I have been to Stillwater Cove Ranch several times. The location is wonderful. The redwood forest is right behind the ranch and the ocean is right in front of it. The cabins are relatively clean and the price is not bad. There is no phone service or television which is Ok as my daughter and I took our laptops up to watch movies.
We stayed in the cook's cabin which could be adorable with a few changes. The biggest problem I had with the place and have always had is the curtains. They are very sheer and offer no privacy...even in the bathroom. I think it is creepy to be out somewhere near the woods where anyone could be looking in your windows. We ended up putting towels over the windows. I noticed other people putting up sheets.
The towels were old and had holes in them. There was also a strong smell of urine in the bathroom that permeated the place. The shower curtain had no liner.
With some decent curtains, updated lighting fixtures and pictures, a small refrigerator and a small table to eat from this place would be tremendously better. I understand it is a cabin but upgrading and updating it a little would make it much more welcoming and I think people would be more likely to return. As it is, I wouldn't recommend it or go back.
I with my abalone dive buddies and our families, have been vacationing both in the spring and fall nearly every year since 1973.
We love the natural setting even with the occasional evening Peacock call. The cove is marvelous for scuba diving and free diving for red abalone.
I've been going to Stillwater since 1985. One of the things that I love about the place is that the staff leaves you alone! I like the rustic feeling and lack of pretense. One can truly relax here unless your expect a luxury hotel. I enjoy the proximity to the unspoiled coast. Who cares if they hung onto the left over mints and nuts!!!
I've been going to Stillwater Cove Ranch since 1984 (I was 5). We consistently went at least once a year until I moved out. Now I return as often as I can with my husband. It is so peaceful and beautiful. There is no place like it for relaxing and exploring and having a romantic time. It is NOT the place to come if you're used to a million amenities and someone on call to help you 24 hours a day. There is no room service, there is no phone, there is no internet, there is no staff waiting on your every word. This is where you come when you want to be left alone and enjoy the beauty of the woods and the ocean at your own pace without being bothered. It is clean and if you really need help or new towels those aren't hard to come by. I personally have never felt that the staff was ever rude to me or my friends and family, but that's my experience. As long as they are willing to have me I will return to Stillwater again and again....it is magical! Now that we live in California again, Stillwater will be our destination at LEAST once a year if not more.
Stillwater Cove Ranch is set on some of the most beautiful, scenic property overlooking a secluded beach, crashing blue waves and redwood heaven. The staff-of-one was friendly and made our stay pleasant and comfortable - we even brought our dog for only a $10 per day fee. I cannot imagine a better low-key, low-priced getaway that literally takes you away from it all (no phone, no internet, no cell service, no tv). If you're picky and expecting Napa-type lodging, don't bother. I loved it and plan on going back as often as possible.
Everything here was great. Although people say the staff is very rude, and sometimes they are, but once you get to know them they are extremely friendly people. I enjoy staying there and don't m ind the peackocks at all.
We first vacationed at Stillwater Cove Ranch in 1970! We met a delightful old gentleman who we called "Grandpa." His rugged face and gentle, caring way personified the Ranch and our daydream experience. Some of my favorite photos, beach walks and family memories live within our days spent at Stillwater Cave Ranch. It's been many years since we've visited...it's a must-do-again trip. Glad to see it's still pampering visitors.
Stillwater Cove Ranch is one of my favorite places to NOT take the lap top and cell phone. The approach to service is private and hands-off which offers a refreshing way to reconnect with family, without all of the interruptions common in modern life. I was in search of an uninturrupted game of Pictionary, walks exploring the local woods and beach, finding out what family members were thinking beyond recounting the daily routine and Stillwater provided the perfect environment.
I have stayed at Stillwater Cove Ranch several times over the past five years, both alone and with family members. I have also stayed at other places like the Jenner Inn (at Jenner), Fife's Resort (at Guerneville), and the Salt Point Lodge (down the road from Stillwater Cove Ranch). Nothing compares to Stillwater Cove Ranch! It is a rustic place, with no TVs, no telephones, and no other distractions. The ranch is across the road from a public beach and right in front of a redwood grove with hiking trails and an old school house. You can actually visit without a car, by taking Mendocino Transit; there's a general store within walking distance, and I do love having dinner at the restaurant attached to the Salt Point Lodge. Aside from being cheaper and friendlier than the other inns I have mentioned, Stillwater Cove Ranch has an exciting history. Julia Child used to offer cooking classes/retreats there! In the lodge you will find a scrapbook with pictures of these events, and historical information about the ranch itself. The property used to be a boarding school, and each room is named accordingly. My favorite is the Science Room, which has a fireplace, a large bed, a day bed, and picture windows. It's also fun to watch the peacocks strut around, right in front of your door. I highly recommend staying at Stillwater Cove. My only complaint is that it is almost impossible to get weekend reservations -- try going midweek if you can.
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