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Spirit House, a Magical Northern California Hilltop Retreat

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View from Master Bedroom deck on a Fall morning (2012)

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Last updated: 08/26/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Woodacre house description

Spirit House is a private hilltop retreat home overlooking a gorgeous Northern California valley that is close to San Francisco yet feels like a world away. The surrounding hills and small town of Woodacre below offer a protected yet open feeling, and the open space trails above beckon you to vistas of sun and moon rises across San Francisco Bay, and to enchanted walks through forests and wide open meadows.

Spirit House itself is cozy and welcoming with lots of natural wood and south facing passive solar windows, beautiful gardens, and perhaps the best private hot tub deck you've ever seen, complete with an outdoor hot and cold water shower. There are goats and often cows in the adjacent pastures, and Spirit Rock, a world class meditation center, is just down the hill offering classes and meditation teachings year round.

There is also a excellent golf course and deli five minutes away, as well as good restaurants and a movie theater in nearby Fairfax. Just a bit further beyond you find all the attractions of Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area as a whole. You can also drive out to the Pt Reyes National Seashore to hike or go to the beaches there, about 45 minutes away from Spirit House.

People who come here almost always return, year after year. They say it feels like coming home.
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Keywords: Private hilltop retreat home for families and groups

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome:

                Kids often love to make forts with the tri fold pads found in the large yurt, and run and play in and around Spirit House's gardens. The nearby Woodacre Improvement Club offers a swimming pool in the summertime (let us know if you plan to use it, as we have a guest pass)....moreless

              • Pets Considered:

                Definitely pet friendly, but do let us know if you plan to bring pets. Thank you!...moreless

              • Wheelchair Accessible

              Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20, Beds for 17-20

              • Bedroom 1

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              • Bedroom 2

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              • Bedroom 3

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              • Bedroom 4

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              • Bedroom 5

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              • Bedroom 6

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              • Den

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              • King size beds (1) A comfortable King Bed in the 'Stargazer' Master Bedroom can be converted from two twin beds, using our easy-to-use 'king bed kit' found just under the beds., Double Beds (4) Two double/full sized beds can be found in the 'Cozy Nest' bedroom. The other shares with two twin beds in the 'Moon Room' bedroom. On nights when the moon is out, this can be the most spectacular bed to sleep in, as one wall to the side of the bed is filled entirely by windows facing to the south., Twin or Single Beds (9) Ten - Twelve twin/single beds: Two in the 'Moon Room,' four in 'Mountain Peak,' two in 'Garden Delight,' two in 'Poet's Corner,' and (depending on if the King bed is used or not) two in the 'Stargazer' Master Bedroom. , Sleep Sofa or Futons (4) 1 double size in den, 2 twin size in Poet's Corner, 2 youth size in the Moon room An ADDITIONAL SIX SINGLE BEDS can be converted from small futon chairs: two in the 'Moon Room,' two in the Den, and two in 'Poet's Corner.' Additional floor mattresses are available in the large yurt, and space is available under the oak trees for outdoor camping. PLEASE CONTACT US if you plan to make use of any of these extra sleeping amenities, thank you....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

              Other Amenities

                  • Gorgeous views ~~ Miles of open space hiking and mountain bike trails just outside our gate ~~ 750 sq. ft yurt (fixed tent) space w/sound system, microphone and black lights for events and group gatherings ~~ Beautiful gardens and oak tree grove on property ~~ Five minutes from San Geronimo Golf Course ~~ Complete privacy....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Music Library:

                    A modest music library is available in the Entertainment Closet, along with some games and books. We highly recommend you bring your own music. The in-house stereo system comes with a plug suitable for connecting an MP3 player or iPod. The other stereo system is found in the yurt....moreless

                  • Stereo:

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                  Attractions

                  • Cinemas
                  • Restaurants

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Massage Therapist

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Bird Watching
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Photography
                  • Shopping
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                      • Mountain View:

                        Though Spirit House is a gem in itself -- people often say it feels like home to them -- our views are perhaps our best features. Overlooking the San Geronimo Valley, we often wake up to find the valley below shrouded in fog, for an almost mystical beginning to the day. Sunsets vary from simple yet beautiful to utterly stunning, with the late spring/summer/early fall sunsets viewable from the hot tub. Just a short hike above Spirit House (a five-minute walk) offers a view of the northern portion of San Francisco Bay, down to just south of the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge. Hiking further beyond expands the view to include most of East Bay, to our south, as well as a spectacular view of nearby Mount Tamalpais, a mountain sacred to the Miwok native american tribes who lived here. On clear days you can also see Mount Diablo, another sacred mountain, beyond the East Bay hills....moreless

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                      • Cycling
                      • Golf
                      • Hiking
                      • Mountain Biking

                      Dining

                          • Dining Area

                          General

                          • Clothes Dryer:

                            Shared with property owner by request...moreless

                          • Free Long Distance:

                            Free long distance is available for calls within the United States....moreless

                          • Linens Provided
                          • Parking Off Street:

                            Plenty of parking is available for up to 17 cars carefully parked. ...moreless

                          • Telephone
                          • Washing Machine:

                            Shared with property owner by request...moreless

                          • Wireless Internet
                          • Wood Stove:

                            (2) Spirit House is a passive solar design and is heated by wood stoves....moreless

