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

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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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Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

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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Point Reyes Station House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
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
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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

Frank's Place: Classic Inverness Home with Bay Views, Hot Tub
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 55 reviews

Frank's Place and the surrounding trees, views, etc. are beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third time at Frank's Place and we had a wonderful time. The home is fantastic and the innkeepers are great. We would highly recommend it and will definitely be back again.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Frank's Place - The Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Frank's Place was a great choice for our Point Reyes family getaway - cozy and well appointed with a distinctly "Homey" character. The open family room / dining room / kitchen layout is perfect for a family gathering or weekend reunion with friends, plenty of common space for games, talk, cooking/dining or just reading by the fire. Great kitchen, well stocked with the basics (tea, spices, oil, flour, &c) - just bring your entrees and sides (readily available nearby) and unleash your inner-chef! Location is excellent as a home-base for exploring Point Reyes and surrounding areas, a warm and comfy place to relax after a good day of hiking, biking or beach-combing. Check it out!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our stay was especially wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

This house was not only easy to live into but so beautifully equipped with everything we needed that we felt at home. For example our 5 year old granddaughter found what she called a party drawer which had sprinkles and marshmallows and cupcake papers and napkins with pink pigs on top of a birthday cake and some boxes of party candles. This drawer became a centre for each day's ritual celebration! The hot tub was so clean and inviting, the beds very comfortable, and the kitchen superb.

Many thanks from us all,

Jan, Phil, Joshua, Paul and Paloma

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great for our family

  • 5 of 5

Nice, quiet, beautiful spot and the house had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect house for our family

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Frank's Place twice and loved it both times. In a quiet neighborhood in Inverness, the house has a large living room with cathedral ceilings, a warm fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, and a clean and inviting hot tub area. The house has been in great condition and very welcoming on both our visits. While we love the whole place, my nine year old especially loved the exercise room, my 82 year old mother especially loved the views, the bird-feeder, the fireplace, and the peacefulness of the living room. I went on long walks in the neighborhood, which is beautiful. All of us appreciated the great books on the book shelves and the cool assortment of excellent music to play. The three main bedrooms are situated such that none are right next to each other, so everyone has privacy. We found it easy to communicate with the owners. Everything felt loved and cared for in this house, so we felt that way, too. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Inverness Sanctuary

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time at Frank's Place and it's our absolutely favorite place in Inverness. It's beautiful, comfortable and has everything your could possibly need. Thanks for providing such a fabulous home away from home.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from 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%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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