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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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Amazing views
Hipcampers say this spot has amazing views.
Off-leash friendly
Pets can be off-leash at some sites.
Family-friendly
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
Wendy is a Star Host
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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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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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Chao Ying W.recommends
January 5, 2024
Quiet, beautiful, safe, near beach
WONDERFUL and SO GRACIOUS!
Just a wonderful quiet beautiful place to camp. Wish we’d had another day here. We ended up staying at the base camp campsite as we did not have 4WD to get across the field as it had been raining a lot and was slick. Bathrooms and shower were spotlessly clean and well stocked. Wendy and John and their dog Louie were all so sweet! Nearby town of Ferndale is picturesque and fun shops and food. Beach is VERY close and beautiful. We got in late and Wendy and John were so welcoming. Hot soup and fresh warm Bread and cobbler that we’d ordered ahead were all amazing and came with all the homey touches and real dishes and silverware. Such fun! Will definitely stay here again next time we are nearby. Thank you Wendy and John!
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Vonesene C.recommends
January 1, 2024
Quiet, beautiful, safe, near beach
Second time staying here
Second time staying here! Always a great time staying at John and Wendy’s. They’re accommodating and their camp sites are private and very spacious. Looking forward to many more visits.
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Megan T.recommends
November 26, 2023
Quiet, beautiful, safe, near beach
Wendy and John's place is the sweetest little spot. They were both there to greet me and put a lot of thought into making their guests feel welcome, safe, and comfortable. I would love to stay there again.
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Kate C.recommends
November 1, 2023
Beautiful Creekside
Don’t miss the food here.
We booked the Beautiful Creekside spot for our campervan and added on a Desperado Dinner for the evening we arrived plus coffee and bread in the morning. To say that Wendy and John were good hosts is an understatement. We got in after dark and they were waiting for us with a delicious warm dinner laid out in the house. Soup, salad, savory bread pudding and cheesecake- an amazing value for the money. John started a fire for us and we felt taken care of like family. Campsite was flat and easily accessed - just a short walk to the warm bathroom in the house. We slept great to the distant crashing of waves. The next morning we all used the warm shower in the house and enjoyed coffee and John’s fantastic homemade bread with butter and local jam. We caught up on emails using the fast internet and enjoyed watching the sun warm the treetops on the farm. All in all a magnificent camping experience with truly generous hosts. Another magical HipCamp experience…
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Bruce P.recommends
October 26, 2023
Quiet, beautiful, safe, near beach
Gem of a place
John and Wendy are super nice and very hospitable.They have a great place and plenty to explore and maybe go mushroom picking with John
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Gary L.recommends
September 24, 2023
Forest Edge
Wendy & John went all out helping me find their place after dark…even providing a sleeping bag. Lots of interesting stores and historic buildings in town. An enjoyable stay.
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