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Very Unique Private Home-Close to Beaches-Golf-San Francisco

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

6 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths, Sleeps 12

Please know that a maximum of 12 people are allowed in the home at anytime during your visit (no big parties or weddings).

“A Treetop Fantasy” Time Magazine

“Blackthorne floats among the treetops like a great ship” AAA's VIA magazine

Would you like your vacation or corporate retreat to be in a one-of-a-kind, totally unique home resembling a giant elegant tree house that Sunset magazine called “A carpenter’s fantasy”?

[Please Note: I just bought the beautiful 1-bedroom cabin next door. For guests that want to have 7 bedrooms and 7 baths, you can simply add $235 a night (plus tax and cleaning) to your bill and rent that cabin as well. Two pictures of the cabin are included on this page, or go to Home Away 3831658 or VRBO 3831658ha to see many pictures.]

The Blackthorne (formerly the Blackthorne Inn) is a 6 bedroom 5.5 bath totally private 3200 square foot home resembling a giant, elegant tree house with 3500 square feet of decking adjacent to a national park (The Point Reyes National Seashore) yet centrally located only 1.4 miles from the town of Point Reyes with its fine dining and shops, 2.5 miles from the village of Inverness, minutes from world class ocean beaches and Tomales Bay State Park swimming beaches, less than a mile from the Park’s headquarters with endless hiking trails and less than one hour from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and the Napa/Sonoma wine country.

“The Blackthorne, about an hour north of San Francisco, looks as if it were built by mad King Ludwig working in wood.” The Dallas Morning News

General Description: This 4-story home sits on a private 3 acres that feels like a thousand acres as you are surrounded by national park in total privacy. The Blackthorne rises to the level of the treetops with the help of a 4-story handmade cedar spiral staircase. The atrium built with floor-to-ceiling glass doors from San Francisco’s former train station connects to the living room with its 20 foot ceiling, 6 skylights, castle-like turrets, and walk-in stone fireplace.

First, Second and Third Floors: The first floor has two large bedrooms, one with its own additional sitting room, each with private entrances and decks. There is one full bath on this floor. The second floor has the living room, large dining area, kitchen, atrium, half bath and massive decking and separate laundry room with 1 washer and 2 dryers. The third floor has two very unique gabled bedrooms complete with skylights and stained glass, each with its own private bathroom and deck.

4th Floor and separate 1-bedroom suite: The octagonal shaped bedroom on the 4th floor has floor to ceiling glass on 7 of its 8 sides and treetop panoramic views on all sides. This room connects to a one-of-a-kind footbridge that leads to a private deck with bathroom and hot tub and both indoor and outdoor showers. In addition, there is a separate one-bedroom suite next to the 5-car parking area with queen bed, small living room, private bath and Satellite TV included with your rental.

“This is an architectural achievement. The operative word here is ‘elegant,’ for while whimsical in design, offers every imaginable comfort and feature”

Diane Siskin, Chattanooga New-Free Press

For your enjoyment The home comes with 4 televisions with 170 channels, DSL high speed wireless internet, 150 first run high definition movies (DVD's), over 100 CD's for music as well as 4 ipod players, five telephones with unlimited local and long distance calling (in the U.S.),a gas Bar BQ Grill, a sparkling hot tub and baby grand piano. In addition, guests are provided with 4 tennis racquets, tennis balls and a key to a private tennis court 3 minutes away for unlimited tennis.

If you want a one-of-a-kind experience that you, your family and friends will remember, talk about and return to, visit this unique place and see why the New York Times reader’s poll gave The Blackthorne its 5 star highest rating.

Although children love the Blackthorne, the home may not be suitable for young children as there are many stairs and balconies.

“Which brings us to treehouses. At their simplest they are for kids, at their most complex, for Tarzan and Jane. Or they were until The Blackthorne.”

Robert Ragaini, The Boston Sunday Globe

More Details

Owner
Belinda Meadows
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

About Belinda Meadows

My name is Robert Galliani. I am a 3rd generation San Franciscan. My wife of 23 years and I have three children ages 20, 22 and 24. We happily and very fortunately live in a beautiful place called Marin County California where our lives are intertwined and revolve around our children. We bought The Blackthorne and continually improve it. We invite people to rent it nightly and weekly to experience this unique, one-of-a-kind, hand made home, which we will keep in our family for generations.

