Straus Home Ranch: "Breathtaking", "Stunning" "Charming" home on Tomales Bay


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Beautifully renovated 1864 farmhouse, surrounded by towering eucalyptus and cypress trees, on 166 certified organic acres, on the shores of Tomales Bay. Our house is a 30-second walk to the beach, perfect for launching your kayak and watching spectacular sunsets. The House: Setup with everything you’ll need – new beds and luxurious feeling bedding, fully-equipped gourmet kitchen, 1910 Steinway Grand Piano, Wi-Fi, flat screen TV and DVDs, indoor and outdoor games, BBQ, patio, upper and lower porches for chillin’, lots of room to hang out (inside and outside), towels, beach towels, hair dryers, and many amenities provided – all in incomparably-beautiful surroundings. Seriously, this place is magical. Our house accommodates 10 (total, adults and kids): 4 bedrooms upstairs, each with queen bed; plus a queen pull-out sofa in the downstairs den. For hosting events at our ranch, please contact us for details: [email protected] Eating: West Marin is a foodie Mecca, including Nick’s Cove, Hog Island Oyster Company, Marshall Store, Rocker Oysterfellas, Osteria Stellina, Cowgirl Creamery, Heidrun Meadery and so much more. Straus Family Creamery isn’t bad, either ☺. Pick up some pastries at the Tomales Bakery or Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes Station. Or, cook at home with our terrific kitchen. Or shuck and BBQ oysters on our patio. Or … ask us about having an incredible meal prepared by Stacy, our on-site and truly terrific caterer / private chef. West Marin is a slice of paradise – kayaking on the Bay, hiking in the Point Reyes National Seashore, home to artisan cheeses, fresh local oysters and a serene country escape (but still only an hour’s drive to SF or Wine Country). Want to know more about Marin County's rich environmental, sustainable agriculture and organic food history? Just ask siblings Vivien and Michael Straus - we can share stories about the Marin Agricultural Land Trust ( - co-founded by our mother Ellen; stories about launching Straus Family Creamery (owned separately by our brother) and the local artisan cheese scene (Vivien created the map and app). Want to talk about psychic phenomena? That's Michael's department :) Come out to Marshall - the only town where the population minus the elevation equals the speed limit.

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  1. Marie G.
    Nine of us women had a ladies weekend at this house and we had an incredible time. The house is perfectly decorated in a charming, fresh, and cozy way. Vivien and Michael are wonderful hosts, easy going and really helpful. We really appreciated all the attention to detail and loved every minute we spent in the beautiful house. You can see the cows out in the field, which just makes you feel immersed in the experience. I will definitely come here again! 04 April 2016 - 20:38:54
  2. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend stay at Straus Home Ranch! The Straus family's warm hospitality and personal touches are genuine, and were appreciated by all in our large group. The rooms are beautiful and comfyevery thoughtful detail felt as though it had been prepared just for us. We especially enjoyed cooking in their kitchen, which had every amenity available, and eating meals at the big wood dining table. So nice!. There are numerous things to do in close proximity to Straus Ranch so it's a perfect location for exploring Point Reyes and the surrounding area. It is, hands down, a truly special experience! 14 April 2016 - 14:55:59
  3. Eric H.
    As the title suggests, my wife and I got married here. I can't say enough good things about the property and the Straus siblings, but I will try. First, I want to be best friends with Michael and Vivien. It's not often where you meet vendors that make you feel so comfortable and at home that you want to talk more business just to hang out longer. The Straus siblings were not only as warm as hot cocoa on a cold winter's night, they were also incredibly efficient. They were premier professionals by setting/managing expectations and going above & beyond when a request was made by us. For example, we made the lofty decision to put up our own lighting for our wedding. When we realized that it was simply unscaleable for us to do, Michael stepped up and spent more than four hours of his own time to help put the lights up for us. He had no obligation to do so, but was happy to do so. Just amazing. Onto the ranch itself. Dear lord, why this property isn't booked every day for a wedding or an event is beyond me. It really does feel like it's a fantasy property. In summary, we got married in a ranch located in the woods by a beach. You turn left and you see a beautifully green pasture that looks like what JRR Tolkien was describing when writing about the Shire. You turn right and it's a VAST OCEAN WHERE ALL THE TEARS BORNE OUT OF THE BEAUTY OF THE VIEW IS ABSORBED INTO. Like what the what?! It's too much. In summary, wow. Just wow. 05 May 2016 - 07:33:50
  4. Straus Home Ranch was so cozy and comfy, yet with tastefully decorated with high-end country style that makes it a perfect Sunset Magazine road trip destination. I love the fact that the Straus family strive to make the property as non-toxic, and eco-friendly as possible, with wonderfully refreshing, biodegradable soaps & hair care products which made the stay so much more enjoyable. Michael was an awesome host and really went the extra mile to ensure my pleasurable stay. Stunning views of Tomales Bay. Stay a few days, visit Point Reyes and enjoy the best of farm to table restaurants and California cuisine. 14 May 2016 - 20:57:47
