|Minimum Stay||2 - 5 nights|
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Fox Lodge is perfect for those wanting a Manka's experience in their own private lodge. Situated on the Inverness Ridge overlooking the Olema Valley. A home away from home, nestled beside 71,000 acres of protected paradise. Relish Point Reyes antique charm, with the most modern amenities. Many repeat guests so check availability. Special events made memorable.
Perfect for families with children who love family game night, the outdoors and explorations. Ideal for the romantic couple that wants the luxury of an exclusive inn, but the size and privacy of a large home. Perfect for people who want to steal away, put their feet up and relax. Welcome to Fox Lodge.
The LIVING ROOM rises up over two stories with vaulted cathedral ceilings of massive hand-picked fir beams and antique brass fittings. A floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace includes a cavernous hearth for roaring wood fires and rustic mantel filled with antiques. Two deep leather chairs look out over the wall of windows to Olema Valley, one of the most abundant bird-watching locales on the coast.
Stroll past the front FOYER with twig love-seat for two and antique bridge lamps into the expansive FAMILY ROOM. Another floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace caps the room, alongside a 55' HDTV complete with VCR/DVD/Cable/XBox with over 80 movies to select. The large sectional couch surrounds a Ralph Lauren table and antique board games. A door leads to the two-car GARAGE filled with sporting equipment, bicycles, ping pong table, games and toys.
THE KITCHEN is open, true California style, with a wrap-around sunny breakfast nook loaded with pillows and cushions to seat ten for coffee and snacks. An antler chandelier lights the open area beside an antique dry sink cupboard filled with basic cooking supplies and condiments. The kitchen has a long concrete countertop and the latest in appliances: a six-burner gas Wolf Range and oven with hood, a Jenn Air refrigerator with icemaker and filtered water, Bosch dishwasher, antique farmhouse sink, Water Works fixtures. Coffee maker and grinder, cappuccino maker, holiday and feasting pots and pans included. Rustic and fine dining utensils, plates and serving bowls make any cooking event a breeze. A small POWDER ROOM is tucked off the kitchen.
The DINING ROOM is a step away with a Spanish Baroque table that seats eight. An antique library cabinet filled with festive china and antiques sits in the corner and antique waterfowl prints adorn the tongue-in-groove wood panels in deep hunter green. A massive antler chandelier on a dimming switch enables you to create any mood at dinner.
Follow the carpeted stairs past the wildlife and nature prints to the MASTER BEDROOM, the showcase room of Fox Lodge. Wall-to-wall sea grass carpet, thick Woolen plaid Roman shades stretch across three massive windows that look out across the Olema Valley and east to Sonoma. Ralph Lauren and Williams Sonoma Home furnishings create cozy elegance for resting, reading and remembering. The huge WALK-IN CLOSET includes a portable massage table, two terry robes, a library of local books and dressing cabinets.
The MASTER BATHROOM is floored in blue slate, with a massive open stone shower. A 19th century French claw foot bathtub is tucked between two windows that look over pines and firs. Antique cabinets and sink with Water Works fixtures and a lighthouse print by a local Point Reyes artist.
Continue up to the top floor, past the large Hawk print. A BEDROOM with a Ralph Lauren Queen Bed awaits, with a collection of antique birdcalls. Another BATHROOM with double trench sink, tub and shower, also floored in blue slate, lies around the corner. A LAUNDRY ROOM with washer, dryer, ironing board and cleaning supplies is at the end of the long hallway.
Down the opposite end of the hall are two more bedrooms. A THIRD BEDROOM includes a twin-over-full bunk bed, desk, rocking chair and antique games. A FOURTH BEDROOM includes a twin-over-full bunk bed, TV, a closet chocked full of stuffed animals, books, toys and games. These rooms are perfect for guests with children, or nostalgic adults.
A large wooden deck extends outside the kitchen door, complete with Green Egg Bar-B-Que grill and open-air fire pit. A picnic table with benches in included for outdoor dining, or take your wine and cheese in the side-by-side swings under the pines.
Raptors. Red-tailed Hawks. Quail. Rabbit. Whales. Beaches. Waves. Trails. Birds. Bishop Pines. Lighthouses. Tule Elk. Hike. Ride. Play. Sail. Kayak. Shuck Oysters. Taste Wine. Swim. Nap. Read. Relax and Enjoy!
Live in San Francisco, working in real estate as well as partnered in Hog and Rocks restaurant and The NiteCap Bar.
David Dyer Esler purchased this estate in 2013
Incredible setting, natural surroundings, hiking and whale watching less than an hour from San Francisco.
Wine by the cozy stone fireplace, waking up to birds across miles of meadows and marsh, family dinners after long hikes.
This beautiful and conveniently located house was an ideal home base for our family of six. When we weren't out exploring and hiking, we and our four adult children had plenty of space to relax in the many rooms and nooks of this particularly charming house. We loved the views from the luxurious master bedroom. David was easy to communicate with and everything about the rental and stay was easy and delightful.
