About this listing
Unit C is the largest structure on the property. The common ‘great room’ includes several sitting areas, formal and casual dining, a large deck with gas grill and group seating overlooking the orchard; a home theater (couch converts to a Queen bed). This is not a pet-friendly cottage.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Check-In: Time is 2:pm to 8:pm. Arrange for a late arrival by email or phone. Checkout Time is noon. Exceptions upon request; may be subject to additional charges.
The first driveway on the right is an electric gate, so you just press the button on the post and it will open for you to drive through. It closes automatically after 90 seconds. Please don't let the puppies escape if the are in the driveway area. Please close all gates (whole farm) after passing thru them - this is to keep the animals contained.
Non-Smoking: Smoking only permitted outdoors (and discouraged in general).
Visitors: due to the intimate nature of the property, we do not permit day usage to anyone other than our checked-in guests or preapproved guests-of-guests. Additional fees may apply. Drop-offs & pick-ups are okay – please use Gage Lane rather than our driveway.
Pricing: Rates listed are for 1 or 2 guests per room. Prices are subject to change without notice. We may have seasonal and length-of-stay rates. Please check.
Minimum Stays: There is a regular 2- 3 night minimum, and occasionally a 3 or 4 night minimum stay (as appropriate) for holidays. Shorter stays may be permitted on a space available basis for guests of guests with permission of host.
Cancellations: please visit our listings for information.
Early Departures: There are no refunds for early departures and/or unused nights.
Late Departures: If there is no one booked directly after you, we don't mind if you stay until sundown. Please let us know.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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In 2008 I found myself living on a 2-acre farm in northwest Marin, a property I had intended to do a spec-build on, but instead I ended up keeping the 5 cottages and renourishing the farm - having never farmed before. The recession had pretty much debilitated my real estate development career, so I decided to upgrade the structures and go with the idea of a 'Permaculture B & B.'
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, after which I spent several years in retail - in the bedding industry! Worked for several vendors such as Macy's, Sheridan & Scandia Down Shop, and always did the window displays - having gone through the local community college's interior design certification program, as well as real estate studies. What a perfect blend of things to prep me for what I'm doing now!
I love local history, and I am a graphic artist, photographer and painter. I've been a local landlord for 25+ years and enjoy great relationships with my tenants. I am keenly interested in the whole affordable housing issue, and participate on several committees involved with community development.
I do 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 in common with sewing - and is especially fun if you look at it all as art. The permaculture aspect is very compelling, and the more I learn, the more I am able to implement things that bring my costs down and my yields up - guest satisfaction, too!
One thing that changed in the past few years is that I don't think I'm 'pretending' to be a farmer any more. I graduated in May 2013 from the Marin Master Gardener 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 serious night-owl!
I have a great staff onsite. José has been with me full time for 2+ years. He is from Guatemala and comes from a farming family. His mom & dad are sending beans and seeds native to their region, and José's little garden looks amazing! He is also a 'pig whisperer!' Chris, the charismatic tall guy on the ladder, is my hi-tech master, as well as artistic welder and all-around trouble-shooter. He's been with me for 4+ years, and though we are political polar opposites, we get along famously.
I am definitely 'in my element' here - I love the challenge of developing the farm into the ultimate country experience for guests, where they can learn [hands-on, if they like] about composting, planting, animals and art. And don't forget to relax - hot tub, spa, hammock or meander...
For a while, my life's motto has been one I learned long ago from Dr. Donald Palmer, my amazing philosophy mentor; 'Do not multiply entities beyond necessity' (Occham's Razor).