1926 Tudor Revival in Garberville, CA

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Added to OHD on 5/21/20   -   Last OHD Update: 6/6/20   -   54 Comments
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7329 Benbow Dr, Garberville, CA 95542

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  • $250,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3000 Sq Ft
  • 0.38 Ac.
5 bedroom 2 bathroom 3000 plus sq ft home built in the early 1900's and was originally used as the maids quarters for the Historic Benbow Inn. This historical home is situated on the Golf Course and Eel River on a private drive. Formal living and dining rooms with vaulted ceilings. Large spacious attic, detached 2 car garage, and possible wine cellar with stained glass windows throughout. Home is older and will need work.
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Amber Dawn Robinson, Madrone Realty
(707) 923-2119
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54 Comments on 1926 Tudor Revival in Garberville, CA

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  1. cardstackercardstacker says: 67 comments
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    I was watching House Hunters Remodel (horrible), where this couple bought a house just like this, then tore out the walls for an open plan, tore out everything old, sledgehammered out the beautiful windows and painted it all white and grey. They even sledgehammered out the fireplace. It was sickening. On the next episode a young couple fell in love with a beautiful Victorian. When they started going after the wainscoting in the dining room with a sledgehammer to get an open plan, I told my wife to turn it off. Why do people buy houses like these if they just really want a new open plan generic box? Anyway, this house is a beauty just the way it is.

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11832 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Ugh. I’ve had producers get in touch with me wanting to do a show using the name “Old House Dreams”, the premise being people buy an old house and go about updating it. I would not want the site name associated with HGTV, makes my stomach turn.

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      • ddbackerddbacker says: 509 comments
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        1971 Uninspired split-level
        Prairie Village, KS

        Hmmm….but the premise could be restoration instead of HGTV-style updating. There is really not a show like that. The closest is This Old House, but even there the goal is not really restoration. You could really have a unique show, if you could retain lots of design rights, which might be impossible in Hollywoodland. OHDTV – I would tune in!

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        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11832 comments
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          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          I wouldn’t have control over it (nor the money to produce it myself, or the time.) TV show = no more time for OHD. They want to sell commercials, I’m guessing restoration shows isn’t what advertisers pay the big bucks for. DIY Network has Brett Waterman, if you have access you should check him out.

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          • BethsterBethster says: 889 comments
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            1927 Spanish Revival
            Richmond, VA

            Yes, I recommend Waterman’s show (Restored). There is also Rehab Addict; though I think Nicole Curtis is now going to be doing a new show, episodes from 2010-18 can still be found.

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          • Another good show is Stone House Revival on DIY network. The whole premise of the show is bringing the history back to houses.

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          • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1112 comments
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            1947 Ranch
            OR

            I’ve seen a couple of British versions of actual restorations of old (really old) properties. The goal of which is to save them from eventual absolute ruination and yes it’s costly but England seems to care about historic property much more than USA. I wish the HGTV people would quit on their programs because it just makes more and more people hunt down and kill beautiful old homes.

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        • LadyTexasLadyTexas says: 188 comments
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          1979 Traditional
          Plano, TX

          TV Show: Restored with Brett Waterman. He works mostly out of Redlands, Ca. His tag line is “restoration is my passion.” He will update, but maintains the character of the original and restores the original whenever possible. This house is delightful. 3,000 sf for the maid . . . pretty good digs.

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          • roxxxroxxx says: 551 comments
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            Maids plural

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          • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1745 comments
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            1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
            NC

            Brett Waterman’s show is the only restore-show I can bear to watch. It’s cheering to see how much he cares about doing it right, historically and construction-wise, rare on tv or in real life. I think it was canceled a few years ago, though, right? This house is the cutest Hansel & Gretel cottage I ever saw! It only needs to be in the woods to be perfect.

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      • PuristaPurista says: 135 comments

        ¡Brava! Kelly. About 90 percent of America’s privately owned patrimony has been lost over the last 20 years thanks to the one-two punch of the rehab craze and the This Old House (and similar) ethic that has given owners of culturally important houses effective permission to rip out history and remodel to modern taste and for maximum monetary gain. It’s a cultural tragedy that is little talked about. But we here know…as we must search harder and harder to find just one of these historic houses whose walls, doors, floors, fireplaces have not been ripped out and replaced with granite, stainless steel, and a Hamptons-esque coat of white paint on nearly every surface. In a country that is so relatively conservative, why doesn’t that ethic extend to our cultural heritage?

