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The Artist Retreat Overlooking Point Reyes National Seashore

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This is the view from the living room. Note the ocean on the right.

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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
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  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Our home is perched at the top of Inverness Ridge with a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean, Farallon Islands, and the highest mountains of Point Reyes National Seashore. Absolute peace, quiet and fresh air, a five minute stroll from the park trails, a stay at the Artist Retreat is a deeply moving experience. Created by the authors of the best-selling book, Point Reyes Visions, from their own design, this 12 year old retreat has all the comforts of a lodge in the woods: a bath large enough for two, double shower heads, new towels and linens, a gourmet kitchen with a Dynasty range, Wi-Fi, internet computer with great music, a giant living/dining room with amazing picture windows and a 20 foot ceiling. The house is a green design, with passive solar heating plus a Danish Woodstove and backup central heating. The bathroom is tiled with tumbled Italian marble. A futon is available for a child or extra guest. There is a large deck with pristine views. The house is ideally suited for a couple, who want both luxury and nature!

Check in is at 4pm the first day of your stay and check out is at 12 noon. This givse us time to prepare a sparkling clean house for you. All towels and linens are freshly laundered. Floors are vacuumed and mopped.

The beauty of the Artist Retreat's Location: Point Reyes is a nature lover's dream vacation. It is ideal for kayaking, horse riding, swimming in Tomales Bay, hiking, both mountain and road biking and one of the best places to bird watch in the USA. It is the home of the organic food movement. Put Strauss organic cream in your coffee. Savor local eggs with Nieman Ranch bacon. Slurp an oyster, crack a local crab or barbeque a wild salmon. During the summer and fall, it has a wonderful weekly farmers market which amazed Prince Charles and Camilia. And yet Inverness is only an hour's drive from San Francisco, Napa Valley or Sonoma.

There are numerous hikes and biking trails and great beaches. You can hike or ride from your doorstep.

More reasons to choose the Artist Retreat: The Artist Retreat is equipped with an outside BBQ and picnic table. The walls are filled with the artwork of the owners, Kathleen Goodwin and Richard Blair, who have spent over 30 years chronicling the wilds of West Marin. Why stay in a small B&B or hotel room when you can live in an atmosphere that is so conducive to creativity, relaxation, physical fitness and rejuvenation.

The house has an interesting library, including five books by the owners.

Here is an excerpt from the Point Reyes Visions Guidebook by Artist Retreat owner Kathleen Goodwin:

We will guide you to many amazing places and magical experiences. We are so lucky that Point Reyes National Seashore and its environs have been saved by the National Park Service and its allies, the fiercely protective citizens of West Marin and the Bay area.

We welcome you! Our parks are for your enjoyment and to nurture your spirit. Our ranches provide your food plus habitat for wildlife. We are going to lead you to incredible places, some of which are very delicate and contain animals and birds which are barely holding on because their habitats are nearly gone. You, in return, must respect these places. . Slow down and look around.

We believe that people need to enjoy such a place. We know that parks breed nature activists. Since two million visitors come here each year, that can be a lot of votes that are pro-environment. If you like national parks, vote and encourage your friends to vote. When you’re back home, revitalized by Point Reyes, work to make your own environment and community as healthy as possible.

When we plan a trip here, we think, where will it be nice today? What’s the weather like, how much time do we have, what’s going on in the natural world? Is the tide going out? We think about beauty, our comfort and safety, and about opportunity. We visualize what beautiful sights we might see and what animals could be around. Learning about the Point Reyes peninsula is the study of a lifetime. The more you see, discover and study, the greater pleasure you will feel being here.

Point Reyes juts into the sea so it has a marine climate. The weather is the same as being out in the Pacific Ocean. Once, on a clear day, we were walking on the beach near the Cliff House in San Francisco and were shocked to see how far west the Point Reyes headland appeared in the ocean. It looked like an island. The ocean water is quite cold (47-55 degrees) because of the circulation of the ocean currents. The coast is often foggy from the cold water condensing the moisture in the air. During the summer, the heat rising in the Central Valley draws the fog inland. By mid-morning the fog has usually burned off, and returns in the late afternoon.

