The SpaceEnjoy the north-central coast of California at the Quail House in Bolinas, an aesthetically pleasing, immaculately clean, and comfortable retreat for singles, couples, or couples with a child under 5 or 6. There is much attention to detail throughout this private, separate unit with its own parking place and entrance to the property. Located within a famous one and a half acre demonstration garden of coastal native plants, in the incomparable "hippie-chic" (as one visitor called it) town of Bolinas, one hour but a world away from San Francisco. At the southern end of the Pt Reyes National Seashore, 150 miles of hiking trails are available.
The cottage is an entirely self-contained 400 sq. ft (20'x20') unit that includes a full kitchen and spacious bathroom, with its own parking space, visited only by you and the quail. In the surrounding garden, we grow some of the many threatened native California wildflowers, for seed-collection and for the seasonal enjoyment of our guests and us. It is one large room, with a completely equipped new kitchen area, including refrigerator, butcher block and tiled counters, and new gas stove. The style is "California bungalow." Guests often remark on the inlaid and handmade furniture. The sound of the ocean, 1/3 of a mile away, will rock you to sleep at night.
Please note that we have a three-night minimum Friday thru Sunday and a two night minimum during the week. Please discuss with us if you wish to bring a child with you, so we can ensure time to "baby proof" the cottage.
You will enjoy a new and very comfortable queen size bed with organic sheets and down comforters from the local organic cotton store, a reclining 2-person loveseat, and an unusually spacious bathroom with a clawfoot bathtub and on-demand unlimited hot water for long, luxurious baths. Fine bath products are available for your use, including handmade organic soaps from a creative local soapmaker.
We provide Peets coffee, both caffeinated and decaf, and a wide selection of teas, with cream from a local organic dairy. We stock staples like olive oil and Balsamic and other vinegars and seasonings, and fine dutch cocoa for hot chocolate.When available, we share fresh eggs from our neighbor's backyard hens. If you come during a baking fest, you'll share in the bounty, which frequently includes native nuts and berries, like our huckleberry-hazel-nut muffins, or homemade cornbread. Books on the area are supplied, including two books written by your host, partly about the development of this garden, and published by University of California Press.
Organic, local, salvaged, and re-used materials were used whenever possible in the construction of the cottage. People often ask about the floor, which is made of locally-milled California bay laurel. Tile from the venerable local Heath Tile Factory ornaments the kitchen, with a built-in butcher block counter. The high ceiling and many windows add to the pleasantness of the dappled sunlight changing throughout the day. A large coast live oak surrounds the cottage, providing roosting spaces for our local quail covey and a scenic backdrop for the cottage.
Coffeeberry, coyote bush, redwoods, and many native wildflowers and bunchgrasses, surround the cottage. The garden has been designed with the needs of California quail in mind, and their sweet and varied calls can be heard throughout the day. This is why no pets are allowed.
The Quail House is highly recommended for writers, with a spacious wooden dining table to spread out at, and a small private desk area as well.
Your neighbors are an eclectic assortment of local fishermen, surfboard shapers, woodworkers, one publisher, and several ceramicists. Your host is the proprietor of Larner Seeds, dedicated specialists in California native plants, so plant and bird lovers will find a lot to learn and enjoy on-site as well as in the vicinity.
Nearby Agate Beach is a 1/3 mile walk away, and includes Duxbury Point, a famous Marine Sanctuary for tidepooling and beach walking. It's rocky, so if you prefer a sand beach, go downtown to Brighton Beach.
This town is a unique enclave of dedicated artists, writers, naturalists, and rugged individualists. If you choose, you can be busy all the time, with the many local events taking place in our lively community.
A minimum stay of 3 nights is required, with a cleaning fee of $80.00 and a security deposit of $300.00. A required Transient Occupancy Tax of 10%, added to the nightly price of $190.00, is collected by us to help pay for the fact that over 50% of Marin County, the unincorporated West Marin part, is parks and open space for your enjoyment. Cancellations require one week in advance. Singles, couples, and families with one child under 5 can be accommodated.
Public transportation is provided by West Marin Stagecoach.
Downtown Bolinas is one of the sweetest downtowns in the world (in our opinion). Though we have only (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) people in Bolinas, downtown you will find a restaurant, two markets, the library, the post office, several shops, a saloon, a sandy beach, a second-hand store, and an excellent regional museum. A downtown like this is a real center for the community, Explore!
