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“Absolute Magic in Tomales Bay”
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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Marshall, Marin County, California

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Rachelstr...
NY
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Absolute Magic in Tomales Bay”
Reviewed 14 December 2015 for a stay in December 2015

The Straus Ranch Home was the ideal setting for a small celebration/retreat like weekend for our ladies getaway. Everything about our experience was comfortable, beautiful and unique... From the initial communications w/ Michael and Viven (prompt and kind) to the personal touches of the a hand-written card from Vivien Straus upon arrival to the well stocked kitchen in and modern conveniences, to the luxurious linens and bedding, and the overall heart and thoughtfulness that has been put into the home... Not to mention the cows and beautiful scenes of nature from every window! You can feel the history and heart of this place ~ It's remarkable. Vivien's tour of the surrounding property was the buttercream icing on the cake! We loved learning more about the history of property and the instrumental role the Straus family has played in preserving the integrity and wilderness of west Marin. We'll be back! I would give 100 stars if I could... BEAUTIFUL!

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Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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Management Response
15 Dec 2015
Thank you for the kind words, Rachel ... it was a real pleasure to host you and your friends!!
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Matthew J
1 review
“Couldn't Ask For More”
Reviewed 24 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015

In the search for our wedding venue, the beautiful Straus Home Ranch immediately caught our attention. After touring the gorgeous grounds with the kind and accommodating Vivien and Michael, we felt an immediate kinship to them and were completely taken by the magical setting of their Ranch. We knew without a doubt that this was the place for us. When the day came for our intimate gathering of family and friends, the beautiful surroundings proved to be the perfect place to celebrate our special day. Vivien and Michael were genuinely happy to help and be available for any questions or concerns that arose throughout the weekend. Our guests couldn't stop talking about what a perfect event it was. From the towering eucalyptus trees, the charming interior decor, the bay-front beach--we had a wealth of incredible places to spend our weekend. We can't imagine having our wedding anywhere else, and could not recommend this property more highly.

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Management Response
24 Nov 2015
We loved having you! What a great couple of people we met and we're thrilled you could tie the knot at our place. May your life together be stupendous. Come back and visit anytime! Vivien, Michael, and Miriam
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gigiHuang...
San Francisco, California
1 review
“Fabulous place for filming a student short film”
Reviewed 19 November 2015 for a stay in November 2015

We are a bunch of film students from san francisco. We spent 3days in this fabulous ranch for filming a student short film, and few of us stayed 2 nights in stratus home. It was our pleasure to know the owner Vivien and Michael. They are just so nice and they will help you a lot when you get there. Everything will make you feel comfortable and feel at home there. They have everything in the house so you don't need to bring too much stuffs. I just want to say I 'm sure that I will go visit again if I have chance. Really awesome place and worthy to visit and stay for sure!!!!!!

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Management Response
19 Nov 2015
Gigi - we loved hosting you and your film crew, and so glad that you all enjoyed the house and that our ranch was such a great fit for your project. Really looking forward to seeing the film, and to watching all of you walk down the red carpet at the Academy Awards one day!! // Michael
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bill3west
San Francisco
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4 reviews
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“Absolutely lovely and so relaxing”
Reviewed 26 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

I turned 50 earlier this year and we've been celebrating with different groups of friends in different places, instead of a big party. Our early-May weekend at the Straus Ranch was the loveliest location, the most charming house and the most relaxed group dynamic.

The eight of us had grand plans to hike to Tomales Point and to kayak in Tomales Bay. That all went by the wayside as we woke up to the beautiful views out over the water from right where we were, and when Michael kindly offered a walking tour of the hillside pastures and a history of the Ranch. Both the views and the story were beautiful and fascinating. And our stroll through the hills ended right across the street from Nick's Cove, where we watched the fog clear from the end of the pier.

We did manage to travel as far as the Marshall Store for a grilled oyster lunch on the shore, and for a run up and back one of the country roads just south of the Ranch. But the most relaxing fun was at the house, especially for our two big group dinners. We had a big pot of pasta sauce going to greet our guests as they arrived the first night, and we grilled chicken and veggies the second night. The spacious and well-stocked kitchen and the big, beautiful dining room table provided far more capacity than we needed for two such dinner parties for eight.

Then the living room was perfect for relaxing all together after dinner, and the den for slipping off sometimes to read. The four bedrooms upstairs are all lovely, private and very comfortable. And the two bathrooms with showers -- one up and one down -- were definitely all we needed (it is a farm after all).

We plan to get back up there before long and do one of the nighttime bioluminescence tours by kayak. Now I can't believe that when we did that a few years ago we stayed in some shoddy B&B when we could have been here!

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Liked best: The ease of throwing two dinner parties for eight in a lovely and relaxed environment
Liked least: I'll get myself motivated to get out on a kayak next time despite the appeal of just relaxing on the farm
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
26 May 2015
Thanks for your kind words, and happy to have helped, in a small way, in your celebration!
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Linda E
Westlake Village, California, United States
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“There's No Place Like (Straus) Home”
Reviewed 23 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014

The Straus Home Ranch is located in a beautiful pastoral setting with lovely views of Tomales Bay. My husband and I vacationed there along with 3 other couples. The home is cozy and the beds are very comfortable. It is well stocked with a large kitchen, BBQ, games, books and a fabulous grand piano in the living room. My friends and I enjoyed a fun night of singing around the piano. There's lots to do in the area: hiking, kayaking, dining, shopping, wine tasting and cheese tasting. I never tasted dairy products a wonderful as the organic Straus brand. The Straus Home Ranch is a great place to bond with family and friends. We are looking forward to returning.
Linda Eichberg

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Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
30 Sep 2014
Thank you!!
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