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The Dome House...Jewel in the Forest

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Last updated: 05/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description) + , 2 Baths (Sleeps 5)

This beautiful geodesic home is a real Big Sur bohemian rustic, yet glamorous experience.
You'll feel like you're living inside a giant tree in the redwood forest.
Enjoy lounging in the large living room or hanging out in Carabella's Theatre where you'll find comfortable areas to enjoy being in the middle of nature while relaxing.
The Dome House can accommodate up to 5 guests, has a great fully stocked kitchen, 2 bathrooms and art supplies. Our focus in Nature and Self Expression here at our "Oasis of Inspiration"!

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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Children Welcome:

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

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    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

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

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

  • Bedroom 1


  • 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/open walls...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Check for dates on "Creativity Workshops", painting classes, or private lessons. 'Essence Portrait' with owner/artist Sofanya or email for appt. for more info...moreless


  • Books
  • Games


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist 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


  • Internet:

    Not for streaming but you may check your emails etc...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    Land line No cell reception ...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee maker/ coffee/filters...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

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

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All dishes, pots n pans and utensils incl...moreless

  • 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


  • 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

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


from 7 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Pet Fee $50
  • Cleaning fee $100
  • 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.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 05/26/2017
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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

"An Oasis of Inspiration"....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 Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA:
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 large 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. 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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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • 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


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

    Garapata 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.

  • 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"

  • "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"

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Friday, May 26, 2017

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