Spirit House, a Magical Northern California Hilltop Retreat(8 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
House, 6 Bedrooms + Den, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 15-20)
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
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Member since: 2008
- Max. occupancy 20
- Children Welcome:
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20, Beds for 17-20
- There are 12 twin beds and 4 double beds set up in the 6 bedrooms + 1 double futon sofa bed in the den for a total of 17 beds. The twins can be moved together to create king size beds if desired. There are also 4 twin size fold out futon chairs, 2 upstairs and 2 downstairs. Using these makes those rooms crowded but its doable....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- 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
- CD Player
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
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
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
- Mountain Biking
- Dining Area
- Clothes Dryer:
- Free Long Distance:
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street:
- Washing Machine:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa
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
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Taxes Not included
there is a discount for more than a 2 night stay.
A refundable $300 cleaning and security deposit is required to hold a reservation. Payment of the rent is made by cash or check and is due a couple of weeks prior to reserved dates.
Owner's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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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.
Year Purchased: 1994
About the owner: I also live here at Spirit House in a separate studio and cabins on the property. My name is Patricia-Lynn and most people call me PL,my initials. I'm a native California girl, mother and grandmother and love being caretaker of Spirit House!
Why the Owner Chose Woodacre, CA, USA:
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.
- Primary: (415) 488-1702 (California, USA) (415) 488-1702
View from Master Bedroom deck on a Fall morning (2012)
Entrance to Spirit House
Front entrance gong
View from Sauna Hallway of Kitchen, Dining and Living Rooms
One of the larger bedrooms
View from Master Bedroom private deck
Oak trees (great for weddings and hot days)
Inside of yurt (photo has been compressed, yurt is 30' in diameter)
Another sunset at Spirit House
Summer Solstice Sunset from Hot Tub Deck
Steps leading down to front entrance
Spirit House Dining Room (tables have leaves to make them larger)
Spirit House Den
Looking from the entrance, up the main steps toward the gate
The hot tub deck
Entrance to Yurt
View of Spirit House and the Hills Beyond -- Looking toward the Coast
This listing was first published here in 2008.
Date last modified - Monday, April 17, 2017
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