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The Artist Retreat Overlooking Point Reyes National Seashore

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Our home is perched at the top of Inverness Ridge with a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean, Farallon Islands, and the highest mountains of Point Reyes National Seashore. Absolute peace, quiet and fresh air, a five minute stroll from the park trails, a stay at the Artist Retreat is a deeply moving experience. Created by the authors of the best-selling book, Point Reyes Visions, from their own design, this 12 year old retreat has all the comforts of a lodge in the woods: a bath large enough for two, double shower heads, new towels and linens, a gourmet kitchen with a Dynasty range, Wi-Fi, a giant living/dining room with amazing picture windows and a 20 foot ceiling. The house is a green design, with passive solar heating plus a Danish Woodstove and backup central heating. The bathroom is tiled with tumbled Italian marble. A futon is available for a child or extra guest. There is a large deck with pristine views. The house is ideally suited for a couple, who want both luxury and nature!

Check in is at 4pm the first day of your stay and check out is at 12 noon. This gives us time to prepare a sparkling clean house for you. All towels and linens are freshly laundered. Floors are vacuumed and mopped.

The beauty of the Artist Retreat's Location: Point Reyes is a nature lover's dream vacation. It is ideal for kayaking, horse riding, swimming in Tomales Bay, hiking, both mountain and road biking and one of the best places to bird watch in the USA. It is the home of the organic food movement. Put Strauss organic cream in your coffee. Savor local eggs with Nieman Ranch bacon. Slurp an oyster, crack a local crab or barbeque a wild salmon. During the summer and fall, it has a wonderful weekly farmers market which amazed Prince Charles and Camilia. And yet Inverness is only an hour's drive from San Francisco, Napa Valley or Sonoma.

There are numerous hikes and biking trails and great beaches. You can hike or ride from your doorstep.

More reasons to choose the Artist Retreat: The Artist Retreat is equipped with an outside BBQ and picnic table. The walls are filled with the artwork of the owners, Kathleen Goodwin and Richard Blair, who have spent over 30 years chronicling the wilds of West Marin. Why stay in a small B&B or hotel room when you can live in an atmosphere that is so conducive to creativity, relaxation, physical fitness and rejuvenation.

The house has an interesting library, including five books by the owners.

Here is an excerpt from the Point Reyes Visions Guidebook by Artist Retreat owner Kathleen Goodwin:

We will guide you to many amazing places and magical experiences. We are so lucky that Point Reyes National Seashore and its environs have been saved by the National Park Service and its allies, the fiercely protective citizens of West Marin and the Bay area.

We welcome you! Our parks are for your enjoyment and to nurture your spirit. Our ranches provide your food plus habitat for wildlife. We are going to lead you to incredible places, some of which are very delicate and contain animals and birds which are barely holding on because their habitats are nearly gone. You, in return, must respect these places. . Slow down and look around.

We believe that people need to enjoy such a place. We know that parks breed nature activists. Since two million visitors come here each year, that can be a lot of votes that are pro-environment. If you like national parks, vote and encourage your friends to vote. When you’re back home, revitalized by Point Reyes, work to make your own environment and community as healthy as possible.

When we plan a trip here, we think, where will it be nice today? What’s the weather like, how much time do we have, what’s going on in the natural world? Is the tide going out? We think about beauty, our comfort and safety, and about opportunity. We visualize what beautiful sights we might see and what animals could be around. Learning about the Point Reyes peninsula is the study of a lifetime. The more you see, discover and study, the greater pleasure you will feel being here.

Point Reyes juts into the sea so it has a marine climate. The weather is the same as being out in the Pacific Ocean. Once, on a clear day, we were walking on the beach near the Cliff House in San Francisco and were shocked to see how far west the Point Reyes headland appeared in the ocean. It looked like an island. The ocean water is quite cold (47-55 degrees) because of the circulation of the ocean currents. The coast is often foggy from the cold water condensing the moisture in the air. During the summer, the heat rising in the Central Valley draws the fog inland. By mid-morning the fog has usually burned off, and returns in the late afternoon.

