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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
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

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 Inverness

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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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.


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Whitney House-Spectacular Location W/ Private Beach & Dock
average rating of 4.909091 based on 28 reviews

Gorgeous home in a perfect location. Right on tomales bay with sweeping views of the water

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay and the house could not have been more charming. It has that old Marin feel which took us back in time and made the vacation that much more special. The house is steps away from two different beaches and we'll located for hiking in the Park and dining in town. There is also a private dock which would be perfect for sunning and swimming in the summer time. Can't wait to come back and enjoy the Whitney house in the near future.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for choosing our house and appreciating our family home.
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Our family loved this Home, beautiful views, quiet, warm environment, very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Our family decided to go “off the grid” for Christmas after a very rough year. I looked for a home rental on the coast and found the Whitney house. I had never rented a vacation home before but I am so glad I rented this one. Felt welcomed and so comfortable, just what this family needed. Lovely views, great fireplace and a great place to relax. We will definitely come back!!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for choosing our family home; we are so very glad that you had a lovely holiday and hope that 2018 brings you all good things. The Whitney Family
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Mellow, rustic and lovely

  • 5 of 5

One of the best locations in West Marin. This lovely house is situated right on Tomales Bay and the views are amazing. The house is super warm and cozy with an amazing dock and long rolling meadow. It is also located just five minutes away from the Point Reyes National Seashore with access to the ocean, beaches and tons of hiking trails.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Menlo Park, CA

A special property

  • 5 of 5

This property is very special--a beautiful piece of land overlooking Tomales Bay. The house is more of a cabin and has an unusual floor plan; I felt like I had gone back in time to another era--in a very good way. The host was very easy to deal with in the booking process and we had no issues while we were there so I can't comment on responsiveness in that arena. We hope to go back again soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful family retreat overlooking Tomales Bay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Whitney House. The location is ideal, the view is outstanding, the home is beautiful, the yard in enormous and the kitchen is well equipped. We highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad that you enjoyed our home. Thanks so much for letting us know.
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Silver Lake CA

Beautiful and serene

  • 5 of 5

We loved it!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $90 + Tax
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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