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Point Reyes, Tomales Bay, Vacation rental lodge home

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 6 nights

About the property

Waterfront, 3-4 Bedrooms + 2 Bath, (Sleeps 6 Adults & 2 Kids/Teens )

Barracca On The Bay is a secluded custom designed coastal vacation home on the East shore of the incredible Tomales Bay. It is the largest secluded shoreline vacation rental directly on Tomales Bay, and unlike other vacation homes is significantly distanced from the road noise of Hwy 1.

Panoramic western views of Tomales Bay and the Point Reyes National Seashore, fill the homes interior with an ever changing theater of waterfront vistas each season. Egrets, Herons, Pelicans, and seals are frequent visitors to the shoreline against a backdrop of the sparkling blue waters of the bay, and the untouched rolling hills of the Point Reyes beyond.

The lodge style home has aged cedar timbers vaulting all ceilings. Full redwood decks & panoramic windows capture western seashore, bay views, and magical sunsets. Barracca is a great private get away spot for a family, intimate reunions of friends, or couples seeking a very private romantic country retreat.

Several regular guests return frequently for 'inspirational solitude' & retreats as they compose new music, write, or capture the gorgeous environment for their art or photographic endeavors. Couples return for anniversaries and families return for new explorations of the many activities in the area and to create more cherished memories.

(Five star Rating in Northern California Romantic Getaways & featured in Sunset magazine)

After a day of coastal exploring, hiking, kayaking Tomales Bay, biking or just relaxing, return to a cozy fire at the shell & rock hearth, watch the sunset from the expansive decks, delight in creating a wonderful meal in the gourmet kitchen , barbecue fresh local seafood, meats or world famous fresh Hog Island Oysters brought in from just down the bay.

*Close the day with a soak in the spa under the cloak of the Milky Way. The secluded views, ambience, and private solitude, make Barracca a fantastic retreat for refreshing one's spirit and truly reconnecting with the sea and nature.


**Reservations. require returned signed lease for confirmed booking at time of payment. Or if Booking through VRBO leasee acknowledges having read lease on the link on this listing site, house rules, and all guests will abide by those terms, signed lease still required or reservation maybe cancelled.

** NO events or gatherings. Only guests listed on the initial confirmed reservation are allowed on the premises and property.

--Guest are provided with initial supply of TP, paper towel, Soaps for initial 2 days of stay.

Please provide ages of children of guests and indicate if you would like a high chair, or pak n play crib.

Keywords: Point Reyes vacation home rental, Tomales Bay waterfront vacation home, Point Reyes lodging, Tomales Bay Lodge home,Marshall, Point Reyes,Secluded, Tomales Bay,Tomales Bay Home rental, Kayak,West Marin Home Rental;

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Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2017

About Sandy

Steve and Barbara purchased historical Barracca after scouring the California Coast for a unique waterfront property that provided;water and landscape vistas, easy boat/kayak access, beautiful sunsets, and as 'Old California Coastal' character as they could find !

The original cabin and it's site have over a 100 year history too incredible to convey here! Safe to say we found the location, views and non touristy rural surroundings too captivating to leave. Steve, a residential Architect of estate custom homes in the SF Bay area designed and completely rebuilt the lodge style home in 2008. Retaining it's coastal lodge character and including a few of the antiques from the original home in the early 1900's while also upgrading all features: providing casual elegance and retreat amenities.

It has been a treasure to their family for multi-generation reunions, and also a refreshing change from the pace of life in the Bay Area.

Sandy purchased this house in 1983

Why Sandy chose San Francisco Bay Area

Barracca is on a very unique location for the Point Reyes & Tomales Bay area; unlike most other vacation rentals it is on its own private drive, waterfront, and secluded from the car noise of Hwy 1, which is at the back door of most other home rentals in the area.

Tomales Bay; this section of coast is one of the most untouched natural coastal areas within 1 hour of San Francisco. Unlike much of California it has changed very little in 60+ years!

