About Private Beach Farm
We are a Permaculture and Moringa farm on the beach just North of Santa Barbara and Goleta, Ca. You will camp in a historic, glass greenhouse with incredible ocean views. Inside is a cob pizza oven that works awesome (Bring your own firewood), a place to pitch tents and tiny artistic structures to explore. You will have a private bath and shower (Primitive, no electricity, but the hot shower has the best view in the world of any shower!) Bring your own toiletries and whatnot). This is as close to paradise as any place on Earth. Private beach access from our property. Legal access, with a short walk, to a famous private surf break. We also have a barnyard with a multitude of farm animals. This is a great spot for a personal yoga getaway or a large yoga retreat as we have large and small yoga decks overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Limited electricity in greenhouse (A couple of extension chords).15 minutes to downtown Santa Barbara. If you're booking rainy season months be advised, the greenhouse does provide some protection, but being an old greenhouse it does leak. .......Kids under 10 are free... *****LOOK***** BE ADVISED, From time to time, especially weekends, the property has events with upwards of 100 people. These events are not in your space nor near you, but you will see people walking around and may hear music until 10 pm. Dates with events on site are Sept 16,23,30 Oct 1,7,21 Nov 4,11 Dec 2,9,16,30,31 Jan 13,21, Feb 17. March 3
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 1
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent, Vehicles & RVs
- Check in after: 2PM
- Check out before: 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 2 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Private Beach Farm
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Such a sick spot! The private point break was epic, had the water to ourselves and the waves were dope. The green house we stayed in was so cool, great in between of roughing it but also having shelter. Tried to make pizzas in the oven but failed. Not because of the oven, our own fault. Fred is the man.
This is a great, unique find. Fred and Ginger are taking care of the land, which was an Orchid misery at one time (among a lot of other really cool history). They are using permaculture to restore the land, they've got an awesome little barn yard with the usual suspects and an alpaca. They also can be your venue or a wedding or event. You can walk to the beach which is way private. Although they advertise a room I suggest just camping. The room while creative is a dirt floor and pretty funky. But go - you gotta see what they've got going on there!
Fred and Jinger have a really amazing place. We had originally only planned to stay Friday night but after spending about 45 minutes knew we needed to extend our stay.
The greenhouse is beautiful and looks out on the ocean. We pitched our tent in the main area of the greenhouse but there are also little huts within the greenhouse that you could just unroll your sleeping pad and bag. Each hut has a little bit of it's own character - one is a 'wine bar', one is a meditation room, etc. The shower was super warm and looked out on the ocean.
We made dinner using the pizza oven and watched the sunset down on the private beach where there is also a picnic table and covered shelter. It rained most of Saturday so it was really nice having a bit of extra coverage. The roof of the greenhouse is missing a few windows so the rain came through but it was much more protected than being outside.
This is such a unique place and great for groups!
I want to keep this place a secret, one of the most unique and stunning places i have ever stayed. The green house is beautiful with twinkling lights, succulent gardens, and the most incredible view of the ocean. The only thing i regret is we only stayed 2 nights.
The farm is easy to find, Jinger and Fred were very helpful and responsive. The farm is close to Goleta which makes it easy to get to the store. Santa Barbara is only a 15 min drive if you want to explore.
Will definitely be back!
This place is AWESOME. The greenhouse where we camped is super cute and a great way to camp "outdoors" while also having some of the conveniences of "indoors", wich a bathroom/shower etc. It is an easy walk to the ocean (can hear the waves while you sleep), and you can either stop by the private beach, walk along the cliff-side trails, or do yoga on one of the many yoga platforms overlooking the water (all of which we thoroughly enjoyed). Also, we made pizzas in the pizza oven, which was a first and definitely an adventure, but also a super cool experience the pizzas themselves turned out to be great! Overall an incredible experience, we definitely recommend it!
This is truly a magical paradise! We had a lovely time exploring the gardens and walking down to the ocean. Be sure to catch both the sunset & sunrise - just divine. The location feels otherworldly. So private & peaceful - a perfect weekend getaway. :)
Unbelievable location, great access to the beach, and a complete feast for the eyes.
