I secured the Hummingbird Cottage, a separate space adjacent to the main house, at the Bear Valley Inn for 4 women for early December. The cottage is centrally located to Pt. Reyes National Seashore and not far from the town of Pt. Reyes Station where there is a grocery, restaurants, boutique shops and a nice small town ambiance. Nothing of note in Olema. With that in mind, the accommodations for the price were a serious disappointment. I cannot emphasize more the need for a serious cleaning/dusting. Dishware was tacky to touch, lighting was dim, dish towels were dingy and stiff. Upon arriving we noted the chill damp in the cottage which was somewhat improved by getting the very inadequate heater going. Don't hope to take refuge by the fire in the main house, either, as you are limited to just your cottage space. Also, food was so-so. Nice that milk products were organic, homemade yougurt. But homemade granola seemed stale & fruit was past it's prime. Assistance from the one staff person, Sonja, was brusque and unhelpful, almost rude. Four women with wet towels yet no place to hang most of them, no hook in bath, sink outside bath serves as kitchen sink which makes it interesting when someone is washing dishes and someone wants to brush their teeth. Again, for $500 for two nights, I was very disappointed and embarrassed as I had gotten the location for our group. I ended up carrying most of the cost since it was so far from what we expected.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thirty-five miles from San Francisco and fifty miles from Napa and wine country, this is a perfect launching spot for exploring the Point Reyes area. The charming cottage is surrounded by hundreds of miles of hiking, biking and horseback trails in Point Reyes National Seashore. ... more less