We were charmed by the surrounding organic pasture lands of the Marin Hills & astounded at the ever-changing horizon over Tomales Bay each hour of the day, and each season of the year.

There was no larger waterfront parcel on the entire shoreline of Tomales bay with easy boating/kayaking access, nearby hiking,biking, or with such seclusion. Of course the miracle to us continues to be this gem could even be found with in an easy 1 hour drive from San Francisco and so few people seemed to know about it!

Hiking out to Tomales Point past herds of Tule elk, biking rural roads, kayaking at sunset, sailing, fishing,or just lounging on the deck provide restoration of the soul for our hectic family life in the Bay area.

We are 'Foodies' at heart and you just can't beat the wonderful locally grown foods served at the numerous great restaurants nearby or sold at the markets in Pt Reyes Station.

One of our favorite things to do after a full day in the park or on Tomales Bay is to head over to Hog Island Oyster company ( few minutes drive) to buy a few dozen oysters, go to the local market for their great organic produce, local wines,fresh seafood and gourmet cheeses.....then head home to Barracca for a sunset BBQ......making S'amores.....then a soak in the spa under the stars !

For longer stays; day trips to Napa Valley, Russian River, San Francisco, or Bodega Bay are all possible........After owning Barracca site for over 25 years we are still discovering new hikes, and new adventures in the surrounding area. (And great dining too

What makes this house unique

Our guests say our photos don't due the house justice. We'll work on that :~)

Barracca is graced with one of the largest secluded shore footage lots on the E. Shore of Tomales Bay while also being distanced enough from HWY 1 to ensure quiet, privacy & beautiful sunsets. Most other rental homes that are waterfront also have Hwy 1 at their back door: which means the contstant sounds of cars or motorcycles....not really a restful nature ambiance. The home also has a private generous front lawn, kayak or paddle board launch, and a relaxing hammo

Barracca is equipped with everything you would need for gourmet cooking.

Once here the worries of the world seem to melt away with the changing tides and sky.

There is a small beach a short walk from our door. Kayak rentals and boat launches just down the road. Gourmet dining and quaint turn of the century western towns a short drive away.

Our guests and family often choose to never leave Barracca for their entire stay just to relax and enjoy viewing the Bay, wildlife, sea life and birds.

The location of Barracca lends itself to short drives to the north to Dillon Beach, Bodega Bay or the other charming rural towns and beaches of Sonoma. Day trips to Sonoma ,Healdsburg, Napa, and the wine country are entirely feasible as well. To the South is the quaint western town of Point Reyes Station, Bolinas & Inverness. Across the Tomales Bay by kayak or car are thousands of acres and miles of diverse hiking trails, horseback riding, a lighthouse to explore, and naturalist guided hikes from the Point Reyes Visitor Center at Bear Valley.

At Barracca the Great Room has a pretty full DVD & music selection as well as shelves of books,local hiking ,wildlife guides, a game & toy cabinet. There is also a connection dock for your MP3 or IPod at the stereo.

The deck has full western views for incredible sunsets, a picnic table for dining outside, and a new Jacuzzi that can accommodate 4-6,perfect for stargazing at the night sky

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have rented numerous homes in Inverness, Marshall, Dillon Beach and even Bodega. This home is by far our favorite. It's a very private location

with huge waters view that offer spectacular sunsets and enchanting mornings as the mist rises off the Waters of Tomales Bay.

It is a short drive to Hog Island Oysters where we can purchase our dozens of Sweet water oysters to BBQ and enjoy at Barracca, or we can walk or take another short jaunt to Nicks Cove for a fabulous dinner or brunch.

this home is equipt with everything you could possible desire in terms of kitchen supplies, a great outdoor spa, games, books, classic records, gret beds, and an endless array of beaches to explore, hikes to take in the seashore, and some of the best foodie experiences in the Bay area, let alone

the USA. This was our second time here and we are already booking another stay. This home is beautiful inside and out, great attention to detail and design. Thank you for sharing it with us.
May 2013
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Point Reyes, Tomales Bay, Vacation rental lodge home
average rating of 4.928571 based on 34 reviews

December stay

  • 5 of 5

Six of us (four adults and two children, ages 6 and 5) stayed at the house for four days in December. We took our chances with the weather, but it turned out to be crystal clear and even more beautiful than the pictures show. Everyone enjoyed the peace afforded by the house and the views. The kids never ran out of things to do…watching the water, finding shells on the beach, playing monopoly or looking at the stars so far away from the lights of civilization. A very restful experience for all.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Orange County, CA

Best time right on the bay. Absolute peace and rest...

