THE BIRDHOUSE - A RUSTIC NATURE LOVER'S RETREAT

Wayne & Sue Trivelpiece

Speaks english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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THE BIRDHOUSE - A RUSTIC NATURE LOVER'S RETREAT

Bolinas House Rental Photos and Description

2 BR + 2 BA On 10 acres, Sleeps 4-6

This unique home, built in 1976 of redwood salvaged from pier 41 in San Francisco, has 6 floors with superb views in all directions. The home is constructed with 40’ tall poles connected by beams to form a unique, multi-level living space with large full-wall windows in every room. The home sits on 10 secluded acres, one-half mile from and 200’ above State Route 1 in Dogtown, on the northern edge of Bolinas. Outside the living room is a three-tiered 1600 sq. foot deck shaded by centuries-old oak trees with spectacular views of Bolinas ridge and the old Vierra Ranch.

The property is a nature lover’s paradise. Sitting on the deck with a cup of coffee in the early morning light you will observe hundreds of birds and other wildlife. Turkeys, quail, woodpeckers, deer, raccoons, bobcats, bluebirds, and hawks inhabit the woods and pastures surrounding the house; while ducks, mergansers, egrets, herons, ospreys, and turtles use the large pond at the bottom of the property. There are hundreds of daffodils and crocuses blooming in the lawn in the spring; honeysuckle, jasmine and roses fill the air with perfume in summer and the apples, pears, plums, lemons and wild blackberries that ripen on the property in fall make for great pies and jams; you are encouraged to pick and bake treats during your stay.

The house comfortably sleeps 4-6 people in beds. There are two bedrooms; a master suite with a pillow-top queen-sized bed on the top level and a second bedroom with two twin beds on the third level. Both bedrooms have full baths. Each has a private deck/balcony. There is ample room for 2 more family members on the fourth level, which is an office suite with a full-sized futon couch, although this level is open to the living room 20’ below and is not private. In addition, two folding foam-core single mattresses are available for extra guests. The office level also has built-in desks and file cabinets that is ideal for the writer or artist to set up as a work area, with large windows and gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape.

The Living room is wall-to-wall windows with bookcases and a wood burning stove. Firewood, including kindling, is provided for use during your stay. The kitchen is very well stocked with most modern conveniences (4 burner glass-top electric stove, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher) and has many extras (e.g., blender, crock pot, Rommertopf clay cooker, and assorted baking dishes) plus service for 12. We provide coffee, a selection of teas, spices, and varied condiments for your convenience and use during your visit.

The house is very kid friendly and, with 10 acres of woods and pastures, there is ample room to explore right on the grounds. The property would be ideal for small family gatherings, special occasions and events, or simply a romantic getaway. There is a picnic table and a large 4-burner BBQ grill on the deck with propane provided for grilling. Although the house can only accommodate a maximum of 8 overnight guests, special arrangements can be made for larger dinner gatherings on the huge deck. Here, we can provide long tables set under the arching limbs of centuries old oaks for a spectacular dining experience or for other special events. You have the option of cooking your own wonderful meals or enjoy having them catered for you by our “caretaker” who has her own well-known catering business. A new Hot Springs, 6-person spa has been set up on the upper tier of the deck and is available 24/7 for your pleasure.

Life at the Birdhouse was chronicled by Doris Ober who resided at the home for over 25 years with her husband and builder/designer Richard Kirschman. She once described the house as being “out of a fairy tale….resembling an unfolded wooden Chinese puzzle, all unexpected angles and slanted roofs”. Her wonderful book 'The Dogtown Chronicles' (a copy of which is available to read at the house and for sale at local bookstores) recalls the many years of living here with a menagerie of animals, both wild and domestic.

The property is just one mile from the Audubon Canyon Ranch where you can visit a heronry, watch seals and view all kinds of bird life on Bolinas Lagoon; and 10 miles from the Point Reyes National Seashore HQ. Close by are some incredible hikes along the coast, including several trails into the southern end of Point Reyes National Seashore. The property borders the PRNS with one trail starting only 100 yards north of the driveway to the house.

