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Robert Ross

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Speaks: english

Beautiful Bleu Bay Beach Cottage with Breathtaking Views @ Pt Reyes Nat'l Park

39 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Bleu Bay Beach Cottage is located on the east shore of beautiful Tomales Bay, with a private sandy beach and spectacular views of the Point Reyes peninsula from every room. Secluded and serene, the cottage is one of the very few homes away from the road, offering both privacy and easy access to the outdoor activities and cuisine for which the Point Reyes area is known.

Little more than an hour from San Francisco and the East Bay, 15 minutes from charming Point Reyes Station, and just a mile south of Nick's Cove and two miles north of Hog Island Oysters, Bleu Bay Beach Cottage is perfect for a romantic getaway or peaceful retreat.

Envelop yourself with natural beauty and ever-changing light and water.

Our beach cottage is perfect whether you desire a romantic getaway, a fun family vacation, or respite from your busy life.

Bleu Bay Beach Cottage has its own private sandy beach on Bleu Bay Cove, a private getaway gem on the shores of pristine Tomales Bay.

Through many windows in every room of our house, or from our deck and hot tub or our beach, witness incredible sunsets, water views, sea & shore life.

Fall asleep to the sound of gentle waves lapping on our beach. Luxuriate in the 6-person hot tub. Snuggle up next to a cozy fire in the brick surrounded fireplace. Stay in touch through powerful wireless internet, relax with music, watch tapes on TV or bring your favorite DVDs. Cherish a romantic evening, or read an adventure to your children. Create a life-long memory here.

Awake in the comfy queen bed in our private upstairs bedroom to a spectacular view of the bay. The cottage sleeps 4 more in double-sized fold-out couches in the living and sun-rooms. There is one bathroom with a shower/tub combo and spacious counter-top with double sinks. Prepare meals in our fully-equipped kitchen stocked with numerous appliances, pots, pans, gas stove & dinnerware.

You’ll love the restaurants, bars, shops, galleries, grocery stores and bakeries in nearby historic Point Reyes Station, Olema, and Inverness.

Popular Nick’s Cove Restaurant is just a mile north. Visit famous Hog Island Oyster Company for local oysters, 2.2 miles south. Local favorite Tony’s Seafood is 3 miles south. 10 minutes north is the town of Tomales with a great deli restaurant and the best bakery in the universe. Dillon Beach and Bodega Bay are a short drive beyond that.

Enjoy enzyme baths and massage at Osmosis (25 minutes). Tour wineries nearby and in Napa or Sonoma Valleys (1 hour). Raft the Russian River (40 minutes). Explore many world-class beaches and coast attractions. Feast and tour locally, in San Francisco or Berkeley, only a little over one hour away and innumerable Bay Area delights.

Launch a kayak or canoe from our sandy beach on the on the cove. Rent kayaks just down the road in Marshall. Otters, seals and sea lions swim, frolic and tend to their daily business. Bleu Bay Cove is permanent home to Great Blue Heron, Snowy White Egret and flocks of other waterfowl and shorebird species. Use our high powered scope or binoculars to magnify your view.

Across the bay a short drive away is famous Point Reyes National Seashore with its award-winning visitor center, great hiking & biking trails where you might see roaming herds of albino deer and Thule elk, an ancient forest, and a real earthquake fault. Bald eagles nest here. Stroll on miles of white sandy beaches where you can observe marine mammals, dolphins, and breaching whales. Explore the tide pools teeming with sea life.

We’re just over an hour from the Golden Gate Bridge, but a world away. A unique vacation spot you’ll long remember. Reward yourself.

Some dogs allowed with PRIOR PERMISSION, ONLY.


I’m pleased to help make your stay at owner Tom Flynn’s beach cottage as perfect as possible.

It’s a privilege to work with a man of Tom’s caliber who is well-known as a visionary environmental manager, advisor, consultant, environmental engineer, and preservationist in California’s professional environmental culture, as well as at the CA Coastal Commission and NOAA (National Oceanic and Aeronautic Administration).

Tom’s many years of work to eliminate potential for pollution in Tomales Bay has won accolades throughout Marin and Sonoma Counties. Tom has substantially assured the adjective “pristine,” as in “pristine Tomales Bay”. Tom’s leadership to preserve several hundred acres of environmentally sensitive and scenic areas near the edge of Tomales Bay and nearby King Mountain is impressive and inspirational. He is known for results, which provide community, economic, and environmental benefits. This caring and attention to detail is reflected in his beach cottage.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Robert Ross (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Robert Ross

I do environmental management over a range of water quality, energy efficiency, land use and have developed environmental clean-up and fitness technology.

