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Big Lovely House - Point Reyes National Seashore

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Sleeps 4-8

Brook Ness house is handcrafted and well situated for exploring the pristine nature of Point Reyes National Seashore all around you, Tomales Bay cove beaches to Pacific oceanic beaches, whale watching, wild flowers, mountain biking, bird watching, sailing and kayaking. This is one of the iconic, true Inverness homes in an area very like an old English village, with huge trees and shingled houses. It's only a 5 minute stroll through First Valley to town shops, oysters at Salt Water restaurant and Tomales Bay.

Or going feral, you can cross the footbridge near the house, hike up the mesa where you'll find myriad trails climbing Mount Vision to kettle ponds and sweeping views of the headlands. The house is also perfect for cozy dinners, games, movies, reading and relaxing with loved ones.

This is a great place for a family, at the end of a short lane, safe from road traffic. There is a toy room, shared tennis courts nearby, and in fair weather an open outdoor space for al fresca dining under a live oak. The hot outdoor shower makes it a breeze to de-salt after a day at the beach, and the hammock aloft the stream is a dreamy reading spot.

Owner prefers to be paid by paper checks. This saves on fees and can be sent along with usual contract. (A small quiet dog is okay, but no unruly or loud dogs allowed.)

Keywords: Country House, Oysters, swimming and beaches, Writing Retreat, getaway, West Marin hiking, trees and clean air, quiet, whales and wild life, serene marshlands, gourmet food.

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Margaret

We are a family of avid outdoors-folk, sailors, hikers, naturalists.

Margaret purchased this house in 2001

Why Margaret chose Inverness

We marvel at Point Reyes and the choices of fun fresh things to do in this boundless and well-protected natural preserve.

What makes this house unique

Heart's Desire hikes, Bodega Bay for a tour of Hitchcock's set for The Birds and crab salad in town, oysters at Hog Island, dinner in Point Reyes, the local farmer's market on Saturdays, walking Kehoe Beach for big tumbling waves, reading the paper at Drakes, blackberry picking in September...the list goes on and on!


Inverness House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Family and friends having fun is great, but No parties, none, as neighbors get upset and call.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Wonderful Kauai style Outdoor Shower available and encouraged ! as helps the garden grow:)
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 3 Queen size Beds, 2 Bunk Beds (4 singles)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
House is a 5 minute walk to Tomales Bay; Inverness is very much a seaside town


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

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Big Lovely House - Point Reyes National Seashore
average rating of 4.857143 based on 28 reviews

Lovely, rustic home in a beautiful setting with many great features and amenities.

  • 4 of 5

This home was very comfortable for our large family gathering of 6 adults and 2 children, with all the space and amenities needed (and then some). It was located in a beautiful setting among large trees and a lovely neighborhood. The rustic, arts and crafts feel of the house was part of its welcoming charm. We were within easy distances of many great spots accessible within an hour's drive or less, and the neighborhood invited many walks in every direction. The neighbors were also very nice and welcoming. The kitchen was especially well stocked with utensils, flat ware, pots and pans, etc. for any kind of meal. The house accommodated everyone comfortably in a very large beautiful living room and den area for dinner or just hanging out and also accommodated everyone finding a more private space and getting away from the crowd, which was especially helpful for the younger ones in our group. The knock off a 5 rating was for (1) the fairly basic bathrooms and (2) the master bedroom was the only bedroom that was really beautiful.

Margaret was a pleasure to work with and was very accommodating of our needs.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful peaceful home. Thoughtful owner.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Authentically Groovy Coastal CA Style

  • 5 of 5

From the repurposed old growth lumber, to the stained glass windows, to its location in a riparian zone, this place has a wonderful slightly nautical and slightly 70s Marin vibe. The house is pretty harmonized with the natural surroundings. Cozy spot for playing board games by the fire.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I hope you return sometime Michael, you were such awesome guests! And I will give you the buddy rate:)
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Perfect for a getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a wonderful time here. The grounds are lovely, the house is well-appointed, and had plenty of private sleeping options for adults. Communication with the owners was timely and clear and there's a great binder of local information. This is a house that feely homey and well loved.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ben Lomond, California

Delightful house for a family reunion

  • 4 of 5

Our family spent a lovely 4 nights in Brook Ness! We especially appreciated

the imaginative design of the house and its use of recycled materials. The kids

were delighted with the huge assortment of toys and books. The adults enjoyed the fully equipped kitchen and the large common areas for

games and socializing. The upstairs master bedroom is a thing of beauty with its

gorgeous skylights and views of the tree canopy, full of feeding flocks of birds.

I personally prefer regular blankets over the now fashionable quilts in their duvets - too hot! but the well stocked house had a few blankets which I used. This house

is perfect for families with children and close to town as well as seashore.

If you want a wonderful, creekside spot for a reunion, this is it!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious and charming house in fantastic location!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a fantastic family weekend in Inverness. I love the wooden interior, large windows, layout of the house and all the space (two living rooms, large bar/counter in the kitchen). We enjoyed cooking dinner with the wood burning stove keeping us warm. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was well equipped. Margaret was very responsive to all questions I had and recommended some wonderful dog-friendly outings. We picked up picnic supplies from Cowgirl Creamery and spent a great day on Kehoe beach. I love the quiet neighborhood and proximity to Tomales Bay and Pt. Reyes Station. We are would love to rent this house again - a perfect getaway for a city family!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $165
Pet Fee $30
Damage Deposit $500

Paying by paper check saves both guests and hosts more service fees, so we much prefer that mode. We send you the usual contract to mail back with checks, very simple and avoids extra costs :)
Please let me know your dates/guest number/adults & kids.
If you are just a couple, the base rate is 350 per night.
This is a rare, original Inverness house, but not a party locale.
One small and quiet dog would be considered, but no barkers out of consideration for neighbors :)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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