About Wild Tender Ranch Light House View
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This small, secluded, romantic CAMPsite is meant for BASIC CAMPING and only couples (several engagements happened here) or sacred solo time - comes with new sun deck, 16' Tee Pee, Great views and chiminea/wood, port potty - no running water. Not ideal for kids or groups.
SITE DESCRIPTION: Very peaceful and private immersion into the beautiful wild lands of the Coast. Amazing! Views! of Ocean and Coastal mountains. Great smells, lots of wildlife and star gazing! Bring everything you need for a camping trip from sleeping gear to ice chests.
Check out our other great site SweepingViews for more amenities, such as RV, kitchen and large fire ring for groups!
- This is a healing, retreat and a Native American prayer site plz I obstain from intoxication on anything but Nature's Beauty.
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Thank you again, because of you we are able to offer forever homes to horse, llama, sheep, rooster, chicken, goose, cat, dog etc.. people !!
- Please respect all safety guidelines with horses by not approaching unless booking an Animal Interaction (usually for 10am after day of arrival)
- Please respect land owners and neighbors by not hiking private roads, surrounding protected lands or the Sanctuary, rather keep to the expansive campsite and check out the surrounding pristine and easily reached state parks/beaches.
ENJOY YOUR PRIVATE SANCTUARY GET AWAY, WE HOPE YOU FIND GREAT RESTORATION!
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 1
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent Only
- Check in after: 2PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Wild Tender Ranch Light House View
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
We stayed at the Light House campsite for New Years Eve and could not have picked a more magical spot to ring in the new year. Montrese went above and beyond to accommodate our group, and provided helpful amenities like water, firewood, and even chocolate! The site itself is incredible, with ocean views and (and sounds!). The tipi was a savior during the cold and windy night, and there was plenty of space to pitch our two additional tents.
The Light House View at WildTender is nothing short of magical. With a teepee, laid with soft wood chips, overlooking the Pacific, and a wood burning stove to cozy up to at night, this humble little site let us experience this part of the coast like we never have before. Our host Montrese was so warm and welcoming! She provided us with fat wood for our fire, water, and really anything else we needed. The sunset here was unreal! And even though it's not far from the city, at night the sky was glittering with stars. It was really something else to sip tea by the roaring fire and watch the moon dip into the water. During the day, we explored the property, which is also occupied by lots of beautiful, friendly horses. It really was incredible. I can't wait to visit again!
WildTender is a magical place. As soon as you enter the first gate, you are met by friendly horses and expansive views. The positive energy of the land is infectious! It's also a great spot for larger groups as there is tons of flat areas to camp and a really cool area built specifically to protect you from the wind. Your camp hosts, Montrese and Anders are some of the best people you'll meet! I can't wait to get back to WildTender....it truly should not be missed :)
We stayed at the more private/smaller of the two sites and had a lovely time. The view is just amazing, and it's super private. If the weather cooperates, there are tons of stars and ocean to take in. The owner was easy to communicate with and her dogs were the best! The ground was a little soggy due to a spring leak, but sounds like they're working on that. There is another camp near by that's more for big groups, and the group that was there was nice enough to invite us over for a drink :) All in all, it was a great experience.
This camp is really amazing- it is very private and has spectacular views of the ocean. The patio and fire pit made for an awesome night and we really enjoyed hanging out by the fire and cooking. There is a lot nearby including Highway 1 brewery, and tons of beautiful beaches.
The ranch is an absolute dream, from the drive up seeing the horses roaming freely, to the expansive ocean views from the campsite. Our time at the site was peaceful and relaxing, just what we were looking for. I highly suggest enjoying both the sunset and sunrise if you can. Montrese was very accommodating and made sure the site was ready even though we were a little early. She gave us awesome recommendations for our stay and we were so thankful we listened to her! This is one of our new favorites and we will definitely be coming back.
