About the property
- Chalet900 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
5 acre wooded retreat with stunning Tomales Bay Views
NEW VACATION RENTAL! Private 5 acre forested, hillside retreat overlooking Tomales Bay and the hills of West Marin, just a few minute walk to historic Inverness town through a private trail. Great for larger family event or very special stay for a couple or group of friends. The “Oaktopia Refuge” is nestled amidst the oaks of the Inverness Ridge and is surrounded by parkland of the Pt Reyes National Seashore.
A chalet and 2nd cottage have an Old Inverness Charm and a warmth that will either compel you to spend your time relaxing on site, or serve as a welcome refuge after a day of hiking; swimming; boating; biking; bird-, seal-, whale-, and elk-watching; oystering; or simply sightseeing. Oaktopia Refuge is located 5 minutes from historic Pt Reyes Station, with its bookstores, local artisans, and restaurants; is just minutes to the hidden and not-so-hidden beaches of Tomales Bay; and is perfectly located for easy access to all the jaw-dropping hiking trails and Pacific Ocean beaches of Pt Reyes National Seashore.
The 2 story chalet has a front entrance that overlooks a deck, a lily pond, and the Inverness Ridge. The backside of the chalet has sliding paned wooden doors that open to a hot tub and classic views of Tomales Bay. The ground floor also has a full kitchen, dining area, propane-powered hearth, pullout couch and a piano. The upstairs is a slanted-roof, open-loft area with 2 full beds, and can also house a child’s bed (sleeps 5-6 comfortably).
The cottage, available for only an extra $125/night, has a rustic, tasteful wooden interior, wood-burning and electric furnaces, a full kitchen, a main room with queen bed and dining area, a bedroom with a double futon on a frame, and a deck with a gorgeous view of the bay (sleeps 3-4 comfortably). There also is a separate wooden shingled studio that can be used for a yoga or meditation space, as a game room, or as an art studio, or a fun sleeping cabin for kids in the summer. While Oaktopia Refuge is perfect for couples and friends, it is also child and family-friendly, with a swing-set, a swinging hammock as well as a large stone patio for basketball or badminton.
Only 1 hour from Golden Gate and Richmond Bridges. We invite you to come stay in this unique and special retreat – for just a weekend to re-charge , or for a full week or 2 to really get to know the extraordinary natural wonder and cultural treasure that is Pt Reyes National Seashore. If you have a smaller group, please inquire.
Keywords: Cottage, hot tub, Point Reyes, Cabin, views, Tomales Bay, vacation rental
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
About Dean Schillinger
We are a family of 5 (the 5th was on the way when this photo in Patagonia was taken!) who love to travel to the world's most beautiful places. Living in San Francisco, we have spent many, many glorious days and nights in the Point Reyes area. It is a magical part of the world. We have always dreamed of having a place all our own there, a place close by where we can relax, hike, kayak, bike, see wildlife, read, cook well, eat well and enjoy friends and family. We found a very special retreat...a place our twin boys named 'Oaktopia Refuge' --a play on Utopia (that's what they feel about the place) and Oak trees (lots of Oaks up there). If you like living the good life in a rustic setting, this place is for you. Because there are two dwellings on the site, it is large enough to host an extended family or group of friends, or small enough for a weekend get-away for a couple or a small family with kids.
Dean Schillinger purchased this Chalet in 2009
Why Dean Schillinger chose Inverness
Oaktopia Refuge is perfectly located -- only 1 hour or so from San Francisco or Berkeley. You can walk down a trail and get to the town of Inverness, and check out its galleries and library, or drive right over to Pt Reyes Station and buy phenomenal organic produce and local cheeses, or hear music at the Dance Hall. Or you can bike a few minutes to Shell Beach or Heart's Desire Beach on the bayside, or drive a few minutes north to Abbott's Lagoon hike or McLure's Beach on the Pacific Ocean side, or head west to the Lighthouse and Drakes' Bay. Finally, why not plop your kayak or canoe into the water and transport yourself that way?