Belinda Meadows purchased this house in 2010

Why Belinda Meadows chose Point Reyes Station

In 1975 a friend of mine who was a Princeton educated engineer and his wife bought a spectacular acre of land next to the Point Reyes National Seashore halfway between the village of Inverness CA and the town of Point Reyes CA. (1 hour from San Francisco). With the help of master craftsmen, he built a spectacular 4-story wood crafted 'castle' resembling a giant tree house that his wife named 'Blackthorne' after the main character in James Clavell's novel SHOGUN. From 1982 to October 2010 they ran it as a very successful and famous B&B. We bought it because the location is heaven on earth. The house is placed adjacent to a a national park surrounded and minutes from some of the best beaches in the world as well as the quaint town of Point Reyes with its fine restaurants and shops and the village of Inverness. 100,000 acres of national park covered with hiking trails is at our doorstep while Tomales Bay is 8 houses down the street and the city of San Francisco is a one hour drive away.

Amenities

Point Reyes Station House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , indoor and outdoor shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , i
  • 5.5 baths
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
  • 6 bedrooms. 4 with private bath. A total of 5 queen and 2 single beds.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Wood Deck
  • 20 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Wifi high speed internet. 5 telephones with unlimited calling (in the U.S.). 4 TV's with 170 channels (Direct TV). 135 High Definition first run movies. 2 i-pod players. Laundry room with washer and two dryers. Stone fireplace with unlimited firewood. All guests are given a key to a private tennis court 3 minutes from the home. Tennis Racquets and tennis balls provided.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.9506173 based on 81 reviews
4

Awesome weekend with 6 couples

  • 4 of 5

We had the Crow’s nest. Everyone loved the place! Hot tub was clean and the house was in good condition. Went to Hog Island on Saturday and bbq’d oysters. The weather was perfect as well! Couldn’t have been a better time! Thanks

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Belmont, CA
5

Best place I’ve ever stayed

  • 5 of 5

Third time staying here. A large group celebrating my birthday on New Years Eve and it was great. I can tell the new extra touches from the new property manager. Very nice.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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5

Great place for a family gathering

  • 5 of 5

We had several extended family members in for the holidays, and this house was perfect. Everyone loved the house and surroundings and had a great time. We will definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfectly amazing

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Blackthorne. It was perfect for our family Christmas weekend. The adult kids, teens and preteens loved it. Very unique design, spacious, comfortable and well appointed in a peaceful forest like setting. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Los Angeles
5

More than we could have ever asked for

  • 5 of 5

This place was more than we could have ever asked for. We rarely left the house because the house was truly all we needed. Nestled in the woods with great views, and comfortable accommodations for our group. My favorite room was the tower room with the deck leading to the hot tub. With unlimited firewood, we were able to have cozy nights in the living room by the fireplace which was so special and amazing. Not to mention a beautiful supply of cozy, furry blankets for the guests! Every moment spent at the Blackthorne was so special and a beautiful time for our group and we will surely be back. So grateful to have been able to use this space!

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Mystical Marin Hideaway a Great Find!

  • 4 of 5

Staying at the Blackthorne Inn is a little like staying in the Winchester Mystery House. You never know what you'll discover when you open another door, climb another flight of stairs, or survey your arboreal surroundings from atop the octagonal tower. The home was built in the 70s and still retains that woodsy, post-hippie vibe. The furniture is comfortably eclectic, the kitchen well stocked and easy to cook in. The location is great for all sorts of day trips - Point Reyes Lighthouse, national seashore hikes, Tule Elk preserve, Cheese Trail, and those amazing oyster farms. West Marin is a hidden treasure.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
San Francisco International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Town of Point Reyes
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
3 courses(San Geronimo, Indian Valley, Bodega Bay)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Town of Point Reyes
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Many National Park Beaches

Located Less Than One Hour North of San Francisco.

One hour from the Napa Valley wine country.

1.4 miles to town of Point Reyes.

2.5 miles to village of Inverness.

10-18 minutes from many National Park Ocean beaches.

Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, tennis, beaches.

Golf: San Geronimo golf course, Indian Valley golf course, Bodega Bay golf course.

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Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $265
Tax Rate 10.0%

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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