Enjoy total seclusion and privacy in this unusual Lost Coast hideaway. Accessible only by a STEEP 500-ft trail, you must be fairly fit to appreciate this remote spot. The climb will take you to a two-storey 'tower' built around two water tanks. The Mattole River is just over the road below. Enjoy the spectacular bird life. The remote Mattole Beach is just six miles away and
Enjoy total seclusion and privacy in this unusual Lost Coast hideaway. Accessible only by a STEEP 500-ft trail, you must be fairly fit to appreciate this remote spot. The climb will take you to a two-storey 'tower' built around two water tanks. The Mattole River is just over the road below. Enjoy the spectacular bird life. The remote Mattole Beach is just six miles away and makes for great hiking and beachcombing.
**Important Check-in info** The Tower is a property that preferably needs a guide to show you up there initially. It is hidden, and you’ll benefit from a quick orientation up there. Check-in before dark, please, due to the trail.
The upper storey of the Tower has a small double Murphy bed which measures 4 ft wide. It is 6.5 ft long from headboard to footboard, and has a foam mattress on a wooden board. If you are quite tall it may not be comfortable due to the footboard. This room also has a long sofa, Deco chairs, redwood window seats and a long cherrywood table.
The Tower is on two floors, connected by an outside staircase. So *PLEASE NOTE* that as the bathroom is on the lower floor you will need to go down the *outside* stairs to the bathroom.
Downstairs is the bathroom, shower and kitchen in one open plan room. The kitchen area includes a Wedgewood stove. There is also a sink upstairs for easy teeth brushing etc. The spring water is excellent for drinking. The lower storey also houses water tanks, wrapped in canvas painted by a local artist.
Relax beneath the stars in the outdoor in-ground copper bath tub, with plenty of space for two and a small surrounding deck for glasses of wine, or take a shower outside, looking out onto the hills.
Enjoy ceramicist Jim Danisch's sculptures punctuating the trail. In collaboration with Petrolia's craftspeople, the Tower was designed by my father, a writer and lover of art.
For groceries, the local Petrolia store has most basics (including a gas pump) but its provisions are limited so please bring your own special groceries if you want more than basic. Please note there are ZERO bars and restaurants in Petrolia. Bear in mind that the Petrolia Store closes at 5.30pm, so be sure to bring groceries with you if you're arriving later than that, especially for that first night's dinner!
At the bottom of the hill is the main house, where I will be on hand to help out as best I can with any queries and extra conveniences. Details and directions upon booking.
To enable a real break and total relaxation, there is no WiFi! There is very limited cell service in Petrolia. There is a landline available for your private use in the Tower.
Petrolia is off the beaten track and lies at the end of a very winding, rugged road with potholes a-plenty. Ordinary cars can make it, but if you are hiring a car you will be better off hiring an all wheel car that is not too low off the ground.
Be prepared for a real rural retreat. The tower is right in the wilderness atop a hill, so be prepared to hear and see animals around.
Please note that I have been hosting on another platform for 7 years with many happy guests. Please google The Lost Coast Tower to see those reviews, to get a sense of the place from a guest's perspective . Thank you!
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
From June-Sep the river, a 5 minute walk away, is swimmable. It gets low as the summer progresses.
Incredible bird-life, elephant seals and occasional whales.
Natural features you'll find at The Lost Coast Tower in California.
The Lost Coast beach is a 20 minute bumpy drive away. Stunning wild beach, too dangerous to swim, but makes for amazing walking...Read more
River, stream, or creek
The Mattole River has lovely swimming holes, and is 5 minutes away by foot.
The nearest swimming hole is 5 minutes away by foot.
Places to see near Lost Coast Tower
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The Lost Coast Tower was a beautiful oasis in a gorgeous part of California. We loved our time in the Tower and would recommend a stay to others looking to escape to the woods. Daisy had fantastic recommendations and was a welcoming host.
What was it like staying there? It was awesome! Though I will say it did take me at least six hours to detangling my need for the Internet. Which says something about me – not the Internet. Beautiful location, great host. Completely relaxing and I cannot recommend it enough.
Enchanting tower in the sky
The Lost Coast tower has a penchant for enchantment the minute you see it. Exceptional views, wonderful hospitality and a rustic, laidback vibe. The artwork and craftsmanship found throughout Daisy’s property was icing on the cake for us.
An extraordinary place: the setting, the area of the Lost Coast, and the Tower itself - beautiful, simple with craftsmanship attention to detail revealed upon reflection, which comes easily here. Daisy is a wonderful host providing a truly special experience.