Writer's Retreat on Tomales Bay - the Mesa Refuge(8 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3-5 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Ask Manager
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
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
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Viking stove Sub zero fridge Bicycles for adults and children
- CD Player
- Away From It All
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Dining Area
- Broadband Access
- Clothes Dryer
- Free Long Distance
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Parking Off Street
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- Wood Stove
- Catering Available
- Cooking Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Deck / Patio
- Lanai / Gazebo
Pool / Spa
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2017
4 night min stay
Dec 20 - Dec 26, 2017
5 night min stay
Dec 27 - Jan 2, 2018
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
- Cleaning $200
- Tax Rate 10%
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:
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Overlooking the estuary
Front walkway - photo by Sarah Hadley
The library in 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
Deck in summer
Writer's shed in garden overlooking water
Inside east writer's shed - photo by Sarah Hadley
Tower bedroom - Sarah Hadley photo
Outdoor Finnish Sauna - photo by Sarah Hadley
Garden at the front entrance - photo by Sarah Hadley
Entrance - photo by Sarah Hadley
Gathering Room - Photo by Sarah Hadley
Gathering Room looking toward kitchen - photo by Sarah Hadley
Kitchen - photo by Sarah Hadley
View of living room, kitchen and tower bedroom
Overlook of Inverness at sunset
Garden in the summer overlooking the estuary- Photo by Sarah Hadley
Photo by Sarah Hadley
Tower bedroom - photo by Sarah Hadley
photo by Sarah Hadley
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Friday, February 24, 2017
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