Queen-sized bed with memory-foam mattress in large room with adjacent reading/tv room, private deck overlooking orchard and garden. Private bath. Autumn sunset, Centerville Beach, one mile from Waldner Farm.
3-room suite + 2 meals, walk to ocean
Hosted by Wendy & John
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3 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
3 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Our home is a family-built, 70-year-old farmhouse in a private valley of 80 acres, an easy one-mile walk to the ocean. We cook healthy, local food for dinner & breakfast (meals inc. in room price) and invite you to join us. We prepare menus (read reviews) to accommodate guests' dietary restrictions. No visible (or audible) neighbors. Dark, quiet nights; clear spring water. The room is large, with comfy queen bed, private bath & deck, reading/tv room, view of creek & forest. Children welcome.

The space

The property is off the road, sheltered and lush. The house is filled with history; the decor is original vintage. Our property, 80 acres, is lush and filled with birds, deer, critters of all kinds, plus our resident emu and two alpacas. (Bob, the emu, is friendly and strangely affectionate.) John bakes fresh, whole wheat bread daily, makes ice-cream as often as needed. A local farmer delivers the eggs. All meals are cooked and baked "from scratch." We prepare to dietary restrictions, as requested (veg/vegan, GF, lactose-free, etc.) We can put a cot in the adjacent reading room for a third person in your party. Private bathroom includes tub. Queen bed has memory-foam mattress. Deck has private entrance. This space was originally built as a family/separate space for a live-in mother/child.

Guest access

Guests have access to the living/dining room, the kitchen, the laundry facilities -- everything in and out of the house except the other guest bedroom we list and our upstairs bedroom/sitting room. Our listings (we have one other room listed) can accommodate 4 adults and 2-3 children (depending on age). Family booking for two full bedrooms/two private bathrooms/full dinners/full breakfasts is $170/night, which we send as a special offer when you book either room as a family/friends group. Accommodations: access to common rooms: living room, dining room, deck, laundry facilities, 80 private acres of wilderness to explore. Lots of reading nooks, living room is comfortable, good reading lights, fireplace.

Interaction with guests

We live on the premises and are about most of the time, although we both also work outside the home. We have a library of local brochures, tourist info, and "insider" local history (if asked). We're there if you want to hang out (usually cooking), and we're in our own quarters if you don't. We eat with our guests. This is a friendly, happy, low-key, high-humor place with good food, good books, good wine, and good friends.

Other things to note

The property is beautiful, the food is healthy, the beds are super comfy. No close neighbors, 1/4 mile off a country road, no traffic noise. Here's the downside, according to some guests: Our private quarters are upstairs and the stairs creak. The very old dog, Frank, sleeps upstairs & sometime has to go out in the middle of the night. In "weather" -- and we can have Big Weather -- the house shudders. It's a 70-year-old house (built from recycled redwood and war surplus by family and friends): there can be drafts (although we have good central heating & use it). Coyotes howl, cell-phones really don't work (but email/text does and our Wifi is good.) There are unexpected creature visitations (raccoons, bobcats, squirrels, eagles and hawks, possum, bats, rabbits, chipmunks, porcupines, deer, foxes and a bear). The 4-mile road to our house from Ferndale is a country road, full of deer after dark.
The good stuff: Water: fresh spring water to drink & in a jug in your room; hot & lots for showers. We welcome children (cots, sofas, toddler bed, etc.). Lots of room in the suite for portable cribs, etc (bring your own). We have an industrial-strength swing set, hammocks, 2 alpacas and an emu. Dog is sweet. You will sleep well. Fireplace, curl-up reading spaces. Variety of teas, kettle always on. Food is good, often very very good, and plenty. Everything made "from scratch." We accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions, per individual advance request. Regardless of your age, this is a visit to grandparents who adore you and who will fix you pancakes in the middle of the night if that will make you happy.


Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 floor mattress

House Rules
No smoking
Check in time is 3PM - 9PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

No form of any kind of smoking in the house. No third-party bookings.
Let's talk about dogs. You can bring your dog IF your dog sleeps in your room at night and is not aggressive with other animals. Please inquire first if you have a breed that may be in danger in a rural environment. (Cattle chasers; very small dogs that are prey for raptors, e.g.) Please inquire first if you have 2 dogs.
Our mission statement: We are dedicated to helping build a world house of love and laughter where each person, unique and respected, has hope and opportunity.

You must also acknowledge
Pet(s) live on property - One aging border collie, 2 alpacas in a pasture, one emu everywhere.


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Robert User Profile
October 2017
The home is very close to downtown Ferndale but secluded enough to be quiet, peaceful, and beautiful. I loved hand feeding the emu. We were close enough to Eureka to have an excellent dinner only a few miles away (opted out of dinner at the house as it was our anniversary) and take an easy day trip up the coast. Hosts were helpful with information about the area, and excellent hosts with meals and being available but not intrusive. Really enjoyed the place.

Candy User Profile
October 2017
Simply THE Best Airbnb I've ever experienced. Wendy and John treat you so well you won't want to leave. The bed was wonderful, the food was amazing and the hosts were great. Hope to come back one day.

Ashlee User Profile
October 2017
Beautiful place and great company!

Chuck User Profile
September 2017
Staying at John and Wendy's airbnb In Ferndale was an absolute delight. They are a wonderful couple and after our first delicious dinner ending with John's homemade ice cream and apple pie I felt as if I had known them a lot longer than just a few hours. My room was comfortable and spacious and walking out side in the early evening to be surrounded by redwood trees was very special. Can't wait to go back. Michael

Carina User Profile
September 2017
A cosy place to stay with delicious food!

Stephanie User Profile
September 2017
We had a lovely stay at Wendy and John's! They were very generous and friendly hosts, but were not intrusive if you wanted to be left to yourself. The farmhouse is super cute. It's full of old photos and antiques and the bed is one of the most comfortable I've ever slept on. And the location is about as close to the beach as you can be. We loved our stay!

Tina User Profile
September 2017
Where to begin..? Words won't do Wendy and Johns place justice, it's something you have to experience for yourself, but I'll try.. just outside of town you will find endless peace and quiet. You will hear the ocean, despite being exactly 1 mile away. Prepare to feel instantly comfy and safe, welcomed like family. Bring your appetite, Wendy and John prepare meals you won't forget, they may even share the recipe with you if you ask! The food is fabulous, the homemade clam chowder was my favorite. Don't even get me started on desserts, oh my! (hint: Johns angel pie) Splurge and eat them, you can walk it off on your way to the beach. Drive if you like, there is always parking available at nearby Centerville beach. However you spend your days in Ferndale, you will be glad to come 'home' to the Farmhouse to unwind and sleep ever so soundly. I loved how dark it is at night, no glaring lights coming in the window from anywhere. Just the distant glorious sound of the ocean. You will wake to the smell of breakfast, complete with Peets coffee and fresh squeezed juice! The shower is updated with a handheld shower head and there are endless fresh clean towels. The bed is dreamy with silky soft linens and plush warm blankets. A fresh sweet smelling rose from the garden on the nightstand was a nice touch! The delightful company and conversation you will have the privilege to enjoy is the icing on the cake. You will be hard pressed to find anyone that knows the history of the area better than Wendy. Stop reading and book your unique and wonderful vacation now!

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Ferndale, California, United StatesJoined in October 2013
Wendy & John User ProfileWendy & John is a superhost.
These wooded 80 acres have been in the family for nearly 70 years. I grew up here, spent 35 adult working years in Los Angeles and New York, and returned to Humboldt County in 1993, when I inherited the farm. I work as a documentary filmmaker, editor, and writer; John, who spen…
Languages: Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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