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Whitney House-Spectacular Location W/ Private Beach & Dock

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Enjoy a 120 degree view of Tomales Bay, Elephant Mountain, Mount Tam and your own two acre sunny meadow, all while relaxing in front of the fire in the Bernardi designed redwood and glass living room.(Each bedroom has a bay view as well.) Walk down the meadow to a magical stairway in the woods that leads to the shore and private dock. Feel free to bring your own watercraft to fully enjoy this remarkable location. Or just dive off the float for a refreshing swim. Chicken Ranch Beach is two minutes to the south and Shell beach five minutes to the north; and the beaches of Point Reyes as well as the lighthouse are just 15 minutes by car. The large brick patio offers the fullness of indoor outdoor living. Words cannot describe the beauty and serenity of dawn or dusk in this truly unique setting.

Keywords: waterfront, vacation, dock, near Point Reyes National Seashore ,quiet, views ,meadow, beach

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Dakota Whtney
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 7, 2017

About Dakota Whtney

Hello my name is Nick Whitney and I was raised in Berkeley, California. and grew up coming to our family home in Inverness on weekends and summers.

I learned to swim and sail on Tomales Bay with my two siblings Kathleen and Pete we are now the owners of this family gem and are caretaking it for the use of generations to come.

Dakota Whtney purchased this house in 1950

Why Dakota Whtney chose The Bay Area

Back in the 1930s my father, Jim Whitney, then a teenager, would walk from the village of Inverness the two and a half miles to Shell Beach climbing the hill just north of Chicken Ranch he would crest a hill above the bay and cross the most beautiful meadow. He told his young bride Deborah that if the land was ever sold he'd love to build a home and raise their family there. Fortunately, what had been McConnell's Dairy's pasture was soon subdivided and Jim and Deborah were able to fulfill their dreams. They raised three children there, Kathleen, Peter, and Nick. Deborah is now 97 and still spends time every summer at this wonderful retreat, as do Kathleen, Pete and Deborah's 10 grandchildren. Nick, his wife Elan, and their daughter Dakota manage the property.

What makes this house unique

This rustic family home is a great location for friends and families to just relax and enjoy the view or play a pick up game of whiffleball in the meadow. Our home appeals to every generation.

When you are staying at Whitney House it's easy to enjoy Tomales Bay and the numerous Pt. Reyes National Seahore activities because you are so close to the bay and beaches.

The large open living room and dining area make for memorable family dinners and then it's fun to curl up in front of the fire place and play a game or read. PLEASE NOTE: Gatherings of more than ten people are not permitted.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We only stayed one night but loved the feeling of a Berkeley-style selection of books, lovely light coming in the windows, rustic charm and home-iness. Hope to return sometime with our dog and children. Thanks for everything
Jan 2011
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Inverness House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 tub and shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen Beds (2)and Small twins (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Brick patio in front of the house with lovely views of Tomales bay, private dock, two acre meadow, ten minute walk to beautiful beaches, stairs to bay access and boat dock, basketball hoop on patio. Ten minute walk to a kayak rental site. Our house has great views of the water from every room. Please note: Our house is in a neighborhood where we cannot accommodate gatherings of more than ten guests.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Whitney House-Spectacular Location W/ Private Beach & Dock
average rating of 4.857143 based on 20 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The views are amazing, the house is cozy, the ping pong table is perfect for our boys (even though they woke up to play at 7:30), the quiet is addictive, all near some of the best hiking in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Loved every bit of our recent stay here. Will be back soon.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tranquil Beauty

  • 5 of 5

This was a phenomenal place to spend 4 days with a best friend, both of us whom are exhausted from our daily lives. The living room looks directly out over the Bay and has a beautiful fireplace. Both bedrooms also have a bay view and the queen sized beds were both very comfortable. The Weber gas grill outside also made for an incredible meal cooked on the brick patio just outside. A family of five deer ate leisurely on the lawn a couple of days. The stairways down to the private dock was also an amazing asset. Wi-Fi worked great, and we enjoyed movies on our laptops. And with Pt. Reyes Station and the National Seashore all a short drive in either direction, this is absolutely a re-do: worth every penny.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful space provided a lovely time with family, in a beloved family retreat...

