USA California San Francisco Bay Area Sea Ranch Listing #51532

The Tea House - Sea Ranch, CA

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Max. occupancy: 2 1 Futon 0 bedrooms 1 bathroom No pets 
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Japanese-Inspired Retreat in the Redwoods w/ Fireplace & Wrap-Around Porch

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Inspired by Japanese tradition and stunningly situated in the midst of a coastal redwood grove, this Sea Ranch retreat is unlike any other. This tranquil studio home was seemingly tucked into the forest, with ferns growing right up to its edge and no trees removed to make way for its footprint.

Measuring at just 384 square feet, this studio-style home makes masterful use of its space, layout, and natural surroundings. As you step inside, you'll be greeted by a traditional tatami mat floor and lofty ceilings with skylights that let in views of the redwood canopy. Sliding glass doors on two sides of the house open to the wrap-around porch; additional sliding doors of delicate rice paper allow you privacy when you choose. The living room, the dining area, the kitchenette, and the bedroom (the futon) come together simply and beautifully in this one studio space. The streamlined kitchenette features essential appliances (including a gas stove and a dishwasher), a large window to gaze through as you cook, and rice paper doors that conceal the space when it's not in use.

You can unroll your yoga mats on the porch each morning, and sip a soothing mug of tea at the bistro table or the kitchenette island afterward. In the evenings, there's a gas fireplace to toast your toes as you read or choose a Netflix movie to watch on the wall-mounted flatscreen TV. When it's time to turn in for the night, the futon in the main living space folds out into a bed; an additional, high-end airbed is provided as well.

What's nearby:
This home sits among the redwoods on the east side of Highway 1 in Sea Ranch. You'll be practically around the corner from The Hot Spot, where you'll find picnic tables and barbecues on the Gualala River, and a little over a mile from Pebble Beach and the incredible Bluff Trail on Sea Ranch's ocean coast. The home is situated between two of the Sea Ranch recreation centers, with Ohlson two miles up the coast and Moonraker two miles down the coast (each offers a heated outdoor pool, saunas, and tennis). Downtown Gualala, where you'll find the Surf Market, charming Trinks Cafe, and other local favorites, is eight miles north.

Things to know:
High-speed WiFi
Kitchenette with an oven, a gas stove, a microwave, a toaster oven, a coffee maker, and pots and pans
No washer/dryer
Parking is on a landing below the home; you must follow a path through the trees to the front door

County permit number: TVR21-0138

County tax number: 4108N

You must be 25 years or older to rent this property.




Heating & cooling

Central AC
Partial AC

Gas fireplace

Space heater

House rules

Not suitable for children

Kitchen & dining







Wireless router

Netflix streaming

Nearby activities & attractions


Golf nearby

On-site activities

Basketball court : Shared


Beach towels


9 reviews

Ron W. May 2022
Loved the wrap around veranda, high ceiling, western kitchen and bathroom hidden behind shoji panels, and tatami mats. Also loved the lush foliage with enough clearing to allow warm midday sun. Bit of a hike to get up to the tea house from the parking spot, but this added to the sense of seclusion too. Glamping at its best with very few other people nearby.
Eilene Z. May 2022
We stayed two nights, and had good time. It was clean and cozy. It was big enough for two of us. The only problem was the lockbox. It was not easy to close it.
Manager response:
Ellene, thank you for the review of your stay at The Tea House. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We do apologiz for the issues yu had with the lockbox. Please remember we have 24 hour support to assist our guests. We look forward to hosting you in the future. Thank you!
Samantha C. Apr 2022
Let's lead with the good: this is a beautiful, uniquely designed rental quietly nestled in the woods. Waking up here is magical, particularly if you can spend extended time in the house. The rental was larger than we expected, the shower lovely, and it had a few household items already stocked we were happy to find (tea, etc.). It's a peaceful setting, and we did not hear any interference from the local airport nearby if that is a concern of yours.

However, our first night staying in the rental was unacceptably cold. Someone (possibly a prior guest?) had extinguished the pilot light, so we did not have the gas fireplace. We couldn't get the thermostat to change, called support that night, and they had no way to help because the local office was closed. We were able to call Vacasa again and receive help the following day, but heating is so crucial that this heavily colored our stay.

The pullout bed is quite stiff even with the mattress cover on top, but it is queen-sized when fully extended, and the blankets are heavy. Transparently, we also had momentary trouble on arrival finding the lockbox because it blends into the house. Other than these hiccups, we would certainly consider staying at the Tea House again.
Manager response:
Thank you for sharing your feedback and bringing some items to our attention that may need some TLC. We have forwarded your feedback to the local staff so they can work to improve the house for future guests. Please know that our guest services team is available 24 hours a day to assist should any concerns arise during your visit. We hope you choose to stay with us again!
Courtney L. Mar 2022
This is the ultimate escape for one or two people! It's an authentic and architecturally interesting Japanese tea house, surrounded by old growth Redwood trees. The decor is beautiful and calming, and I appreciated the privacy as well as the hikes you can take right from the back door. It's ideal for a romantic get away or a moment to stop time and just be... I'll be going back for sure.
Amanda G. Oct 2021
The Tea House is thoughtfully designed, well-equipped, and a great space for a relaxing getaway. As a studio, it's a bit on the small side, so would be challenging for more than two people. Access to hiking trails from this property is excellent and there are gorgeous forest views from all windows (and two skylights!). A few things that differ from the online description: there is no dishwasher, and only a mini fridge. (This wasn't a problem, just something to plan for, especially if bringing groceries for a longer stay.) There is a coffee maker, but it is a small one--a mini Cuisinart 4-cup. And no coffee grinder (but ground coffee was available in the pantry). The air bed mentioned in the description was also not present, but the futon was comfortable and easy to fold in and out. Due to the tatami mats on the floor this is a no-shoes home, but sandals are provided (or bring your own). The neighborhood is quiet and the home feels quite private and secluded. Parking was easy in the designated spot, but there's a bit of an uphill hike to the Tea House from there--just something to be aware of if you're not packing light and/or if you have limited mobility.
Manager response:
Hi, Amanda! Thank you for choosing to stay with us. We do apologize for the error on the listing and will get the dishwasher and air-bed mentioned removed. We hope we'll see you again!
Alexa H. Aug 2021
Just as advertised, this sweet studio provided a welcome respite in the coastal woods. The place is well-designed and operates efficiently for a relaxing getaway. I especially loved the map that shows all the Sea Ranch trails.