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The Olive Farm

99%
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· Novato, California
10 acres
1 unit
1 Motorhome/tent
The land was originally purchased in the 1980's. Since then, it has been used by four generations of the family as a place to gather, relax, camp and even celebrate. I had my wedding on the property in 2010. For a few years we held an annual music festival with the very inventive name of Samapalooza. Up to 400 people would attend the day filled with live music, food and drinks. You will still find the stage and bar we built which are in the process of being converted to an outdoor kitchen and dining area. Around 2008, my father and I planted our first olive trees. Many have been planted since which has gifted the land the timeless sense of purpose it deserves. My father dedicated his last years to tending the young trees and since his recent passing, I have taken the mantle to carry the farm forward. 'The Property', as it is known amongst family and friends has always been a place to camp. I have sat around the same fire ring for decades, rain or shine. I hope that fellow hipcampers can find the joy that my family and I have experienced here. Very private camp on a small olive farm. Geographically close to highways and the town of Novato, Sonoma and Napa wine country, this camp feels remote and secluded. Only one camp on the property to keep it private and special. You basically have your run of the land. We have just updated the land and made some nice improvements. Located on ten acres, you will drive past a small olive grove before reaching the spacious and open campground. We have just renovated our old bar for use as a kitchen, tent pad or sitting area. Check out the new pictures to see what we've done! Just up the hill from the camp is a private pond where you can fish, take out a small boat or just sit and watch the birds. It can be great swimming on hot summer days. This spot has been used by the family for decades and is now open to share with fellow nature lovers. Just a note: While the majority of the time you can expect complete privacy, this is a working olive farm. From time to time you may run into me (Sam) or someone else associated with the land. We will always do our best to respect your space.
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Novato, 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 Sam B.Joined in January 2021
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166 Ratings · 126 reviews
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Evan B.recommends
January 9, 2023
Olive Farm Camp
Awesome site and Sam was super accommodating. We plan on camping here again.
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Badria K.recommends
January 2, 2023
Olive Farm Camp
Loved this campsite!! It was exactly what we needed to bring in the new year! Private and secluded and exactly as described. Thank you Sam!
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Jason K.recommends
December 20, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Had a great time on a recent visit and decided to return. Had a great stay! This site was clean, and Sam is super communicative while also respecting privacy.
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Austin N.recommends
December 18, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Great place to stay for family and friends:) will definitely go back. Also close to town just in case you forget anything.
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Craig R.recommends
November 28, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
We had such a great time tent camping on this property. Clear directions were provided and locating the site was a breeze. The site was beautiful, private, and peaceful. I can’t wait to go back!
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Jason K.recommends
November 27, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
The site is serene and beautiful, and Sam has clearly put a lot of work into it. The sink and spigot w/ potable water are super convenient and the light strings hung above the site create a very nice atmosphere. Plenty of privacy and space to explore, but still close to civilization. Sam is a very responsive and friendly host. Thanks for a great stay!
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Marilyn L.recommends
November 26, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Oasis in the almost city. Simple and easy, this Hipcamp site has just the basics. Parked our campervan and enjoyed the serenity.
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Ryan E.recommends
November 15, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Private and quiet!
Sam’s olive farm is always a fun stay. Thanks so much for providing a getaway so close to the city!
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Jessica D.recommends
November 13, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
16th Birthday Boys Camping Trip
What an incredible gem of a location! We will definitely be back. Camping in November the temperature was cold but the magic of this place made our hearts warm and our experiment fantastic. This was pure heaven and my group of 16 year old boys had an amazing time swimming and boating on the lake and running free on the property. Absolutely excellent in every way!!!
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Brian T.recommends
November 6, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
A great place all around - we will definitely be back!
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Oanh N.recommends
October 27, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Olive Farm Camp was great! We had a group of 10 people and there was plenty of space for our tents and activities. There was a large picnic table for our meals, nearby was a tiny pond with a canoe and kayak and we were able to get on the water for a bit, there were solar powered lights that came in handy especially with the sun going down earlier these days. There was a relatively well kept outhouse a short walk away as well. Directions to get to the site was very clear and easy to find. It was was such an easy stay and would recommend for anyone who doesn’t want to camp too far away from civilization!
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Perry S.recommends
October 20, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Nice secluded spot in a beautiful setting
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Teresa B.recommends
October 17, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Privacy and Relaxation
Olive Tree Farm was everything we wanted and more. You can’t ask for a more relaxing experience than having an entire property to yourself. Even our reactive dog was chill. The campsite is flat, spacious and has potable water. The porta potty is a downhill walk toward the main entrance and there’s a private pond for fishing and boating uphill from the camp. The location is five minutes away from town, including Whole Foods, so you can easily purchase any food supplies you forget to pack. Yet, the camp feels like a world away. During our stay we saw several peaceful deer roaming the property, squirrels and various birds. Things I was glad we brought: -Two canopies for shade -Extra lamps (the stringed lights are solar powered and can last a couple of hours) -Shower supplies and slippers (there’s a semi-enclosed shower with a hose you can use) There was a fire ban during our stay, but Sam the host, was kind enough to let us bring a propane-powered fire pit. If there’s a planned fire ban during your stay, considering asking the host if he’d allow a propane fire pit. Be sure to ask before you bring it. We visited during the annual olive picking, so there were crews down below during our stay. It wasn’t a bother, though. Sam and his wife graciously gave us a delicious bottle of olive oil produced from the farm. This is one of our new favorite camps. Highly recommend!
