About the property
- House2895 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights
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.
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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- Calendar last updated:
- May 18, 2018
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.
Sandy purchased this House in 1983
Why Sandy chose McDonald
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)
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 hammoc 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 tfor4-6, perfect for stargazing at the night sky!
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Check-in: 3:30 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
What a wonderful place!
The perfect view, the perfect hosts, the perfect house. Everything was ideal. Would happily stay here again, and can unreservedly recommend it to others!
Spectacular Tomales Bay retreat!
We could not have loved our stay st Baracca more. This is a gem of a property with all the essentials and more. The house layout is excellent, the kitchen well stocked, and the perfect vantage point for savoring all Tomales Bay has to offer. The property manager is terrific to work with. Baracca has everything you could want for a wonderful vacation. We will definitely go back!
The best time
Such an amazing and lovely retreat, with attentive and great owners!
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your review!
We knew you were in for a great vacation and hope you will decide to return soon!
Total Chill Experience
Very warm, welcoming. Awesome views. Best provisioned, organized kitchen. Relaxing: Semi off the grid experience.Would rent again.
A wonderful house in a spectacular location
We spent five nights at this house and thought it was just terrific. The house itself is meticulously well-maintained and is stocked with everything you need. Unlike many waterfront properties in the area, this house feels new (though still charming), and has clearly been upgraded and renovated to a high level. Add to that a location along Tomales Bay that can't be beat: Unobstructed sunset views of the bay and the pristine hills of Point Reyes National Seashore, without the road noise that plagues many houses along Highway 1 (as it is located away from the road and well below it). We look forward to returning.
Amazing views, house, and property.
The place was more breathtaking than pictures could ever do justice. The bay is stunning and the accommodations are perfect. I couldn't recommend another place more.
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
Additional information about rental rates
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 or cars may be on the premises exceeding the guests orlisted on lease unless cleared with the owner or property Mgr. 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. 14-31 days before start of stay during summer months, 50% 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