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The Kent House Inverness

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights


Inverness House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 4-8)

The Kent House is a 1 bedroom classic older Inverness summer home. The bedroom has a very comfortable queen bed and two single beds. The living room has a futon sofa that will sleep two. The living room has a lovely brick fireplace and we supply plenty of firewood. The house also has gas heating throughout. We now have wi-fi but no television.

We have a small cabin with a King bed, the smaller cabin has it's own bath with tub and shower. The cabin can be rented with the house for an additional $100.00 per night. The cabin will not be rented to others during your stay should you not want it. Please note that all major Holidays require a 4 night minimum stay. No exceptions.

The kitchen is fully equipped with an electric stove toaster oven and microwave oven. Plenty of cookware and dishes. The house has three bathrooms the main bath off the kitchen has a lovely old bathtub the second bathroom has a shower and nearly new washer and dryer the third bath in the small cabin has a new bathroom with shower and bathtub.

The small cabin is a few steps across the deck from the main house. The outside deck on the house is large with plenty of seating and gets lots of sun. The house sits above a pleasant creek in a quiet wooded area with very little traffic. The parking area is across the footbridge with room for three cars.

1st Valley house is a 5 minute walk from downtown Inverness with 2 restaurants and a grocery store and coffee shop. Tomales Bay and Ocean Beaches are a 10 to 20 minute drive depending on your destination. Inverness is 10 minutes away from The Point Reyes National Seashore. The entire area is exceptionally beautiful with lots to do and see.

Our family home is a real Inverness experience. The house is not fancy but it is comfortable and very pleasant. Call for more information.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Deborah Quinn
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 7, 2016
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About Deborah Quinn

The property is owned by the Kent family and has been a family vacation home for more than 40 years. Five generations have spent summers in Inverness at the 1st Valley House. Many members of the family live in Berkeley, CA which is an easy one hour drive, making weekend trips convenient. We enjoy trips to the beach, hiking, picking blackberries, reading by the fireplace, and most of all being together. Many family members have or have had dogs over the years and they love romping on the beaches or sunning themselves on the large deck.

Deborah Quinn purchased this house in 1965

Why Deborah Quinn chose The Bay Area

Inverness has traditionally been a summer destination for University families in Berkeley. The Kent family has owned or rented summer homes in Inverness for over 100 years. We still have old diaries from family members coming to the area in the 1800's. Through hard work by many people, some in our family included, Inverness has never lost it's small town charm. The beaches remain pristine. We are literally surrounded by State Park and National Seashore. It's a beautiful and unique place.

What makes this house unique

The 1st Valley House has a tranquil and secluded feel. It is on a small creek and is surrounded by trees. At the same time, it is only a five minute walk to downtown Inverness where you have The Inverness Store, two restaurants and a coffee house. Live entertainment can often be enjoyed at these restaurants.Beaches on Tomales Bay are a five minute drive from the house and ocean beaches can be reached by car in fifteen minutes. Point Reyes Station is a 10 minute drive from the house with more shopping and great places to eat.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A very special way to begin the new year. We loved everything about the house. such a pleasant surprise.! Their was plenty of relaxation coupled with adventures around the area. We will be returning ... Perhaps when we are celebrating our honeymoon. Hard to leave this morning.. Thank you for sucha beautiful and special retreat.
Jan 2011
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The Kent House Inverness
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 22 reviews
Kentfield, CA

Lovely rustic cabin in the woods

  • 4 of 5

My husband, two children and I had a wonderful 3 night stay. The cabin is rustic but well appointed with a everything you need in the kitchen and a comfortable living room with a sofa, rocking chairs and a wood burning fireplace. In order to reach the house you cross a bridge over a small creek. The home is surrounded by beautiful trees and lots of wildlife. We saw deer, squirrels, and enjoyed the singing of many birds. The beds were comfortable and the room had plenty of space for our family of 4. The house is centrally located. It is a short drive to Pt. Reyes and many nearby attractions. We look forward to renting the home again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Galt, CA

A perfect mix of cabin and class!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin has classy short-walk decks that lead from ultra comfy beds with down comforters, to a laundry house, and to the main house filled with charm. It's very Sunset-Magazine-style with outdoor living interwoven with hot cocoa by the fire comforts. Top quality claw foot tub including old telephone style shower head in a cradle. The rest of the bathroom matches the vintage style decor. The kitchen meets the cabin-in-the-woods feel and the living room has classic furniture that is maintained with quality and a charming fireplace. Ample firewood outback and a creek out front with a brige that leads you In to your perfect weekend away.