Robert Ross purchased this cottage in 1975

Why Robert Ross chose The Bay Area

A little over an hour drive from the Golden Gate Bridge is this natural wonderland replete with high quality restaurants, sustainable agriculture, hiking, biking, water sports, secluded beaches and a National Park which is a gem in the system.

What makes this cottage unique

Listening to the sound of waves lapping around the beach cottage, enjoying tremendous shorebird and wildlife right outside, kayaking in a peaceful bay, relaxing in a great bed, couch or hot tub with spectacular views, enjoying great food from locally produced seafood, organic vegetables and fruit, and excellent nearby restaurants.


based on 39 traveler reviews

Beautiful Bleu Bay Beach Cottage with Breathtaking Views @ Pt Reyes Nat'l Park
average rating of 4.74359 based on 39 reviews
Martinez, CA

Best setting ever

  • 5 of 5

Our second stay at Bleu Bay was just as wonderful as our first. Tamales Bay is such a wonder. We started out on what the neighbors said was the most beautiful day of the year and spent the whole time enjoying the water, the birds, the views, and also visits to the fabulously casual Marshall Store for delicious seafood and to the wonderful bakery in Tomales. The cottage is very comfortable, even when the fog comes in, and we appreciated the hot tub. Everything there is clean and kept up well. It was a perfectly restful mini-vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Stay in This Magical Cottage on Bleu Bay Beach - Marshall - Tomales Bay

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing stay we had for three nights in this lovely, clean, well-appointed cottage - nothing can beat the unsurpassed views always available while cooking, BBQing, reading, listening to music, napping, soaking in the outdoor tub (we did not, however the location of this soaking tub is amazing), and listening to the sounds of the water lapping on the beach.

We ventured out on long walks thru the Strauss Dairy pastures, and everywhere - the cows actually seemed to welcome our visits and posed for many photos!! The Tomales Bakery was closed during our stay, however is a MUST for anyone interested in REALLY fine bakery items. The Dungeness crab at Nick's was FRESH FRESH FRESH and completely 'over the top' delicious in the Louie salad. This, along with a bowl of clam chowder and glasses of wine made a late afternoon lunch perfect. But wait, the next day we collected oysters from Hog Island Oyster Company to BBQ back at the cottage. OMG, the whole experience of enjoying these most delicious morsels, hot off the cottage BBQ, alongside wine while sitting on the deck of the cottage - with endless views and fresh air - well, PERFECT.

At times we could almost imagine Jack London joining us in the amazing historic cottage with its comfortable 'curl up' reading chair, rocker, sofas, wood floors, rugs, and gorgeous wood trimmed windows. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare meals - and for two 'foodies' that live to forage outstanding food, the local resources and kitchen provisions were far more than adequate. We even called ahead to make sure a coffee maker was available for the coveted cup of liquid gold in the mornings, and had an immediate response from Robert letting us know that there were two coffee makers available, including the details of their filters - AND the filters were available. PERFECT.

We chose to sleep downstairs on the MOST comfortable queen sofa bed, snugged in front of the cozy fireplace, awakened by the sounds of lapping water, birds, and need we say again, THE VIEWS.

There is no question that we will return - again, and again. We only hesitate to share this 'gem' to everyone we know, saving the magic of this cottage for ourselves and only those that will respect and care for this space in the manner it deserves.

Thank you, Robert and Tom.

Cary and Bob

  • Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cary and Bob were ideal guests and we appreciate their taking time to write this detailed review!! Our guests often remark that online photos and descriptions do not do justice to their experience once here. This review should go a long way toward remedying that. Rob Robert Ross, Manager
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Secluded, private, and amazing views

  • 5 of 5

Had the opportunity to spend a few wonderful days here in Bleu Bay Cottage. A real peaceful and beautiful place and the perfect setting to recharge yourself. Just the right distance to everything. Although we were familiar with the area, we arranged with the manager of the vacation rental, Rob, to have a guided tour when we first got there. It was a perfect way to gain insight to things we would not have found on our own. Allowed us chose a number of things we wanted to spend time doing while we were there. To give you an idea of the beauty, the first morning we got up, we went out on the deck to relax a bit and read.... neither of us even opened our books... we couldn't take our eyes off of the beautiful nature. Thank you for sharing.... J&R

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Trouble in Paradise... fixed

  • 4 of 5

An unfortunate set of circumstances could have turned this review into a bad one, but the customer service of the property manager saved our trip and this review.

