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Very Unique Private Home-Close to Beaches-Golf-San Francisco

Robert Galliani

Member since: 2010
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Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Very Unique Private Home-Close to Beaches-Golf-San Francisco

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Point Reyes Station House Rental Photos and Description

6 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths, Sleeps 12

“A Treetop Fantasy” Time Magazine

“Blackthorne floats among the treetops like a great ship” AAA's VIA magazine

Would you like your vacation or corporate retreat to be in a one-of-a-kind, totally unique home resembling a giant elegant tree house that Sunset magazine called “A carpenter’s fantasy”?

To see a video of this property go to: or simply click the Video button on this page.

[Please Note: I just bought the beautiful 1-bedroom cabin next door. For guests that want to have 7 bedrooms and 7 baths, you can simply add $220 a night to your bill and rent that cabin as well. Two pictures of the cabin are included on this page, or go to Home Away 3831658 or VRBO 3831658ha to see many pictures.]

The Blackthorne (formerly the Blackthorne Inn) is a 6 bedroom 5.5 bath totally private 3200 square foot home resembling a giant, elegant tree house with 3500 square feet of decking adjacent to a national park (The Point Reyes National Seashore) yet centrally located only 1.4 miles from the town of Point Reyes with its fine dining and shops, 2.5 miles from the village of Inverness, minutes from world class ocean beaches and Tomales Bay State Park swimming beaches, less than a mile from the Park’s headquarters with endless hiking trails and less than one hour from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and the Napa/Sonoma wine country.

“The Blackthorne, about an hour north of San Francisco, looks as if it were built by mad King Ludwig working in wood.” The Dallas Morning News

General Description: This 4-story home sits on a private 3 acres that feels like a thousand acres as you are surrounded by national park in total privacy. The Blackthorne rises to the level of the treetops with the help of a 4-story handmade cedar spiral staircase. The atrium built with floor-to-ceiling glass doors from San Francisco’s former train station connects to the living room with it’s 20 foot ceiling, 6 skylights, castle-like turrets, and walk-in stone fireplace.

First, Second and Third Floors: The first floor has two large bedrooms, one with it's own additional sitting room, each with private entrances and decks. There is one full bath on this floor. The second floor has the living room, large dining area, kitchen, atrium, half bath and massive decking and separate laundry room with 1 washer and 2 dryers. The third floor has two very unique gabled bedrooms complete with skylights and stained glass, each with its own private bathroom and deck.

4th Floor and separate 1-bedroom suite: The octagonal shaped bedroom on the 4th floor has floor to ceiling glass on 7 of its 8 sides and treetop panoramic views on all sides. This room connects to a one-of-a-kind footbridge that leads to a private deck with bathroom and hot tub and both indoor and outdoor showers. In addition there is a separate one-bedroom suite next to the 5-car parking area with queen bed, small living room, private bath and Satellite TV included with your rental.

“This is an architectural achievement. The operative word here is ‘elegant,’ for while whimsical in design, offers every imaginable comfort and feature”

Diane Siskin, Chattanooga New-Free Press

For your enjoyment The home comes with 4 televisions with 170 channels, DSL high speed wireless internet, 150 first run high definition movies (DVD's), over 100 CD's for music as well as 4 ipod players, five telephones with unlimited local and long distance calling (in the U.S.),a gas Bar BQ Grill, a sparkling hot tub and baby grand piano. In addition, guests are provided with 4 tennis racquets, tennis balls and a key to a private tennis court 3 minutes away for unlimited tennis.

If you want a one-of-a-kind experience that you, your family and friends will remember, talk about and return to, visit this unique place and see why the New York Times reader’s poll gave The Blackthorne its 5 star highest rating.

Although children love the Blackthorne, the home may not be suitable for young children as there are many stairs and balconies.

“Which brings us to treehouses. At their simplest they are for kids, at their most complex, for Tarzan and Jane. Or they were until The Blackthorne.”

Robert Ragaini, The Boston Sunday Globe

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Robert Galliani (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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About Robert Galliani

My name is Robert Galliani. I am a 3rd generation San Franciscan. My wife of 23 years and I have three children ages 20, 18 and 16. We happily and very fortunately live in a beautiful place called Marin County California where our lives are intertwined and revolve around our children. We bought The Blackthorne and continually improve it. We invite people to rent it nightly and weekly to experience this unique, one-of-a-kind, hand made home, which we will keep in our family for generations.

