Straus Home Ranch: 5-Star, 166-Acre Organic Farm on Tomales Bay / Marshall(61 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2-4 nights
- Property type:Farmhouse
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
Straus Home Ranch: 5-Star, Historic 166-Acre Organic Farm on Tomales Bay
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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Member since: 2013
- 2800 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 10
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beach View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Equestrian Events
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 12 people
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 - May 29, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 30 - Jul 4, 2017
3 night min stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 - Sep 4, 2017
3 night min stay
Nov 21 - Nov 27, 2017
4 night min stay
Dec 22 - Dec 25, 2017
4 night min stay
Dec 29 - Jan 1, 2018
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning Fee $300
- Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
- Tax Rate 11%
** 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:
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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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.
- Primary: +1 (415) 335-6630
Links to more information:
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)
Kitchen equipped with everything you'll need for cooking, baking and chillin'.
Den, with new Queen sofa bed, 50" flat screen TV, BluRay / DVD player and DVDs
Pasture behind the house
Tomales Bay sunset.
Maybe you've heard of our brother's organic dairy that we helped create.
Towering eucalyptus and cypress trees, and our old hay barn.
One of four, similarly-furnished bedrooms. All with queen beds.
Dining room flows into Kitchen ...
Large living room, fabulous views of Tomales Bay, books and games.
1910 Steinway Grand Piano
The front garden.
Aerial view of Tomales Bay and our beach.
Wedding in the pasture overlooking Tomales Bay.
Mom and Pop (circa 2000). Pioneers who inspired a new generation of eco-farmers.
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Saturday, March 25, 2017
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