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Reviewed 20 February 2017

We came hoping to slow down time. No...to be enfolded by time. We began with nothing on the calendar. And then embraced being, well, indolent. Just being and following whims. That involved sleeping, reading, watching rain pour down the windows, walking in the gardens here, til we were filled with scents and winter blossoms.

It was a superlative time facilitated by the Secret Cottage, replete with every imaginable provision and personal touch. Clean. Light. Many places outdoors to sit and be. Wonderful hosts. We were smitten! Stayed an extra day. Will be back to visit again.. J & G, Nevada City, CA

Stayed: February 2017, travelled with family
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Philip J, Owner at Inverness Secret Garden Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2017

Thank you for your review! We appreciate what you have written and the care you took with the cottage. We look forward to your next visit! Always a return guest discount...anytime!

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Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Two nights was not long enough. We had planned to hike, enjoy the dining scene and wander the around Point Reyes Station, but instead found ourselves reluctant to leave the spacious yet cozy confines of the Secret Garden cottage and its gardens. Phil and Pat were delightful hosts; when I told Phil that I was a watercolor painter, he brought over a beautiful book with works by a local painter who is a friend of his. The gardens were lovely even in the dead of winter, and the views from every window were a delight. The sunrises were incredible from the bed and living room. The kitchen was well-equipped and thoughtfully stocked. Instead of dining out, we shopped at the Palace Market in Point Reyes Station and the IP Market in Inverness Park. Great roasted chicken and salads in the former, plus produce and fruit galore. The IP serves breakfast and lunch to go or to enjoy on site. House-made salmon burger with local fish served with grilled fennel and aioli. Yum. Cubano sandwich with pulled pork, hamburgers, great fries, burritos with fresh ingredients and much more. Delightful pasties, cheeses and ice creams in the market section. We stocked up and enjoyed all our meals next to the fire in the cottage, including a nice breakfast supplied by Pat and Phil. I spent my time wandering the quiet property, watching birds and painting what I saw. We will make this our go-to place for our frequent Tomales Bay escapes from now on. Could not be better service, quality and location for a couple looking for a romantic, secluded weekend in this heavenly spot.

Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Philip J, Owner at Inverness Secret Garden Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2017

We appreciate the articulate and compelling review you have posted....what a bonus to find two of your watercolor paintings next to our guest book! Thank you for these works of art! We have copied them and attached them to your guest entry. Very generous and thoughtful! We look forward to your next visit! Phil and Patsy

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Reviewed 29 December 2016

My husband and I stayed at the Secret Garden Cottage for a 3 day weekend and had an absolutely lovely time. Beautiful view, awesome outdoor bathtub, the garden around the house is lovely, and the cottage is incredibly clean and well kept. Phil & Patsy were very accommodating and made us feel welcome. Even though the cottage is adjacent to the main house, it still feels quite private. I would highly recommend for a get-a-way weekend for 2.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Philip J, Owner at Inverness Secret Garden Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2016

Very nice review! We appreciate the extra effort and the glowing recommendation. Of course, you always receive the 10% return guest discount...anytime...never expires...use multiple times! Happy New Year!

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Reviewed 20 November 2016

Wonderful cottage for a couple or 3 people. Kitchen means you don't have to go to restaurant. Beautiful views, trails from the front door. Owner helpful. Treat it gently, please! We want to return.

Space stove keeps you warm. Enjoyed the outdoor bath house!

Room Tip: The room is wonderful.
  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
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fildog, Owner at Inverness Secret Garden Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2016

We were happy to get your review! Very nice....we're glad you had exceptional fall weather for your visit. Sincerely, Phil & Patsy

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Reviewed 13 November 2016

The Cottage is delightful incl. continental breakfast and nice views. We greatly enjoyed the fabulous gardens in which we could hike thru and observe and take pictures of so many varieties of beautiful plants and trees.

Room Tip: outdoor bathtub; large deck from which the night sky is visible..
  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
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fildog, Owner at Inverness Secret Garden Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2016

We're glad you enjoyed the gardens....we spend most of our time, rain or shine, keeping things looking good! Many of the original 60 year old specimen plants and trees have come from the SF Botanical garden. We have temperate rain forest plants from around the world and are fortunate that Inverness is the perfect place for them. We look forward to your return visit.

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