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Whitney House-Spectacular Location W/ Private Beach & Dock

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Enjoy a 120 degree view of Tomales Bay, Elephant Mountain, Mount Tam and your own two acre sunny meadow, all while relaxing in front of the fire in the Bernardi designed redwood and glass living room.(Each bedroom has a bay view as well.) Walk down the meadow to a magical stairway in the woods that leads to the shore and private dock. Feel free to bring your own watercraft to fully enjoy this remarkable location. Or just dive off the float for a refreshing swim. Chicken Ranch Beach is two minutes to the south and Shell beach five minutes to the north; and the beaches of Point Reyes as well as the lighthouse are just 15 minutes by car. The large brick patio offers the fullness of indoor outdoor living. Words cannot describe the beauty and serenity of dawn or dusk in this truly unique setting.

Keywords: waterfront, vacation, dock, near Point Reyes National Seashore ,quiet, views ,meadow, beach

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Dakota Whtney
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

About Dakota Whtney

Hello my name is Nick Whitney and I was raised in Berkeley, California. and grew up coming to our family home in Inverness on weekends and summers.

I learned to swim and sail on Tomales Bay with my two siblings Kathleen and Pete we are now the owners of this family gem and are caretaking it for the use of generations to come.

Dakota Whtney purchased this house in 1950

Why Dakota Whtney chose Inverness

Back in the 1930s my father, Jim Whitney, then a teenager, would walk from the village of Inverness the two and a half miles to Shell Beach climbing the hill just north of Chicken Ranch he would crest a hill above the bay and cross the most beautiful meadow. He told his young bride Deborah that if the land was ever sold he'd love to build a home and raise their family there. Fortunately, what had been McConnell's Dairy's pasture was soon subdivided and Jim and Deborah were able to fulfill their dreams. They raised three children there, Kathleen, Peter, and Nick. Deborah is now 97 and still spends time every summer at this wonderful retreat, as do Kathleen, Pete and Deborah's 10 grandchildren. Nick, his wife Elan, and their daughter Dakota manage the property.

What makes this house unique

This rustic family home is a great location for friends and families to just relax and enjoy the view or play a pick up game of whiffleball in the meadow. Our home appeals to every generation.

When you are staying at Whitney House it's easy to enjoy Tomales Bay and the numerous Pt. Reyes National Seahore activities because you are so close to the bay and beaches.

The large open living room and dining area make for memorable family dinners and then it's fun to curl up in front of the fire place and play a game or read. PLEASE NOTE: Gatherings of more than ten people are not permitted.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We only stayed one night but loved the feeling of a Berkeley-style selection of books, lovely light coming in the windows, rustic charm and home-iness. Hope to return sometime with our dog and children. Thanks for everything
Jan 2011
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Inverness House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 tub and shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen Beds (2)and Small twins (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Brick patio in front of the house with lovely views of Tomales bay, private dock, two acre meadow, ten minute walk to beautiful beaches, stairs to bay access and boat dock, basketball hoop on patio. Ten minute walk to a kayak rental site. Our house has great views of the water from every room. Please note: Our house is in a neighborhood where we cannot accommodate gatherings of more than ten guests.


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Whitney House-Spectacular Location W/ Private Beach & Dock
average rating of 4.928571 based on 34 reviews

Love this place!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here twice because we love it so. Having grown up in Inverness, it's hard to find a place that captures both the Inverness feel, but is also functional and has all the amenities you need. It's very cozy, with a big fireplace and open floor plan. The views are incredible and access to a dock is great if you want to do any kayaking or sailing. We'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed our place!
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Such a cool house located in a beautiful place.

  • 5 of 5

Like the heading says, such a cool house located in a beautiful place. It was a fantastic place for my wife and I, to recharge our energy. Fun place to meditate, with sounds of crows chasing the turkey vulture, as an odstical to overcome. Truly fun. Deer walking on property. Including baby deer. We are fireplace people and so, we burned a great fire every night. The place had plenty of firewood and it was awesome using the carriage to transfer the wood. Also, the fireplace it self is an AWESOME FIREPLACE. Location, is also fantastic. The immediate area where this house is located, is lush, and covered with fully grown trees and foliage. Friendly neighborhood. We took many walks and enjoyed them immensely. There was a cool boat dock. I did some magnet fishing for meteorites around the dock. ( be careful, some of the boards are loose. )

There is lots to do on the island. Local towns were cute and some had great food.

We stayed for 8 days.

I would definitely recommend this house and hope one day to come back.

Of course, if you come with a bad attitude, you will notice irrelevant issues with the house itself.

But, you go ahead and look past all that and you, will see bliss.

P.s. The owner is very nice and polite lady. Thank you for letting us use your wonderful place.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re so glad that you enjoyed your stay in our little corner of the world! Thank you for your review!
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Wonderful house, sublime location

  • 5 of 5

What a peaceful place! We loved walking on the shoreline, sitting by the fireplace, slurping down Hog Island oysters, watching a doe and her fawns eating and resting in the yard, and enjoying each other's company. Wish we could stay longer and look forward to our next visit!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay!
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Thank you

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for another wonderful visit. We really appreciate it. We miss the Whitney House already!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very special place

  • 5 of 5

This house exceeded all of our expectations. The view, the yard, the dock and especially the house were all beautiful. Dakota was extremely helpful and accommodating in settling all of the details of our trip. We hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re so glad you enjoyed your visit!
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This house IS the dream.

  • 5 of 5

From the tree lined lot with magical Bay views to every perfect piece of wood that made up the house in its entirety... it’s true perfection. Thank you so much for having us. We fell in love with your place so many times. We hope to come back again if you will have us. Thank you for letting us use your kayak too! :)



  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

We are five minute drive to the Point Reyes National Seashore, a fantastic park to explore by hiking, biking or beach walks. You can walk to the Beaches of Tomales Bay an inlet of the Pacific Ocean from our back yard or sit on the patio and enjoy the amazing water view with your favorite book.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $90 + Tax

**Our house is in a neighborhood where we cannot accommodate gatherings of more than ten guests.

**The seventh night free (weekly rate of $2100) is not available for stays that include all or part of a holiday weekend.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Payment is by cash or check in advance unless other arrangements are made with owner.

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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