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“New Years at Inverness Valley” 4 of 5 stars
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13275 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, PO Box 429, Inverness, CA 94937 (Formerly Inverness Valley Inn)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 12 Inverness B&B and Inns
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“New Years at Inverness Valley”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2009

Spent New Years 2008-2009, our 20th anniversary (we are a lesbian couple ages 56 and 73) in the Garden Cottage only a few steps from the pool and hot tub. Had been here several times before the new owners, Alden and Leslie, took over. The changes and improvements were very noticeable and quite welcome. The new gas heaters and docking speakers for our IPOD were in use the 3 days we were there as was the small but quite adequate kitchenette. We saved lots of money eating in (including a New Year's eve meal of cracked crab and drawn butter!) and could spend more time in the hot tub- mornings and evenings. Hiked the Pierce Pt trail out to the elk herds, saw the elphant seal pups out by Chimney Rock near the lighthouse and wandered around the trails at the Pt. Reyes Seashore visitor center. A couple of cottage "crises" were handled quickly and efficiently by the owners and the many dog owners there seemed very pleased with the surroundings, as did their dogs. We plan to tell all our dog-owner friends about this place AND we hope to be back for Spring wildflowers.

  • Liked — Scenic, had kitchenette, access to pool and hot tub. Easy access to Pt Reyes area.
  • Disliked — Walkway areas around the cottages needed better lighting at night, ie sensor lights. More Hot Tub hours! Especially in the winter.
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
berkeley, ca
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2009

For our 50th anniversary, we gathered together our children and grandchildren from all over the country for a week in the country, and chose the Inverness Valley Inn for its proximity to the Pt Reyes coastline,and its selection of comfortable cabins where we could all be close, but not on top of one another. What we got was so much more! It was a "green" Inn on acres of wildland; it was farm animals and fresh eggs in the morning, a swimming pool and picnic tables for dinner, knowledgable innkeepers who took time to answer all our questions about the surrounding land and creatures; it was an osprey nest on the property, occasional wildlife passing through. By the end of a marvellously happy week there, we all felt it was something of a family home. The kids are still talking about it! We will definitely be back.

  • Liked — homelike atmosphere
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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fairfax, virginia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2008

inverness Valley Inn is a unique combination of quiet getaway, petting farm and base camp for exploring northern Marin County, located adjacent to the starkly beautiful Pt. Reyes National Seashore protected area and the Tomales Bay. Well appointed A-frame suites include kitchenette, cozy fireplaces and private decks in the middle of 15 acres of walking paths, with a full menagerie of visitor friendly alpaca, llama, goats, sheep and exotic chickens living in blissful harmony together. The location is an excellent base to explore some of the most beautiful coastline and unspoiled rolling hills of california, and great for biking, hiking, touring and just plain relaxing. A good selection of local restaurants provide a range of excellent czech, italian, and other world cuisines along with traditional california eats. It is a family run lodge which caters to the casual traveller, honeymooners and recreational and environmental enthusiasts, featuring a children and dog friendly environment , with a host of eco-green features not commonly found in the area. Very reasonable rates, and endless opportunities for adventure. Visit Bodega Bay , and you can fill your car at the famous gas station where Hitchcock's "The Birds" was filmed, and enjoy great touring through redwoods, eucalyptus and rolling sheep farms; drive along the dramatic Route 1 coastal highway through Stinson Beach and hike through the redwood forest at Muir Woods. The location just over an hour's drive from San Francisco makes it easy to reach, with nearby Napa and Sonoma wine tours abundant, or take in some of the traditional western towns like Occidental, Sebastopol and Petaluma. Watch the massive elephant seals in Pt. Reyes frolick in the surf, or hang out with the friendly animals at the inn all day between naps. The website (www.invernessvalleyinn.com) provides all the information and direct booking information. All in all, this has been one of our most pleasant, memorable trips in a long time.

  • Liked — unique mix of animal farm, outdoor setting with all amenities, and great location for touring.
  • Disliked — too short a stay
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Los Angeles
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2008

My fiance and I brought our two small dogs with us to the Inverness Valley Inn over the holidays. I love that we had our own kitchenette and the patio was cute and had a bbq. Inverness is a short walk away and we picked up food at the grocery store to cook. The restaurants in the town are also very yummy. Vladimir's especially has a wonderful ambiance and a very cordial staff. They even let us eat inside with our pups in our laps.

