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Bluff Views Right on Tomales Bay

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bath w/views of Tomales Bay, walk to Shell & Chicken Ranch beaches

Enter this contemporary 2-bedroom+studio, 2 bath retreat and the views through the ancient oaks will take your breath away. Sky-lights and an open-plan living room and kitchen welcome you to cozy yet flexible gatherings. The Bay-facing landing tempts you to venture outside with binoculars to spy hawks flying at eye-level through the trees. 1 queen bed in the master bedroom (private bath w/shower only), 2 twins in the guest room (second bath w/tub & shower), and 1 twin in the studio (with portable space heater). Parking for 3 cars off and on-street. Lovely enclosed private garden street-side. Wood-burning stove. Ping-pong in the garage plus stand-up paddle board. Wireless Internet, turntable and record collection, full Laundry Room, mostly carpeted, decorated with international-eclectic style combining antiques with modern accessories. Games and books, art supplies, binoculars, maps and recommendations, phone, variable ATT mobile phone access, no live TV/cable.

Anna Edmondson
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2018

About Anna Edmondson

Peter (energy engineer/sailor in training) had spent many childhood vacations in Inverness. Anna (editor, open water swimmer, yogi) discovered it as a college student at UC Berkeley in the 80's. The wild, romantic beauty of Pt. Reyes' moors and beaches captured our imaginations even before we met. One thing led to another and we were finally able to realize our dream of having a place of our own. Inverness is not for the faint of heart - it's unpredictable - at times foggy, cold and moody, other times sunny and exuberant. Here we find peace and inspiration. Even our young-adult boys look forward to unplugging and chilling out. We currently live in Oakland, California.

Anna Edmondson purchased this house in 2011

Why Anna Edmondson chose Inverness

Whenever we arrive at our place in Inverness from our busy lives in the city, we literally "drop in" to a more relaxed state of mind within minutes. Our house is modern and functional and makes us feel connected to the outside, no matter what room we're in. It lends itself to reading, writing, cooking, listening to music, or just zoning out. We walk 6 minutes and we're at Shell Beach which always makes me want to learn to paint with water colors. The restfulness and quality of light has a big effect on us. One of us is always reaching for the binoculars because the master bedroom and living room both have big expansive views across toward Tomales Bay and we're up high on the bluff so it is easy to see hawks at near-eye level swooping through the trees. I (Anna) love to swim in the open water and Tomales is one of the gentlest, friendliest places to swim around. And for all of the many times we've been here, we often go back to the Light House, or Keyhoe or McClure's Beach, places we always return to and discover something new. After a good nap, we'll improvise a light dinner and I have to say, there's nothing like chopping onions when you have a great view!

What makes this house unique

Multiple bay-windows with views from the living room/kitchen of Tomales Bay through the trunks of Live Oaks on the bluff. Place offers a combined feeling of beach house and tree-house. 8-minute walk from mysterious and beautiful, isolated Shell Beach, 8 minutes to popular Chicken Ranch (fun for kids and cocktails on the beach).

NEW ADDITION AS OF MAY 1ST: Fully electric hot water heater and Electric Car Charger if you drive an electric car.


Inverness House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No outside music/loud noise past 10:00pm. Park in designated areas.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Sunny, view-reflecting mirrors, blue and white, large mirror
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , White walls, wood cabinets, shaded front-facing window
  • Master bath has a shower, no tub. 2nd bathroom has a tub and shower. Each shower has body soap, shampoo, and conditioner..
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen bed with tempurpedic topper, 4 comfy pillows
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 2 regular twin beds with big window facing southwest
    Attached Unit - 1 twin/ single , Creamy-yellow tones, carpeted, 2 windows, space heater
  • Master bedroom has a Queen size Bed, 2nd bedroom as 2 Twin Single, 1 twin single bed in studio/office. The queen has a 3"-inch layer of memory foam which adds a gentle cushion atop a firm mattress. Italian cotton brocade duvet cover and high-thread-count cotton sheets make for a deliciously comfortable night's sleep. The two twins also have a layer of memory foam under the mattress pad as well as cotton sheets and down comforters plus other layers so if you sleep 'hot' or 'cold' you can adjust accordingly. Sleep is important!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • alternative lifestyle
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Outdoor tables and chairs located in front of house on gravel area facing sunny rock garden filled with grasses, native plants, Magnolia, Oak, and ferns. Another wooden table and chair set for 4-6 is located 'out back' on the Bay side of the house. We now have an electric car charger in the garage, if you drive an electric vehicle.


