We stayed here for 5 days, savoring a panoramic view of Tomales Bay and the two acre Secret Garden. The gardens held much to be discovered on winding pathways: a moss covered stump, a tiny bench, an exotic tree, a 20' high rhododendron, a rose, a fern, a palm tree - all under the supervision of sequoias and towering pines. We were continually surprised and delighted. The deck, where you can dine outside, or just relax in the ocean fresh breezes added another place to linger, unwind and breathe. Inside the cottage, we found a bookshelf loaded with references for local flora and fauna, as well as guides and maps to trails, parks and local interests, a thoughtful and welcome touch. The bathroom with its generous provisions, the stereo and iPod player and the luxurious comfortable bed made this feel like a fine resort/spa deep in the heart of nature. The full kitchen, with its view into the gardens, made cooking our own meals convenient and even fun. The outdoor bathtub sheltered under a rustic roof and perfumed by jasmine blooming at your feet, plus a swing for adults in another garden room, provided us an interlude of peace, quiet and stunning beauty with a touch of whimsy. We soaked in the quiet, hearing only an occasional plane overhead and then just bird serenades, buzzing hummingbirds and the wind in the forest canopy. Owner Phil provided us with valuable tips for exploring the Point Reyes area, which is a staggeringly beautiful part of this earth, reminding us of the Cornish Coast, the Scottish Highlands, and the Lake Country. Five nights were not enough for us. Next time, a week. Or two.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Secluded, bed and breakfast retreat adjacent to Point Reyes National Seashore and Tomales Bay State Park in Marin County Calif. Village of Inverness; located only 1 hour north of SF. Access numlerous park hiking trails, explore ocean beaches, and view abundant wildlife. Extensive ornamental gardens, private parking and entrance, bay views, fireplace,WiFi, TV/DVD/CD, self-serve continental breakfast, large deck, outdoor claw-foot soaking tub, 1 bdrm, 1 bath studio design with fully equipped kitchen. Rates: $225/nt weekdays; $250/nt Fr,Sa, Sun. Weekly: $1365 ($195/nt),3 night minimum holidays. 10% County hotel tax extra. ... more less