the before you arrive.

*You might want to pick up some groceries on the way over because we’re about 20 min from any shopping. Carmel or Monterey is good for picking up supplies on the way. There is a Safeway on Rio Rd in Carmel and this is the closest grocery store from the North. If you’re coming up Hwy 1 from the South you can stop in Big Sur but you’ll pay a lot more and the stores are just small general stores.

*We do supply some firewood for the wood stove but if you bring some of your own please make sure that it’s natural wood and not treated with wax or other substance. If it lists on the packaging “not for indoor fireplaces” that is the wrong kind. They do carry just the natural wood as well and the other is dangerous and toxic for indoor use.





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*In case I am not here to welcome you personally you will find the keys to the Dome House in the lock box to the left of the door. The combination for you is 1206. If it is dark outside you’ll find a little flashlight hanging on a hook just above the lock box. There are 2 keys, one for the upper lock and one for the lower. When going in and out on your excursions you may use either or both of these.

*You’ll find bedding for the full size bed futon in the living room in the trunk on your left as you enter the house. The futon opens in one swoop from the front.
*The other futon (single bed) is located behind the book case and the linens for it are on a shelf next to it and in the drawer underneath.

*The master bedroom is upstairs and you’ll find everything you need up there…bed made and towels, bath salts, soap.

*The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking and baking. We provide enough coffee for 2 days …
but the food is up to you of course.

*We provide some drinking water in a dispenser….please use bottled water for drinking.

*The wood stove is ready to go….you’ll find a lighter provided or a match. Be sure to close the door on wood stove when fire is lit. Please don’t make a huge raging fire but allow the flames to get to a good medium and continue to feed the fire when needed. When you go to bed be sure to close the vents on the wood stove door to about a quarter opening so that it will burn more slowly and stay warmer most of the night. You’ll find some wood near the stove and more in the brown shed in the driveway as well as kindling and fire starters. Please leave the flute on the pipe as is…don’t try to change it.
*To make your own fire: scrunch up some newspaper sheets and make a pile in the middle of the fireplace. Place the lightweight pieces of wood on top of this like a tent or teepee; put a few more scrunched pieces of paper (3-4) on top of that and then a couple of slightly heavier pieces of wood on top of that. You’re ready to light the paper and get your fire going. If you like you can take a small piece of a fire starter and place it underneath a log. Once it starts burning well, add another piece of wood to keep it going. At first keep the vents open all the way and after a while close them to about halfway.
*When leaving the house on an excursion please don’t leave with a raging fire going. If you do have a little fire going just close the vents all the way on the wood stove door tight.

*There will be no campfires for the summer due to a very dry winter and high fire hazard.
**** We respectfully ask you to not smoke anywhere in the house. The best place to smoke is in the parking lot area away from any house. Do not toss cigarette butts….please put them out completely in ash tray.
*NO SMOKING in the house and if you smoke outside please be sure to fully put out your cigarette in ash trays. Be VERY conscious of fire safety please!
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*Please refrain from moving furniture around as it scrapes and ruins our lovely seasoned wood floors.

*When you leave the house please try to remember not to leave many lights on in the house as we want to be energy efficient

*There is a porch light switch to the left of the front door so be sure to turn that on if you plan to be back after dark.
*Remotes for the flatscreen TV are on the coffee table and provide Netflix, Hulu etc. One of them is for power and volume and the smaller one lets you access and choose channels and options.
*I have supplied art materials for painting and journals should you feel inspired to express yourself this way. They are located on the table next to the front door. The materials located near my paintings and floor easel are my art supplies so please don’t use those.
*If you need to clean a spill or any other messes you’ll find some cleaning materials under the kitchen sink.
*The number of guests agreed to on your contract is the number expected. Please do not invite more guests to stay here without the prior permission of the owner, Sofanya White.

You may use the house land line in the art gallery if you need to make a U.S. call.
We do not offer internet unless it is urgent and then only for a few minutes due to the very low bandwidth in this area. You will have the wonderful opportunity to really enjoy a relaxing vacation “unplugged”! If you do need to use internet for an extended time you may want to go to the lovely Rocky Pt Restaurant only 2 miles from here.

