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Pt Reyes 2 Cottage Retreat Over Tomales Bay from $225/nt

Bedrooms 2
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

5 acre wooded retreat with stunning Tomales Bay Views

NEW VACATION RENTAL! Private 5 acre forested, hillside retreat overlooking Tomales Bay and the hills of West Marin, just a few minute walk to historic Inverness town through a private trail. Great for larger family event or very special stay for a couple or group of friends. The “Oaktopia Refuge” is nestled amidst the oaks of the Inverness Ridge and is surrounded by parkland of the Pt Reyes National Seashore.

A chalet and 2nd cottage have an Old Inverness Charm and a warmth that will either compel you to spend your time relaxing on site, or serve as a welcome refuge after a day of hiking; swimming; boating; biking; bird-, seal-, whale-, and elk-watching; oystering; or simply sightseeing. Oaktopia Refuge is located 5 minutes from historic Pt Reyes Station, with its bookstores, local artisans, and restaurants; is just minutes to the hidden and not-so-hidden beaches of Tomales Bay; and is perfectly located for easy access to all the jaw-dropping hiking trails and Pacific Ocean beaches of Pt Reyes National Seashore.

The 2 story chalet has a front entrance that overlooks a deck, a lily pond, fountain, and the Inverness Ridge. The backside of the chalet has sliding paned wooden doors that open to a hot tub and classic views of Tomales Bay. The ground floor also has a full kitchen, dining area, propane-powered hearth, pullout couch and a piano. The upstairs is a slanted-roof, open-loft area with 2 full beds, and can also house a child’s bed (sleeps 5-6 comfortably).

The cottage has a rustic, tasteful wooden interior, wood-burning and electric furnaces, a full kitchen, a main room with queen bed and dining area, a bedroom with a double futon on a frame, and a deck with a gorgeous view of the bay (sleeps 3-4 comfortably). There also is a separate wooden shingled studio that can be used for a yoga or meditation space, as a game room, or as an art studio, or a fun sleeping cabin for kids in the summer. While Oaktopia Refuge is perfect for couples and friends, it is also child and family-friendly, with a swing-set, a swinging hammock as well as a large stone patio for basketball or badminton.

Only 1 hour from Golden Gate and Richmond Bridges. We invite you to come stay in this unique and special retreat – for just a weekend to re-charge , or for a full week or 2 to really get to know the extraordinary natural wonder and cultural treasure that is Pt Reyes National Seashore. If you have a smaller group, please inquire.

Keywords: Cottage, hot tub, Point Reyes, Cabin, views, Tomales Bay, vacation rental

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

About The Owner

We are a family of 5 (the 5th was on the way when this photo in Patagonia was taken!) who love to travel to the world's most beautiful places. Living in San Francisco, we have spent many, many glorious days and nights in the Point Reyes area. It is a magical part of the world. We have always dreamed of having a place all our own there, a place close by where we can relax, hike, kayak, bike, see wildlife, read, cook well, eat well and enjoy friends and family. We found a very special retreat...a place our twin boys named 'Oaktopia Refuge' --a play on Utopia (that's what they feel about the place) and Oak trees (lots of Oaks up there). If you like living the good life in a rustic setting, this place is for you. Because there are two dwellings on the site, it is large enough to host an extended family or group of friends, or small enough for a weekend get-away for a couple or a small family with kids.

The Owner purchased this chalet in 2009

Why The Owner chose San Francisco Bay Area

Oaktopia Refuge is perfectly located -- only 1 hour or so from San Francisco or Berkeley. You can walk down a trail and get to the town of Inverness, and check out its galleries and library, or drive right over to Pt Reyes Station and buy phenomenal organic produce and local cheeses, or hear music at the Dance Hall. Or you can bike a few minutes to Shell Beach or Heart's Desire Beach on the bayside, or drive a few minutes north to Abbott's Lagoon hike or McLure's Beach on the Pacific Ocean side, or head west to the Lighthouse and Drakes' Bay. Finally, why not plop your kayak or canoe into the water and transport yourself that way?