The property is vast and an absolute joy to explore. The perfect place to unplug and breath the fresh air. Booking process is fast and easy, the accommodation is perfect for small groups that enjoy nature and wide open spaces. A group of 3 of us stayed one night and it was unforgettable. 10 outta 10 would book again.
This place is an amazing, jaw dropping gem! Check in was a breeze and we had the whole green house to ourselves. We went down to the beach to watch the sunset and then started off the cob oven to make our pizza (byo firewood but there were a few pieces left from previous visitors or the kindness of Fred). We were in bed by 10 pm and rather than pitching our tents we just slept in one of the little bedroom nooks in our sleeping bags (covered, with lights inside). There are lights everywhere but they are mood lighting so I recommend you bring your headlamp for the finer details in the dark like preparing your pizza. It was such a romantic and blissful location. We sat on the swing in the morning and watched the Pacific Ocean from the green house and then went to meet the barn yard animals. Fred welcomed us in to meet the goats and they were adorable (all but the chickens are rescue farm animals). We didn't use the shower because we were launching right into some hiking the next morning so we can't comment on that part. Bathroom is bare bones as described but it does the job. We will definitely come back to stay here.
We only stayed one night and that's one thing I regret the most but we'll be back.. that's for sure!
Jinger made us feel welcomed from the get go and the spot had everything, all the basics you'd need hot shower with the best view of the pacific, wifi and electricity... This is such a unique find, a true Gem'!
We were 2 families with 4 kids, 2 first graders and 2toddlers; they loved it and had so much exploring the farm, the barnyard animals were awesome and fun to watch. Jinger was so kind and even gave us a home grown Papaya from her organic garden..It was delicious! Wild rabbits running free, eagles flying overhead, the frogs singing at night
Nice walk to the beach, kids love trains so the train was also a highlight for them, wooden decks for yoga or a wedding ceremony, chairs and even a shack with a picnic table to chill and check out the surf or sunset. What an epic place
We didn't score any surf and there wasn't that much sand on the beach for the kids to play but still an epic place!
This was a night out of a fairy tale! Everything in the green house makes you feel at complete ease and peace from all the flowers to the hidden inspirational signs. We decided to camp in our tent at the far left, and spent time in each of the little huts throughout our stay. I enjoyed the farm animals next to the green house and the epic Lion King esque views the most. Sitting in the chair swing, I looked left and saw horses graising on pasture through palm trees, like whoah! The llama, turkey, chickens and goats were my little buddies and added some extra smiles to our stay. The view is unparalleled and took both my fiancé and Is record of most beautiful camping area we've ever stayed at. The eggs available to us from the chickens also made the stay memorable. As a mini chef, the brick pizza oven and fire oven top made for incredible meals, especially freshly fried eggs in the morning.
Thanks so much Freg and Ginger for your hospitalility and letting us sleep on the bluff the second night, truly a magical experience. The train at 3am made for some funny mid dream memories! The most amazing views to look up to, we felt very blessed.
Sad to see the oil spill has affected the rocks below a bit on the beach but hopeful that farms like this continue to thrive and grow so we can take care of this earth! You would be silly not to make the time to check out this old orchid farm. Your stay supports their farm, nothing cooler!
Absolutely straight out of a dream! This place exceeded all of our expectations and then some. If you have the chance, STAY HERE! Bring pizza ingredients, it's such a fun bonus to the experience! The detail and hard work that has gone into making this place so magical is amazing. You won't regret it!
What an awesome spot! We had a fantastic, relaxing 2 nights at the farm. A great, easy spot to camp with a toddler with lots to explore. We loved walking around the farm, visiting the animals, greenhouses and the beach during the day and relaxing by the campfire in the evenings. Would love to go back!
