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Serene, Sensuous, Spiritual New Property! 6.5 Acres, Hottub, Redwoods, Dogs Ok

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Shanti's huge 7-foothot tub is right underneath a gigantic 8-foot redwood tree!

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
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  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

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Why visit Shanti?

Shanti means peace
Shanti is a Sanskrit word meaning peace, rest, calmness, tranquility and bliss. Its broader meaning is “inner peace,” a state of being mentally and spiritually at peace. Owner Elizabeth Medgyesy says, “My goal is to create a vessel of inner peace and transformation through the nature of Shanti. Many people have told me in the past that this land radiates peace and tranquility. Perhaps it is because of the abundant sunshine – so uncommon in this ecosystem of dense Redwood trees. Perhaps it is because this is the site of the original farmhouse of the area, situated above monolithic rocks with three natural springs emanating from them.” Shanti means peace, and peace comes from being in the natural environment of Shanti.

Location, location, location
Coleman Valley Road is known as the most beautiful road in Sonoma County. Shanti is located directly on incredible Coleman Valley Road and only a short two-mile drive, bike ride or a lovely traffic-free walk from the lovely hamlet of Occidental with its shops, video store/internet café, famous Italian/French/Breakfast restaurants and locally-owned gift and organic food markets. The drive from Occidental to Shanti affords beautiful views of Mount Saint Helena and the surrounding Mayacamas Mountains to the east. But it is further west that attracts so many visitors. The remaining eight miles from Shanti to the ocean are a shockingly narrow, curvy and spectacularly panoramic drive unparalleled in Sonoma County. Forested landscapes of a varied ecosystem of deciduous oaks, Redwoods and Douglas firs give way to sudden vistas of meadows and a sometimes fog-shrouded ocean that stretches into eternity. The drive to the coast takes about 35 minutes, but you’ll stop to take pictures all along the way. This is the number one scenic attraction of the area, and directions are easy: Just take a left out of our driveway!
In addition, Shanti is neighbors with the highly acclaimed Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC), Western Hills Garden, Willow Creek Nature Preserve with its miles of hiking and biking trails, dozens of wineries, Osmosis Day Spa with its world-renowned Cedar Enzyme Bath, restaurants, cheese shops, bakeries, brewpubs, zip lines, kayaking and canoeing. Archery lessons can also be arranged in Elizabeth’s backyard.

Sunshine
The area around Occidental is gratefully and gracefully populated with ancient Redwood trees. However, these gorgeous behemoths impart a great deal of shade to many residences and vacation rentals. Thankfully, Shanti is located on the site of the original farmhouse of the area due to its three natural springs and the hillside above it was cleared many years ago for orchards that are now defunct. We therefore are blessed with a glorious amount of sunshine interspersed with shady trees on strategic locations such as the driveway and Shanti's private back deck. Occidental’s microclimate is coastal and cool with fog in the summer mornings, so you will be very glad to have Shanti’s sunshine especially if you visit us in the off-season months.

Water
Shanti is doubly blessed to have both sunshine and water. Our water here comes from three natural springs. We suggest you use our spring water for everything but drinking. We will provide you with ample potable drinking water in the refrigerator of the unit. Please know that we will ask you to avidly conserve our most precious resource of water. Please no long showers or running water while washing dishes or brushing teeth.

Shanti’s Décor
Shanti’s décor is “Contemporary Bohemian.” No wood paneling or dark walls here! We have decorated in vacation bright colors like marine blue, apricot yellow, classic red and an orange that will knock your socks off in the Tantric bedroom! Fun, swanky, sexy and spiritually uplifting describes the décor. Owner Elizabeth has traveled to 45 countries around the world and many of the eclectic décor, such as the Buddha statues and Thangkha wall hangings, come from her extensive travels to Asia. The bamboo tiger stripe floor is always a hit…it is so visually beautiful and exciting! Subtle lighting and Asiatic accents complete the Shanti experience. Elizabeth has completely redone the back yard of Shanti to be a private and peaceful place for you to relax in the dappled sunlight, swing in the Brazilian hammock, read a book or just nap and listen to the birds in the surrounding trees.

Shanti Accommodations
Your comfort at Shanti is of the utmost importance. To this end, we provide a luxurious queen bed with Sealy Posturepedic pillow top mattress, silky sheets, down comforters and plush pillows. In addition, a full sized futon couch in the living room can sleep two. Lastly, for those who want a bit of adventure, sleeping on the queen mattress in the camper is the answer. In all, Shanti can sleep six adults in separate “rooms.”
Shanti is now provided with high speed internet service, as well as cell phone service. Be sure to download the Sonos App to hear your iPod's tunes or Pandora.

