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Elephant Cottage is a beautiful artfully designed water-front studio cottage surrounded by gardens & nature's bountiful beauty and variety. The view from this retreat is of the glistening water of Tomales Bay to the sandy beaches and tree adorned hills of spectacular Point Reyes National Park.
Be nourished by the beauty, sea life, and ever-changing water and skies of pristine Tomales Bay. “Elephant Cottage” is built at this beautiful bay with a water-view 8’ floor-to-ceiling window & sliding glass door opposite a comfy loveseat. Cozily enjoy wind and waves traversing the bay. Watch dancing sunlight sparkle on the water. Your private patio under the apple tree is complete with table, chairs and charcoal BBQ (bring your own charcoal). Free wireless in the cottage and patio. Now with a Hot tub offering a view of the bay/sunsets. When you walk through the gate, you are greeted by cheerful flowers, picturesque trees, and stone sculptures that welcome you to the small private patio. At the patio a gate opens to the deck and glistening water that flows underneath and to the opposite shore of Tomales Bay. Charming, peaceful and magical as morning lifts revealing an unforgettable view of the National Park... as the tide rhythmically flows in and out offering music of lapping the shore and pilings… as the sea birds call out and clouds pass over to an ever-changing vista of sky and water.
Enter the artfully designed, light-filled cottage hat opens to the patio and the deck and find you are still surrounded by natural beauty. An 8' sliding glass door looks out to deck and water, large windows and yet another glass-paned door frame lovely views of the trees and gardens surrounding everywhere you look. The complete kitchen offers a delightful view of gardens through the porthole window.
The bathroom offers an experience of luxuriating in art and beauty… exquisite tile work, a charming sink with copper bowl set atop a beautiful redwood burl base, and an 8 jet Jacuzzi tub with a large window looking out at the private garden and cliff top with sky beyond. It's a WOW!
The cottage is furnished with a comfortable queen Murphy bed and love-seat sofa-both look out on the water-cafe table & chairs, a writing desk, profusion of enticing books for a quiet, inspiring or scintillating read. Sit on the deck, climb down to the rocky beach at low tide (access is shared), or enjoy gazing at the water in comfort in all kinds of weather from inside the studio or out. If you gaze long enough, you'll notice a seal or otter swimming by. You may see kayaks from the near-by concession paddling across to the beaches on the far shore or an occasional Park or oyster boat pass by. At various times of the year the Bay teems with sea birds, schools of herring, salmon, dolphin and feasting seals. If you’re lucky sea otters may invite themselves onto the deck.
Elephant Cottage is an incredible and inspiring setting for the thinker, writer or painter part of us all. This is the perfect setting for when you long to slow down, open yourself and be nourished and restored in a quiet, serene place overflowing with nature's magic. It’s ideal for a secluded retreat, for just getting away from the fast pace and noise of 21st century life. Elephant Cottage is a place to ponder what's really important, or for a couple wanting to enjoy and connect with each other in a quiet, nourishing and romantic space.
Should you want to pull yourself away and enjoy a walk, you can wander the old fashioned Marshall Boat Works, enjoy delicious sandwiches and decadently irresistible barbecued oysters at the Marshall Store overlooking the water, chow down at Tony's Seafood or walk the other way to the lively and delicious happening at the Hog Island Oyster Company.
If you can stand leaving even longer, there are great beaches and hiking trails in Point Reyes National Park. You might enjoy a walk on its endless miles of white sand beaches or gazing upon the abundant wildlife: the herd of albino deer, Thule elk, nesting American Bald Eagles, unbelievable variety of plants and ancient redwoods, or, visit the award winning Visitor Center and carefully restored Native American Village, Kule Loklo. Take a short drive (30 minutes) and you can walk Dillon Beach and buy fresh crab from the boats of Bodega Bay. Just 15 minutes in the other direction is Point Reyes Station, then Inverness and Olema all of which offer a variety of fine restaurants and shops to explore, and great entertainment as well. A twenty minute drive North on Highway 1 brings you to Freestone and the Osmosis Spa, offering enzyme baths in a Japanese garden setting. Out-of-this world bakeries can be found in Point Reyes Station, Tomales and Freestone.
Please see our FlipKey/TripAdvisor listing for “Raspberry House” if you require more room than Elephant Studio offers. If you rent both units the studio price is reduced to $150.00 per night. Rental fee is for 2 people. An additional $20 per person per night is charged for each additional occupant. 3-night minimum stay on National Holiday Weekends
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Refundable Damage Deposit$150
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About: I bought this waterfront property when my youngest son went off to college and I needed an inspiring place from which to write my dissertation. It has been that (as you can see on volumes of books on relationship) and more - a spiritual retreat, a healing sanctuary, a place to discover and be nourished by the endless wonders of nature, on the water in my kayak or hiking the trails of the national seashore.
Inside and out, I was passionate about creating beauty. Each year I transformed a small area in the old railroad bed yard into lush greenery and flowers. Sculptures from my travels or early morning foraging in my kayak were added next. And recently the The story of why I felt such passion to do this is told in the next section.
I have always commuted a few days a week to the South Bay to support myself and recently retired from a fulfilling career as an organization consultant, mostly in Silicon Valley and around the world where high tech companies sent me. After years of being a therapist, I transferred to assisting people to wake up and live the lives they really want to live.
Why Marshall: I think the photos tell the story of why I chose this property. There's no place quite like it.