Great weekend getaway!
In such a tranquil setting and without the distraction of phones, televisions and computers, I was able to completely relax. After a day of exploring one of the incredible nearby trails, I even treated myself to an awesome massage. ~ Amber M, 2014
Lovely, quiet, magical space
The owner, Elizabeth, has created a perfect getaway for a couple. My wife and I (and our dog) went up for our anniversary. The details, accommodations — e.g., an incredible bed — and the space are very romantic, especially the hot tub at night. Really hard to beat warm water and the Milky Way. If you need anything, Elizabeth it there to help. ~ Ken W., 2014
Shanti is a Serene Dream
My boyfriend proposed to me on Friday night and we wanted a weekend to ourselves before we shared the news. We drove to Elizabeth’s place late that evening from SF. She contacted him in advance to ask if we wanted eggs, bacon, toast and coffee for the morning, which we did and loved the next morning. The guest cottage is adorable and vibrantly decorated, with a wonderful adjoining outdoor space for pets and a deck for drinking your coffee in the morning as you stare into the forest and watch birds bounce from tree to tree. There are sagging plum trees heavy with fruit which you’re invited to pick and eat from as well as a little side vegetable garden. We definitely took advantage of the full property, hiked around the grounds, enjoyed a few dips in the big hot tub in the shadow of an old growth redwood tree, and made the short trip into Occidental for drinks, dinner and bocce. It was the perfect base from which to enjoy afternoon trips to Marshall and Jenner, and the drive down Coleman Valley Road is absolutely gorgeous. The whole weekend was a wonderful, serene success and Elizabeth is so kind, warm and accommodating. You will absolutely love it here! ~ Jessica, 2014
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. ~ John N, 2014
We spent Memorial Day weekend at Elizabeth’s Cottage and we loved it! Waking up late every morning, reading under the tall redwood trees in the large, private backyard, sipping wine in the late afternoons before enjoying an excellent dinner in close by Occidental, need I say more? And yes, even our kids (12 & 14) were compelled to drop their gadgets and do some real reading for a while! Before I go, I need to mention Elizabeth our gracious host who brings a unique personal touch to the whole experience by dropping a welcoming note on the table or an activity advisory note on the windshield 🙂 Go relax, you’ll love it! ~ Alex, 2014
Hard to leave this relaxing heaven…
…surely to be remembered by the whole family. Thanks, Elizabeth! ~Catalina, 2014
Just a lovely relaxing spot!
And you made us feel so welcome! So many nice little touches, and big comforts, too. Thank you for the beautiful flowers in every room and the little surprises in the frig, too! ~ Tim, 2014
Thank you for being such a wonderful, thoughtful hostess! Thank you to your sweet cat Buster too, for being so patient with our unruly dog. Speriamo a presto. ~ Maddalena, 2014
Thank you so much for your incredible hospitality and wonderful guest cottage this past weekend. You provided such a soft, sensuous and safe place for us to land for this weekend as we cloistered ourselves in our newly engaged status. Now we’re off to plan the rest of our lives with the fondest of memories for Shanti. ~ Jessica, 2014
Its such a lovely, natural place…
…Beautiful details and friendly, too. You made our 12th anniversary a grand memory. Thanks for a great massage and hot tub! We’ll be back soon. ~ Ken, 2014
Warm nicely appointed, a real get-a-way-Lucky to have such a special retreat. ~ Kristy, 2014
Came to Shanti for a friend’s wedding. Could not have been a better place to stay. Would love to come back very soon. Namaste! ~ Love, Jason 2014
What a lovely place!
Thank you so much for all you did to make this a great place for us. ~ Rob, 2014
Happy New Year
Thank you for welcoming us so late and for the good wishes for my mother. Having some quiet, peaceful time was exactly what we needed. It was a great way to start the New Year. ~Laura, 2015