Bella Vista Guest Book Entries
Our guest book at Bella Vista has well over a hundred valued entries and gives valuable hints what one can do and experience at Sea Ranch. Here is a selection.
(The photos were taken by ourselves; the stars were added when the original review included a star-rating).
We are also referencing from numerous review entries for Bella Vista at AirBnB and VRBO/HomeAway
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"An outstanding place for two couples in a gorgeous part of California. We loved the place!
Thanks for everything!!"
J.W -- Canada; April 2017 (Airbnb)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Thank you Klaus for sharing your home with us! A truly fantastic experience!"
C.R. February 2017 (Airbnb)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Excellent home that we were privileged to enjoy. Exactly as advertised - even better. On a clear day, the ocean view from the home and surrounding area is spectacular. Thanks to Klaus and Gundi... great hosts."
M.M. March 2017 (Airbnb)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Fabulous, luxurious, relaxing. Great hikes on bluff trail."
A.E. January 2017 (Airbnb)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Amazing home with a stunning view. Quiet, beautiful and comfortable. Klaus is very helpful and accessible. We will be back. We fell in love with Bella Vista!"
M.L. January 2017 (Airbnb)
Repeat renters who have rented often, over many years, at Sea Ranch, wrote this statement:
We "had another very enjoyable week at Bella Vista. We think your Bella Vista (home) is on one of the best sites in the whole complex of Sea Ranch."
M.M. and J.K., July 2016
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"D. and I felt welcomed as soon as our reservation request was approved. Klaus is a timely and detailed communicator. He has thought of everything a guest could possibly need to know about his home, Sea Ranch and the surrounding area. We specifically loved the location, privacy, and hominess of the space. We will definitely plan a return to Bella Vista!"
T.H. (September 2016 - AirBnB)
"I had this long review all written up about this place detailing things like the spectacular views (the back of the house is basically all windows) of the ocean, the deer and many species of birds in the yard in the mornings, the coziness of the home itself with the wood burning stove and the warm cabin feel, the binder with all the info you could imagine on the home and the surrounding area, the peaceful, quiet and friendly feeling of the neighborhood (everybody waves), the close proximity to the ocean and on and on and on...trust me, It was a long review. But as I read it over to myself, it made me wish I was still there. That's when I realized when others read it, they may decide to go ahead and try it out for themselves. That may make it a bit more difficult for me to get this place when I want it again in the future. No bueno! So I decided not to write any of that stuff. I also chose not to write about how well we were treated by the owner with his quick/excellent communication and genuine concern in making sure everything was perfect for our stay. Sssoooo...yea. Sorry I couldn't help you."
A. M. (Napa CA, January 2016)
Hard to Beat 180-Degree Views
"We've rented homes in The Sea Ranch for close to 30 years and have seen a little of everything - from ultra modern to rustic, from the meadow to the hillside to ocean front. We rented Bella Vista for a long weekend and begged the owners to let us have an additional night. At the end of the day, Sea Ranch is about the sights and sounds and this home didn't disappoint. Knowing the Ranch's history, we knew the fact that Bella Vista is situated on one of the 'original' hills meant that the views would likely be spectacular -- and they were. Nearly 180-degree ocean views, and - even better - the sound of waves crashing the rocks just to the West of us. It was awesome. It's like a Sea Ranch hillside home with great views but the added benefit of hearing the waves; it's got the views of a meadow home without highway noise. The silence was amazing. We enjoyed a full moon, walked to gorgeous sunsets and woke to blue and white water views every morning. One more thing: the master bed was really comfortable - something you can't always count on. Thanks for that. Would recommend for adults of all ages."
C. P. (Sacramento CA, August 2015)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"David and I felt welcomed as soon as our reservation request was approved. Klaus is a timely and detailed communicator. He has thought of everything a guest could possibly need to know about his home, Sea Ranch and the surrounding area. We will definitely plan a return to Bella Vista!"
Airbnb review (September 2016)
There is a multitude of delightfully positive reviews for Bella Vista, Casa Pacis, Alta Vista, and Alegria at our Airbnb listings.