  5. Christina P.
    My husband and I held our 90-person wedding ceremony and reception at the Straus Home Ranch last weekend. We cannot imagine a more perfect location or experience! The grounds are enchanting--from the towering eucalyptus and cypress trees, to the green pastures, to the views of the bay, the chorus of birds, etc. etc. The night before our wedding, there were high winds and the forecast predicted a 60% chance of rain, which is unusual for late May. It never came, which made the sun's appearance during our outdoor ceremony all the more magical. The lovingly restored house is similarly stunning, featuring beautiful craftsmanship, tasteful furnishings, and plenty of natural light. The house is somehow cozy, minimal, and elegant. It invites you to linger. Vivien and Michael were a dream! They are two of the most hardworking and loving people we've ever met. Their warmth and responsiveness from our first email exchange through the big day made everything easier and more enjoyable. One example: they instantly removed a large fallen tree branch on the morning of our wedding. They are also committed to adding amenities to the venue over time. We were pleased to have access to a parking area as well as the shed for dancing, features that were not available during our initial visit. Many of our guests came from hundreds or thousands of miles away. They too fell in love with the venue and area. How special to reconnect with friends and family in this awe-inspiring place. Words cannot fully convey our gratitude and joy. We are in San Francisco and can't wait to return! 27 May 2016 - 19:51:44
  6. Joycelyn M.
    We are grateful to have had our wedding ceremony at Straus Home (22 guests). The care and thought put into layout, decor, and landscaping created the perfect ambiance for our day. Straus Home's interior and surrounding property have much character, which allowed our guests to find their own comfortable nooks to spend the day. Vivien and Michael are the most gracious of hosts, thoughtful, efficient, and responsive; they have made many upgrades to accommodate weddings without losing the charm of this property. The love and legacy of the Straus family makes this property magical, and it's beautiful setting by Tomales Bay is not to be missed. 01 July 2016 - 19:28:03
  7. Mona B.
    We celebrated our wedding at the Straus Home Ranch with about 40 guests and I could not have been happier. The location was perfect for our small and intimate celebration. Since the outdoors were so beautiful and peaceful, most of our guests spent the entire time around our bonfire pit in the garden in front of the house. However, the house and shed were also available if people wanted to be indoors. The house itself is so beautifully decorated and remodeled, it has an amazing cozy vibe to it. It has all the amenities and items you would need to spend the night, even shampoo/conditioner/body soap in dispensers in the showers! With plenty of clean sheets and blankets and towels. The kitchen is stocked with utilities like a full sized fridge, coffeemaker, etc. The shed gave a great rustic feeling and was perfect for placing all of our tables with snacks and decorations and gifts. The garden was beautifully lit and great for our bonfire and for our bar and catering setup. Vivien and Michael were the most helpful, thoughtful and accommodating hosts. I received immediate responses from them any time I asked my billion questions. I constantly sent them emails asking questions. They worked so hard to make this day perfect for me and I am so appreciative of their help. The view of the Bay adds to the calming ranch scene. This location is perfect for people that want a quiet place to be away from all the city noises and really create an intimate and personal environment. The property had everything we needed, from fold up tables, to wooden benches, to outdoor string lighting, and all the amenities necessary. My family loved the place so much they talked about getting family together again in the future to go back and just spend a couple of days there to relax and get away. My guests could not stop talking about how beautiful and different the place was and how it was the best wedding celebration they had attended. Waking up the next day to the smell of the trees and outdoors was so serene and breathtaking. The views are something you need to see for yourself to understand. If you are looking for a small venue for a very unique, affordable and enjoyable wedding, I recommend this highly. I searched for a long time to find what I wanted and nothing compared. I could seriously go on and on about all the other positive aspects of this place, but it's best that you contact the hosts themselves and ask anything you want, they'll get back to you very quickly! 07 July 2016 - 20:41:43
