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Sanctuary-Cottage at Artist's Remote Ranch Oasis

Entire cabin hosted by John
4 guests2 bedrooms2 beds1 bath
Entire home
You’ll have the cabin to yourself.
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You can check in with the doorman.
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100% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
Spectacular 320 acre isolated cattle ranch, no neighbors, total solitude, awesome panoramas: lush meadows, snow-capped peaks to W, rimrock buttes out the back door to E, exuberant sunsets. Dark Sky Area, super star-gazing. 80F spring-fed swimming pool, parklike lawn/trees, owned by accomplished working artist. Hike any direction. Ideal for de-stressing, de-programing, relaxing, being creative, getting in touch w Nature (& your own True Nature...)

The space
Enjoy vast vistas, immense skies, and solitude at the historic Long Ranch, in Surprise Valley...where the pavement ends and The Mystery begins. This small working ranch encompasses 320 acres of high desert ranchland on the far NE edge of California, just over the Nevada border. High rimrock tablelands of the Hays Range, towering peaks of the Warner Mts, springfed pastures and desert sand dunes are your welcoming views from a private rustic cabin. This cabin has off-grid electricity for lighting and fridge, and good water that flows from a natural warm (80 degree) spring up the mountain. Shade trees and lawn surround a beautiful warm-spring pool for your enjoyment. Wander the ranch grounds, sit on an old corral fence, hike the nearby canyons and mesas of the Hayes Range or across the valley up into The Warner Wilderness, seek out the local wild hot springs, or just relax, absorb the magic, and have an epiphany or two...

PROSPECTIVE WINTER GUESTS: It is beautiful here in winter, but best not to entertain romantic notions. You'll enjoy your stay more if you're the type that comes prepared for "just in case." Isolation and mud can be real. You want a solid car, preferably 4-wheel drive. The dirt road in is good, but over the course of the winter, the quality diminishes, and it can be bumpy going.

All heat here is by woodstove, so if you come during a cooler season, you'll be managing your heat. We lay the first fire and prepare a certain amount of kindling and split wood, but you can expect to split most of your wood and kindling.

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed

Amenities

Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Pool
Pets allowed
Washer
Patio or balcony
Backyard
Indoor fireplace
Refrigerator
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Cedarville, California, United States

The neighborhood is totally devoid of humans (present company excepted..) Lots of mountains, trees, grass, sage, rabbits, coyotes, birds, clouds.....space...

Hosted by John

Joined in May 2015
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I grew up on a gorgeous ranch in an idyllic valley S of Reno many eons ago, even went to a one room schoolhouse for a few years. After high school I took off for parts less known: Stanford, Antioch College, the Haight-Ashbury scene, then an isolated homestead in far northern British Colombia for 5 yrs, hanging w the moose and grizzlies and wolves, getting a tutorial in aboriginal existence & elemental mindfulness. BC was too cloudy & wet, though, for me, so I skedaddled back to SF, started oil painting at The SF Art Institute (even came up w an MFA), in the meantime bought a nice old house for next to nothing, made a studio downstairs, lived upstairs, survived the punk scene there in the late 70's, early 80's... At the same time I bought an abandoned cheese factory for even less than next to nothing in a spectacular remote valley (Surprise V) in NE CA/NW NV to give me an escape/respite fr the onset of terminal urban dysphoria. Then off to the frenetic East Village scene in NYC for 5 years, where I flourished & nearly succumbed to the hyper-narcissistic "art world." Back again to SF (and Surprise Valley,) marriage, beautiful daughter, great gig installing trade shows at the SF convention center (super flexible hours, good money/benefits), which afforded me a glimpse of the shiny bowels of high-end capitalism & an appreciation of the (now-extinct) union movement... Eventually we added a speakeasy in the basement of my SF house ("The Undisclosed Location," it was called, had bands, performances, etc...). Always I maintained a frequent part-time presencel in Surprise Valley, & in 2000 I sold the cheese factory for an isolated abandoned oasis/ranch just over the border in NV, a fixer-upper if there ever was one, which has been the major focus of my refurbishing talents ever since... Given the encroaching gloom from the outside world, it has become more & more a splash of beauty & tranquillity in the pervasive murk, a tiny utopian negation to the prevalent cultural & political miasma we now are forced to call home. Mostly now I hole up on the ranch, except for brief forays back to what currently passes for civilization, to see my daughter/friends, & to remind myself why I am better off out here in the middle of nowhere.... I seem to have become a gregarious hermit, & unquestionably somewhat eccentric at this point, I suppose -- given the increasing empowerment of our corporate state & its zealous thought police, my ranch & myself are fast becoming anachronistic holdouts fr the former age of freedom known now nostalgically as The Old Normal....Ahhhh, those were the days... Anyway, I'm appreciative of creative self-aware individuals and free-thinkers of all types, and have an affinity for artists/writers/musicians, people who push the envelope right out of the box, so to speak.... Also, I have had a life-long interest in Eastern religions and practices (been to India and Nepal, also Europe, Mexico and Guatemala), and I value a mindful, contemplative and compassionate (and humorous!) approach to our shared endeavors here on our whirligig orb. And I still am doing paintings, so you might get a studio visit, if you wander this way, & show some interest..
I grew up on a gorgeous ranch in an idyllic valley S of Reno many eons ago, even went to a one room schoolhouse for a few years. After high school I took off for parts less known:…
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  • Bekki
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Available for help/advice/info, if needed... (if I'm not around, people I'm partnering with will be here to assist.) Also I might be available for inspiration/painting critiques/sympathy/praise/badinage, when appropriate . Possibly available for plein-air painting lessons, if in the mood...
Available for help/advice/info, if needed... (if I'm not around, people I'm partnering with will be here to assist.) Also I might be available for inspiration/painting critiques/s…
John is a Superhost
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House rules
Check-in: 3:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Checkout: 11:00 a.m.
Self check-in with building staff
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
Pets are allowed
Health & safety
Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Carbon monoxide alarm not reported Show more
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $187
Cancellation policy