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Straus Home Ranch: Historic Organic Farm on Tomales Bay / West Marin

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Last updated: 05/06/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

See: www.StrausHomeRanch.com for details about weddings, special offers and more.

There's simply no other place like this in all of West Marin: beautifully renovated 150+ year old farmhouse, on 160 certified organic acres, on the shores of Tomales Bay ... serene, peaceful, yet only 1 hour from San Francisco.

What’s truly spectacular, besides our charming house, is the setting: a romantic garden, two porches (upper and lower) overlooking the historic red-painted barns, the rolling pastures and Tomales Bay, all at once. Walk 30 seconds from the house to a small beach, perfect for tide pooling or to launch your kayak.

Additionally, our location is a perfect home base for hiking, artisan cheese & organic food exploring, family gatherings, getaways with your partner and/or friends, off-site meetings and even weddings.

West Marin is home to an incredible array of fabulous foods - including Hog Island Oyster Company, Cowgirl Creamery, Heidrun Meadery and so many more. Kayak across the bay to a secluded beach with a picnic basket of goodies from Tomales Bay Foods, or BBQ local oysters at our house and wash 'em down with local Lagunitas IPA or Point Reyes sparkling wine.

Want to dine out?? Don't miss: Nick's Cove, Tony's Seafood, Osteria Stellina, Pinecone Diner, Station House Cafe, Sir & Star, Saltwater, the Tomales Bakery, Bovine Bakery and ... you get the idea ... it's a culinary Mecca!

Want to dine in?? Check with us about our neighbor Stacy, an amazing caterer and pasty chef who can create a delicious (local, organic, sustainable, of course!) and memorable meal for your group!

Our house accommodates 8 (total, adults and kids). On special request, we have a pull-out sofa to accommodate up to 2 more (for a small extra fee).

We've set up our house to feel super comfortable - new beds and luxurious feeling bedding, a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen, chill-out living room with a 100+ year-old Steinway grand piano and our den with a new flatscreen TV; wifi, amazon prime for streaming movies, board games, puzzles, outside patio with large table and propane BBQ, 30 second walk to the beach (we provide the beach towels) and, if you've forgotten your toothbrush, razor or iPhone / micro-USB charger, hair dryer - we've got you covered. :)

We also host small events, retreats, off-site meetings, etc. Please contact us for details & pricing.

Exclusive offer: Guests receive 20% West Marin Food & Farm Tours (www.foodandfarmtours.com/)

And -- if you'd like to know more about family, our role in the community, and about the community itself, take a look at these articles, which include beautiful tributes to our parents in the New York Times: www.pinterest.com/straushomeranch

If you’re looking for an escape and inspiration, all within easy driving distance of San Francisco, come on out and join us here in Marshall - the only town where the population minus the elevation equals the speed limit.

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Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 2800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

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  • Den: 1 queen

    New Sofa Bed with really nice Queen mattress...moreless

  • The house sleeps 8 (in 4 queen beds) ... we can accommodate two (2) additional people with a pull-out queen sofa in the den for a small additional fee....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Downstairs Bathroom: toilet, shower

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  • Upstairs Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

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Entertainment

  • Books:

    Great library covering many topics....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    Many board games and puzzles....moreless

  • Games
  • Television:

    47' Flat Screen...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Limited DVD library, but TV is hooked up to Internet, and setup with Amazon Prime (many free movies, plus pay-per-view)...moreless

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront:

    Our home sits on Tomales Bay (well, on the inland side of Highway 1) - HUGE view from the house and about 45 second walk to the beach! ...moreless

  • Rural
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Our dining room table, 10' long, handcrafted by Darrel DeBoer with old-growth redwood boards from our barn....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Clothes Washer & Dryer (with eco-friendly laundry detergent, of course :)...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Wi-Fi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Four cars max....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Land line available as cellphones don't work in our rural area....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Clothes Washer & Dryer (with eco-friendly laundry detergent, of course :)...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Organic spices, flour, sugar, brown rice, oil and vinegar....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Upstairs and downstairs porches with a wonderful view of Tomales Bay....moreless

