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.
Winter/Holidays (November 2013 - April 1, 2014): This winter the house is available only for extended stays - minimum 5 nights. Guests must be comfortable with the winter conditions (darkness/weather variations). Solo/Couple occupancy applies. Thank you
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency () unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.