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Frank's Place: Classic Inverness Home with Bay Views, Hot Tub

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (max 7 guests)

Frank's Place on Inverness Ridge is a charming Point Reyes rental home with panoramic bay views. With spacious living and sleeping areas, wifi and an outdoor hot tub, it's the perfect lodging for families on a Point Reyes adventure or couples seeking a secluded and romantic getaway.

The natural setting is spectacular, with lush surrounding forest giving way to open vistas and rough-and-tumble rhododendron gardens. Here on the ridge nights are dark and quiet, and mornings are beautiful whether drenched in clear light or sheathed in fog. Birds are abundant, including resident Pileated Woodpeckers and many others changing with the seasons. Ravens and hawks ride the winds out over the canyon. Scan the gardens or the meadow below and you may see deer, or even a fox or bobcat.

This classic Inverness style home was designed and built by local architect Jim Campe in 1986. The living room, bedrooms, decks and hot tub all face out over forested parkland to Tomales Bay and the hills beyond. In the main living area wood and tile floors and high, beamed ceilings create an expansive and elegant atmosphere, while clearstory windows capture the afternoon sun. Just down the hall, the carpeted master suite features a king-size bed and large private bathroom with two sinks, giant tub and walk-in shower.

Downstairs are two additional bedrooms with a shared second bathroom. A queen-size bed and TV in one of the bedrooms make it great for a second couple. The other is just right for kids, with two twin beds. A large inflatable mattress and porta-crib are also available if needed. Step out onto the downstairs porch to access the private hot tub.

An additional office room upstairs includes a sofa/daybed that can be made up for yet another sleeping option. WiFi from a cable Internet connection is available throughout, and there's a small computer in the office if you didn't bring your laptop. Cable TV is present upstairs and down, as well as a stereo system in the living room. CDs, games, puzzles, art and many books are here for your enjoyment.

If you're a veteran Point Reyes visitor you probably already have your own list of favorite hikes, beaches and activities--but we'll be happy to offer some suggestions! If you are new to the area you'll be amazed by the beauty and diversity of the Point Reyes National Seashore landscape, and charmed by the small but culturally rich towns of Inverness and Point Reyes Station. Fine dining at any of several great restaurants, delectable treats and coffee at the Bovine Bakery , and a wealth of local, organic and artisan food products are all just minutes away. Be sure to save some time for browsing the local shops and galleries.

Frank's Place is new to the Inverness and Point Reyes vacation rental market, but we are experienced rental owners with a property in Kona, Hawaii that we have been managing for many years. Our local innkeeper is just two doors down, and will ensure that everything is just right for your arrival.

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More Details

Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

About The Owner

The Norris family has a long association with Point Reyes dating back to the 1960s. Frank and Virginia built the house in 1986 and lived here for many years. Scott and Jennifer and the kids now live in Sacramento, and we still come out regularly. The house is beautiful--we've spruced it up and now it's ready for you to enjoy!

The Owner purchased this house in 1986

What makes this house unique

You'll love the peace and quiet! The property is beautifully situated in mature forest with plenty of sunlight and open vistas out across a forested canyon to the ridge line, Tomales Bay, and the hills beyond.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“Wow! What a great property. We thoroughly enjoyed the brilliant view, the comfy fireplace and the hot tub, too. I’m so glad my wife found this place to celebrate my birthday with two friends. We shall return!”
Oct 2009
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Point Reyes Station House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing


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Frank's Place: Classic Inverness Home with Bay Views, Hot Tub
average rating of 4.93617 based on 68 reviews
Berkeley, CA

Lovely House by Point Reyes National Seashore

  • 5 of 5

Our inter-generational family, from age 4 to 84, love this house. Located on a quiet road in Inverness, the home is peaceful with lovely views of nature from all rooms. The main living space is roomy, warm, and has lovely cathedral ceilings. The hot tub is lovely — great for stargazing. The caretakers are exceptional! Thank you to Kitsy and Doug and Jill, all of whom helped make our stay easy. My mother loved watching the birds, especially the gorgeous woodpeckers. The kids loved all the games. We all loved the walks right outside the door, the proximity to a market in Inverness Park, the well stocked kitchen (even for making a gingerbread house from scratch). We will stay here again. Thank you for this wonderful family-friendly home.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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perfect spot for a ladies weekend

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our weekend at Frank's place. The home is spacious, clean, and beautiful. We enjoyed relaxing meals in the dining room with a beautiful view of Tomales bay. The neighborhood is very quiet and relaxing. It was an easy location for us to get to hiking and running trails as well as easy to get into town. We highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An oasis getaway

  • 5 of 5

Wow, what an amazing place. We had friends in from out of town and wanted to do something special, and this totally filled the bill. The house is comfortable and clean, with lovely views of the surrounding trees and Tomales Bay. Sitting in the hot tub and looking up at the zillion stars above (including 2 shooting stars) was amazing. The beds are super comfortable and cozy...I slept better than I had in quite some time.

If you are looking for a spacious, quiet, and beautiful getaway, then this is the place for you!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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santa cruz california

Wonderful place only almost 1 mile up a steep hill

  • 4 of 5

Had everything great kitchen lots of space great reading

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious and tranquil

  • 5 of 5

Frank's Place is an attractive, well-equiped, well-located hideaway on the hillside facing Tomales Bay. It's a short drive to Pt Reyes Station and an even shorter drive to Inverness. Because of it's elevation and the steepness of the roads, it's not a place where you can walk or bike ride to town, but you can still hike around the hilltop area. It's a small price to pay for the view of the base of Tomales Bay.

Great, great hot tub. An old review was pretty critical of the water, but if there ever was a problem, it's gone. The bedrooms are well separated so guests can have privacy, and the living/dining common area is a perfect place to gather. The living room fireplace was also fantastic.

A couple of things in the listing were unclear (or I missed something):

- There's a gas barbeque

- The photos of the place feature an old tube television, but there a more recent flat screen (with digital/HDMI inputs if you care)

I'd say the only downside is it's somewhat isolated location, and the fact that some of the furnishings are worn (but comfortable). It's not perfect, but we loved it and would rent again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose, CA

Great house with outstanding views.

  • 5 of 5

Great open floor plan, great views, overall awesome property. We will definitely be looking to stay here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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