This was my first stay using Hipcamp and it was pretty wonderful. We didn't meet the hosts but they were so responsive via messaging. The greenhouse is lovely with lots of fun plants and structures to explore. It was the first time I've ever used a brick oven and that was both challenging and fun. Tip- if you plan to use the oven, bring firewood pre-chopped into smaller pieces (if you are familiar with using axes, there were two available on site) and start early (at least an hour before if using the smaller pieces of wood and give it 2+ hours if you are using the big pieces of wood). The pieces you typically get in a cord of wood at the store are too large and it will take a LONG time to get the fire to the embers stage where you can finally cook. Also, remember to bring flour/semolina/cornmeal if you plan on making pizzas. We forgot and didn't want to drive back out to get some. We did have foil and oil and ended up making calzones instead. There is also another section of the oven with two burners where you can build a smaller fire and use it as a stove top. The beach access was picturesque but unfortunately, we went later in the afternoon when the tide came in so it was all rocks. There were also a few folks out fishing and they used the picnic table area... so we simply enjoyed the view from the top on a bench. We stayed during one of the weekends when there was an event. It was a wedding and I would say the only tricky thing was that the ceremony was held near the beach so we couldn't go on that trail until it was over. When guests were arriving for the wedding, we definitely bumped into a lot of them as they were walking around the property and checking out the barnyard animals just like we were. No big deal as everyone was polite and pleasant to each other but it was surprising at first. Once the reception began, it was surprisingly quiet. We thought we'd be dancing to the music in the greenhouse but we barely heard anything. The bathroom/shower system was clean and simple-- so much better than what you'd typically get camping. The separate outdoor structure had a sink and flushing toilet on one side and a hot water shower with a view on the other side. If you wake up really early in the morning like I did, you'll feel the coastal mist in the air and see so many bunnies hopping around. It's also the perfect time to befriend all the animals at the barnyard (the alpaca is the sweetest!) because they are really up and starting their day. This is a really long review for just a one-night stay but I definitely could have used some of these pointers! We were wishing we could stay longer so we could enjoy the beach some more and attempt to master the pizza oven. Overall, it was a fun experience and I highly recommend-- especially for those who want a gentle transition from hoteling to camping. Thank you Fred and Jinger!
This is a beautiful place to camp. The host is super friendly and helpful. The green house is a fascinating mix of green plants and perfectly selected accents. Our young daughter was enamored with the goats, little frogs, swallows, dogs, and every other creature we encounted. The beach trail was quick and includes the chance to watch the trains. You are close enough to hear the ocean while you are sleeping.
This is a very special place in many ways - it's soulful, serene and relaxing. The greenhouse is huge and has several room-like structures that can be used as sleeping quarters or for daytime lounging. There's a clay wood-fired pizza oven for cooking and a fire pit (bring your own wood!). I highly recommend exploring the farm -- visit the animals, poke your head into the other greenhouses and taste the plethora of herbs and lettuces. Just a short walk down to the cliffs you'll find wooden platforms -- a magical spot for yoga or meditation. And at low tide, you can walk along the entire beach to Edward's Point. A big shout-out to Jinger who is very welcoming and who is a great source of information about the farm's history -- we could've hung out and chatted with her for hours.
This place is a little piece of heaven and I am totally going make this an annual trek. It is just gorgeous and was a dream weekend for my family. To essentially have your own greenhouse to call your own is priceless. We hiked around the property, viewed their aquaponic set up and made amazing pizza in the cobb pizza oven. Love, love, love.
What can I say? This place was absolutely amazing. Jinger was very nice and accommodating. The greenhouse had a very cool and unique design on the inside, being made out of recycled materials on the farm. It's filled with all kinds of succulents and other various plants. It was plenty big for the 4 of us camping and it will definitely fit a lot more people. You can either set up tents or use any of the 4 or 5 rooms they've built inside.
The property is on a private beach so you will literally have it all to yourselves, and there is a point break to the right of the beach that looks like it would be good on a decent size swell (there wasn't any when we visited so we didn't get to try it out).
Highlights from our visit:
The pizza oven was a huge highlight - if you go, definitely make pizza! Just ask Jinger how to use it. Besides the pizza oven, the animals were extremely entertaining and super friendly. There were dozens of chickens, a turkey, 3 goats, 2 pigs, and an alpaca. Also, I didn't think the shower would be a big deal, but the view was stunning.
