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The property is relatively private (owner lives in separate, near by unit to care for animals), totally 14 acres to include woods and pastures with horses. There is ample room to explore right on the grounds. The home is well used, comfortable and ideal for families with children. There are two bedrooms with Queen beds and a back bedroom with bunk beds, a single twin bed and a crib. Every room connects to the outside.
Due to the special nature and privacy of the property and surrounding hills the place has also been used for retreats, and other special occasions.
We have built a cottage in the woods where children can play creatively and independently---inspired by the recent book The Last Child in the Woods. This book documents the need for intimate connection to nature and to independent fantasy play for children. The cottage is surrounded by trails leading to an open meadow of five acres. There is also a suspension bridge!
There is a coop with chickens, ducks and rabbits. Young kids can access the coop to collect eggs with parental supervision. Many children spend hours in the chicken coop. There are views of surrounding hills and the Bolinas Lagoon and access to nearby trails in open space and parkland. One mile from the town of Bolinas which has two miles of beachfront and locally caught fish in season, abundant organic produce and Niman meats. The property is also just three miles from the Audubon Canyon Ranch where one can watch seals and all kinds of bird life on Bolinas Lagoon; and 10 miles from Point Reyes Park HQ with its extensive trails, beaches and wildlife.
I have lived on this property for over 40 years and it is a nurturing and spiritual place for me--completely private and still. For people who value those two things it is ideal. We also have built a playhouse/cottage in the woods where children can play independently and creatively and there are all kinds of animals on the place. I do not keep up with the calendar--house full time--sorry. House is rented about half the time, used for family part time and also donated for auctions to raise money for non-profits. The best way to inquire about availability is to email me--I am very prompt.
Also for special holidays and for most summer months we hope to rent the house for the week. There might be some flexibility but keep that in mind in your inquiries.
firstname.lastname@example.org purchased this farmhouse in 1970
When we saw the property we did not hesitate--it was the ideal place to raise a family....as well as have tranquility as an important aspect of our daily lives.
when my grand-kids come their first response is often, "there is nothing to do here." I agree with them and then, within an hour or two they are gone--into the woods enjoying the magical opportunities for creative and independent play that this property offers.
Watching the lagoon for its varied wildlife, gardening, horseback riding, animal care, and sitting in the meadow enjoying a drink at the end of the day while watching the kids roam over the meadow. Often, roasting marshmellows around a fire-pit at night.
Linda and Stockton have created a magical haven for families looking for a fun, relaxing coastal getaway. The home is very comfortable, the property is breathtaking and the experience is unforgettable.
We are a family of four with two children ages 6 and 9. My daughter loves animals and was in heaven with the chickens, rabbits, horses and dogs. My son has sensory processing disorder and has been fearful of dogs and large animals since he was little. He's been working to overcome this fear and I corresponded with Linda prior to booking the home to make sure it would be a good fit. Linda was incredibly sensitive to my son's anxiety with dogs and had great suggestions. She waited for us to get settled before introducing the dogs and they were the sweetest, most gentle dogs. It was very therapeutic and provided an opportunity for my son to feel comfortable and build up confidence around dogs. I found him playing with them by himself and I wouldn't have thought that possible before our trip.
The cottage in the woods, suspension bridge and walking trails around the property were even more charming than you can imagine.
The location of the home is amazing. We love hiking and it's literally minutes away from hiking trails that access Pt. Reyes. We spent most of our time hiking and playing at the beach during the day, or playing with the animals on the property. We will definitely be coming back. The home is much larger than we realized so next time we'll bring another family with kids because it's the perfect place for kids to play (and for grown ups it brings out the kid in you). We'd also like to spend more time in Bolinas which is just down the road from the home.
Linda and Stockton are truly lovely and charming like their home and property. They were welcoming, attentive to our needs, and very kind and considerate hosts. Thank you for a wonderful time! We look forward to our next visit!
We absolutely loved this place! We were there on a rainy weekend and still got to enjoy all it had to offer.
First location was great, close to the town of Bolinas. The property is sprawling with beautiful fields, views of the lagoon and lots of trees and fun paths to explore. There are horses and chickens and bunnies and beautiful plants and landscape. A big hit was the cottage which is a child's dream! Fully stocked with toys and mini furniture and just adorable furnishings all around! Our kids just loved running around and playing in the cottage and visiting the animals.
The house was very comfortable and cozy and fully equipped. The fireplace was wonderful and kept us warm and comfortable. The owners were very kind and accommodating. We will definitely look forward to going back to stay there!
Our family has been staying here for the past three years. Each year we stay longer and longer, and each stay is better and better. The property is absolutely gorgeous. Our boys enjoy the freedom of the space, the animals (bunnies, dogs, horses, chickens, ducks!) and the secret spots in the woods. The wonderful golden retrievers greet us upon arrival and keep the boys company on their explorations. We enjoy the views, the weather and our evening fires. Over the years, we have brought both sets of grandparents with us, as well as many friends. Everyone that has joined us has loved the property as much as we do. We all feel reconnected after our time there. Besides the specialness of the place, the location is great to explore from -- surfing in Bolinas, hiking in Pt Reyes, and many, many local beaches to chose from. We'll be back soon. Our 8-yr-old declared after our last visit that he never wants to go 3 months again without visiting.
My boyfriend and I, along with another couple, spent the weekend at this fabulous place. It was magical. First you are greeted by four well-behaved but enthusiastic dogs as you pull up. (This was nice as our 17 year old dog died two weeks ago.) As you walk to the front door on the other side of the house you see the beautiful, well kept garden and patio area. Then the horses and meadow. But it was the swing on the large oak tree, the chicken coop, and the Sweet Pea Cottage that stole my heart. Fresh eggs in the morning, feeding carrots to the chickens (who knew they ate those?), swinging on the oak tree beyond the cliff overlooking the bay, and exploring the ornate children's cottage and trails behind the secret tree. I told my boyfriend that this would be a great place to take our kids, if we had any. But then I realized...it allowed us to be kids! Even better. We loved the patio set up - the ability to build a fire and have dinner and cocktails outside. And the house was fabulous - surprises everywhere with all the comforts and charms of home! Linda and Stockton, our hosts, took great care of us. This is a fabulous estate and we intend to return.
Our family is very fond of this area. We visit several times a year and have rented several houses in Bolinas itself as well as around Point Reyes and Bodega Bay. This house tops all of them by far for you get far more than a roof when you come here. The reviews before mine describe it very well already - the sheer beauty of the grounds, the sense of serenity, the feeling of returning to what really matters, seeing the kids roam around, run up and down the beautiful rolling meadows, and disappear in the woods, the feeding of chicken and horses, the wonderful dogs - unplugged. Add to this the wonderful hosts and there you have it - a very very special place.
We just celebrated our wedding on the Mornell Estate in Bolinas. The day went off without a hitch! It was exactly what we had envisioned. The setting has so much natural beauty and the property and home have a very peaceful energy. Linda is fantastic! She worked with us from the very beginning, planning every last detail with us, from the lighting to the placement of the bails of hay. A warning to couples who are considering this property for their wedding: it takes an incredible amount of work for the vendors (caterer, property owner, etc.) to pull off a successful wedding celebration. The property isn't normally set up as a typical wedding venue, so Linda spent many many hours prepping. You should also be aware that everything must be brought in: rentals, porta potties, decorations, caterer + kitchen, sound system and microphones, etc. If you who want something rustic, simple, and completely DIY - it's an amazing spot!
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Fireplace and fire-pit subject to regulations dictated by 'Spare the Air Days'