The innkeepers kept very much to themselves, and the rules concerning the dogs being on leash on the property make perfect sense as I, myself, would not like to be liable if one of the many wild creatures in the surrounding wilderness decided to pay a visit to snack on wandering dogs in the area. Also, the no dogs on bed rule was particularly important as it poured the first night we got in, making it obvious that muddy paws could do some serious damage to the linens. The innkeepers gave us a huge, fluffy dog bed for each our little guys and we put them in front of the adorable heater-cum-fireplace where they were incredibly content to roast themselves all night. I was worried they wouldn't like not sleeping in bed with us, but they really loved laying close to the fireplace.

For dog owners, there are a number of trails in the surrounding area that you could take your dog off leash if you should so choose. I am sure there are books of dog-friendly trails as well. We also took ours on a few hikes that are not for dogs, and there were quite a few other people with their dogs doing the same thing. All of the pups we came across were well-behaved. We took them pretty much everywhere with us, including the oyster farm, where we ate tons and tons of really fresh oysters on picnic tables by the whole operation. (bring your own shucking knife and beer/wine)

I did call the innkeepers for advice on a few occasions as to where to go hiking and they were very helpful.

The accommodations are more cozy cabin than fancy shmancy but they do have a lot of charm and the pretty sloped ceiling and cute quail photographs in our room were everything I could have asked for.

I will definitely visit again. It is a great deal and I loved having my pups with me to share the experience.

  • Liked — Allow dogs, pool/hottub, cute property
  • Disliked — no cell reception, no in-room internet
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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San Francisco, CA
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2008

We just stayed at the Inverness Valley Inn for the first time and had a great experience. The grounds are wonderful and include two pens: one with chickens and another with llama, alpaca and goats. The innkeepers could not be more charming and although they were fully booked and understaffed because of holiday scheduling, they found the time to welcome us and explain everything fully.

We brought our two greyhounds (well behaved dogs are welcome) and were familiar with the area, especially the small beach called Chicken Ranch within easy walking distance from the inn. There's also a trail on the property and the grounds are very attractive.

The rooms are basic but very pleasant, clean and functional. We loved having the kitchenette, which is small and a little awkward, but makes meals at restaurants optional rather than a necessity. There is a green philosophy that is evident in Pt. Reyes and definitely reflected in the way the inn is run.

We've already booked our next stay. We give this inn an excellent rating and our dogs do too!

Stayed December 2008
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McLean, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2008

We have had pleasure in staying at the Inverness Valley Inn several
times over the past few years and so look forward to another visit
soon. We have watched, fascinated, the way it has developed a
distinct identity, unique in the area, growing greener each visit.

Staying there makes the Point Reyes National Seashore Park
all come together. Be sure to visit the Drakes Beach Cafe also
nearby.

  • Liked — the peaceful green atmosphere
  • Disliked — that we can't come often enough
  • Stayed December 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alameda
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2008

My 7-year old daughter asked if we could skip her usual birthday party so she could spend four days at the Inverness Valley Inn this past July. She wakes up excited at seven in the morning and runs to see the innkeeper feed the chickens and goats. She knows their names and draws pictures when we are back home. Needless to say, we've visited many times, stayed in different cottages, brought family and friends over, cooked, grilled oysters, used the pool and jacuzzi, kayaked, hiked and spent many wonderful hours on the nearby beaches. Every single time when it was time to leave we knew we would be back soon.

To those who never visited, I only have this to say. If "toaster that wouldn't pop" or "only VHS in TV" ruins the trip for you, consider staying elsewhere. In fact, reconsider Point Reyes trip altogether, you may not like it. Like Point Reyes itself, Inverness valley Inn is not trying to be fancy or luxurious. It is about nature, solitude, quiet and simple joys in life. And this why we keep coming back.

Stayed July 2008
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Address: 13275 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, PO Box 429, Inverness, CA 94937 (Formerly Inverness Valley Inn)
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Location: United States > California > Inverness
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Inverness
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
Inverness Valley Hotel Inverness

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