                          Kitchen

                          • Cooking Utensils:

                            Plenty of utensils, pots, baking and other pans, and cutlery is available for most cooking needs. Small notes are provided throughout the kitchen to help you find what you need....moreless

                          • Dishwasher:

                            A modern, low-energy dishwasher: just scrape your plates and dishes and place them in the washer with the provided dishwasher detergent....moreless

                          • Kitchen:

                            The gas stove has a single oven. One sink is available in the kitchen, with an extra large Utility Sink found nearby....moreless

                          • Microwave
                          • Refrigerator:

                            A large refrigerator is available suitable for groups of 12-15 for a weekend. If you have more people and/or are staying for three or more nights, you may with to bring additional coolers with you and/or plan to make a trip to the nearby grocery stores (including an excellent organic foods store), 15-minutes away in nearby Fairfax....moreless

                          Outside

                          • Balcony:

                            A small balcony adjoins the 'Stargazer' Master bedroom on the second floor, overlooking the oak trees, several decks, the hot tub, gardens and the surrounding hills and valley....moreless

                          • Deck / Patio:

                            (4) A number of decks surround Spirit House, offering plenty of room for outdoor sunbathing, relaxation and/or dining. Outdoor chairs, tables and umbrellas provided....moreless

                          Pool / Spa

                          • Hot Tub:

                            Spectacular view of the surrounding hills! Comfortably accommodates up to six or seven adults. An outdoor shower -- with the same spectacular view, plus hot and cold running water, plus organic soap and shampoos -- is available nearby. Please follow our care instructions if you plan to use the tub, thank you....moreless

                          • Sauna:

                            A dry sauna is found behind the kitchen area. Great for cold days and nights! Alternatively, the sauna can serve as additional food storage for large groups....moreless

                           

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                          there is a discount for more than a 2 night stay.

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                          Last updated: 08/26/2014
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                          Location

                          The yurt on our property is great for circles, dancing, yoga, silent meditation, teacher-trainings, kids and family's play space and other celebrations. It has over a dozen black (ultraviolet) lights built-in for evening events.

                          A short walk from the house there is 42 ft diameter classic Greek design outdoor labyrinth on a gorgeous knoll with 360 degree views.

                          The yurt and surrounding decks, oak tree grove, gardens and labyrinth welcome groups of less than 100 to gather for special occasions.

                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 1994

                          Why the Owner Chose Woodacre:
                          I chose Spirit House because I fell in love with it at first sight! I had been searching for 2 years for an intimate, beautiful retreat style home that matched my dreams and was thrilled to discover this magical place. It is close to the San Francisco Bay Area yet a world apart, surrounded by the natural world, private, feels cozy yet is spacious and provides a perfect setting for small groups and families to retreat, play, and celebrate together. Spirit House is all I was looking for and more and I feel so lucky to be the owner and primary caretaker of this amazing property.

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          Incredible beauty abounds Spirit House. It is also private, being on a hilltop at the end of the road, quite a distance from the nearest neighbors. The easy access to hiking trails right outside the front gate. The amazing views of surrounding valley, sunsets and the night sky as enjoyed from the hot tub deck. The open potential of the large yurt on the property for just about anything a group might want to do together... great for meetings, playing with kids, meditation or yoga, having a special party or small wedding reception, or practically whatever else you can dream up. The ancient beauty of the large oak trees nestled next to the main house for reflection, and for keeping cool when it gets hot.


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                          Photos

                          • View from Master Bedroom deck on a Fall morning (2012)

                            View from Master Bedroom deck on a Fall morning (2012)

                          • Entrance to Spirit House

                            Entrance to Spirit House

                          • Front entrance gong

                            Front entrance gong

                          • View from Sauna Hallway of Kitchen, Dining and Living Rooms

                            View from Sauna Hallway of Kitchen, Dining and Living Rooms

                          • One of the larger bedrooms

                            One of the larger bedrooms

                          • View from Master Bedroom private deck

                            View from Master Bedroom private deck

                          • Oak trees (great for weddings and hot days)

                            Oak trees (great for weddings and hot days)

                          • Inside of yurt (photo has been compressed, yurt is 30' in diameter)

                            Inside of yurt (photo has been compressed, yurt is 30' in diameter)

                          • Another sunset at Spirit House

                            Another sunset at Spirit House

                          • Summer Solstice Sunset from Hot Tub Deck

                            Summer Solstice Sunset from Hot Tub Deck

                          • Steps leading down to front entrance

                            Steps leading down to front entrance

                          • Spirit House Dining Room (tables have leaves to make them larger)

                            Spirit House Dining Room (tables have leaves to make them larger)

                          • Spirit House Den

                            Spirit House Den

                          • Looking from the entrance, up the main steps toward the gate

                            Looking from the entrance, up the main steps toward the gate

                          • The hot tub deck

                            The hot tub deck

                          • Entrance to Yurt

                            Entrance to Yurt

                          • View of Spirit House and the Hills Beyond -- Looking toward the Coast

                            View of Spirit House and the Hills Beyond -- Looking toward the Coast

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                          Date last modified - Tuesday, September 02, 2014

                          $1,000 per night (USD)
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                          6 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 20

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                          Minimum stay: 2 nights
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