Montrese is a great host and this is such a lovely setting - I wish the sky had been more clear the night we were there because I'm sure there is some great star gazing that can happen there! Make sure to bring lots of layers as it can get chilly and windy. Also might be helpful to bring extra folding chairs to hang out around the chiminea - only one chair when we went. Really nice spot for a weekend overnight retreat. As an equestrian, I of course also liked getting to camp with the horses. Probably my favorite part though was that one of the ranch dogs (who we nicknamed "Biggie") coming down to hang out with us (and our dog) in the morning - she was super sweet and a nice morning hangout buddy.
I LIKED camping at Wild Tender's eerily beautiful lighthouse "view" spot, but I didn't love it. None of this is Montrese's fault, or really the fault of the space, but, just know what you're getting yourself into before you go. Montrese was very helpful, and provided her phone number to text her if we had any questions (and props for her flexibility too, as I had to change the date on her before we actually went). The tipi is pretty cool and has little lights inside, and there's a picnic table and water provided, and a tarp and a couple of little chairs for inside the tipi. But, we stayed there in the notoriously foggy and miserable California coastal "summer," and the space is not ideal for that. While the dense fog that covered the area the whole time we were there IS very pretty and contributes to a nice feeling of isolation, it also made for a pretty cold and wet weekend. The fog was so thick that it blanketed everything with a cold, dripping layer of dew; not exactly raining, but close to it. As noted above, the tipi is not water-tight, and the fog/dew/drips just comes right in all the cracks, so by morning both our sleeping bags were pretty wet (the tipi "door" flap also doesn't cover the whole door-space, so there's like a 6 inch gap). Because of fire danger (and when we were there, there actually was a large fire burning south of Monterey), we couldn't have a campfire to warm us. Montrese texted me to offer the fire pit for the other space at Wild Tender for the first night, because nobody was staying in it, but I didn't get the text until we went into town the next day, because there is zero cell service at the spot (I consider this a positive, actually). Obviously, with the fog there is no "view" either; perhaps you can actually see the lighthouse from there, but we did not. We did see a ton of quail, and heard deer and raccoons by the tipi, and were visited by two very friendly dogs. So, pluses: feels pleasantly isolated; tipi is cool; fun, harmless wildlife. Minuses: very cold and wet; no view; no fire. I would consider coming back if I knew the weather were going to cooperate.
I cannot say enough good things about WildTender Ranch! We had a great time with our own (private) campsite! Montrese, the host greeted us on arrival to show us our campsite. The endless view was amazing. We greatly appreciated the port-a-potty and available water for dishes. etc. Since we were the only campers that night, we were able to walk around the camp -- the other campsite was amazing as well! I would highly recommend this campsite for a weekend getaway!
The drive to WildTender is a little (bumpy) adventure, surrounded by grazing horses and other wildlife. (Drive slow!) We were temporarily halted then ushered in by camp host's dogs. They trotted ahead of our car leading us to our campsite and to Montrese, the camp host. Montrese is a wonderfully delightful woman! She immediately gave us a tour of our site. Orginally, we booked the Light House View site but had switch to the Sweeping Views site due to rain run-off. The SV site comes equipped with all your glamping needs! There's a kitchen (with spices, teas, plates, etc), an RV (with two beds, games, a bathroom, etc) an enclosed outdoor area, a two-person adult swing, and hula-hoops. There's even designated spots to setup your own tepees. The site is absolutely HUGE! Our doggies loved all the playroom. After our tour, Montrese encouraged us to bird watch (there's binoculars in the RV) and explore. So later, we walked over to the LHV site which comes with a tepee, picnic table, and wood-burning stove. Such a cute, quaint-sized site. And the views from both sites were amazing!... Ocean, pastures, mountains... Tantalizing sunsets and breathtaking sunrises! In the morning, Nala (one of Montrese's dogs) came and hung out till we left. We only stayed one night, but it was enough to realize this place is magical. Needless to say, I can't wait for our next stay here in June! <3
Our visit to WildTender Ranch was simply magical. It was an excellent home base for us to explore and enjoy all that there is to do around this spot including Ano Nuevo State Park, Pie Ranch, and the tiny delicious town of Pescadero. The site has the most stunning ocean views, and staying in the teepee was very special. It was quite a windy night for us but we were very comfortable as we pitched our 3 person tent inside the teepee. Montrese is a caring, thoughtful and responsive host who provided firewood for the little chiminea there and offered excellent advice on places to eat in the area. We can't wait to go back!
