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Frank's Place: Classic Inverness Home with Bay Views, Hot Tub

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Point Reyes Station House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7-9)

Frank's Place on Inverness Ridge is a charming Point Reyes rental home with panoramic bay views. With spacious living and sleeping areas, wifi and an outdoor hot tub, it's the perfect lodging for families on a Point Reyes adventure or couples seeking a secluded and romantic getaway.

The natural setting is spectacular, with lush surrounding forest giving way to open vistas and rough-and-tumble rhododendron gardens. Here on the ridge nights are dark and quiet, and mornings are beautiful whether drenched in clear light or sheathed in fog. Birds are abundant, including resident Pileated Woodpeckers and many others changing with the seasons. Ravens and hawks ride the winds out over the canyon. Scan the gardens or the meadow below and you may see deer, or even a fox or bobcat.

This classic Inverness style home was designed and built by local architect Jim Campe in 1986. The living room, bedrooms, decks and hot tub all face out over forested parkland to Tomales Bay and the hills beyond. In the main living area wood and tile floors and high, beamed ceilings create an expansive and elegant atmosphere, while clearstory windows capture the afternoon sun. Just down the hall, the carpeted master suite features a king-size bed and large private bathroom with two sinks, giant tub and walk-in shower.

Downstairs are two additional bedrooms with a shared second bathroom. A queen-size bed and TV in one of the bedrooms make it great for a second couple. The other is just right for kids, with two twin beds. A large inflatable mattress and porta-crib are also available if needed. Step out onto the downstairs porch to access the private hot tub.

An additional office room upstairs includes a sofa/daybed that can be made up for yet another sleeping option. WiFi from a cable Internet connection is available throughout, and there's a small computer in the office if you didn't bring your laptop. Cable TV is present upstairs and down, as well as a stereo system in the living room. CDs, games, puzzles, art and many books are here for your enjoyment.

If you're a veteran Point Reyes visitor you probably already have your own list of favorite hikes, beaches and activities--but we'll be happy to offer some suggestions! If you are new to the area you'll be amazed by the beauty and diversity of the Point Reyes National Seashore landscape, and charmed by the small but culturally rich towns of Inverness and Point Reyes Station. Fine dining at any of several great restaurants, delectable treats and coffee at the Bovine Bakery , and a wealth of local, organic and artisan food products are all just minutes away. Be sure to save some time for browsing the local shops and galleries.

Frank's Place is new to the Inverness and Point Reyes vacation rental market, but we are experienced rental owners with a property in Kona, Hawaii that we have been managing for many years. Our local innkeeper is just two doors down, and will ensure that everything is just right for your arrival.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
December 1, 2016
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About The Owner

The Norris family has a long association with Point Reyes dating back to the 1960s. Frank and Virginia built the house in 1986 and lived here for many years. Scott and Jennifer and the kids now live in Sacramento, and we still come out regularly. The house is beautiful--we've spruced it up and now it's ready for you to enjoy!

The Owner purchased this house in 1986

What makes this house unique

You'll love the peace and quiet! The property is beautifully situated in mature forest with plenty of sunlight and open vistas out across a forested canyon to the ridge line, Tomales Bay, and the hills beyond.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“Wow! What a great property. We thoroughly enjoyed the brilliant view, the comfy fireplace and the hot tub, too. I’m so glad my wife found this place to celebrate my birthday with two friends. We shall return!”
Oct 2009
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Frank's Place: Classic Inverness Home with Bay Views, Hot Tub
average rating of 4.928571 based on 49 reviews

Great place in a beautiful natural setting

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed spending time at Frank's place. Well appointed and comfortable. Loved the new hot tub.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable memorable stay in Inverness

  • 5 of 5

We have been vacationing in Inverness for the past 10 years. For most of those years we have been blessed to have stayed at Frank's Place. Everything from reservation to departure is easy and sensible. The house is very well appointed, clean, comfortable, and in an excellent location. Our children love Frank's Place as well and spend hours playing. They especially appreciate that they have their "own room." Happy children, happy family all around. Thank you Norris family for sharing your wonderful home so we can enjoy this little slice of heaven.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Weekend girls trip was fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

A small group of us ladies stayed here for the weekend during early fall and it was phenomenal! The location was beautiful, we hiked, visited the lighthouse, went shopping in town, played games, used the hot tub, made dinner in the great kitchen. Overall we were very happy with our stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Quiet Spacious

  • 4 of 5

We have rented probably 15 different homes in the area. This is our second time at this lovely home located above the busyness of Point Reyes and Inverness but close enough that one can easily drive to either town and Point Reyes National Seashore is about 30 minutes. The house is spacious, well-appointed, well maintained. The hot tub was hot and stayed hot (not the case with a few other homes we've rented in the area). The multiple decks were a great place to hang out and catch some sun, read a book or have a cozy conversation. I would give this house 5 stars except the sheets on one of the beds were obviously not recently washed and I found a dirty sock underneath my bed from a previous renter (ewww) - call me a stickler for cleanliness. Other than that the owners are easy to communicate with, the instructions for the home were impeccable. Despite the dirty sock, we hope to return!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We love Frank's place and will be back!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I felt immediately "at home" when we arrived at Frank's place. We chose a CD from a large collection and enjoyed listening while we put our groceries away in the well-appointed kitchen. Then we moved out to one of several decks with incredible forest and bay views, and sipped our wine while listening to nothing more than the sounds of birds and the quiet rustling of the breeze. I felt more relaxed than I had in weeks!

All three bedrooms were comfortable and offered beautiful views and ample natural light. The house was very clean, and though not "updated to newest trends," the bathrooms, showers and tub were roomy and well-designed. We had the choice to eat inside or out, and we enjoyed both. I appreciated the ample supply of tableware including cloth napkins, placemats and tablecloths.

Frank's place is located up a winding road that creates the feeling of being 'above it all' and provides the outstanding vistas. And although we felt like we were far away from the 'real' world, Frank's place is just a short drive to Point Reyes Station (dinner at Stellina—delicious!) We were close to the many hiking trails and other area places of interest.—We took some long and wonderful hikes (Thank you, Scott, for providing the trail maps at the house), and we enjoyed hiking down to the ocean for a picnic.

The hot tub felt great after a long day of hiking! It was clean, easy to use and very comfortable.

We'll be back! Thank you for sharing your home with us.


  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private, Peaceful with Exceptional Views

  • 5 of 5

We booked Frank's Place for a girlfriends getaway. The house was spacious, very clean, and furnished with a mid-century style. It was in a very quiet peaceful place with amazing views and lots of birds. The hot tub was perfect. We got out during the day to hike and visit Point Reyes Station. The friendly manager phoned to make sure we had everything. The place had everything we needed. The only issue we had was that we could not stay more time. Upon arriving home, one of us realized that she had left her favorite shirt there and the manager was happy to mail it back to her. We will definitely return!!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Point Reyes Station House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 10.0%

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Point Reyes Station House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing

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