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time, was just too short. The house is great and has everything you need for a relaxed get away. Nothing to complain about. The area has sooo much to offer and is any photography lover's dream... We will be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review! Your kids are perfect ages for enjoying the area, tidepooling , hiking, and exploring! So glad you enjoyed your stay and do hope you will decide to return and sample the variety of family outings in the area during another season.....and yes longer is better for the soul !
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Nice and would be great with a bit of customer focus

  • 3 of 5

Beautiful property with great kitchen and living area's and views. Downside. Ran out of toilet paper before we left. Property manager sent an email offering a highchair knowing we had children and were in transit and no email access on the day of our arrival. Also sent lease at last minute and we felt had no choice but to sign

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As owners of Barracca we take great pride in the fact that we have never received less than a 5 star review in over 25 years of managing vacation rentals. We always receive many compliments on the the spectacular location, the design of the home, the high quality of the furnishings, and the cleanliness & the many amenities not usually provided in vacation rentals. The critical comments of this guest would have been entirely avoided had the guest provided a accurate email initially to which they would acknowledge our many emails! as well as respond. Had they responded the several emails or phone calls to them after their reservation the many communication problems which ensued could have been avoided. They finally provided an additional email contact a week before arriving. ( Not property managements fault what so ever.) ---it's required by our guest agreement that all guests read the house manual upon arrival. We request this because it helps guests settle in and know how things function , the location of additional supplies, as well as the phone # of the property manager if one has additional needs or concerns. This guest did not read the house manual and they failed to respond to all early emails which would have resolved all their issues. SO grateful this is not a common occurrence at Barracca on Tomales Bay!
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  • 5 of 5

Well organized/supplied, good communication with owner, lovely and quiet location, nicely equipped for the toddler in our party. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolute comfort in an exquisite location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Baracca. The house itself is spacious and comfortable — just the right balance of homey and luxurious. The views are fantastic from every room, it's very quiet, everything was super clean, the beds were very comfy. We made use of the well-equipped kitchen for many of our meals, and also enjoyed the quick drive to Pt. Reyes and Tomales for when we needed provisions. The waterfront offered great entertainment for our young son, who enjoyed finding anemones and crabs at low tide. We had one fogless evening that delivered a gorgeous sunset and a sky full of stars for viewing from the hot tub. We can't wait to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA USA

Wonderful Home on Tomales Bay

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time at Baracca on the Bay. It was well appointed and perfect for two small families. The owner and property manager were both very helpful and responded to questions very promptly. We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Joe, Thanks for taking the time to share your review of your stay at Barracca . We were thinking of you that weekend as we had heard a young whale was spotted just off shore in the bay! Regardless the season it's always mesmerizing to to be on the water and enjoy a needed nature break! Hope you will indeed return again soon. B
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nicks Cove, Marshall,CA, Tony's seafood Marshall
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Bodega Bay, San Geronimo, Nicassio: public links
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nicks Cove, Toni's Seafood, Hog Island Oyster,
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
PRIV. little beach at entry , or Dillion Beac
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Blue Water Kayak Rental
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: necessary

Located on a quite private Driveway just off HWY #1 considered one of the most scenic drives in N. California. Unlike most vacation rentals along Tomales Bay Barracca is buffered from road noise by a large cliff & hillside grove of trees. This. provides solitude and awesome views westward of the bay and the wild hillsides of the seashore.

