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Writer's Retreat on Tomales Bay - The Mesa Refuge

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Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Property Manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2015
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Writer's Retreat on Tomales Bay - The Mesa Refuge

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Point Reyes Station House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The Mesa Refuge: A Writer’s Retreat on Tomales Bay

Mesa Refuge house description

The Mesa Refuge is one of the most beautiful houses in the Point Reyes area and enjoys one of its most breathtaking views. It sits above a vibrant, constantly changing marsh that flows into Tomales Bay. Herons, egrets, hawks and many different kinds of wild fowl can be seen and heard from the decks and gardens around the house.

For most of the year, the house serves as a retreat for three writers at a time. Among those who have worked here are Michael Pollan, Terry Tempest Williams, Daniel Ellsberg, Frances Moore Lappé and Michael Chabon.

The house was built by the abstract expressionist painter Sam Francis. He spent the summers here with his family and entourage, painting and visiting the nearby Point Reyes National Seashore.

The house itself is light, colorful, spacious, and full of interesting architectural details. Throughout it are original artworks, antique rugs and vintage furniture that add to its charm.

The Refuge has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and sleeps 6 adults. The master bedroom is in a tower and has a queen bed and en-suite bathroom. The view of the bay from the balcony off the tower bedroom is spectacular. The other 2 bedrooms are on the ground floor. One has a queen bed and one has a double bed. Both have private decks overlooking the garden.

The living room has an intricate wooden cathedral ceiling, an extensive library along one wall, comfortable chairs and sofas and a wood-burning stove. There is a large, fully-equipped modern kitchen with a Viking range, Sub-Zero refrigerator and a dining area. This opens onto a rose-covered deck with views of the garden and bay.

The house is surrounded by beautiful, mature gardens which include an apple orchard, a rose garden, sauna, and a wood-burning brick oven — perfect for grilling fish and making pizza. Halfway down the bluff is a deck for observing birds or setting up an easel or camera. Two writing cabins are hidden in the garden for people who want to write or dream. There is also a tennis court available for your use. The village of Point Reyes Station with its cafes, bookstores and restaurants is a ten-minute walk away.

We guarantee you will never forget your stay at the Mesa Refuge. And your rental helps support the not-for-profit writer’s retreat.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Property Manager
Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2015

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Book with confidence
Book with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
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Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

5
based on 4 traveler reviews

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Writer's Retreat on Tomales Bay - The Mesa Refuge
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
San Francisco
5

Beautiful views and house and grounds

  • 5 of 5

This is indeed a special property. Nice big kitchen, 3 bedrooms (one in "the tower" with amazing views from the deck. Very very comfortable and inviting for all kinds of relaxation.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Palo Alto, CA
5

Terrific!

  • 5 of 5

We love staying at this house! We like it so much that our family tries to return every summer. The property manager makes everything run smoothly. Recently we stayed at another house on VRBO in Sonoma and the property manager had forgotten we were coming - we arrived at 10PM to a dirty house with no clean linens anywhere to be found. That kind of situation would NEVER happen at the Mesa Refuge. In our view, the only downside to this house is that the floor plan can be challenging for families with young children. The master is upstairs at the opposite end of house from two other bedrooms (on the ground floor) which can make it a bit difficult to hear the little ones if they need anything at night. Overall, this is a 5 star property.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Gorgeous!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed for an entire week and loved the solitude and beauty of the place. To be immersed in such nature while having easy access to all that is Point Reyes was relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. The wall of books is also a fascinating world to dive into. This is a great place to get back to nature.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

paradise

  • 5 of 5

It's difficult to express how wonderful Mesa Refuge is. The gorgeous, capacious, perfectly equipped house is situated on exquisite land overlooking the ever-changing estuary of Tomales Bay. Step outside and you are in a wonderful garden, with many places to sit, read, walk, relax. Stay inside and you have a peaceful, large house with an abundant library, comfortable rooms, etc. We have spent two months there, in total, and not once have we had even a moment in which we thought something might be missing or improved up. It is a perfect place. Perfect.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

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Rates & Availability

From $500 Per night

Point Reyes Station House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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3 night minimum stay
$500
From
$650
Fri,Sat
$3,500
$10,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $250 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Point Reyes Station House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Viking stove Sub zero fridge Bicycles for adults and children

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