Robert Galliani purchased this house in 2010

Why Robert Galliani chose Point Reyes Station

In 1975 a friend of mine who was a Princeton educated engineer and his wife bought a spectacular acre of land next to the Point Reyes National Seashore halfway between the village of Inverness CA and the town of Point Reyes CA. (1 hour from San Francisco). With the help of master craftsmen, he built a spectacular 4-story wood crafted 'castle' resembling a giant tree house that his wife named 'Blackthorne' after the main character in James Clavell's novel SHOGUN. From 1982 to October 2010 they ran it as a very successful and famous B&B. We bought it because the location is heaven on earth. The house is placed adjacent to a a national park surrounded and minutes from some of the best beaches in the world as well as the quaint town of Point Reyes with its fine restaurants and shops and the village of Inverness. 100,000 acres of national park covered with hiking trails is at our doorstep while Tomales Bay is 8 houses down the street and the city of San Francisco is a one hour drive away.

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Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
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Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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Very Unique Private Home-Close to Beaches-Golf-San Francisco
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
Palo Alto, CA

A very special place!

  • 5 of 5

The Blackthorne Inn is truly magical and it's drawing us (friends and family with grown kid) back every year. The deck, the sun room, the fire place, the hot tub, the spectacular octagonal bedroom with 360 degrees view of towering old growth trees, there is no short way to describe the setting, the serenity and beauty. All of the rooms are spacious, spotless upon arrival and Robert the owner goes out of the way to make sure your stay is perfect. Close to Kayaking on Tomales Bay and Hiking in the National Seashore. We already booked for next year, what else can I say.....

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Sacramento, California

Dream Rental Home in Fabulous Private Location

  • 5 of 5

I do not even know where to begin with how perfect our 4 night stay for my 50th Birthday Celebration was made because of the magical surroundings of the Blackthorne. I originally wanted to book a unique stay in a Lighthouse for my party weekend and just happened upon the Blackthorne in my internet research. I booked the Blackthorne after seeing the website and listing on the rental site. I sent the owner Robert an email then my husband called and gave a deposit about 10 months in advance because we know Memorial day weekend would be a big one for week-end getaways, weddings and vacationers too! Have to say I always think the sites with photos and professional videos have a way of exaggerating the beauty of a place, but not in the case of Blackthorn. It is truly beautiful. At the end of the street is a market called Perry’s with a fabulous Deli and a short drive to Pont Reyes Station where there are several very good restaurants, like the Station House, Stellina and the Cowgirl Creamery. We didn’t get into the Bovine Bakery, but based upon the length of the line, I would say it must be pretty good too. A few miles away is the Bear Valley Visitor’s Center where you can obtain a permit for a beach bonfire, which we did at Limantour Beach. Drakes Bay Oysters is about 10 miles away and Hog Island Oysters is about the same in the other direction. There are so many things to do in the area, or you could do nothing but enjoy he tranquility that surrounds this magical home. The personality the home has in unmeasurable. . The price is remarkable considering the fact that I have spent the same for mediocre 2-3 bedroom homes in the non-private not so tranquil Dillon’s Beach and Bodega Bay areas. The 4 floors of fabulousness with tranquility and so much outdoor living space is fabulous. The home was also stocked with so many dishes and spices, we brought out own napkins, saran wrap, foil, garbage bags, shampoo and extra t.p., but one would not need to as they even had those there. The little touches like super lux soft throws on the sofas and books and movie were very appreciated. Basically this is home is a work of art with some architectural fabulousness everywhere you look. It is lovely to wake to birds singing and the fresh due and amazing to sit on any one of the many expansive porches during the sunny day hours and in the welcoming Jacuzzi in the evening. Just Heavenly!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

It's Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

The Blackthorne Inn is truly paradise. This architectural wonder is the perfect place to gather with family. We loved the huge fireplace under the equally huge sky light nestled under a canopy of towering trees; the hot tub, the all glass lookout "nest" room, the sun room and deck. Hosted by the gracious Robert and well tended by the grounds crew, the Blackthorne makes you feel like you’re perched in a treehouse in the forest, but you’re only a short walk down the hill from a first class gourmet food store, and perhaps two miles from the fabulous Point Reyes Station with several great restaurants and terrific boutique art galleries and clothing stores. We hesitate to write more to help insure we’ll be able to secure a reservation for ourselves when we want to come back in the future. Plan ahead! The Blackthorne Inn is one of the very most desirable lodgings in this very popular vacation area.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

A magical gem!