The town of Bolinas is 3 miles south of the property. Bolinas is a beautiful, small coastal village teeming with artists and has a vibrant local music scene. Bolinas has its own museum, art gallery, library, general store, natural food store, and restaurant, as well as a surf shop, bike rental shop, and video rental store. It is also home to the oldest continually operating bar in California, Smiley's Saloon. Founded in the 1850's, Bolinas has long served as a weekend getaway for San Franciscans. It remains a great retreat where you can enjoy barbecued oysters and delicious local fare at the Coast Café, or shop for locally caught fish, abundant organic produce, and Niman meats in the town markets. Bolinas is a dog friendly town and so is our home so bring your pooch and enjoy your stay!

If you appreciate unique places and embrace the out-of-the-ordinary, come visit the Birdhouse and stay awhile; we're sure you'll see why we think it is a one-of-a-kind retreat in one of the last best places in CA!

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Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • alternative lifestyle
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Guestbook comments from the manager
Thank you for a truly relaxing & special stay here at this whimsical bird/tree house! We had a great weekend with good friends, good food & amazing surroundings! Tweet Tweet
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Wayne & Sue Trivelpiece

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Speaks english

Our love of Bolinas began in 1981 when we moved from New England to California to join the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, then headquartered on Bolinas Lagoon. Since those days we have continually worked in Antarctica, studying penguins as monitors of changes to the Southern Ocean ecosystem. After more than 3 decades of research, we will soon be retiring and returning to our roots and the place we love most of all, Bolinas, CA.

Wayne & Sue Trivelpiece purchased this house in 2012

We had known for several years that when the time came to retire we wanted to move back to Bolinas, where we had lived for 13 years & now have family. We saw this property in November 2011 while visiting family over Thanksgiving, and absolutely loved the unique house & unspoiled surroundings.

The property is such a special place, from the fairy tale house to the private setting, it gives off such positive energy. You are only an hour from San Francisco, but it is so peaceful and relaxing you will feel light-years removed from the busy city. West Marin is a sanctuary of nature reserves, artist studios, small artisan food providers, and peaceful enclaves; here you will feel like you have traveled to a foreign land. This property is well situated to explore the region, or you might find it the perfect place to just hang out on the deck, in the spa or by the fire and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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4.6
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The Birdhouse - A Rustic Nature Lover's Retreat
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Bolinas The Bay Area
4

PERFECT WEEKEND GETAWAY

  • 4 of 5
The house was just what we needed for a wedding weekend! The office futon was comfortable, the view from the top floor bathroom was incredible, and the various floors allowed for privacy - though do note that noise travels well! We had 3 couples, one baby, and one single. The hot tub was a highlight, as we're the expansive decks. A few things to note: we did see/hear a scurrying mouse in the kitchen at night, the kitchen was well equipped for cooking as was the outdoor grill, a few areas of the deck seemed a bit fragile, and the house is 'rustic' so expect to find some bugs or webs in corners. We had a great time and would certainly make a special trip just to stay here! The owners were wonderfully flexible with our arrival time, and the house was equipped with everything we needed! Extra points for having a speaker system with an iPhone dock!
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: So glad you all enjoyed your stay! Thanks for the nice review. Yes, the house is "rustic" and in the country, with trees all around, so there are bound to be a few cobwebs in corners and critters getting in occasionally. We'll definitely let the caretakers know about the little uninvited guest in the kitchen - thanks for the heads-up! And since the house is unique & built with a very open floor plan, sound does tend to travel up from below. In fact, the only rooms with doors are the bathrooms & the lower bedroom, but all the rooms are on different levels, giving them adequate privacy.
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5

PEACEFUL, BEAUTIFUL HIDEAWAY

  • 5 of 5
Location was as good as advertised!
  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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MARVELOUS WEEKEND