The changeable nature of the weather brings a luminous quality to the landscape, a wonderful asset for a visual artist. The bishop pine and Douglas fir forests are hauntingly beautiful when shrouded in fog. During spring, the hills are an almost unreal green. I always think that spring has arrived when I see my first Douglas iris of the year. California poppies, lupine, yarrow, mustard and Indian paintbrush bloom all over. The discovery of a Mission Bell flower is a rare treat.

The connection of water and land is easy to observe and enjoy. Beaches, and rocky cliffs with pounding waves, isolated coves, sunny surfing and sunbathing spots are all found here in profusion.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1390 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome:

    Very young children are not advised as the house is not child proofed. ...moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    Please call us at 415 663-1616 for your special needs, there are two steps into the house, which is level inside....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs OK. They must be well behaved, have flea control like frontline, and no barkers, as the neighbors value quiet!...moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Convertible bed(s)

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  • King size beds (1) Brand new very comfortable Cal King bed with 2 down comforters and 600 thread sheets., Queen size Beds (1) Pull out futon/ foam mattress if needed in living room....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

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  • Beautiful french six foot tub with Italian Marble tile. Shower has two nozzles so two can shower together, or one person can enjoy a double shower. (Great for foggy days)...moreless

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    Over 3000 songs in our iTunes library, from classical to rock, blues, folk, and especially jazz....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    large flat screen TV with DVD...moreless

  • Video Library:

    We have about 20 movies on hand, plus there are two video rental places in the local area...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    View of mountains of Inverness ridge and Point Reyes National Seashore. We are nestled in the mountains....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    View of the Pacific Ocean and the Farallon Islands from the living room and deck....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Large formal wooden table, and a smaller table for serving, and casual meals...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Broadband Access:

    About 6 megs/sec....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    The laundry room is conveniently located between the bedroom and bathroom....moreless

  • Computer Available:

    Nice Mac with lots of music. Good speakers if needed....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    The great outdoors...moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    Google Phone and Skype too....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating with thermostat. Very well insulated and lots of solar gain. Modern, safe construction to current earthquake standards....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi fi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    High quality sheets and down pillows and comforters and blankets....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Giant open area with great views from expansive picture windows. Oak floor, comfy chairs and couches....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    We have spotty coverage, you may or may not get reception....moreless

  • Parking:

    Safe convenient spot for the car....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Level parking area- easy access to house. No slopes....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Parking for about 30 foot max vehicle....moreless

  • Telephone:

    local service, please bring a phone card or cell phone to make outgoing calls or use the internet for VOIP....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Lots of clean white thick towels of all sizes....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Large washing machine with plenty of laundry supplies....moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

    Swiss wood stove with large window. Safe and efficient....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Extensive cooking saucepans and utensils. Also nice silverware...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Lots of plates, cups, etc....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Efficient KitchenAid dishwasher...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Gourmet kitchen with Dynasty stove, rice cooker, blender, bread machine. microwave, dishwasher, toaster, lots of plates and silverware, good pots and pans....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Large new microwave....moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    Large side by side refrigerator with ice maker....moreless

  • Stove:

    Dynasty stove with large oven and broiler. Nice hood too....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Step out on to the 320 square foot deck with a view of the Pacific Ocean, the Farallones and the Point Reyes Nationals Seashore....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rental available in Point Reyes and Inverness...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day
May 22 - May 25, 2015
3 night min stay
$275
July 4th Weekend
Jul 2 - Jul 5, 2015
4 night min stay
$275
Labor Day weekend
Sep 4 - Sep 7, 2015
3 night min stay
$285
Columbus Day weekend
Oct 9 - Oct 12, 2015
3 night min stay
$285
Thanksgiving weekend
Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2015
4 night min stay
$285
Christmas and New Year
Dec 24 - Jan 3, 2016
4 night min stay
$295
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$265
$1,825

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest


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Fees:

  • Pet Fee $40
  • Tax Rate 10%

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Location

50 Miles
Nearest Airport
SFO and Oakland
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Station House in Point Reyes
30 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Larkspur
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
San Geronimo
50 Miles
Nearest Train
San Francisco
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway One
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Stellina, Station House, The Olema, Saltwater
15 Miles
Nearest Beach
Limantour Beach

Car: Necessary

Horse riding, surfing, paddle boarding, art and photo classes, birding and nature walks.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1989

About the owner: We are Richard Blair and Kathleen Goodwin, photographers, artists and book publishers. We Have created 3 books on Point reyes and Marin, which are best sellers. If you would like, we can help you find the best beaches and hikes, restaurants and things to do in Point Reyes!

