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Romantic Ocean View Vintage Trailer Eco Retreat

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

lovely vintage trailer with separate private bathhouse , suitable for up to 2

Monterey County has recently modified its policy regards vacation rentals. PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO BOOK for details as to whether and how I may be able to host you for your desired stay and yet function within their regulations. A phone conversation works best for this, so PLEASE PROVIDE A PHONE NUMBER SO I MAY CALL YOU and answer when I call!!

This Warm, Cozy Vintage Trailer - a 1962 Pathfinder - will take you back in time. If you are adventurous but still enjoy the amenities of city life - you'll be right at home here. French press & good coffee, high thread count sheets, a pantry stocked with all the essentials and superb bathtub with stunning view will smooth your transition from city distraction to country peaceful.

Sister site available, listing #783125. Stay with friends or family yet have your privacy.

This 1962 Pathfinder Trailer was beautifully maintained and has been gently handled. If you are looking for a unique romantic getaway - this place is it. 54 acres of secluded Big Sur beauty. The site is completely private ( and boy howdy do I mean PRIVATE! ) - your view is of the ocean and canyon and ridges. Hike the ridges and canyons, or actually RELAX unmolested by the digital world, in incredible Natural beauty and quietude. Some folks appreciate staying here while doing workshops at Esalen, my place being removed from the hurly-burly while still allowing easy access to their property. I am finding that folks catch up on sleep here, sometimes clocking a good ten plus hours of deep and unmolested restful rejuvenating sleep. I've got Fuchsias planted just outside the window, so that from first light there are hummingbirds a few inches from your head; doesn't mean you need to wake up, just that beauty is happening....

• Secluded - Quiet - Private

• Ocean & Mountain Views

• Located Across from Esalen

• Cast iron tub+outdoor shower with ocean view.

• Cascading creek lulls you to sleep.

• Pet, Kid & Alternative Lifestyle Friendly

• Minutes to Beach, Post Office, HWY One / Carmel / Monterey

• Star Gazing. Zero light pollution

This Vintage Trailer has been lovingly maintained - the original tiny bathroom has been removed and a spacious and luxurious Private Bath House a few paces away has been erected and outfitted with a standard toilet, big cast iron clawfoot tub (fits two!), outdoor shower, and redwood deck. Ahhhhh. All with Ocean and Mountain Views.

This property is private and completely and deliberately OFF THE GRID.

'Big Sur Cabin Rental' is a GREEN vacation rental property. Although it is completely Off the Grid, you can still enjoy every amenity that makes traveling a pleasure. I clean with simple non-chemical products. I line dry the linens and they smell fresh and wonderful. All my end is powered by solar, my computer, cel phone, everything. 21 years's not hard, really.

Solar and propane powers the systems that give you electricity for charging your Ipod and grinding your coffee - cooking a meal and taking a hot bath or shower and heating the Trailer. It's clean, warm, dry and lovingly cared for. The kitchen is well equipped with quality cooking equipment like good, sharp knives and cast iron.I like to cook and have set it up for someone who also likes to cook.The pantry is well stocked with all the essentials, olive oils, sea salt, Balsamic and other vinegars, teas, organic Basmati rice, extra dark French roast coffee and coffee press, wine glasses etc...everything you'll need for a romantic getaway. Enjoy the night stars while cozying up in the high thread count sheets then in the morning relax to fresh ground coffee and fresh laid eggs ( I keep chickens and will share the eggs with you) and take in the beautiful OCEAN VIEW!

Your paypal deposit will secure your reservation.


Keywords: Pet Friendly. Romantic Ocean View, Vintage Airstream Trailer, Secluded, Eco Retreat, Private, hiking, adventure, whale watching, Big Sur, Eco Adventure, Trailer, Off Grid, High Thread count sheets. Off the beaten path, romantic getaway big sur, River,glamping, romantic, honeymoon

More Details

Property Manager
Richard W.
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, german, spanish, danish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 29, 2018

About Richard W.