Pets and Children
Well-behaved pets and children are always welcome at Shanti. Children will naturally resonate with the natural world within Shanti as they play in the fenced backyard, or in the pasture with Elizabeth’s two spaniels Libby and Lucy, or in the Redwood forests that encompass a third of the 6.5 acres of Shanti. Fish are stocked in the pond and catching one is always a fun challenge (poles provided--adult supervision required).

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 560 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Supervision required near pond....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Cigarette and medical 420 friendly outdoors....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Friendly and well behaved dogs always welcome. Cats welcome as well. Horses also a possibility -- check ahead....moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Gravel pathway to cottage is not very deep. Alternate cement path available. All single story -- no stairs. Doorways standard 32.' Bathroom turnaround may be tight. Shower/bath combo makes showering more difficult if no mobility. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Futon Couch: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    In living room...moreless

  • Sexy master bedroom is decorated in Tantric colors of yellow, orange and red. Queen sized Sealy Posturepedic pillow top bed. Exotic Indonesian coordinating wicker furniture. Resting Buddha exudes a sense of calm and peace. Dark wicker shades conceal all light for day sleepers. Bathroom is also decorated in Tantric colors. Sexy Bette Davis eyes watch you as you shower -- fun! New fixtures everywhere. Big closet and storage cupboard. Beautiful and sexy Tiger Stripe bamboo floors add to the sensual decor....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • Colorful bathroom with Tantric red, yellow and red will keep your energy high. Sexy beaded curtain to make your grand entrance into the bedroom -- vacation fun! All new fixtures and shower glass door. Asiatic art with Buddhist influences. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Towering Redwoods abound on this 6.5 acre property, so the best thing to do is to walk around it. Enjoy the lily pads and yellow irises in the pond, smell all the rose species (there are probably 20 of them!), get an on site massage from owner Elizabeth, kick back on a hammock in your private backyard. Peace and quiet are here at Shanti. We await your visit! ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Tantric books and area guidebooks available in your bedroom nightstand....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Stereo:

    State of the art SONOS speakers in every room. Simply download the SONOS app to listen....moreless

  • Television:

    We invite you to 'unplug' while at Shanti and get in touch with nature. This is one of the most beautiful places on earth!...moreless

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Shanti is situated on the edge of the great Northern California Redwood temperate rainforest. We have deliciously sweet ocean air, abundant sunshine and six acres of ponds, trees, meadows and gardens....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Ski Privileges Optional
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Swanky and fun four seater glass table with blue and white striped cushions. Surrounded by roses and flowers on two adjacent windows. A really lovely place to have a meal!...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    We usually hang our things on the outside line. Dryer in main house. Available if necessary....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Walking up the hill of Shanti's 6.5 acresy is guaranteed to keep you fit! (If not, we'll recruit you for shoveling mulch!)...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Energy efficient electric heaters in both rooms keep it cosy. A space heater is available if you get chilly. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    Available for free. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sexy, silky sheets and down comforters will make you feel fabulous!...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Swanky and sexy in 'Contemporary Bohemian' decor. No dark paneling here! Marine blue and white are the primary colors, with aqua accessories. Easily seats six adults if you want to invite friends....moreless

  • Parking:

    Plenty of parking both in front of house and out in horse areana....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Cell phones now work out here in the country! Always OK to use landline for emergencies in or outgoing. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Large sheet 100% cotton towels, handtowels and washcloths provided. Extras in your closet....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    In main house. Available if necessary....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee maker, grinder and coffee and tea included!...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully stocked....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Bright and cheery kitchen with marine blue contemporary Bohemian decor. Refrigerator, gas range and oven, microwave, pots, pans and utensils. Create a local feast from our garden & local wines ...moreless

Outside

  • Bicycles:

    Superb bike riding is just at the end of our driveway. Bike rentals available locally. Ask for contacts. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    New Redwood deck from reclaimed Redwood water tank planks. Beautiful and eco-friendly. ...moreless

  • Golf:

    Northwoods Golf Course in Monte Rio is only 20 minutes away. Golf among towering Redwoods for a truly local experience....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Kayak trips available through next door neighbor Nick. Ask for his number to reserve. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Peaceful private garden surrounded by new bamboo fence. You can nude sunbathe here...nobody will see you, guaranteed. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    A superbly peaceful outdoor private garden lends itself to great BBQ. Your own gas grill provided for your use. ...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Occidental has two FREE tennis courts!...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Sexy seven person hot tub directly under a grandmother Redwood tree...a spectacular place to watch the stars & listen to the frogs in the pond. Always set to maximum 104 degrees F. Ask for cooler temp...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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Fees:

  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Cleaning fee $150 + tax
  • Tax Rate 9%

Notes:

Please come to Occidental with a full tank of gas. Gas stations are scarce out here in the country.