  • 5 of 5
Three nights in the birdhouse recharged my batteries in the best possible way. We were a group of 7 friends celebrating a birthday and this was the perfect place for it. House is very comfortable and well equipped (especially the kitchen! we love to cook and usually bring our own pans and knives but didn't really need to have done that for this house - thank you, Wayne & Sue!). No problem sleeping 7, though don't expect privacy for everyone - pull out couch is open to the main room. Sleeps 4 in complete privacy. The surroundings are stunning - wonderful sunrises, fog lifting through the trees, a pair of hawks flying by several times a day. The dog loved it - sniffed everything, ran around like crazy and then snoozed with us by the wood stove. We went for walks on the beach (both Bolinas and Stinson), hikes on the Bolinas Ridge trail (accessed by the mccurdy trail - the trail head is walking distance from the house), and walks around the property to enjoy the flowers and statuary that is everywhere. Lunch on the patio with crisp white wine, followed by a relaxing soak in the hot tub. Can't be beat!!!
  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a glowing review, Julia! We have put much thought & effort into stocking & decorating The Birdhouse, reflecting what we, personally, like to find in a rental. Also, since we stay at The Birdhouse several times a year and are avid cooks, we like to have a well-outfitted kitchen so we don't have to bring much with us.
For parties of more than 4, it's true that the additional sleeping areas are not very private, but we make this clear in our description of the house, if one reads through it completely. If you don't mind sharing beds/rooms/bathrooms, it's a great place for a group get-together!
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PERFECT RETREAT FOR FRIENDS OLD & NEW.

Perfect retreat for friends old & new.
  • 5 of 5
An old friend chose to convene some old and new friends at the Birdhouse and it was the perfect choice. Open home with spectacular views, nestled on the side of a hill right in the thick of woods and pasture. Not far from Bolinas and a short distance from Route One. Spectacular morning light, excellent whirlpool. Beautiful stars seen from the deck. And attentive, generous hosts (I left something at the home and they ensured I got it back safe and sound). Highly recommended.
  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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BEAUTIFUL ESCAPE

  • 5 of 5
This is a BEAUTIFUL home set on the hillside, sweeping decks, comfortable spaces for hanging out. We were here with 8 people total, and it felt easy and homey. It was well maintained and all communication with the owners was effective and easy. Highly recommended!
  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review! So happy you had such a nice stay & enjoyed the property. We aim to please :)
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DIRTY, INSECTS, AND FAR FROM TOWN

  • 2 of 5
The house is cute and the grounds outside are nice. However, there were three major issues with the house that really tarnished our visit:

1) The house was NOT clean when we arrived. The kitchen table, literally the first thing you see when you come in the door, still had sticky residue and crumbs on it. Virtually none of the dishes were clean, so we had to clean dishes every time we wanted to eat. There was still old coffee grounds still stuck in the coffee filter. And, there was hair all over the bathrooms. It seems unfair to charge a cleaning fee when the place isn't even close to clean when we arrived.

2) BUGS! We woke up to find ants all over our toothbrush and toothpaste. The top floor bedroom was literally INFESTED with lady bugs -- they were crawling all over the windows, in the beams above our heads, and some even on the bed. It was very disconcerting trying to sleep when an insect could fall on you at any time.

3) The driveway is extremely, long, windy, steep and somewhat treacherous. We were a bit nervous every time we drove up it. Furthermore, the house is very far from town and is right on Route 1, so you really can't walk anywhere and have to keep driving up and down the difficult driveway.
  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We apologize for this less than satisfactory stay. The house is advertised as rustic and 3 miles from town. We have never had any complaints about its remoteness, in fact most guests have been thrilled to be "away from it all". As for the ladybugs, they are a seasonal thing that we cannot control except with poisons, which we want to avoid. We usually warn guests of the possibility of ladybugs this time of year.

The house is usually very well cleaned after each rental, but there were complications that occurred just prior to this guest's arrival. There was a break in the main water pipe in the basement, which took several hours to repair and clean-up. The group that had checked out that morning had 8 people, so the caretakers had only a few hours to clean the house WITHOUT WATER, and had to take all the laundry to town. We know they tried their best to get the house ready.

