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Big Lovely House in Inverness - Point Reyes National Seashore

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Sleeps 4-8/price

Next to a mountain stream, this house is handcrafted and well situated for exploring the pristine nature of Point Reyes National Seashore all around you, nearby Tomales Bay cove beaches, Pacific side oceanic beaches, whale watching, wild flowers, mountain biking, sailing and kayaking. This is one of the iconic, true Inverness homes, only a 5 minute stroll through First Valley to town shops, oysters at Salt Water restaurant and Tomales Bay.

Or going feral, you can cross the footbridge near the house, hike up the mesa where you'll find myriad trails climbing Mount Vision to kettle ponds and sweeping views of the headlands. The house is also perfect for cozy dinners, games, movies, reading and relaxing with loved ones.

This is a great place for a family, at the end of a short lane, safe from road traffic. There is a toy room, shared tennis courts, an open outdoor dining space for picnics under a live oak.

Keywords: Country House, Oysters, Beaches, Writing Retreat, getaway, West Marin hiking, trees and clean air, quiet, whales and wild life, serene marshlands, gourmet food.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2017

About Margaret

We are a family of avid outdoors-folk, sailors, windsurfers, hikers, naturalists.

Margaret purchased this house in 2001

Why Margaret chose San Francisco Bay Area

We marvel at Point Reyes and the choices of fun fresh things to do in this boundless and well-protected natural preserve.

What makes this house unique

Heart's Desire hikes, Bodega Bay for a tour of Hitchcock's set for The Birds and crab salad in town, oysters at Hog Island, dinner in Point Reyes, the local farmer's market on Saturdays, taking the hounds to Kehoe Beach for big tumbling waves, reading the paper at Drakes, blackberry picking in September...the list goes on and on!


Inverness House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 27
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Family and friends having fun is great, but no parties, none, as neighbors get upset and call.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Hot Outdoor Shower also available
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 3 Queen size Beds, 2 Bunk Beds (4 singles)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
House is a 5 minute walk to Tomales Bay; Inverness is very much a seaside town


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Big Lovely House in Inverness - Point Reyes National Seashore
average rating of 4.888889 based on 18 reviews

quiet cottage in the woods

  • 4 of 5

This was a lovely home with a well equipped kitchen and friendly neighbors-- perfect for family escape.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

What a dreamy house

  • 5 of 5

We loved this magical dream home. It's spacious, light-filled, and gorgeously laid out, with a beautiful yard. It's perfect for an enchanting weekend away. We're hoping to come back!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oakland, CA

Relaxing Inverness getaway

  • 5 of 5

The home was beautiful, kitchen was well stocked with cooking gear (we cooked a lot!), and the close proximity to hikes made it ideal. Although the neighboring houses are very close, it still felt private. The 'master' bedroom was especially lovely. Margaret was very responsive and generous, and gave us a great recommendation on a day hike right from the house, no car needed. My only complaint is that we couldn't stay longer. Thanks for having us in your home!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Overall, a very comfortable and pleasant home.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay over a rainy weekend in Inverness. We couldn't go outside like we wanted, but had a great time inside. The owner is very easy to communicate with and is prompt with communications. The house is large and well-equipped, making it very comfortable for 6 adults and 1 toddler.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful creekside home

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this beautiful, comfortable home in the woods of Inverness. The space was more than enough for eight of us, and the house is full of light (skylights, stained glass; loved the windows!) and the sound of the creek. The kitchen is perfectly stocked and a great, open space for cooking with friends. The kids enjoyed the rope swing and we appreciated the wood stove. It's a quick walk to a market, or a restaurant for oysters, and the neighbors were friendly and directed us through the trees to a trail up to Inverness ridge. And of course there's the easy access to Point Reyes beaches and trails. Thank you Margaret!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Perfect, Magical Home in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

We had a family get together for my brother's birthday. It was a last minute change of plan as our original arrangements fell through. Margaret was absolutely wonderful to work with. She accommodated us effortlessly and was a total joy to work with! Margaret was a life saver! The home was wonderful and easily housed all 8 of us. The kitchen was well appointed and flowed perfectly for all the cooks in the kitchen. It rained steadily the whole time we were there and couldn't have been lovelier. The wood burning stove kept us all cozy. It was wonderful watching the rain run down the windows and the creek rushing by. We only went out once for a birthday lunch. The rest of the time we enjoyed playing games, laughing, cooking and looking at all the interesting books on the shelves. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience that none of us will soon forget. Thank you again Margaret. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely return!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Inverness House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 19 2017 - Oct 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Oct 31 2017 - Nov 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter Holidays
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $165
Pet Fee $30
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

Please let me know your dates/guest number/adults & kids. This is a rare, original Inverness house, but not a party locale. Holidays are 550 per night, 3-5 night minimum.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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