This place is amazing, hands down one of the absolute best camp sites I have been to. As long as the weather permits, this place is the go to spot for your camping needs. There is a kitchen (no running water though), a campfire and food area, and amazing views all around. Do not miss out and book this place as soon as it is available. Thank you Montrese for such an amazing place to stay!
The Wild Tender Ranch is a true retreat and beautifully serene. We were greeted by a heard of curious horses on our way through the gates. This retreat is far off the beaten path. The Teepee was fun and we snuggly fit 4 adults in the tent which was surprisingly warm on the foggy nights. The landscape is breathtaking and refreshing to wake up to! Montrese was a wonderfully kind host who generously introduced my friends and I to the unique and loving animals on the sanctuary. The space's main focus is around friendship which is instantly apparent. Our eyes were open to how cuddly and calm roosters can be. We loved the respectful approach to interacting with the horses on their own terms. It was a magical feeling to truly connect with a horse and talk with them without words. I wish Montrese much luck with the move, and look forward to visiting our new friends in the future. Thanks again. <3
We had a wonderful time at Wild Tender Ranch. There were four of us, two stayed in a tent outside the tepee, and the other two in the tepee, We spent some time adventuring around the property, watched some beautiful sunsets, and were very thankful to have the tepee as it was pretty cold and windy in the evening. Definitely a great weekend escape from San Francisco.
This site is gorgeous - your own, quiet slice of heaven with an ocean view, horse neighbors, 2 ranch doggies who visit and snuggle (if that's your thing!), a patio with a ring of tiny lanterns around the chiminea, and a stack of firewood ready to go! Montrese (the host) is lovely and very communicative, thinking of all the tiny details to make sure you're settled in and safe - from pine firestarters and extra batteries to a bin of extra plates and coffee. Visit them before they move if you can, and help support the work of Wild Tender Ranch!
Absolutely beautiful camp site! Montrese is incredible. Water, wood, pillows etc were provided. It was everything all the reviews claim it to be; a gorgeous escape. We met Montrese's neighbor Carol who recommended Whale City Bakery for breakfast (great spot also for when you leave the campsite). Also - we went to sleep with a frog in the tipi, which was rather sweet. FYI don't forget to bring a lighter for the candles. Would come back here in a heart beat - thank you.
Wild Tender Ranch is beautiful and Montrese was so sweet and responsive. This site is super private and has a great, unobstructed ocean view. The horses roaming free were the perfect backdrop to a relaxing 24 hours. Pro Tip: we tried to start a fire in the chimenea for quite some time with no luck. The site provides a lot firewood, but I don't think it's very well seasoned (maybe due to the recent storms). We drove south to the gas station next to HW1 Brewery and got 2 bundles of firewood. It's cash only and $10 a bundle but helped us get the fire going.
Beautiful views and cool set up. Horses made for a cool set up. Although the tipi was cool there is no connected floor which allows critters to get in. Pretty sure mice got in Kirby tipi one night because the little chocolates Montrese put out were gone. Other than that, very relaxing trip.
This is a really magical spot inside the teepee and it was lovely to have the outdoor deck and firepit (if you can get it started in the wind!). Definitely take advantage of the sunset time -- the sun going down on one side with the moon coming up on the other. This isn't a wandering place (and you will be picking off some ticks - be warned) so it's best if you want to hunker down: read, write, meditate. I took another Hipcamper's advice and brought my tent, which I pitched inside the teepee for warmth. I appreciated the vastness of the space, the proximity to home, and the adventure of the four gates and the possibility of wrangling horses in the process (which didn't happen; I had no horse encounters, for better or for worse).
