This site is tucked into the side of a hill, protected from the Westerly winds. It is nestled within and around a wild plum tree. Enjoy expansive views of the Estero San Antonio and all of the wildlife it attracts. The walk to the bathroom is a short trip down the hill. The walk to the camp site is 400 ft up a mowed trail. There is space for two small tents or one large (4
This site is tucked into the side of a hill, protected from the Westerly winds. It is nestled within and around a wild plum tree. Enjoy expansive views of the Estero San Antonio and all of the wildlife it attracts. The walk to the bathroom is a short trip down the hill. The walk to the camp site is 400 ft up a mowed trail. There is space for two small tents or one large (4 person) tent. Enjoy the peace and quiet of this land and the singing of the birds in the nearby trees. There is parking for one car only.
You will have access to our pastures for picnics, leisurely walks, at your choosing. When you check in we will give you directions to a few special places on the ranch. A liability waiver will be needed to be signed.
We try to leave the land better off than we found it and hope that you will share the same respect for the pristine beauty of this place. We are 5 minutes away from the quaint town of Tomales and 10 minutes from Dillon Beach and it's incredible beach . Bring your own kayak or canoe and paddle to the ocean down the Estero San Antonio!
Poison Oak season is here and there are a few sprouts coming up in the camp site. Please be mindful when you're there.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
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Watch out for the poison oak.
We came in at night and though we specifically asked if there were any special instructions about coming in after dark, we were not told to watch out for lots of very small poison oak coming up in the camping area. We only found it with our flashlights after we had already been exposed and had to dig it up ourselves from in front of the entrances of our tents. We had even staked one of the corners of a tent directly into a bit of it. Thank goodness we had a shovel and technu in our car.
The ground was extremely rough and bumpy because of cow tracks during the wet season, so we had to try a bunch of different spots to find anything even suitable. Make sure you bring a thick pad if you come here because it’s very uncomfortable. It’s also really hard to find a flat spot. Be sure to bring a shovel and a bag to put it in and arrive in daylight or thoroughly inspect with a flashlight on arrival if you’re allergic to poison oak. The pieces are quite small and hard to see and distinguish from the other bits of greenery because the leaves are only up to about half an inch long and rather mangled.
Also there’s no shade to speak of and it gets quite hot.
It’s very covid safe in terms of the distance from the campsites.
I looked at the lower camping area (stork) before we left and it actually was quite nice with large flat areas and a shady area. It’s by the estero and I didn’t see any poison oak in the tenting area.
But as for quails nest, I was surprised it was being rented out as is. I would be embarrassed to offer it to my friends stay for free. It needs the ground to be flattened and the poison oak to be removed before it’s really suitable.
Great little spot. Three sites along the San Antonio Estero. Farm has eggs, vegetables and lamb available upon arrival and during stay. Very remote spot. One of the three spots is along the Estero and two have fire rings, Quail Neat is not one of them unfortunately. Site is nicely private among a stand of trees at the end of a short walk but lots of cow traffic in the wetter seasons has made the ground a bit lumpy. Bring your thick insulated mattress for sure. Would be great to have a picnic bench for cooking and lounging. The site is peaceful, quiet and a birder heaven with the swallows out in force at sunset. Overall will definitely be back!
Great getaway in the rolling hills
We had a fantastic stay on Estero San Antonio Wonderland in the Quail Campsite. Looking to get away but not to go to far, we found this campsite last minute and we are glad we did.
Setting/Location: The farm and area is right outside Tomales and very close to lots of things to do. Located on a farm and ranch (Don't worry no animal smells at the campsite) you are provided with a unique experience and unique camping experience located in the rolling grasslands of the areas.
Campsite Location: Tucked back against a hill, the campsite provides refuge and a vantage point looking out over an on-property stream, and hills and farms in the distance.
Campsite Itself: The Quail camp is smaller (plenty of room us, two people one tent) but more isolated that other sites. The campsite is perched up the hill and mostly blocked by trees and shrubs to the front and the direction of other campsites. While we could see others in the distance, we very much had our privacy. Campsite has ample room, water spigot close by and a fire pit which can be used when safe and the season is correct.
Note, the quail camp requires you to park a little bit from the actual campsite. From your car it is about a 50 foot slightly uphill walk. The bathroom (which is very well maintained) is also down closer to where you park. This may be an issue for those who are not as able.
One of our favorite parts of the camp was the views and the amount of songbirds that constantly surround the site. The entire time you are there you hear beautiful noises of birds chirping, making it very relaxing.
Great place to camp and get away.
Great stay w lots of space in marin
Guido’s property is amazing. Easy and contactless to check in. Gorgeous views and tons of privacy compared to state or county parks. Next time we come we will bring a small table and chairs for set up. Would definitely recommend and I imagine we’ll be going back.
Beautiful spot and lovely hosts. Great fire, and I hear their food is delish, though we did not have any. Outhouse is very clean! It's very open to the beautiful sly and stars, and felt private, even though there were several other campers (who were also super friendly :))
My only advice would be to bring a thick mattress because the ground is very bumpy and hard. We had an air mattress (glamping!) So it was not an issue for us at all.
Lovely visit, and will definitely come again ❤️
The spot was more beautiful than I expected, with really gorgeous color gradients covering the hillsides and a beautiful stream going through the land. The compost toilet was very well maintained and had clear instructions. The only drawback was there was a lot of poison oak at the site, which would have been nice to have a warning about going in. Super close to the ocean!
A private getaway
Quail Nest was the weekend getaway we were hoping for. Guido was an excellent host and communicator. We preordered three bundles of wood, half a dozen farm fresh eggs and a loaf of (delicious) homemade sourdough focaccia. We paid the $50 total through Paypal and all of our goods were delivered to the site before our arrival.
The campsite itself was just as described online. There's a dedicated parking spot for Quail Nest, with the actual campsite up a 100-foot hill. As noted in the description, the site feels secluded and very private. There's no shade at all for this site, so bring a canopy or your own shade because the days can get quite warm. I also highly recommend bringing an air mattress or a cot to sleep on because the ground is very lumpy. Even a thick mattress pad will likely be uncomfortable. Also, be careful about the poison oak that's growing on the hillside perimeter of the campsite. There are sprouts of poison oak on the walkway up the hill as well, so be careful where you step if you're wearing sandals or open-toed shoes. Luckily, we noticed the poison oak and managed not to get affected by it.
The location of this campground was lovely and bucolic. You can hear the cows mooing and the birds chirping every morning. If you're looking to explore the surrounding area, the town of Tomales is a short drive away, as is Dillon Beach.
Overall, Quail Nest is a fantastic campsite. We highly recommend it.