Why the Owner Chose Inverness:
Our 'artist retreat' is on the top of Inverness Ridge, overlooking the National seashore. It is beautiful, healthy, quiet, and we live as part of nature.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Don't consider a hotel room when a visit here will make you feel like a local! An extra treat is the double shower in the tiled bathroom, so you and your partner can warm up together. The six foot french bathtub has both a reading and a reclining end! Classes in photography are available with the owner, who is a renowned photographer. The main benefit of being here is the sense of relaxation amidst such beauty.


Contact us

Speaks: english

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Photos

  • This is the view from the living room. Note the ocean on the right.

    This is the view from the living room. Note the ocean on the right.

  • Full Gourmet Kitchen. Just add your favorite food.

    Full Gourmet Kitchen. Just add your favorite food.

  • Bathroom with double shower

    Bathroom with double shower

  • Deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a view of the Farallon Islands

    Deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a view of the Farallon Islands

  • Drakes Beach - photograph by Richard Blair

    Drakes Beach - photograph by Richard Blair

  • Aerial view of Elephant Mt. by Olema (aka Black Mt.) - by Kathleen Goodwin

    Aerial view of Elephant Mt. by Olema (aka Black Mt.) - by Kathleen Goodwin

  • A kayaker at dawn. Pt Reyes is a kayaker's paradise - by Kathleen Goodwin

    A kayaker at dawn. Pt Reyes is a kayaker's paradise - by Kathleen Goodwin

  • Adult Brown Pelican in breeding plumage - by Richard Blair

    Adult Brown Pelican in breeding plumage - by Richard Blair

  • Lake Nicasio, on the way to Point Reyes - by Richard Blair

    Lake Nicasio, on the way to Point Reyes - by Richard Blair

  • Male Elk grazing at Pierce Point. For more photos go to richardblair.com

    Male Elk grazing at Pierce Point. For more photos go to richardblair.com

  • The Great Beach from the Point Reyes Lighthouse

    The Great Beach from the Point Reyes Lighthouse

  • Tan Oak Tree on the Inverness Ridge trail near the Artist Retreat

    Tan Oak Tree on the Inverness Ridge trail near the Artist Retreat

  • Living Room. The size is 32x28 feet with a 18 foot ceiling.

    Living Room. The size is 32x28 feet with a 18 foot ceiling.

  • New (3/2012) Cal King bed, with 2 down comforters, down pillows, good sheets.

    New (3/2012) Cal King bed, with 2 down comforters, down pillows, good sheets.

  • Our front porch.

    Our front porch.

  • View from deck of the property with Point Reyes National Seashore in background

    View from deck of the property with Point Reyes National Seashore in background

  • Egret fishing in Tomales Bay, five minutes away from the house - photo R. Blair

    Egret fishing in Tomales Bay, five minutes away from the house - photo R. Blair

  • Elephant Mountain across Tomales Bay at sunset by Kathleen Goodwin

    Elephant Mountain across Tomales Bay at sunset by Kathleen Goodwin

  • Point Reyes and the Great Beach-11 miles long - by Kathleen Goodwin

    Point Reyes and the Great Beach-11 miles long - by Kathleen Goodwin

  • Point Reyes Headlands, Pacific Ocean and Drakes Bay - by Richard Blair

    Point Reyes Headlands, Pacific Ocean and Drakes Bay - by Richard Blair

  • Morning fog in Olema Valley as seen by the house.

    Morning fog in Olema Valley as seen by the house.

  • Cliffs at Drakes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore

    Cliffs at Drakes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore

  • Black or Elephant Mountain by Point Reyes Station

    Black or Elephant Mountain by Point Reyes Station

  • Cows above Tomales Bay in the spring.

    Cows above Tomales Bay in the spring.

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