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Location

15 Miles
Nearest Airport
Santa Rosa
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Barley and Hops, Negri's, Union Hotel
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Northwoods
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
101
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Barley and Hops, Negri's, Union, Bistro des Copain
100 Miles
Nearest Ski
Tahoe
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
Coleman

Car: Necessary

Occidental may be one of the least-known yet cutest little towns in western Sonoma County, if not all of Northern California. This small place, with a two-block-long main street is a perfect place for a relaxing escape, and it's only a 90-minute drive from San Francisco.

Founded in 1876 when the railroad went in, Occidental began as a commercial center, but soon became popular with vacationers looking to escape San Francisco's fog or Central Valley heat. Two Italian restaurants were founded a few years later and they still vie for diners, sitting across the street from each other.

Occidental is popular for quiet, relaxing weekend getaways. It's great for a romantic escape, or just to unwind.

Occidental is far enough inland to avoid the dreaded 'June gloom' that keeps oceanside communities under a shroud of day-long fog in early summer, and almost any time is a good time to go. On winter weekdays, you'll find it particularly quiet.

Don't miss

Osmosis Day Spa: Just five minutes drive from Occidental in the even tinier town of Freestone, this Japanese-style spa offers unusual enzyme baths, massages, beautiful gardens and other relaxing experiences. Make it your first stop and you'll feel de-stressed all weekend long. They're often open as late as 9:00 p.m., so for maximum relaxation make an early escape and stop on your way.

5 Great Things to Do in Occidental

• Browse and Shop: Occidental's main street is only two blocks long, but you'll find some nice shops along it, selling handmade crafts, interesting imports and nice art work.

• Occidental Farmers Market: Held Fridays from 4:00 p.m. until dusk, June through October.

• Musical Interlude: The Redwood Arts Council hosts regular chamber music concerts in the Community Church, praised for its excellent acoustics.

• Zip Through the Forest Canopy: Take a zipline through the treetops with Sonoma Canopy Tours.

• Wine Tasting: The area around Occidental and Freestone is coming to be recognized as one of the best places to grow pinot noir grapes in California. Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards have their own tasting room in Freestone. The WildFlour Bakery is right next door, famous for its giant-sized sticky buns.

Other points of interest just minutes from Shanti include Western Hills Rare Plant Nursery (Coleman Valley Rd., 707-874-3731), Wishing Well Nursery (Bohemian Hwy., 707-823-3710), and Occidental Art and Ecology Center, 707-874-1557).

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

About the owner: Elizabeth has been in the tourism industry since 1991, when she started her own tour company, 'EcoTours of Oregon' in Portland, Oregon. After eight years, she decided to make use of her extensive knowledge of traveling in Asia, yoga and Buddhist philosophy by founding 'Spirit Travel,' during which time she operated spiritual pilgrimage tours to Indian, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Elizabeth is also a world traveler extraordinairre, having visited 45 countries around the globe. Her last two-month trip in 2013 was to Cambodia and Laos; her next trip will be trekking in Nepal this fall with her sister Cathy. Elizabeth has finally decided to buy some furniture and (more or less) settle down for a time. She now lives peacefully with her two Field Spaniels Libby and Lucy and her two cats Buster and Princeza on the 6.5 acres available to Shanti Vacation Rental. Elizabeth is also a talented Certified Massage Therapist who works out of her home studio and the highly-acclaimed Osmosis Day Spa in nearby Freestone. She enjoys both road and mountain bike riding, walking on the beach with her dogs, all types of music, world travel and singing in the local Occidental Community Choir as a soprano.