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Bluff Views Right on Tomales Bay
average rating of 4.877551 based on 49 reviews
Palo Alto, CA

Christmas in Inverness

  • 5 of 5

Each year we stay at Anna's house for Christmas, and each year we can't wait to return. The house is so well situated for hiking, shopping, and just gazing out the large windows at the water! the ping pong table in the garage is a huge hit with my sons (and me) and we all enjoy the music selection on the turntable. I messed up the key return this time, and Anna was so very gracious about it. she is truly a great hostess....

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The house is warmly inviting and has stunning views of Tomales Bay. Our family loved it!

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We will return!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful property; the online pictures do not do it justice. The views from all rooms are delightful, either of Tomales Bay, or into delightful wooded, or landscaped areas. A real treat! From the living room we saw many, many different kinds of birds and a family of deer. Be sure to notice the tree where the acorn woodpeckers have been busy storing their acorns; it was fascinating!

The house itself is extremely livable with lots of space. In our case we were 4 adults and a toddler. Our son needed to do some work while we were there and there were two excellent workspaces where he could hide from the toddler :) The kitchen is very well equipped and the cans and condiments that were available were much appreciated. We had a lovely fire one evening in the wood stove which we all enjoyed.

The location of the house is also terrific, within walking distance to a beautiful neighbourhood beach and very close to all the attractions, including Point Reyes Station.

Anna was easily accessible by phone and email and we appreciated the useful book of information that had been prepared about the house and the park itself.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We have been before and we will come again!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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What a wonderful home with view of Bay

  • 5 of 5

Staying at Anna's home was one of the highlights of our trip to Point Reyes! We (that's 4 adults and an almost 4 year old) loved the view of the Bay from almost the entire house, preparing food in the well equipped kitchen, dining at the spacious dining table, listening to the excellent music collection, and just relaxing in the comfortable living room while the fire was crackling in the heating stove. The house was very clean, communication with Anna effortless, and we appreciated the binder with tips what to do and maps of the area. It is the perfect place to unwind and also to explore the area - Point Reyes Station, the main Visitor Center, the Tule Elk Preserve, beautiful beaches, and Point Reyes lighthouse can all be reached within approx. 10-30 min of driving and you can even walk to the beautiful small Shell Beach. This is a wonderful home and we can definitely recommend staying there.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

lovely home. great views. lots of wildlife. what's not to like.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
61.1 Miles
Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.6 Miles
Nearest Ferry
28.2 Miles
Nearest Golf
22.1 Miles
Indian Valley
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Nearest Restaurant
1.6 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Shell Beach
Car: necessary

This lovely rental in the Seahaven district of Inverness is a 7-minute walk to the romantic, wild, yet sheltered Shell Beach, perfect for an afternoon picnic or early morning walk. Hop in your car and you are minutes away from all the beaches and sights of Pt. Reyes National Sea Shore. Kayaking, paddle-board, and sailboat rentals on Tomales Bay are 3 minutes away. An oyster fan? Head to Marshall and buy delicious oysters to eat there or bring home. For meat lovers, excellent choices at Marin Sun Farms in Pt. Reyes Station. Our favorite short hike is the Firetrail from Old Inverness - like walking through a Chinese watercolor of windswept pines and craggy stone walls up to Mt. Vision Road and views of the Pacific Ocean.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Additional Guest Fee $50
Damage Deposit $100

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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