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Straus Home Ranch - 166 acre ranch on Tomales Bay

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4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
8 guests
2 nights minimum
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Beautifully renovated 1864 farmhouse, surrounded by towering eucalyptus and cypress trees, on 166 certified organic acres, on the shores of Tomales Bay. Our house is a 30-second walk to the beach, perfect for launching your kayak and watching spectacular sunsets. West Marin is a slice of paradise – kayaking on the Bay, hiking in the Point Reyes National Seashore, home to artisan cheeses, fresh local oysters and a serene country escape (but still only an hour’s drive to SF or Wine Country). The House: Setup with everything you’ll need – new beds and luxurious feeling bedding, fully-equipped gourmet kitchen, 1910 Steinway Grand Piano, Wi-Fi, flat screen TV and DVDs, indoor and outdoor games, BBQ, patio, upper and lower porches for chillin’, lots of room to hang out (inside and outside), t...Beautifully renovated 1864 farmhouse, surrounded by towering eucalyptus and cypress trees, on 166 certified organic acres, on the shores of Tomales Bay. Our house is a 30-second walk to the beach, perfect for launching your kayak and watching spectacular sunsets. West Marin is a slice of paradise – kayaking on the Bay, hiking in the Point Reyes National Seashore, home to artisan cheeses, fresh local oysters and a serene country escape (but still only an hour’s drive to SF or Wine Country). The House: Setup with everything you’ll need – new beds and luxurious feeling bedding, fully-equipped gourmet kitchen, 1910 Steinway Grand Piano, Wi-Fi, flat screen TV and DVDs, indoor and outdoor games, BBQ, patio, upper and lower porches for chillin’, lots of room to hang out (inside and outside), towels, beach towels, hair dryers, and many amenities provided – all in incomparably-beautiful surroundings. Seriously, this place is magical. Our house accommodates 8 (total, adults and kids). On special request, we have a pullout sofa to accommodate up to 2 more (for a small extra fee). Eating: West Marin is a foodie Mecca, including Nick’s Cove, Hog Island Oyster Company, Marshall Store, Rocker Oysterfellas, Osteria Stellina, Cowgirl Creamery, Heidrun Meadery and so much more. Straus Family Creamery isn’t bad, either ☺. Pick up some pastries at the Tomales Bakery or Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes Station. Or, cook at home with our terrific kitchen. Or shuck and BBQ oysters on our patio. Or … ask us about having an incredible meal prepared by Stacy, our on-site and truly terrific caterer / private chef. Doing: Kayak across the bay to a secluded beach with a picnic basket of goodies from Tomales Bay Foods, or hike in Point Reyes, or take a tour of local artisan cheese makers and farms. * One-night minimum for Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday nights (with some restrictions) * Small weddings, events, retreats, off-site meetings - Ask us for details & pricing. Want to know more about Marin County's rich environmental, sustainable agriculture and organic food history? Just ask siblings Vivien and Michael Straus - we can share stories about the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) - co-founder by our mother Ellen; stories about launching Straus Family Creamery (owned separately by our brother) and the local artisan cheese scene (Vivien created the CheeseTrail map and app). Want to talk about psychic phenomena? That's Michael's department :) Come out to Marshall - the only town where the population minus the elevation equals the speed limit.More
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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Porch
Washer
Highchair
Towels Provided
Paper Towels Provided
Books
Hairdryer
Parking
Shared Yard
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Telephone
Stove
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Local Guides/Maps
Central Heating
Water Views
Blender
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Waterfront
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Microwave
Balcony
Kettle
Terrace
Deck
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Reviewed August 2, 2018

This place is an amazing combination of low-key, easygoing comfort and impressive luxury. We stayed here with eight adults and one toddler. Cooked big meals in the well-appointed kitchen and barbecued outside (with fresh oysters from just down the road--and they have all the stuff...More

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank Dickinsheets
Management response:Responded August 3, 2018

Thank you!!

Reviewed November 27, 2017

We just returned from a fabulous four days at Straus Family Ranch. Our San Francisco daughter is expecting and could not travel far, so this location seemed like a perfect locale for the family to gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, a two year old's birthday and...More

Date of stay: November 2017
Thank msstegie
Management response:Responded November 28, 2017

Really nice having you at the farm! So glad it worked out. Hope to see you again. Vivien, Michael and Miriam

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Reviewed November 9, 2017

This beautiful and historic farmhouse with views of Tomales Bay was the ideal getaway for my friends and I. Everything was perfectly prepared and our host went above and beyond to make sure we settled in and had everything we needed. While having coffee at...More

Date of stay: June 2017
Thank Julia B
Management response:Responded November 11, 2017

Thanks Julia! Nice to have you on the farm. Hope to see you again. Best, Vivien, Michael and Miriam

Reviewed April 6, 2017

Not only are their products delicious, they are the mother of organic farming revolution in Marin County. Great chance to learn about the rich history of a struggling dairy that made it big with organic methods and happy cows. Great sites on the drive &...More

Date of stay: March 2017
Thank E5847EFmichaelm
Management response:Responded April 8, 2017

Thank you, Michael. Thank you, especially, for your interest in the farming aspect of West Marin. Glad you got to see so much of it.

Reviewed December 3, 2016

Such a quaint and incredible home. We'd love to visit again with our 3 youngest children... they would have loved the trip too! From sipping wine on the sun deck to enjoying views of fog over the bay while sipping coffee... every moment was enjoyable....More

Date of stay: December 2016
Thank Tahoesasha
Management response:Responded December 4, 2016

Thank you, Sasha. Wonderful to be able to share the place with your family. Seems you really knew how to take advantage of the area! Best to you.

About the Owner
Michael S
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:June 2014
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