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Big Lovely House in Inverness - Point Reyes National Seashore

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

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.

If at all possible, owner prefers to be paid by paper check. This saves on fees and can be sent along with usual contract:) If you are staying a few days, I'm happy to split the vrbo service fee with you.

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

More Details

Owner
Margaret
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 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!

Amenities

Inverness House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 1:00 PM
  • 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 ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Hot Outdoor Shower also available
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 3 Queen size Beds, 2 Bunk Beds (4 singles)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
House is a 5 minute walk to Tomales Bay; Inverness is very much a seaside town

Reviews

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Big Lovely House in Inverness - Point Reyes National Seashore
average rating of 4.909091 based on 22 reviews
5

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: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

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: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Weir house.

  • 5 of 5

Warm,intelligent and comfortable!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Altos
5

Spacious and cozy at the same time

  • 5 of 5

For a family of introverts this house was a dream come true. So many places to get alone-time (the lovely garden hammock, outdoor dining table, garden chairs, delightful bedrooms), as well as two beautiful sitting rooms and a well appointed kitchen for being together and cooking. A friendly neighbor pointed out an osprey nest nearby, a passing deer engaged in a staring contest (and won, easily), squirrels squabbled on the roof, and the smell of bay laurels surrounded us.

Margaret was extremely helpful and a pleasure to interact with, and the house was in a perfect central location to explore the whole of the Point Reyes area.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

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
5

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
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Map

Nearest Airport
90 Miles
SFO
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Inverness House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
summer
Mar 19 2017 - Oct 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
$435
 
 
Fall
Oct 31 2017 - Nov 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
$425
 
 
Winter
Nov 17 2017 - Dec 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
$395
 
 
Winter Holidays
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
$700
 
 
Spring
Jan 3 2018 - Feb 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
$395
 
 
Summer
Mar 1 2018 - Oct 20 2018
2 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$350
 

Additional information about rental rates

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

Please let me know your dates/guest number/adults & kids. This is a rare, original Inverness house, but not a party locale.
I far prefer paper checks as payment; this is old fashioned but saves guests extra fees too, from paypal etc.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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