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Tranquility on the Bay in Marin - Renovated Waterfront Home

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Marshall House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths (Sleeps 4-6)

Relax in a spacious, recently renovated 3-bedroom 2-bath private home perched over pristine Tomales Bay with glistening clean water, fantastic panoramic views of beaches and hills across the mile-wide bay in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Sit on the steamer chairs on the deck. listen to the lapping of the water against the seawall underneath the home, hear the laughter of the loons, see seals, otters and birds, and smell fresh air off the Pacific Ocean among wonderful unspoiled nature, yet only an hour from San Francisco. Feel the warm sun reflecting off the bay. The large deck is perfect for yoga or dining al fresco. The home has a southwest exposure and Marshall is sunnier than Point Reyes National Seashore. Don't forget to wear sunblock. There is a container in the master bathroom. If you are lucky, you will see an incredible sunset.

Once you pass through the front gate and past the gardens to the front porch, the first thing you see upon entering the home from the foyer is the beautiful bay through the French Doors of the Great Room. The home has been furnished primarily in a Danish mid-centurty modern style, featuring a teak dining table with a unique chandelier made from a sculptured light fixture from Tivoli in Copenhagen. There is tasteful original artwork throughout the home, and a large leather sofa and two chairs surround a teak coffee table in front of a gas fireplace. Most of the lighting is on dimmers, and the windows are double-pane for your comfort. The kitchen is fully equipped with almost every condiment you could every want. There is a blender, coffee bean grinder, coffee maker, toaster, oyster knives, dishes, glasses of all types, cups, bowls (including large wooden salad bowl) and more. Stainless steel appliances include a large refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, disposer, and full-sized electric range-oven.

The master bedroom is very large and includes a California King bed suitable for a small family, a Le Corbusier lounge chair, a glass and steel desk with Henry Miller Aeron chair, another smaller desk, painting easel, a fireplace, and a swivel wall-mounted flat-screen TV that can be view from anywhere in the bedroom. A set of French doors lead to the deck and offer views of the moonlit bay at night. Off the bedroom is a walk-in closet and an en suite bathroom with shower-tub and two basins. There is a heater and fan, an exhaust fan and window. Shampoo, peppermint body soap, and conditioner are available, as are body lotions.

The other two bedrooms share a bathroom with tub-shower. One bedroom has a Queen bed with a European foam mattress that is very comfortable. The other bedroom is small, about 7.5'X11' and has a pull-out double sofa bed that is suitable for two children, two smaller adults or one average sized adult. There is also a futon in the media room that is not so comfortable.

The media room has a 12-foot high ceiling and can be accessed from the master bedroom, from French doors to the front porch, or from a sliding glass door that leads to the hot tub. The TV is a large Samsung flat screen with 1080HD and 240 MHz, offering an excellent picture. There is a Sony sound system with woofer to compliment the TV or for playing music CDs or video games. A blu-ray player can show HD and regular DVDs. There is a children's pool table and various games. We also have broadband Internet with Wi-Fi.

The Hot Springs (best quality) spa is located on the leeward side of the home and has a view past potted flowers to the dock and bay beyond. The spa is designed for two or three persons. Great for watching shooting stars at night and hearing distant ocean roar.

Guests have use of a tandem sit-on-top kayak or an aluminum rowboat. You can launch them from the dock. Clamming can be done on the beaches across the bay at low tide. Look for air holes or spritzes of water shooting up from the beach. You can also fish from the dock without a license. You might catch a halibut, perch, bass, herring, or sardine. You can also get crab from the dock with the net and some bait. I am growing oysters and mussels from the dock but you need to get yours from Hog Island Oyster Company, less than a half mile north. There is a gas bar-b-q and a Weber charcoal bar-b-q if you like your oysters cooked.

Our water source is a well shared by 18 other households. We are state certified water system and the water is tested bi-weekly and we have no bacteria whatsoever. It is perfectly good to drink. Although it appears we have a good supply, please conserve.

This is a magical place and staying here is a mesmerizing experience, inspiring the name of the home: Tranquility on the Bay. You might not want to leave.

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2016
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About Fred

I am in my 60s and enjoy a daily yoga practice, kayaking, hiking up the hills, nature photography, writing, playing saxophone and listening to live music. I bought the home after my SF employer offered me the option to become a telecommuter and I have never regretted it. Now I watch the cormorants and blue herons do their morning commute. Instead of hearing the morning news, I listen to the chatter of the swallows. I particularly enjoy the people and food of west Marin. Picking berries and mushrooms, enjoying kale and other veggies from our community garden, indulging in locally grown oysters and clams, eating at local restaurants, savoring locally caught salmon, Dungeness crab, and Halibut, eating Marsha Barinaga's sheep cheese or Water Buffalo ice cream or Point Reyes Blue Cheese with Bovine Bakery organic bread and a bottle of Pt Reyes Pinot Noir is my idea of thinking globally but acting locally. Concerning the people who live here, we love us. Don't be afraid to talk to us. We love to share our bliss. Do you speak Marshall?

