Get ready for a very different lodging experience.

Where The Madrones is elegant, The Brambles is adventurous. The yin to The Madrones' yang, The Brambles is currently offering a "sneak peak" of its two refurbished cabins, located just a stone's throw from The Madrones and inspired by a Victorian-meets-industrial steampunk aesthetic.

Despite their rough origins (both structures were logger housing in their day), these cabins are comfortably suited with a collection of amenities for the discerning traveler, including complimentary Wifi, flat screen TVs, kitchenettes, coffee and tea, and simple breakfast items. Up Mill Ridge and overlooking the redwood forest, the Faller’s Cabin sleeps two guests and the Logger’s Cabin sleeps four. Nestled in the redwood grove, two more accommodations are in the works—watch for those to become available by end of summer. The Brambles is a work-in-progress and these cabins are modestly priced, but ready for intrepid travelers interested in this rarely visited slice of wild just outside of Philo.

Faller's Cabin

Logger's Cabin


The Brambles inhabits a small, forested valley situated between Indian Creek County Park and an old wood mill that hearkens back to the area's lumber boom of the 1940's and 50's. Stretching back away from the road, the land has remained largely undeveloped, a trend we aim to continue as we introduce a handful of guest cabins for those who would like to enjoy both the seclusion and convenient location of the property. We are currently developing trails so guests may explore the natural beauty and even take a walk up to The Madrones for dinner or some wine tasting.

What's with the Elephant?

Art is Man's Nature; Nature is God's Art.
– James Bailey

If you venture further into The Brambles, past the cabins to a clutch of redwoods, you'll see a particularly unusual burl on the side of one of the older trees. This burl bears an uncanny resemblance to an elephant's head, complete with large ears and trailing trunk. We've adopted this patient pachyderm as the property's spirit animal, watching over all and reminding us of the land's long memory.