"Another magical weekend at your beautiful place ...
Coming back from a long walk along the beach yesterday, it dawned on me all of a sudden that I have never felt this relaxed in my entire life! So I am taking this back with me! Along with the joyfulness, the trails, the deer, red sunset ... "
O.M. (August 2015)
"These are the most peaceful days I have spent anywhere in a long time! Magical! It won't be my last time here."
S. G. (August 2015)
"Bella Vista is a slice of paradise! Thank you for sharing this lovely place. The picture window, the comfortable seating, the all-around perfectly equipped house made our stay restful and enjoyable. We liked watching the birds, deer and sea lions. This was an ideal place to relax, read and enjoy the beauty of nature. We hope to return on an annual basis."
N. & P. (August 2015)
"We had a lovely stay at Bella Vista! Comfortable, well-equipped, and clear instructions for everything. Especially enjoyed your lovely piano, at which I did the rough draft of several songs. Appreciated your library and CDs. We hope to return in the future."
R. & K. (August 2015)
"We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful ocean views (especially the moonlight on the ocean at night)."
J. & A. (July 2015)
"Twenty years of visitors -- and the hospitality and warms of this place makes it clear why. We have stayed at several different Sea Ranch spots over the years, but this place has the best panoramic view and the best seats for looking at it. Also liked the great proximity to the north end, Salal trail, Gualala Point, Trinks and one right and good dinner at Uneda Eat in Point Arena."
B. & E. (January 2013)
"This was our third time staying here -- and we love it! This time we were able to stay 4 nights! On the first night, at dusk, we saw a fox. Beautiful! Red ears , silver and black tail. We were on the back deck, and he/she was in the backyard, looking at us. Stayed a while. The next night he came to the sliding glass door and looked around. We saw him/her every day. Plenty of deer all around. First full day here was rainy -- which gave me a good excuse to read on the window seat. Loved it! Next day to Gualala at Trinks for coffee and sandwiches. Great food! Yesterday walked the bluff trail north; viewed Gualala from a different angle. We love staying at Bella Vista. The view is something else! Your home is so warm and welcoming."
C. & C. (Rio Nido, CA, December 2012)
"Thanks so much for letting us stay at the wonderful "Bella Vista". What incredible ocean views. What tranquility. What beautiful night skies. We enjoyed the most relaxing holiday ever! The house was so well organized, uncluttered, yet very functional. We even got some ideas on improving the lay-out of our home (I have asked my husband to build me a pantry closet like the one you have.) Sea Ranch, as always, was spectacular. We enjoyed seeing a lot of wildlife: deer, sea lions, black and white 'pebble' fish, sea stars, sea anemones, skunk etc."
F.P.P. (October 2011)
"Thank you so much for renting your house to us. Walter and I had the most romantic weekend and loved your house. We hope to rent again from you and just wanted to send this note on what a beautiful experience we had."
E.K. (October 2011)
"Stayed here for my 50th birthday weekend in early October 2011. We have rented other homes in Sea Ranch in the past, but this was by far our favorite. The entire back wall of the house is windows, providing sweeping views down a sloping meadow to the ocean; the pictures you can see online do not do justice to this panoramic view. We'd sit in the living room or at the table on the back deck and watch raptors wheeling in the sky with the sunlit ocean as a backdrop. We also saw many other birds, along with many deer. On a more practical front, this was the best-equipped rental house we've ever rented. Real pots, pans, crockery, etc. Nice laundry setup in the garage. The most comfortable leather recliners and ottomans in the living room; I wanted to spirit one home with me. Even the knives in the kitchen were more than serviceable, and knives in rental condo/house kitchens are NEVER better than cheap garbage. We didn't do much prep in the kitchen, but we did some, and even though I brought my chef's knife with me, I never even unwrapped it. There was no need. The hot tub off the master bedroom was cozy and screened enough by foliage to afford privacy, yet open to the air. And it was even able to get the water hot enough for my tastes. The location is also prime. It was whisper-quiet, yet only 5 minutes to Gualala and the Surf Supermarket, a decent pizzeria, etc. Even closer is Sea Ranch golf course, which I hadn't played in years. What a great wild wooly track! Definitely a golfer's golf course. Klaus, the owner, was easy to work with, and provided extensive directions, instructions, etc. I recommend reading his excellent FAQ about the house before your visit. We would recommend Bella Vista to anyone. We're already plotting a return with some old friends with whom we sometimes vacation, because we know they'd love it also.