While cell service was not in range of this treasure (a jaunt down the road is just fine), great wifi was provided. bring your favorite CDs and enjoy the comforts that wind down our busy lives to serenity once again.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind words. We hope that you will have an opportunity to come to Inverness and The Kent House again sometime. All best regards, Deborah
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San Francisco, CA, United States

Lovely house in the woods

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely quiet house set back from the road with huge trees around it. There is a wonderful babbling brook that runs out in front, even in this August drought. The bedroom has comfortable beds with nice linens. The kitchen is well-appointed. The living room is warm and inviting with comfortable arm chairs and couch, as well as a dining room table with 8 chairs. The porch is large with good seating and a gas grill. We really enjoyed our 2-night stay there. Being so close to Pt. Reyes National Seashore with the Tule elk and elephant seals is a big plus. We hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northern California

Still quaint and rustic

  • 4 of 5

This was our second stay here and not much has changed. It was only a couple of days notice so it's nice that it's available for folks from the Bay Area who want to overnight in the area. The only sort of negative was that there were six or seven fly strips hanging down from the ceilings in the living room and kitchen with dead flies right at about face level. Not the sort of thing that someone wants to walk into.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic Cabin In The Trees

  • 4 of 5

Celebrating our 25th anniversary, my husband and I, along with our two dogs, spent a beautiful weekend in April at the charming, rustic and quirky Kent House. Our MINOR issue at check-in was resolved within four minutes by Deborah, who responded immediately to our call. If you're looking for a 4-Star Resort, the Kent House is NOT for you. If, on the other hand, you're looking for a fairly private, unconventional, cozy get-away surrounded by trees and wildlife, this is the place. This charming, 20's era cabin is rusty, creaky (a tad mildewy - but not bad), mismatched and utterly delightful! The toilet and tub is in "the main house," and not connected to the sleeping quarters, but it's right next door, and connected by the deck. (If you plan to be there in the winter months, be forewarned that a 3:00 am "call of nature" would require you to take about 12 steps outside before getting to the bathroom next door.) There's no TV (which was great), but they have a nice sound system (bring your own CDs), and wireless (with easy connectivity if you're determined to stay "on the grid"). There are board games to play and books to read, including the owner's memoir of her life growing up in the Bay Area and Inverness. Although there are several restaurants nearby, if you're up for cooking "at home," there are plenty of utensils, bowls, plates, pans, with a modern oven/stove. No dishwasher, microwave or disposal. Tomales Bay is about a half-mile away (easily walkable), and Point Reyes is about a half-hour away (by car), and it's a gorgeous drive. If you're bringing dogs, know that they're additional $40 each.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles, Ca

Home away from Home

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stayed in Inverness. If you enjoy leisurely hikes in beautiful settings, kayak in calm waters and dine in pretty amazing restaurants. . .i would highly recommend Inverness. This rustic home was perfect to start and end the days. After hiking 10 miles I crawled into the the large claw bath tub and soaked my tired body. Loved the history of the "Shambles" and could imagine the loving memories the Kent family had there. It's a perfect getaway to a piece of heaven.

Thank you Deborah and the Kent family for opening your vacation home.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Francisco International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
San Geronimo Golf Course
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Oakland California
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Hiway 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Chicken Ranch Beach on Tomales Bay
Car: necessary

Very near Point Reyes National Seashore, Tomales Bay State Park


Rates & Availability

Inverness House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
New Year's
Dec 29 2016 - Jan 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40
additional cabin $100

Additional cabin add $100 per night.
Weekends require a 2 night minimum stay Holidays require a 4 night stay.

Travelers pay by check in advance of stay through the mail. Last minute guests can make other arrangements Payments must be received within one week of booking or reservation is cancelled.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Inverness House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • two tubs one shower three bathrooms
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2), single Beds (2) King bed 1
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • 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
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Very near National Seashore and State Park Hiking, boating, swimming, birding, kayaking

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