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Straus Home Ranch: 5-Star, 166-Acre Organic Farm on Tomales Bay / Marshall

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Our home, built in 1864, renovated and opened as a vacation rental in 2014.

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Last updated: 07/30/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Beautifully renovated 1864 farmhouse, surrounded by towering eucalyptus and cypress trees, on 166 certified organic acres, on the shores of Tomales Bay. Our house is a 30-second walk to the beach, perfect for launching your kayak and watching spectacular sunsets.

The House: Setup with everything you’ll need – new beds and luxurious feeling bedding, fully-equipped gourmet kitchen, 1910 Steinway Grand Piano, Wi-Fi, flat screen TV and DVDs, indoor and outdoor games, BBQ, patio, upper and lower porches for chillin’, lots of room to hang out (inside and outside), towels, beach towels, hair dryers, and many amenities provided – all in incomparably-beautiful surroundings. Seriously, this place is magical. Our house accommodates 10 (total, adults and kids): 4 bedrooms upstairs, each with queen bed; plus a queen pull-out sofa in the downstairs den.

Eating: West Marin is a foodie Mecca, including Nick’s Cove, Hog Island Oyster Company, Marshall Store, Rocker Oysterfellas, Osteria Stellina, Cowgirl Creamery, Heidrun Meadery and so much more. Straus Family Creamery isn’t bad, either ☺. Pick up some pastries at the Tomales Bakery or Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes Station. Or, cook at home with our terrific kitchen. Or shuck and BBQ oysters on our patio. Or … ask us about having an incredible meal prepared by Stacy, our on-site and truly terrific caterer / private chef.

West Marin is a slice of paradise – kayaking on the Bay, hiking in the Point Reyes National Seashore, home to artisan cheeses, fresh local oysters and a serene country escape (but still only an hour’s drive to SF or Wine Country).

Want to know more about Marin County's rich environmental, sustainable agriculture and organic food history? Just ask siblings Vivien and Michael Straus - we can share stories about the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT.org) - co-founded by our mother Ellen; stories about launching Straus Family Creamery (owned separately by our brother) and the local artisan cheese scene (Vivien created the CheeseTrail.org map and app). Want to talk about psychic phenomena? That's Michael's department :)

Come out to Marshall - the only town where the population minus the elevation equals the speed limit.

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Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 2800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Downstairs Bathroom: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Upstairs Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Great library covering many topics....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Plenty of board games, puzzles and outdoor games (badminton, horseshoes, yoga mats, paddle ball, etc.), ...moreless

  • Television:

    47' Flat Screen...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Limited DVD library, but TV is hooked up to Internet, and setup with Amazon Prime (many free movies, plus pay-per-view)...moreless

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront:

    Our home sits on Tomales Bay (well, on the inland side of Highway 1) - HUGE view from the house and about 45 second walk to the beach! ...moreless

  • Rural
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Our dining room table, 10' long, handcrafted by Darrel DeBoer with old-growth redwood boards from our barn....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Clothes Washer & Dryer (with eco-friendly laundry detergent, of course :)...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Wi-Fi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Four cars max....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Land line available as cellphones don't work in our rural area....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Clothes Washer & Dryer (with eco-friendly laundry detergent, of course :)...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Organic spices, flour, sugar, brown rice, oil and vinegar....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Upstairs and downstairs porches with a wonderful view of Tomales Bay....moreless

  • Deck / Patio
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 2 - Sep 5, 2016
3 night min stay
$850
Thanksgiving
Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2016
4 night min stay
$850
Christmas
Dec 22 - Dec 26, 2016
4 night min stay
$850
New Year's
Dec 29 - Jan 1, 2017
3 night min stay
$850
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$850

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning Fee $300
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Tax Rate 11%

Notes:

Minimum stay:

** Weekdays (Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday) = 1 night

** Weekends (Thurs - Sunday) = 2 nights (a few holiday weekends are 3-4 nights)

Cancellation / refund policy:

* Payment in full is due upon booking (including deposit, cleaning, tax, etc.)

* If you cancel:

** 61+ days before the start of the stay, you receive a full refund.

** 31-60 days before the start of the stay, the deposit is forfeited.

** 1-30 days before the start of the stay, traveler forfeits 100% of payment, including deposit.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Last updated: 07/30/2016
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Location

2 Metres
Nearest Beach
Across the street

Car: Necessary

Once you book, we can send you a list of suggested activities.

 

Owner info

About the owner: We are three siblings - Vivien & Michael co-manage the day-to-day, and Miriam and her family live back East). Should you be interested, and if the timing works out to give you a walking tour of the farm, we've got plenty of stories - including when Viv and Michael helped launch Straus Family Creamery; and when mom co-founded the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, or Miriam driving a tractor into the manure pond (oops, Miriam, are you reading this??).

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
You won't find another property anything like this ... and everyone who has visited the farm (over many decades) has immediately fallen in love with both the house and location.


Contact us

Speaks: english, russian

 

Photos

  • Our home, built in 1864, renovated and opened as a vacation rental in 2014.

    Our home, built in 1864, renovated and opened as a vacation rental in 2014.

  • Handcrafted dining room redwood table seats 12 (16 with smaller chairs)

    Handcrafted dining room redwood table seats 12 (16 with smaller chairs)

  • Kitchen equipped with everything you'll need for cooking, baking and chillin'.

    Kitchen equipped with everything you'll need for cooking, baking and chillin'.

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Den, with new Queen sofa bed, 50" flat screen TV, BluRay / DVD player and DVDs

    Den, with new Queen sofa bed, 50" flat screen TV, BluRay / DVD player and DVDs

  • Pasture behind the house

    Pasture behind the house

  • Tomales Bay sunset.

    Tomales Bay sunset.

  • Hosts: Michael, Miriam and Vivien Straus (siblings) w/ Cowgirl Creamery founders

    Hosts: Michael, Miriam and Vivien Straus (siblings) w/ Cowgirl Creamery founders

  • Downstairs layout

    Downstairs layout

  • One of four, similarly-furnished bedrooms. All with queen beds.

    One of four, similarly-furnished bedrooms. All with queen beds.

  • Dining room flows into Kitchen ...

    Dining room flows into Kitchen ...

  • Large living room, fabulous views of Tomales Bay, books  and games.

    Large living room, fabulous views of Tomales Bay, books and games.

  • 1910 Steinway Grand Piano

    1910 Steinway Grand Piano

  • Towering eucalyptus and cypress trees, and our old hay barn.

    Towering eucalyptus and cypress trees, and our old hay barn.

  • The front garden.

    The front garden.

  • Aerial view of Tomales Bay and our beach.

    Aerial view of Tomales Bay and our beach.

  • Wedding in our pasture.

    Wedding in our pasture.

  • Mom and Pop (circa 2000). Pioneers who inspired a new generation of eco-farmers

    Mom and Pop (circa 2000). Pioneers who inspired a new generation of eco-farmers

  • Maybe you've heard of our brother's organic dairy that we helped create.

    Maybe you've heard of our brother's organic dairy that we helped create.

  • Upstairs layout

    Upstairs layout

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Thursday, August 25, 2016

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  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
    Farmhouse
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Speaks: english, russian
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  • Calendar last updated 07/30/2016

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