|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Nestled in the hills and meadows of Bolinas (in the sun belt), this is a 4 acre private property of wide-open unobstructed views, deer, birds, gardens, oak trees, hills and meadows and fine architecture. We are located less than one minute from highway 1, 10 minutes from Stinson Beach, 4 minutes from downtown Bolinas and about 45 minutes from San Francisco. We are in the middle of some of the most beautiful nature in the world.
The gate house is one of three quite unique and beautiful rentals on the Briarcombe property. It is a three story house surrounded by amazing Oaks that sleeps 4 very comfortably. The top floor is the main living area. Think Hobbit (see pictures). It's one large room that includes everything for living; a sleeping section (full size bed), living & dining area, sofa nook, kitchen area has a 4 burner range, oven, microwave, and small barbecue for outdoor cooking. Full bathroom (tub w/ hand-held shower) and amazing views of the Briarcombe property & Bolinas ridge from up in the oak trees.
The 2nd floor is a newly remodeled (Oriental style) large L-shaped room. It has 2 private entrances and a quick out & in from the front door of the top floor. This room is quite different from the architecture and feel of the top floor but quite special in it's own way. This is a very elegant room and one which has a no-shoe & responsible-kid-only policy due to the very expensive rugs and antique Japanese furniture, not to mention the narrow (slightly risky) steps down to the bedroom/library. This room also consists of a low Japanese table (seating on cushions, a sink & electric water pot for serving tea, a tea set, and an entertainment nook with a beautiful flat screen with internet Smart TV, a stereo system and Xbox..and another beautiful view of the Briarcombe property.
Open up the large trap door and down the well-built but only-for-adults staircase is the bedroom/library/work studio with half bathroom (toilet & sink). Many wonderful books to choose from, a queen size bed, a desk with screen and printer (copy/fax/scan) and the half bathroom. Another large window/view and very small patio area. Next door is the shared laundry room with the main house below. All floors have their own private entrance(s).
(The gate house is a new listing. There are 5 earlier reviews for the bridge house section of the main house that are on this listing that I can't remove. The newer reviews which talk of the gate house will of course be for the gate house).
By the way, there is a large meadow which is great for picnics or any kind of event (there are two picnic tables) and a full stage with electricity. There is also a really nice private basketball court among the oak trees, not to mention a beautiful garden or two.
Please inquire for weddings, receptions and holding events on the Briarcombe property (search 'briarcombe'). There are event location fees. We can no longer have amplified music on the meadow. Acoustic music is welcome.
Keywords: house, luxurious, custom, beautiful, artistic, architectural award winning, retreats, events, weddings, elegant, peaceful, unique, private, hobbit-like, quiet, special, spiritual property, power spot
We are a married couple. We used to live in the gate house and are now living on Kauai. We still own and operate Briarcombe. Our property manager, Rozlyn Marnell handles all of the bookings and day to day care of the property for us.
It's family owned since 1971.This was built by my mother, Katherine Marsh and architect Jeff Morse.
Peace, nature, wildlife, privacy and beautiful architecture. It's a wonderful place to feel inspired and reinvented.
Spent two nights in the delightful gate house... highlights are an open, peaceful atmosphere, exceptional views of the surrounding hills from every corner of the 3rd floor as well as the Japanese tea room on main level... in addition, basic provisions for cooking are all there; the delightful sliding windows above the stovetop vent directly to the outside! Just minutes from Bolinas Bay and Stinson just beyond, also very close to countless trails... the Palomarin Trail was the highlight of our excursions away from the cabin. Excellent communication with the manager. Outstanding memory: view of the live oaks and the sense of being in a tree house. Highly recommend.
I spent a lovely weekend with a few artistically minded friends at this beautiful house in Bolinas, California. We were so inspired by the Japanese-inspired architecture, the breathtaking scenery, and the history of this former artist's retreat. The new stove served us well - we cooked together all weekend! I highly recommend taking a vacation from the city in this incredible gem of a vacation rental. You won't find any place like it.
The gate house is an amazing little space. Quiet, snug and totally earthquake-proof (we were there during the 6.0 in late August this year)! Interesting architecture that blends into the natural environment of the property which includes some amazing live oaks and japanese maples.
We spent most of our time on the top floor but each level of the house has a different atmosphere that's welcoming in its own way. The kitchen has all the appliances you need--though we cooked most of our meals on the grill outside. Lots of great outdoor spaces to enjoy morning coffee.
The property manager was very nice and made checking in/out a total breeze. Overall, the experience could have been better.
I'm not complaining. It's a cool, kind of Japanese-inspired place. The stove wasn't functional so they gave us a BBQ which we didn't really use. It was a little cold....there were heaters, but the place felt like an old converted garage, and wind blew through the place a little. Despite the proximity to the road, it wasn't that noisy from the street. It is beyond split level....it's literally split in two. There is an upstairs with one bed and a little nook where our 4 year old slept. Then downstairs and outside, in through another door, is the rest of the place (living room and basement bedroom that looks out onto the hillside). The property manager was cool/nice. And it was clean.
When my wife (new wife) were looking for a location for our wedding we never thought finding a place as perfect as Briarcombe would be possible. But of course, Briarcombe DOES exist! It had everything we were looking for. The houses were all comfortable, well equipped, and above all absolutely beautiful! The houses are architectural masterpieces and there are so many little special features that set it apart from, really, any house I've ever been in. We used the meadow for the wedding and the stage came in handy, as did the folding tables and chairs. There are multiple kitchens which allowed us all to prepare dinner without stepping all over each other. The location is easy to find and immersed in the natural beauty of Bolinas. Deer were steady visitors and hawks flew overhead, not to mention the loads of flowers and trees. I would highly recommend this place, it's magical, beautiful, and just absolutely amazing!
we enjoyed our long-wkend stay at the bridge house. the downstairs bedroom and loft are far enough away from each other so as not to disturb each other's sleep. glad they provided mini shampoo/conditioner bottles. the radiant-heated floors are wonderful for playing and sitting on the ground. they have a bunch of board games, so you don't really need to bring your own. the grounds are beautiful and the house provides easy access to bolinas, stinson and muir beaches.
the owner was very polite and professional. he was kind enough to allow early check-in/out if those days weren't booked.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 15 2015 - Oct 15 2015
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Cleaning||$100 + Tax|
|Notes||There is a $500 returnable deposit to hold the reservation and is also applied if there are damages. The full payment is due 2 weeks before arrival. The deposit is sent back after departure. We don't take credit cards. Checks made out to Kevin Bird is the usual way to pay.|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.