  • Deck / Patio
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer
Apr 1 - May 21, 2015
2 night min stay
$650 $750
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Memorial Day
May 22 - May 25, 2015
3 night min stay
$750

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Summer
May 26 - Jul 1, 2015
2 night min stay
$650 $750
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Independence Day
Jul 2 - Jul 5, 2015
3 night min stay
$650 $750
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Summer
Jul 6 - Aug 31, 2015
2 night min stay
$650 $750
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Summer
Sep 1 - Sep 3, 2015
2 night min stay
$650 $750
Thu

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Labor Day
Sep 4 - Sep 7, 2015
3 night min stay
$650 $750
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Summer
Sep 8 - Oct 8, 2015
2 night min stay
$650 $750
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Columbus Day
Oct 9 - Oct 12, 2015
3 night min stay
$650 $750
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Summer
Oct 13 - Oct 31, 2015
2 night min stay
$650 $750
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Winter
Nov 1 - Nov 24, 2015
2 night min stay
$500 $600
Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Thanksgiving
Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2015
4 night min stay
$750

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Winter
Nov 30 - Dec 22, 2015
2 night min stay
$500 $600
Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Christmas
Dec 23 - Dec 27, 2015
4 night min stay
$750

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Winter
Dec 28 - Dec 29, 2015
2 night min stay
$500

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

New Year's
Dec 30 - Jan 4, 2016
4 night min stay
$750

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$750

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Cleaning Fee $300
  • Tax Rate 11%

Notes:

Summary of our payment / cancellation / refund policy:

* Payment in full is due upon booking (including deposit, cleaning, tax, etc.)

* If you cancel:

** 61+ days before the start of the stay, you receive a full refund.

** 31-60 days before the start of the stay, the deposit is forfeited.

** 1-30 days before the start of the stay, traveler forfeits 100% of payment, including deposit.


Cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


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Last updated: 05/06/2015
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Location

2 Metres
Nearest Beach
Across the street

Car: Necessary

Once you book, we can send you a list of suggested activities.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1941

About the owner: We're three siblings (Vivien, Miriam and Michael) - we grew up here (to the extent that we grew up at all) but the house looks a LOT nicer now than it did then! Vivien & Michael co-manage the day-to-day (Miriam and her family live back east). We've got lots of stories to tell - including when Viv and Michael helped launch Straus Family Creamery; and when mom co-founded the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, or Miriam driving a tractor into the manure pond (oops, Miriam, are you reading this??) ...

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
You won't find another property anything like this ... and everyone who has visited the farm (over many decades) has immediately fallen in love with both the house and location.


Contact us

Speaks: english, russian

 

Photos

  • The front garden.

    The front garden.

  • The Barn

    The Barn

  • Tomales Bay.

    Tomales Bay.

  • The dining room. Handcrafted redwood table seats 12.

    The dining room. Handcrafted redwood table seats 12.

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Den with 50' TV to screen videos.

    Den with 50' TV to screen videos.

  • Bedroom #2 with views of the farm and the bay.

    Bedroom #2 with views of the farm and the bay.

  • House from Highway 1

    House from Highway 1

  • Erosion control & Watershed restoration project with awesome volunteers!

    Erosion control & Watershed restoration project with awesome volunteers!

  • Downstairs layout

    Downstairs layout

  • Ceremony location option (minus the twigs)

    Ceremony location option (minus the twigs)

  • Vivien, Michael & Miriam Straus with Phyllis Faber

    Vivien, Michael & Miriam Straus with Phyllis Faber

  • Tomales Bay. Just across the road. 30 seconds away.

    Tomales Bay. Just across the road. 30 seconds away.

  • The Kitchen

    The Kitchen

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Grand Piano

    Grand Piano

  • Bedroom #1 with view of the bay.

    Bedroom #1 with view of the bay.

  • Upstairs Bathroom

    Upstairs Bathroom

  • Pasture behind the house

    Pasture behind the house

  • Curious neighbor

    Curious neighbor

  • Upstairs layout

    Upstairs layout

  • Ceremony location option

    Ceremony location option

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, russian
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  • Calendar last updated 05/06/2015
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