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Vacation Home Overlooking Heart's Desire Beach at Tomales Bay

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

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

More Details

Owner
Barbie & Jeff Fairchild
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

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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Amenities

Inverness House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full Bath has a Jacuzzi tub.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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

Reviews

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Vacation Home Overlooking Heart's Desire Beach at Tomales Bay
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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
  • Source: HomeAway
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Urbandale, IA
5

The Perfect Point Reyes Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I absolutely loved our stay at Hellen's house! The location was perfect and allowed us to easily explore the Point Reyes National Seashore, as well as Muir Woods, the Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate bridge and San Francisco. Speaking of San Francisco, we both would HIGHLY recommend the sailing tour that Barbie and Jeff offer. You get such a unique view of the San Francisco Bay area and Barbie and Jeff are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. It was a great experience to learn more about the area and to get such unique views. As far as the cabin itself, it also has spectacular views overlooking Tomales Bay, and it was refreshing to wake up each morning and take in the views, especially as the humming birds dart around the beautiful trees and flowers. The cabin is well maintained and had everything we needed to feel at home. If we are ever in the area again we will definitely stay here again, it was a great experience for us.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Belmont, CA
5

A slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from celebrating my sister's 50th birthday in this beautiful slice of heaven. We were so sad to leave, and I'm already trying to figure out when I can return. We loved sitting outside every morning drinking our coffee and looking out at Tomales Bay--watching the hummingbirds and chipmunks and admiring the incredible landscape. We enjoyed a fabulous dinner in town at Osteria Stellina, and also really enjoyed cooking dinner at the house (the only thing that was lacking was a decent set of knives, particularly a bread knife, and some cooking basics like salt, pepper & oil). We had an incredible hike at Tomales Point, loved exploring the cute town of Point Reyes Station, and also just loved reading and playing games at the house. It's definitely good to allow for a lot of down time at the house, since it's just such an idyllic & unique setting. Also, the beds were so comfortable & all of the bedding & towels were so high quality (rare for a rental, but much appreciated). Next time we will definitely have to stay for a longer visit. Thank you so much for sharing this little slice of heaven with us!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Incredible. Perfect. Very special.

  • 5 of 5

Helen's House is perfect. We'd move in if we could. Best place we've ever stayed.

Gorgeous outside space, fire pit, grill. Insane views. Furniture is perfect - very spacious, very comfortable, beautifully curated. Open fire makes the evenings dreamy - wine, books, chatting. Kitchen has everything you need. Wifi is fast and streams netflix etc easily. The owners are so helpful - they're there if needed but you don't see them if you don't need them. 100% returning. It's the best place I've ever stayed. Highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful, Cozy, Serene - We're coming back again and again

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 3 nights at Helen's House in April 2017 and LOVED it. We were 3 generations: my wife, 3-year old daughter and mother-in-law and we had a ball. Our daughter cried when it was time to leave. We felt so fortunate to be on such a special piece of land in such a cozy and loving home. Jeff welcomed us with family stories and an introduction to the home. There were fresh cut wild flowers in every room of this modest and lived in home. We have spent much time in Inverness and have rented other homes here, which lead us to appreciate how special Helen's House is. It is in an incredible - and unique - location, overlooking Tomales Bay and tucked into the Bishop Pine woods which are adjacent to the National Park lands - so one feels the peace of the open forest all around. We had planned to eat out at all of the wonderful restaurants in town, yet didn't want to leave our cozy nest. We had big fires at night, watched the sun rise in the morning (from bed, couch or breakfast table!) and took strolls around the outside gardens. There are so many places to explore nearby - we went to Limantour Beach (where we saw a mama and baby whale), Heart's Desire beach (2 minutes drive from the house - where we launched our kayak and our 3-year old played on the beach) and saw the great Spring burst of wildflowers on a walk at Chimney Rock. We would recommend this location with a reminder that it is in the woods, which is a great gift and allows one to be close to the natural beauty of this unique region, which has somehow kept it's low-key, natural charm. We look forward to visiting again and again.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A little piece of heaven...

  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th visit. The house and grounds are so relaxing. It's a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle. Love this place!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

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.

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Rates & Availability

Inverness House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
$195
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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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