Hard-working country man, spending all day wrestling ( mostly lovingly ) with Nature to bring this amazing property into function and fruition. I was born and raised in the area and I have remained here on purpose, I love this area. I have traveled the world and recognize what is special here. I am willing to share this and consider it an act of service to do so with people who understand and respect what this is and what I do.

Richard W. purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Richard W. chose Big Sur

Big Sur still has magic afoot, Real Magic, Nature has not been crushed. In fact on this property Nature is complete and full, it is still Robust. I have the only place in a 2800 acre canyon, so Quiet and Peaceful are very very real here. But it’s a dynamic quietude, the constant soft sounds of Nature are the soundtrack. It’s quiet enough that you can hear the small voices inside that often get drowned out by the hullaballoo of that busy life out there.

What makes this cottage unique

The whole world maybe used to be this way, but it’s not any more. This property is Old-School, and that means you are self-responsible here; there’s no-one to hold your hand for security, but neither is there anyone to intrude and annoy you. Thoughts and conversation can flow to their natural conclusions. Your phone will NOT ring, laughing… Clean, quiet and safe from the madness out there; you can let your defenses down, unfold, let your blossom open. When I say there is Magic afoot, it’s not hyperbole, it’s still real here.

Guestbook comments from the manager

I’d recommend this epic adventure for anyone who wants to have a fun experience like traveling abroad right here in the United States. We met Richard at the base of his expansive 54 acre property which overlooks the Eselan Institute and the mighty Pacific Ocean. He picked us, our dog, luggage, and cooler up in his Suzuki and we headed out for a short jeep ride stretching less than a mile. The view on the side of this jeep ride was more expansive than any view I have seen of Big Sur. It was more spacious and wonderous than the views from Nepenthe or Eselan. After a jeep ride which lasted only a couple of minutes we settled into a 1961 restored camping trailer parked near an amazing bath house. The view of the pristine canyon we were in and ocean view from there was breathtaking.
Jan 2011
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Big Sur Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:30 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Ocean & Mountain View from the bath house. Beautiful claw foot tub for the ladies inside bath house. Showering in total privacy al fresco is a wonderful experience. Watch hawks soar and hear the creek thundering down the canyon.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed. You can hear the creek from here. It rushes day and night down the canyon. Very relaxing. Hah, those plug-in water features are a pale imitation of this, the Real Thing!
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • alternative lifestyle
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • snorkeling/diving
Across the street from Esalen, this property offers the best Ocean views from a Mountain setting. It's a quick 10-15 minute walk down the hill to the baths at Esalen. This is the real wilderness down here - but if you can mentally muscle through it - I promise you will be rewarded with unparalleled beauty. Visit my website for more pics.


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Romantic Ocean View Vintage Trailer Eco Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 39 reviews

Peaceful and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay! Exactly what we expected. Perfect.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A magical place

  • 5 of 5

I Wanted to visit Big Sur and after reading the other reviews I had to check this place out for myself. I'm so glad I did! Richard has created a truly magical getaway in Big Sur. The view, I could go on for days about the view. And the stars at night, unbelievable! Combine those with a cozy cabin with everything you need to feel comfortable. The outdoor shower and bath are the icing on the cake! My daughter and I left refreshed and happy! Don't delay, visit this magical place and give yourself a break. You deserve it :)

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Heaven is a place on earth, called Big Sur.

  • 5 of 5

Big Sur is magnificent and healing no matter what, but when you actually find a place where you can dive into the beauty and power of it's true essence, you know you found a treasure. Taking a bath and looking at the stars, wale watching while you shower outside, I couldn't wish for anything more. You can be one with nature amd let the magic happen to you. All you have to do is show up and take it all in.

