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Swallowtail Historic Art Studio

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· Petaluma, California
2 acres
1 site
1 Lodging
In the 1970's this property was Swallowtail Studios, a famous glass blowers cooperative. The Grateful Dead played in the big barn and hung out here...their manager lived just down the road. The barn is redwood, quite large and beautiful, with stained glass windows. Antique Indonesian teakwood cottage, deck, hot tub and very special, large artistic bathroom/sitting room, all completely private!  Beautifully rural, yet just 6 minutes from historic downtown Petaluma and fine restaurants and shops. A short trip to the Pacific coast and the fabulous Pt. Reyes National Seashore.  Point Reyes National Seashore is a vast expanse of protected coastline in Northern California’s Marin County. Beaches here include Wildcat Beach, with the cliffside Alamere Falls. On a rocky headland, the 1870 Point Reyes Lighthouse is a viewpoint for migrating gray whales. The Phillip Burton Wilderness features extensive trails through grassland, firs and pine forest, and up to the peak of Mount Wittenberg. We are also close to Tomales and Bodega Bays and towns, redwoods, excellent vineyards and breweries, and San Francisco!
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Petaluma, California, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Bill C.Joined in February 2017
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49 ratings · 175 reviews
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Jenny W.
January 10, 2023
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Swallowtail Historic Art Studios for NYE. It was quite peaceful, but it got busy at times with cars whizzing by. The location is very convenient, close to town but you're surrounded by lush rolling green hills and the beautiful Helen Putnam park. We mostly hung out in the warm and inviting bathroom/sitting room, with its unique touches. Like someone mentioned, the Antique Indonesian teakwood cottage, is a single room structure. It's unique but a bit too cold and dark with its limited lighting, for our taste. But once you're in bed, you'll be nice and toasty. We were welcomed with hot coffee and delicious bread new year's morning-what a way to welcome the new year!
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Grace A.recommends
November 8, 2022
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Bill was a great host. He welcomed and oriented us to the property. The cabin is very beautiful and was great for listening to the rain. Highly recommend for a quick trip from the Bay. Thank you for hosting us!
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Daniel K.recommends
October 31, 2022
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
A nice rural area though only a few short minutes from downtown Petaluma. Fields all around. Owls at night.
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Dana K.recommends
April 3, 2022
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Excellent communication and directions. Loved the small touches to the place like tea and banana bread in the morning. Very charming place for a nights stay! Suggestion: hot water kettle for guest use
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Flora H.recommends
March 2, 2022
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Bill was a wonderful and courteous host. The space is beautiful and charming with many details to admire. It was wonderful to relax in the hot tub at night and star gaze. Great proximity to Peteluma dining and vineyards. Though the space in directly behind a house the hosts are sure to make it feels private. We had a great stay!
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Sophie S.recommends
November 23, 2021
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
A perfect getaway!
The Indonesian cottage and Bill’s property are amazing — the perfect place for a getaway that feels rural and beautiful, while still a quick drive from great restaurants and Petaluma’s downtown. The cottage itself makes you feel like you’re in another country, not a 1 hr drive from SF. The bed is very comfortable, and even though it was very cold for the two nights we stayed there (35 deg), electric warming in the bed kept us comfortable. The bathroom area is across a deck from the cottage, and the decor is wonderful and idiosyncratic. There’s a beautiful stained glass window from the glass-blowing collective days, and art on all the walls. The setting is beautiful as well — in November, the hills were stunningly green and the property is directly on a well-known bike route, which made for a lovely bike ride. There’s excellent hiking a few minutes down the road at Helen Putnam State Park as well. Bill was extremely responsive, friendly, and accommodating. My partner and I definitely want to come back at some point! One note — the Indonesian cottage is quite close to the main house, and bathroom / seating are within the main house, but accessible from a private entrance. This wasn’t a problem for us — the cottage, deck (including hot tub) and bathroom were all for private use by guests — but could be less ideal if you’re trying to feel like you’re alone in the woods somewhere.
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Noah P.recommends
October 24, 2021
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
It's a charming relaxing place. A lot of care has gone into it both from a comfort standpoint (super comfy bed with heating pads), and an aesthetic one (the artistic touches are a kick. Bill is a kind and accommodating host who made us feel welcome. Plus the hot tub didn't hurt either. This place is perfect for a quick getaway from it all.
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Mary M.recommends
October 24, 2021
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Bills place is fabulous! We loved the hot tub, the heated bed, and the rural location. Bill brought us coffee and biscuits every morning. Delicious. Petaluma is a gem. Just a note: the bedroom and bathroom are in separate buildings, connected by a deck. This works well unless it's raining.
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Marissa C.recommends
August 17, 2021
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Magical getaway
Our stay here was fantastic! Such a wonderful, peaceful getaway. The pictures don’t do the place justice. It’s a magical little retreat and Bill and his wife were so lovely and very accommodating. I’ll definitely be back.
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Victoria C.recommends
August 15, 2021
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Relaxing getaway
My partner and I enjoyed our weekend at Bill's. The hot tub was so relaxing and we slept so well each night. The proximity to downtown was very convenient.
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Kim R.recommends
August 6, 2021
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Unique Stay
This is a unique stay in an Indonesian teakwood single room structure surrounded by farmland with cows grazing nearby and mourning doves calling in the morning. The bed was cozy with linen sheets and electric bed warmer. The bathroom is across the private deck and includes a shower, sink and bath tub. The private deck include a hot tub which was welcome after a day of driving. Yummy coffee was delivered in the morning - much appreciated as we continued our trip. Friendly hosts.