At or very near Barracca:

Boating (large boat launches @ nearby Millerton or Dillon Beach, kayaks and small canoes or paddle-board launch at Barracca),

Farm to Food Gourmet events and classes locally, fabulous restaurants in PT Reyes, boutique shops, Galleries, Tide-Pooling, Bird Watching, Hammock Lounging,Hiking in Pt Reyes National Seashore, Docent led hikes and children's summer programs, biking possibilities are endless, kayak rentals nearby, Day Trips to Napa, Sonoma, Russian River, San Francisco, Sausalito, Dillon Beach, and Numerous Beaches Along the Sonoma/Marin Coastlines.

Petaluma;, River front dining / shopping, state fair,, yoga classes, outlet mall.

Other surrounding towns: See activities Calendars for ea. town or Marin /Sonoma County.

Pt Reyes, Massage by arrangement at the house or in Pt Reyes.


Rates & Availability

Marshall House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Presidents Day
Feb 16 2017 - Feb 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 17
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 11 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
6 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Sep 12 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 10.0%

All reservations/booking are tentative until property manager receives a signed lease agreement, electronic signature acceptable, or email scan return of all pages including signature. If a lease , payment or security deposit requirements are not completed and submitted to the owner/property manager the reservation maybe canceled with no further obligation to book by owner.
Any reservations which are affiliated with an event at nearby property are required to also purchase maximum insur. coverage for additional cleaning or damages. $99 as well as deposit $ 1000 refundable deposit with property manager or owner.

No gatherings at Barracca or the premises exceeding the guests listed on lease, or 3 cars.
No loud outdoor music,pets,fires, fireworks on premises at any time.
The bunks are suitable for children/teens on upper bunks only
Cancellation / refund policy: we encourage you to get trip insurance
+61 days before start of stay, full refund
31-60 days before start of stay, deposit forfeited, unless able to rebook. (Summer season excluded from lease refund unless able to release for same dates) A $100 admin. Fee will be deducted from security/damage deposit.
Monthly rental- requires a 90 day cancellation for refund of lease payment unless released for reserved dates.$100 admin fee applies.
Cancellations 1-30 days before start of stay, traveler forfeits 100% of all lease payment , fees payment,+ $ 100 Admin. fee (cleaning and remaining security deposit refunded.) We can possibly provide a 50%/ or credit toward a non holiday/high season stay if another reservation uses the same # of nights equivalent booking rate.
Non Holiday/summer cancellation before the 21st day of start of stay can be rolled to another like stay during a non /sumerholiday time for credit

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.
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Marshall House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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 ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Master ensuite, hillside view
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Hillside view, large vanity
  • Large vanities, bath gel, shampoo, hair dryer, & towels provided.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Master Suite, spectacular Bay views, Bathroom ensuite
    Bedroom 4 - 2 bunk bed , Upper bunks only for kids or teens , Play n Pak Crib avail.
  • Bedroom 3; Master suite is separated from main house by a breezeway and also has a private ensuite bathroom and gorgeous Tomales Bay Views. Bedroom 4; Contains 2 bunk beds which can be suitable for children-adults on the bottom bunks, & 2 upper bunks for children over 5y.o - teens Play N Pak crib sleeper available upon request for children under 14 mos.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Due to the Sensitive Nature of the Environment, Cannot Accommodate Gatherings, Parties or more people than indicated on lease. Lease must be signed and returned t confirm reservation, or reservation may be cancelled. Guests are provided with an initial supply of TP, soap and paper towel for 2-3 days, guests must supply thereafter. **Barracca has been acclaimed as the only private waterfront vacation rental in the Pt Reyes area with large private waterfront vistas on a private drive and quietly off scenic Hwy #1. Most other rentals on the east shore of Tomales Bay may enjoy similar spectacular sunsets, however Highway 1 is right at their back door and can get quite noisy. Barracca also has a lawn area for play and hammocks, and a small beach at the entry drive. * Received the Marin Coastal Editors five star rating for home vacation rentals and mentioned in Sunset magazine in 2001 as a great alternative to B&B's or hotels for view,value, comfort, spaciousness & amenities

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