First off, do not concern yourself with older reviews pointing out a lack of cleanliness. New management has taken over (not sure when) but we did not experience anything like that.
Secondly, I spent several weeks from my office in Los Angeles hunting, price comparing, reading on-line reviews and calling inns, B&B's and motels all over the Inverness/Tomales/Bodega Bay area and this was easily the most appealing over the phone/internet. After all that time spent researching, I was very worried I would be disappointed when we arrived, but the Inverness Valley Inn surpassed all my hopes and we loved every minute we were there. We have considered building another trip entirely around that area, which we loved, because we’ve found a place to stay that’s so appealing and complimentary to the surrounding environment.
Our cabin was not extravagant, but we had a television, a BBQ outside, a stove with cooking utensils supplied, wireless internet and an iPod dock which I especially enjoyed. I got to hold on to a little of my LA life and the music and the scenery go great together!
Because we went in March, we got a nice off-season discount and we had the property almost entirely to ourselves. I think there was one other party staying in another cabin, but since they were not right next to us, we saw them once or twice but never heard them. And even though we had a late-night BBQ, it didn't seem that our noise bothered them either.
Our cabin did border up against another one, like a duplex. Perhaps if that cabin had been occupied, we might not have enjoyed so much privacy. Something to keep in mind.
This is a nice place to come home to after you've been out exploring. Though there's a tennis court and a pool, it was too cold to indulge in either, and it looked like some work was being done on the tennis court anyway. We spent little time there during the day, but in warmer months, it would easily have been a nice place to spend an afternoon hiking and exploring locally. Kayaking is close by too!
There is a beautiful, winding, solitary road with nothing but green hills, wildlife, and a charming fence running alongside it, leading past several isolated farms and ultimately to Pt Reyes, which has a spectacular view. Again, since it was off-season, we had the view all to ourselves (it was cold and windy there so dress warm!!!). The drive back, just about dusk, found us swirling through the onset of fog, and we had to proceed with caution, but it all added to the mystery and other-worldliness of the area (to us Angelinos anyway). And after the drive, the Inn was the perfect place to call home for the night. Cozy and comfortable.
We had a small fireplace in the corner, the bed was soft, and the bedding was clean and fresh. The bathroom was small, and so was the kitchen, but our cabin suited the two of us just fine. We played cards, read, watched tv, snuggled by the fire. We really were sad to leave.
There are a number of inns and B&B's close by, and they probably offer more or less the same thing. But we won't need to check them out as we're happy with what we've found and look forward to visiting again. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to see more pics. We even made a two minute film of the drive to Pt. Reyes, and I'll be happy to send it to you.
Again, March is great if you want a little more quiet. We'll be back!
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