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Robert Galliani

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Very Unique Private Home-Close to Beaches-Golf-San Francisco

40 Reviews
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Overview

The Bay Area House Rental Photos and Description

6 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths, Sleeps 12

Please know that a maximum of 12 people are allowed in the home at anytime during your visit (no big parties or weddings).

“A Treetop Fantasy” Time Magazine

“Blackthorne floats among the treetops like a great ship” AAA's VIA magazine

Would you like your vacation or corporate retreat to be in a one-of-a-kind, totally unique home resembling a giant elegant tree house that Sunset magazine called “A carpenter’s fantasy”?

[Please Note: I just bought the beautiful 1-bedroom cabin next door. For guests that want to have 7 bedrooms and 7 baths, you can simply add $235 a night (plus tax and cleaning) to your bill and rent that cabin as well. Two pictures of the cabin are included on this page, or go to Home Away 3831658 or VRBO 3831658ha to see many pictures.]

The Blackthorne (formerly the Blackthorne Inn) is a 6 bedroom 5.5 bath totally private 3200 square foot home resembling a giant, elegant tree house with 3500 square feet of decking adjacent to a national park (The Point Reyes National Seashore) yet centrally located only 1.4 miles from the town of Point Reyes with its fine dining and shops, 2.5 miles from the village of Inverness, minutes from world class ocean beaches and Tomales Bay State Park swimming beaches, less than a mile from the Park’s headquarters with endless hiking trails and less than one hour from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and the Napa/Sonoma wine country.

“The Blackthorne, about an hour north of San Francisco, looks as if it were built by mad King Ludwig working in wood.” The Dallas Morning News

General Description: This 4-story home sits on a private 3 acres that feels like a thousand acres as you are surrounded by national park in total privacy. The Blackthorne rises to the level of the treetops with the help of a 4-story handmade cedar spiral staircase. The atrium built with floor-to-ceiling glass doors from San Francisco’s former train station connects to the living room with it’s 20 foot ceiling, 6 skylights, castle-like turrets, and walk-in stone fireplace.

First, Second and Third Floors: The first floor has two large bedrooms, one with it's own additional sitting room, each with private entrances and decks. There is one full bath on this floor. The second floor has the living room, large dining area, kitchen, atrium, half bath and massive decking and separate laundry room with 1 washer and 2 dryers. The third floor has two very unique gabled bedrooms complete with skylights and stained glass, each with its own private bathroom and deck.

4th Floor and separate 1-bedroom suite: The octagonal shaped bedroom on the 4th floor has floor to ceiling glass on 7 of its 8 sides and treetop panoramic views on all sides. This room connects to a one-of-a-kind footbridge that leads to a private deck with bathroom and hot tub and both indoor and outdoor showers. In addition there is a separate one-bedroom suite next to the 5-car parking area with queen bed, small living room, private bath and Satellite TV included with your rental.

“This is an architectural achievement. The operative word here is ‘elegant,’ for while whimsical in design, offers every imaginable comfort and feature”

Diane Siskin, Chattanooga New-Free Press

For your enjoyment The home comes with 4 televisions with 170 channels, DSL high speed wireless internet, 150 first run high definition movies (DVD's), over 100 CD's for music as well as 4 ipod players, five telephones with unlimited local and long distance calling (in the U.S.),a gas Bar BQ Grill, a sparkling hot tub and baby grand piano. In addition, guests are provided with 4 tennis racquets, tennis balls and a key to a private tennis court 3 minutes away for unlimited tennis.

If you want a one-of-a-kind experience that you, your family and friends will remember, talk about and return to, visit this unique place and see why the New York Times reader’s poll gave The Blackthorne its 5 star highest rating.

Although children love the Blackthorne, the home may not be suitable for young children as there are many stairs and balconies.

“Which brings us to treehouses. At their simplest they are for kids, at their most complex, for Tarzan and Jane. Or they were until The Blackthorne.”

Robert Ragaini, The Boston Sunday Globe

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Robert Galliani (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Robert Galliani

My name is Robert Galliani. I am a 3rd generation San Franciscan. My wife of 23 years and I have three children ages 20, 22 and 24. We happily and very fortunately live in a beautiful place called Marin County California where our lives are intertwined and revolve around our children. We bought The Blackthorne and continually improve it. We invite people to rent it nightly and weekly to experience this unique, one-of-a-kind, hand made home, which we will keep in our family for generations.

