About This Listing
Nestled amongst towering evergreens, this peaceful retreat awaits your arrival. There are two bedrooms downstairs with queen beds, a large loft upstairs with five futon mattresses, and the middle level is a "great room" consisting of a living room with a stone fireplace and a lovely window-seat where one person can sleep, a dining area and kitchen.
• Hot tub
• Gas grill
• Bocce ball court
• Fully equipped kitchen
• Parking for three cars
All this is set in two private acres of forest and meadow.
NOTES ON PRICING:
THE COST INCLUDES A 10% MARIN COUNTY TRANSIENT OCCUPANCY TAX WHICH I AM REQUIRED TO COLLECT AND PASS ON TO THE COUNTY.
THERE IS A 2-DAY MINIMUM RENTAL ON WEEKENDS, AND 3-DAY MINIMUM ON 3-DAY HOLIDAY WEEKENDS.
The house is situated on the Point Reyes Peninsula with its famous National Seashore. Tomales Bay beaches are 5 to 10 minutes away, ocean beaches 15 to 20 minutes. There are miles and miles of hiking and biking trails for all levels of skill and energy. The house is a half mile off the main road, so it is very quiet, but still only 10 minutes away from a half dozen good restaurants, and fascinating shops including art galleries featuring local artists and photographers, a bookstore which sponsors frequent author appearances, several food stores specializing in artisan cheeses, organic produce, local fish, free-range grass-fed meats, and local wines, and shops selling spiritual artifacts, handmade gifts, kites, and DVD rentals. There are also bicycles and kayaks for rent nearby. The local weekly newspaper -- the Pulitzer prize-winning Point Reyes Light, available at many stores -- has a calender of the week's varied local cultural events: music, talks, plays, and festivals.
In the house you will find a welcome binder with guidelines for using the house, trail maps, and information about the area.
1. PEACE & QUIET. The house is on a quiet, dead-end street. Neighbors who live on the forested Inverness Ridge tend to value the peace and quiet of nature. So an important guideline for guests at the house is that your group not be too noisy. Neighbors enjoy the still of the night, the hooting of the owls, the rustling of the trees. Keeping good relations with them is crucial for me to be able to offer this house to guests. So I ask guests to not be rowdy, especially outdoors, especially at night. Normal social conversation and laughter is fine, of course. But if your group is apt to want to let loose and party, I ask you to choose another venue.
2. FIRE SAFETY. There is absolutely no smoking anywhere on the property, indoors or out. No fires are allowed anywhere except in the living room fireplace. Particularly during the dry season (late summer & fall) I ask guests to be super vigilant about fire safety.
3. DAMAGE, WEAR AND TEAR. Please treat the house gently, as if it were your own. Please let me know if anything has broken or isn't working. If it is normal wear and tear, of course I will take responsibility to right things. But if your group has caused damage beyond normal wear and tear, I'd appreciate your telling me about it, and taking financial responsibility for it when I get it fixed.
This place is awesome. We had a great experience staying in this house. It is very convenient for us to stay, relax, and enjoy cooking a dinner in the well-equipped kitchen. Hot tub is cool and surround by trees.
Wow. Gordon has quite an awesome set up going on here. It clearly is not his first experience providing a shared space. He was extremely easy to contact and was prompt with his responses. He provided all the information one could need and then some. The house itself was in exactly the expected condition, which is to say clean and well-stocked. Everything is in a sensible spot and well-labeled. The house is as-described a secluded, peaceful, and wonderful refuge. If you're reading this review and looking at reserving this home, I strongly urge that you do, you will be very pleased.
The house was great! It felt very warm and inviting. The location is very peaceful and a great place to relax. The house is kept very well stocked. It looks just like the pictures!
The house was gorgeous. Everything was clean and the instructions for the house were very clear. I had a great getaway weekend with a group of 4 college friends. We spent most of our time in the light-filled main room. The beds were also very comfortable.
Gordon was flexible and thoughtful as I went back and forth figuring out our family vacation. He communicated well, and made us feel welcome.
His home is full of interesting books and art, and the area is without compare. We saw many visiting partridge, as well as a doe and her fawn.
About the Host, Gordon
I have loved the Point Reyes National Seashore for decades, and in 2007 finished building a place in the forest where friends and family can retreat from the stresses of civilization and be in nature, with hikes, beaches & bays to explore, and a hot tub to come back to. I enjoy sharing this home with people who appreciate nature and are seeking rejuvenation.