The Van der Ryn Eco LodgE


SEVENTY-THOUSAND ACRES of rolling hills, pine forests, ranch lands, and uncrowded open beaches, nearly all of it a National Seashore, the Point Reyes Peninsula, only an hour's drive from San Francisco—this is the backdrop to the celebrated house that, in the 1970s, renowned ecological architect and author Sim Van der Ryn designed and built for himself and his family.

Since 2013, Sim has made his Eco Refuge available for exclusive rental for corporate retreats or personal getaways. The home is nestled on five lush acres of Bishop pine, bay, and native oak with a vast edible garden, orchard, berry patch, healing garden, and chickens and yet is only an hours drive from San Francisco. The Eco Refuge's 4,000-square-foot, three-story house—a traditional pole barn with attached Japanese-style pavilion— includes three bedrooms and four baths, along with additional, informal sleeping areas, comfortably sleeping 7 - 10 guests. For larger groups an additional two room unit with a bath and its own entrance called “The Roost” (sleeping 3-4 people) is available for an additional $120/night. In all, the house sleeps 12 - 13 comfortably. A yurt closeby to the Eco-Refuge will soon be added to the rental.




*For up to six people, with a minimum three-night stay without The Roost. Additional guests pay $60 per night. No cats or dogs. $200 cleaning fee. Additional $50 cleaning fee for Roost if it is rented. 10% county tax.


Occupying a secluded five-acre site on Inverness Ridge, the Eco Lodge is only an hour from San Francisco, less than a mile from the village of Inverness and 5.1 miles from Point Reyes Station.  Since it is located on the Point Reyes... [more]


The house's ground floor comprises a yoga/exercise/massage space; three bedrooms and three baths; and a 1,000-square-foot open kitchen/den/dining area/TV nook, a room that's ideal for dinner parties and talks,... [more]


Take a virtual tour of the celebrated house that, in the 1970s, renowned ecological architect and author Sim Van der Ryn designed and built for himself. All the images are copyright Richard Olsen... [more]

ONe-on-one Talks with Sim

By special arrangement, guests of the Eco Refuge can meet Van der Ryn for one-on-one talks on ecological architecture and on his many related books. If interested in having Van der Ryn speak during your stay, please include this as part of your booking request and you'll be notified of his availability.