The changeable nature of the weather brings a luminous quality to the landscape, a wonderful asset for a visual artist. The bishop pine and Douglas fir forests are hauntingly beautiful when shrouded in fog. During spring, the hills are an almost unreal green. I always think that spring has arrived when I see my first Douglas iris of the year. California poppies, lupine, yarrow, mustard and Indian paintbrush bloom all over. The discovery of a Mission Bell flower is a rare treat.

The connection of water and land is easy to observe and enjoy. Beaches, and rocky cliffs with pounding waves, isolated coves, sunny surfing and sunbathing spots are all found here in profusion.
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1390 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome:

    Very young children are not advised as the house is not child proofed. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs OK. They must be well behaved, have flea control like frontline, and no barkers, as the neighbors value quiet! There is a charge of $40 per dog per stay....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Limited Accessibility:

    Please call us at 415 663-1616 for your special needs, there are two steps into the house, which is level inside....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Convertible bed(s)

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  • King size beds (1) Brand new very comfortable Cal King bed with 2 down comforters and 600 thread sheets., Queen size Beds (1) Pull out futon/ foam mattress if needed in living room....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

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  • Beautiful french six foot tub with Italian Marble tile. Shower has two nozzles so two can shower together, or one person can enjoy a double shower. (Great for foggy days)...moreless

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    Many CDs from classical to rock, blues, folk, and jazz....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    large flat screen TV with DVD...moreless

  • Video Library:

    We have about 20 movies on hand, plus there is a rental places in Inverness at the local market...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    View of mountains of Inverness ridge and Point Reyes National Seashore. We are nestled in the mountains....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    View of the Pacific Ocean and the Farallon Islands from the living room and deck....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Large formal wooden table, and a smaller table for serving, and casual meals...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Broadband Access:

    About 6 megs/sec....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    The laundry room is conveniently located between the bedroom and bathroom....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    The great outdoors...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating with thermostat. Very well insulated and lots of solar gain. Modern, safe construction to current earthquake standards....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi fi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    High quality sheets and down pillows and comforters and blankets....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Giant open area with great views from expansive picture windows. Oak floor, comfy chairs and couches....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    We have spotty coverage, you may or may not get reception....moreless

  • Parking:

    Safe convenient spot for the car....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Level parking area- easy access to house. No slopes....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Parking for about 30 foot max vehicle....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Local service only, please bring a phone card or cell phone to make outgoing calls or use the internet for VOIP....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Lots of clean white thick towels of all sizes....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Large washing machine with plenty of laundry supplies....moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

    Swiss wood stove with large window. Safe and efficient....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Grinder and Mr. FCoffee drip coffee machine available....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Extensive cooking saucepans and utensils. Also nice silverware....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Lots of plates, cups, etc....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Efficient KitchenAid dishwasher...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Gourmet kitchen with Dynasty stove, rice cooker, blender, bread machine. microwave, dishwasher, toaster, lots of plates and silverware, good pots and pans....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Large new microwave....moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Salt, pepper, sugar, honey, ketchup, granulated garlic powder...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Large side by side refrigerator with ice maker....moreless

  • Stove:

    Dynasty stove with large oven and broiler. Nice hood too....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Step out on to the 320 square foot deck with a view of the Pacific Ocean, the Farallones and the Point Reyes Nationals Seashore....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rental available in Point Reyes and Inverness...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 - May 29, 2017
3 night min stay
$350
June
Jun 1 - Jun 29, 2017
3 night min stay
$285

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

July 4th Weekend
Jun 30 - Jul 4, 2017
4 night min stay
$375

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

July
Jul 5 - Jul 31, 2017
4 night min stay
$285

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

August
Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2017
7 night min stay
$325
$7,500

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Labor Day weekend
Sep 1 - Sep 4, 2017
3 night min stay
$350

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Columbus Day weekend
Oct 6 - Oct 9, 2017
3 night min stay
$350

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Veterans Day weekend
Nov 9 - Nov 12, 2017
3 night min stay
$325

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Thanksgiving weekend
Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2017
4 night min stay
$375

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Winter
Dec 1 - Dec 21, 2017
2 night min stay
$265
$1,600

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Christmas and New Year
Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2018
7 night min stay
$375

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$285
$1,825

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $40
  • Tax Rate 10%

Notes:

Please give at least 14-Day Notice for full refund minus any processing fees that might have been incurred. There is no refund if less than two weeks, EXCEPT if we find another booking for the time and then you get a 100% refund for the days that have been booked.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.


