About Old Homestead Camp
Welcome to Casari Ranch - a 532 acre Agriculture Peserve, only 1 mile from the Pacific Ocean on the northern Californian coast. Pitch a tent for on our magical wonderland graced with abundant wildlife and wild flowers integrated peacefully with our horses and sheep. Experience the numerous beaches, trails and villages or just rest and relax enjoying our Country farm, coastal style. Our campsites are quiet, and peaceful, away from road noise and yet only 2 miles from our Victorian town of Point Arena and the Point Arena Pier.
We have 7 spacious camp sites scattered in a large, flat meadow complete with the aromatics fragrance of the surrounding fir and pine forests. Even though our sites are less than a mile from the ocean, the forest blocks the prevailing winds, making these sites protected and cozy. Each site includes a picnic table, fire pit, plenty of firewood, and a shared Porta potty. Plenty of room for large groups.
Casari Ranch is a place to set it all down and enjoy the peace and quiet.You will have complete privacy (the main house is further down Curley Lane so we are nearby if needed however the camp site is away from all other dwellings) and you will be able to hear the ocean's song less than a mile from where you lay your head(s) to rest.
We share our ranch with our sheep, horses, donkeys, llamas, chickens, cats and dogs as well as incredible wild animals and plants. We are totally committed to growing and farming organically, in harmony with nature and we have our own organic wool mill right here on the ranch. We offer tours of the ranch which is a great way to see the property and learn about what we do. On the tour, we take you to special secluded places, teach you about our sheep and give you a tour of our mill. The tours take roughly 1 - 1.5 hours, costs $100 and can be arranged by scheduling a time either before arrival or once you are here. Ariana (one of the ranch owners), is a pioneer in the field of Equine Guided Coaching and offers Equine Guided sessions in either learning more about horses or learning from horses how to be a better communicator (additional fee and scheduled by appointment).
Curley Lane runs through the ranch and offers a nice walk either inland down to Moat Creek or westward towards the coast and an easy walk to downtown Point Arena. Casari Ranch is the perfect place to get grounded, refresh and replenish while exploring the local magic. In fact, you may not want to leave the property at all! But if you venture out, you'll discover some of the best abalone diving spots on the California coast, point break surfing, kayaking, protected beach coves, and the redwood forests which are a very special place just near near our ranch - a day exploring them is well worth the trip!
You'll also love the charm of our little Victorian beach town Point Arena. Point Arena has an organic grocery and deli, liquor store, pharmacy, movie theatre (that shows a different movie each week and is completely charming!), local galleries, our own Casari Mercantile, deli, bank, gas station, herb shop, several restaurants and a fabulous wine bar that often has live music, or you could venture a little further afield to nearby Mendocino, Fort Bragg or Gualala. Explore The Point Arena Lighthouse (which was recently made a national monument by President Obama), Mendocino Wine Tasting, Bowling Ball Beach, Garcia River Casino, and other attractions are only a stones throw away.
The wine country of Anderson Valley is within an hour of the ranch, if you like wine tasting, and also the Anderson Valley Brewery in Booneville for beer enthusiasts. The neighboring town of Gualala, just 15 minutes south on Hwy 1, boasts numerous, galleries, eateries, grocery stores, gas stations, kayak companies, etc. Mendocino, north of Point Arena is a destination location on the coastline and is well known for its art galleries, fine dining and shops along the ocean. Redwood forests are unique to our coastline and are a must do activity to visit. So there is a lot to do and see while you are here.
Please let us know what time you will be arriving - we are really flexible with check in & out times. As a rough guide Check In is from 1:00 PM, and you can check out as late as 3:00PM (As long as it doesn't interfere with other guests arriving). Please make sure at least 1 member of your party arrives before dus on the day you check in so that we can show you around and share a little about the ranch before dusk.
Please bring your own tents and sleeping bags. We do have a commitment to keeping this land's integrity intact, so we require a carry-in, carry-out policy for your trash and recycling.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 4
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent, Vehicles & RVs
- Check in after: 12PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 24 hours
- Response rate: 60%
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It was a really great experience. The farm is beautiful and it’s a great set up with port a potty and picnic table. We camped for 2 nights and walked to the ocean, not far away. The owner was very friendly and helpful, he gave us a quick rundown and then left us alone, to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the place. It’s also really close to town, we got a nice breakfast and coffee one morning.
Old Homestead Camp was INCREDIBLE. The property was so beautiful and diverse in both animal and plant inhabitants. Our site was private in it's own field. We had some sheep visitors in our field in the morning which made it particularly special.
Casey and Ariana were quite kind and welcoming. They gave us some recommendations on activities to do during the day and then left us to our own devices.
I would go back to Old Homestead Camp in a heartbeat. It encompasses all the beauty of the California coast line.
Really lovely, private clearing within easy reach to the main road with very little road noise. We enjoyed the sounds of the pasture animals (cattle, sheep) as well as lots of birdsong and best of all, ocean waves beyond. Fire pit and wood on site, picnic table, and a very clean porta potty. Only thing I'd change is clearing 3 level spots for tents closer to views of pastures.
