|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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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, “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.
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.
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, 13 chickens, two geese, four 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.
Elizabeth Medgyesy purchased this cottage in 2009
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 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.
Our first time staying at a VRBO property could not have been nicer. The owner is hip and welcoming, and has done much to make the property full of character and fun. Property is clean, well-appointed and equipped, with charming aesthetic touches. The owner was very interested in getting feedback on what could be improved (we suggested only tiny tweaks) and is clearly committed to the happiness of her visitors. We were totally comfortable (great weather helped) and loved the private backyard area especially for breakfasts and stargazing. Incredible stars in the darkness out here! We also really loved the hot tub.
The area of western Sonoma County is also very cool. It is super-quiet around the property, but we loved the proximity to tiny "downtown" Occidental with the top-notch French Bistro des Copains (2 miles), Freestone with its superb bakery and Joseph Phelps Winery (2 miles), the spectacular Western Hills Garden (1 mile) and Bodega Bay and the ocean (10 miles).
We would recommend this property and its owner highly to anyone, especially couples.
Elizabeth was very kind. The house was cozy for the four of us. We loved the animals and garden! Quiet and serene!
Nestled amongst the redwood trees Shanti is a great place to come back to after exploring the area during the day. Elizabeth was a great host who was friendly and made us feel welcome and right at home. The absolutely spectacular drive from Shanti on Coleman Valley road to the coast is a must do. In between Bodega Bay to Goat Rock Beach there are plenty of places to stop, explore and relax. The accommodations were very comfortable. Nice touch was the Sonos sound system. The fresh eggs and vegetables from the gardens were a great treat. We hope to make it out to the west coast and stay at Shanti again real soon.
Elisabeth was a wonderful hostess! We had a 'girls weekend' and enjoyed the beauty and peaceful surroundings. It was the perfect venue to share a glass of wine, relax in the hot tub, stroll the magnificent property, and enjoy the beauty of the redwoods. Occidental and the surrounding area is uniquely beautiful and the people of this community are very warm and welcoming. The guest cottage was comfortable, cozy, and private with a very soothing energy. One of our most favorite parts of the visit, was the ability to go out and select our own greens from the organic garden! What a treat it was to spend some time at this redwood oasis. Everyone on the property was especially nice and friendly! We will definitely return for another girls weekend! Thanks to Elisabeth for providing us the surroundings to create a wonderful weekend!
My wife and i stayed at Shanti over the past weekend, and enjoyed all of it immensely. Our host, Elizabeth, is a kind and generous person who is very welcoming. She invited us to help feed the baby lamb who was a runt, and needed hand feeding! Was wonderful to do that! Elizabeth has made her place into a peaceful haven, complete with beautifully cared for animals and fabulous organic produce. We picked her chard out of the garden for dinner. We explored some wonderful hikes that Elizabeth recommended. We had a thoroughly restful and very enjoyable weekend. We will be going back!
We all had such a great time here at Shanti. Elizabeth was such a great host. Very warm and welcoming. We were looking for someplace to relax and also where our dog, a Greyhound, could have some space to play and to run around. We had a very nice cottage and also a private back yard with more than enough room for our dog to run and roam around. She is very social so as a extreme plus she got to roam the property and interact with all the animals. We had so much fun! In addition we got to feed a baby lamb..which was a highlight of the trip, and feed chickens and goats. Oh, and can't forget Cosmo, the llama. In all, we had a great time and can't wait to return to all our new friends. The Goose and chicken eggs as well as the greens were spectacular.
Thanks, Wanda, Jamie, and Isis.
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).
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning fee||£118 + Tax|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£197|
|Pet Fee||£39 + Tax|
Please come to Occidental with a full tank of gas. The nearest gas stations is eight miles away in Sebastopol.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.