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Location

50 Miles
Nearest Airport
SFO and Oakland
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Station House in Point Reyes
30 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Larkspur
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
San Geronimo
50 Miles
Nearest Train
San Francisco
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway One
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Stellina, Station House, The Olema, Saltwater
15 Miles
Nearest Beach
Limantour Beach

Car: Necessary

Horse riding, surfing, paddle boarding, art and photo classes, birding and nature walks.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1989

About the owner: We are Richard Blair and Kathleen Goodwin, photographers, artists and book publishers. We Have created 8 books on Point Reyes and Marin, which are best sellers. If you would like, we can help you find the best beaches and hikes, restaurants and things to do in Point Reyes!

Why the Owner Chose Point Reyes Station, CA, USA:
Our 'artist retreat' is on the top of Inverness Ridge, overlooking the National seashore. It is beautiful, healthy, quiet, and we live as part of nature.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Don't consider a hotel room when a visit here will make you feel like a local! An extra treat is the double shower in the tiled bathroom, so you and your partner can warm up together. The six foot french bathtub has both a reading and a reclining end! Classes in photography are available with the owner, who is a renowned photographer. The main benefit of being here is the sense of relaxation amidst such beauty.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

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Photos

  • View from living room at sunrise.

    View from living room at sunrise.

  • Front porch overlooking Inverness Ridge forest.

    Front porch overlooking Inverness Ridge forest.

  • The Artist Retreat has plenty of nice dinnerware and custom dining tables.

    The Artist Retreat has plenty of nice dinnerware and custom dining tables.

  • Hardwood floors, media cabinet with blu-ray player, audiophile speakers & LCD TV

    Hardwood floors, media cabinet with blu-ray player, audiophile speakers & LCD TV

  • Comfortable chairs and three couches. House is airy and fresh.

    Comfortable chairs and three couches. House is airy and fresh.

  • View on entering the house. Note the modern wood-burning stove.

    View on entering the house. Note the modern wood-burning stove.

  • Door to the private deck.

    Door to the private deck.

  • There are few, if any, VRBO properties with a better view than ours.

    There are few, if any, VRBO properties with a better view than ours.

  • Safe deck rail for kids and dogs.

    Safe deck rail for kids and dogs.

  • King size bed with great view, down comforters and pillows. Extra futon too.

    King size bed with great view, down comforters and pillows. Extra futon too.

  • Picnic table with a view.

    Picnic table with a view.

  • Well equipped kitchen. If you have forgotten a food item, we can probably help.

    Well equipped kitchen. If you have forgotten a food item, we can probably help.

  • Point Reyes Headlands and Drakes Bay

    Point Reyes Headlands and Drakes Bay

  • Sunny deck overlooks Point Reyes National Seashore and the Pacific Ocean.

    Sunny deck overlooks Point Reyes National Seashore and the Pacific Ocean.

  • Gourmet kitchen with Dynasty stove, SS dishwasher & sink.

    Gourmet kitchen with Dynasty stove, SS dishwasher & sink.

  • Wonderful artwork on the walls, eclectic music collection, iPhone jacks.

    Wonderful artwork on the walls, eclectic music collection, iPhone jacks.

  • Central heating ensures a comfortable stay. We have a southern exposure too.

    Central heating ensures a comfortable stay. We have a southern exposure too.

  • Many books to read. Art books on Point Reyes have been written by your hosts.

    Many books to read. Art books on Point Reyes have been written by your hosts.

  • View from the pantry. Large refrigerator, coffee machine and grinder, microwave.

    View from the pantry. Large refrigerator, coffee machine and grinder, microwave.

  • Chaise lounges on the deck.

    Chaise lounges on the deck.

  • Six foot French bathtub with a double shower done in Italian marble.

    Six foot French bathtub with a double shower done in Italian marble.

  • Kitchen and pantry. Twenty feet of counter top space to use.

    Kitchen and pantry. Twenty feet of counter top space to use.

  • View from the living room on a misty morning.

    View from the living room on a misty morning.

  • The bathroom floor has just been tiled with beautiful tumbled Italian marble.

    The bathroom floor has just been tiled with beautiful tumbled Italian marble.

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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