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Jeff and Barbie Fairchild

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english

Tree Top Glass Home in the Heart of the National Seashore

Bedrooms 1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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House, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Hi House is a unique elevated studio style glass home located ridgetop amidst Bishop Pines overlooking Tomales Bay State Park and the Point Reyes National Seashore. Situated on five acres and completely surrounded by State Park and National Seashore, this tree top home is the perfect getaway for two. Just relax in comfort neslted in the swaying trees, or venture and explore the historic lighthouse, ocean & bay beaches, or hiking trails and numerous other activities located just minutes away. Your access to this unique home is by a spiral staircase at the back of the house. Due to the unique nature and features of Hi House, children are not permitted.

Located on Pierce Point peninsula at the entrance to Tomales Bay State Park, The Trees By Tomales Bay consists of two private vacation homes situated on 5 acres. The property features spectacular views of Tomales Bay and Abbotts Lagoon, and is surrounded on all sides by State Park and National Seashore.

Enjoy the solitude and peacefullness of our unique setting amidst bishop pines, oaks and beautiful vistas, or venture to the beaches and trails of Tomales Bay State Park (5 minutes) or the many vistas, trails, historic sites and beaches of the Point Reyes National Seashore (5-15 minutes).

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE comprises over 100 square miles, including 32,000 acres of coastal wilderness area. Estuaries, windswept beaches, coastal scrub grasslands, salt and freshwater marshes, and coniferous forests create a haven of 80 miles of unspoiled and undeveloped coastline. Abundant recreational opportunities include 147 miles of hiking trails, backcountry campgrounds, and numerous beaches, including over 10 continuous miles of unspoiled beach. Kayaking, biking, hiking, beachcombing, surf fishing, seasonal whale and elephant seal watching, bird watching and wildlife viewing are just a few of the activities awaiting your visit. Additionally, you can explore geology, Coast Miwok Indian culture or Lighthouse history by visiting the many historic sites within the park. Located just an hour’s drive from the San Francisco Bay Area, the Seashore is a great escape from a busy city life.

TOMALES BAY STATE PARK is comprised of a 2,000-acre day-use park which features four gently sloping, surf-free beaches, protected from winds by Inverness Ridge, the backbone of the Point Reyes Peninsula, as well as forests, fields, hills, meadows and marshes - each with its own plant life, including varieties of trees, shrubs and wildflowers. One of the finest remaining virgin groves of Bishop pine in California is in the park's Jepson Memorial Grove. Wildlife in the area includes foxes, raccoons, badgers, weasels, chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, deer, bobcats, skunks, wood rats, field mice, moles and other animals. There are also land and sea birds, including the spotted owl, quail, goldfinches, puffins, great blue heron, pelicans, ruddy ducks, woodpeckers, meadowlarks - and more. The park has hiking trails connecting all its bay beaches, and is a popular place for picnicking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, bird watching, clamming and boating.

Keywords: Elevated Tree Top Glass House

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  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jeff and Barbie Fairchild (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Jeff and Barbie Fairchild

Jeff & Barbie Fairchild

Retired restauranteurs, we now enjoy our grandchildren, sailing, boating, travelling and enjoying all the wonders of our current home here in the heart of Point Reyes National Seashore.

Jeff and Barbie Fairchild purchased this studio in 1954

Why Jeff and Barbie Fairchild chose The Bay Area

This property was purchased as a vacation home by my grandparents. They added a second home, Hi House, in 1960. My siblings and I purchased the property from the family(s) in 1974. We rented occasionally to friends, and in 2004 my wife and I began to offer the homes as vacation rentals.

What makes this studio unique

Peace, solitude, nature. Surrounded by Tomales Bay State Park and the Point Reyes National Seashore. Property is isolated, yet only minutes from the seashore, bay, hiking, biking, birding, whale watching and dining.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing this lovely home. We thought the view inside was as beautiful as the view outside! We stayed here two nights while on our honeymoon. We listened to Sinatra & Dean Martin while sipping champagne. I cooked for Eric the first time as his wife here at Hi House. We will be back!
Sep 2005
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Tree Top Glass Home in the Heart of the National Seashore
average rating of 4.939394 based on 41 reviews

