The Ranch Guest House

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Farm stay hosted by Melissa

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 2 baths
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A private spacious farmhouse on a working cattle ranch, 1.5 miles down a dirt road - an open floor plan and cozy living room with views of the rolling hills. You'll enjoy the best views of the ranch! Walk down the lane to catch a sunset over the pond, then enjoy your coffee in rocking chairs on the covered porch with full sun in the morning. Guaranteed relaxation! 45 min NW of SF & 16 mi from the nearest beach.

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Located on a 500 acre Angus beef cattle ranch, 1.25 miles down a windy gravel road where it’s peaceful and quiet. There are cattle, horses and free range chickens that provide our guests with pretty shades of eggs. I welcome guests from near and far to enjoy a unique farm stay experience and make memories with the many things West Marin has to offer. There are wonderful local restaurants, beaches, hiking trails and excursions - all within a 15-30 minute drive!

• Guest policy: 2 adults + small child
• Spacious master bedroom with plush king bed + attached bathroom with shower.
• Hallway bathroom
• Dining room with chic tableware.
• Full kitchen with gas cooking stove, refrigerator, microwave + French press.
• Wood burning fireplace heats the house for fall/winter + space heater for the bedroom - fires are only permitted in rainy months.
• Covered porch overlooking the hills and driveway entrance.

We offer homegrown products for sale (as available): Angus beef, free range eggs, honey, rosemary/lavender cooking salts, artisan garden soaps, cheese boards and more. Some products on display in the house & more are available upon request.

A variety of Hummingbirds nest nearby year-round, swallows make their homes under the eves, the crickets and frogs sing in the evening and coyotes howl from the hills. There are many varieties of birds such as hawks, cranes, eagles, doves, quail, owls, ducks, geese and more.

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What this place offers

Valley view
Kitchen
Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
Private patio or balcony
Indoor fireplace: wood-burning
Hair dryer
Refrigerator
Microwave

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Nicasio, California, United States

History
In the mid-1830s, lands were promised by General Mariano Vallejo to the San Rafael Indians, whose land had been co-opted by the Mission San Rafael. When asked what land they wanted, the Coast Miwok chiefs chose 80,000 acres ranging from Nicasio Valley to the area surrounding Tomales. The land was granted by Mexican Governor José Figueroa to the Coast Miwok of Marin County in 1835, but the Miwok claim was rejected by the Public Land Commission in 1855.

In 1844, Governor Manuel Micheltorena granted the 56,621-acre Rancho Nicasio to Pablo de la Guerra and John B.R. Cooper. By 1849, there were three owners - Pablo de la Guerra, Cooper, and Jasper O’Farrell. In 1850 Pablo de la Guerra sold his 30,848 acres undivided share of the ranch to Henry Wager Halleck. Halleck had arrived in California in 1847 as a lieutenant in the United States Engineers, accompanied by his friend, Lt. William Tecumseh Sherman. Halleck was a partner in the San Francisco law firm, Halleck, Peachy & Billings, and in the Civil War was promoted by President Abraham Lincoln to general-in-chief of the armies of the United States. Halleck hunted and fished at Rancho Nicasio, and built a house on the creek near Nicasio, now called Halleck Creek. In 1850, Cooper sold his 16,293 acres undivided share of the ranch to Benjamin Rush Buckelew. Besides Cooper’s share of Rancho Nicasio, Buckelew also purchased Cooper’s Rancho Punta de Quentin and John Reed’s Rancho Corte Madera del Presidio. In 1851, O’Farrell sold his 9,479 acres share to James Black, the grantee of Rancho Cañada de Jonive. In 1852 Buckelew sold 7,598 acres to William Reynolds and Daniel Frink.

With the cession of California to the United States following the Mexican-American War, the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo provided that the land grants would be honored. As required by the Land Act of 1851, a claim for Rancho Nicasio was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852, and the grant patented to Black, Buckelew, Halleck, and Reynolds and Frink in 1870.

Black later bought Halleck’s share of Rancho Nicasio. Black also bought Rancho Olompali from Camilo Ynitia, the last Olompali Indian chief, in 1852. Black's daughter, Mary, married Dr. Galen Burdell. Black's wife, Maria Agustina Sais, died in Dr. Burdell's dental chair in 1864. In 1866 Black married Maria Loreto Duarte, Ygnacio Pacheco’s widow. James Black died in 1870.

Hosted by Melissa

  1. Joined in August 2011
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A working ranch nestled in the rolling hills of Nicasio Valley, Cow Track Ranch is family owned & operated where we raise black Angus and Texas Longhorn cattle on 500 acres and the property is also a venue for special events and media production.
Melissa works in healthcare, manages all of the ranch operations and and is carrying on her mom Liz’s legacy with artisan garden soaps & rosemary/lavender cooking salts along with special branded gifts, available for purchase during your stay! Dr. Bruce and Liz purchased the ranch which was a former dairy in 1986 - and together, they worked diligently to tend to the land, raise healthy cattle and grow certified organic produce where we continue maintain the same organic practices in our day to day lives. As a third generation rancher and farmer, I am excited to share our piece of heaven with you, as a guest.
A working ranch nestled in the rolling hills of Nicasio Valley, Cow Track Ranch is family owned & operated where we raise black Angus and Texas Longhorn cattle on 500 acres and…

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I live on the property & am available by phone/text throughout the duration of your stay. I strive to ensure my guests have a wonderful stay, so please let me know anything you may need during your stay.

I work full time and since this is a working ranch, I am usually outside doing chores in the late afternoon and weekends.

Please make yourself at home should I miss you for a meet and greet!
I live on the property & am available by phone/text throughout the duration of your stay. I strive to ensure my guests have a wonderful stay, so please let me know anything you may…

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House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
Not suitable for children (2-12 years)
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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