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The Cliff House - Expansive Bay Views from an Open & Inviting House

25 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights


Inverness House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 bedrooms + Den, 2.5 Baths (Sleeps 7-9)

The Cliff House is situated on a hill above Tomales Bay. It is an open split level home with exposed beams and a huge great-room. The beautiful master bedroom has a *new* king size bed and attached full bath. It looks out through sliding glass doors over a large redwood deck with views of the bay. Downstairs there are two additional rooms and a full bath. Room #1 has two twin beds and garden views of the property and a view of the bay. Room #2 has a queen size bed and a twin bed and has a view of the bay. All rooms are appointed with comfortable bedding and have closets for storage. There is an additional optional den on the main floor that sleeps 2 (additional fee).

A fully equipped kitchen is located on the upper floor with a stove/oven, microwave, refrigerator/freezer along with cookware and place settings for your gourmet meal. Adjacent to the kitchen is large dining table that can seat 10 and is parallel to the great-room's wall of windows! This is a perfect setting to enjoy a meal with a view, have a glass of wine, play a board game, and have many memorable conversations and moments. The great-room is a large common area on the upper level with a focus towards the wall of windows. There is a custom crescent shaped seating area that can accommodate 6 people around a round table and brick fireplace. Additionally there is a full sized couch and two large padded over-sized chairs perfect for reading a book or watching the birds swoop by in front of the windows. There is an HD flat screen TV and DVD player in the great-room and another flat screen TV and DVD player in the master bedroom. There are two large speakers in the main part of the house that connect to a stereo; perfect for background music. The large redwood deck is off the master bedroom and also accessible down from the great-room via a sliding glass door and set of stairs. There is a large outside landing with a table perfect to enjoy a morning cup of coffee. The main deck has an additional table, chairs, and lounge seats along with a charcoal BBQ. This private house sits on One acre in a wooded and park like setting. There is ample parking under a 3 car covered car port.

The Cliff House is walking distance to two beaches and is the perfect place to entertain, vacation, retreat, relax, rejuvenate, escape, or simply center yourself.

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  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Marilyn Mazer
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2016
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based on 25 traveler reviews

The Cliff House - Expansive Bay Views from an Open & Inviting House
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Open plan house nice for gatherings

  • 5 of 5

This nice, big house is just right to get together with family and friends. We enjoyed the views of the bay and closeness to the Shell Beach, which is small, but good for children due to the calm water.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thank you for Once Again Making Your Home Available for Our Annual Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Dear Marilyn:

Thank you for once again making your home available to our family to come together and enjoy being together in the welcoming space of your home in Inverness. As you know, we live only an hour away, but your home brings our family together from their disparate lives to enjoy reconnecting as family.

At Cliff House we always find a perfect balance of (1) welcoming "cosiness" enabling us to be together to cook, play cards, watch DVDs, and plan the next day's family hike in the midst of surrounding nature, and (2) "spaciousness" allowing everyone her, or his or their individual space.

As always, Cliff House was perfectly appointed. Thank you for your very timely replies to my several questions.

Thank you again to your family for sharing your lovely home with our family.

Without reservation, we recommend a stay at Cliff House for everyone who would enjoy family time in a beautiful environment--inside and out.

Jan and family

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We Always enjoy hearing how much you and your family enjoy and appreciate our "special" house. Best, Marilyn, Mark and Family
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Great property

  • 5 of 5

Property is nice and clean. It has beautiful views and well stocked kitchen. The owner is very considerate. We were locked out of a room and she called back promptly to share the location of spare keys.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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You are among the treetops, overlooking Tomales Bay and Elephant Mountain.

  • 5 of 5

The home reflects comfort and a relaxed hospitality. Needs are anticipated, beds are comfy, everything is well appointed and clean, the kitchen is well suited to preparing meals, the long table encourages conversation. Located a few minutes beyond the main village of Inverness, and an easy drive to Pt. Reyes Station with its small town feel, access is easy for day trips out to the tip of Pt. Reyes or to Drake’s Beach and the lighthouse. Stop by Park Headquarters at Olema to learn where the best trails are, or elephant seals, etc. and the lay of the land. It is wise to check open hours for restaurants, cafes and shops before visiting. Or just curl up with a good book.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very clean, well equiped and maintained property.