  • 5 of 5

The Whitney House was the perfect spot for our family reunion vacation, we came from Seattle, Maine and Illinois, and met in this lovely place for 4 fantastic days. We had everything we needed! The fireplace was truly enjoyed, as it rained nearly everyday, and provided a wonderful cozy backdrop for snack type suppers of magnificent local cheese, wine and beers. We enjoyed local restaurants, great views of Tomales Bay ,and hikes nearby. The home felt immediately like home, and fit us perfectly, my brother, a retired librarian delighted in perusing the extensive collection of books. The internet service was great, the owner responsive to our special requests, delivering a package I sent ahead when we first arrived. If you are looking for something chic and 5 star this may not be the place for you, but if you are craving a warm, inviting, rustic space this should fit the bill perfectly! Can't say enough good things about it.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Such an amazing property!!

  • 5 of 5

This home was so much more than we expected and much more charming and amazing in person! The property and private dock is gorgeous, the house was so cozy, the fireplace was stocked and ready, and every bit of our girls weekend was perfect! We greatly appreciated all of it.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love. Love. Love Whitney House

  • 5 of 5

Whitney House is not a vacation rental but a loved family home and my family was lucky enough to spend a few days there. The photos don't really do it justice. The house is a lovely blend of traditional Inverness cottage and perfect location. Every room has a terrific view. The house was very clean, fresh smelling, and well maintained and stocked. The living room, dining area and kitchen are located in a separate wing from the bedrooms and bathroom which allows early risers/late to bed-ers to not disturb the others. The beds were very comfortable and had cozy comforters and plenty of extra pillows and blankets. Soft cotton sheets.

The kitchen is very well stocked with a wide range of nice quality cookware, utensils, appliances, serving ware, plates and glasses. Spices, oils, and cookbooks too! The dining area easily seats 6 - 8. The living room has comfortable places to sit, a good radio for listening to the World Series, and huge fireplace with firewood provided. I could happily spend many hours hanging out reading and watching the bay thru the windows. By the way, the massive picture windows were spotless!

Outdoors, the yard is HUGE and there is a nice variety of tables and chairs for hanging out and enjoying the views. There is a Weber kettle style bbq, ping pong table, and plenty of games to play. We loved the dock and even took a sailing trip on Tomales Bay with a local sailboat charter company. The sailboat picked us up at "our" dock. Super fun.

The house is located on a quiet street and is within walking distance to a couple of beaches and there is such a cozy beach next to the dock. Yes, we loved having our "own" dock and beach :) The Bay is warm this time of year and we went swimming everyday.

Many thanks to the owners for opening their home. We are already plotting our next trip to Whitney House.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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my idea of perfect

  • 5 of 5

I just stayed at the Whitney house with a couple of friends to celebrate our birthdays. It was perfect and I can't wait to return with my family. The house appealed to me on every level... the floor plan (all rooms open to the outside and you have to go outside to go from the living room to bedrooms), the scale of the windows, the view, the location, the handmade details, the sense of history, the shade of blue trim, the proximity to hikes, the proximity to saltwater oyster bar, the dock and all the steps and benches leading down to it, the fireplace, the yard/meadow, the books on the shelves. I can't wait to go back. I'm so glad I found this place!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

We are five minute drive to the Point Reyes National Seashore, a fantastic park to explore by hiking, biking or beach walks. You can walk to the Beaches of Tomales Bay an inlet of the Pacific Ocean from our back yard or sit on the patio and enjoy the amazing water view with your favorite book.


Rates & Availability

Inverness House Rental Rates

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High Summer
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $90 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

**Our house is in a neighborhood where we cannot accommodate gatherings of more than ten guests.

**The seventh night free (weekly rate of $2100) is not available for stays that include all or part of a holiday weekend.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Payment is by cash or check in advance unless other arrangements are made with owner.

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