Wow...what a house and experience! It was an absolutely perfect stay for our group of 9 friends celebrating my fiancé's birthday. I would highly recommend the location if you want a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Michael was the best host I've ever come across, which is a high compliment. He gave us an historical tour of the farm, the fields, the beach, the barns, and a great overview of the Straus Family Creamery history in the organic movement/land preservation of Marin County. Really amazing if you're into that sort of thing (which we are). So much history in Tomales Bay!
He then let us be to enjoy the property...which had everything. The kitchen is huge and fully stocked with all the oils, spices, condiments, specialty utensils (shucker!), kitchen gadgets (rice cooker), cast iron pans, gas grill, and even a nice care basket of Straus Creamery items. We bought 2 bags of hog island oysters to shuck in the afternoon, had fish tacos in the evening with all the sides, and a big farm breakfast the next morning. For dinner, we loved the huge table setting...with some day trippers coming up, 12 people fit around the table for dinner pretty comfortably.
The bedrooms...wow! All four of them are upstairs and are gorgeous. Lots of natural light, brand new beds, tasteful decor, and each had views of the bay or farm. The upstairs has such a cool wrap around deck that some friends hung out to play music on and some of us enjoyed star gazing after dark, such a cool feature. We had people go to bed at different times and the noise from downstairs didn't bother anyone trying to sleep earlier.
There was also a TV room (which we didn't use much, except for the 9th person who used the comfy pull out couch). We did use the piano and sitting room, with a baby grand that was used a lot :) Comfy, stylish couches-chairs and floor rugs that when we moved into that area. We also loved the big 1st floor wrap around porch, but spent most of the afternoon in the front yard and the patio area shucking/eating oysters, drinking wine, and enjoying a perfect sunny day. We also really enjoyed taking a stroll the nearby beach across highway 1 after dinner...I only wish we would have brought some firewood to enjoy the cool evening at the beach longer. Also a plus, no mobile phone service :) but great wifi for hooking up to spotify and posting your favorite pics instantly, ha.
I can't recommend the Straus Ranch enough...just go!!!
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We are honored to be the first guests to stay at Straus Home Ranch. This is the house the Straus Family lived before, and you can feel the warm hospitality the family always had. Renovated as a modern vacation house, the house still has the feel of the history and memories of the family. The owners, Michael and Vivian, are very friendly and pay attention to the details of the house. It is close to many attracted places such as Hog Oyster Company, Cow Girl Creamery and Point Reyes station. Surrounded by the beautiful nature, the house has both the convenience of the modern life and the nice atmosphere of the rural life. We are sure you will enjoy a most wonderful stay there!