  8. Linda G.
    The home was very comfortable and the area is a great vacation spot. Lots to do or even better you can spend a lot of time relaxing. Hosts very friendly and accommodating. Home is ideally suited for families. Lots of room for the kids and nice little beach across the street. Highly recommended. We hope to go back!! 16 July 2016 - 18:30:42
  9. Helena G.
    This home is gorgeous and romantic. Despite my high expectations from looking at all the photos and reviews, the beauty, charm and cleanliness of the home actually exceeded my expectations. There is so much beauty and rich history here--the lush gardens, the lights stringed outside between the huge sprawling trees, the views of the farmland and the bay from the windows, the dark wood floors, red barns, the inviting row of adirondack chairs, the incredible fragrance from all the trees and flowers outside, there's too much to list here. The house made our party of 12 women celebrating a 50th birthday very special. They allowed us to bring air mattresses for the extra two guests. There was plenty of room and everyone was very comfortable. The kitchen and the bathrooms are well stocked and the dining room is especially lovely. It would be a great venue for an intimate wedding. I would love to return for years to come. The owners (Vivien and Michael) were so responsive and helpful with any questions and suggestions. I have rented many houses through VRBO and this was by far the best experience I've ever had. 27 July 2016 - 22:37:14
  10. Eddy K.
    I was looking for a low key, private home to host friends for my birthday party and the Straus home met all my needs and then some. The home is beautifully maintained and is large enough to house a group. The rooms are well appointed and the beds are very comfortable. The front lawn was the perfect venue for an afternoon of wine and oysters from Hog Island up the street. The setting is everyone one can hope for from Tomales Bay. Vivien Straus was the utmost host, introducing us the the Straus cows and a tour of the fields. She even mailed back a few items we forgot. It's great to support good people. Highly recommended! 07 August 2016 - 18:10:09
  11. Frank + Teresa + Vivienne V.
    We came with 7 adults, 4 kids and made the Straus Ranch our weekend getaway. We had a wonderful time in a wonderful house, prepared by our wonderful host, Vivien. BBQ under the stars, a tent on the green grass in the garden, turkeys and fawns running wild behind the house- and peaceful nights. Thank you, Wilhelm (Straus) for finding and building this place- and thanks to Vivien and Michael for opening it to us. 09 August 2016 - 21:13:33
  12. Dan F.
    With a family of five visiting us from England, we wanted to showcase the best that Marin County has to offer, and that meant a stay at the wonderful Straus Home Ranch. There we found the perfect marriage of people and nature, scenery and history, superb accommodations in a serene environment. Michael sat us in a field among cows and told stories of life on the farm. The house dates to the earliest days of agriculture in California, and yet the Straus family are incredible pioneers and innovators, founding the Marin Agricultural Land Trust that has preserved so much farmland (and inspired imitators around the globe) and establishing an organic dairy that now has 75 percent of farms in Marin and Sonoma also raising organic cows. In addition to all that, the house is perfectly modern, extremely comfortable, and the perfect place for big family meals. And it served as a launchpad for everything we love in Point Reyes. We especially recommend the Tomales Point hike, an eight-mile round-trip ramble with views of Tomales Bay and the ocean and the added treat of a vast herd of magnificent Tule Elk. We stopped at the Inverness Park market on the way -- who could believe such a small rural market had such a sophisticated big city deli? With other food coming from Tomales Bay Foods, Cowgirl Creamery, Bovine Bakery, and the Palace Market, we ate like kings. Thanks Michael and Vivien! We will be back! 18 August 2016 - 19:21:57
  13. We visited Straus Home Ranch for 15 minutes in the rain and still knew it was the most special place. The landscape, the history, the aesthetic of the farm house...Straus Home Ranch is both inspiring, and makes you immediately feel at home thanks to the most thoughtful and generous hosts. As one of many examples, my sister reached out to see if they had a pack + play available for my 1 year old niece and they offered to get one knowing it would benefit other guests in the future. We will be back for many more celebrations in the future. I can't recommend highly enough. 25 September 2016 - 13:26:37
