40 acres with 2 bedroom, two and one/half baths (see below for additional guests
- english, french
About Susan Stucky
Careers in research, research mgmt and consulting. Presently consulting. Have lived in Illinois, India, Kansas, Massachusetts, Oregon, Zaire and California (the last for over 30 years). Have pulled 10K thistles and discouraged non-natives.
Susan Stucky purchased this Chateau / Country House in 1990
Why Susan Stucky chose La Honda
At the time my former partner and I acquired this property we felt we could choose either San Francisco or out here. Where else can you easily get to San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz, the beach but be in the wilderness. The new part-owner, says of his investment, "I bought my last house first."
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
Off the grid, quiet, only the lights of a few houses at night, a creek, virgin redwoods, long views (Butano Ridge and Portola State Park from the front porch,) views of Peters Creek watershed up to Alpine Road from the back porch.
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 1:00 pm
Please ask about pets.
Drinking Water: Tap water is not potable, but is fine for cooking, brushing teeth, bathing etc. To be safe, plan on 1 gallon/day per person.
No shoes in house, unless there is a safety concern
Temperature varies, bring layers.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
If you’re looking to get away from it all, Susan’s place is a fantastic option. A mere 45 minutes from Silicon Valley, it feels like it’s in another time zone. Rolling hills, hiking with views, and the sound of silence were the highlights of our trip. The home is comfortable, beautiful, and is maintained by a very gracious host. Highly recommended.
John and family were the perfect guests, taking advantage of what Long Ridge and its environs has to offer and being the perfect house guests. All in good order when they left.
Owners were lovely to deal with, very honest. Beautiful property in a remote location for a quiet vacation.
The guests were lovely and all was left in order. There was a bit of miscommunication, but we sorted it out to their satisfaction. They are welcome anytime.
This is sacred space. If you're feeling a need and desire to sink into your own sacred guidance, spiritual space, and trust, come here. It may not be for everyone but if you're guided by the vision of eagles, hawks, jays and deer, come here. Your dreams will respond with creative resonance and a nature of trust that knows there's nothing more than the stirring need to touch the earth and sky with the birth that vibrates with the immediacy of here. As I say, it’s sacred land held in sacred trust. Susan will be your unobtrusive guide, but she is only a guardian for the wisdom of the oaks who rise from this knowing land held in trust. Plus, there are books, and a kitchen with more than one might need, and windows that invite the outside in to stir, soothe, comfort, inspire and lift. It is a gift!
It is a complete pleasure to host guests who are so open to what Long Ridge Retreat has to offer. And who have the ability to let it just do its thing. And have the Father's Day and his Birthday celebration.
Oh, and they left it in such great shape!
Glamorous Home in the Woods - Off The Grid
WOW! This place is breathtaking...or maybe it is better described as a place where you can catch your breathe from the busyness of life. You are in the middle of the forest, yet it is only a 1-hour drive from the East Bay (no traffic). Once there, it doesn't take long for the nature to recharge your batteries.
The wifi is fast. There is plenty of parking.
Don't let the 1-bedroom description fool you, the 2800 square foot property allows ample privacy for 3 couples. There is a separate studio connected by a 50 foot long, covered bridge over the hillside. People in our party argued there case of why they should get to sleep in the private study.
Old growth oak trees surround the main house, with an abundance of full wall-height windows to view each of them. The main house has a full kitchen that is spacious with updated appliances, and enough cookware to prepare thanksgiving sized meals for eight people. The gas grill is top of the line and produced perfect tri-tip. The dining room has a gorgeous chandelier above a solid wood table which easily seats 8 people.
There are two full bathrooms in the main house, upstairs. The slate tile shower near the loft will give you life and gets real hot! This bathroom has full first aid. We found everything we needed to dress our dog's injured dew claw. The half bath just outside the main house is the only room here that feels like a rustic cabin in the woods.
The porch was our favorite spot. It has 3 rocking chairs and a recliner. You would always find someone from our party out there enjoying the view of miles of mountains and valleys, covered in redwoods.
The architecture of the home is something to marvel. A fusion of a Vermont style cabin home with Japanese structural joinery, we literally could not stop talking about it. The house is very clean and well organized. There are no shoes allowed inside.
If you forget to bring your book, it is not to worry. The owners have an awesome book collection built into the walls and counters of the home. The books compliment the architecture. The books are well taken care of and well organized. Quite the forest library!
The house is uncluttered, yet there is a diversity of strategically placed, cultural artifacts and thoughtful artwork throughout. Quite the forest Museum!
When we return, we will rent for at least 3 nights to allow enough time to explore the surrounding hikes.
The owners are very friendly off-the-grid pioneers, they will give you your space.
Zachary and his family and friends were the perfect house guests (ok, I am biased given their gracious review). But it is still true. Obviously thoughtful people they took great care of the place and their enjoyment made it all the more pleasant to host them.
Let them stay at your place for sure. All tied up at the end with a bow and a smile.
This property – 40 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains – is for those looking to retreat in the quiet, an hour away from San Jose, Silicon Valley, the ocean, and only another 20 - 30 more to get to San Francisco or Berkeley.
Easy access to miles and miles of hiking trails – the property is in the midst of open space hiking trails and state parks. You can even hike to the ocean if you're ambitious. Perfect for families and friends who want to spend some time together hanging out, but want the option to get to civilization.