Beautiful location + view and of course lovely horses. Few thing to note just in regards of what to expect - nothing against the host or the location.
This place is quite a bit off the main road and takes awhile to get to, and is through several closed gates. It's a horse ranch so probably expected. If you are arriving late (you have to arrive before sunset) and if you are by yourself it can be a bit of work jumping in and out of your car to open and close each gate behind you. It might have been the time of year or the damp weather but the inside of the teepee was covered in spiders. I am a constant camper so bugs don't bother me much - but this was a bit too much for comfort. They provide free firewood which is really nice but there are a lot of warnings and rules about the risks of fire so this deterred me a bit. You have to park your car a bit away from the teepee so if you have to unload a lot of stuff it's a bit inconvenient. I didn't have cell service while I was up there - but that's expected.
All that being said I could see how this is a nice place for two people (which they state thoroughly above), during the right weather conditions. I think if I hadn't been alone some of these things wouldn't have been as much of an issue. The host was out of town but she was very quick to respond to any messages.
This place is magic! We witnessed one of the most stunning sunsets ever and we have travelled allover the world. Good reminder that sometimes you don't need to travel across the globe to experience that, but that one hour south of the city (SF) there's a place to unplug, connect and sleep in a tipi! Would love to come back!
It's a magical and unique place. Picture yourself situated in the coastal chaparral between tufts of wild native bunchgrass. Looking out to the massive grey Pacific out in front of you, witha fog so thick you might be able to run and jump into it off the deck. Cypress trees desperately reaching across the landscape for a rest from the wind. It's quite a breathtaking spectacle. Bring extra layers, a hat for the cooler upland temperatures in the exposed windy area. When you're in the tipi, the wind is less intense, but I suggest bringing earplugs as the flapping may keep you up at night. Definitely check out the immaculate fresnel lens on display at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse just across the 101 from Montrese's driveway .
If you want to have an incredible and magical experience, you definitely have to stay here. Montrese was an amazing host, and the location was absolutely beautiful ! Looking forward to our next visit. Grateful that we came across this wonderful place
This place is truly a gem. I wish I could keep the secret all to myself! Had a restorative solo retreat amongst the horses and the fog which only added to its mystical ambiance. Felt safe and taken care of by Montrese, as well as her adorable dogs.
We had an awesome stay at Light House View! Wild Tender is in such a beautiful location where the lovely coastal views below are matched by the surrounding horse pastures. My boyfriend and I spent Friday and Saturday night and had a great time. It rained pretty heavily and we had to be smart about where to park the car so it didn't get stuck but the platform made for a great set up from the damp ground.
We headed down to Año Nuevo State Bark and Big Basin State Park on Saturday and then swung by Highway 1 Brewing Company before heading up to our campground for the night!
I stayed here with my boyfriend for our anniversary and it was such a unique experience. It was so fun driving onto the property because you have to let yourself through a series of gates and there are horses grazing all around you. The tipi was very romantic with candles and a little alter space laid out, and the site itself was very private. The view is unreal and watching the sunset over the ocean was the perfect end to each day. Thank you for letting us stay here, we'll definitely be returning!
We had the most wonderful time at Wild Tender Ranch. Montrese provided excellent directions and information about what is provided (fire wood, teapot, camp stove), and what to bring (lots of water, fire starters, cooking stove).
The view and vibes were beautiful and the teepee was an awesome, protected place to pitch our small tent. Went with friends as an escape, but this site is wonderfully romantic. We had so much fun walking around the ranch to photograph the horses and stars, and I can't wait to go back. Thanks, Montrese for having us and lending us your beautiful campsite!
A beautiful camping spot that is private and secluded, yet close to state beaches and the awesome little town of Pescadero. Be prepared for fog, wind and some heavy mists at night ... it is right on the coast after all. Bring binoculars for watching hawks and deer, and elephant seals if you make it to a beach. The lighthouse across the highway is pretty cool to check out as well.
