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The property is totally private. It is on 14 acres which includes woods and pastures with horses. There is ample room to explore right on the grounds. The home is well used, comfortable and ideal for families with children. There are two bedrooms with Queen beds and a back bedroom with bunk beds, a single twin bed and a crib. Every room connects to the outside.
Due to the special nature and privacy of the property and surrounding hills the place has also been used for retreats, and other special occasions.
We have built a playhouse in the woods where children can play creatively and independently---inspired by the recent book The Last Child in the Woods. This book documents the need for intimate connection to nature and to independent fantasy play for children. The playhouse is surrounded by trails leading to an open meadow of five acres. There is also a suspension bridge!
There is a coop with chickens, ducks and Doc, the rabbit. Young kids can access the coop to collect eggs with parental supervision. Most children spend hours in the chicken coop. There are views of surrounding hills and the Bolinas Lagoon and access to nearby trails in open space and parkland. One mile from the town of Bolinas which has two miles of beachfront and locally caught fish in season, abundant organic produce and Niman meats. The property is also just three miles from the Audubon Canyon Ranch where one can watch seals and all kinds of bird life on Bolinas Lagoon; and 10 miles from Point Reyes Park HQ with its extensive trails, beaches and wildlife.
I have lived on this property for over 40 years and it is a nurturing and spiritual place for me--compeletly private and still. For people who value those two things it is ideal. We also have built a playhouse in the woods where children can play independently and creatively and there are all kinds of animals on the place. I do not keep up with the callendar--house is rented about half the time--so the best way to enquire about availability is to email me--I am very prompt.
firstname.lastname@example.org purchased this farmhouse in 1970
When we saw the property we did not hesitate--it was the ideal place to raise a family....as well as have tranquility as an important aspect of our daily lives.
Watching the lagoon for its varied wildlife, gardening, horseback riding, animal care, and sitting in the meadow enjoying a drink at the end of the day.
Our family has been staying here for the past three years. Each year we stay longer and longer, and each stay is better and better. The property is absolutely gorgeous. Our boys enjoy the freedom of the space, the animals (bunnies, dogs, horses, chickens, ducks!) and the secret spots in the woods. The wonderful golden retrievers greet us upon arrival and keep the boys company on their explorations. We enjoy the views, the weather and our evening fires. Over the years, we have brought both sets of grandparents with us, as well as many friends. Everyone that has joined us has loved the property as much as we do. We all feel reconnected after our time there. Besides the specialness of the place, the location is great to explore from -- surfing in Bolinas, hiking in Pt Reyes, and many, many local beaches to chose from. We'll be back soon. Our 8-yr-old declared after our last visit that he never wants to go 3 months again without visiting.
My boyfriend and I, along with another couple, spent the weekend at this fabulous place. It was magical. First you are greeted by four well-behaved but enthusiastic dogs as you pull up. (This was nice as our 17 year old dog died two weeks ago.) As you walk to the front door on the other side of the house you see the beautiful, well kept garden and patio area. Then the horses and meadow. But it was the swing on the large oak tree, the chicken coop, and the Sweet Pea Cottage that stole my heart. Fresh eggs in the morning, feeding carrots to the chickens (who knew they ate those?), swinging on the oak tree beyond the cliff overlooking the bay, and exploring the ornate children's cottage and trails behind the secret tree. I told my boyfriend that this would be a great place to take our kids, if we had any. But then I realized...it allowed us to be kids! Even better. We loved the patio set up - the ability to build a fire and have dinner and cocktails outside. And the house was fabulous - surprises everywhere with all the comforts and charms of home! Linda and Stockton, our hosts, took great care of us. This is a fabulous estate and we intend to return.
Our family is very fond of this area. We visit several times a year and have rented several houses in Bolinas itself as well as around Point Reyes and Bodega Bay. This house tops all of them by far for you get far more than a roof when you come here. The reviews before mine describe it very well already - the sheer beauty of the grounds, the sense of serenity, the feeling of returning to what really matters, seeing the kids roam around, run up and down the beautiful rolling meadows, and disappear in the woods, the feeding of chicken and horses, the wonderful dogs - unplugged. Add to this the wonderful hosts and there you have it - a very very special place.
We just celebrated our wedding on the Mornell Estate in Bolinas. The day went off without a hitch! It was exactly what we had envisioned. The setting has so much natural beauty and the property and home have a very peaceful energy. Linda is fantastic! She worked with us from the very beginning, planning every last detail with us, from the lighting to the placement of the bails of hay. A warning to couples who are considering this property for their wedding: it takes an incredible amount of work for the vendors (caterer, property owner, etc.) to pull off a successful wedding celebration. The property isn't normally set up as a typical wedding venue, so Linda spent many many hours prepping. You should also be aware that everything must be brought in: rentals, porta potties, decorations, caterer + kitchen, sound system and microphones, etc. If you who want something rustic, simple, and completely DIY - it's an amazing spot!
We spent two nights here over mother's day weekend with our boys, 9 and 3. The hosts Linda and Stockton were friendly and welcoming. Their hospitality was above expectations. They made themselves available if you needed anything, yet kept their distance so we could enjoy the property. The property was pure beauty in every sense. Words and pictures can only describe so much. One can't help but to feel relaxed, calm and peaceful. The kids enjoyed the animals on site, spent many hours in the chicken coop, played in the Sweet Pea Cottage, and just roamed the meadows. It reminded me of the good old days where kids played outside until the crack of dawn. The history behind the cottage was a fascinating read. I wanted to read more entries and imagined how I might have contributed to the making of the cottage had I discovered it during a previous life. I spent many hours just thinking. This place inspires creativity and imagination. The sound of the rooster in the morning was faint and you wake up feeling blessed to begin a new day. Anyone staying here will not regret it.
Words cannot do this place justice - it must be experienced to be believed. My husband and I and our two young children stayed here with my parents over a long weekend. My children reveled in playing with the friendly golden retrievers, bunnies and chickens. Collecting eggs every morning was a magical experience for them, and they made for a delicious breakfast. We all delighted in feeding the beautiful horses in the pasture. The house itself is beautiful, with hardwood floors, tasteful furnishings, and supremely comfortable bedding. It is not so immaculate as to be unwelcome to children, however. In fact, there are plenty of toys in the children's room to keep them occupied, if they were ever inclined to come inside (which they weren't). The owners, who live on a hill above the property, were friendly, warm, and gracious hosts. They encouraged us to explore the property, with winding forest trails, warm rolling meadows, perfectly-positioned places to sit and relax throughout. Bright, beautiful flowers and lavender are everywhere. A tree swing right out front brought me right back to my own childhood. The cottage in the woods, the suspension bridge - I think we enjoyed them almost as much as my children did! It's hard to describe our experience at this place, other than that we had a magical time and hope to return as soon as we can!
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Property not available Thanksgiving, 2014
RATE: $500 per night with 2 night minimum. Weekly $3000
Personal checks: Reservation Deposit and Damage Security due in advance. Balance due upon arrival.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.