Very private and spacious campsites. Ample shelter from the wind but expect fog. Pastures all around and horses, goats, sheep roaming about makes this a very unique experience. Be sure to meet the owners and go on a tour of their property and wool mill! There's even a shop in town where you can purchase products made from their wool (e.g. comforters, pillows, clothing, etc.).
The landowners at Homestead Camp provided us with a clean, beautiful, and peaceful site stocked with fresh firewood. We could see the sunset over the ocean and hear frogs at night. We slept perfectly. During the day we accessed the coast and redwoods. This is exactly what a HipCamp experience should be. Extra points for the adorable sheep roaming around. We didn't get to visit the market the owners open in the morning to sell wool goods, but that, and a farm tour, are also available.
We enjoyed are stay here and are looking forward to a return trip. The kids liked walking around the farm and seeing all the animals. The camp sites are tucked against the trees, protected a bit from the wind. It's a great location close to Point Arena, the lighthouse, and a short drive up to Mendocino.
The hosts (Ariana and Casey) were great - got us set up, gave us our space, Casey was kind and patient with the kids as they were talking his ear off, they were available by phone, and provided dry firewood (which we need as it was cold and rainy). Again, we're looking forward to going back later this year.
Hosts thankfully responded immediately to my request to spend a few days uninterrupted on a beautiful and quiet piece of land. Perfect experience camping at Casari Ranch. Met Casey on site and he escorted me to my quiet spot loaded w/plenty of fire wood. Checked on me one day, but besides that I was in a fantastic place to finish 2 books, write and relax. Safe, clean, just off the coast. Windy at times, so bring a few layers in the spring time!
What a great thing they did, opening their ranch to camping guests! It's the kind of campsite you would use in an advertisement, lush green open spaces with large distances between neighbors, the kind of campsite my wife found that I didn't think existed. We spent two nights at Old Homestead and enjoyed campsite, hospitality and the general store.
Casari Ranch was really beautiful! The owners have a huge piece of illylic property on the east side of route one, of rolling green fields set against the greeen Mendocino Hills. There are animals, large pine trees and grasses for our son to run around on. We camped Memorial weekend and it was surprisingly cold and foggy. It seemed the Ranch was in a bit of a cloud belt because just a few miles south in the town of Gualala it was sunny and warm. But right around their property the clouds rolled in. The first night we ate dinner and went to bed. We had a nice time around the fire pit with wood provided and large log benches provided. The second night of camping it was grey and incredibly windy at our exposed site. It was too much for us with young children and we had to bail. But the place was scenic and had it been better weather we would have been fine.
What a perfect, easy weekend get away! The ranch is easy to get to and the camp sites are so basic and simple: land, a picnic table, fire pit and wood. There was one other grouping camping while we were there, a large group and they were barely noticeable. The horses were great and all the ranch dogs were adorable. ...perfect for our mom/daughter weekend get away. The owners are so kind, gave us lots of local information and let us do our thing. Great weekend. :)
Old Homestead Camp was amazing and I would highly recommend staying here if you are visiting Point Arena. The prairie-like setting was very peaceful and we could even see peaks of the ocean from our campsite!! The porta-potties were clean and had toilet paper, YAY, and all the people we met who worked on the Ranch were very friendly and accommodating. Casari Ranch is conveniently located near the little Main Street area of Point Arena and a short drive (approx 10 min) from the lighthouse. The lighthouse/Stornetta area is a MUST-SEE. The views are truly breathtaking. I could not help but think that would be the perfect spot for a proposal. Overall, our trip was incredible and the entire group was very impressed with the campsite and experience. 10/10 would stay here again.
We thoroughly enjoyed our two night camping at Casari Ranch. The location and property are beautiful and serene. Driving up on Hwy 1 we noticed a few other crowded campsites along the way and seeing people packed like sardines, it made us grateful when we arrived at the ranch for the wide open land we were privileged to enjoy.
I cannot recommend this place enough! On a weekend when literally every campground along the Northern California coast was booked full and my in-laws were stranded in Gualala, we happily (and frantically) stumbled upon Casari Ranch. Casey and Ariana are wonderful "hands off" hosts who trust you to take care of their beautiful property. My family had a beautiful weekend listening to owls and sitting around the campfire. Thank you for an awesome stay! We'll definitely be back!
While there is water available from a tank, there is no running water which makes showering impossible and washing dishes difficult until you come prepared for dealing with that. The fire pit is great, but doesn't have a grill so no useful for cooking over (luckily we brought our massive camp kitchen stove with us.
The site is truly serene and a good launching point for visiting other spots in the area, is wind-free but you are well socked with fog, so be prepared for chilly morning and chilly evenings.
We had a great time camping at the Old Homestead! We drove up to the main house and Ariana came out to greet us. After a nice visit, she explained how to get to the camp sites. We drove down to the next gate, where we found 4 big camp sites. We were the only ones camping, so it was very private. Beautiful view, quite and very peaceful. Lots to do near by. Great experience, great location. We will be back.
We spent two nights at this campground and had the place to ourselves. The sites are in a meadow that is next to a cow pasture and a neat area of trees. There were two very clean portapotties that were in the meadow as well.
Make sure to check-in before sundown as this is important to the hosts. It was a little tricky to get here from SF on a Friday after work because of the long drive, but when we woke up to a beautiful area on Saturday morning, we were glad we came.