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Caroline's Tomales Bay Retreat made an absolutely perfect Thanksgiving get-a-way for my family of four. There was plenty of room for an inflatable mattress for our two toddlers. The home is clean, cozy and private. We grilled oysters from Tomales Bay Oyster Co (just a couple miles away) on the brick grill out back, went for dips in the bay then warmed up in the soaking tub. Fantastic.
"A wonderful escape, right on the water." We had a very relaxing weekend here. Being right on the water was great for sunsets. Early morning is also very nice as the bay is generally calm and flat. Watching otters and seals floating by over coffee was a treat. A great lawn space for kicking the ball with our son.
The bed is a Full, so instead of snuggling up, we put the kiddo on a mattress on the floor.
One minor inconvenience was the broadband. The speed is limited to 500kbps, so most streaming video is out. We were able to listen to the Worlds Series, but streaming it was a no go. AT&T data and cell phone don't work here either. But the /point/ is to get away from from of those distractions. :)
The outside tub is huge and a lot of fun. (even in the rain)
I would definitely stay here again. In the past we've done the bio luminescence night kayak paddle with Blue Water and look forward to doing that again when the kid is bigger. This would be an ideal starting spot.
Caroline's home is a true hidden gem. It was even more gorgeous, peaceful, and spacious than pictured. Her instructions were very helpful. I really hope to make staying at her home a regular thing for as long as she's sharing it with people. Thank you Caroline!
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Caroline's Tomales retreat. Located right on the water near Marshall it's a perfect getaway. The beach is a stones-throw from the cottage, waking early to the sunrise while sipping coffee on the shore was breathtaking.
I had arranged a night paddle with Blue Waters a mile away, so the proximity was ideal. No late-night drive home.
The cottage was comfortable and clean. The drinking water and septic requirements are not uncommon for properties off the beaten path - so to be expected.
Overall a tranquil and relaxing stay.
My husband, 3 year old daughter and I spent a magical weekend at Caroline's place on Tomales. The location can't be beat and the house is so cozy and relaxing! I loved bathing in the bathtub on the deck. We'll definitely be back!
This cottage was even more beautiful than the pictures. I had such a relaxing stay there. The kitchen had everything I needed for cooking, the bed was very comfortable, and I loved the outdoor tub. The wood stove was so inviting, if only it had been cool enough to use it! I will definitely book this cottage again!
We absolutely adored staying at Caroline's place in Marshall. It was the perfect weekend getaway and the weather was just perfect! September is definitely the time to be on the coast in California. Caroline made check in very easy and everything was pretty straight-forward with the home. The space is much larger than we thought (the pictures don't do it justice!) The bed was comfortable and using the wood stove made the evenings nice and cozy. Her home is located between two oyster farms which made having our own private oyster BBQ and picnic in her backyard easy. Additionally, it's the perfect home base for exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and all the lovely hiking trails nearby. The only tricky thing about the property is the water. We are in a drought right now so I don't know if that is why the water pressure wasn't the best. It's not the type of place where you can fill the bathtub, flush the toilet and wash dishes at the same time. But being aware of these limitations isn't a problem (just need to have a little patience, which when you're on vacation, there's no need to rush) and we definitely took advantage of the outdoor tub which was a nice little bonus to the property. Thank you for a wonderful stay, Caroline!
This place is a local's paradise. It offers some things that are almost impossible to come by; a back yard that yields to swimmable water, private, quiet, right off two lane Highway One.
The house is spacious for 2, the kitchen was well outfitted and ready for cooking. The stroll to Tony's (the local fish house) was delightful. I like the classic beach architecture and loved the outside tub. The quirks of rural living may not be for everyone (skip the inside shower, outside tub is the functioning bathing option, sensitive septic/water). I would happily return.
Tomales Bay Retreat is exactly what it says - a retreat. A quaint place to get away from the over stimulation of life and work. I rested deeply here - looking out onto the bay, taking baths outside and listening to the sounds of nature. Caroline generously left goodies in the fridge to help us get settled when we arrived and we really enjoyed the warmth and atmosphere of the house. We look forward to returning! Thank you Caroline.
Such a sweet retreat! Stunning view, a perfect two person readying nook, spacious back yard. Couldn't have asked for anything more. Thank you Caroline!