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Writer's Retreat on Tomales Bay - the Mesa Refuge

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Last updated: 05/10/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Manager
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The Mesa Refuge: A Writer’s Retreat on Tomales Bay

Mesa Refuge house description
The Mesa Refuge is one of the most beautiful houses in the Point Reyes area and enjoys one of its most breathtaking views. It sits above a vibrant, constantly changing marsh that flows into Tomales Bay. Herons, egrets, hawks and many different kinds of wild fowl can be seen and heard from the decks and gardens around the house.

For most of the year, the house serves as a retreat for three writers at a time. Among those who have worked here are Michael Pollan, Terry Tempest Williams, Daniel Ellsberg, Frances Moore Lappé and Michael Chabon.

The house was built by the abstract expressionist painter Sam Francis. He spent the summers here with his family and entourage, painting and visiting the nearby Point Reyes National Seashore.

The house itself is light, colorful, spacious, and full of interesting architectural details. Throughout it are original artworks, antique rugs and vintage furniture that add to its charm.

The Refuge has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and sleeps 6 adults. The master bedroom is in a tower and has a queen bed and en-suite bathroom. The view of the bay from the balcony off the tower bedroom is spectacular. The other 2 bedrooms are on the ground floor. One has a queen bed and one has a double bed. Both have private decks overlooking the garden.

The living room has an intricate wooden cathedral ceiling, an extensive library along one wall, comfortable chairs and sofas and a wood-burning stove. There is a large, fully-equipped modern kitchen with a Viking range, Sub-Zero refrigerator and a dining area. This opens onto a rose-covered deck with views of the garden and bay.

The house is surrounded by beautiful, mature gardens which include an apple orchard, a rose garden, sauna, and a wood-burning brick oven — perfect for grilling fish and making pizza. Halfway down the bluff is a deck for observing birds or setting up an easel or camera. Two writing cabins are hidden in the garden for people who want to write or dream. There is also a tennis court available for your use. The village of Point Reyes Station with its cafes, bookstores and restaurants is a ten-minute walk away.

We guarantee you will never forget your stay at the Mesa Refuge. And your rental helps support the not-for-profit writer’s retreat.

We are unable to host weddings at the property.


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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/10/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    not suitable for children under age 8...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Viking stove Sub zero fridge Bicycles for adults and children

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo:

    iPod player - please feel free to bring your own...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Waterfront:

    The home sits on top of the mesa overlooking a tidal estuary....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    weber grill available and wood fired brick oven on property...moreless

  • Tennis:

    neighborhood tennis court...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Sauna
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Thanksgiving
Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2017
4 night min stay
$650
Christmas
Dec 20 - Dec 26, 2017
5 night min stay
$650
New Year's
Dec 27 - Jan 2, 2018
5 night min stay
$650
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$550 $650
Fri, Sat
$3,500 $10,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning $200
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 10%

Notes:

Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed. We are unable to host weddings or parties over 12 people on the property.


Manager's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.


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Last updated: 05/10/2017
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Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/10/2017

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Photos

  • Overlooking the estuary

    Overlooking the estuary

  • Front walkway - photo by Sarah Hadley

    Front walkway - photo by Sarah Hadley

  • The library in the Gathering Room - photo by Sarah Hadley

    The library in the Gathering Room - photo by Sarah Hadley

  • The Gathering Room - photo by Sarah Hadley

    The Gathering Room - photo by Sarah Hadley

  • View of west bedroom, living room, tower bedroom - photo by Sarah Hadley

    View of west bedroom, living room, tower bedroom - photo by Sarah Hadley

  • Deck in summer

    Deck in summer

  • Writer's shed in garden overlooking water

    Writer's shed in garden overlooking water

  • Inside east writer's shed - photo by Sarah Hadley

    Inside east writer's shed - photo by Sarah Hadley

  • Tower bedroom - Sarah Hadley photo

    Tower bedroom - Sarah Hadley photo

  • Outdoor Finnish Sauna - photo by Sarah Hadley

    Outdoor Finnish Sauna - photo by Sarah Hadley

  • Garden at the front entrance - photo by Sarah Hadley

    Garden at the front entrance - photo by Sarah Hadley

  • Entrance - photo by Sarah Hadley

    Entrance - photo by Sarah Hadley

  • Gathering Room - Photo by Sarah Hadley

    Gathering Room - Photo by Sarah Hadley

  • Gathering Room looking toward kitchen - photo by Sarah Hadley

    Gathering Room looking toward kitchen - photo by Sarah Hadley

  • Kitchen - photo by Sarah Hadley

    Kitchen - photo by Sarah Hadley

  • View of living room, kitchen and tower bedroom

    View of living room, kitchen and tower bedroom

  • Overlook of Inverness at sunset

    Overlook of Inverness at sunset

  • Garden in the summer overlooking the estuary- Photo by Sarah Hadley

    Garden in the summer overlooking the estuary- Photo by Sarah Hadley

  • Photo by Sarah Hadley

    Photo by Sarah Hadley

  • Tower bedroom - photo by Sarah Hadley

    Tower bedroom - photo by Sarah Hadley

  • photo by Sarah Hadley

    photo by Sarah Hadley

VRBO #226837

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Sunday, May 21, 2017

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