Redwoods, Hot Tub, Dogs Ok, 6.5 Acres, Free Og Veggies, Contemp Bohemian Style
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
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, “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 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 ary between a shockingly steep, 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.
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 other residences and vacation rentals. Thankfully, Shanti is located on the site of the original farmhouse of the area due to its three natural springs. The hillside above the homestead was cleared many years ago for orchards of cherries, apples, plums and pears that have mostly died off. The remaining sunny hillside is our home site and also pasture land for our llama, sheep, goats and chickens. We are blessed with a glorious amount of sunshine interspersed with tall trees that impart shade to strategic locations such as the driveway and Shanti's private back deck. Occidental’s microclimate is coastal cool with fog in the summer mornings so you will be very glad to have Shanti’s afternoon sunshine, especially if you visit us in the winter months.
Shanti is doubly blessed to have both sunshine and water. Our water here comes from three natural springs. We might suggest that you use our spring water for everything but drinking if you are concerned about untreated water. We provide ample packaged drinking water in the refrigerator of the unit. We 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 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 Contemporary Bohemian style. 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.
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 Verizon cell phone service. Be sure to download the Sonos App en route to hear your iPod's tunes, Spotify or Pandora on the wireless speakers.
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.
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- 560 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Catering Available
- Breakfast - Booking Possible
- Lunch - Booking Possible
- Dinner - Booking Possible
- Housekeeper Optional
- Private Chef
- Events Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
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Very wheelchair accessible. Gravel pathway or 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
- Master Bedroom is decorated in Contemporary Bohemian style with bright Tantric colors of red for fire and yellow for earth. This is definitely not like your Grandmother's spare bedroom! Queen-sized Sealy Posturepedic Pillowtop bed. Down comforter and pillows. Exotic Balinese matching wicker furniture. Resting Buddha statue exudes a sense of calm and peace. Dark wicker shades conceal all light for late sleeping. Big walk in closet and storage cupboard with extra linens. Beautiful and environmentally-friendly Tiger Stripe bamboo floors are dog and kid friendly. Private bedroom windows look North to a lovely fern garden and West to your private backyard. ...moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Colorful bathroom with Tantric red, yellow and orange will keep your energy high. Fun Bette Davis eyes watch you as you shower. Sexy beaded curtain to make your grand entrance into the bedroom -- all vacation fun! New fixtures and shower glass door. Asiatic art on the walls. Please conserve water while showering, flushing or brushing teeth....moreless
- 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
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No satellite or cable means more peace, calm & quiet. Relax with a book in the hammock, listen to the birds or the wind in the trees, bring some sunshine into your being. Nature is right here 4U!...moreless
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- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Deepsea Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Mountain Biking
- Pier Fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Roller Blading
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Ski Privileges Optional
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Water Tubing
- Whitewater Rafting
Swanky round glass table with blue & white Nepali design fabric cushions. South & West-facing sunny & warm room. Surrounded by roses, gardens & art on all sides. A really lovely place to have a meal!...moreless
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- Seating for 6 people
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Swanky & sexy 'Contemporary Bohemian' decor. No dark paneling here! Marine blue & white decor is fun and invigorating. 6 chairs + futon couch seat 6-9 adults if you want to invite friends or family....moreless
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Cheery marine blue Contemporary Bohemian decor kitchen. Fully equipped with refrigerator, gas range/oven, microwave, pots, pans & utensils. Feast from our vegetable garden & local wine & cheese!...moreless
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3 night min stay
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Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $50 + tax
- Cleaning fee $150 + tax
- Refundable Damage Deposit $250
- Tax Rate 9%
Please come to Occidental with a full tank of gas. The nearest gas stations is eight miles away in Sebastopol.
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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.
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).
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 solo trip in 2013 was to Cambodia and Laos. In Fall 2014 she went trekking in Nepal for the sixth time 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, her two cats Buster and Princeza, her llama Cosmos, three sheep and three goats on her 6.5 acre Permaculture Farm. Shanti grows a host of vegetables which guests are welcome to harvest for their food eaten here. Elizabeth is also a talented Certified Massage Therapist who works out of her home studio and previously at 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 gardening.
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 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 was so 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 howl 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.
- Primary: 707-874-2001 Best times to call are anytime.
Shanti's huge 7-foot hot tub is right underneath a gigantic 8-foot redwood tree!
Your private arbor entrance to Shanti.
Colorful decor with eco-friendly tiger-striped bamboo floors in living/dining.
Comfy wicker chairs to relax over a glass of local wine and hors d'oeuvres.
Cute kitchen has everything you'll need for your stay, including coffee and tea.
Entrance to your private back yard.
Big fenced-in backyard is ideal for dogs & privacy. Double hammock is ultimate!
Backyard has marvelous plums in season.
Organic vegetable garden full of kale, chard & tomatoes for you to harvest.
Shanti's Redwoods cover approximately two acres with trails and a pond to enjoy.
Dog-friendly beaches abound--just ask Elizabeth for details.
Elizabeth's organic kitchen garden harvest sustains everyone at Shanti.
Shanti's clearly visible sign on "the most beautiful road in Sonoma County."
Private entrance with bamboo and traditional red door for good Feng Shui.
A great place to eat, drink and be merry in contemporary Bohemian style.
Full-sized turquoise futon couch is ideal for 1-2 additional adults or kids.
Bamboo flooring is harder than oak! No worries about scratches. Dogs welcome!
Swanky red patio furniture nicely contrasts greenery all around the back deck
View looking up from your relaxing sleepy hammock.
Elizabeth's massage studio. Appointments can be arranged on short notice.
Elizabeth's 2014 organic vegetable garden. Please come share Shanti's harvest!
Bodega Head offers magical hiking just 30 minutes away.
Pacific Ocean sunsets are eight minutes from Shanti's front door.
"Doggie Derby down the Driveway" line up at a Shanti Dog Party. Dogs welcome!
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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