  • 5 of 5

My co-workers and I went here for a staff retreat in April of 2013, and it was truly dazzling. We work for a small non-profit with mentally ill people, so we really need to relax on our retreats, and this was prefect. The aesthetics of the home were straight out of a Tolkien elven village! The beds were very comfortable. The only thing I should say is that if you are very prone to motion sickness do not stay in the top room, the round one, because it sways ever so slightly. I stayed in that room, and just loved it, but some of my older co-workers were a little nervous about it, fyi-put the youngsters in that room. The kitchen was very well equipped, and we have some very fine chefs, in fact several of my co-workers have done professional cooking in the past, and were impressed with the kitchen. The owner was very kind, and easy to deal with. I highly recommend this lovely place!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Covington, Louisiana

Enchanting Place for a Happy New Year!

  • 5 of 5

Family and friends gathered together for a delightful week and an enchanting New Year's Celebration! This magical house is nestled among hundreds of trees, immaculately groomed gardens, and massive wood decks; each level leading to the next treasure. It has lovely guest rooms and beautiful features that took us days to fully discover. We enjoyed our days at Drakes Beach, lunches in Pt. Reyes Station and in SF, dinners around the hearty table followed by cozy fires at the hearth with games, movies, s'mores, and fun conversation. The pleasant Blackthorne caretaker kept the firewood well-stocked and the spa nicely heated. Blackthorne was the perfect setting for our happy gathering. This spectacular home is most memorable and we look forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Magical Blackthorne enhances our sibling reunion

  • 5 of 5

My five siblings and spouses, 11 in all, recently returned from a reunion at the Blackthorne Inn. We had all seen the pictures and the video but this wonderful residence exceeded all our expectations. We enjoyed especially the top deck, soaking in the hot tub while birds flew and chattered in the trees. We enjoyed long catch-up visits in the beautifully appointed living room. We enjoyed our breakfasts on the deck in the crisp morning air. In fact, in general, the architecture of Blackthorne as it climbs up the hillside and the ready access to beautiful decks on all levels made us feel close to the trees, the animals and the natural surroundings. All furnishings and appointments were interesting and beautiful. The workmanship in many details was a pleasure to behold; i.e., the stone fireplace, the revolving door at the top of the circular stairs; the stained glass windows -- amazing! The kitchen where we prepared breakfasts and a dinner was stocked with everything one could ever need. Each bedroom space was lovely and unique and allowed all of us to find just the one that suited. I read the history of Blackthorne which was provided and it was thrilling to me as a NorCal resident to learn of all the historical bits and pieces that have been found and lovingly incorporated into the building. Blackthorne is so centrally located, we were able to enjoy Limantour Beach in the Pt. Reyes National Seashore. Other favorite easy-to-reach places we explored were Stinson Beach and Muir Woods. The beauty of this wonderful place truly provided an ambience of relaxation and pleasure that made our time together extra special. We were there just three nights and it wasn't enough. Everyone wanted to make this magical place a yearly event.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
40 Miles
San Francisco International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Town of Point Reyes
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
3 courses(San Geronimo, Indian Valley, Bodega Bay)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Town of Point Reyes
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Many National Park Beaches

Located Less Than One Hour North of San Francisco.

One hour from the Napa Valley wine country.

1.4 miles to town of Point Reyes.

2.5 miles to village of Inverness.

10-18 minutes from many National Park Ocean beaches.

Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, tennis, beaches.

Golf: San Geronimo golf course, Indian Valley golf course, Bodega Bay golf course.


Rates & Availability

From $525 Per night

Point Reyes Station House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $175.00
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes 50% deposit at booking. The remaining 50% 2 weeks before arrival.
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Point Reyes Station House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
  • 4 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , indoor and outdoor shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , i
  • 5.5 baths
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
  • 6 bedrooms. 4 with private bath. A total of 5 queen and 2 single beds.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Wood Deck
  • 20 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Wifi high speed internet. 5 telephones with unlimited calling (in the U.S.). 4 TV's with 170 channels (Direct TV). 135 High Definition first run movies. 2 i-pod players. Laundry room with washer and two dryers. Stone fireplace with unlimited firewood. All guests are given a key to a private tennis court 3 minutes from the home. Tennis Racquets and tennis balls provided.

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