        What a spectacular cottage, a real beauty. Although, it seems, only about 1,000 feet off the 101.

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        • Mr. VanMr. Van says: 5 comments
          1888 Western Italinastick
          Oregon City, OR

          There is a steep down grade on 101 into Benbow heading South and three lanes going up toward Garberville. The highway noise at his location is not good. Trucks will use their compression brakes at all hours going down into Benbow.

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          • PuristaPurista says: 135 comments

            Good information, Mr. Van. Those Jake brakes’ll rattle the roof shingles. Although for someone potentially interested it would probably be a good idea to take a look/listen in person to see if highway noise really is bothersome.

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    • klarsen1839klarsen1839 says: 70 comments
      NC

      I haven’t gotten to it yet because I feel like it would suck up my life for a while and I don’t have the time at present, but there’s a show I came across on Amazon Prime called Project Restoration. Description: “Historical building surveyor Marianne Suhr tours the UK looking for the most exciting, unusual and traditional restoration projects. With her priceless advice for the owners and hands-on attitude, Marianne will be making repairs to crumbling castle walls, mixing up some building mud in her mission to give Britain’s rich architectural heritage the treatment it deserves.” It showed up on recommended titles one night and I literally gasped lol. I’m like, this sounds too perfect. <3

      I've also been meaning to watch another Amazon Prime miniseries called The Big House Reborn, that chronicles the restoration of The Mount Stewart House by the National Trust. They should make more shows like these than those pain-inducing "remodels" that strip old homes of any history and character.

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      • CheryleCheryle says: 61 comments

        I have spent many hours on the UK shows showing actual restoration. They do a fabulous job, because the UK has strict rules controlling what can be demolished. I think the biggest plus is the trade schools which actually teach kids a skill and shows them respect for materials and design. We need that type of education in AMerica. Not every kid wants to grow up to work in a pod surrounded by other pod workers on the Daily Grind! I myself dodged that route, and went into Restoration with a passion. I attend classes and seminars to further my knowledge. Why can’t more people do that? I joined the Union when we had one, to perfect my skills as I went along. it was a great experience, but so unusual for a woman in 1980 that formen suspected me of being a drain. By the end of the first day, after I had rearranged and cleaned the shop, organized it all, they loved me. So much so, that I would tell our Forman to go to the strip club with the big guys, get a nice steak for lunch, and schmooze to get the next contract! He would then turn it all over to me, and the new hire was running the show within 5 weeks!
        If we can push ur school districts to formulate plan for kids that aren’t going to be pod people we could get that kind of work ethic. nowadays, when I hire someone, I have to personally evaluate whether he has drug problem; does he have the actual skills cause there is no way to know until you’ve turned him loose with tools and materials. So much falls on the Forman, and so little responsibility on the schools that turned out these dregs. Here, anyone in construction likely learned the skill in prison, and thats a whole other can of worms!

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    • CheryleCheryle says: 61 comments

      I cannot imagine a worse nightmare. I get so angry watching those shows, that I turned them off entirely. So many people say they can “restore” but in reality they are so destructive and really have no clue. We have a lot of folks around here in Gruene who try to build “fachwerk”, but they miss the entire point of the diagonal corner brace. (which is no different in German timber framing as it is in modern construction. )They have it attached at the top plate, which completely misses the whole idea of a corner brace, whose function is to keep the corner posts plumb and true. The way they have built them, it would actually disassemble the house! It would put pressure on the top plate, causing the house to pull apart and fall down. But will anyone listen to me? NOPE! I think it’s a male thing about not listening to a female, but there you are. And all I can do is rail at the morons on TV, lol! And not every old house is a Victorian!

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      • TXJewelTXJewel says: 375 comments
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        1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
        Strawn, TX

        Gruene, TX? I love that place!!!

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        • CheryleCheryle says: 61 comments

          well, come visit me when you are in town! I have converted my little abode into a bed and breakfast, and boy, doI have stories to tell! I started the resurrection of Gruene back in 1974. My house is architectural layering, with each generation leaving their mark. Fachwerk (1850), Eastlake Victorian (1876), board and batten (1910). Each one a construction dilemma to be solved. I have loved it, even have fond memories of bathing in the river when the water tower was sold, converting my sleeping porch into a makeshift shower room when the entire house was ravaged by thieves and I was rebuilding it, no floor in the kitchen or side fachwerk room and walking along the cedar tree floor joists as I planned my work day.
          I’d love to meet a fellow Old House Dreamer! C’mon down!