We found Fox Lodge to be the perfect location for our family as we prepared for our son's wedding. With adult children coming and going at different times during the week before the wedding, we had plenty of space to accommodate them and to gather to meet soon-to-be new relations. The house was lovely, with a lodge-like feel and a great floor plan.
I prepared a dinner for our new in-laws and did find that the pots and pans needed a bit of a scrub. The oven also was a bit of the challenge and might need to be calibrated. Lighting was an issue. We found several light bulbs that needed replacing and struggled to get enough light in the house to see where we were going.
The area was absolutely breath taking, and wild life was in abundance. The hiking was fabulous, with well marked trails through easy terrain that led to incredible vistas of the sea and shores.
We ate at several restaurants in the area and found them all to be wonderful. We particularly enjoyed the Bovine Bakery and its scrumptious offerings.
The wedding was incredibly beautiful. At the end of the ceremony, a double rainbow developed, surely an omen of good things to come for the happy couple.
Had a fine week in the Fox Lodge. The master bedroom is gorgeous, with high vaulted ceilings and an amazing mountain view. The bed was very comfortable and the linens soft. Gigantic walk-in shower and lots of fluffy towels. The third floor was perfect for our kids. There is a
large bed in one room where our son and daughter-in-law slept. In the next room we set up the pac 'n play for the baby which we found in the garage. The third room on that floor had bunk beds and tons of kids' videos, books, and toys. Our 9 year old grand daughter loved it to sleep and during the day she watched tons of videos while the baby played on the airplane rocker or with the giant box of blocks. Basketball, swings, and tether ball outside plus ping pong in the garage. Kitchen very well equipped, lots of room in the kitchen and dining room to eat. Two living rooms. Very clean house. Only suggestion: put some brighter bulbs in the lamps and ceiling fixtures. It was hard to find a place bright enough for reading as the walls are dark. This is a fabulous place for a family to enjoy a week in this beautiful area. Nearby Point Reyes has an excellent market and a couple of very good restaurants.
We rented Fox Lodge for one of the most important gatherings in out family, the wedding week of our 3rd son. This house has everything, from comfortable spaces to have long conversations, a well equipped kitchen large enough to accommodate 3 cooks, one of whom made a wedding cake in the Wolf range, to a fire pit on the deck. When we uncovered the grill and found a green egg, all bets were off on what we could cook there. We grilled pizza, sausage for gumbo, and made a paella. The vistas were fabulous, deer grazed right outside the kitchen window, coveys of quail roamed the grounds. There was table tennis and air hockey in the garage, and the guys played late night tether-ball with the glow in the dark ball. The decor was warm, tasty and inviting, it has a hunting lodge feel without being pretentious. The master bathroom is a thing of beauty. There was something for everyone, literally 5 minutes from Point Reyes Station which has interesting shopping and galleries, and great restaurants. Nearby are amazing hiking trails, and of course the beaches of Point Reyes. Everyone loved the house, and we are hoping to return next summer.
From booking this wonderful property until the end of our family vacation Dave and Laura were available to help make every part of our stay outstanding. Their beautiful and large home provided every indoor and outdoor amenity to make our family gathering perfect.
It was perfect for our three-generations group -- the kids' bedrooms were definitely for kids, though the lower bunks are okay for two adults. The master bedroom is simply terrific, with wonderful views in the morning and an especially pleasant bathroom. The kids loved playing on the swings and with the
tetherball and picking plums off the trees. Lots of kids' toys to play with and a good selection of kids' books, too. My grandson was berserk about the
airplane rocker in his room.
The two living-rooms with fireplaces is a very distinctive feature that works very well. We were at Point Reyes for a large family multi-day party, so we
didn't actually use the house as much as we would have otherwise, but we did have an event for about 25 people and they could all sit down in the main
living room with chairs found elsewhere. One of our group couldn't make the trip from New York, but then it turned out we had two people drop in who
needed to spend the night, and the copy for the house is correct: they said the couches were extremely comfortable. It seems to be endlessly flexible.
One big thrill is the Wolf range and the Big Green Egg outside is a huge bonus. It's the best-equipped kitchen I've ever rented, and I've rented many of them.
With one exception: no wine glasses, or none that we could find, which seemed really odd.
The house style is half Ralph Lauren, half Restoration Hardware, very comfortable, and it's in the great tradition of dark California houses, so cozy on
foggy or rainy days with a fire going. But we were lucky and had only sunny days. And we saw a real fox come down to Fox Lodge and romp around a bit outside during our event, which seemed very lucky indeed. I'd love to spend a week here, and I'm sure it will be the standard against which all other house rentals for our family vacations are compared.
Bird watching from the property
Cozy nights in front of a massive stone fireplace
Whale watching and seals
Tule elk, fox, deer on/near property
'Green', eco-friendly environs
World famous farmer's market less than a mile away
Walk to Point Reyes Station
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 3 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
|Property Damage Protection||$59|