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Secret Garden Cottage - Hidden Jewel of Coastal Marin

Bedrooms 1
Space 675 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 bath, (Sleeps 1-2), Tomales Bay view

Pass through the Inverness Secret Garden Cottage gate into an enchanting world of sensuous delight. The mountain trails, wilderness, and ocean beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore are only minutes away. The Secret Garden Cottage is a unique bed and breakfast retreat, where cares fall away and dreaming is encouraged.

The one-bedroom, one-bath, bay view, craftsman-style cottage is nestled in its own private garden amidst six acres of forest. Curl up in front of the Vermont Castings fireplace for a romantic evening, or slip outside for a hot soak in the claw-foot tub set in the garden bath house. Seclusion and solitude are yours to enjoy.

Keywords: B&B Cottage/Vacation rental, bay view

More Details

Phil Jonik
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Feb. 1-5

We came hoping to slow down time. be enfolded by time. We began

with nothing on the calendar. And then embraced being, well, indolent. Just

being and following whims.

That involved sleeping, reading, watching rain pour down the windows,

walking in the gardens here, til we were filled with scents and winter


And then there were walks along the Point

Along rugged shorelines

Enfolded by gentle waves

And the unleashed power of the surf

Where wind, waves

and bending sunlight

worked their magic

on our active minds

Nature giving her instructions

Opening mind and heart

Thoughts unburdened

Shared in companionable silence

Understood without words.

A superlative time facilitated by the Secret Cottage, replete with every

imaginable provision and personal touch. We were smitten! Stayed an extra

day. Will be back to revisit.=
Jan 2017
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Inverness Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
Floor Area:
  • 675 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bath tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Queen-size Bed, Inside bathroom w/shower/tub; 7 Skylights, Full-size Oven, Cooking Utensils, Dishes, Silverware, and All Linens provided, Outside Bath House with Victorian Claw-foot Tub, Private Driveway, Parking and Entrance, Large Redwood Deck and Outdoor Furniture; self-serve continental breakfast included; No Smoking and No Pets please.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Secret Garden Cottage - Hidden Jewel of Coastal Marin
average rating of 5.0 based on 47 reviews
Santa Rosa, CA

superb vacation rental experience

  • 5 of 5

This was one of our best experiences utilizing VRBO. Phil and Patsy were great hosts, providing important information about our stay, and allowing us to enjoy the serenity of this special vacation home. The cottage was spotless, we appreciated the hardwood floors, and the abundance of light from the windows. The gardens were spectacular, the view of Tomales Bay was a treat, and listening to the fountain at night was a nice touch to enhance the ambience.

Thank you for sharing the Secret Garden Cottage!

Bob and Christine

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truely IS a hidden jewel

  • 5 of 5

The Secret Garden Cottage was wonderful, clean and quant. The place was emaculate. The gardens beautiful. The hosts very helpful. They thought of everything! There is hiking right there from the property, great restaurants close by and a nice view of the bay. We loved the location and very much enjoyed our stay. We hope to make it back again someday. Robert and Jennifer

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice guest review! We appreciate the care you took with the cottage; you also took good advantage of the "spring-like" weather in Pt. Reyes on this holiday weekend; remember, return guests always receive a 10% discount.... anytime. This offer never expires and can be used multiple times. Sincerely, Phil & Patsy
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Beautiful and tranquil

  • 5 of 5

This rental exceeded our expectations! It is comfortable, quiet, and the views from the soaking tub and hike to the beach are not to be missed.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review! We appreciate the care you take with the cottage. Phil & Patsy
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Wonderful Getaway for Two

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent 2 nights at this cottage. We have stayed in several rental properties in this area, and this is one of the best. It is exactly as advertised. Very clean and comfortable. The setting is beautiful and the gardens are a special treat. The owners have thought of everything and have provided good instructions as to how to use all the features of the cottage. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your excellent review. You were able to take advantage of the unusual mild and dry December weather. Please remember that return guests always receive a 10% discount at any time. Phil and Patsy, owners
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Minneapolis, MN

Garden Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Immaculately kept cottage with exquisite gardens. If you love gardens and hiking, it would be hard to beat this place. Phil is a most knowledgeable and gracious host. We appreciated his excellent advice on hiking and running trails. Don't pass up a soak in the the outdoor tub. Next time we'll stay for a week.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review you have submitted! We are glad you included our cottage and Inverness in your Calif. vacation. Phil and Patsy, owners
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Paradise Found

  • 5 of 5

We loved this cottage. It was clearly built and designed with lots of love. It is immaculate and comfortable and cozy and well located. The gardens are magnificent and tended with lots of care. We don't usually hang out in a dwelling, but this place was so wonderful, we hardly wanted to leave. It was a perfect match for the scenery and hiking at Pt Reyes.

Phil was a great and caring concierge and host, and he provided great suggestions for hikes and food spots.

We'll return, for sure!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very thoughtful and complimentary review. We appreciate your suggestions and enjoyed hearing about all the things you did in a short punt of time. We look forward to your return visit. Cheers! Phil and Patsy
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
SFO San Francisco
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Larkspur Ferry to SF
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Shell Beach & Hearts Desire Beach, TBSP
Car: necessary

Hiking in Point Reyes National Seashore, Tomales Bay State Park, and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Wildlife Viewing along Pacific Ocean and Drakes Bay Beaches (gray whale migration, elephant seal colony, tule elk herds, and an amazing diversity of birdlife), Photography and Art Classes, Dance Palace Community Center for Cultural Events and Music, Convenient Day Trip to Sonoma and Napa Valley Wine Country.


Rates & Availability

Inverness Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Independence Day
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Columbus Day
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Veterans' Day
Nov 10 2017 - Nov 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.0%

Holiday weekends and longer holiday periods require at least a 3 day minimum.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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