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Reno, Nevada
Reviewed 13 October 2015

Our family has vacationed at Pt. Reyes National Seashore for many years and the place we come back to again and again is the Pt. Reyes Schoolhouse Compound, particularly Gray’s Retreat and Jasmine Cottage. These small cottage gems have become our “home away from home” when our children were growing up and when we needed a cool ocean respite from...

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Karen G, Owner at Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound, responded to this review

Thank you, Maria. You and Mark are among my favorite folks - not just long time guests with your family but passionate supporters of our spectacular Point Reyes National Seashore. It is people like you who understand the wonders of our wilderness and are making sure that it is here for our kids and their kids. If my Schoolhouse Compound...

Berkeley, California, United States
Reviewed 12 October 2015

We're staying again with extended family-all three generations-on the Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound. As always, we are having a wonderful time together enjoying the homes and gardens of the compound, walking to town for the great food options, and exploring the spectacular Point Reyes National Seashore together. The owner/artist Karen Gray, is as always, gracious and sharing. We feel lucky...

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Karen G, Owner at Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound, responded to this review

Thanks so much for sharing your experience. It's always a delight for me to welcome my guests back with their kids - and often with their grandkids - now that I've been hosting folks here for over thirty years. People who understand how to embrace life in the country and enjoy the wilderness in my backyard, the Point Reyes National...

Northern California
Reviewed 19 September 2015

We chose the Schoolhouse Compound because it is the closest accommodation to Pt. Reyes Station, within a healthy walking distance. And it is well appointed though a bit run down in places. But it turned out to have a number of issues, some of which we could not have anticipated. 1. It is quite expensive. We knew that, and hoped...

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Karen G, Owner at Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound, responded to this review

Interesting that the same party posted a rave review for the same family wedding stay. I met the beautiful bride and groom at the end of their weekend as they headed out on their honeymoon. They told me they were "just thrilled." I am always especially gratified when wedding families and family reunions have a great time with me. Few...

Mammoth Lakes, California
Reviewed 19 September 2015

My husband and I (plus kids and grandkids) attended a wonderful family wedding in Point Reyes, and we rented the "Schoolhouse" for the event because of its location--we could easily walk to the wedding and reception without worrying about drinking and driving. :) It also was handy for walking into town. Best of all, the owner was incredibly helpful and...

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Karen G, Owner at Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of my Schoolhouse. I am always especially gratified when wedding parties and family reunions understand how to appreciate and enjoy our beautiful family compound. I hope you will return.

Mill Valley, California
Reviewed 18 June 2015

My family has stayed at the Schoolhouse twice in the last couple of years, once in Gray's Retreat and once in Jasmine Cottage. We loved both stays! Jasmine Cottage was private with an enclosed yard (great for our dog) and a fire pit (great for s'mores). We enjoyed the bocce ball court and being a short walk into town for...

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Karen G, Owner at Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound, responded to this review

I sincerely hope that you do return. I especially enjoy hosting familiies here and love hearing that you embraced all that my beautiful home and Point Reyes National Seashore have to offer.

Reviewed 10 March 2015 via mobile

My wife and I luckily happened upon The Schoolhouse Compound. We picked up a brochure at the driveway kiosk and called for availability. We were invited to look at the cottages/retreats available and promptly chose Gray's Retreat. What a lovely, homespun stay we had for four days. The kitchen was well appointed, plenty of room to stretch out and relax...

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Karen G, Owner at Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound, responded to this review

Thanks, Kevin. You two were a delight to have on the Schoolhouse Compound. Guests who value an authentic experience in the spectacular surroundings of our family retreat are my favorite folks - the people who really 'get it' when looking for the heart and soul of an area. It was a genuine pleasure to share our history here with you....

San Jose, California
Reviewed 10 February 2015

Stayed at Jasmine Cottage - such a delight. Windows open to private yard, everything you need is comfortably set: books, games, cookware, coffee maker...the bed is unusual alcove, truly a holiday treat since you don't get it at home. Heater works well, as long as doors are open, it is sufficient to heat up the whole cottage including front room....

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Karen G, Owner at Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound, responded to this review

Thank you for this wonderful review. It is my intention to provide a refuge from the pressures and distractions of daily life for my guests. It sounds as if I succeeded - hooray. I look forward to welcoming you back to my family retreat.

