The sleeping accommodations we encountered were disappointing. Upon arrival, we learned that the queen sized bed we were anticipating was NOT in this room and instead in a downstairs room, which we could acquired for an additional $150.00 a night. We looked back at the website and saw that it is not entirely clear, and clearly we misunderstood the intended explanation. A double bed is not something we would have opted for; however, it is not a ‘deal breaker’.
Our second disappointment was to realize that the double bed was not a bed, but instead was a sofa hide-a-bed. Sleeping for two nights on a double sofa hide-a-bed was not an option we would have chosen, particularly paying over $200.00 a night. Had we known it was going to be a double sofa hide-a-bed we would not have booked the room and would have gone elsewhere.
However, the most egregious part of this is when we discovered that the uncomfortable mattress on the sofa hide-a-bed was not even a sub-standard mattress, but was an air mattress! We were both extremely uncomfortable. In fact, we were so uncomfortable the first night that we took the mattress off of the frame, folded up the sofa, and put the air mattress on the floor in order to be able to get some rest the second night. Air mattresses are typically designed to be on the floor. Don't get us wrong, sleeping for two nights on an air mattress is a great option when camping, but is totally unacceptable when paying $407.00. Comically, the air mattress was disguised in a zipped up mattress covering to make it appear as if it was a real mattress.
There are limited rooms at this quaint establishment, and all are prepaid upon making the reservation, and they were filled when we were there so moving to another room was not an option. Our only option was to let the owner know of our complete and total shock that she would put paying guests on an air mattress (which we have done), and to post this comment for others to be forewarned.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- After ten years of hard work at night and on weekends, with not much more than our carpentry skills and determination, we had a home. We raised children, chickens, vegetables, fruit trees and honey bees here, making blackberry jam every summer. We built the wood-fired oven in the garden, a pond, Jasmine Cottage, Gray's Retreat and the Barn Loft. I was a professional artist for many years, then commuted from the Schoolhouse to U.C. Berkeley to become a landscape architect. Twenty-five years ago I converted the carriage house to Jasmine Cottage. It was the very first cottage open to visitors as a Point Reyes vacation rental. Point Reyes area lodging at the time was just a few traditional bed and breakfasts in Inverness with a couple small motels on that side of Tomales Bay. Inverness was the place for holidays then; Point Reyes was a working cow town. Nobody thought visitors would want to stay in the little town of Pt. Reyes. Because I offered a secluded garden cottage with an invitation to bring the children and the family dog, Jasmine Cottage was instantly popular as a romantic get-away and a family retreat. Sixteen years ago I designed and built the barn that houses Gray's Retreat and the Barn Loft, intended as places for our extended family to visit and as part-time vacation rentals. ... more less