A TRAVELERS REST - INVERNESS RIDGE RETREAT

Kay McMahon

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A TRAVELERS REST - INVERNESS RIDGE RETREAT

Inverness Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Maximum 2 people/adults/sleeps 1-2 Solo, Couple)

A Travelers Rest – Inverness Ridge Retreat

Unique one (loft) bedroom ridge top home, an ideal haven for a solo traveler or couple. The design, feel and location make this a very special place.

Solo/Couple (adult) occupancy only and sorry, not pets.

Our rental SEASON STARTS MAY 1st and we are booking vacation stays only -- preference to 5, 7 and 10 night bookings. As possible we will fit in 3-night stays. No single night requests, please.

The house is small yet has a spacious feeling. It has an open floor plan over three levels. There is ample natural light with views of the woods and ridge line. The interior has an eclectic, fun, simple and elegant décor. The aim is for the space to be comfortable and soothing. It is a lovely setting to simply relax, to read, write, and enjoy nature.

The location is an ideal base for hiking and for exploring the region. There are excellent trails within walking distance of the house, some accessible for mountain biking. The home is located within close proximity by car to the Point Reyes National Seashore headquarters, and to a variety of ocean and Tomales Bay beaches. It is close to the local communities of Point Reyes Station, Inverness, Olema and Marshall. These nearby towns offer interesting shops, restaurants, a summer Saturday Farmer’s Market with music and cooking demonstrations, a community center with a full calendar of events, as well as other local activities. The community is visitor friendly. Guests can enjoy Point Reyes Books, drop-in yoga classes at Yoga Toes Studio and much more.

Please read to ensure you understand the unique location/characteristics of this home/property.

Location – The home is located on the Inverness Ridge, up a steep hill, via often narrow paved and well maintained unpaved roads. Guests need to be comfortable with the access via this private neighborhood road.

Remoteness – The ridge offers a serene quietness. Relatively secluded, it is suited for guests comfortable in a more rural, remote setting. There are neighbors, neighboring houses, yet it is usually very quiet. You can enjoy the sound of birds and wind in the trees.

Stairs -The house is on 3 levels, with interior stairs and some exterior stone stairs. Guests must be able to comfortably navigate interior/exterior stairs, with the exterior stairs/paths somewhat uneven.

Shower – There is a full size claw foot tub in the house with a handheld shower, along with an outdoor shower. There is no interior full size shower.

Light & Darkness - The home borders national park. The side of the house with windows and large glass doors faces the woods. There are no window coverings (curtains, shades) as we prefer an inside/outside feel to the place, and the home is private. Guests need to be comfortable with this arrangement. The area is dark at night - no street lights, modest lighting at exterior of home. Guests must be comfortable with this arrangement.

Garden – There is a stone patio, 2 levels, that overlooks the woods and ridgeline. The property has a wild forest feel with an informal garden. The paths are rural, the stepping stones are uneven in places and guests need to be comfortable with this terrain.

Trail Access – There are excellent trails within walking distance of the house, including a fire road extending to Limatour road, with views of the ocean from the trail.

Ambiance – The owner lives part of the time in the home and has an office on the property which she will likely be using during your visit. This will not interfere with your privacy or use of the house, or parking. While guests are welcome to use the DVD and music library, and books, all items belonging to the owner need to be returned to their places before departure. Care also needs to be taken with the owner's furniture and collectables. There is Wi-Fi and guests reserving for an extended stay can request Cable service (additional fee).

Note: The interior furnishings, rugs, etc., are periodically changed and may not reflect the exact decor in the photos.

Keywords: A unique private retreat. Ideal for a couple, or a solo traveler wanting a quiet place to spend time, with ease of access to the Point Reyes National Seashore and the local communities of Inverness, Point Reyes Station, Olema and Marshall, California.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Kay McMahon

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2011
Speaks english

I settled in West Marin 30 years ago, falling in love with the natural coastal environment and then with the beauty of this wonderful community. I love life in a small town. While commuting out of the area for work, along with traveling whenever possible, I am always grateful to come home at the end of a day or a journey.

Kay McMahon purchased this cottage in 2000

The quiet ridge top location, remote yet with easy access to town, beaches, park.