Fred purchased this house in 2010

Why Fred chose The Bay Area

I bought this home because it has a unique setting perched over a clean bay teeming with wildlife and with views of beautiful unspoiled hills and beaches. It is a spacious, comfortable and renovated home with new dual-pane windows, light birch floors, and sunny southwestern exposure.

What makes this house unique

I enjoy hot tubbing, kayaking, bird-watching, photography, hiking, biking, hearing local musicians, eating the freshest sweetest oysters, clam chowder, and crab. I also enjoy wonderful food at Nick's Cove (3 miles north), Locals' Night at Tony's Seafood (one mile south), and in Point Reyes Station: Station House Cafe, Osteria Stellina, Reyes Cafe, Saltwater (Inverness), and Sir and Star (Olema). Nearby entertainment is at the Dance Palace and Old Western Saloon, among others.


based on 28 traveler reviews

Tranquility on the Bay in Marin - Renovated Waterfront Home
average rating of 4.857143 based on 28 reviews

Abolutely Perfect and Peaceful in Every Way.

  • 5 of 5

We were able to experience and enjoy this beautiful property only for a brief stay after a busy week in San Francisco on business. The home is wonderfully appointed, perfect kitchen for foodies like us who love to cook and the most stunning of views along the bay. The outside deck was our favorite place for morning breakfast to early evening wine and nice conversation. We used the hot tub once after long days in the city and it was very relaxing and worked quite well. The location of the home is private, yet so close to perfect little restaurants and outings. Not to miss: Hogs Island Oyster Company, Cow Girl Creamery and the lovely, lovely scenery. You must also find a perfect spot to enjoy the beautiful sunsets. We will return to this wonderful and special place in the future. Also note that the host communicated well and left simple instructions for keys and usage of items at the house. Especially loved the fireplace that looked into living room and bedroom, as the nights were chilly and the toasty fire made it perfect with a nice glass of red.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Beautiful spot and fishing right off the dock!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time! Hot tub in back was amazing! Very clean and very well equipped inside. Incredible views and right on the water! Fred was very helpful with information about the area as well. I would highly recommend this rental! You will not be disappointed! Looking forward to going back!!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Lovely, Peaceful and Inviting

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed a relaxing retreat at Tranquility on the Bay.

We wanted to plan a last minute get-a-way from the hectic Bay Area life that we live. We have always loved the Tomales Bay and surrounding areas and have longed to stay on the water in Marshall.

Fred was nice to work with. Very flexible and quick to respond. The reservation process was without hassle.

The home was easy to find and no problem to access.

When we entered we immediately felt at peace. The bay house was spacious, nicely appointed, well equipped, clean, comfortable and in great shape. My husband wanted to watch the Warriors games and that was easy to do using the big screen Dish TV in the media room. I had to work a bit and found the wireless to be fast and the work desk and chair with a view of the bay... delightful. It was a bit of a rainy weekend but that did not stop us from enjoying the comfortable hot tub each day and taking walks at Point Reyes, Bolinas, Stinson Beach and around the Bay. We loved eating at Stellina, Station House Cafe, Sir and Star and enjoying BQ oysters , clam chowder and pie at Tony's. After our daily was great to come back to the lovely garden (fragrant and in bloom) and the sounds of the lapping bay waters. Watching the tides became the main event. We cooked in the well stocked kitchen (with a great selection of spices) using local ingredients from stores in Inverness and the community gardens in Point Reyes Station. We ate by candlelight (I found it fun to light the MANY candles that Karin has placed around the living area).

The area is so tranquil (not crowded, rushed or commercialized). It was so great to see Point Reyes after the recent rains (wild flowers in bloom, abundance of wildlife, and everything green, clean and lush). The weekend was mellow and moved along at our desired pace.

Just loved our time there and we will be back (next time on a sunny weekend when we can sit on the deck, watch a sunset, and use the Kayak and row boat). I highly recommend the Tranquility on the Bay in Marin!!

Thank you Fred and Karin :-)

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Owner's Response: Thanks Angela, you and your husband were great guests and I', glad you had a great time. Fred
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  • 5 of 5

The name "Tranquility on the Bay" says it all. This is truly one of the most tranquil, yet full of life places we've been to. The home is simply, yet beautifully decorated with all the amenities you could wish for. Exploring the surrounding areas kept us busy and the nearby restaurants were fun. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mothers Escape

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Tranquility on the Bay. The expansive view of the bay was amazing - especially breathtaking in the early morning and at sunset. The home was very clean and well stocked - we were huge fans of the bathrobes and slippers provided. We also took advantage of the kayak (although a little daunting) and close proximity to the Marshall Store. Highly recommend and would definitely come back.

As a group of mothers with young children, it was a perfect respite away from the kids.

