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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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 14, 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
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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.


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Secret Garden Cottage - Hidden Jewel of Coastal Marin
average rating of 5.0 based on 50 reviews

Serene, tranquil, lovely in every way

  • 5 of 5

The Secret Garden was such a breath of fresh air in every way. Secluded and beautiful, it was a magical place, detached from the routine order of business. Phil was helpful with ideas for biking and hiking. Everything was perfectly charming. Thank you for sharing your special place.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very nice review of the cottage! Short and sweet! Please remember that our return guest discount never expires and can be used multiple times....anytime! Hope to see you again in West Marin! Phil and Patsy, owners
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Palm Coast FL

The best VRBO yet

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in some pretty impressive properties but Secret Garden is the best yet. We knew from the pictures and description it would be special but the reality delivered ever so much more than we could have imagined. Beautiful and serene gardens and views, charming hosts, delightful light filled cottage and perfect breakfast. Thanks Phil and Patsy for such a special visit!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a nicely written review! Short & sweet! Please remember we offer 10% return guest discounts, anytime, never expires, and can be used multiple times. You can also book direct via our 4 page website. Cheers! Phil & Patsy, owners
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Encinitas, CA

Beautifully-appointed serene hideaway nestled in a beautiful garden

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I visited this wonderfully situated and beautifully designed cottage in the hills of Inverness for our annual birthday weekend. We were immediately greeted by a phone call from our hosts confirming our arrival, making sure we felt welcome and well-taken care of and answering whatever questions we needed addressed. We were disappointed not to have met Phil and Patsy but also appreciated their respect for our privacy. It truly felt like our own little home for the long weekend.

We explored Point Reyes Nat'l Seashore and the various villages in the area. Being a cheesemaker and both being local food enthusiasts, we were thrilled the taste the local cheeses, oysters and other local foods. There were recommendations for restaurants and stores in the cottage.

One touch I really appreciated, having rented many private residences here and abroad, was the labelling of light switches and drawers so there was no need to run around testing every switch to see which turned on the light in question. The towels and robes were luxuriant and the cottage was well stocked with breakfast food, coffee and tea, so our mornings were relaxing with no need to run off to find something to eat. We even cooked one of our dinners in the cottage, which was well equipped for the job.

The bottom line is that we highly recommend this property for a visit to Point Reyes. You will relish the privacy, quiet and beauty.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: July 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: February 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: July 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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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