*Carabella’s Theatre and Sofanya’s Gallery:
This is a public area for all guests where you’ll find a stage area, comfy chairs to sit and relax, a BBQ and more art supplies. Feel free to spend time in this area enjoying the trees, reading, and sometimes we are allowed to have a pitfire in the evening.
*Sofanya’s Gallery: This is located on the garden level of the Dome House. The door is usually open and you can turn on lights and check out my art. There are also paintings in the house. Most of the art is also available in high quality reproductions if you’re interested. I also do something I call “Essence Portraits” which take only about 1-2 hrs. You can see samples in there or go online to www.sofanya.com for more info. Let me know if you’d like to make an appt.


*You’ll find a Guest Book on wooden podium near the art supplies.
Please feel free to write any comments and feedback in order to help me make things even better for your next visit as well as for other guests!
I appreciate any and all feedback and I love finding guest comments.

I’m often on property either painting in my studio or gallery or you may find me by knocking on the door inside the art gallery located on the ground level in front of the Dome House.

Have a wonderful visit and please let me know if there’s anything you need!

Warmly….Sofanya



























Important Phone Numbers


Sofanya Home 831-626-2876
Cell 831-238-0543

Chuck Barton 831-383-9511
951-326-7752

Diane Miller 831-238-7201 cell
831-625-5150 home


Monty Perry (aka Chief Gnome) Cell 831-915-4693


Abraham Wolfinger Home 831-626-3551
Cell 941-889-9018

Lloyd Jones (helpful neighbor) Home 831-624-2579


Mid-Coast Fire Brigade 831-625-8175
www.midcoastfirebrigade.org


Road Conditions-Caltrans (831) 373-1266
http://www.caltrans.com


In an emergency call 9-1-1













The Dome House….Jewel in the Forest
37732 Palo Colorado Rd
Carmel, California 93923

Check in procedures, Rules & Guidelines for Dome House at Jewel in the Forest Property
This document will be emailed as well as provided as upon arrival to be signed by guests.

Dear Guest….
I hope that you have a wonderful experience staying in the
Dome House at the “Jewel in the Forest”.
37732 Palo Colorado Rd Carmel CA 93923
We are located exactly halfway between Carmel & Big Sur just 2 miles off Hwy 1.
The lovely 2 mile drive on Palo Colorado is a bit windy but it is paved.
If you see the 2 mile marker you may have just passed the driveway.
Pull into the driveway and turn to the right and pull in front of the Dome House to park .

Check in time is 4PM or later and check out is by 11AM

If I am not here when you arrive please pull into the parking area and park in the driveway up near the Dome House. Go upstairs to your home away from home. If the door is locked the key will be in the lockbox to the left of the door. I will send you the before you arrive.

*You might want to pick up some groceries on the way over because we’re about 20 min from any shopping. Carmel or Monterey is good for picking up supplies on the way. There is a Safeway on Rio Rd in Carmel and this is the closest grocery store from the North. If you’re coming up Hwy 1 from the South you can stop in Big Sur but you’ll pay a lot more and the stores are just small general stores.

*We do supply some firewood for the wood stove but if you bring some of your own please

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Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Onsite Services

                  • Housekeeper Included

                  Suitability

                  • Children Welcome:

                    This house is not toddler proofed so we allow children over the age of 8 yrs old....moreless

                  • Pets Considered:

                    Dogs are welcome if they are well trained, don't run in the road, and get along with others, both animal and human....moreless

                  • Smoking Allowed:

                    No smoking inside houses...moreless

                  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

                  Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

                  • Bedroom 1

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                  • Other (See Description)

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                  • King size beds (1) Very comfy bed in the loft master bedroom along with a sunken tub. There is a futon/full bed in the living room and a single bed in a little nook area off the living room....moreless

                  Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

                  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

                    Main floor bathroom with a lovely forest view...moreless

                  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub

                    In the master bedroom with a sunken tub...moreless

                  Other Amenities

                      • Massage with some of the best available with advance appt. 'Essence Portrait' with owner/artist Sofanya ...call or email for appt. www.sofanya.com for more info Occasional yoga classes as well as art workshops. Inquire with Sofanya for schedules...moreless

                      Entertainment

                      • Books
                      • Games

                      Attractions

                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Live Theater
                      • Marina
                      • Restaurants
                      • Winery Tours