Robert Galliani purchased this house in 2010

Why Robert Galliani chose The Bay Area

In 1975 a friend of mine who was a Princeton educated engineer and his wife bought a spectacular acre of land next to the Point Reyes National Seashore halfway between the village of Inverness CA and the town of Point Reyes CA. (1 hour from San Francisco). With the help of master craftsmen, he built a spectacular 4-story wood crafted 'castle' resembling a giant tree house that his wife named 'Blackthorne' after the main character in James Clavell's novel SHOGUN. From 1982 to October 2010 they ran it as a very successful and famous B&B. We bought it because the location is heaven on earth. The house is placed adjacent to a a national park surrounded and minutes from some of the best beaches in the world as well as the quaint town of Point Reyes with its fine restaurants and shops and the village of Inverness. 100,000 acres of national park covered with hiking trails is at our doorstep while Tomales Bay is 8 houses down the street and the city of San Francisco is a one hour drive away.

Reviews

5
based on 40 traveler reviews

Very Unique Private Home-Close to Beaches-Golf-San Francisco
average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews
5

Absolutely Recommended

  • 5 of 5

Blackthorne is everything it is advertised to be. The quality of hospitality expressed through the tasteful and thoughtful comforts provided throughout the house make this wonder-full place unforgettable. Surrounded by trees and the sounds of nature this is a peaceful and healing oasis. Our family and friends, who mostly came from out-of-state, still rave about our get-together. My husband's sister who is elderly enjoyed her lower level suite as she did not have to climb as many stairs. She described it as 'the best room in the house'. Each guest felt that way about their accommodations. Conclusion: Absolutely Recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

This house and outdoor area is great. Very unique house and setting in Point Reyes area.

  • 5 of 5

All of our group loved the outdoor decks which are all over the house. You are surrounded by beautiful forest and plenty of private areas.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Great place for a girlfriend getaway or quiet get-together!

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect place for our short get-together (3 nights) of 6 long-time friends. The home was clean and beautifully furnished and decorated. The 6 bedrooms and baths gave each of us ample space and the common areas were comfortable and functional. The top floor bedroom (Eagles Nest) was particularly special and felt like living in a treehouse. Only two concerns of note: 1) the location of the main floor 1/2 bath should be indicated in an obvious place from inside the house or in the home's guide (we found it on our last day there), and 2) the dishwasher should be repaired or replaced soon. We all had a great time and would definitely consider staying there again if Pt. Reyes is chosen as a destination.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing place we are coming back!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Wow what a treat the place was amazing. There were 10 of us for my dad's 75th birthday and we had three generations that were totally impressed. Every bedroom has a bathroom and private little area outside. The kids thought they were in a magical fairyland and and the adults enjoyed reading by the fire and grilling steaks. Can't wait to go back!!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Magnificent views, beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

Everything I've read in the reviews before making my decision to stay here was on point and more! The beds were so comfortable...Space was incredible... My 50th birthday could not have been celebrated at a more perfect place! Thank you for making the Blackehorne so welcoming! I will be sure to come back!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An amazing hideaway destination

  • 5 of 5

The Blackthorn is truly a beautiful home and a tranquil hideaway destination.

We all loved and enjoyed this place. Each of the room has its very own distinct character.. Especially the octagonal room on the top floor, with six sides completely wrapped around by windows. My daughter, the birthday girl, felt as if she was in a tree top house nestled in the forest. One of the days, she chose to stay in the room whole day, experienced the light changed from dawn to dusk which provided different feel of the room at different time of the day. It was truly an amazing experience, a specially memorable day for her.

The owner, Robert, is very responsive and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
San Francisco International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Town of Point Reyes
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
3 courses(San Geronimo, Indian Valley, Bodega Bay)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Town of Point Reyes
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Many National Park Beaches

Located Less Than One Hour North of San Francisco.

One hour from the Napa Valley wine country.

1.4 miles to town of Point Reyes.

2.5 miles to village of Inverness.

10-18 minutes from many National Park Ocean beaches.

Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, tennis, beaches.

Golf: San Geronimo golf course, Indian Valley golf course, Bodega Bay golf course.

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Rates & Availability

Point Reyes Station House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer 2016
May 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
$645
$4,380
$15,000
 
 
Oct-April
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
$545
$3,700
$12,000
 
 
Summer 2017
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$645
$4,380
$15,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$545
 

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

The Bay Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , indoor and outdoor shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , i
  • 5.5 baths
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
  • 6 bedrooms. 4 with private bath. A total of 5 queen and 2 single beds.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Wood Deck
  • 20 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Wifi high speed internet. 5 telephones with unlimited calling (in the U.S.). 4 TV's with 170 channels (Direct TV). 135 High Definition first run movies. 2 i-pod players. Laundry room with washer and two dryers. Stone fireplace with unlimited firewood. All guests are given a key to a private tennis court 3 minutes from the home. Tennis Racquets and tennis balls provided.

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