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David Dyer Esler

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Romantic Lodge in Point Reyes/Inverness: 'Mankas-esque Retreat'

33 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Point Reyes Station Estate Rental Photos and Description

Estate, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 10)

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!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
David Dyer Esler (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About David Dyer Esler

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

Why David Dyer Esler chose The Bay Area

Incredible setting, natural surroundings, hiking and whale watching less than an hour from San Francisco.

What makes this estate unique

Wine by the cozy stone fireplace, waking up to birds across miles of meadows and marsh, family dinners after long hikes.


based on 33 traveler reviews

Romantic Lodge in Point Reyes/Inverness: 'Mankas-esque Retreat'
average rating of 4.969697 based on 33 reviews

Beautiful, comfortable, well equipped home.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is the perfect vacation home, with all the amenities anyone could hope for.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic house perfect in every way for our group of eight.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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A great house for the right group

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Comfortable, well-equipped, roomy house in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

This is an exceptionally comfortable house, with large attractive rooms, exceptionally well-equipped kitchen for a vacation rental, and a terrific location, convenient to the town of Point Reyes Station and to Point Reyes itself. It holds 8 people very comfortably.

I have only two very minor nits to pick: We had two guests (from nearby Woodacre) over for dinner, and we had to improvise seating at the dining room table, bringing in the benches from a picnic table on the deck. And it was exceptionally windy during our stay, leading to a power outage that lasted about an hour and a half. We were pleasantly surprised that it wasn't longer. During the outage, however, we had some difficulty locating flashlights, though there were some in the house. We left a note about this in the guest register, so it is likely to be corrected in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Great Family getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is a large, comfortable, clean,well furnished home, very central to everything you want to do in Pt.Reyes - 3 minutes from Pt.Reyes stationand 10 to15 minutes at most from pretty much every trail head. This is the third time we are staying in this lovely home. If you have ever stayed at Manka's the furnishings are very similiar. I love the master bedroom and bathroom.

The kitchen is well stocked with dishes and cookware if you are inclined to cook - although there are so many great restaurants so close by and frankly, a great meal out is part of the appeal of Pt.Reyes. Try osteria Stellina and Sir & Star.

There is plenty of parking at the house, lots of toys and books the living room, dining room and kitchen are all very spacious for a large family to enjoy time together. The whole place feels very cozy!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Tomales Bay Foods - Cowgirl Creamery
Osteria Stellina
"One of our favorite spots! Great food, warm staff and family friendly."
Bovine Bakery
"Best morning buns ever!"
Point Reyes National Seashore
Samuel P Taylor State Park
"Wonderful hiking trails."
Perry's Deli
"YUM!! Truly amazing deli. You can't go wrong here."
Toby's Feed Barn
"Great coffee stop, next to the Saturday Farmer's Market."
Nearest Airport
48 Miles
San Francisco International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Western
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Tiburon, Sausalito, Larkspur
Nearest Golf
19 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Stellina, Saltwater Depot
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Limatour Beach
Car: recommended

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


Rates & Availability

Point Reyes Station Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 22 2016 - Nov 28 2016
5 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
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

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $250
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Point Reyes Station Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - Master - toilet , tub , shower , French claw foot tub. Stone walk in shower.
    Bathroom 2 - upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Double sink
    Bathroom - downstairs - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1- Master - 1 king , Large Eastern King (biggest King bed); Ralph Lauren
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Williams Sonoma Home. Wingback.
    Large couches. - 3 twin/ single , Can sleep 3 more easily on oversized couches
    Bedroom 3 - 3 bunk bed , Twin over full. Pottery Barn. Sleeps adults.
    Bedroom 4 - 3 bunk bed , Twin over full. Pottery Barn. Sleeps adults.
  • King size beds (1) Eastern King (extra large) Ralph Lauren comforter and throws. Bedside views of the Olema Valley, circling hawks., Queen size Beds (1) In the Fox Den Room. Williams Sonoma Home luxurious bed with Ralph Lauren comforter and throws., Child Beds (3) Massive sectional couch in Family Room often utilized as a 'sleepover' bed for 2 - 3 children., Bunk Beds (3) Full over twin bunk beds in the Owl Tree Room and the Bat Cave Room. Upper bunks best for children. Lower bunks (full bed) fine for an adult (or two, snuggling)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Walk-in closets. Terry cloth robes provided for your enjoyment. Antique 18th century French bath tubs. Massive stone shower in master bath. Antiques throughout. 55 ' HDTV Flat-screen TV. Bose stereo. Crystal stemware. Holiday entertaining decor available (inquire during holiday stays). Antique board games.

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