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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)


Last updated: 05/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:20
  • Bedrooms:6
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

House, 6 Bedrooms + Den, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 15-20)

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
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/27/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 20
  • 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. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking indoors. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

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

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Accessible

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

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 4


  • Bedroom 5


  • Bedroom 6


  • Den


  • 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

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


  • CD 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


  • 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

  • Rural:

    We are at the top of a hill overlooking a country valley which has several tiny towns, a horse ranch and golf course. Its 15 minutes into the town of Fairfax....moreless

  • Village:

    Woodacre is a country village with a post office, deli, real estate office and a horse ranch....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking


  • Dining Area


  • 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


  • 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:

    There is one large refrigerator. You may want to bring additional coolers especially if you are staying more than 2 nights....moreless


  • 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

  • Outdoor Grill

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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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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Last updated: 05/27/2017
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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.


Owner info

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.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/27/2017

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  • 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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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 27, 2017

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