What makes this chalet unique

We find that we are able to escape the stresses of modern life in a remarkably rapid timeframe and get into a different zone with each other. Our biggest problem is deciding whether to stay in and enjoy the comfort of the chalet and cottage, or venture out for a hike, a swim, or an art showing. We also find that the retreat is large enough to have 2 families up, without getting in each others' way, or small enough for parties of 2-4.


Inverness Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Queen size Beds (1) In cottage, Double Beds (3) 2 in Chalet loft, 1 double futon on frame in cottage, Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Port-a-crib available upon request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sleeps 1-2
  • Deck / Patio ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Basketball/badminton court/brick play/party area; pond; swing set; hammock swing; art/yoga/play studio; kayak and canoe available upon request, but use at own risk.


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Pt Reyes 2 Cottage Retreat Over Tomales Bay from $225/nt
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

peaceful, great views, also very kid friendly with swing set and basketball. Awesome hot tub!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at oaktopia and in Inverness. The cozy and treetop-feeling home was great for hanging out and playing games in and also a perfect launchpad for hiking, swimming, and other adventures. We loved swimming at Shell beach and running around at McClure's beach by tómales point, where we hiked and ran on the trail to see the elk. Had a great night eating dinner at the house and another with delicious pizza in PT Reyes station. The views from the house are beautiful and the hot tub is an amazing way to start and end the day. We had family in the cottage too and it was a perfect layout for our two families to be together but with a little space (we have kids and they don't!). Dean was very communicative and helpful from booking through our stay and everything clear and easy. The open floor plan is beautiful though be prepared with a toddler to make things work with noise etc for sleeping and also for stair climbing. Our kids loved the swings, finding banana slugs, and all the great board games. Definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful spot for a reunion!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay with a group of 8 grad school friends. Gorgeous property with plenty of sleeping space and great views. Really enjoyed the hot tub and the location in general, tons of great hikes and walks nearby. Owners were really friendly and super responsive. Would absolutely recommend!!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and peacefull

  • 5 of 5

Nice little cabin and cottage. The location was great. Enjoyed Shell Beach and the trip to the lighthouse. Dean was helpful and responsive. There is a small beach across the road from the driveway.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, clean, beautiful view, great location

  • 4 of 5

It was everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Headquarters...or a Destination?

  • 5 of 5

Inverness is a playground for me. I can think of a dozen things I want to do right when I drive into town. Yet, when I arrived in Oaktopia, I suddenly felt like I didn't need to go much of anywhere. The view encompasses so much of lovely Tomales Bay and the hills beyond. The towering trees are a feast for the senses. The homes are appointed with everything you need, if not everything you want. Go ahead. Settle in.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Cottages; Perfect and Secluded Setting

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful, unique setting for my birthday weekend gathering of close friends and family. The two cottages are furnished and filled with love, care, and hospitality, and the property has both cozy, wooded seclusion and a wide open view onto Tomales Bay (especially enjoyable from the backyard hot tub). We enjoyed cooking together in the well-appointed kitchen (note that the stove/oven is smaller than standard size) and sharing meals around the generous dining table. Special features - the piano, the mini basketball patio, the swing set - add to the warmth and character of this clearly beloved vacation home. There's a nice balance between craft and design vs rustic, natural beauty: the papyrus shading the pond, the woodwork amid the woods - it's quintessential West Marin charm. And just like a previous renter/reviewer, on my first night we caught sight of a fox strolling through the backyard - maybe he's a regular! We also saw a pair of deer, a bald eagle, several hawks, and at night, heard a chorus of coyotes.

It was one of the most special getaways I've ever had. I hope to have the good fortune of returning to this beautiful place, one day soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Chicken Ranch


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $250

Price if for Main Chalet. For an additional $175 a night plus 75$ cleaning fee, you can also rent the guest cottage.

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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