Recommended for:Age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway."
Review Title: "Pictures do not do it justice"
Ranking: 5/5; Guest: Curtis Jackson (San Jose, CA) Date of Stay: 10/06/11 Review Submitted: 10/12/11 (reviewed for homeaway.com)
"Every once in a while you just need a girls weekend. This was the perfect place to have it! We sat on the deck and watched the ocean as we had morning coffee. Spent the afternoon sitting at the kitchen table beading. The evenings were wonderful watching romance comedies and drinking wine. The kichen was well equipped with a view out to the ocean. After arriving Fri evening and unpacking, it was time to start dinner. everything was easy to find in the kitchen. We never left the house - watched the fog roll in and out, watched the stars come out and talked and talked and talked! Thank you so much for the use of your fabulous home. It was very welcoming and comfortable. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to beat the heat or as a respite from a hectic daily life.
Recommended for:Age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing."
Review Title: "Girls weekend getaway"
Ranking: 5/5; Guest: LOLYS (Rocklin, California); Date of Stay: 07/08/11 Review Submitted: 07/11/11 (reviewed for VRBO)
"My fiance and I visited Bella Vista for a weekend getaway to get much needed rest and relaxation. That is exactly what we got. It was peaceful, quiet, close to the trails, and great views of the coast. "
Review Title: "Excellent retreat, quiet, and romantic"
Ranking: 5/5; Guest: dcs (san jose); Date of Stay: 10/14/11 Review Submitted: 10/23/11 for VRBO
"My brother (from CA) and I (from MO) have been renting vacation property near California's coast for our annual "family reunion" since 2008. "Bella Vista" was our very favorite by far! Most of our days were sunny, and the panoramic view of the ocean was spectacular. The interior of the house is beautiful and functional, and the owners were very cooperative. We highly recommend it, and we are looking forward to spending more of our "reunions" at "Bella Vista."
Review Title: "Beautiful View"
ranking: 5/5; Guest: Marilyn M.; Date of Stay: 06/27/11 Review Submitted: 07/14/11 (reviewed for homeaway.com)
"I had the opportunity to stay at Bella Vista just last weekend and it was absolutely beautiful!! It was quiet, peaceful and the views from almost every room are gorgeous. The home is well taken care of with a fully stocked kitchen, great sound system for music and a nice tv (although I never turned it on). I would highly recommend this home to anyone looking for an ocean escape! Thank you Klaus!! It is exactly what I was looking for at the Sea Ranch!!"
Review Title: 1147495 - "A Wonderful Getaway" ranking: 5/5; (reviewed for homeaway.com)
"My husband and I stayed at Bella Vista for 5 days in July 2010 and had a couple visit us for the weekend. This property is more beautiful than described, with exceptional views and and feeling of tranquility, privacy, peace that permeates the entire space. We used the kitchen and grill the entire time we were there, taking advantage of the well stocked pots, pans, utensils and even multiple spices available. The hot tub was private, clean and comfortable. Everything was easy to find and explained thoroughly either by Klaus beforehand or through instructions in the house. We brought our own bikes and enjoyed the trails throughout Sea Ranch, venturing all the way down to the lodge and I also took the free yoga class on friday morning at the Rec. Center. Bella Vista will not disappoint!!"
Review Title: 1013190 - "Fabulous Views, Warm Home, Relax to the Extreme!" ranking: 5/5; (reviewed for homeaway.com)
"Beautiful views, truly peaceful and quiet, with all you need to relax and enjoy the setting. Arrangements with the owner were well facilitated, instructions excellent, and the property was clean, well equipped, and user-friendly. Very comfortable for two couples; easy to use kitchen and hot tub. A lovely, very large lap pool is a short walk away."