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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500.00|
|Property Damage Protection||$89.00|
|Deposit of $800 required to secure reservation. Balance is due 2 weeks prior to arrival. Security deposit of $500 due by check 2 weeks prior which is returned within 10 days after departure.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay. Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.