This is a very peaceful escape, set in serene, rolling hills, surrounded by horses and the sounds of the ocean.
I really liked the location, you feel tranquility and energy. Everything was organized and clean. You don't have to bring much. There are nice beaches and and a decent restaurant close by. Respect to the nature is the key.
View is spectacular, but bring a lot of blankets and layers. There was fog at sunset and until to the morning. (maybe it was my luck.)
Porta potti was kind of tricky, but this is a camping site anyway.
Over all was so good, I would like to go back for sure.
The teepee site was amazing! There was such a calming aura, and the view of the ocean was beautiful. We were visited by a friendly farm dog and could see the roaming horses in the distance. Montrese was so kind to lay out firewood and water for us, and the deck was perfect for afternoon lounging and a quick yoga session. Thank you Montrese for welcoming us and letting us stay at your beautiful campsite!
My boyfriend and I had a great time! Perfect getaway for couples and individuals that want some privacy and relaxation. Their were beautiful horses alongside the roads once you get up to the ranch. The tipi was spacious and not too cold (make sure you bring pillows and some blankets though). We really enjoyed sitting by the fire pit where the host, Montrese, set up some cups, a kettle, hot cocoa mix and coffee! The lighthouse and various beaches were only a few minutes away by car. The weather was pretty foggy so unfortunately we couldn't see the view, but the morning sun made up for it. Will definitely come back and recommend to others!
We LOVED our time at Wild Tender Ranch. The site was secluded and prepared with a lot of thought and attention. There was firewood along with coffee and a lighter (we had accidentally forgotten both). It was such a fun experience to stay in a Teepee! In the morning we did an animal encounter which was amazing. It was incredible to meet the horses and all the other animals on the property. I'd highly recommend the whole experience. Thank you Montrese!
My husband and I came out for a night as an escape from San Jose and it was perfect. We set up a fire, cooked over the chiminea, read, sketched, and played scrabble under the moonlight (the almost full moon with fog made the entire place glow!). The tipi was great & I loved the books and cards in it. Horses said hello and goodbye at the gates each time we went through. This is definitely a spot to retreat and getaway--you can feel the positive energy right away. We can't wait to get back there--and we will definitely need to try to book an animal interaction when we return.
I will never forget our trip to this magical place. Montrese was so accommodating and responsive through text. He left lots of chopped wood for us, lanterns and yoga mats in the teepee, a lighter by the fire pit, and even some water. The ranch itself was so quiet and healing. Just the sweet horses, the ocean breeze, and us. After a breathtaking sunset over the ocean, we had the best view for some unbelievable stargazing. The lighthouse down the road was way cool, too. Every aspect of this trip was magic. I can't wait for my husband and I to go back.
Wild Tender Ranch is an amazing place. It's beautiful and we had such a great experience sleeping in the tipi for the night. Montrese is an excellent host who was super attentive and provided excellent directions and some special surprises upon arrival.
We loved our time and look forward to staying again at Wild Tender Ranch!
Amazing views. Nice set up with the deck and chiminea, picnic table, and port-a-john with lavender. It was so lovely to see the horses. Montrese was available when needed, but gave you privacy. The site is private from the larger one. It really is a special place.
It was quiet and peaceful most of the time. Unfortunately the larger site, up the way, hosts groups. Unfortunately we did hear them as they talked really loud. Plus the one kid was screaming (not crying) and the dog was barking nonstop. I felt like I was at a state park. LOL Fortunately, Montrese asked them to be more quiet, which they were for the most part. We were very thankful.
Montrese has an incredibly special place and staying here is a gift to yourself. As advertised, you have the ocean, the calm, the soaring birds and cozy fireplace all to yourself. No distractions. There are all the signs of real nature - spiders and ticks, a very simple mat on the floor of the tipi - but that's why you're there. Montrese was great in leaving firewood, hot cocoa, water and camping chairs for us. Ideal way to spend a memorable evening.