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

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

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

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.

More Details

Owner
Vivien & Michael Straus (siblings)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, russian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

About Vivien & Michael Straus (siblings)

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??).

What makes this farmhouse unique

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.

Amenities

Marshall Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Den - 1 queen , New Sofa Bed with really nice Queen mattress
  • The house sleeps up to 10: 4 bedrooms upstairs, each with a queen bed; plus a pull-out queen sofa in the downstairs den.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
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average rating of 5.0 based on 63 reviews
San Francisco
5

Truly amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the house for my friend's (very low key) bachelorette! And it was beyond amazing! The house was lovely - recently renovated; retained the old world charm while also being beautiful and cozy neat, with some of the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in ... ever! And the setting is stunning - the house is surrounded by the water of the bay and beautiful pastoral hills. And last (but definitely not least) - the owners were phenomenal - provided wonderful recommendations for our stay, giving us a fascinating tour of the history of farming, both in Marin and of their family (ask about the cult story - it's fascinating)! Would definitely return!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A pleasure hosting you and your group!
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5

Absolutely beautiful location with charm and character.

  • 5 of 5

The farm house is beautifully done. Modern amenities- great for a group. Only wish we had more time there.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So nice to have you! Best to you both.
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5

Incredible ranch house

  • 5 of 5

8 of us spent two nights at this lovely farmhouse. The house was Immaculate, well equipped kitchen, decorated with a lovely simplicity - all 8 of us were able to be in the kitchen at the same time with ease. Incredibly comfortable for a group inside and outside. Given we are long time friends, we felt we were enacting the movie the "big chill." The large dining room table was conducive to sitting for hours engaged in lively conversation after fixing delicious meals. OUTSTANDING HOME TO BE IN

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sharon, it was a real pleasure to meet you and your crew!! Warmest regards and hope to stay in touch! // Michael and Vivien
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5

Glorious Historic Home, full of magic and beauty

  • 5 of 5

The Straus Home Ranch will forever be a magical place where dreams come true. Our New year's Eve wedding was picture perfect​ and full of charm, love and happiness. Our guests fell equally in loved with this venue and shared our passion for the area and all of its riches.

Michael and Vivian, the venue hosts, are as lovely as this wonderful home they grew up in, and quickly felt like old friends with their incredible hospitality and genuine kindness.

Whether for a wedding, family reunion, small get together or just a weekend out of the city, the Straus Home Ranch is the perfect backdrop for any occasion. Rest assure, we've already booked our next visit.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so great to have you - and your friends and family. We loved that you came in spring on the farm tour, where we got to know you. By the time you arrived and after emailing back and forth for months, it just felt so right. Happy to have met you. Congratulations!
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San Luis Obispo
5

Charming Farm House

  • 5 of 5

This delightful home was exactly what we were looking for as a Christmas getaway for our extended family. The home is well equipped, comfortable and charming. We were a bit concerned about it having just two bathrooms but that wasn't a problem for our family of 5. We loved the location. The home was spacious, yet cozy and the kitchen was wonderful.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! So glad you came to stay and it was so nice to meet you (especially hearing we have such wonderful mutual friends). Hope to see you again!
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5

You made our wedding magical!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What can we say about Straus Home Ranch? An absolutely stunning and gorgeous setting nestled in majestic Tomales Bay, surrounded by eucalyptus and pines accompanied by an idyllic farmhouse with 2 awesome old barns. Not only has the Straus house retained it’s historical old-world feel - it’s character, warmth and little touches made us feel instantly at home. We fell in love with this place the moment we stepped foot in it. After viewing multiple locations, we knew we had to have our wedding here - it was absolutely the perfect spot. We felt so welcomed by Vivien and Michael - awesome hosts, easy communicators and really just super nice people. They were incredibly professional and helpful at every step of the way and they truly went above and beyond to make us feel welcome.

A little about the wedding. Although we had selected the perfect date months in advance - expecting an all-day outdoor wedding in the sunshine - at the 11th hour se were suddenly faced with the reality that it was going to rain heavily… We had to decide to either have the wedding at Straus or find another location. Vivien & Michael did everything in their power to help us and we finally decided to stay at Straus (thank goodness!) and ended up having one of the most intimate and magical tent weddings you could possibly have with 100+ people. We were lucky enough to have our ceremony outside under the whispy front tree before the rains came - and somehow magically, moments after the ceremony ended and everyone got in the tent - the first big rains of the season opened up! Although not at all what we had originally planned - we ended up with one of the most beautiful sunsets of the year and a huge rainbow and a full moon at the end to boot! I really can’t say enough about how incredible Straus Home Ranch, Vivien and Michael are.

Thank you Vivien and Michael you made our wedding magical!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Nick's Cove
Nearest Beach
2 Metres
Across the street
Car: necessary

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

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Rates & Availability

Marshall Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
$895
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 21 2017 - Nov 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
$895
 
 
Christmas
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
$895
 
 
New Year's
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
$895
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$895
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 11.0%

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

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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