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BRIARCOMBE ( GATE HOUSE )

Rozlyn Marnell - Property Manager for Briarcombe

Advertiser since: 2008
Speaks: english
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Rozlyn Marnell - Property Manager for Briarcombe

Advertiser since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2015
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BRIARCOMBE ( GATE HOUSE )

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Bolinas House Rental Photos and Description

3 story house on Briarcombe property (Sleeps 4-5)

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

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Rozlyn Marnell - Property Manager for Briarcombe (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2015

About Rozlyn Marnell - Property Manager for Briarcombe

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.

Why Rozlyn Marnell - Property Manager for Briarcombe chose Bolinas

It's family owned since 1971.This was built by my mother, Katherine Marsh and architect Jeff Morse.

What makes this house unique

Peace, nature, wildlife, privacy and beautiful architecture. It's a wonderful place to feel inspired and reinvented.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Three services to protect your trip:
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Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

4.8
based on 10 traveler reviews

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Briarcombe ( Gate house )
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews
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Bolinas The Bay Area
berkeley
5

peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at the Briarcombe Gate House. I hope you come again to enjoy the beautiful setting. We are always trying to improve the accommodations and make sure our guests have all the conveniences of home. We really appreciate your feedback and observations.
Mahalo, The Management
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Bolinas The Bay Area
San Francisco, CA
5

Stunning and Serene Artist's Retreat

Stunning and Serene Artist's Retreat
  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
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Bolinas The Bay Area
San Francisco
5

Great place to relax and unplug

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Bolinas The Bay Area
3

It was OK

  • 3 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Tourists without a Car, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: The 3 story gate house was originally built as a unique, architectural living space on the top floor. The top or Main floor has a Kitchen/Dining area, Sleeping area and Full Bathroom. The 2nd floor was designed as a piano room/studio on one side and a garage on the other side. It has massive (beautiful) sliding redwood doors. It was recently remodeled into an elegant oriental styled entertainment room. The bottom floor was designed as a library/studio with a small bathroom which has been made into a bedroom library. The house is not a converted garage. We recently installed a 4 burner cooktop and industrial convection oven in the kitchen and have a small gas grill for outdoor use.. We do not have central heating, but have electric heaters on all floors. The 2nd floor (Oriental style room) has 2 private entrances and one does have to go out the front door of the main living area (3rd floor) to enter into the 2nd floor (2 steps from door to door). Yes, the house is a little different architecturally but I think in a special way. I hope it will be for you.
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Bolinas The Bay Area
berkeley, CA
5

wedding weekend BRIARCOMBE!

  • 5 of 5
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!
  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Bolinas The Bay Area
menlo park, ca USA
5

family getaway

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

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Rates & Availability

From $250 Per night

Bolinas House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$250
$1,575
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $10
Tax Rate 10.0%
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.
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Amenities

Bolinas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , with a sink
  • There is one full bathroom on top floor and a half bathroom on bottom floor.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Top floor - 1 double , 1 baby crib , Top floor has a new full size bed
    Middle floor - 2 sleep sofa /futon , The 2nd floor can double as a bedroom w/ sofa bed.
    Bottom floor - 1 queen , Bottom floor has a new queen size bed
  • 3 story enchanting redwood house (think hobbit upstairs, geisha & librarian on lower floors ). 2 bedrooms (kind of/see pictures), 2 bathrooms (top & bottom floor). Sleeps 4-6.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The gate house is one of three quite unique rentals here at Briarcombe. There is also the main house (320055) and the cottage (312053). We're on a most beautiful 3&1/2 acres shared by the beautiful people that come and stay here. Oh, I didn't mention the most beautiful basketball ct in the universe just down the driveway.

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  • 1 BA,
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2 night minimum stay
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  • 1 BA,
  • 1 HF BA,
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