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Impossibly Romantic!

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Distinctive Waterfront Property With Spectacular Views Of Tomales Bay.

Sea Star Cottage is a luxury romantic getaway for two, set on the shores of Tomales Bay. The deck and interior living spaces have magnificent views of the bay, tidal waters, and the hills of West Marin.

Featured in San Francisco Magazine, the cottage exudes a rustic modern elegance with unique art and antiques. The sumptuous king-size bed, luxurious linens and other amenities will ease your senses. A cast-iron gas fireplace provides warmth and romantic ambiance. The spacious deck, with steamer chairs and hammock, provide everything needed to relax and enjoy the ebb and flow of the tides on Tomales Bay. Settle in and let the wildlife and changing light on the water entertain you.

The cottage is in the heart of the Point Reyes National Seashore, on the way to the lighthouse and just minutes from the extraordinary beaches of Western Tomales Bay. The nearby towns of Inverness, Point Reyes Station and Olema offer gourmet restaurants and markets with local organic produce, artisanal food, oysters and wine.

Take a hike during the day, rent a kayak for an adventure on the bay, or visit some of the quaint coastal towns. Return to your own private cottage to enjoy breathtaking sunsets. If you love to cook, the cottage has a fully equipped kitchen. Or, enjoy a lovely evening out at one of the many acclaimed restaurants in the area.

The guest book at Sea Star Cottage is filled with tales of birthdays, anniversaries, honeymoons, proposals and romantic surprise getaways. Come and add your story.

More Details

Property Manager
Sandy Ludlow
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Sandy Ludlow

We have been Bay Area residents for over 25 years. We love traveling, hiking, bird watching, sailing, architecture, fine art, and great food. Inverness and Point Reyes are among our favorite places in the world. Being in the design profession, we appreciate the original character and simple elegance of the cottage and hope you will too. We enjoy sharing our special place with guests and go out of our way to provide a memorable and relaxing experience that will make you want to come back again and again.

Sandy Ludlow purchased this cottage in 2016

Why Sandy Ludlow chose Inverness

We purchased Sea Star cottage for a number of reasons: Firstly, it is impossibly romantic! The cottage sits on piers over the water on Tomales Bay. The views are breathtaking and it is the most tranquil place you can imagine.

We love the simple, rustic elegance of the cottage architecture. It has been completely renovated yet maintains its original charm of the 1920s. The interior is inviting, cozy and stylish.

The cottage is located in Inverness, a small town on the shores of Tomales Bay and among the best- preserved marine and wildlife habitats in the United States. It is beautiful at any time of the year.

We love birdwatching, and for us there is no better place for watching birds than from the cottage deck, which sits on piers over the tidal waters. It’s simply magical. “Spot,” our own seagull, greets you on arrival and thinks of himself as your personal concierge, especially at feeding time.

The cottage is a five-minute drive from acclaimed Point Reyes National Seashore and Park. We love being outdoors and this is a perfect place for hiking, cycling, kayaking, visiting beaches and witnessing wildlife migrations (whales, sea lions and a variety of bird species).

We love fine food and the area is known for organic farming, artisanal foods, cheese, fresh oysters and acclaimed restaurants.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage sits on piers over the tidal waters of Tomales Bay. Its unique location provides some of the best views of any property in Inverness. The cottage is charming, authentic, comfortable and stylish. It was built in the early 1900s, and although it has been completely renovated, the original design integrity has been maintained. It is surrounded by wildlife and nature, making it an outstanding destination for unplugging from the stress of modern life.


Inverness Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No additional guests allowed.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Luxurious king-size bed with spectacular view of Tomales Bay. Cast-iron gas fireplace creates romantic ambiance and warmth.
  • Books
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Sea Star cottage is a romantic getaway for two. The views are spectacular and the interior is stylish. This is a unique 1920s cottage. If you enjoy nature and relaxation, the generous deck with steamer chairs and hammock will provide you with a comfortable place to view wildlife and the changing light over Tomales Bay. There is also plenty to do in the local area! Boating, kayaking, hiking, cycling, farm tours, wine-tasting, bird-watching, wildflowers, beaches, fine art and acclaimed restaurants.