I would definitely go again, but plan it during a good swell to get the most out of the private beach.
Wow. What an inspired and creative space! The beach, the greenhouse, the farm animals, the sound of the waves and the hoot of the train...all made for a magical stay. Loved this place! Had pizzas in the brick oven, smores by the fire, strolls among the amazing plants and trees, visits with the pigs and chickens...we will be BACK. Almost don't want to tell anybody about this secret awesome spot ;) thanks Jinger and Fred!
Wow! As soon as we walked into the greenhouse we were in awe. This property is so, so beautiful! The greenhouse is filled with plants and lined with unique huts all made out of repurposed materials. Fred and Jinger have put so much work into creating this place, it’s truly inspiring.
We spent a lot of time at the beach and wandering along the bluff overlooking it. There are a few small benches along the cliffside that are perfect for relaxing and just enjoying the view (Santa Rosa Island is in the distance). We ended up sleeping inside of one of the huts that had string lights on it. The whole greenhouse also has lights on it’s outer wall facing the ocean, which provides nice lighting if you’re hanging out or need to walk outside to the bathroom.
Your only neighbors inside the greenhouse are the farm animals. They definitely woke us up nice and early, but we couldn’t complain because we ended up watching the morning light reflect off the ocean from the swing. Along with the amazing views, the sounds were one of my favorite parts about staying here. Frogs chirping at night, wind chimes ringing in the wind, the train roaring by in the distance–they all created a sense of nostalgia. I can’t wait to come back here.
We got there on Tuesday at 1 and left by 5 pm. My 7 year old twins were pretend playing and were saying how they were going to start a fire to make smores, when an old man came into the green house and yelled at them and when I told him they were just pretentding he said I don't care. Well needless to say my kids refused to stay because they were scared because they thought he'd come back at night. The place was not as beautiful as the pictures spider webs on everything and the beach is not as pictured very rocky not a place for kids. We did make a pizza which was fun. I can't say it was the best experience but also not the worst. Definitely the pictures are a lot more glamorous than the actual place.
The experience was so amazing. The space is beautiful and although we attempted to make a pizza using the pizza oven and failed, it was still a fun experience! Loved walking through the various greenhouses and being surrounded by all the various flora and produce. The animals were fun and very curious. Beware of roosters waking you up at 4:00 am but it was all part of the experience. The greenhouse you stay in is a huge space and has various rooms that you can explore. Instead of pitching a tent, we just stayed in one of the huts with the two cots. Here you are able to sleep directly under grapes and string lights, which was surreal. We loved the whole space, especially the swing overlooking the ocean. Also enjoyed yoga in the morning. The bathroom was clean simple, and the drinking water was a nice touch.
Definitely take the time to walk down to the beach if you stay here. Our whole stay was a very unique and incredible experience, we've never done anything like it before. Would def recommend this place and hope to stay here again with friends. Be sure to book in advance as this spot is very popular!
10 reasons to stay at this site:
10. The ocean breeze
9. Being in an old greenhouse with a bunch of plants
8. Farm animals and being woken up by the rooster's crow
7. The privacy and having no camping neighbors
6. Letting my toddler run wild and be dirty
5. Fresh rosemary outside the door
4. Hot water in the outdoor shower
3. Private Beach
2. farm fresh eggs (for $0.50 each)
1. The earthen wood fired pizza oven
This is a great site to camp on, we miss it already.
We stayed in the greenhouse in February and it was an incredible experience. We were 3 adults and 1 dog. We had the greenhouse to ourselves. Two of us pitched a tent on the mulch and the other person set up his cot in one of the artist cottages. We closed the doors and let our dog off leashed in the greenhouse. He was so happy! We loved the pizza oven and made pizzas twice! The pizzas came out beautiful and delicious. Some of the best pizzas we've had. The beach was a short walk across the train tracks. We had it mostly to ourselves as the beach is secluded and not easily accessible to the public. Feb was perfect as the weather was cool and didn't heat up the greenhouse. We are disappointed to hear this facility is no longer available. It was one of the most unique experiences we've ever had, camping or otherwise, and would love to return if it opens up again.