Edina, Minnesota
Reviewed 1 February 2015

This place has everything you need for a delightful getaway in a spectacularly beautiful area. My husband and I just visited in December. It was awesome as usual. It's designed for people who love nature, and want a cozy retreat at the end of a day of hiking, biking and exploring. It offers a place to where you can relax,...

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Karen G, Owner at Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound, responded to this review

Thanks for this kind review. It is always a pleasure to welcome your family back to the Schoolhouse Compound. It's a special satisfaction to me that many of my guests have begun their stays here as courting couples years ago, come back to marry and celebrate anniversaries, and later bring their friends, children and extended families back with them to...

Millbrae, California
Reviewed 31 January 2015

My 12-member team recently held a retreat at Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound. We took over the entire property and spent two days meeting, sharing meals, and creating a more cohesive team. The property is charming and even better yet, the beds and the linens are better than most hotels I have stayed in. We visited a local deli that catered...

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Karen G, Owner at Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your kind review. It was a real pleasure hosting your joyful group. i am always gratified when my guests appreciate our family cottages and gardens on the Schoolhouse Compound. You are now a part of the rich history here. Over 25 years I have gotten to know families and retreat groups that return regularly to revel...

Mill Valley, California
Reviewed 28 January 2015

I've stayed in the Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound quite a few times, in fact, it's the only place I'll stay in Pt. Reyes. The compound has something for everyone, I've stayed in the large house with friends, and the smaller house, when I'm traveling alone. Karen, the owner and operator, always makes me feel so welcome and at home. I...

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Karen G, Owner at Point Reyes Schoolhouse Compound, responded to this review

Regular guests are the pride and joy of my Schoolhouse Compound. Returning families, professionals on retreat together, single writers and artists needing peace in nature to create, are all proof positive for me that the authenticity of the place touches and inspires my guests. Thank you for this.

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Kitchenette
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
After ten years of hard work at night and on weekends, with not much more than our carpentry skills and determination, we had a home. We raised children, chickens, vegetables, fruit trees and honey bees here, making blackberry jam every summer. We built the wood-fired oven in the garden, a pond, Jasmine Cottage, Gray's Retreat and the Barn Loft. I was a professional artist for many years, then commuted from the Schoolhouse to U.C. Berkeley to become a landscape architect. Twenty-five years ago I converted the carriage house to Jasmine Cottage. It was the very first cottage open to visitors as a Point Reyes vacation rental. Point Reyes area lodging at the time was just a few traditional bed and breakfasts in Inverness with a couple small motels on that side of Tomales Bay. Inverness was the place for holidays then; Point Reyes was a working cow town. Nobody thought visitors would want to stay in the little town of Pt. Reyes. Because I offered a secluded garden cottage with an invitation to bring the children and the family dog, Jasmine Cottage was instantly popular as a romantic get-away and a family retreat. Sixteen years ago I designed and built the barn that houses Gray's Retreat and the Barn Loft, intended as places for our extended family to visit and as part-time vacation rentals. ... more   less 

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Address: #11559 Scenic Coast Highway #1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Region: United States > California > Marin County > Point Reyes Station
Number of rooms: 3
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“The Schoolhouse is the largest at 8 guests-great for a larger family”
 of 5 bubbles douge73, 11 Oct 2015 | Read review
“all the rooms are good.”
 of 5 bubbles 670victoriam, 28 Jan 2015 | Read review
“The schoolhouse is the best for more than just a couple. Gray's Retreat or Jasmine cottage are perfect for a couple.”
 of 5 bubbles douge73, 24 Jan 2015 | Read review
“Stay at a different inn or hotel.”
 of 5 bubbles 602jeanneh, 27 Jul 2014 | Read review
“The four bedroom house on the compound is impeccably furnished, has a full gourmet kitchen, dining room with all the china, serving pieces and linens; sitting room; living room; etc. and feels just like home only better. It is great for a family gathering or group of friends. Very comfortable and lots of room to spread out. We didn't want to leave. The other residences are smaller but well appointed and comfortable for smaller parties.”
 of 5 bubbles ChrisA616, 31 May 2013 | Read review
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