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Enjoy a 120 degree view of Tomales Bay, Elephant Mountain, Mount Tam and your own two acre sunny meadow, all while relaxing in front of the fire in the Bernardi designed redwood and glass living room.(Each bedroom has a bay view as well.) More photos Walk down the meadow to a magical stairway in the woods that leads to the shore and private dock. Feel free to bring your own watercraft to fully enjoy this remarkable location. Or just dive off the float for a refreshing swim. Chicken Ranch Beach is two minutes to the south and Shell beach five minutes to the north; and the beaches of Point Reyes as well as the lighthouse are just 15 minutes by car. The large brick patio offers the fullness of indoor outdoor living. Words cannot describe the beauty and serenity of dawn or dusk in this truly unique setting.
Keywords: waterfront, vacation, dock, near Point Reyes National Seashore ,quiet, views ,meadow, beach
Hello my name is Nick Whitney and I was raised in Berkeley Ca. and grew up coming to my family home in Inverness on weekends and summers.
I learned to swim and sail on Tomales Bay with my two siblings Kathleen and Pete we are now the owners of this family gem and are caretaking it for the use of generations to come.
Elan Whtney purchased this house in 1950
Back in the 1930s my father, Jim Whitney, then a teenager, would walk from the village of Inverness the two and a half miles to Shell Beach climbing the hill just north of Chicken Ranch he would crest a hill above the bay and cross the most beautiful meadow. He, told his young bride Deborah that if the land was ever sold he'd love to build a home and raise their family there. Fortunately, what had been Mc Connell's Dairy's pasture was soon subdivided and Jim and Deborah were able to fulfill their dreams. They raised three children there, Kathleen, Peter, and Nick. Deborah is now 93 and still spends a month every summer at this wonderful retreat, as do Kathleen, Pete and Deborah's 10 grandchildren. Nick and his wife Elan manage the property.
This rustic family home is a great location for friends and families to just relax and enjoy the view or play a pick up game of softball in the meadow. Our home appeals to every generation.
When you are staying at Whitney House it's easy to enjoy Tomales Bay and the numerous Pt. Reyes National Seahore activities because you are so close to the bay and beaches.
The large open living room and dining area make for memorable family dinners and then it's fun to curl up in front of the fire place and play a game or read.
We only stayed one night but loved the feeling of a Berkeley-style selection of books, lovely light coming in the windows, rustic charm and home-iness. Hope to return sometime with our dog and children. Thanks for everything
This home was so much more than we expected and much more charming and amazing in person! The property and private dock is gorgeous, the house was so cozy, the fireplace was stocked and ready, and every bit of our girls weekend was perfect! We greatly appreciated all of it.
Whitney House is not a vacation rental but a loved family home and my family was lucky enough to spend a few days there. The photos don't really do it justice. The house is a lovely blend of traditional Inverness cottage and perfect location. Every room has a terrific view. The house was very clean, fresh smelling, and well maintained and stocked. The living room, dining area and kitchen are located in a separate wing from the bedrooms and bathroom which allows early risers/late to bed-ers to not disturb the others. The beds were very comfortable and had cozy comforters and plenty of extra pillows and blankets. Soft cotton sheets.
The kitchen is very well stocked with a wide range of nice quality cookware, utensils, appliances, serving ware, plates and glasses. Spices, oils, and cookbooks too! The dining area easily seats 6 - 8. The living room has comfortable places to sit, a good radio for listening to the World Series, and huge fireplace with firewood provided. I could happily spend many hours hanging out reading and watching the bay thru the windows. By the way, the massive picture windows were spotless!
Outdoors, the yard is HUGE and there is a nice variety of tables and chairs for hanging out and enjoying the views. There is a Weber kettle style bbq, ping pong table, and plenty of games to play. We loved the dock and even took a sailing trip on Tomales Bay with a local sailboat charter company. The sailboat picked us up at "our" dock. Super fun.
The house is located on a quiet street and is within walking distance to a couple of beaches and there is such a cozy beach next to the dock. Yes, we loved having our "own" dock and beach :) The Bay is warm this time of year and we went swimming everyday.
Many thanks to the owners for opening their home. We are already plotting our next trip to Whitney House.
I just stayed at the Whitney house with a couple of friends to celebrate our birthdays. It was perfect and I can't wait to return with my family. The house appealed to me on every level... the floor plan (all rooms open to the outside and you have to go outside to go from the living room to bedrooms), the scale of the windows, the view, the location, the handmade details, the sense of history, the shade of blue trim, the proximity to hikes, the proximity to saltwater oyster bar, the dock and all the steps and benches leading down to it, the fireplace, the yard/meadow, the books on the shelves. I can't wait to go back. I'm so glad I found this place!
We had a fantastic time at the Whitney house..enjoyed sitting by the fire on a rainy day,playing ping pong was our most favorite.. We were unable to get the wall heaters to turn on, so we piled on the blankets. Having the bedrooms separate from the living/dining/kitchen area is a bonus. If others are engaged In a game and your exhausted from having fun all day,peace and quiet can be found.
My partner and I had a wonderful 3 day visit over the holidays. When we arrived we found the home and grounds very clean and well kept. We enjoyed kayaking from the dock and generally just relaxing. It felt like home right away. We explored the wonderful small towns that were not far away and made a jaunt to Drakes Bay Oyster Farm for some delicious raw oysters. We would like to return again!
My husband and I had a wonderfully relaxing, special weekend here. The location is wonderful -- easy to get to & close to trail heads for hiking and biking (though we did drive to the trail heads due to the narrowness of Sir Francis Drake road). It is quiet and private feeling -- the property is huge. The most amazing feature is the wonderful view through the mid-century modern windows, the pier, and the gorgeous light that fills the living room in the morning. We had a lovely time with our coffee and books in front of the fireplace. The staircase down to the little beach and pier is fairytale-like. The property would be great in the summer with the large meadow and access to Tomales Bay -- we will be back with the kids. The house has an original, rustic feel to it and the layout (with the bedrooms and bathroom detached from the living room/ kitchen) may not work for everyone -- it was fine for us. The property owners were very easy to deal with and answered my many questions very promptly. I have rented hundreds of houses on VRBO (a personal mission to find the perfect rental) and this is one of the few that I loved enough to plan a return trip to.
We are 10 minute drive to the Point Reyes National Seashore a fantastic park to explore by hiking, biking or beach walks. You can walk to the shores of Tomales Bay an inlet of the Pacific Ocean from our back yard or sit on the patio and enjoy the amazing water view with your favorite book
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2 night minimum stay
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