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Vacation Home Overlooking Heart's Desire Beach at Tomales Bay

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

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights


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House, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

Located on five acres of magnificent bishop pines and oaks, Helen's House has panoramic views of Tomales Bay's Hearts Desire Beach and Tomales Bay State Park, and is completely surrounded by the State Park and Point Reyes National Seashore.

Helen's House is a cabin style home which has a large living room with a stone fireplace, dining area and king bedroom, all with picture windows which have scenic vistas of Tomales Bay. The property also has an outdoor campfire area as well as a picnic area with wood slab tables and gas barbecue which also overlooks Tomales Bay and the State Park lands.

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: Vacation Home

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Barbie & Jeff Fairchild
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About Barbie & Jeff Fairchild

Barbie & Jeff Fairchild

Barbie & Jeff Fairchild purchased this house in 1954

Why Barbie & Jeff Fairchild chose The Bay Area

This property was purchased by my grandparents and is now owned by our family. We grew up here enjoying the beaches, trails, nature and beauty, and hope to share it with our guests.

What makes this house unique

Helen's House is a beautiful rustic retreat that offers a getaway from the hectic daily grind and allows one to get back in sync with the peacefulness of nature. We are away from it all, and in the middle of it all being surrounded by the Point Reyes National Seashore and Tomales Bay State Park.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Helen's House. It is so peaceful and beautiful here. We wish we could take it with us. Thank you for providing us some time away to celebrate our 5th year anniversary and renew our vows and commitment to each other. We will always remember our special time here and hope to come back again soon.
Sep 2005
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Vacation Home Overlooking Heart's Desire Beach at Tomales Bay
average rating of 4.84 based on 32 reviews

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Helen's House and can't wait to return. The house is charming and the setting overlooking Tomales Bay is beautiful. Close to Heart's Desire Beach and one of my favorite hikes, Abbott's Lagoon trail. Very spacious home beautifully furnished and comfortable. Enjoyed the outside patio, tree swing, and hummingbirds.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2007
  • Stayed: Jun 2007
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Beautiful and secluded

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful place. A bit rustic but that is part of its charm.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Silver Spring

Charming house in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Helen's House is a hidden jewel nestled in the rustic beauty of Point Reyes. Upon entering the house we were captivated by the breath taking view of Tomales Bay. The house is cozy, comfortable and extremely welcoming. The furnishings and art work are inviting and relaxing and the house is well stocked and immaculately clean. The surrounding property grounds are really lovely, full of trees, other foliage and lots of wonderful flowering plants with birds and other small creatures flitting and scurrying around creating a tranquil and peaceful sanctuary. Dotted throughout the grounds are beautiful and fascinating metal sculptures and other art work. Helen's House served as a great base to further explore Pt Reyes National Seashore as well as enjoy jaunts over to Pt. Reyes Station for lunch and shopping. When we returned from our outings we were always happy to be coming "home" to Helen's House. Point Reyes is definitely one of our favorite get away spots, made all the more special this trip by our stay at Helen's House. We hope to return again to this enchanting oasis.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our visit to Northern California and Hellen's House was a major contributing factor in that enjoyment. It was perfectly located, had breath taking views and was an attractive and cozy place to stay.

The cabin is efficient and user friendly for travelers who intend to prepare meals and do laundry and generaly set up housekeeping while on vacation.

Our only regret is that we did not have more time to spend on that leg of our trip.

My family and I believe that it is likely that at some point we will return to this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Lexington, MA

Comfortable cottage with rustic feel in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 3 stayed here in mid March and very much enjoyed our stay. The house was as described. It had an old-fashioned, rustic feel but with all the comforts of home; a good heating system, plenty of water pressure, and a well-equipped kitchen (although some of the cookware was a bit beat up). It was rainy for part of our stay, and the living room was a great place to curl up and read. There was a big washer and dryer which we appreciated (although we had to supply our own detergent). The house was very clean and well-maintained. The best part was the beautiful location; very private, in a wooded setting with a spectacular view from the dining room. It's off the beaten track, but very close to Hearts Desire beach. We arrived late at night and had to follow the owner's instructions very carefully to find it! We went on some memorable hikes, poked around Inverness, and enjoyed our time in the cottage. We would definitely recommend it to friends. All in all, a very special place.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Princeton, MA

Birds, beaches, bobcats, and so much more

  • 5 of 5

We spent ten wonderful days here in late June/early July. It is not warm and sunny every day at that time of year, but no one seemed to mind. The location is fabulous, with 100+ miles of easily accessible trails in the adjacent state park and national seashore, and the house is spacious, has a fully stocked kitchen, fantastic views, and hosts nearby who immediately respond if you have a problem or even a question. We did our best to conserve water and you should as well (with or without a drought), but it never took away from our enjoyment during our stay. I recommend this property fully, although I do this somewhat hesitantly as I don't want it to become so popular that it becomes hard to book what I hope to be many visits in the future :)

Birding - excellent (including right on the property)

Hiking - excellent

Dining - excellent (grocery store, bakery, and restaurants within 15 minute drive)

Cons - none that I can think of

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Point Reyes National Seashore / Tomales Bay state Park

Point Reyes Historic Lighthouse / Kayaking on Tomales Bay

Several wonderful restaurants within 15 minutes in Inverness, Point Reyes Station and Olema.


Rates & Availability

Inverness House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

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

Rates are for two / Additional guests are $20/person/night (5 people max)

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 re-book, less processing fees.

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Inverness House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full Bath has a Jacuzzi tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Picnic Area, Outdoor Fire Pit, Non Smoking, and as we are located in the heart of the National Seashore and State Park with it's abundance of wildlife, we do not allow any pets

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