What makes this Chalet unique
We find that we are able to escape the stresses of modern life in a remarkably rapid timeframe and get into a different zone with each other. Our biggest problem is deciding whether to stay in and enjoy the comfort of the chalet and cottage, or venture out for a hike, a swim, or an art showing. We also find that the retreat, if you also rent the guest cottage, is large enough to have 2 families up, without getting in each others' way, or small enough for parties of 2-4.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Lovely retreat in fantastic Point Reyes
Oaktopia Refuge is a beautiful little slice of the world. Perfectly situated between quaint towns and stunning nature, you can't really ask for more. Everything is as "advertised" and Dean is the perfect host: always available, but never seen. The hot tub has gorgeous views turning the property into a soaktopia. The frogs in the ponds next to the house turn it into a croaktopia. The complete darkness at night (the cloaktopia) make for marvelous star viewing. Anyway, you get the point. We loved this place!
As you can tell, we only host guests that have a gift for language. And we hope that the costs are reasonable, given the value people get, so that it’s not seen as a Broke-topia. Dean
Beautiful setting, perfect space for a retreat
Lovely property - though very close to Inverness it is secluded and private. Both homes are quite charming (great rugs and decor), a few quirks, but all were expected and the owners were very helpful and readily available for any questions. Trickiest part was setting up hot tub, lots of instructions to follow for properly mixing chemicals, but easy enough and we’ll worth it! Property exceeded expectations. It was a magical space for a mini-retreat weekend. I would highly recommend this space for friends or family gatherings. Thank you, Dean!
Charming cottage in a beautiful setting
Our family of nine enjoyed our stay in this charming, rustic cottage in Inverness. The setting is beautiful, on a wooded hill with a view out over Tomales Bay. The main cottage was comfortably-furnished, with lots of room for us to spread out, and a wonderful collection of games to play in the evenings. Some of our group slept in the smaller cottage, a few steps from the chalet. The kitchen is small, but we cooked simple meals on the little gas range and had fun sharing the dish-washing duties. The property is convenient to all the beaches and hikes in the area, and a short drive to the stores and restaurants in Pt Reyes Station. We had a lovely time and especially enjoyed cozy evenings in the comfortable living room, warmed by the gas-fired cast-iron stove. The owner was very helpful and accommodating.
You guys were wonderful Guests! So glad you got to enjoy this weekend Unique slice of heaven...
A Wonderful Location and Home- But With Mixed Review
Dean and Ariella's home is beautiful and quiet. Lots of light, warm hardwood floors, a gorgeous view of Tomales Bay, and a lovely hot tub (although figuring out chlorine and PH levels was a little challenging for the novice). Ariella was very responsive and helpful. The one drawback was the upstairs bed. It was comfortable, but I forgot how narrow a double (as opposed to a queen size) is, and my wife and I both bumped are head several times on the sloping ceiling on both sides of the bed. Perhaps it's not a challenge for the better coordinated. If you go, seriously consider dinner at the nearby Saltwater Oyster Depot....it was amazing!
Lovely serene secluded spot and perfect base for a Pt. Reyes getaway.
We thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing weekend in "Oaktopia" - surrounded by nature, with inspiring art and stunning views.
peaceful, great views, also very kid friendly with swing set and basketball. Awesome hot tub!
We loved our stay at oaktopia and in Inverness. The cozy and treetop-feeling home was great for hanging out and playing games in and also a perfect launchpad for hiking, swimming, and other adventures. We loved swimming at Shell beach and running around at McClure's beach by tómales point, where we hiked and ran on the trail to see the elk. Had a great night eating dinner at the house and another with delicious pizza in PT Reyes station. The views from the house are beautiful and the hot tub is an amazing way to start and end the day. We had family in the cottage too and it was a perfect layout for our two families to be together but with a little space (we have kids and they don't!). Dean was very communicative and helpful from booking through our stay and everything clear and easy. The open floor plan is beautiful though be prepared with a toddler to make things work with noise etc for sleeping and also for stair climbing. Our kids loved the swings, finding banana slugs, and all the great board games. Definitely recommend!
Price is for Chalet only. Additional fees apply for the guest cottage, 75 feet away
Rates & Availability
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Price is fro Chalet only. To add guest cottage, cost is $125 a night plus 10% tax plus 75$ cleaning fee.