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“A Pearl of a Retreat in a Treasured Location”

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Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound
Santa Rosa, California
2 reviews
“A Pearl of a Retreat in a Treasured Location”
Reviewed 18 November 2011

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.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 17 November 2011

What a lovely time I had recently staying with Karen at the Old Pt. Reyes Schoolhouse - and I apologize for my delay in this review. I spent time in Pt, Reyes in September and October and couldn't have been more comfortable as I was at the Schoolhouse compound. It was an easy walk into town for a leasurely breakfast or dinner, the compound was quiet and comfortable and the hostess made me feel incredibly welcome. I am planning on another visit in the spring for sure!!!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

I’ve stayed at the Old Schoolhouse several times over the last six years – it’s my favorite base in West Marin. The setting is off-road and quiet; the grounds attractive and nicely tended. The rooms comfortable and well appointed - website photos give a good sense of their ambience. What the website doesn’t show is the quality of light in both Gray’s Retreat and the Barn Loft – it’s exceptional. And it’s just a five-minute walk to the center of Pt Reyes Station and all the good things there. Hard to beat.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Rafael, California
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

My family and I actually live rather near Pt. Reyes, about 45 minutes away. But driving out to West Marin, and Pt. Reyes, is like a little bit of heaven...or Europe...it is just other-worldy. The compound of little cottages in the Schoolhouse is both charming and delightful. The grounds and gardens, even in this fall season, are full of flowers...everything is neat, clean and comfy, and just a stroll to the main street and delicious Bovine Bakery, bookstore, western wear, etc. etc. We were lucky and got to meet the owner, who has been there for 30+ years. She is amazing, a published author on West Marin, and a wealth of information! I think the Schoolhouse is the best-kept secret in Marin!! We will definitely go back!!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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San Rafael, California
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Reviewed 11 November 2011

A group of 12 of us recently spent a couple of nights at this wonderful place and it was so interesting because we used several of the rooms/cottages and they're all decorated differently and SO BEAUTIFULLY. We got to roam from one cozy spot to the next, enjoying all of the lush gardens and romantic settings. The owner is an artist and author, and her creative genius is visible in every view. We walked into town to have lunch, drove down through the ranches to the beaches, and took a picnic to celebrate our reunited group of friends. Lovely, magical, and can't wait to return!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 10 November 2011

This is one of my favorite places in the world. It's lovely, peaceful, and not overly cute or fancy. I've stayed in almost every unit on the compound and love them all, though Jasmine Cottage may be my favorite because of the curtained alcove where the bed is. Everything is comfortable and peaceful, and sets the perfect setting for relaxation and time with family or your partner. You can hang out in the gardens, cook for yourself, walk to town, go for a hike, read a book in the cottage. There's no place I would rather spend a weekend.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

We stayed here the week before a family wedding with the intent to explore the Pt. Reyes area. We rented the Schoolhouse which was like staying in a beloved family home. It was very clean and there were really beautiful flowers to greet us. The house had many separate areas which allowed different members of the family to do many different things. We walked to town for delicious meals and cooked our own with amazing produce from the local farmer's market. We will be back!

Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound
Address: #11559 Scenic Coast Highway #1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
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Region: United States > California > Marin County > Point Reyes Station
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Point Reyes Station
Number of rooms: 3
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 

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