  14. Melissa K.
    Six of us met to celebrate our Medicare birthdays. We wanted beauty, quiet, walks, a bit of adventure, a nearby restaurant, but mostly talks, talks, talks and much laughter. The ranch was perfect: we could be together when we wanted to, and private when we chose. We spent hours in the kitchen and around the dining table, or reading in the sun coming through the endless windows, and by the end of our too short stay, it was hard to leave the Adirondacks in the front yard. The ranch was just what we needed! 14 August 2017 - 19:37:00
  15. Julia B.
    This beautiful and historic farmhouse with views of Tomales Bay was the ideal getaway for my friends and I. Everything was perfectly prepared and our host went above and beyond to make sure we settled in and had everything we needed. While having coffee at the gorgeous handcrafted kitchen table I noticed out the window that the cows came by to say good morning. Hikes, beaches, kayaking, and delicious oysters and mixed drinks are all possibilities when you plan your days using the Straus Home Ranch as your launch pad, or stay put and cozy up near a window with a book and take in the views with the ever shifting light through the trees. Hanging out in the yard at night with strung lights felt like being in a movie . . . a great one. And yes there is a soundtrack. The house has a great sound system! I loved learning about the history of the place, and was grateful to be part of it and can't wait to go back. 09 November 2017 - 14:57:00
  16. Nilas Y.
    This is a fabulous gathering place for friends and family. The house and amenities are prefect for a casual,peaceful and joyful rendezvous that can support all forms of culinary venues. The setting is beautiful with a charming rural rustic two story home on a large gently-sloping hillside yard with moss-laden tress across from beautiful Tomales Bay. And real live cows, wild turkey and deer for viewing! Hosts Michael and Vivien were very welcoming and gracious hosts.ENJOY! 27 October 2015 - 18:23:07
  17. Rachel O.
    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! 14 December 2015 - 21:16:54
  18. Yuan W.
    When I first visited Straus Home Ranch for a wedding site visit, I knew immediately this is the one! The hosts: Vivien & Micheal, were the best hosts you could ask for. They always answered our questions within 24hrs and provided so much information & details, which made the entire planning process stress-free. During the wedding weekend, they made sure we had everything we needed for both rehearsal & wedding events. Our guests were impressed by the beauty of this place and our families had a wonderful stay in the ranch. We love this venue and would certainly consider come back to this area! 25 October 2017 - 04:38:00
  19. Faith F.
    Wow! What can we say about Straus Home Ranch? An absolutely stunning and gorgeous setting nestled in majestic Tomales Bay, surrounded by eucalyptus and pines accompanied by an idyllic farmhouse with 2 awesome old barns. Not only has the Straus house retained its historical old-world feel - its character, warmth and little touches made us feel instantly at home. We fell in love with this place the moment we stepped foot in it. After viewing multiple locations, we knew we had to have our wedding here - it was absolutely the perfect spot. We felt so welcomed by Vivien and Michael - awesome hosts, easy communicators and really just super nice people. They were incredibly professional and helpful at every step of the way and they truly went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. A little about the wedding. Although we had selected the perfect date months in advance - expecting an all-day outdoor wedding in the sunshine - at the 11th hour se were suddenly faced with the reality that it was going to rain heavily We had to decide to either have the wedding at Straus or find another location. Vivien & Michael did everything in their power to help us and we finally decided to stay at Straus (thank goodness!) and ended up having one of the most intimate and magical tent weddings you could possibly have with 100+ people. We were lucky enough to have our ceremony outside under the whispy front tree before the rains came - and somehow magically, moments after the ceremony ended and everyone got in the tent - the first big rains of the season opened up! Although not at all what we had originally planned - we ended up with one of the most beautiful sunsets of the year and a huge rainbow and a full moon at the end to boot! I really cant say enough about how incredible Straus Home Ranch, Vivien and Michael are. Thank you Vivien and Michael you made our wedding magical! 01 November 2016 - 19:03:49
  20. A fabulous place for two families to unwind after the holidays. The Straus family, Vivien and Michael, were very helpful with sharing information regarding the house and surrounding Point Reyes area. We loved our time there and look forward to a return visit. 31 December 2017 - 00:18:00

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