I have had the pleasure of staying as a couple in the Barn Loft and with 4 longtime friends for a weekend getaway in Gray's Retreat this year...perfect locations for each trip's purpose. First of all, the personal, artistic touches of the proprietor, Karen, is present in her attention to detail (fresh-cut arranged flowers, local point of interest books, local art, etc.) throughout the rooms. The gardens reflect a rambling, colorful, English-style garden that thrives from time and attention - plenty of locations to sit and relax while taking in the spectacular Pt. Reyes sky. The quiet, comfort of the lodging set in the most exquisite location with stunning views and outdoor activities is further inspired by being located within a few minutes walking distance to the charming downtown (Cow Girl Creamery, Farmer's Market, etc.). A treasured spot I will return to every year.
- 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