Hi House Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Just a month shy of our 46th anniversary, my husband and I spent only two nights in the Tree Tops - but we will remember it always. The house itself is an extraordinary experience - watching the full moon rise among the Bishop Pines, waking up in the early morning mist, sitting on the deck in the cool breeze enjoying the views of the water and the serenity of the location. The decor is wonderfully colorful, comfortable, and makes several clever nods to the house's origins. There is easy access to beaches and hiking - we drove to the trail head for the Tomales Point Trail and had a wonderful 9.5 round trip hike before coming back to cook a lovely supper of fresh, locally caught halibut in the wee but fully equipped kitchen. One might be tempted to stay put for a day - reading and sipping wine on the deck at Hi House could be the best option yet! The house has been beautifully updated - with a great kitchen (see above) and the kind of bathroom you'd want to have in your own home. The owners are on the property, but unobtrusive. We met Jeff as we were (regretfully) leaving and were so happy we did - he told us the story of the houses on the property and invited us to explore Helen's House (the other rental). We can wholeheartedly recommend the Glass House for couples and Helen's House for families for a special time in the Point Reyes area.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic house with views and everything you need for a getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We booked a reservation for July 4 weekend and fell completely in love with everything about the house. It's perfect for two, cleverly designed and Jeff and Barbie have thought of everything. The kitchen is small but completely equipped with refrigerator, dishwasher, full set of pots & pans, microwave, coffee maker, toaster. No internet (not a bad thing when you're trying to get away), but there's satellite TV and a very comfortable bed.

But the best thing is the view. Windows all the way around with views into the treetops. There's also a deck that wraps around the house where you can have coffee in the morning or wine in the evenings while you're grilling.

We definitely found our getaway spot and can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic place!

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic property! Wonderful setting in the woods, definitely the most unique home we have ever stayed in! Immaculately maintained. Our only regret is that we were only there 2 nights! Would have loved to be there for a week. It is a bit of a drive from grocery stores or restaurants, so bring groceries with you. Believe me, once you are there, you won't want to leave!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, unique little house in the trees!

  • 5 of 5

The home proved to be a perfect location both to enjoy in its own right and as a base for exploring the Pt. Reyes peninsula. The furnishings and other appointments are great for allowing a couple to relax both indoors and on the wrap-around deck.

We visit Pt. Reyes frequently and will definitely be returning.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing weekend at Hi House

  • 5 of 5

Had a great long weekend in Point Reyes at Hi house. Amazing location, secluded but close to town and many great hikes and beaches. Perfect house for a couple, loved having breakfast on the patio and reading in the comfortable chairs. Barbecued dinner one night on the deck and had a great meal at Osteria Stellina in Point Reyes Station another (15min drive away). The nearby service road leaves the house a little more exposed than we would have liked, but there wasn't too much traffic.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Danville, CA, USA

Lovely romantic getaway

  • 5 of 5

We just stayed at the Hi House for our anniversary, and enjoyed a lovely 2 days in a romantic setting. The house is in the woods, but with views of both Tomales Bay and the Pacific. Very private, but with Jeff and Barbie right down the hill. A magical weekend.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Nearest Point of Interest
TBSP Heart's Desire Beach Entrance
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Heart's Desire Beach
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Drake's Beach
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Historic Point Reyes Lighthouse
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Chimney Rock
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Blue Water's Kayak Rentals
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Thepmonggon Thai Restaurant
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Olema Restaurants - 15 minutes
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Point Reyes - Restaurants, Shopping
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Point Reyes National Seashore Headquarters
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Historic Pierce Point Ranch
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McClure's Beach
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Kehoe's Beach
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Abbott's Lagoon Trailhead
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North Beach
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South Beach
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Elephant Seal Viewing
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Tule Elk Preserve - Tomales Point Trail


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Processing $20
Tax Rate 10.0%

Check-in time: 3:00 PM Check-out time: 11:00 AM

Holidays $225/night / 3 night min / Plus 10% tax

Maximum 2 Adult Guests, no children.

Cancellations must be 14 days in advance of stay for full refund,less processing fees.

For any cancellation within 14 days of stay we will refund any portion we are able to rebook, less processing fees.

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Inverness Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Studio home, bedroom is in living space.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Decks on East and West side(watch sunrises and sunsets), and as we are located in the heart of the National Seashore and State Park and it's abundance of wildlife, we do not allow any pets.

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