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The Artist Retreat Overlooking Point Reyes National Seashore

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,390 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


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.

More Details

Kathleen Goodwin
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

About Kathleen Goodwin

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!

Kathleen Goodwin purchased this house in 1989

Why Kathleen Goodwin chose San Francisco Bay Area

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you Kathleen and Richard for sharing your beautiful hilltop home with us. We loved sitting on the deck, being warmed by the sun and listening to nature. The view was peaceful. Time stood still as it should in such beautiful surroundings. Thanks for giving us a tour of your studio and far sharing insights into good hiking spots. We return home relaxed and full of love.
Mar 2013
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Point Reyes Station House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1390 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 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)
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • limited accessibility ...
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
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


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(19 traveler reviews)

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The Artist Retreat Overlooking Point Reyes National Seashore
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Wish we could stay longer. This is a beautiful well appointed retreat! My husband, our dog Zoey came for a quiet weekend and that is what we got. The cabin has expansive views of the ridge and the ocean beyond. The location is great for hiking,trail running,biking and strolling in the small towns in the area. Everything you need to cook and dine looking at the Sunset is in the cabin. We will be back with some friends. Kathleen and Richard are great host. Love their coffee table books.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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lovely quiet spacious

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful spot with a great view. Artist owners are very hospitable. Their books are lovely to view and their work (photography and painting) is a joy and refreshing to see. Kitchen is fully equipped and it is nice having one big room to enjoy with a smaller very comfortable room to sleep. Not to mention a nice bathroom and decks front and back. Plenty of room to relax, read, write or just enjoy the view.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Eva and Barry plus their sweet dog were a pleasure to host. We found we had much in common and enjoyed their company.
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3 wonderful nights on top of the hill in Inverness> Majestic views of the Farallon.

  • 5 of 5

The hosts own the property; Husband and wife well known photographers, painters and writers.

They recommended us to visit the most beautiful spots in the area. It was really magical.

MJK and PW

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a pleasure for us to turn our guests on to special hikes and wonderful places. We like sharing our good fortune to live in such a beautiful place. Kathleen
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Very special place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Peaceful, quiet, special hosts...this home is a very special place to be in touch with the moment. Everything was better than we were hoping for. Be sure to visit the studio for a special treat.

Sue and John

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always enjoy sharing our art work with our guests.
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Lovely location and hosts

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable cottage with great views, great hiking, and a cozy fireplace.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you stay. We're very glad you enjoyed yourselves despite quite a bit of rain! Kathleen and Richard
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Dreamy retreat with spectacular views.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Artist Retreat surrounded by incredible artwork, sea treasures and books. Very unique and comfortable. Excellent home base for all parts of Point Reyes. I wish we had time to set aside a day to just stay there and enjoy the view and all the books! Very clean, very well appointed and very fun!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you. Please stay with us again!
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
SFO and Oakland
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Station House in Point Reyes
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
San Geronimo
Nearest Train
50 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway One
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Stellina, Station House, The Olema, Saltwater
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Limantour Beach
Car: necessary

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


Rates & Availability

Point Reyes Station House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Columbus Day weekend
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Veterans Day weekend
Nov 9 2017 - Nov 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving weekend
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Christmas and New Year
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40
Tax Rate 10.0%

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 if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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