About This Listing
The Van der Ryn Eco Refuge is a unique and inspired property, now available for exclusive rental. We can welcome groups of up to 10 guests, and are open to hosting weddings/events of up to 30.
A corner of the Eco Refuge House's front elevation. Architecture by Sim Van der Ryn. Photo by Richard Olsen.
The main house has 3 bedrooms, one on each level (Q,Q,K) with the King suite taking up the entire 3rd level. We also have a one-bedroom suite, known as the Roost, which has a Queen bed with sofa sleeper in the front room. It has its own separate entrance This was just remodeled in February 2015 with new furniture, flooring, gas bbq...
We were renting out the Roost separately, but find that it's much better for our guests to have exclusive access to the property. So the Roost is available if you need the extra space.
The property is pretty amazing, almost too much to describe here. There's two living rooms, solid slab dining table, a fantastic kitchen, which leads out to a large flagstone deck with multiple tables, gas grill, gas firepit, hammock, lounge chairs, regulation Bocce Ball court (with real Italian brass balls).
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Van der Ryn Eco Refuge Vacation Rental in Inverness California
IF YOU ARE HAVING A PARTY, keep in mind that the owner, Sim, lives 50 yards down the driveway, but he's cool with people having a good time. This is NOT the place for crazy wild parties, but if you want to stay up all night drinking and laughing or whatever, we're happy to provide that setting.
The only restriction is with the hot tub. Due to the proximity to our neighbors, quiet time at the hot tub is 9pm. The rest of the property is situated so that it's facing away up the hillside, and nobody will hear you laughing the night away.
The house sits on 5 acres, surrounded by mature gardens and is next to open space owned by the Nature Conservancy. World renowned architect, Sim Van der Ryn designed the house and it is filled interesting architectural features and decorated with treasures from his travels.
Guests have full access to the entire house and grounds, laundry, meditation room, hot tub, bocce ball court. Nature trails begin at the end of the driveway.
Interaction with Guests
You'll have minimal interaction, however the owner lives in a separate house on the property so if needed, is available for emergencies or questions.
This property is managed by Point Reyes Vacation Rentals, and we really enjoy making sure our guests are well taken care of. We're happy to answer questions about the property, or to help you plan your time in the area.
Inverness is a hidden gem in the West Marin area. It is lush and green even during the summer. Nature is easily accessed in this area. This area is known for world class artisan cheeses, grass fed beef and delicious, locally and sustainably grown, organic, "slow food" cuisine.
Public transit is the West Marin Stage, which links Inverness with San Rafael. However, we believe that part of the beauty of our location is its remoteness. You'll need your own vehicle.
Other Things to Note
This property is professionally managed by Point Reyes Vacation Rentals. The owner, Sim Van der Ryn, lives in a house 50 yards down the driveway. We're fine with gatherings, and the house is situated so that you can sit up late and laugh the night away without upsetting any neighbors. The owner certainly won't mind, but he might join you. BUT the hot-tub is on the other side of the gardens, closer to our neighbors, so we do ask that the hot-tub only be used in silence after 10pm.
Massage or Ayurvedic treatment can be arranged, as well as personal chef, guided hikes, yoga instructors, etc... Just let us know, we're here to help.
No pets or unattended small children.
No smoking inside.
Respect our neighbors.
The Eco Refuge is a delight. We stayed here in March 2015, with a total of 3 families with children and one other adult. We rented the apartment next door to make a total of 4 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms. I did not realize it beforehand, but Sim was a visionary in eco architecture & design. The house reflects this - with an easy indoor/outdoor space, cosy nooks, well-framed views from the garden or through the bedroom windows. A large open plan kitchen with large family room made it easy for us to cook together and entertain. There was also a quieter large living room elsewhere for people to gather. Both communal rooms have modern efficient wood burning stoves. The outdoor space was delightful and very quiet, not a given in many houses - there was no road noise being located up a long hilly road, and not on any flight path. The tables on the patio made outdoor eating easy - granted we did have good weather, and the garden also has a hot tub and Boules court, some water features, and other architectural nooks.
A remarkable weekend with a remarkable home and remarkable host! The architectural details of this gem show how much care Sim put into designing this lovely retreat, but it's the warmth and positive energy that feels so wonderful. We felt truly fortunate to have landed in such comfortable supportive environment. Sim was supportive, gracious, and fascinating to visit with, and even shared the eggs from his chickens each morning. The home is so well designed that each person can find their own spot for retreating from the group, if needed, but the common rooms make visiting and sharing so easeful. It is not often that I get to stay in what is essentially a living museum of design!
Our stay at Sim's wonderful home was perfection. The house was beautiful- inside and out, and we enjoyed every minute. During our 2 days there, we took advantage of everything the home and yard had to offer: bocce ball, hot tub, sun deck, large open kitchen full of all the tools you need to cook, couches to laze on, plenty of rooms and bathrooms, and so many windows to gaze out of. If we ever go back in winter time, we'll be sure to use one of the two wood furnaces, too. The area was quiet, peaceful, and the deer enjoyed it as much as we did.
Sim was a gracious and courteous host- he showed us around when we arrived, and it was a pleasure meeting him. I would highly recommend this home and would gladly stay again.
If you are looking for a stunning home, nestled in a natural setting, close to hiking trails and beaches, look no further! This place was incredible. Sim was a most gracious host, showed us around and was happy to help in any way. The kids loved the chicken coop and the fish pond. We would happy return.
Sim's house sits atop an amazing space atop Mount Vision, our group of 6 spent a lovely, peaceful, restful weekend on the property. You could literally not leave the house for the weekend and find yourself occupied the entire time, making use of the bocce court, yoga space, hot tub, sauna, and the grounds. The kitchen was very well equipped and we cooked some of the best meals of the year up there! There is ample space for congregating or finding your own nook in the home too... two living rooms, 4 bathrooms, large kitchen, lots of outdoor space. Highly recommended stay, and our group is already planning to come back in the near future!
This is a unique and fantastic property in Inverness. It's a very large property on a huge lot with great gardens and sculpture including a full bocce court. The property is just like the photos with all of the unique attributes and design. Very nice large kitchen and common area. Kitchen is exceptionally well equipped, great for cooks. There are nature conservancy trails right outside the gate that lead up to Point Reyes trails. Ask Sim or Francine for hiking tips, they are awesome hosts! My family will definitely return for another stay.
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About the Host, Sim
Native to the Netherlands, at the age of 5 Sim’s family fled war torn Europe in 1939 to the outskirts of New York City. There, in nearby deserted marshes, vacant lots, and pocket parks, began Sim’s innate fascination and respect for the natural world. He found an inner calm in the midst of unfamiliar orderly life forms. Looking back at this time, Sim writes in his latest book, Design for Life, “What I found in that haggard slice of nature was myself.” The unspoken tragedy that he and his family left behind along with his experiences in nature imprinted him with a lifelong concern for social justice, equity and ecology. “When you escape one holocaust, you don’t want to be part of creating another.”