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Impossibly Romantic!
average rating of 5.0 based on 80 reviews
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this charming cabin was exactly what we were looking for

  • 5 of 5

The SEA STAR CABIN had everything we were looking for:

... a beautiful view? check

... overlooking the water? check

... a very quiet and private place to celebrate our anniversary? check

... a place where we would feel welcome and, to be honest, a little pampered? check

... rustic charm? check

... attention to detail in a well-designed space? check

... a place where we could relax and reconnect? check

... an attentive, friendly, and responsive host? check

If your vacation wish list looks anything like ours, you'd be wise to book a stay in this hidden gem today ... but please leave some room on the calendar for us; we plan to return often.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear John, We just love this review! Thank you so much. It’s so sweet of you to take the time to write this. Our very best to you and Steven and we look forward to having you back again soon. Kind Regards, Sandy
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  • 5 of 5

This cabin is like a dream of water peace.Thank you, Sandy, for your

evocative and comfortable space.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ellen, Thank you for posting this thoughtful review. It was our pleasure welcoming you and we are happy that Sage enjoyed celebrating his 70th birthday at Sea Star. We look forward to having you back again soon. Kind Regards, Sandy
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Special retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The Sea Star Cottage is one-of-a-kind. The location over Tomalas Bay and the well-curated furnishings made lasting memories. The owners kept every needed item in just the right place, making cooking breakfast easy and fun. We’ll recommend it to friends.


  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Terry, We are delighted that you had a nice time and we are so grateful for your review. Thanks very much. All my best to you and Stephanie and many thanks to Kathleen for organizing your stay. Kind Regards, Sandy
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Heaven and Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I love the Sea Star Cottage and will return. We planned to spend time on the beaches of Point Reyes but were so enchanted that we stayed at the cottage in the chairs on the deck, or in the hammock or inside on the couch with the instant fire and a king size bed with a view of sky and bay and tides. Strauss half and half is provided along with coffee beans and I must say it will be hard to return to regular half and half since Strauss is like cream, as is the cottage. Truly romantic and a place to dream!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Cathy, Thank you so much for posting such a lovely review for us. It’s been our pleasure hosting you and Steve, and you are welcome back anytime. My best to you both. Kind Regards, Sandy
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Undeniably Beautiful and Romantic

  • 5 of 5

Sea Star is a beautifully appointed cottage on picturesque Tomales Bay. One can’t help but relax sipping coffee on the steamer chairs or lying in the hammock. It is meditative to watch the scenery change with the weather and the tides. Sandy and Carolina were attentive and welcoming, and paid attention to little details like having coffee beans and a grinder at the ready, and Strauss Family Farms half n’half in the refrigerator. I highly recommend this property as a retreat from the daily grind. There are tons of hikes nearby as well as beautiful beaches. We enjoyed daily trips into Pt. Reyes Station to get muffins at Bovine Bakery, had a delicious dinner at Saltwater nearby in Inverness, and couldn’t resist a drive to Marshall Store for Oysters. It was a fantastic week!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jennifer, Thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind review. It was our pleasure welcoming you and Scott to the cottage and we hope you will return again soon. My very best to you both. Kind Regards, Sandy
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Perfect peaceful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This is such a delightful cottage in a beautiful location. Coffee, pelicans, fireplace, wine on the deck, hikes and restaurants nearby... you get the idea. It was extremely comfortable (including the bed!) and beautifully furnished, with everything we needed to relax and enjoy!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nancy, It was so nice to have you and Richard at the cottage. A real pleasure. We are delighted that you enjoyed a special anniversary celebration and we hope you will return again soon. Thank you for your review and best wishes to you both. Sandy
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Nearest Airport
58 Miles
San Francisco Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
San Geronimo National Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
Salt Water
Nearest Beach
0.6 Miles
Chicken Ranch Beach
Car: necessary

National Park, Hiking, Cycling, Boating, Kayaking, Wild Flowers, Fine Art, Acclaimed Restaurants, Year-Round Birding, Beaches, Farm Tours, Golf, Migration of Pacific Gray Whales and Elephant Seals.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable Damage Deposit $500

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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