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Big Lovely House in Inverness - Point Reyes National Seashore

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Sleeps 4-8

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.

Owner prefers to be paid by paper checks. This saves on fees and can be sent along with usual contract. (A small quiet dog is okay, but no unruly or loud dogs allowed.)

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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Inverness House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • 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 ...
  • 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
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Wonderful Kauai style Outdoor Shower available and encouraged ! as helps the garden grow:)
  • 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


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Big Lovely House in Inverness - Point Reyes National Seashore
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 26 reviews

Authentically Groovy Coastal CA Style

  • 5 of 5

From the repurposed old growth lumber, to the stained glass windows, to its location in a riparian zone, this place has a wonderful slightly nautical and slightly 70s Marin vibe. The house is pretty harmonized with the natural surroundings. Cozy spot for playing board games by the fire.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a wonderful time here. The grounds are lovely, the house is well-appointed, and had plenty of private sleeping options for adults. Communication with the owners was timely and clear and there's a great binder of local information. This is a house that feely homey and well loved.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful house for a family reunion

  • 4 of 5

Our family spent a lovely 4 nights in Brook Ness! We especially appreciated

the imaginative design of the house and its use of recycled materials. The kids

were delighted with the huge assortment of toys and books. The adults enjoyed the fully equipped kitchen and the large common areas for

games and socializing. The upstairs master bedroom is a thing of beauty with its

gorgeous skylights and views of the tree canopy, full of feeding flocks of birds.

I personally prefer regular blankets over the now fashionable quilts in their duvets - too hot! but the well stocked house had a few blankets which I used. This house

is perfect for families with children and close to town as well as seashore.

If you want a wonderful, creekside spot for a reunion, this is it!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious and charming house in fantastic location!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a fantastic family weekend in Inverness. I love the wooden interior, large windows, layout of the house and all the space (two living rooms, large bar/counter in the kitchen). We enjoyed cooking dinner with the wood burning stove keeping us warm. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was well equipped. Margaret was very responsive to all questions I had and recommended some wonderful dog-friendly outings. We picked up picnic supplies from Cowgirl Creamery and spent a great day on Kehoe beach. I love the quiet neighborhood and proximity to Tomales Bay and Pt. Reyes Station. We are would love to rent this house again - a perfect getaway for a city family!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect place for a family vacation. The kitchen is spacious with 6 stools around a breakfast/bar counter, 8 seats around the dining room table, cast iron skillets and pots & pans...we cooked every meal during our stay.

The many bedrooms made living arrangements a cinch. The master bedroom has French windows that open up to a quiet balcony the size of a small living room shaded by a native oak with moss hanging from its branches. There are 4 bunk beds for little cousins to room together and catch up. Comfy sofas for talking late into the night are in the living room in the main house and in the attached wing. We roomed very comfortably.

We were surrounded by plenty of greenery. The fragrance of the trees make you feel you are at your aromatherapist. It smells like eucalyptus but I'm guessing it's laurel since we are on Laurel Lane. Jasmine and rose vines welcome you near the main entrance, a hammock tied to two redwoods invites you to relax, a rope swings from the right arm of a coast live oak, a backyard orchard with pears, apples, and mandarin oranges is hydrated by the running creek. You know how they used to sell CDs of sounds of the forest or the trickling of water? Well, this is that bubbling brook. You can see the neighbor's houses but you don't hear them, only the sound of water slaking the redwoods' thirst.

There is Wifi for the workaholics who want to stay in and tap on their keyboards while the rest of the family swim in the bay. We went up to Dillon beach where dogs can get their exercise unleashed but it was a bit misty and cold that day. It was sunny back in Point Reyes Station after passing through the oysters farms and restaurants, and the kids enjoyed the calm waters of Chicken Ranch beach on the other side.

Since it's a large house with so many beds, guests are asked to remake the beds. Gas is shut off in the summer, but you don't need the neater. If you're looking for something negative in this review to make it real, I really couldn't tell you. It was the best place for us, and even the adults who normally don't look forward to overnighting with relatives and kids, could relax and enjoy their stay. Everybody had a good time.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet, cozy home

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this home. Lots of places to sleep and also relax on comfortable couches under big windows looking out to the greenery of Invermess. Lots of wooden character and a nice outside table, hammock, and grass under a beautiful big tree with the sounds of the creek nearby. We had a lot of fun cooking after a day of hiking. Thanks so much for the stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Margaret

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

Margaret purchased this house in 2001

Why Margaret chose Inverness

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, walking Kehoe Beach for big tumbling waves, reading the paper at Drakes, blackberry picking in September...the list goes on and on!


Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $165
Pet Fee $30
Damage Deposit $500

Paying by paper check saves both guests and hosts more service fees, so we much prefer that mode. We send you the usual contract to mail back with checks, very simple and avoids extra costs :)
Please let me know your dates/guest number/adults & kids.
If you are just a couple, the base rate is 350 per night.
This is a rare, original Inverness house, but not a party locale.
One small and quiet dog would be considered, but no barkers out of consideration for neighbors :)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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