For those sensitive to light, there are no window coverings so impossible to block out sun/night time light, motion-sensor light was going on and off all night. Will bring an eye pillow next time.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review and I'm glad you had a wonderful time. Concerning the motion-sensor light, we just replaced it and have changed the direction of the sensor so it does not go off as frequently, and we have installed window coverings on that bedroom. The other two bedrooms are not affected by motion sensor lights.
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Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

This property and Tomales Bay were a surprising find. Even though we have been in the Bay Area for 30yrs and have spent time in Stinson, Pt Reyes, etc. we had never visited Tomales Bay. Its hard to put into words how unbelievable it was.

The back of the house is literally out over the water, with a nice deck and pier attached. We used their kayak to paddle across to secluded beaches. Walked north for 5 minutes and had a snack at the Hog Island Oyster, Co. Fished off the pier at the back of the house with poles and squid provided by the owners - and caught a few smallies.

We were slow to leave at checkout time because we were trying to squeeze a couple extra minutes out of the experience. Sorry Fred. Next time we will do some better planning.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed Tranquility on the Bay. You are welcome to return in the future.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
San Francisco or Oakland
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nick's Cove (one of best bar-restaurants SF Bay)
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Golden Gate at Larkspur Landing
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
San Geronimo, Bodega Bay, Petaluma or Novato
Nearest Train
45 Miles
San Francisco or Oakland
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
US 101 freeway - Redwood Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Marshall Store, Hog Island Oyster, Tony's Seafood
Nearest Ski
180 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Marshall Beach (a 15 minute paddle across bay)
Car: necessary

West Marin is close to civilization but a world apart once you pass over the verdant hills and descend toward the Pacific, traveling through stately redwood groves, past lakes and along streams to a more peaceful, friendly way of life. A dominant part of this land is the Point Reyes National Seashore that offers hundreds of miles of hiking trails, horse trails, a Miwok Indian village, and miles of undeveloped sandy beaches.

In the fall and spring there is whale watching from the Point Reyes Lighthouse. Take the Tomales Point trail past a huge heard of Tule Elk.

A variety of birds come at different seasons. Keep your eyes open for Osprey, Red-tail hawk, Pelicans, Falcons, Blue herons, Snowy Egrets, Buffleheads, Commorants, and many others. Elephant seals, sea lions, and harbor seals are abundant.

Enjoy eating fresh oysters, clams, King Salmon, Halibut, and Dungeness crab from local waters. There are two major oyster farms and picnic areas within walking distance.

For wine-tasting the Point Reyes winery is six miles south and features very good estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, among others. Sonoma wineries are 30-45 minutes, Napa wineries are 1 hour east.

West Marin is foodies' paradise with great restaurants, an organic farmers' market on Saturdays, wonderful local cheeses (there is something special in the air). A visit to Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station offers a tour of the cheese-making process. There are food and farm tours. The Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes Station produces a variety of mead beverages made in the Champenoise method (not sweet and bubbly like Champagne) and the various honeys impart a taste of whatever the bees ate, such as radish.

Nightlife is abundant due to local talented musicians. Live music can be heard on the weekends at the Old Western Saloon (one of the great dive bars dating back to 1800s), Station House Cafe, Dance Palace, Rancho Nicasio, and Smiley's in Bolinas. On Friday's Tony's Seafood has Locals' Night and features live music, $1 oysters, and other specials. On Tuesday Nick's Cove has live music and features a great prix fixe.

In the mid to late afternoon I like the sunlight that bounces off the bay. There are many artists in the area attracted by the light and landscape. One of the better art galleries is Route One Gallery in Point Reyes Station operated by a collective of local artists. In addition to various art galleries in the area, Open Studios are usually Memorial Day, Labor Day weekends, and early December. You can also visit art galleries and antique shops in nearby Petaluma.

West Marin is made up a many interesting people. We have well-known authors and poets, famous musicians, celebrity chefs, an Oscar-winning actress, entrepreneurs, a scientist who chairs the National Academy of Science, corporate executives, professors, and progressive farmers. Most everyone is friendly and grateful that we live in such a beautiful area. Links that hold us together include our wonderful local radio station, KWMR (91.1FM or and the Pulitzer Prize winning Point Reyes Light, our weekly newspaper.

If this isn't enough for you, San Francisco culture and night life is one hour away, or check out the various music venues in nearby Petaluma such as McNear's, Lagunitas Brew Pub, and others.


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Marshall House Rental Rates

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Nov 23 2016 - Nov 24 2016
2 night minimum stay
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Dec 23 2016 - Dec 25 2016
3 night minimum stay
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Dec 30 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $90 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

$50 holiday surcharge

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Marshall House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master bedroom has toilet, two basins, and tub-shower; second bathroom has toilet, one basin, and tub-shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) California King in master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) Luxurious European mattress, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Third bedroom is small and has pull-out sofa bed for two children or small adults or one average sized adult;
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 bicycles
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • 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
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Amenities include a large fishing dock and crane to launch two-person kayak or row boat that you are welcome to use at your own risk

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