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Reviewed 5 February 2011

When visiting the Bay Area we usually stay in San Francisco and make excursions to outlying areas, particularly the wineries. On our last trip we decided to include a brief stay in Marin County, wanting to take advantage of the hiking, kayaking, and beach combing that's easily accessible. After perusing hotels, motels and B and B's, we stumbled on the Secret Garden Cottage, located in Inverness – what a find!
As you enter the cottage, you are awestruck by the spaceousness resulting from the high ceilings and windows. The décor is so tasteful, a mixture of antiques and upscale modern comfort. Everything is pristine, with the visitor's needs in mind. (Loved that fresh coffee in the morning after a deep sleep on a hugely supportive bed and soft, fresh sheets and bedding!) Everthing is designed to bring the beautiful environment into the living space and fill you with serenity. I just couldn't stop looking and taking it all in.
We were only here for an overnight, but the experience left us with the definite desire to come back. Even the gardens, trees and shrubbery were beautiful and it was the middle of winter. If you happen to book when the owners are available, consider yourself lucky. They are world travelers, and exceptionally gifted in their design, implementation and maintainance of this striking environment. It's very fun to talk to such pleasant and knowledgeable folks.

Date of stay: January 2011
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Management response:Responded 5 February 2011

We appreciate your articulate review; we spend a lot of time trying make our place exceptionally clean, comfortable, and a unique experience. We enjoy hearing from guests, that they have discovered on their own many of the beautiful and subtle natural elements, which surround the cottage. We look forward to your return! Phil Jonik and Patsy Faulkner, owners and gardeners

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Reviewed 10 January 2011

I can't recommend this venue highly enough to do it justice.

My wife and I spent several of the most relaxing days we have ever had at this wonderful site. The single cottage has an open floor-plan and is surrounded by a beautiful garden. Although the owners' house is nearby, there is absolute privacy.

The slowly running fountains in the garden set the tone for our stay. It was often hard to leave the benches in the garden, whether watching the beautiful sunrises, enjoying the peace of the approaching evenings or just pausing during the day.

The cottage is in Inverness, on the edges of the Tomales Bay and Point Reyes National Park. Both offer beautiful scenery and great hikes, birdwatching and photography. The bay looks great for kayaking. although we didn't get around to that.

There are some very good restaurants in nearby Point Reyes Station or you can enjoy a light dinner of fruit, cheese and wine at the cottage. There is also a well equipped kitchen if you are inclined to cook.

Here's a link to some pictures, though there is some duplication with what is posted on this site. [--]

Date of stay: October 2010
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Management response:Responded 9 January 2011

Many thanks and GREAT work on the photos, which you took during your stay. You captured in all your photos the essence of the quiet beauty of the Secret Garden..the brilliant sunrise, the color of foliage, the special hidden places, which allow one to relax, breathe, listen, and take in the numerous gifts of nature. Please return and take more photos! Phil Jonik, owner
p.s. Tomales Bay is excellent for kayaking, and we are lucky to have Blue Water Kayaking (rentals) 5 minutes away, and Pt. Reyes Outdoors (kayak rental and trips) only 10 minutes away.

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