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      • Cheryl, the second story of my 1910 home sags in the middle and based on the pattern in the floor on the main level, (areas of wood flooring placed in squares directly across from each other), I believe there were posts and supports that have been removed. Where would I look to find information about the supports you wrote about? Thank you.

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    • I’m so glad you mentioned this. I see so many fantastic old homes that have so much character, being “restored”, only to lose their initial charm unintentionally, or intentionally, purchased by folks who cannot afford to restore properly or by contractors who want to gentrify and resell. Most people and contractors don’t have an artistic eye for pure historical restoration and lack the passion and education to restore properly and honestly. They forget to educate themselves themselves about the archecture of the house and its era, and they tend to “modernize” it instead.People need professionals that don’t buy their appliances at Home Depot (sorry). I would just focus on the floors, bathrooms, infrastructure, and shape up the garden with willows and flowering shrubs, and maybe add a few 2 foot stone walls. There’ are professioal archetects and garden archetects that would keep the home and a paradise. I wish I didn’t live on the East Coast or I would buy this beauty!

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    • KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 262 comments

      I have to say, it’s not just the house that people take it upon themselves to trash. If gardens could talk.. The very worst I think I have ever seen was two persons who bought a home with a lovely and well maintained small woodland backyard. They decided it needed tropical appearing Bird Of Paradise plants, which are quite splendid in their own right but not in a woodland glade, for crying out loud.

      People really ought to live with a garden for a year, through the seasons, and seek to understand the previous owner’s intent before they decide to fix its imagined shortcomings. It would also be wise of them to find out what specific growing/climate conditions any plants, shrubs and trees need before installing them. Really they should.

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  2. HarleysmomHarleysmom says: 116 comments
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    Windsor, CA

    I love this area, the redwoods, Eel River, and the Benbow Inn (see the link below). If it was just a little more within my weekend home budget! I think there was another home from this area in OHD not to long ago.

    https://benbowinn.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwrfvsBRD7ARIsAKuDvMPW3OE6dQN2LsqYRujIv98L2lh3N_m9O7AZK5cup7rs2maIVtQ24W4aAqDeEALw_wcB

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  3. cardstackercardstacker says: 67 comments
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    I think advertisers would pay on a restoration show. Anybody who has owned a home — any home — can tell you that you’ll need everything from soup to nuts to keep the roof from falling in.

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    • hoffgalhoffgal says: 19 comments
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      Horrible 80's-style. Toronto,

      Advertisers are looking to sell their soup to nuts – which are usually the latest fixtures and elements. While nails, screws and wood are pretty standard across the ages (or at least don’t matter), it’s the stuff Old House Dreamers deplore that makes advertisers want to spend their money. I develop shows for TV and streaming so I’m pretty used to marching to the advertisers’ drumbeat.

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  4. BethanyBethany says: 3494 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    This is so great it makes my heart hurt a little. I wouldn’t change that kitchen–so adorable!

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  5. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1017 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    One of the loveliest Tudors I’ve ever seen. The entire OHD newsletter today is like a Christmas present!

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  6. BethsterBethster says: 889 comments
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    1927 Spanish Revival
    Richmond, VA

    It’s just darling—especially those kitchen cabinets!

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  7. SueSue says: 537 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    Fairy tale cottage. Needs a flying witch weather vane and to die for gardens.

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  8. Elizabeth WElizabeth W says: 54 comments
    Calgary,

    This one is so enchanting, like Sleeping Beauty’s cottage!

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  9. brigidbrigid says: 552 comments
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    1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
    Smalltown, OK

    Maid’s quarters! How lucky to have been employed by someone who furnished such a fairy tale cottage to live in!

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  10. KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 83 comments

    I have been to the glorious Benbow Inn. Living here, I would believe I had died and gone straight to Heaven. It’s my dream thatched cottage on the manor’s grand grounds. I wouldn’t touch a thing. I’d be too mesmerized. That and too busy strolling over to the Inn for afternoon tea. Does it still exist???? If not, please don’t tell me.

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  11. GardenStaterGardenStater says: 255 comments
    1865 Gothic Revival
    Charlotte, NC

    I’m with most of you in terms of not doing too much. I’d make some tweaks to the kitchen and baths, and see if I could tuck the washer and dryer away somewhere else. But it’s a beauty of a home that doesn’t need much to be perfect!

