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Andrew Walmisley

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

Delightful Craftsman Home in Tranquil Gardens in Old Pt Reyes

45 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Welcome to the historic Creamery Cottage, built in 1915 for the foreman of the old Point Reyes Creamery in the days when butter was king in this town. The railroad, which gives us the 'Station' portion of our name, ran right by our home taking butter, Russian River redwood, and passengers to San Rafael. Across Mesa Road from us is the old historic engine house (locally known as the 'Green Barn') where standard guage locomotives were once exchanged for the narrow guage engines required for the run up to Russian River. You can enjoy authentic photos of this time in our history in the second bedroom of our home.

The days of chugging engines are long gone in Point Reyes and now you couldn't imagine a more tranquil setting for your stay in glorious West Marin. Set on a quiet and private half-acre of roses, natives plants, lavender and fruit trees, near the heart of the Village, our immaculately preserved Craftsman Period home beautifully evokes old California.

The comfortable and stylish interior of our two-bedroom CREAMERY COTTAGE is furnished with antiques and has all the comforts of home: fully-equipped kitchen, dining room with built-ins, piano in sunroom, small study, and elegant living room. LUXURIATE IN OUR COYUCHI ALL-COTTON ORGANIC SHEETS, TOWELS, AND ROBES, as well as our state-of-the-art new CENTRAL HEATING SYSTEM (rare in West Marin)! Enjoy the view of Inverness Ridge from our dining room table. Pick seasonal fruits in our garden: apples, cherries, figs, peaches, pears, plums, and blackberries. After a hike in the National Seashore, put your feet up and read a book in our warm and cozy living room, or relax on the deck overlooking a lovely fountain courtyard. Have a picnic in the pretty rose, sage, and lavender-scented garden.

Walk over to the main street of one of California's most charming small towns and savor the 'foody' delights of our renown Farmer's Market, Bovine Bakery, the Station House Cafe, Stellina restaurant, and Cowgirl Creamery. Enjoy world class music at the Dance Palace or browse in one of the best bookshops in Northern California. This is an ideal spot for those who like to balance a wilderness experience with some style and comfort. And because we offer significant discounts for stays of longer than a week or month, this would be an ideal retreat for writers or artists.

Keywords: Vacation Home

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  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Andrew Walmisley (Owner)
Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

About Andrew Walmisley

We are a family of four who live in the San Francisco East Bay, but have deep roots in West Marin. Creamery Cottage is our family home and dear to our hearts. We love to learn how our guests are also touched by this place.

Andrew Walmisley purchased this house in 2003

Why Andrew Walmisley chose The Bay Area

I have had a life long passion for the Point Reyes area. This house is perfect for us because it is close to the wilderness, yet charming and comfortable. We also love our beautiful garden, which can be enjoyed year-round. The location of the house is ideal and we take pleasure in just strolling over to the town's main street to get the New York Times, a pastry at the Bovine, and a latte at Toby's Feed Barn. We often go walking by Papermill Creek in the early evening. That is, by the way, a great place to go blackberrying!

What makes this house unique

I love walking into town to 'talk story' with local people; eating bear claws at the Bovine Bakery; browsing in the book shop; walking by Papermill Creek; hiking the trails of Point Reyes; going to the beach at Hearts Desire.


based on 45 traveler reviews

Delightful Craftsman Home in Tranquil Gardens in Old Pt Reyes
average rating of 4.9555554 based on 45 reviews

A balm for the soul!`

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was exactly the cozy, welcoming retreat we needed! Andrew provided us with all the comforts of home including fresh local milk, coffee, cookies, an extensive guide book, and fine linens. You can easily walk anywhere in town from the cottage. I would stay here again anytime. This place holds a very sacred place in our hearts! Thank you so much.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was my first VRBO rental and I was a tiny bit apprehensive not knowing if the photos and reviews were accurate or would mesh with my expectations. But it surpassed my expectations. Lovely, perfectly located, great view from the raised deck and homey.

I don't care for duvets as I find them too hot/not flexible enough. I didn't discover the blankets in the closet until the second night (my fault...didn't read the book). So for those who are like me...check the closets!

Also, it is within a 4-5 minutes walk to the start location for the West Marin Food Tours which is why we chose this cottage. Do check out those tours as they are just amazing and Elizabeth is simply the best.

So Creamery Cottage + West Marin Food Tour make for the absolute perfect getaway. GO NOW!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Private, serene, convenient

  • 5 of 5

A friend and I rented the Creamery Cottage in April to hike the National Seashore, eat good food, and catch up. The cottage is on a large, fully landscaped lot, surrounded by a dramatic hedge that makes your stay a private oasis. A mere five minutes' walk brings you into downtown Pt. Reyes. The house has charming touches, such as built-in cabinets and sunny front and back porches. The back deck was a favorite in the afternoon. Our only suggestion is to replace the mattresses on the twin beds. They might be okay for kids, but not enough cushion for adults. We would definitely recommend this property.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is an excellent rental within walking distance to all the amenities of Point Reyes Station. Beautiful garden. Piano. Clean and well-appointed. A true Northern-Californian experience.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Creamery Cottage Point Reyes Station

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Point Reyes when we stayed at the Creamery Cottage. It was everything that was described and more! The house was clean, well kept , with all the comforts of home and lots of nice touches. The information handbook included details about the owner, the history of the property , the area and even the eclectic mix of artwork decorating the home. This made it all the more interesting.

The charming town of Point Reyes Station is within walking distance. The food and shopping are great. There is enough to see , including a tour of the Cowgirl Creamery (be sure to check out the schedule). However, if you want to stay in, the library is around the corner from the cottage .

There is plenty of hiking around the area. We found the one most suited for us in a book we found at the Cottage.

I would highly recommend this vacation rental home!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Panton, Vermont

Great retreat in Point Reyes Station

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have been staying at the Creamery Cottage for perhaps 10 years. We come out for a visit during March, escaping the winter weather at our home in Vermont. The cottage is attractive and comfortable and there is a lovely garden to hang in when the weather is fine. It's wonderfully quiet and the bed is supremely comfortable. You'll be happy after a long day playing outdoors. Andrew, the owner, is wonderful to deal with.

Point Reyes National Seashore and the surrounding area abound in access to the great outdoors. We're out walking most days and the variety of trails from Bolinas Ridge to the trail out to Tomales Point keep you primed with anticipation.

Have fun!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway One
Nearest Restaurant
Stellina, Pine Cone, Station House, Cafe Reyes
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Shell Beach/Limantour Beach/Heart's Desire
Car: necessary

Pt. Reyes Station has a great deal of character. With superb food, cultural activities, and shopping, it is an ideal base for exploring the vast wilderness of the Point Reyes National Seashore.


Rates & Availability

Point Reyes Station House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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The Bay Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Nice, deep, tub and massage shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Our guests love the cozy, traditional, style of our home. It is serene and feels secluded, yet it is a stroll over to the main street of town and a stone's throw from the National Park.

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