Up on top of Figueroa Mountain, it is peaceful and glorious. Once long ago I sent a stranger this way to search for inspiration. He wanted to write a song. I said, “go see the wildflowers bloom and sit amongst them with your guitar.” He did as instructed, came back with a song and we became life-long friends. The Mountain has a way of filling people with inspiration.
Now, lucky I am to live at the Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse, a famous retreat known worldwide as a secluded mountaintop escape. As the ranch manager, I greet various guests who come to stay at this grand paradise. The Farmhouse can be rented for an array of occasions such as corporate retreats, family vacations, wine-country stays, and other events including boutique weddings of up to 85 guests.
For now, I am just going to talk about residential stays… this includes those family vacations, girls weekends, bachelor parties, wine country getaways, romantic stays, you name it – just as long as it is 25 guests or less.
Renting the Farmhouse for a residential stay is actually an amazing deal. The rates vary depending on the month but range from $1,400 a night down to $1,000 a night. The house sleeps 14 comfortably and can accommodate more with a few blow-up mattresses (also provided by the Farmhouse). I’ve done the math for you… it’s between $100-$71.42 a person a night to stay at the Farmhouse based on a 14 person occupancy. Pretty sweet deal right?
Now the important stuff… the Farmhouse itself is pretty nifty, built in a very curious manner, with lofts, ladders and nooks throughout the house, a sunroom, a den, four fire-places. These fireplaces come in handy during the colder months. And if you are lucky enough to get a rainy weekend, with thunder and lightening, the mountains echo the thunder and it reverberates throughout the entire sky. You truly feel closer to heaven than you can imagine. Catch it on a sunny day and you can see the landscapes unyielding beauty for miles and miles and probably one of the most amazing sunsets of your life.
The property sits against the Los Padres National Forest, giving you access to great hiking areas throughout the mountains that surround the Farmhouse. The famous wildflower bloom spot occurs just up the hill from the Farmhouse as well, another great hike or drive up the road. Natural springs dwindle down below and wildlife abounds. It’s a bird-watchers paradise with easy to spot red-winged blackbirds, finches, hawks, and more.
The Farmhouse itself is host to a fun variety of bird, one that seems somewhat prehistoric — ostriches! We’ve got nine ostriches that supply eggs in the spring and early summer months, which we give to our guests. They make for a tasty omelet but bring an appetite because it feeds about ten people. I’ve heard it’s impossible to make an over-easy ostrich egg. If you can do it, let me know.
In addition to bedding and ostrich eggs we also provide a really awesome grill and firewood for you to cook up your meals. The house is fully furnished with modern amenities such as coffee maker and a television (in case you have to catch up on Grey’s Anatomy), but you do have to bring your own food and drinks. And (I almost forgot to mention), we have a jacuzzi for you to sit under the stars (which are VERY bright here at night), with a glass of champagne and relax, really, really, relax.
So, if you think you might want to gather up a few friends and book a weekend at the Farmhouse, give me a call, I’d be happy to make a reservation for you. And if you mention that you read this blog – I’ll discount your stay $100.