Check out the events and classes at the Bolinas Community Center as well. Here are many interesting cultural events, and some of our visitors have thrown themselves with gusto into local events and classes.
The local saloon, Smiley's, is the oldest continuously operating saloon in California, providing a continuous array of a wide variety of musicians, both local and not.
There are two markets in town, one, The Bolnas Peoples Store, a natural foods store and the other, The Bolinas Market, providing local meats, seafood, and poultry. We also have a great restaurant offering local produce and seafood, the Coast Cafe, as well as a smoothie lounge called Bobolicious.
The Bolinas Museum has top-quality exhibits and a fascinating and informative History Room. Musical events often take place in its courtyard.
On Fridays, Star Route Farms, the oldest organic farm in the state, sells directly to the public as well. We also have a unique used bookstore, Michael's, where you can stock up on used books for $1.to $2 apiece! It is next to the Post Office on Brighton Road. Our local surf shop around the corner provides lessons and surfing supplies.
Located at the southern end of the Pt Reyes National Seashore, we have access to 150 miles of trails. Nearby is the Pt Reyes Bird Observatory, a must-see, as well as Commonweal, a well-known retreat center sponsoring an impressive array of NGOs and with a lecture series packed with interesting speakers. View (EMAIL HIDDEN)
A favorite trail begins at Palomarin parking lot at the end of Mesa Road, with access to Bass Lake, a favored summer swimming spot, Alamere Falls, and Pelican Lake. For the intrepid hiker looking for a challenge, these trails can be taken all the way into the northern part of Pt Reyes National Seashore. There are hikes of all lengths and difficulty. We are glad to advise you.
Only an hour's drive from San Francisco, we are surrounded by national and state parks and county open space. Mt. Tamalpais State Park, with its gorgeous views, the summer Mountain Play, and an astounding number of different ecosystems, is accessed just across Hwy One on the Bolinas-Fairfax Road and includes redwoods, serpentine, grasslands, and chaparral, with numerous beautiful trails available. Hikers will never run out of hikes around here, and surfers will be happy as well.
We are 10 minutes north of Stinson Beach and about half an hour from the renowned Muir Woods, where mighty redwoods can be viewed, a good stop along the way, with a great cafe and bookstore as well.
We love our area and enjoy sharing it. We can advise on hikes and restaurants or leave you to your own adventures. Guest AccessGuests have the use of their own private garden immediately surrounding the Quail House, as well as total access to our entire 1.5 acre site, including the Demonstration Garden, the comfortable shady patio in the courtyard by our house, their own private raised deck, their own private parking space, the pond area by the Larner Seeds Office, and all the nooks and crannies and areas of special plantings. You are heartily encouraged to explore! There is an outdoor shower by one of the bathrooms that guests are welcome to use, and for stays of over 3 days, a washer & dryer are available in the office bathroom.
The whole garden is available, and we love to see guests finding their own favorite garden spots. We also frequently host day after the wedding brunches for up to 45 people in the Quail House Garden, you supply the caterer. Additional cost depends on the details. Interaction with GuestsAs far as interactions with guests go, we follow your lead. If we are around, we do like to orient guests to the location as well as: how the heater works, how the couch reclines, which direction is Agate Beach - and to answer any questions.
For those times when we are gone, we have left detailed instructions in the folder marked "Welcome to the Quail House." Because of my work with native plants in areas all over California, we are sometimes of necessity out of town during guest stays, but we are always available by phone. Also, two grandsons in LA sometimes requires out presence.
The Larner Seeds Staff is here 3 days a week, gone working in the field the rest of the time, but they are helpful with native plant questions and local information. The NeighborhoodQuiet, friendly, full of interesting people. A fine ceramicist specializing in porcelain lives across the street and is glad to show her work. Two fishermen live on the block as well as a famous surfboard shaper. Across the way is a well-known artist and en plein air painter, who also has a gallery downtown. Getting AroundSome - mentioned elsewhere. Your own parking space is conveniently located to the Quail House, and is marked by the quail sculptures on the gate. Most guests rent cars at the airport. Transportation from the airport can also be arranged by private van service from Bolinas, or a combination of buses will get you to Bolinas. We can pick you up from the bus stop, which is in downtown Bolinas. Other Things to NoteGuests who wish to sample the life of the town are advised to either pick up a copy of our local paper, the Hearsay News, or find it (EMAIL HIDDEN) Classes in all kinds of things are available at the Community Center, and there are many interesting cultural events to be enjoyed as well.