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Wendy & John Farm

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· Ferndale, Humboldt, California
80 acres hosted by Wendy L.
4 RV/tent sites · 1 tent site
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Romantic
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Wendy is a Star Host
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Private sites
95% of recent Hipcampers say the sites felt private.
Off-leash friendly
Pets can be off-leash at some sites.
For Ferndale, the village: check out https://www.visitferndale.com/souvenir-edition About our property: There is a gentle spirit throughout these beautiful 80 acres of evergreen forests and pastures. What can you expect? Quiet, beauty, birdsong, ocean roar, widely spaced campsites (only 5 on the 5 acres set aside for camping), extra stuff if you need or want it (fresh bread, soup, cobbler; quilts, free firewood, local tips on travel and where to hike or what to visit), etc. Or total solitude if you want it. Bring your (most breeds) dogs if you wish. Starlink internet means you can Zoom in the forest. Walk to the beach along a no-shoulder country road (or drive). Teach your toddler how to build a dam in the shallow creek. Read. There are no visible neighbors, no ambient light or sound. The air is clean and clear and the water is potable from an artesian spring on the property. No electricity at the sites, no generators allowed. (Charge your electronics at the farmhouse.) My aunt and uncle bought the p;roperty in 1947 from the first European settler, Paolo Gabrielli, who came to the U.S. in early 1914 from northern Italy with slips of his grapevine in the lining of his coat. Paolo's wife, Felicita, and their three children stayed behind; they were to follow within the year. In the country outside of Ferndale, California, he purchased the property, one mile from the ocean, and built a Tyrolean-style house, a chicken house (with a grappa still under the main floor), an outhouse, a corral, and a barn. He purchased 7 cows. And then, it was August 1914, and the War to End All Wars broke out in Europe. Felicita and the children, living in a village on the Austrian border, were interned in a prison camp in Austria with the rest of the village's residents. The Gabriellis' young daughter died there. Six years passed before Felicita, Virgil and Louis were able to join Paolo in America. In 1938, Virgil--Fr. Gino--became the first Ferndale boy to serve Mass in his hometown church. Felicita died in 1940, and Paolo closed the dairy and moved into Ferndale. In 2014, we invited the people who had been children in the 1920s and '30s who had come to this ranch after Sunday Mass to gather with other Italian families for polenta, wine, and music. They came with photographs and maps and Mass cards and diaries, and shared their memories of a childhood in this place that still loved them. What can you expect? Quiet, beauty, birdsong, ocean roar, widely spaced campsites (only 5 on the 5 acres set aside for camping), extra stuff if you need or want it (fresh bread, soup, cobbler; quilts, free firewood, local tips on travel and where to hike or what to visit), etc. Or total solitude if you want it. Bring your (most breeds) dogs if you wish. Starlink internet means you can Zoom in the forest. Walk to the beach along a no-shoulder country road (or drive). Teach your toddler how to build a dam in the shallow creek. Read. There are no visible neighbors, no ambient light or sound. The air is clean and clear and the water is potable from an artesian spring on the property. No electricity at the sites, no generators allowed. (Charge your electronics at the farmhouse.)
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James D.recommends
June 5, 2024
Hazelwood: quiet, safe, near ocean
All the reviews are true - John and Wendy are wonderful hosts, the food is great and the location is beautiful. The "far" sites are still within easy walking distance of the bathrooms and house (hard to tell on the map) and offer a little more of a private feel.
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Kathy S.recommends
May 31, 2024
Tent, Q-bed, hot shower, beach 1 mi
It was beautiful and in a great location the host were wonderful. The showers needed some adjustment. Jon and Wendy delivered some wonderful food for us and that made it like a special.
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Leila L.recommends
May 30, 2024
Hazelwood: quiet, safe, near ocean
Great space, fresh water, beach!
Wendy and John’s space is amazing. First of all they’re great people and their dog is a sweet pie. We felt welcomed and were treated to a dinner soup and bread as we arrived. Our group of 6 (2 adults, 4 teens and our dog) felt small given the amount of free space surrounding us and nature was abundant. Our site was close to a stream which sounded calming and comforting. The close by beach is walking distance and a nice entertainment for everyone, but driving there is not a bad idea as there’s space to park the car and the road has no shoulder. There is hot water in the bathrooms. (How nice!) I recommend packing closed toe shoes that are waterproof for the morning dew when walking to/from the bathroom. Also, make sure to pack a grid or ask Wendy and John if one is available if you plan on cooking using the campfire. The water in the bathrooms is potable and actually tastes good, meaning it’s really tasteless. The city nearby (Ferndale) is charming and a good option to visit if time permits. We had a wonderful experience, and definitely recommend others to stay at Wendy and John’s property.
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Simone W.recommends
May 28, 2024
Tucked away by stream, ocean 1 mile
Wendy and John’s place was beautiful and magical! They were great hosts and the fresh bread in the morning was delicious!! The grounds were clean and the hot showers were appreciated. Would highly recommend!
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Sarah W.recommends
May 28, 2024
Hazelwood: quiet, safe, near ocean
We loved camping at John and Wendy's farm! It was so peaceful. You can hear the little creek AND the ocean as you are drifting off to sleep. The tent provided is huge. The bathrooms are clean and it was a treat to have hot water to clean our camp dishes. We will definitely be back!!
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Mike M.recommends
May 27, 2024
Quiet, private, at forest edge
We love this place. Wendy and John are great! Thanks guys for another great experience.
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Ferndale, Humboldt, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Wiyot First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Wendy L.Joined in July 2017
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