Why the Owner Chose Occidental:
Elizabeth purchased this property because it had the two things she desired most: her own source of water and old growth redwood trees. She has lived here since December 31, 2009. The land was consecrated in ceremony by a group of friends who walked the perimeter in the pouring rain, blessing and leaving offerings to the four directions. Shanti Home is her brainchild, and operates only under the strictest environmentally-friendly guidelines, including water conservation, recycling, composting, permaculture landscape design, organic farming, low use of fossil fuels, 36 solar energy panels on the roof, absence of toxic cleaning chemicals and purchase of locally made products whenever possible. Shanti Home was named due to the incredibly peaceful energy felt by many who have visited this land. Help us to add to this good energy, and visit us soon!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The biggest asset of Shanti is the 'peaceful, easy feeling' one gets from being here. We are void of light pollution and noise pollution; all is silent on this stretch of Coleman Valley Road aside from the occasional car or bike rider passing below us. Instead, we hear frogs up in the pond, birds chirping in the morning and an occasional coyote screetch at dusk. With plenty of room to roam and run, this land is a dog's dream and Elizabeth heartily welcomes your friendly and well-behaved dogs to Shanti to play with her Field Spaniels Libby and Lucy. Play fetch with sticks in the pond or walk through our backyard to the famous Grove of the Old Trees with grandmother Redwoods hundreds of years old. If massage is your desire, Elizabeth can help you to work out those sore muscles on site -- its so nice to simply walk back to your room or the hammock in your private backyard afterwards! Couples massage can also be arranged with prior notice for you and your sweetie to receive and melt next to one another simultaneously.


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  • Shanti's huge 7-foothot tub is right underneath a gigantic 8-foot redwood tree!

    Shanti's huge 7-foothot tub is right underneath a gigantic 8-foot redwood tree!

  • A great place for you & guests to eat, drink and be merry in local Boho style!

    A great place for you & guests to eat, drink and be merry in local Boho style!

  • Full-sized turquoise comfy futon couch is ideal for additional friends or kids.

    Full-sized turquoise comfy futon couch is ideal for additional friends or kids.

  • Bamboo flooring is harder than oak! No worries about scratches. Dogs welcome!

    Bamboo flooring is harder than oak! No worries about scratches. Dogs welcome!

  • Contemporary Bohemian bedroom decor in Tantric colors of red, orange and yellow

    Contemporary Bohemian bedroom decor in Tantric colors of red, orange and yellow

  • Fun and sexy retro chic beaded bamboo curtains for your  grande bedroom entrance

    Fun and sexy retro chic beaded bamboo curtains for your grande bedroom entrance

  • Veggie garden full of organic kale, broccoli & tomatoes for you to harvest & eat

    Veggie garden full of organic kale, broccoli & tomatoes for you to harvest & eat

  • Neighbor Donna brings over her pony Shelby & 2 horses to visit and pasture graze

    Neighbor Donna brings over her pony Shelby & 2 horses to visit and pasture graze

  • Libby and Lucy, Elizabeth's Field Spaniels. They love visiting friendly dogs!

    Libby and Lucy, Elizabeth's Field Spaniels. They love visiting friendly dogs!

  • Warning: Princeza the Maine Coon cat loves to snuggle with Shanti's guests!

    Warning: Princeza the Maine Coon cat loves to snuggle with Shanti's guests!

  • Color and swanky decor with tiger-striped bamboo floors in living/dining area.

    Color and swanky decor with tiger-striped bamboo floors in living/dining area.

  • Comfy wicker chairs for sharing a glass of wine after a hard days' wine tasting!

    Comfy wicker chairs for sharing a glass of wine after a hard days' wine tasting!

  • Cute, kitchen looks out to beautifully landscaped backyard with bamboo fence.

    Cute, kitchen looks out to beautifully landscaped backyard with bamboo fence.

  • Private entrance to Shanti with red door for good Feng Shui & thematic bamboo

    Private entrance to Shanti with red door for good Feng Shui & thematic bamboo

  • Fresh garden flowers in every room are just a part of Shanti's special touches

    Fresh garden flowers in every room are just a part of Shanti's special touches

  • Swanky red patio furniture nicely contrasts greenery all around the back deck

    Swanky red patio furniture nicely contrasts greenery all around the back deck

  • Shanti's 6.5 acres are full of rhododendrons, roses, lilacs, camelias & Redwoods

    Shanti's 6.5 acres are full of rhododendrons, roses, lilacs, camelias & Redwoods

  • Elizabeth picks up a new tree for Shanti after an old Oak collapsed across road

    Elizabeth picks up a new tree for Shanti after an old Oak collapsed across road

  • Owner Elizabeth putting in bamboo wood floors into Shanti's living room, Feb '14

    Owner Elizabeth putting in bamboo wood floors into Shanti's living room, Feb '14

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