Hello! Please read all the way through this listing carefully before requesting to book. This place is not for everyone! Thank you.
This is a totally unique rustic beauty of a hideout! Perched on top of a secluded hilltop in the wilderness, the handcrafted redwood Tower is an adventurous and inspiring place to be. A 'box of light', the three sides of windows look out onto beautiful views. Romantic and peaceful, the Tower is a perfect couple's or artist's/writer's retreat.
Take a dip in the sparkling Mattole river just over the road below. Enjoy the spectacular bird-life. The wild Mattole Beach is just six miles away and makes for great hiking and beachcombing.
** IMPORTANT!** The Tower is accessed by a STEEP uphill trail of wooden dirt steps through Douglas Firs. The trail is a 520ft climb - a 5-7 minute uphill hike. Light bags and backpacks rather than suitcases are strongly advised. This rental is not suitable for those who ought not be taking this kind of hike. For night ascent/descent a flashlight is essential.
**Important Check-in info** The Tower is a property that needs a guide to show you up there initially. It is quite hidden, and you’ll benefit from a quick orientation up there. Let me know your ETA so I can show you up there and check-in before dark please.
The upper storey of the Tower has a Murphy bed (small double), which measures 4ft across and is 6.5 ft long from headboard to footboard. Very tall people may find it too short due to footboard. It has a wooden base and foam mattress, which most seem to find comfortable.
This room also has a long comfortable sofa, deco chairs, redwood slab window seats and a long cherrywood table.
The upper room has a Vornado heater and a small stand-up oil radiator.
The Tower is on two floors, connected by an OUTSIDE STAIRCASE.
So *PLEASE NOTE* As the bathroom is on the lower floor you will need to go down the outside stairs to the bathroom.
Downstairs is the bathroom, shower and kitchen in one open plan room. This room is unheated. The Tower is open only from May-Sep. The kitchen area includes a Wedgewood stove. (There is also a copper sink upstairs for easy teeth-brushing etc).
The spring water is excellent for drinking so don't worry about bringing water.
The lower storey also houses water tanks, wrapped in canvas painted by a local artist.
Relax beneath the stars in the outdoor in-ground copper bath tub, with plenty of space for two and a small surrounding deck for glasses of wine, or take a shower outside, looking out onto the hills.
Enjoy ceramicist Jim Danisch's sculptures punctuating the trail.
In collaboration with Petrolia's craftspeople the Tower was designed by my father, a writer and lover of art.
For groceries, the local Petrolia store has most basics (including a gas pump) but its provisions are non-organic so please bring your own special groceries if that's your desire. There are no bars or restaurants in Petrolia. Bear in mind that the Petrolia Store closes at 5pm, so be sure to bring groceries with you if you're arriving later than that, especially for that first night's dinner!
At the bottom of the hill is the main house, where I will be on hand to help out as best I can with any queries and extra conveniences. Details and directions upon booking.
To enable a real break and total relaxation, the Tower remains UNPLUGGED! NO WIFI! There is very limited cell service in Petrolia. But fear not, there is an old-fashioned landline available for your private use.
BAD ROADS: Petrolia is off the beaten track and lies at the end of a very winding, rugged road with potholes a-plenty. Ordinary cars can make it, but if you are hiring a car you will be better off hiring an all wheel or 4 wheel drive that is higher off the ground.
Come to our small local farmer's market on Sunday mornings 10-1pm for breakfast and local products.
NB. Last year I had my first and only negative review in 5 years. The issues with the indoor shower and circuit breaker that unfortunately arose during that guest's stay have been resolved.
The Tower is open May - September. It is not a heated building and not suitable for winter visits. There are 2 small heaters upstairs incase of a chilly eve in Spring.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you for your interest in The Lost Coast Tower!