Knowing about the problem with the broken water pipe, and the short turnaround time the caretakers had to deal with it and clean the place, we called The Birdhouse at 6pm the night this guest checked in, to make sure that everything was in order. We explained about the water break and how that affected the set up for the visit and asked if there were any problems. We were assured that all was fine, except for needing to locate some items. We reiterated the contact information for the caretakers, who were only minutes away and willing to assist in any way.

Prior to the guest's arrival, in response to requests from them, we arranged for Christmas packages to be shipped to the house & purchased a hair dryer for the house. In addition, the caretaker was called during their stay for help in operating the dishwasher, and he came immediately. No mention of any other problems was made at that time. To remain silent about other concerns, and then write such an unflattering review seems unfair; we would have bent over backwards to set things right. However, these guests chose not to call for assistance upon finding what they now describe as a dirty house; if guests won’t speak up, we cannot fix what we don’t know about. However, as requested, we refunded their cleaning fee.
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Bolinas Beach
Coast Cafe
Olema Inn
Smiley's Schooner Saloon and Hotel
Tomales Bay Foods - Cowgirl Creamery
Station House Cafe
Marin Sun Farms Butcher Shop and Eatery
Olema Farm House
Point Reyes National Seashore - Bear Valley Visitor Center
Sand Dollar Restaurant
Parkside Cafe
Breakers Cafe
Grand Hotel Bolinas
Drakes Bay Oyster Co
Palace Market
Bolinas Market
Bolinas People's Store
Point Reyes Books
Hog Island Oyster Farm
Osteria Stellina
Audubon Canyon Ranch
Stinson Beach
Parkside Cafe
Stinson State Beach
Bolinas Super Market
Bolinas People's Store
Bolinas Super Market
Bolinas People's Store
Parkside Cafe
Sand Dollar Restaurant
Stinson State Beach
Hog Island Oyster
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Ferry
17 Miles
Larkspur Landing
Nearest Motorway
State Route 1
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Bolinas
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Smiley's Saloon, Bolinas
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
San Geronimo Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Coast Cafe, Bolinas
Car: necessary

We are located an hour north of San Francisco, in the heart of West Marin, an idyllic region of small coastal villages, lush farmland and spectacular scenery. Our 10 acre property borders the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, with their beautiful beaches & numerous hiking trails. Mt. Tamalpais State Park and Muir Woods are close by. Bolinas, Stinson Beach, Olema and Pt. Reyes Station are all within 10 miles and offer excellent dining choices with fresh seafood, locally grown organic produce and Niman meats, plus several award winning artisan shops, like the Cowgirl Creamery or Tomales Bay Oyster Co., all within a 1/2 hour drive of the property.

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2 night minimum stay
$295
$1,750
$5,250
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $125.00
Refundable damage deposit $200.00
Pet Fee $25.00
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes *Rates are for 4 people; additional guests (5-8 max) are $25/person/stay extra cleaning fee.
*There is a 3-night minimum on all 3-day Holiday Weekends (e.g., ML King, Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc.)
*Contact owner for rates on catering, special events, etc.
*Events for small groups only (12 or less).

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting manager when booking.
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Amenities

Bolinas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
  • 6 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The master bath is surrounded by windows with a skylight over the shower. It is suspended off the master bedroom 40 feet above the deck and has full views of the ranch and ridge sides of the property.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , pillow-top mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Office - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full (double) futon couch
  • The Master Suite is on the top floor with windows completely surrounding the room. There are spectacular views of Bolinas Ridge from the the private deck on the eastern side of the room and gorgeous views into a narrow tongue of pasture land on the old Vierra Ranch, which is a favorite wildlife corridor with wild turkeys and bobcats frequently seen there. There is a Queen-sized bed in the master suite with pillow-top mattress, two twin beds are in the 2nd bedroom. There is a full-sized futon couch in the office. We also have two single folding mattresses for two additional guests, with ample space on either bedroom floor or in the office. A portable crib ('Pack 'n Play') is also available.
Entertainment:
  • Toys ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • alternative lifestyle
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • eco tourism
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • freshwater fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
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