The Iris Road Residence

bolinas, california
4 bedroom - 3 bath
(2 reviews)
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$500 per night (USD)
excludes K&C fee and cleaning charges
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Perks for the Parents

This gorgeous, light-filled family home in Bolinas has sunny family spaces, beautiful kids bedrooms and a garden to play in. As you enter the house, the living room welcomes guests with ample comfortable seating and plenty of dining space. The kitchen is perfect for preparing meals for the whole family, and there is a stone grill outside near the garden for a barbecue or an evening by the fireside. The master bedroom has an adjacent sun room great for relaxation, meditation, and yoga, while the master bathroom with a large stone bathtub and shower. There is an additional bedroom upstairs that has sweeping views of the property and an ensuite bathroom. Detached from the main house and just steps away, an in-law suite features a charming living room and bathroom and is great for grandparents or an au pair.

Why Kids Love it

There is ample outdoor space to enjoy in this lovely house, including a treehouse cabin with views of the Pacific Ocean and a chicken coop. The half acre yard is fenced in, so kids have plenty of space to play freely and safely while parents have a peace of mind. They will love getting their hands dirty in the garden or taking a short ride down to the beach to dig in sand, collecting seashells, and splashing around in the ocean. The kids’ bedroom is equipped with a set of twin bunk beds and a crib and is filled with toys and plenty of space to play. There is also an attic playspace above the kitchen accessed by a ladder where kids can play within earshot of adults. The house is within walking distance of downtown Bolinas where you'll find small shops, farmers markets, restaurants and child-friendly cafés.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 2 nights. No pets allowed. No smoking allowed inside the home. The house is safely located within a private gated property. A travel crib is available on request. There is a ladder from the main living space to a playroom, which is only suitable for children over the age of 6. Children should be supervised on the balcony and in the garden, where there is a small pond. Included in your rental: WiFi, a home entertainment system with AppleTV, Sonos speakers, Dyson heater / fans, toiletries, hairdryers, sheets and towels, yoga mats and a washer/dryer. The kitchen is well equipped with fridge, freezer, stove, oven, microwave, toaster, electric kettle, coffee maker, dishwasher and children’s dinnerware.

About the Location

The house is in the heart of Bolinas, just over an hour drive north from San Francisco, walking distance from the shops and main street. The tiny seaside village is a Marin County oasis, eternally idyllic and immune to shopping malls. The property is a 10-minute walk from Agate Beach for exploring tide pools and a 10-minute walk the opposite direction to sandy beaches where surfers come from all around to ride the waves. It’s also a short walk down the road to Downtown Bolinas where you will find Coast Cafe, Eleven Wine Bar Bistro, and the neighborhood market. Oakland and San Francisco international airport are both 1 hour 20 minutes away by car. Car rental is recommended; there is parking at the property for up to 3 cars.

Accommodation Details

This 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom property is split over a main house and in law garden suite. The main house has a master bedroom with kingsize bed and lounge, a kids bedroom with twinsize bunk beds, crib and lounge, and a guest room with queensize bed and ensuite shower bathroom. It also has a lounge, kitchen, sun room, playroom and dining area, and a master bathroom with tub. The guest house/in law suite has a bedroom with queensize bed, a lounge and an ensuite shower bathroom. The garden includes a treehouse cabin, deck with outdoor lounge, lawn, barbecue and flower and vegetable gardens. The in law suite is set just beside the main house and has a small seating area outside. There is a chicken coop beside the vegetable gardens.

Style Notes

Modern Surf. This light-filled and beautiful family home is set up with beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces. The back yard includes vegetable gardens and an olive tree grove plus old growth apple trees, and is delightful whether you’re running and playing around the lawn or relaxing on the deck. The main living space has a calming, sunny feel, with wooden floors and soaring white walls; a wood burner keeps it cozy in winter. An Eames lounger and a Moroccan monochrome rug complete the look. Upstairs, bedrooms have space and an uncluttered feel, and the addition of a lounge area makes them great for families who need space to spread out and relax. We love the blooming bathtub in the back yard and the imaginative play space above the kitchen.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 king
2 queen
1 bunk bed
sleeps 1
1 baby crib
Sonya Y.
Member since May 04, 2014
Food & Lifestyle Photographer

2 reviews

Hillary K.
Visited in December 2018
The house is located in great little neighborhood just one block from the beach. It has tons of fantastic toys and is fully stocked for a family (tons of great kitchen appliances and tools). Some parts of the house, however, could use a serious upgrade (the kitchen is very dated and the dishwasher needs to be rolled over to the sink to be run, which is an inconvenience if you're there with kids and need to wash a lot of dishes). The garden is wonderful and spacious. Our only issue was in communicating with the owners, who didn't seem particularly interested in going out of their way to help out. For instance, when we arrived the crib was in the master bedroom although it's not situated there in the photos. When we asked for assistance in moving it (there was some dismantling required and no tools in the house) we were told to call a handyman, something I'd certainly expect the owners to handle, especially since the crib was expected to be in a different room. We were also very disappointed to discover that the beautiful fireplace in the living room isn't for guest use—this was a real bummer as we came for the holidays—but the owners didn't seem particularly apologetic. For the amount of money we paid for the stay we were disappointed that the owners didn't seem to care about our frustrations.
Cecelia B.
Visited in November 2018
Home was beautiful, large and very kid friendly. Kitchen was fun and easy to cook in. Close to town and great outdoor space!

Bolinas, California

Sunny days, surf and yoga

This Marin County town might well be your next little secret. Twenty miles northwest of San Francisco, it’s on the beach - a surf beach, of course - with water on three sides of it, and is the kind of low key haunt where yoga retreats, food co-ops and independent coffee shops flourish. Enjoy the beach, and keep the secret to yourself...