Ocean Front, Point Reyes, Tomales Bay, Vacation Rental Lodge Home(29 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2-4 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Waterfront, 3-4 Bedrooms + 2 Bath, (Sleeps 6 Adults & 2 Kids/Teens )
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.
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.
IT DOES NOT GET BETTER THAN THIS ON THE BAY
**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.
**Small events or gatherings will be considered on individual basis only, additional fees may apply. 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.
-The MBR is a private room with full Bath, across an 10' covered breezeway from the main entry to Barracca. with a separate covered entry ,It provides a incredible waterfront view of Tomales Bay , a full Bath, and complete privacy from main home.
Please provide ages of children of guests and indicate if you would like a high chair, or pak n play crib.( Please note it is not suitable to use priv MBR with sep entry if the children in the home are too young to sleep separately.)
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
- 2700 sq. ft.
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- 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....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Large vanities, bath gel, shampoo, hair dryer, & towels provided.
- 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...moreless
- CD Player
- DVD Player:
- Music Library:
- Video Library:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beach View
- Ocean View
All hills to the East of the home are organic ranch land and grazing. a All views from the home west are of the waters of Tomales Bay, and the preserved wild hills of Point Reyes National Park....moreless
- Water View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Pier Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
Vaulted with aged cedar, expansive waterfront western Tomales Bay view, candlelight dining at its best! Fabulous sunsets over the water *Highchair available with adv. notice at time of reservation....moreless
- Dining Room
- Seating for 8 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer
- Fitness Room / Equipment:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
Parking Off Street:
Barracca is at the end of a private road w/ Parking for 3 cars, private upper road can accommodate 2 additional cars. Please advise on reservation request how many cars will be in your group. Capool!...moreless
Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
Boats must be 14' or less given the turning radius for small trailers. Launch is near Nicks cove at Miller Park Launch. It is not recommended you boat, kayak or sail in Tomales Bay with out previous experience due to the significant wind, tide, and sand bar issues that prove challenging if not treacherous. Kayaking tours/rentals are available at Blue Water Kayaking web link on this site...moreless
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet:
Please only build fires when temperatures are chilly. Please bring your own kindling & logs measuring 16'' or smaller. The air quality at Tomales is awesome and we hope you will help us keep it that way. Fires are not allowed during spare the air days and do not encourage you to burn fires during warmer seasons to preserve our wonderful California air!...moreless
- Wood Stove:
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
Lawn / Garden:
Barracca is distanced from hwy 1 noise! Front lawn facing the Bay....one of their very few homes on the water that also has a lawn , play space, beach space, and hammocks to enjoy it all on a nice day...moreless
- Outdoor Grill:
- Water Sports Gear:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 26 - May 29, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 15 - Sep 4, 2017
4 night min stay
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Sep 5 - Oct 31, 2017
3 night min stay
Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2017
4 night min stay
Dec 22 - Dec 26, 2017
4 night min stay
Dec 28 - Jan 2, 2018
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
- Cleaning $150
- Tax Rate 10%
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.
Small events gatherings will be considered on an individual basis, additional cost will apply. For a traditional reservation at Barracca no additional guest may be on 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 during summer months, 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 /summer/holiday time for credit
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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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.
Year Purchased: 1983
About the owner: We purchased historical Barracca after scouring the California Coast for a unique waterfront property that provided; open water & landscape vistas, easy boat/kayak access, beautiful sunsets, and as 'Old California Coastal' character as we 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. 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.
Why the Owner Chose Marshall, CA, USA:
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 is this gem is only 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
The Unique Benefits at this House:
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
- Primary: +1 4156639543 10am-3pm, M-F, Pacific Coast Time
Links to more information:
Barracca on the Bay waterfront views, lounge in the hammock to reboot your soul.
A sunset view across Tomales Bay: Seals,Herons,Rays,Starfish & great bird watching
Memorable dining space with the Tomales Bay views.
Twin beds room with bay window and lush hillside view.
Master suite w/king bed, priv. bathroom, seperated from main house by breezeway
Cozy bunk room, sleeps 4 children-young teens. Reading lights & bay view. Due to extreme water shortage in Tomales, Point Reyes we will no longer rent to more than 6 guests total. The Bunk room may be temporarily omitted from leasing . Inquire Please.
Dine on the deck or enjoy the private Jacuzzi facing the bay for star gazing!
Enjoy appetizers and drinks at Nicks Cove Boat House:2 minute drive or walk!
A favorite daily shoreline guest heads home for the evening.
A cyclists paradise of rural roads ,quaint towns and awesome food, and views !
Barracca;1 hour N. of SF, Explore Pt Reyes,Sonoma,Marin, or Napa too !
Dusk,BBQ time at one of largest shore front vacation rentals on Tomales Bay
Cedar vaulted LR with drop dead view of Tomales Bay:suround sound entertainment
Spacious chefs kitchen. (see amenities list for details!)
Master Bedroom; Cozy Quilt, deluxe linens and bath amenities,hillside views
Main Bath with large vanity, shower, and most toiletries & hair dryer
Priv. MBR Seperated by covered breezeway from main house' toiletries provided..
4-6 person jacuzzi, perfect for a soak under the Milky Way.
'We return to Barracca again and again for this..' Thank you, M.A. Sausilito,CA
A 'Foodies' paradise. Yumm Local Hog Island Oysters;eat out or BBQ at Barracca !
Experience Tomales Bay ! Blue Water Kayak Rentals near Barracca in Marshall
Enjoy the treasure of hiking just off of Pierce Ranch;to spot herds of Tule Elk
Fire in the sky at Sunset; from the deck ! Come visit, make your own memories!
This listing was first published here in 2004.
Date last modified - Thursday, March 23, 2017
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