My wife, our infant son and I stayed at the cottage during two very rainy and stormy nights in March 2016. Since it was raining in like crazy we were stuck inside for most of the trip... not a bad thing normally, except we had no hot water... and barely any cold water for almost a whole day.

We contacted the property manger Rob our first night and he got someone on it right away. Unfortunately, the repair guy had to brave the storm and flooded roads to get a part... so we didn't get the water back on until 24 hours after we arrived. But Rob ended up refunding us that entire night's stay to make things right. After that the stay was great. Couple of quick notes.

#1) The property location is great: Right on the water... and two of the best places to eat are just a short drive away (Nick's Cover & Hog Island Oyster Co.)

#2) The house is super cozy: Even during the storm, the place was cozy, warm and rock solid. Felt like we were the most sea-worthy ship out on the ocean. The gas heater worked surprisingly well! We were actually a little too warm at night, but cracking a couple windows fixed that.

#3) The Hot tub is killer: The view is amazing... even in the pouring rain!

#4) Upstairs Bedroom very peaceful: The view is killer, just watch out for the stairs (Very steep!) and the mattress (a little stiff for our tastes)

Hope to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate this guest taking time to post his review. We especially applaud his patience and good-natured response to our water problem during the first part of his visit. In keeping with his realistic and generous nature, the owner readily refunded the first night’s rent. Springs and wells supply water to properties in our area. Bleu Bay Beach Cottage is fortunate to have a freshwater spring as its water source. Unfortunately the pump for our water system died after more than 15 years of reliable service and needed replacement. We look forward to this guest’s return visit. Rob Robert Ross, Manager
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beautiful spot, cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

Bleu Bay Beach Cottage was the perfect two-day get-away. The house, which overlooks Tomales Bay, has big bay windows, a deck and a hot tub. We had a starry night, a pink dawn, loons in the morning, egrets, a stray heron and a fierce windstorm. The cottage has everything you need for a comfortable stay, including a great upstairs bedroom that like the rest of the house, overlooks water. The cottage can accommodate up to six plus a dog. Rob Ross, the manager, could not have been more helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our cottage had all we needed for a quiet and peaceful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

From the waterfront view of Tomales Bay, harmonious setting, and the cozy cottage atmosphere made our family feel both welcome and "at home" (away from home). The complete kitchen amenities, great location, comfortable beds, and roomy bathroom also made us want to just hunker down and want to hibernate. Yet, it's great location (near Hog Island Oysters, and closeby to Eric's Cove) made it our natural choice for a wonderful holiday experience.

It was a relaxing weekend to revisit our favorite Pt Reyes' Limantour Beach & hiking trails, and savour the hot tub awaiting after each day of exploration. Rob, property manager, was responsive and cordial with our numerous inquiries, and even offered his natural guided tours to make our stay more complete. Our family is definitely returning to this sweet cottage, and perfect getaway experience! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Josephine, for your visit and glowing review. We look forward to your return! Rob Robert Ross, Manager
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Nearest Barpub
17 Miles
Old Western Saloon in Pt Reyes Station
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
San Geronimo National Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
19 Miles
101 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nicks Cove
Car: necessary

There is great beach walking and hiking all over the surrounding area including the remarkable Pt. Reyes National Seashore, but a very local tip: hiking is just a few hundred feet away up a very quiet country road (virtually no cars) through the Straus Creamery pasture lands (the first organic dairy west of the Mississippi). You can walk all the way to the top of the local beautiful hills. At the top of this road you can enjoy expansive views of Tomales Bay and Point Reyes Peninsula.

Also about 4 miles South, the Marconi Conference Center (a California Parks Foundation Facility), is a nice place to hike around and take in historical information and beautiful views. Marconi, as you may know, did the first trans-Pacific radio transmissions from this location.


Rates & Availability

Marshall Cottage Rental Rates

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Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 25 2016
3 night minimum stay
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New Year's Holiday
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 10.0%

Cancellation Policy. 100% refund if reservation is cancelled within 30 days of your arrival date, minus $50 processing fee.
If cancellation is 30-15 days prior to arrival date then you receive a 50% refund, minus $50 processing fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Marshall Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Bed (1), Queen Sleeper Sofa (1) Full-Size Sleeper Sofa(1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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