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Historic 1917 redwood cabin with hot tub, garden, and sunny deck.

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Inverness Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Comfort and rustic romance close to Point Reyes National Park and beaches.

2 bedroom, 1 bathroom classic 1917 redwood cabin restored and furnished in keeping with its unique character. Master bedroom has canopied queen bed, 2nd bedroom has either 2 twin beds or one can be converted to a trundle king. The cabin sleeps 4. Open fireplace with original hob and all original windows with antique glass. Quiet corner lot with a filtered view of Inverness Ridge and Second Valley. Protected from the summer northwesterly winds. Open fireplace and wood supplied, and forced-air heat thoughout the house installed in 2013.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Mark Darley
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 6, 2016
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About Mark Darley

We have lived in Marin County for 30 years and had been looking for a weekend property in Inverness for 7 years when we found this classic cabin known locally as 'Wee Housie'. I am an architectural photographer, and my wife an arts educator, so we very carefully maintained the original character of the cabin when we restored it. We have been sailing and hiking in and around Inverness and have come to love it. Inverness is on the shore of Tomales Bay, one of the most protected and pristine bays on the entire west coast of California. It reminds me, a transplanted Brit, of the best of the coastal landscape I grew up with, and my wife and children, Bay Area natives are deeply attached to it as well.

Mark Darley purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Mark Darley chose The Bay Area

This was a rare opportunity to purchase a uniquely charming original cabin in Inverness with a sunny garden. When we discovered it, we were struck by the fact that in 7 years of searching we had not seen any other small house in Inverness that was as original as this one, and with such a lovely garden on the mesa above Tomales Bay, just a short walk to the waters edge and village center. It is a very peaceful, romantic and rustic retreat to unplug from modern life.

What makes this cottage unique

This cabin is uniquely 'old Inverness', an authentic but comfortable and charming California cabin, built inside and out of old growth redwood. Imagine settling into the sofa in front of an open fire in the evening in a room that is exactly as it was in 1917. Settle into a slower and simpler life, surrounded by nature.


based on 13 traveler reviews

Historic 1917 redwood cabin with hot tub, garden, and sunny deck.
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews
Oakland, CA

Very nice!

  • 4 of 5

Wee Housie is a very nice, sweet, rustic cottage tucked right in the middle of Inverness. We spent a wonderful weekend there and Mark was fantastic in his prompt and thorough communications with us. He welcomed our two dogs, which made the stay a real treat. Look forward to being back...

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the good review. Come and visit again. Mark
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Perfect spot

  • 5 of 5

Loved this cute little cabin nestled in the woods. Perfect location for my family. Enjoyed great hiking, a day at the beach and local Inverness restaurants.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Megan, delighted that your family and Wee Housie were such a good match. Look forward to having you back and joining the clan of Wee Housie regulars. Best, Mark
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Perfect spot

  • 5 of 5

Loved this cute little cabin nestled in the woods. Perfect location for my family. Enjoyed great hiking, a day at the beach and local Inverness restaurants.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed yourselves. Mark
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Corte Madera, CA

Charming & Whimsical & Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

There was simply no better place to spend the July 4th weekend than Wee Housie. The minute we walked in we felt completely welcome and at home, taking our time to wander around every corner of the house exploring the beautiful vignettes created by the owners. Every detail was simply delightful, and very thoughtful.

Each day when we were out and about we found reasons to return to the house early. Using the sleeping porch as our personal reading room, we spent several afternoons with the windows flung open, feet dangling out, reading books. And sitting on the porch rocking chairs, wine in hand, watching the fog descend down the hill is something we could get very used to.

We can't recommend Wee Housie enough. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sounds like Wee Housie and Inverness worked its very special magic for you! By all means come back again, and be part of the growing "Wee Housie regulars" club.
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Los Angeles, CA

Charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

Wee Housie, as the owners call her, is the perfect name for this cottage. It is a very sweet little house tucked behind a gate and surrounded by trees and wild gardens. Inside it is just as it is shown in the pictures, only even more charming. It is quiet, clean and the bed is very comfortable. The second bedroom is like a sun porch or small library that has doors for some privacy. There is a built-in daybed on either side of the room to accommodate additional guests. We used our bottled water for drinking as the water from the faucet didn't taste great. The cottage is in a fantastic location. It is walking distance to a market and 2 restaurants (we had breakfast at the Blackbird which was delightful). It is a very short drive to the town of Point Reyes Station (where there is a bookstore, restaurants and much more) and the Bear Valley Visitors Center (the starting point for some great hikes). Thank you Mark for your hospitality. My husband and I truly enjoyed our stay. I'd love to return with my two teenage boys some day soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your great review. It sounds like you and your family made great use of Wee Housie and Point Reyes. We have addressed the water issue by changing the filter which was the problem. Actually the Inverness water straight from the tap is some of the purest spring water in the country. No filtering really necessary!
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Los Angeles

Utterly lovely

  • 5 of 5

Utterly lovely; no bad bedspreads or unnecessary plug-in devices and plenty of British charm. The bed was excellent as well. Do walk down to Saltwater Restaurant for lunch or dinner. You will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you enjoyed the cabin, and Inverness. Mark
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Barpub
4.4 Miles
Western Saloon (visited by Prince Charles!)
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
CA Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
Saltwater Restaurant
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Chicken Ranch Beach
Car: recommended

Gently restored historic 1917 redwood cabin with a garden, sunny deck and paved terrace in the small village of Inverness on the edge of the Point Reyes National Seashore. 5 minute walk to the village center, and Tomales Bay State Park. Numerous spectacular beaches both on Tomales Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Great hiking, biking, kayaking, surfing, sailing, birding etc. 10 minute drive to the town of Point Reyes Station, the epicenter of exceptional California organic food, wine, cheese and restaurants; Cow Girl Creamery, Hog Island Oysters, Marin Sun Farms, Osteria Stellina etc. Live music at the Dance Palace. Within an hour and a half drive of San Francisco and the Wine Country.


Rates & Availability

Inverness Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

The base rate is for 2 people. Each additional person is $25 per night per person with a max of 4 people total.
3 night minimum at holiday weekends.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Inverness Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Claw footed tub/shower. Unlimited on-demand hot water however we are experiencing a severe drought!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen , Extremely comfortable.
    Built in sleeping porch - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , The two singles can be converted into a king in advance.
  • The master bedroom is extremely comfortable with a canopy queen bed. The sleeping porch bedroom can be converted from two built-in singles to a pull out king. Very comfortable either way, but the king uses almost all the space and involves moving the desk out. Prior notice needed.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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