The Kent House is a 2 bedroom classic older Inverness summer home. The first bedroom has a very comfortable queen bed and two single beds. The smaller cabin has a King bed, the smaller cabin has it's own bath with tub and shower. The living room has a futon sofa that will sleep two. The living room has a lovely brick fireplace and we supply plenty of firewood. The house also has gas heating throughout. We now have wi-fi but no television.
The kitchen is fully equipped with an electric stove toaster oven and microwave oven. Plenty of cookware and dishes. The house has three bathrooms the main bath off the kitchen has a lovely old bathtub the second bathroom has a shower and nearly new washer and dryer the third bath in the small cabin has a new bathroom with shower and bathtub.
The small cabin is a few steps across the deck from the main house. The outside deck on the house is large with plenty of seating and gets lots of sun. The house sits above a pleasant creek in a quiet wooded area with very little traffic. The parking area is across the footbridge with room for three cars.
1st Valley house is a 5 minute walk from downtown Inverness with 2 restaurants and a grocery store and coffee shop. Tomales Bay and Ocean Beaches are a 10 to 20 minute drive depending on your destination. Inverness is 10 minutes away from The Point Reyes National Seashore. The entire area is exceptionally beautiful with lots to do and see.
Our family home is a real Inverness experience. The house is not fancy but it is comfortable and very pleasant. Call for more information.
The property is owned by the Kent family and has been a family vacation home for more than 40 years. Five generations have spent summers in Inverness at the 1st Valley House. Many members of the family live in Berkeley, CA which is an easy one hour drive, making weekend trips convenient. We enjoy trips to the beach, hiking, picking blackberries, reading by the fireplace, and most of all being together. Many family members have or have had dogs over the years and they love romping on the beaches or sunning themselves on the large deck.
Deborah Quinn purchased this house in 1965
Inverness has traditionally been a summer destination for University families in Berkeley. The Kent family has owned or rented summer homes in Inverness for over 100 years. We still have old diaries from family members coming to the area in the 1800's. Through hard work by many people, some in our family included, Inverness has never lost it's small town charm. The beaches remain pristine. We are literally surrounded by State Park and National Seashore. It's a beautiful and unique place.
The 1st Valley House has a tranquil and secluded feel. It is on a small creek and is surrounded by trees. At the same time, it is only a five minute walk to downtown Inverness where you have The Inverness Store, two restaurants and a coffee house. Live entertainment can often be enjoyed at these restaurants.Beaches on Tomales Bay are a five minute drive from the house and ocean beaches can be reached by car in fifteen minutes. Point Reyes Station is a 10 minute drive from the house with more shopping and great places to eat.
A very special way to begin the new year. We loved everything about the house. such a pleasant surprise.! Their was plenty of relaxation coupled with adventures around the area. We will be returning ... Perhaps when we are celebrating our honeymoon. Hard to leave this morning.. Thank you for sucha beautiful and special retreat.
This was our second stay here and not much has changed. It was only a couple of days notice so it's nice that it's available for folks from the Bay Area who want to overnight in the area. The only sort of negative was that there were six or seven fly strips hanging down from the ceilings in the living room and kitchen with dead flies right at about face level. Not the sort of thing that someone wants to walk into.
Celebrating our 25th anniversary, my husband and I, along with our two dogs, spent a beautiful weekend in April at the charming, rustic and quirky Kent House. Our MINOR issue at check-in was resolved within four minutes by Deborah, who responded immediately to our call. If you're looking for a 4-Star Resort, the Kent House is NOT for you. If, on the other hand, you're looking for a fairly private, unconventional, cozy get-away surrounded by trees and wildlife, this is the place. This charming, 20's era cabin is rusty, creaky (a tad mildewy - but not bad), mismatched and utterly delightful! The toilet and tub is in "the main house," and not connected to the sleeping quarters, but it's right next door, and connected by the deck. (If you plan to be there in the winter months, be forewarned that a 3:00 am "call of nature" would require you to take about 12 steps outside before getting to the bathroom next door.) There's no TV (which was great), but they have a nice sound system (bring your own CDs), and wireless (with easy connectivity if you're determined to stay "on the grid"). There are board games to play and books to read, including the owner's memoir of her life growing up in the Bay Area and Inverness. Although there are several restaurants nearby, if you're up for cooking "at home," there are plenty of utensils, bowls, plates, pans, with a modern oven/stove. No dishwasher, microwave or disposal. Tomales Bay is about a half-mile away (easily walkable), and Point Reyes is about a half-hour away (by car), and it's a gorgeous drive. If you're bringing dogs, know that they're additional $40 each.
We enjoyed our stayed in Inverness. If you enjoy leisurely hikes in beautiful settings, kayak in calm waters and dine in pretty amazing restaurants. . .i would highly recommend Inverness. This rustic home was perfect to start and end the days. After hiking 10 miles I crawled into the the large claw bath tub and soaked my tired body. Loved the history of the "Shambles" and could imagine the loving memories the Kent family had there. It's a perfect getaway to a piece of heaven.
Thank you Deborah and the Kent family for opening your vacation home.
We arrived at the Shambles after a long day in transit from Boston and found our way across the creek at dusk. It proved to be every bit as charming, comfortable and unusual as the photographs promised - what they cannot capture is the wonderful feeling of a well-loved family home that has everything one needs for a great and relaxing stay. Far from a typical layout, the space worked well for our family, and given the chilly temps, by CA standards, we enjoyed the coziness of the living/dining area and bedroom. It took us a while to figure out where light switches and heaters were, but once we got the hang of that we were quite comfortable. And any place that welcomes renters with fresh flowers gets high marks in my book. After a long hike in Pt. Reyes the next day, the deep, claw footed tub was a most welcome feature, as were the comfortable beds. We had dinner at Stellina and the Station House Cafe and enjoyed poking around Pt. Reyes Station, but the obvious big draw is Pt. Reyes, fantastic in any weather. I suspect the Shambles is glorious in the warmer months, when one can sit out on the deck and listen to the stream, but we thoroughly enjoyed it in Jan. This is the kind of place we love; perhaps not as swanky as many of the other spots in Inverness but so rich in character and the setting and the deep quiet. Hope to return! Loved every minute.
What a charming gem of a cottage! This was my second visit to Inverness, and my wife's first. We just loved the rustic charm of the 1st Valley Cottage, supplemented by all the modern conveniences. The cottage was meticulously cleaned and the caretaker was very helpful and accommodating. Point Reyes and Inverness are my new favorite escape.
We were looking for a secluded place among the redwoods to relax and unwind. We found everything needed for preparing meals and the pictures and stories of the family we a nice touch. The bedroom with its wood beamed ceiling was very calming. I highly recommend the place and plan to return at least once or twice a year. I now place it among one of the nicer places to relax and find ourselves.
Very near Point Reyes National Seashore, Tomales Bay State Park
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Additional cabin add $100 per night.
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