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Calla Lilly Cottage...Big Sur California Redwoods

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Calla Lilly Cottage in front of The Dome House


Last updated: 09/05/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This precious flower will bring a smile to your face from the moment you walk into the garden entrance. Enjoy this sweet cottage halfway in between Carmel & Big Sur.
You may want to stay in and relax, read, sit in the garden or go hiking, shopping, galleries, kayaking, horseback riding, or attend the any of the many wonderful events in Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove and more. 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.
Feel free to inquire about art lessons or if you'd like to paint in our 'Carabella's Theatre'.

Clothes: Bring layers and in winter you may want hiking boots, waterproof coat, sweaters, hats well as warmer weather clothes. It may be rainy and cold one day and sunny the next!


Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking in the house. Smoking in designated areas only. Please be sure to put cigarettes out completely in ash trays as we must be exceptionally cautious here in the forest....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs may be permitted if: 1)they are well trained 2) get along with other dogs and people 3)don't go on our furniture 4)you pick up their poop 5) do not leave the dog alone in the house when you go out on excursions...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1


  • Convertible bed(s): 1 double

    Sofa/double bed in living room...moreless

  • In bedroom: 1 Queen size Bed, In the living room...1 Sofa/full bed

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • We are happy to provide a list of massage practitioners in the area. Some of them are able to come to the house to give massage. Please ask for a list of these as well as the list for "Things to do" in the area...moreless



  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    We have a beautiful view of the redwood forest yet we have a lot of sunshine in the middle of it all!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    There is a breakfast bar in between the kitchen and living room and there are short sitting stools for around the coffee table....moreless

  • Dining Area


  • Internet:

    Limited bandwidth here so only short internet sessions allowed in the art gallery. Internet also available within 5-20 min drive. A great way to 'unplug' and enjoy the beauty here!...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Park next to the cottage...moreless

  • Telephone:

    I keep a land line in the art gallery for U.S. calls...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Salt & pepper, cooking oil, coffee, tea, sweeteners...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Lawn / Garden:

    Private yard/garden surrounded by Redwood trees...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Located a few feet away near Carabella's Theatre...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $85
  • Pet Fee $50
  • Tax Rate 10.5%


*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.

Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 09/05/2015
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20 Miles
Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Rocky Pt Restaurant
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
Pebble Beach
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Coast Hwy 1
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Rocky Pt Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Garapata Beach

Car: Necessary

The Calla Lilly Cottage….Jewel in the Forest

Check for lots of great info about Big Sur! There is so much to do around here….this is just a very small sampling. It is a good idea to pick up local papers for more info.

Beaches & Hiking:

Botcher’s Gap

Drive all the way to the end of Palo Colorado Rd to this nat’l forest for some great hiking

Garapata Beach Take Hwy 1 North from Palo Colorado Rd for about 1.5 miles to this truly spectacular beach….Sofanya’s favorite!

Molera Beach a mile hike to the beach or take the mountain hike ….breathtakiing!

Pfeiffer Beach Famous beach with portal in the rock and purple sands

Sobranes Beautiful and very intense hike

Carmel Beach Popular with dogs lovers as they are welcome and it’s a beautiful beach

Big Sur State Park Great forest hiking

Food Shopping:

Safeway in Carmel Rio Rd & Hwy 1

Whole Foods in Mty Del Monte Shopping Ctr Monterey

Cornucopia in Carmel

Trader Joe’s in PG or Carmel

Fernwood General Store…Big Sur


Rocky Pt Restaurant on Hwy 1

2 miles from the Jewel in the Forest property

Spectacular view

Nepenthe in Big Sur A must for the food and ambience

Ventana Inn Big Sur 5 Star hotel and wonderful food

Deetjen’s Big Sur Feels like a quaint European restaurant with excellent food

Big Sur Bakery Fresh excellent cuisine and known for amazing baked goods as well

Essence Portrait by Sofanya…. Have your Essence Portrait done with Sofanya in her studio at the Jewel in the Forest property in her studio.

*Listed as one of the ten top things to do in Big Sur!

Call or email for more info:

Hawthorne’s Gallery across from Nepenthe…beautiful architecture by Big Sur architect Mickey Munick and wonderful art by Greg Hawthorne and many other profound artists

Lorena Del Campo Gallery at Loma Vista where you’ll also find the Big Sur Bakery. This gallery is small but huge with local talent and loving ambience!

*Ask about making an appointment with one of our massage therapists…either at their studio or have them come to the house!


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1996

About: 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 Big Sur:
I remember the day I was drawn 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'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 robust young woman with long golden hair nursing her baby who was proportionally as large and gorgeous as was like a bigger than life vision of nurturing and reminded me of a Rubens painting. She showed me upstairs to the dome house. When I entered I had a strong sense that I had 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 Cottage:
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! Enjoy expressing yourself through painting, sculpture, poetry and music. I provide the materials and beauty of nature in which to express your Self if you so choose...

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Speaks: english


  • Calla Lilly Cottage in front of The Dome House

    Calla Lilly Cottage in front of The Dome House

  • Calla Lilly Cottage in the Redwood forest

    Calla Lilly Cottage in the Redwood forest

  • Living room with sofa bed that sleeps 2

    Living room with sofa bed that sleeps 2

  • Bedroom


  • Kitchen


  • Garapata Beach....but I call it Lilly Beach....gorgeous!

    Garapata Beach....but I call it Lilly Beach....gorgeous!

  • Calla Lilly Cottage with lovely garden surrounded by Redwoods

    Calla Lilly Cottage with lovely garden surrounded by Redwoods

  • Living room with view of private garden surrounded by Redwood tree forest

    Living room with view of private garden surrounded by Redwood tree forest

  • Living room to bedroom

    Living room to bedroom

  • Bedroom view of private garden

    Bedroom view of private garden

  • Bathroom


  • My Friends....

    My Friends....

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