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Cold Showers, No Heat, $150 a Night
Treebones has a magical location -- from our yurt, we saw whales and heard sea otters in a cave half a mile away. Our first night, however, the power went out, which meant no heat that night and no hot showers the next day. As compensation, we were served excellent pancakes that morning, and were promised the power would be on that night. About nine thirty p.m., the power did come on, but when we went to our yurt, we found our not-very-effective space heater was gone; the fellow who ran the place told me they had removed all space heaters, because the heaters had drawn too much power, causing the generator to fail in the first place -- so, no heat that night, and as we discovered, no hot showers the next morning, either (and no pancakes). When we told the owners we would like to stay there again, if we could receive a small discount on our next visit, she told us that she had received no other complaints. The fellow who ran the place explained they were "still working out the kinks." They seem to be banking on the extroardinary beauty of their property, while trying to run their operation as cheaply as possible. If we had known what we were getting, we would have gone camping, instead.
Loved this place
Stayed here in early July and loved the place. stayed at Deetjens the night before and both were good in differant ways.
We were in yurt 16 which is possibly the best location 'cos' its set awy from the others. Check which one you're in, if we were to be put in one of the yurts close to others we wouldn't want to stay here due to the noise and overlooking.
Unfortunatley we had thick fog whilst we were there so didnt get the best views of the ocean, some one the day before had spotted whales from their yurt...no chance of that for us. we did fall to sleep with the sounds of seals barking on the beach beneath us which was fairly magical (although I'm sure some people on here would complain about the noise!!!)
The evening bar-b-q was great although why it had to be served on paper plates i dont know.
We'd deffinately recomend this place, so long as you get a yurt that's set away from the others
Lost our reservation!!!
What a nightmare!!! Be carefull!!!
My husband and I were travelling with our fourth month old baby and were really looking forward to spending a couple of days in the Big Sur area. We were spending two weeks travelling the California coast and decided that a night at Treebones would be great. Well, once close to Big Sur, we decided we wanted to try and extend our stay in the area. We called to see if by chance they had any rooms/campsites open for a couple of nights preceeding the one we had booked. Well, not only did they not have any additional nights open, they told us they had made an error on our booking and that we weren't booked for the night we had requested...despite the fact that they had already charged our credit card a couple weeks prior!
Obviously, we were upset and not sure what to do. Since it was a VERY busy travel weekend, we knew we would have a very hard time finding anything else. They told us they were going to check into it and get back to us. We figured, being that they were so familiar with the area and accomodation options, they would try and find us something else in the area. However, they called us back saying they had made an error and that we were out of luck with no offer to help us out. So, we ended up spending half a day of our vacation calling here there and everywhere trying to find accomodations.
Luckily we were able to find a cancellation at the Ragged Point Inn - which was a great place to stay! We spent the weekend in the area (which is absolutely breathtaking) and had a great time. Besides this option, we saw many other beautiful spots to stay and camp along this stretch of HWY 1. There really weren't any bad options.
Needless to say, any place that would leave you high, dry and stranded (especially with an infant) is not one I would recommend to anyone!!! Only when I informed them I would be writing this review was I offered any kind of compensation for the problem. No thanks!
What a gem! We came to Treebones with great anticipation, but our experience even surpassed our high expectations. We stayed in Yurt #9, which has the most incredible views of the Pacific ocean. Imagine waking up in the morning after a great night's sleep and stepping out onto your deck to view the clear blue sky, expansive coastline, and crashing waves - we were literally on the edge of the cliff.
The Yurt itself was cozy, warm, and the clear dome roof is a great added touch. The staff was friendly, the food very good, and the scenery spectacular. It was chilly at night (mid 40s), but the space heater and the warm down comforter sufficed. It also helps to close the dome on the Yurt before going to sleep. :-)
If you're looking to get away from it all and just relax in nature, this is the place. Great hiking trails are nearby, and of course the scenic highway is directly below. Very romantic! Needless to say, I highly recommend.
Big Sur in a Yurt is pretty awesome experience
We were so excited to experience the Yurts in Big Sur. We had Yurt 10, which is not obstructed by other Yurts and definitely would request that Yurt if you could. Agree with some other reviewers that there is a slight noise factor..... You are sleeping in a tent after all, and you can hear those around you.... however, that did not detract from our experience at all. The bed was super comfy and the room very clean. Breakfast of waffles and juice was nice.
Not recommended if you aren't willing to "rough it" a bit.... but if you want a camping like experience, with a real bed and running water, this is a great way to experience Big Sur.
We just stayed at Treebones for our 29th anniversary. It was wonderful.
