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Inverness Secret Garden Cottage

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501 Via de la Vista, PO 725, Inverness, CA 94937
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Return Guest 10% Discount
Inverness Secret Garden Cottage
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited Inverness at the start of our two week vacation to Northern California in early July. We stayed 2 nights at the Secret Garden Cottage. The whole experience was enchanting. I'll never forget the look on my wife's face when we approached the gates and stepped into the garden. It was magical. Before even entering at... More 

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Philip J, Owner at Inverness Secret Garden Cottage, responded to this review

The theme of the Secret Garden is "discovery".....and surprises! It didn't take you very long to find the adult swings! We are happy you enjoyed them, as much as we do. You can spend as much time as you want on your next visit! Ask for our return guest discount (10%), which never expires. Sincerely, Phil and Patsy More 

San Francisco, CA
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54 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A perfect large studio cabin set in beautiful gardens with a view of Tomales Bay, upscale appointments and robes, quiet and secluded yet only ten to twenty minutes from Pierce Point Ranch, Abbotts Lagoon, Point Reyes Station... We have gone every year for the past five and are never disappointed.

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Philip J, Owner at Inverness Secret Garden Cottage, responded to this review

Thank you for writing another great cottage review. We appreciate the special care you take with the cottage, your sense of humor, and the listing of Pt. Reyes experiences you always have energy for. We look forward to another visit next year! Sincerely, Phil and Patsy More 

Menlo Park, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful place! We loved every minute of our stay here, The gardens are magical; discoveries around every bend. The sound of the the water is deeply relaxing, hummingbirds, the bell, and lanterns - enchantment. And the cottage is beautiful, light, comfortable, everything we could want! Thank you for creating such a lovely oasis for your guests. We have been coming... More 

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Philip J, Owner at Inverness Secret Garden Cottage, responded to this review

Thank you! for the glowing and articulate review! We appreciate your detailed observations and comments. We note that you have made another advance reservation; return guests receive our special 10% "return guest" discount. Sincerely, Patsy & Phil More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The Secret Garden is not just a place to stay. It is a place to EXPERIENCE ! A cabin amid plush gardens of many trees and flowers....so serene and peaceful....the only noise the rustling of leaves and birds chirping. There is a view of Tomales Bay from the cabin and it is located close to the Elk Preserve and other... More 

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Philip J, Owner at Inverness Secret Garden Cottage, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. We appreciate your return visit and the care you take with the cottage; it hardy looked as though anyone had stayed for a outlet nights! Also, thank you for the wonderful hummingbird photos! TripAdvisor allows you to post any pics of your visit, if you want to share. Best wishes, Phil and Patsy More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We loved everything about this special cottage, especially the many windows through which we were able to enjoy beautiful sunrises, a spectacular full moon, and a great view of Tomales Bay. The gardens are beautiful and peaceful with benches and swings scattered throughout. Everything we could have wanted or needed was provided. Phil spent time giving us helpful hiking tips... More 

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fildog, Owner at Inverness Secret Garden Cottage, responded to this review

We appreciate your compliments and the care you took with the cottage. We hope to see you back this way again, when the mid-west freezes over! Phil More 

Oakland, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I confess, I really didn't want to add this review; since in so doing I possibly lessen our chances of getting a room next time! It's a lovely, lovely cottage with Patsy and Phil's attention to detail that really makes a difference. Read the other reviews, see the photos, all true. What stood out for me were the extra touches... More 

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fildog, Owner at Inverness Secret Garden Cottage, responded to this review

Thank you! so much for the articulate and kind review. I think you covered just about everything! Re: the pillows...We do have a couple down pillows available, but removed them from the cottage due to guests' allergies. We'll leave a note letting others know they are available. Also, we appreciate the care you took with the cottage. Sincerely, Phil and... More 

Winters, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I stayed a week this time because my first stay of three nights was too short! Such a beautiful and peaceful cottage. Many windows make the space open and airy. In mid-September the days were still warm enough to open the screened windows and door all day for breezes, bird song and views of Tomales Bay and the gardens. Next... More 

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fildog, Owner at Inverness Secret Garden Cottage, responded to this review

Thank you for your well-written and exceptional review. We appreciate the comments about things that you take notice of. We are very happy that you take such good care of the cottage and are able to create inspirational art pieces during your stay. Sincerely, Phil and Patsy Sincerely, Phil and Patsy More 

San Rafael, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Lush and quiet with an outside cast iron tub with views of the valley. Perfect balance of the fog rolling over the hills and warm enough to be in shorts and a tee. Spacious with stained glass windows, a retreat with a relaxing ambiance we melted into. Pasty and Phil, the hosts (retired teachers) certainly love their Secret Garden, and... More 

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fildog, Owner at Inverness Secret Garden Cottage, responded to this review

Thanks, Tom, for the well-done review....you summarized things nicely with just a few sentences! We look forward to your return visit. Patsy & Phil More 

Watsonville, California
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20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

1st time here & we were so happy to spend an anniversary at this beautiful spot. Owners have take such care for privacy & detail- garden is fantastic & so lush & quiet. Water features add to the romantic ambiance. This place is wonderful- perfect cottage with deck outside, full kitchen, & gorgeous views of Tomales Bay from our bed.... More 

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fildog, Owner at Inverness Secret Garden Cottage, responded to this review

Thank you for your beautiful review! We especially appreciate, that you have written this as a Trip Advisor "Top Contributor"! That means a lot in our business. We look forward to your next visit, and Happy Anniversary! Phil and Patsy More 

Mountain View, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Thank you for creating such an amazing,magical environment for your guests to relax, recharge, and enjoy. Everything about the cottage....views of the bay, surrounding gardens, selection of music, DVDs, and even the details of a beautiful beveled, glass window were appreciated and noted. We loved the peacefulness, hearing the birds, the aromas of the beautifully done garden, and the sounds... More 

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fildog, Owner at Inverness Secret Garden Cottage, responded to this review

We enjoyed reading your excellent review. Than you for taking the time to contact TA and posting your experience. We look forward to tour next visit. Remember, return guests always receive the 10% return guest discount. Sincerely, Phil More 

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