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David F.recommends
September 17, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Host Sam was very responsive for a last minute trip. This is a unique, large, single, well-equipped campsite. The space can host a large fun group, or a just a single camper with their dog looking to relax. Oh, I'll be back. Pack it out campers.
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Nicole C.recommends
September 14, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Sam's campsite was simply wonderful. We had such a wonderful time with our pups! Will hopefully be back soon :)
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Yvonne T.recommends
September 5, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
This was our first Hipcamp and we had a great time. We didn't meet Sam but he was super responsive to any questions and concerns. It was during the Labor Day heat wave so we didn't stick around the campsite during the day, but it was pleasant in the morning and late afternoon/evenings. I appreciated the huge open space, the sink, and lights! Thank you, Sam!
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Ron B.recommends
September 3, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Great place to camp. Large spacious site, string lights provided ample lighting, very close to town, but felt secluded and private. Sam is a great host and responsive to any questions. Will definitely be coming back. Thanks Sam!
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Thomas C.recommends
August 28, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Everything was great, looking forward to coming back. Really big area, lots of things to explore & really nice relaxed atmosphere. Thanks again Sam.
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Julia D.recommends
August 23, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
My new favorite place to camp!
We had such an awesome camping experience at the Olive Farm! Really enjoyed the privacy the camp provides… no screaming kids, no generators humming or annoying yahoos camping right next to you. The place is absolutely beautiful and easy to get to. Even though it is not far from home I felt very much one with nature. The best part about the private property was that we were able to bring our dog camping for her very first time. She is terrified of other dogs and cannot be anywhere that off-leash dogs can approach her so she had the most amazing time ever and now I don’t want to camp anywhere else. Sam is a wonderful host and he answered all my questions before we booked the site (mainly questions about the security of the property from other dogs) and once we got there he was readily available via messaging and was happy to hear we were enjoying his property so much. You can really tell the space is very special to him and he takes great care of it. My favorite part about the site is the sink with running water in the beautiful outdoor kitchen. We glamp and I said to the hubs, “finally, I get an open-concept kitchen with an island!” I highly recommend this site to anyone who is ok with an outhouse that is a bit far from your camp site. We will be back!
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Megan T.
August 18, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Private, golden setting
Pros: Private and accessible, cute setting and gorgeous oaks. We weren't aware Hip Campers can use space towards the barn (where toilet and shower are) but you can! Cons: some traffic noise, and more golden than green showed in the pictures due to drought, plus pond is questionable for swimming.
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Jeff A.recommends
August 14, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Very private and peaceful retreat surprisingly close to the urban area. If you want to be alone outdoors in the bay area to enjoy some peace and quiet, this can not be beat. Pack it in and pack it out. Leave it better than you found it. What a find!
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Louis V.recommends
August 1, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Best spot around.
What can i say that i haven’t already? I love this place.
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Angie K.recommends
July 24, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
This property was exactly what we needed! It is private, quiet, but has super easy access to Napa or Sonoma. We loved our stay here.
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Justine B.recommends
July 17, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Second time here, hoping to come back for a third. Really nice spot, highly recommend!!
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Dawn Q.recommends
July 15, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
This is our 2nd year and we love it...Haven't been able to have a real camp fire but the kids don't even miss it...We will be back next year...so private and safe...
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Lyla F.recommends
July 11, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Lovely and totally private
I really enjoyed this campsite and I would absolutely come back again! Pros: Totally private, the pond was great for swimming, and it was gorgeous the whole time we were there. Also loved the string lights in lieu of being able to have a fire. Super close to town, so you can go for a supply run if needed. Cons: No garbage service which feels a little strange for the price/ location of the campsite. The port-a-potty is super far away from the campsite so it was quite the trek to get there and it seemed to be right by a potentially occupied building. There were lots of hornets after our food. I'd probably bring something to deter them in the future. Some things to note/ things I wish I knew going in but aren't necessarily cons - while the water might be safe to drink, it didn't taste good to me or my group at all (very chlorinated) so bringing plenty of drinking water is a good idea. The pond is up a super steep hill, which is fine, but was a little tough for our friend that had a hurt foot.
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Paul B.recommends
July 5, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
great site. easy access. wonderful place north of San Francisco for a quick night's rest on our way up north to the Lost Coast
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Scott P.recommends
July 2, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Our group had a wonderful time at Olive Farm Camp. So much space for the kids to run around. We loved taking out the rowboat on the pond.
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Mark A.recommends
June 24, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Great environment! Thanks
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Aneesh R.recommends
June 21, 2022
Olive Farm Camp
Great place surrounded by mountains which is beautiful. We enjoyed the fishing and the view of the lake. Sam is a very nice person.
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