I have organized an annual event for several years at the Old Point Reyes Schoolhouse for friends and family to enjoy a weekend away (but not so far away!). The close proximity to the Greater Bay Area is the first positive aspect of this lovely property. Its closeness to Point Reyes Station means you can abandon the car for the weekend and walk into town for an enjoyable day and/or evening. The Point Reyes area is quite beautiful and the region offers a variety of getaway activities such as kayaking, hiking, beachcombing, dining (oysters!), shopping and enjoying the Saturday farmer's market in the Station. The property has a diverse set of accommodations - all of which are comfortable, charming and well-maintained. Here you will find a labyrinth of private patios, beautiful gardens and walkways. If you are looking for room service and valet, this is not your place. The compound is somewhere that you can enjoy and relax on your own without any outside disturbances. Our weekends generally include enjoyable dinner parties, day trips around the peninsula, bocce ball tournaments and oyster barbeques. Karen Gray (the proprietress), her family, and staff are welcoming and accommodating in all ways. It is such a pleasure to return to the Old Point Reyes Schoolhouse for repeat events and it's something our group looks forward to each year. I would highly recommend this property for parties large and small for an easy, comfortable stay in one of California's most beautiful locales.
- 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