Springtime, cool weather, flowers in bloom. You can sit on the patio of the lodge and watch the sunset. The Yurts are unique and an experience. They are clean and well furnished. We brought most of our food...Trader Joes and enjoyed just having casual meals in our room. The restaurants around the area (few) are expensive and not a good value.
Highly recommend this place.
I booked this without even thinking where I was staying - it was half way between LA and SF so was in a perfect location.
We had been driving most of the day up highway 1 and by the time we reached the resort it was early evening. The place was very quiet and the staff friendly - taking us and our bags to our yurt on a golf cart.
We stayed in Yurt No. 8 which is the last one at the top of the cliff overlooking the Pacific. Hence the views from our decking was fantastic - I would have been disappointed if I stayed in one further back as they only have limited views.
The hot tub and pool was excellent relaxation after all day driving. Food was provided in the form of a local chef providing a BBQ, which was excellent and good value. There was limited option food options without getting in you car and driving a long way. The free waffle breakfast was interesting.
The Yurt was very clean and the bed very comfy. As it was April the night was farly chilly being perched on the top of a cliff however sufficient blankets are provided to keep warm. The clear dome in the roof allowed you to lay in bed looking at the stars which was good but not if you want to sleep in as the it also lets in daylight.
The only night we stayed it was very windy in the middle of the night and the Yurt was quite noisey (ever sleeped in a tent in a high wind). I could imagine that if the camp was full then noise might be a problem - especially with young children as the Yurts do not have much noise insulation.
Therefore to conclude the location is spectacular and the views well worth staying the one night during our drive North. It is ideally place if driving from LA to SF along highway one.
Simply wonderul in Big Sur.
My husband and I have just returned from a week long vacation in California. Three of those days were spent exploring the incredible Big Sur coastline. Having never been there before, we were looking for a unique place to stay that fit our budget. After some pre-trip searching on the Internet, we came across Treebones Resort...an incredible B&B style resort, in which couples, families, or lone travelers have the unique opportunity to sleep in their own yurt. It was an experience we shall never forget. This is luxury camping! Our yurt came equiped with a cozy warm bed, a sitting area, a sink for washing up, a deck and a gorgeous view of the Pacific. Bathrooms were shared and located at the main lodge. It was simply wonderful. The staff was friendly and accomodating, serving up a delicious waffle bar each morning in the main lodge. They had recently started serving BBQ dinners (which smelled delicious) that everyone was raving about. My husband and I opted to purchase food further north at the Big Sur Deli (another gem!), enjoying our meals on our deck, while watching grey whales migrate north across the horizon. The atmosphere was truly magical with a genuine community feel to the entire resort. I would recommend it to anyone. We hope one day to make it back and spend even more time.
My husband and I stayed here for our first wedding anniversary. We had yurt #10 , and a clear ocean view with nothing in the way. It's true, these tent-like cabins are relatively thin, and if you are close enough to your neighbor, you may here normal sounds such as snoring like the other reviewer mentioned. We were close to the family sized yurt, and could here music, laughing, etc. My recommendation: choose yurt #16. It's away from all the others and offers a higher degree of priivacy; the downside, it's farther from the lodge (where the showers are) and the pool area.
There is no restaurant at Treebones Resort, however, a waffle breakfast is included in the cost to stay. In the evenings, a terrific "home cooked" meal is offered which consisted of your choice of ribs, chicken or tri tip and coleslaw (homemade and tasty) and garlic bread. Hopefully you and your guests aren't vegetarian.....
The staff, with the exception of one grumpy woman at the front counter, were all very helpful and friendly and seemed to be very contientious.
Yurt #10 was comfortable and included a queensize bed, free standing sink, table and chairs and an extra cot for an additional person. Because our yurt was so nice, we spent quite a lot of time inside, but there are plenty of hikes to take, wildflowers to spot, a lovely pool and spa to take a dip in, and the pleasure of relaxing on your deck gazing at the Pacific blue.
Overall: lovely, would definitely return!
I was really excited about staying in a yurt. I talked about it for weeks before my trip.
I was not terribly pleased with Treebones. The staff was not friendly. I would even say a little snobby.
Most of the yurts were very close together. I listened to a man snore (who actually sounded like a moose) all night long and then several kids were up at 6 a.m. running around. Too bad their parents didn't see fit to remind them that other people might be sleeping.
The yurt itself was very nice. Lovely queen-sized bed and down comforter. Table and chairs for eating or hanging out in the yurt. Moderate deck space to enjoy the scenery(if another yurt isn't blocking your view). Clean pedestal sink and linens.
The hot tub and pool area were excellent.
FYI: Buy gas before you hit the Big Sur area. It's $4 a gallon. Plus, bring food if you don't want to go out for a pricey dinner.
So, it was an interesting experience. Not a bad one, but it could have been better.
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