Elegant 2BR on Permaculture Farm

House - Entire home/apt · Gage Lane, Novato, CA 94947, United States
Your host, Nancy
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The Space

We call this unit the 'Tardis' (Dr. Who) because it is much bigger inside than it looks from the outside. This cottage is at the top of the 2-acre property with ample safe parking. It is the largest of five units in a cluster. Situated between an orchard and the ornamental gardens, this cottage has a front lawn and a back deck that are private, as well as access to a shared infrared sauna and hot tub, laundry and an outdoor cabana. Gage Lane is a short road on which the pavement gives way to gravel just beyond our property. Next-door is a magical 1-acre nursery that is open to the public on weekends; up the Lane are horse boarding facilities and then miles and miles of open space all the way to the Pacific Ocean. There are horse rentals nearby.
Decorated with exquisite Asian antiques, 2,000+ square feet of entertainment space features a full kitchen, both formal and casual dining, a large deck with gas grill and seating overlooking the orchard; home theater, a game room and a space we call the Project Studio - with a wood stove and a large, expandable table to spread out on. TV/DVD in common areas - ROKU / extensive DVD library (sorry, no cable). Two bedrooms share the bath, and each has keyed lock.
Nye's Room (Queen) - Overlooking the Rose Lawn. This lovely bedroom with large closet features stunning antiques of a more feminine nature. Stately 4-poster bed under lofty beamed ceiling gets morning sun and is situated across the hall from the bathroom. Hall alcove has a niche with antique writing desk and chair.
The Captain's Suite (Full) - is Nautical and knotty! The Captain is at the very end of a hall that opens to Whisper Garden Gazebo and orchard. Intricately carved sleigh bed rests amidst seafaring shanties and single-mast sloops on polished pine wall-paneling and built-in drawers makes you feel within the hull of a yacht. Work desk and sitting table make this aft cabin a great place to study or write. Close proximity to the Greenhouse and Spa.

Guest Access

Basically it is a 2-acre farm with three main areas; the little 'village' made up of the cluster of cottages - no closer to one another than a normal neighborhood, but joined by communal gardens featuring different plants, lawns, games, patio dining, basket swings, etc. 2) the lower field, like meadow with some cool things like Hugelkultur, a fort and a dry creek, 3) The 'Back40' Orchard, which is really 40 ft, not acres, but it has the pigs (Wedgie and Doodah) who we let run free in the afternoon, offering no end of entertainment and mischief.

Interaction with Guests

I tend to show them to their cottages, give them a quick tour of the amenities, then point out the window at my house where my computer is - it overlooks the main driveway circle - and then tell them to check here first if they have needs. Otherwise, I prefer they enjoy the property on their own. I do spend most of the late afternoon tending the gardens and animals, and I love to garden late into the night when it is balmy out, with my headlamp, usually after everyone has gone to bed. No sunscreen needed, and snail-hunting is very rewarding!

The Neighborhood

My neighborhood is a 'Special District' in Marin County - unincorporated, rural and a throwback in time. There are families that have been here three generations and we still have horse-drawn carriage rides offered. I'm the webmaster & newsletter editor for the neighborhood association, so I know a lot of the folks here - a really wonderful, well-mannered group of animal lovers and nature enthusiasts - very safe, quiet and lots of happy pets, livestock, etc.

Getting around

No public transit right near us - it's rural. However, we are less than 5 minutes from the town of Novato, a 24-hour Safeway, the Hwy 101 corridor, etc. Also very close to the coast, the wine country & SF.

Other Things to Note

The College of Marin's organic farm is a short walk through gorgeous Open Space - and they sell their produce on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons - bring your dog!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $1338 /week
Monthly Price: $5400 /month
Security Deposit: $350
Cleaning Fee: $75
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)
  • We had to make a last minute reservation and were incredibly lucky to find Nancy's farm! We stayed four nights and had a wonderful time. We stayed in the Elegant Cottage and it was just that. Very comfortable and beautifully furnished. She had veggies, eggs and fruit from the farm for us when we arrived; a very thoughtful touch. We arrived quite late which was fine with her, and after showing us the house and visiting a bit she left us to enjoy and unwind from our travels. Morning hot tubs and evening BBQ on the shaded deck were just what we needed. We'll look forward to returning in the fall!

    August 2013
  • We had a wonderful time at the farm. She is a warm and friendly host and the house was perfect for two families with young children who were fascinated with her pigs and chickens. The house itself is large, cozy and quiet with ready access to the highway and the local farmers' market. We would definitely recommend the place to our friends and family.

    June 2013
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College Grad; University of California, Santa Cruz
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In 2008 I found myself living on a 2-acre farm in northwest Marin, having never farmed before. The economy pretty much debilitated my real estate development career, so I decided to rehab the farm and apply to the California Farmstay Program. I'm a Marin County native and have lived in California my whole life. I was a journalist after majoring in writing and philosophy in college, but I also went through the interior design certification program, as well as real estate studies. I love local history, and I am a graphic artist, photographer and painter. I've been a landlord for 20+ years and enjoy great relationships with my tenants. I do quite a bit of volunteer work locally (mostly graphics and PR for various non-profits), but mostly I work around the farm on a gazillion ongoing projects. Since being here I've really gotten into power tools and came to the realization that building has a lot on common with sewing - and is especially fun if you look at it all as art. One thing that changed in the past year is that I don't think I'm 'pretending' to be a farmer any more. I graduated in May from the Marin Master Gardener's Program, so now I feel a little bit more capable of managing the landscape. I no longer look forward to sun down or shorter days, and I take my showers at night instead of the morning. My favorite time to be in the garden is in the hours before the sun sets when the light is all golden as the heat recedes. I love to garden in the moonlight on those balmy windless nights during the summer - with my headlamp. Warning - I'm a night-owl!
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