  • 5 of 5

The house is well equiped, was very clean, and everything worked. The owner is very accommodating. The location couldn't be better with great views of Tomales Bay. There is plenty of parking with covered parking for three cars and a large drivway that can accommodate several more. We have stayed here many times and will so again.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this beautiful home with our children, aged eleven to thirteen, and it was absolutely perfect! It is a beautiful home, with beautiful views, in the perfect location for exploring Point Reyes.

The house itself is so charming and full of character. There are windows and wood everywhere and the fire place makes it feel so cozy. My children wanted to move in and never leave. The master bedroom is at one end of the house with the additional two bedrooms on the lowest level with their own bathroom. Every room is large and accommodating; we did not feel cramped at all. The home can comfortably accommodate a larger party than our five. The kitchen is fully stocked with all of the cookware and dishes you need. The outdoor deck is so inviting and the view of the bay could entice you to spend your entire vacation entranced on one of the lounge chairs. The bed in the master was quite comfortable. The additional recreation room with a ping pong table was great entertainment for the kids (and us) as well.

The location couldn't have been better. It was not far from Point Reyes Station with its grocery store, shops and restaurants and there is even a nice small market in Inverness that also serves food if you wanted to pick up something more quickly. As far as exploring Point Reyes, the house is centrally located to drive to every part of the peninsula. Point Reyes feels like another world. There are rolling hills of grass, forested mountains, historic cattle ranches, elk, beaches, sea lions... I could go on and on. With the location of the house we were able to break up our excursions and come back to the house easily to change clothes, grab a meal, or take a short rest without going completely out of our way.

My husband and I have stayed at our fair share of rental homes and this one, by far, felt the most like a home. Our vacation at this beautiful home will be remembered by our entire family forever and we definitely want to return.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
56 Miles
San Francisco International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.3 Miles
Vladimir's Czech Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
28 Miles
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
San Geronimo Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
27 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
1.3 Miles
Salt Water
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Shell Beach
Car: necessary

Our house is located 1.3 miles from Inverness and the property is minutes away from Point Reyes National Seashore. Within the park there are many beautiful hiking trails, great wildlife sitings including whale watching, fabulous beaches, and a bay for swimming, kayaking, and sailing. The visitors center is informative and there is a Miwok Indian village just outside the center. Our children loved to play among the dwellings there when they were youngsters. The wild flowers in the spring are wonderful!!! If you don't want to drive you can simply walk to a couple of local beachs on Tomales Bay: Chicken Ranch and Shell Beach. Both are great for a picnic, a stroll, a swim or kayaking. After the exercise you will be hungry and there are two local cheese makers in the area; The Cowgirl Creamery in Pt. Reyes Station and Nicasio Cheese Factory (organic). There is a great farmers market on Saturday mornings in Point Reyes Station in summer and the Bovine Bakery there has the best bear claws ever!!! For pizza there is no better place than Cafe Reyes in Pt. Reyes and for brunch the classic Pine Cone diner harkens back to a time past full of cheeseburgers and thick milkshakes.


Rates & Availability

Inverness House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $150
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 10.0%

Weekends\Holidays $350 per night (2 night minimum)
Weekdays $300 per night (2 night minimum)
Optional Den with 2 twin beds @ $75/nt (additional fee)
10% Lodging Tax
$150 Cleaning Fee
$250 Refundable Security Deposit
Additional 2.5% service fee for credit cards; no service fee for e-checks

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master Batch
    Downstairs bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Half bathroom - toilet
  • 2.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Den - 2 twin/ single , Optional for an additional fee
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , New California king size bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Comfortable California king bed in the master bedroom with attached bath and expansive views of Tomales bay. Optional den with (2) twin beds. The second queen bed is downstairs in a room that shares a twin bed. This room also has excellent bay views and shares a full bath. Two warm twin beds in a downstairs room with garden views of the property from one window and views of beautiful Tomales bay from the other. Both of these rooms share a full bath with a bay view too!
  • Air Hockey
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
New luxurious carpet throughout, new California king bed in Master bedroom, new dishwasher.

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