                      Local Services & Businesses

                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Groceries
                      • Hospital
                      • Massage Therapist

                      Leisure Activities

                      • Beachcombing
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Shopping
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Walking
                      • Whale Watching
                      • Wildlife Viewing

                      Location Type

                      • Mountain View:

                        Halfway between Carmel & Big Sur of the coast we are located in a magical redwood forest with lots of sunlight coming through the open areas....moreless

                      • Ocean View:

                        Some of the most spectacular ocean views on the planet are only a couple of miles away!...moreless

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing
                      • Fly Fishing
                      • Golf
                      • Hiking
                      • Kayaking
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Mountain Climbing
                      • Mountaineering
                      • Pier Fishing
                      • Rafting
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Sailing
                      • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                      • Snorkeling
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                      • Surfing
                      • Water Tubing

                      Dining

                      • Dining Room
                      • Seating for 6 people

                      General

                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                      • Telephone:

                        Land line No cell reception ...moreless

                      • Towels Provided
                      • Wood Fireplace
                      • Wood Stove

                      Kitchen

                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Cooking Utensils:

                        You'll have everything you'll need to make delicious meals...moreless

                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Kitchen:

                        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

                      • Microwave
                      • Oven
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Stove
                      • Toaster

                      Outside

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        Front porch area gets quite a bit of sun part of the day. The view of the forest is peaceful and lovely. You may also want to relax down in the area by Carabella's Theatre....moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill

                      Payment Type

                      • Amex
                      • Discover
                      • Mastercard
                      • Visa

                      House Cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Included
                           

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                          2 night min stay
                          $400

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                          Fees and Rental Conditions:

                          • Pet Fee $50
                          • Property Damage Protection $49
                          • Cleaning fee $100
                          • Tax Rate 10.5%

                          Notes:

                          *We recommend purchasing traveler's insurance so that if a situation occurs where you are unable to get here for your reserved dates, you are covered. One such company is CSA Travel and there are others.


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                          Location

                          2.2 Miles
                          Nearest Barpub
                          Rocky Pt Restaurant
                          15 Miles
                          Nearest Golf
                          Pebble Beach and others
                          2 Miles
                          Nearest Motorway
                          Coast Hwy 1
                          2.2 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Rocky Pt Restaurant
                          2.5 Miles
                          Nearest Beach
                          Garapata Beach

                          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.

                           

                          Owner info

                          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!


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                          Photos

                          • The Dome House.. 'Jewel'

                            The Dome House.. 'Jewel'

                          • Living room....forest views all around the house!

                            Living room....forest views all around the house!

                          • Main floor full bathroom

                            Main floor full bathroom

                          • Master bedroom in loft...night view

                            Master bedroom in loft...night view

                          • View from front door and porch

                            View from front door and porch

                          • Porch

                            Porch

                          • Lovely grounds to explore

                            Lovely grounds to explore

                          • "Hoffman's Hill" going up to "The Lotus" cabin

                            "Hoffman's Hill" going up to "The Lotus" cabin

                          • Carabella's Stage
Great for weddings, plays, music concert, hanging out!

                            Carabella's Stage Great for weddings, plays, music concert, hanging out!

                          • Loving wedding at the "Jewel in the Forest"

                            Loving wedding at the "Jewel in the Forest"

                          • Fantuzzi and Friends played on Carabella's Theatre 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

                            View from Carabella's Theatre area

                          • Sit near the fire and enjoy the views all around the house!

                            Sit near the fire and enjoy the views all around the house!

                          • Sleeps a 5th person

                            Sleeps a 5th person

                          • Master bedroom in loft

                            Master bedroom in loft

                          • Sunken tub in the master bedroom loft

                            Sunken tub in the master bedroom loft

                          • Come on up and relax a while!

                            Come on up and relax a while!

                          • "The Bridge Over Denial"

                            "The Bridge Over Denial"

                          • Garapata Beach....one of the most gorgeous spots on the planet only 2.5 mi away

                            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!

                            Carabella's Theatre Great for family gatherings, concerts, weddings!

                          • Jewel in the Forest from road

                            Jewel in the Forest from road

                          • Beautiful wedding at "The Jewel in the Forest" property.

                            Beautiful wedding at "The Jewel in the Forest" property.

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                          Sleeps 5

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