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  12. timhildebrandttimhildebrandt says: 100 comments
    1927 arts and crafts
    Indianapolis, IN

    great old tudor, Love to see more pics of exterior. Reminds me of some old hollywood thing I saw, or a movie set. Kelly. I’m glad you’re not tempted to sell-out to TV producers. It would be way too hard to keep within reasonable limits on design and true restoration. But a real show like that would be wonderful for those of us that appreciate the craftsmanship and designs of past architecture.

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  13. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1017 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    I don’t see this as a “needs work” house. Maybe a lick of fresh paint — otherwise, I wouldn’t change a thing on this enchanted cottage. By the way, I just realized that this is in beautiful Northern California.

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  14. DinahDinah says: 5 comments

    Lovely place in a lovely setting, with so many wonderful features. Let’s hear it for keeping them as pristine as possible while making the house safe and cozy. I will be taking a road trip right through that area next week, so we may have to stop and have a peek! (and props to Kelly for her stance on the HGTV premise of updating homes like this one … these days, “restoration” is frequently translated into “Let’s IKEA the heck out of this place!” Those projects make me sad, which is why I drool over OHD daily!).

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  15. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11832 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Price reduced, resharing.

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  16. brigidbrigid says: 552 comments
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    1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
    Smalltown, OK

    I LOVE this house. Definitely a real ‘fairy tale’ look. Seems well priced for California.

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  17. JerryJerry says: 78 comments
    1955 Colonial Ranch
    Peoria, IL

    Years ago, HGTV had shows like “Dream Drives” , “Restore America”, and “If Walls Could Talk”. All devoted to restoring and preserving old houses. They all failed. I get my old house restoration fix now from British shows.

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  18. JonJon says: 95 comments
    TN

    5 bedrooms?

    But there are 7 dwarves!

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  19. KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 262 comments

    I do not understand why this house is still for sale. I do not understand. I do not understand.

    At all.

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  20. annenduffannenduff says: 204 comments
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    1860 Carolina farm house
    CAMDEN, SC

    O.M.G. do Y,All realize WHERE this house is????
    It’s right on the Eell River in Garberville CA, smack in the middle of the BIG GIANT REDWOOD TREES!
    ITS IN THE MIDDLE OF GODS COUNTRY AND PARADISE!
    And it’s a Hob bnb it House too bbn ott!!
    I’m gobsmacked this is till avaliable!
    IF I could afford to live in CA I’d be putting an offer on it unseen and uncaring!

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  21. jegilmorjegilmor says: 21 comments

    Perfection. I remember loving this last October when I saw it posted. Unbelievable that it is still available.

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  22. DoreenDoreen says: 234 comments
    1907 "Classic" Victorian
    Youngstown, OH

    This is a ridiculous price for Garberville! OMG! This place is a steal, especially being by Benbow. I’m really surprised, even in the condition it’s in, that the price isn’t twice that! Seriously! Also, supposedly the best pot on the entire planet comes from that area “Humboldt Gold” not that I ever partook in it while living there, but it’s legendary.

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    • MichaelMichael says: 2530 comments
      1979 That 70's show
      Otis Orchards, WA

      I don’t know much about California home prices as related to area but this seems to be below what I would have expected. It does look like a charming place that will make someone an awesome home!

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    • Tommy QTommy Q says: 462 comments
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      1875 Eastlake
      Ione, CA

      Sorry. Mendocino is the gold standard of the Green Triangle. As one who got into the business in 1970 (retired in 1981) in the hamlet of Albion, I know whereof I speaketh… hey, ya got any ice cream?

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  23. Love this place, can only imagine how peaceful it would be and retains its history! Love the show Restored but one show I hate so much I can’t even watch the commercials is Bargain Mansions on HGTV. The show makes my skin crawl!

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    • brigidbrigid says: 552 comments
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      1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
      Smalltown, OK

      I know what you mean about Bargain Mansions. I watched a couple times hoping she would renovate, not remodel, but no such luck. The only thing good is the house doesn’t get demolished.
      I, too, love Restored. Brett Waterman is awesome. He and Nicole Curtis are the only ones worth watching.

  24. I’ve stayed at the benbow inn it’s honestly the only place to stay between On that stretch of the 101. Well off the 101. The grounds are genuinely serene

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