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Shweta M.recommends
June 28, 2021
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
This will be one of the most unique and memorable stays you’ll ever have, highly recommend! Bill is a wonderful host, and his property is full of lovely, personal touches. The cottage, deck, and dayroom were perfect for a peaceful and secluded stay and the property is unforgettable.
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Vince L.recommends
June 7, 2021
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Wonderful retreat or waypoint
Our second stay with Bill. Always a peaceful and beautiful place. Addition of a hot tub is a nice touch, but no trouble staying warm on cool nights thanks to the heated blanket. Really, a step above glamping, and Petaluma is always charming.
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Ellisha B.recommends
June 4, 2021
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Cozy studio and very well appointed. Hot tub is amazing! Hosts were helpful but also very respectful of our privacy. Coffee on the deck in the morning was a really nice touch.
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Hilda M.recommends
May 9, 2021
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
I had a lovely time staying at the Swallowtail Historic Art Studios! Great host, lovely location and so much to look at. The space is a bit like a small art museum, full to the brim with charming details and craftsmanship. The bed is extremely comfortable and the hot tub is a delight.
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Sydney L.recommends
April 19, 2021
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Very nice quick getaway from San Francisco. Feels like you’re out in the country but very close to town. Bill was a great host and showed us around the property when we got there. He offers coffee and tea if you’d like it. Hot tub under the stars was dreamy and looking at the tree houses on his property was unreal! Lots of cute cows in the area and very close to the coast should you want to head towards point Reyes etc. Very clean and very charming.
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Scott R.recommends
March 23, 2021
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Exceeded all expectations
We had Swallowtail booked for a weekend in 2020 that turned out to be the first weekend of official Covid lockdown. We were able to book the same weekend for 2021 and finally got to stay. We didn’t have to go far from home to find a unique and exceptional spot that is exactly what Hipcamp is all about. First off, Bill was a great, gracious host. The tour was wonderful and the privacy afforded was perfect. We had coffee brought every morning as an added bonus. The space is perfect and exactly as described. Small, rustic teak cabin with all the charm you can throw at it. The hot tub opened to the field and was perfect for 2. The bathroom/parlor was filled with art and trinkets and more than you could take in over 2 days. And the art around. The stained glass was some of the most perfect stained glass. The heart of lights in the field... the lit stained glass hobbit hole... my descriptions won’t do it all justice so I won’t try.
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Nicole B.recommends
March 9, 2021
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Gorgeous
Amazing property. Amazing people! Bike riding right down the rode (Helen Putnam park) and the studio is so close to town but has the middle of nowhere feel! Would definitely like to come visit again!
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Laine D.doesn't recommend
March 6, 2021
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Smelled like mold. Got a horrible headache as a result. Mosquitoes in the room. Dusty. I would not recommend this place. Owner said that it’s not moldy because it hasn’t rained in an month but also admitted to the roof caving in at one point and water streaming through. Would not refund my money or even give me a discount. Did not end up staying there. Left after two hours. Would not recommend.
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Dan J.recommends
March 1, 2021
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Highly recommend!
This place is so special, between the beautiful artwork, great location, and helpful & kind host. We enjoyed our time stargazing in the hot tub and waking up to the sounds of birds & cows!
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Arielle D.recommends
February 24, 2021
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Loved it!
We had a really lovely stay! The space was comfortable and adorable. There was some road noise from the nearby country road, so just be mindful of that. The hosts left nice touches, like fresh flowers next to the bath and bed, very sweet.
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Amy H.recommends
February 16, 2021
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
A peaceful and lovely stay
A lovely stay. The bed is very cozy and the mattress warmer helps on a chilly night. We enjoyed the artistic flourishes everywhere, the warm hospitality, and just about everything else at this lovely spot. For being close to town it feels remote and we enjoyed the peace and quiet. Would definitely go back.
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Jesse R.recommends
December 3, 2020
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
We had a wonderful time in this beautiful spot! The teakwood cottage is so unusual and special and very comfortable! The place was clean, private, and safe, and it’s so close to Point Reyes, Petaluma, and lots of beautiful hikes. Bill was welcoming and accommodating, and we really enjoyed our stay.
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Quenby D.recommends
November 29, 2020
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
We really enjoyed our stay! Beautiful teak Indonesian cottage with the most comfortable ca king bed and mattress warmer, even though it was a cold night we stayed nice and cozy. It felt very private, even out on the deck in the jacuzzi. Lovely bathroom and I really liked all the art and little touches here and there. Very unique and beautiful location!
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Craig Z.recommends
November 3, 2020
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
This was a very special stay. The hand-carved wood cottage is as unusual as it is beautiful. We loved the big comfy bed and its heated blanket that helped us stay warm on chilly nights. The deck with hot tub overlooks farms so it felt like we were in the middle of nowhere, even though we were only a 10 minute drive from Petaluma.
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Heidi S.recommends
October 25, 2020
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Peaceful, charming and fun.
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Jeff W.recommends
September 15, 2020
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Tranquil amazing spot for my bday!
Wonderful, peaceful, unique and interesting place to spend my 40th birthday. Bill is an excellent host and we absolutely loved the whole experience. HIGHLY recommend!
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Sean M.recommends
September 14, 2020
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Super cool little spot. Loved proximity to downtown Petaluma, the bed was incredibly comfortable, morning coffee superb, and the artwork! We had a fabulous stay.
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Ana P.recommends
July 27, 2020
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
Magical and romantic
A beautiful gem in the Petaluma countryside hidden amidst trees. A magical experience. The accommodations where so unique, fairytale like! The hosts are very pleasant and helped us settle right in. We loved every bit of it. It is easy to make a short trip to the coast or nearby woods if needed. It was perfect and romantic!
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Kairee A.recommends
December 2, 2019
Swallowtail Historic Art Studios
This was a lovely place to spend a long weekend!
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