Richard's created a safe niche away from it all. It has everything you need and nothing more. Zoe his dog is the cutest door bell and the chicken lay an egg or two a day for you. Go alone or with your favorite person, all you want is a book and the wish to experience Big Sur in it's purest way. I hope this place will be open to the hungry for nature city people for ever.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Life's reset button

  • 5 of 5

I am a stay at home mom of two little ones needing a small break from the daily grind. I needed to get away from television, phones, and civilization in general. I wanted to be off the grid. Richard's place was absolutely perfect. I felt very comfortable and safe there. Now, if you're looking for a place that has room service and pay-per-view, this isn't for you. It's rustic and simple and everyone should try it. I spent two nights and wish I could have stayed longer. The bed must be made from Hogwarts students, because it was magical. The time spent hiking down to and sitting along his creek was rejuvenating. Richard himself was kind, providing, and a wonderful conversationalist if you care for a chat. While you are there, throw a stick for Zoe, hike up to the top of the property, walk your way to Julia Pfeiffer Burns, and definitely, hike down to his creek. Take a bath every night in the rustic tub at the bathhouse (yes, the inside is a little cracked and it is even better for it) and shower surrounded by the splendid outdoors of Big Sur.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Monica, California

Absolute tranquility

  • 5 of 5

I thought long and hard about whether or not I should leave this review. Why?? Because I wanted to keep this gem all to myself. However, that wouldn't be fair to the owner and host who has done a remarkable job creating one of the best hideaways my husband and I have ever experienced. There are very few places in this world where you can actually just be with each other in nature with complete privacy. Richard has done an amazing job with this place. All our needs were met and the accomodations were steller. We woke to birds singing, whales breaching and the creek below. We hiked, lay in the sun, fed the chickens, drank wine with a backdrop of one of the best views I have seen since our last Kauai trip. The best was the double person tub that overlooked the ocean and the trees. We took bubble baths with our wine every night. My only complaint was that we eventually had to say goodbye and hit the asphalt jungle far too soon. Richard was incredibly kind. He brought us fresh eggs, apricots and even beer. His hiking trails are extremely well marked and the wading pools and mini waterfalls were incredible. It was simply one of the most memorable vacations we have ever had. We highly recommend this paradise and will go back again and again.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A truly special place

  • 5 of 5

My fiancee and i were looking for a place to escape the city over Valentine's Day weekend and stumbled upon Richard's oasis. We stayed three nights and by the time our trip was over we were fantasizing about leaving the rat race and finding our own piece of paradise where we could permanently reconnect to what is important. That day may still be quite a way off, but our long weekend on Richard's property made a lasting impression on us. We've both traveled a lot both in the U.S. and around the world, and we've simply never been anywhere so beautiful, so relaxing and so romantic. It was the perfect thing for us leading up to our wedding, allowing us to get away from all of the digital clutter and focus on our relationship. You have complete privacy there. Days were spent cooking delicious meals, drinking wine, exploring the vast property, peering through the binoculars and relaxing on the lounge chairs overlooking the ocean. Nights were spent with more wine, scrabble, star gazing, and enjoying the deepest sleep imaginable. To say that the trailer and bathhouse are well-stocked is an understatement. Bring your favorite food, libations and some clothes but you'll need very little else so save yourself the hassle. Richard is a great guy and you can see his thoughtfulness played out throughout the property. Thank you Richard for the amazing stay - we will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Car: necessary

Crazy gorgeous here, peaceful and quiet and Natural in a way the world doesn't have much any more. Try just relaxing, catch up on your sleep and let your voice settle back into your chest. Be creative, focus on your partner if you've got one; no distractions here... peaceful peaceful peaceful Natural peaceful...


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40
Cleaning Fee $50
Tax Rate 10.5%

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST Arrive between 2 & 6 pm. NO EXCEPTIONS. In WINTER, NO LATER than ONE HOUR BEFORE SUNSET!!! This is a SAFETY ISSUE. NO EXCEPTIONS. FAILURE TO ARRIVE AT LEAST ONE HOUR PRIOR TO SUNSET WILL RESULT IN FORFEIT OF THAT NIGHTS STAY. It's dark here at night, really dark. You don't want to be finding the edges by Braille; as well it's better if you're in the tub at sunset, no?
also, please note that I do not refund payments for weather or any Natural event beyond our control. I will do my best to accommodate any difficulties that arise and DO offer to re-schedule your stay to a time in the future

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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