The simplicity of enjoying coffee in the morning on the deck with a book or journal. Some mornings light to thick coastal fog rolls in over the ridge, blanketing the house. This usually burns off as the day warms. Other mornings the house is awash with brilliant sunlight. Year round there are birds. Options for the day may include walking/hiking on the roads and trails in the immediate neighborhood. On Saturday a visit to the Farmer's Market in Point Reyes Station (Summer to Fall) is a great way to start the day and meet the community. Then there are many wonderful beaches or trails throughout the region. You can plan a hike through the woods, with Bear Valley Park Headquarters as a base, or pick a trail with a sweeping vista such as Pierce Point. You can follow the coastline on Coast Trail, or combine a beach and lagoon walk at Abbotts Lagoon. In addition to ocean beaches, the bay has several small beaches and swimming spots, such as Heart's Desire Beach. A lunch outing I enjoy is to the Marshall Store in Marshall, a lovely drive north on the west side of the bay. There are frequent events in the area, from music to guest authors and visitors are always welcome. Check out what is happening at the community center/Dance Palace, book store/Point Reyes Book, at Toby's feedbarn, along with the Blackbird Café, Station House Bar and Rancho Nicasio. Guests can make a dinner reservation at Stellina's in Point Reyes, the new Star and Sir in Olema, drop in at Saltwater in Inverness, or one of the other popular restaurant choices. You can also get a delicious to-go picnic dinner from the CowGirl Creamery or from Perry's Delli. Enjoy.

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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5
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A Travelers Rest - Inverness Ridge Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
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A Travelers Rest - Inverness Ridge Retreat
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Inverness The Bay Area
Bay Area, CA, USA
5

EXCELLENT HOUSE, SERENE LOCALE AND A GRACIOUS HOST

  • 5 of 5
I'll start with an apology - really regret not writing the review for our stay last year in 2013. Better late than never. After a particularly trying time in our lives, we wanted to get away for my wife's birthday on a weekend. She really liked this place while browsing VRBO, but found out via the web that it was not available. I called up Kay, who was gracious in accommodating our dates. We were lucky that there wasn't another guest who had booked it, but just that the cleaning time was the reason for it not being available. I guess Kay sped it up, and ensured we had a sparkling clean place ready when we landed. There were some goodies to welcome us too.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there for the next few days. There was an ample supply of good music and books. The landscaping was perfect. The flora and fauna around us made us one with nature (think deers, birds, multicolored flowers); no neighbors or humans and thus no need for curtains on the numerous large glass windows. Kay stayed and worked nearby but we didn't even notice her presence. A large block of stone outside was ideal for morning yoga. We went for a hike on a nearby trail and could see the ocean at a distance. For the special occasion evening we drove few minutes to have delicious oysters at the Saltwater Depot. The Travelers' Rest is heavenly and definitely worth every penny we spent. The footage may seem small, but there's more than enough for a couple. We wholeheartedly recommend it for fellow travelers - your stay will be magical.
  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Inverness The Bay Area
San Francisco
5

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL... INSIDE AND OUT

  • 5 of 5
Absolutely awesome place!!!

Beautifully furnished and lovely landscaping around the grounds. Lots of wildlife... quails, deer, hummingbirds.

Kay was so nice and gracious... really puts forth effort to make sure you have a wonderful stay including a nice packet of info of the surrounding area.
  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Romantic Getaway
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Inverness The Bay Area
Alameda
5

TRULY LOVELY STAY

  • 5 of 5
Travelers Rest is as lovely and comfortable as the pictures and descriptions suggest--surrounded by nature on all sides, quiet, private, and beautiful. We were pleased with the proximity to good hiking, trails right out the door as well as those starting from the nearby Point Reyes visitors center.

We loved the outdoor shower (excellent towels and soap!), the expansive view from the deck, the visiting quail, and the great collection of music and dvds. The kitchen was well-equipped for our needs. There are also wonderful food options nearby--Saltwater, Stellina, Cow Girl Creamery. And don't miss the pizza and chocolate croissants at Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes.

Kay was a pleasure to work, welcoming us with lots of information about the area and much appreciated blackberries, baguette, local honey, and champagne when we arrived.

We will definitely be back.
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Inverness The Bay Area
Bayarea
5

BIRTHDAY RETREAT

  • 5 of 5
We had our eye on Kay's Getaway for a couple of seasons now, but the dates never worked out. So finally the stars lined up and we were following her perfect directions to my wife's birthday getaway. As one knows, sometimes the descriptions on some listings can be a little rosey, but A Travelers Rest exceeded our expectations. It was just what the doctor ordered, as the saying goes. We had plans to do all kinds of things but the reality is we could not pry ourselves away from this slice of nirvana. It's located in what appears to be a little banana belt in which the coast could stay foggy all day, but not here, The sun would pop out just like clock work mid morning everyday, as you watch all the wildlife start bustling about. In short, we had a great time. Work, commitments, all that fun stuff, just seem to disappear.

Thank you again Kay for being the most gracious host and extra care in making our stay so very special. Can't wait to return one day.

Mitch and Maggie
  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Romantic Getaway
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Inverness The Bay Area
5

SOLO RETREAT HAVEN

  • 5 of 5
I needed a place to get away to 'think' and 'strategize' on getting my business to the next level. I had 3 key criteria: 1) Nature had to surround me. I wanted birds, flowers and wildlife close at hand; 2) Ample work space with sufficient internet access was a must, as although I was going to relax, I also had to produce work and 3) Although I wanted to be 'remote', I didn't want to be so far out there as to be 'too alone' and wanted basic comforts of home (stocked kitchen, nice bathroom, nice bed).

A Traveler's Rest more than ticked all the boxes! I saw the first Bobcat of my life, and probably 2 dozen bird species, deer and more right from the patio - I never even had to step foot off the property. And Kay was so thoughtful - having a 'work area' all prepped for me, including a comfortable office chair. Peet's coffee in the fridge...and a wonderful claw foot tub and outdoor shower - bubble bath included.

The best thing I can say is this - I was incredibly strategically productive, and yet came home feeling relaxed - as if I'd just had a vacation as opposed to a working retreat.

If you need a place to get away and 'think', where the rest of the world seems miles away, and yet is only a few steps away, then A Traveler's Rest is a winner!
  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you. I am so glad the house was a great fit for a think/work retreat. Thank you too for the absolutely wonderful photos. Several have been posted on the listing, including the photo of the bobcat.
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A Travelers Rest - Inverness Ridge Retreat
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Inverness The Bay Area
Illinois
5

NICE, SECLUDED RETREAT

  • 5 of 5
Quiet, relaxing, comfortable. Excellent location. If you are trying to complete the last chapter of your Great American Novel and you need tranquility and inspiration, this place is for you. If you need to temporarily hide out from the NSA this may be the ideal spot to get off the grid for a while.

And, the special shower is quite enjoyable. My ultimate vacation cottage WILL have one of these.
  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Discounts will be offered for those folks needing to extend their stay to finish that novel.
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Outdoor shower, large private patios.

People do windsurf, kite sail on tomales bay however there are no local rentals for equipment. You can rent kayaks.

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Availability & Rates

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Inverness Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
MAY-OCTOBER
May 1 2014 - Nov 1 2014
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,800
$4,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300.00
Notes Deposit retained if cancellation is received less than 15 days prior to check-in date. A larger damage deposit is required for stays of 10 nights and longer. This is for damage to all property (home, furnishings).
Owner prefers payment in advance by check or cashiers check. Use of Paypal incurs additional fees which will be applied to the renter.
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Amenities

Inverness Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Heating ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Telephone ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Video Library
  • Television ...
  • Music Library
  • VCR
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Leisure Activities:
  • shelling
  • wildlife viewing
  • sight seeing
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain biking
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • surfing
  • sailing
  • cycling
Notes:
Location - The home is the Inverness Ridge, up a steep hill via narrow paved and well maintained unpaved roads. Guests need to be comfortable with the access via this private neighborhood road. Remoteness – The ridge location offers a serene quietness. Relatively secluded, it is suited for guests comfortable in a more rural, remote environment. There are neighbors, neighboring houses, yet it is usually very quiet. You can enjoy the sound of birds and wind in the trees. Stairs -The house is on 3 levels, with interior stairs and some exterior stone stairs. Shower – There is a full size claw foot tub in the house with a handheld shower, along with an outdoor shower. No interior shower. Light & Darkness - The home borders national park and the side of the house with windows and glass doors faces the woods. There are no window coverings (curtains, shades) as we prefer an inside/outside feel to the place. Garden – The garden is informal, semi-wild.
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