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You’ll feel the stress begin to unwind as soon as you arrive at the door of our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast. Old Thyme Inn is here to help you rediscover the pleasures of romance, play, and relaxation. Once inside, you will discover an ideal blending of the past and present, with furnishings that are comfortable and casual, featuring innkeeper Kathy’s original "plein air" oil paintings. Late afternoon is time for complimentary California wines and cheeses in the parlor or garden. Rick or Kathy can help you select and make reservations for one of our many excellent local restaurants. When the day is done, climb into bed and surround yourself with comfort and luxury -- all-cotton sheets on a feather bed with down comforter and pillows -- for a rejuvenating and soothing sleep. In the morning, awaken to a delicious full breakfast: organic free-range eggs and local produce, fresh fruit, specialty-grade coffee, and bread and breakfast cakes baked right at our B&B. Now that you’re awake and fully fortified, it’s time to sample the manifold pleasures of Half Moon Bay. Go have some fun!!
Upstairs, with private outside entrance, cathedral ceiling, four-poster queen canopy bed with featherbed and down comforter, fireplace, fridge, overhead rain shower; in whirlpool tub-for-two, TV/VCR/DVD, CD stereo, free wireless internet. Full hot breakfast served in your room. Check in time is 3:00 - 7:00 PM and Check out time is 11:00 AM.
Nightly Rate: $349-$349
Downstairs, uniquely decorated, Louis XVI queen bed with featherbed and down comforter, fireplace, sitting area, TV/VCR/DVD, free wireless internet, whirlpool tub-for-two with European-style hand-held shower in private bath. Check in time is 3:00 - 7:00 PM and Check out time is 11:00 AM.
Nightly Rate: $299-$299
Upstairs, charmingly decorated, four-poster queen bed with featherbed and down comforter, fireplace, sitting area, private bath with clawfooted tub and stand-up shower, color TV/VCR, and free wireless internet. Check in time is 3:00 - 7:00 PM and Check out time is 11:00 AM.
Nightly Rate: $269-$269
Downstairs, romantically decorated, Louis XV-style queen bed with featherbed and down comforter, whirlpool tub-for-two with European-style hand-held shower in private bath, color TV/VCR, free wireless internet. Check in time is 3:00 - 7:00 PM and Check out time is 11:00 AM.
Nightly Rate: $249-$249
Upstairs, warmly decorated, queen bed with featherbed and down comforter, private bath with clawfooted tub and stand-up shower, color TV/VCR, free wireless internet. Check in time is 3:00 - 7:00 PM and Check out time is 11:00 AM.
Nightly Rate: $229-$229
Upstairs, color TV/VCR, free wireless internet, queen bed with featherbed and down comforter, luxury linens, private bath with clawfooted tub and European-style hand-held shower under skylight in alcove (see photo). Check in time is 3:00 - 7:00 PM and Check out time is 11:00 AM.
Nightly Rate: $199-$199
Upstairs, restfully decorated, white iron-framed queen bed with featherbed and down comforter, color TV/VCR, free wireless internet, private full bath with 6 ft. long tub and stand-up shower in room next door to bedroom. Check in time is 3:00 - 7:00 PM and Check out time is 11:00 AM.
Nightly Rate: $199-$199
4.8 on August 06, 2014
We have never stayed at a B&B before, always VRBO or hotels. Some of the hotels we looked at did not get great reviews, but the Old Thyme B & B did! Rick and Kathy provide a very relaxing, comfortable home with a delicious breakfast as well. Enjoyed easy walks to downtown and received great directions and recommendations for dining from Rick. For the first time in months, we actually relaxed in the garden and read for 3 hours, then enjoyed the wine and cheese in the afternoon. Thank you!
5 on July 23, 2014
My husband and I stayed here for our 2nd wedding anniversary and we loved it. We stayed in the Rosemary room. Rick was a wonderful innkeeper and he and his wife are fabulous cooks! For breakfast the first morning, I had blueberry muffins, an apple baby, and a fruit cup. The second morning, it was lemon rosemary bread, bacon, toast, and a vegetable omelette. The coffee they serve is shipped straight from Maryland where their son roasts it. The coffee was heavenly. They french press it to serve it, which is my preferred brewing method. I am a coffee connoisseur, and it was FABULOUS. The room was adorable. It was not over the top with the florals, but very tasteful. There was a big double whirlpool bathtub which I really enjoyed, it was like having my private jacuzzi. There were lavender bath items to use which smelled lovely. There was also a bountiful wine reception with crackers and cheese every evening. The outside of the inn is beautiful. There are flowers and herbs everywhere. In the back there is a little garden with tables and chairs to enjoy. I got dinner to go and ate outside in the garden with a bottle of wine. This is a beautiful little B&B in a beautiful little town right by the beach. I highly recommend staying here.
5 on October 07, 2013
We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. It was an anniversary celebration get-away for us. We love only an hour and quarter away, but felt that we were longer away. And thanks for having such interesting other guests -- we were the only Americans there. Howard & Debbie Hall
4.4 on April 15, 2013
I would have been very happy to stay longer than the 3 nights I was booked in for. The rooms are cosy, clean and attractive, the ambience of the house is comfortable, and there is a lovely garden you can sit in to have that early morning coffee or wine and cheese in the late afternoon. I appreciated the fridge with bottled water for guest use. The Innkeepers have local information well organised and are helpful fonts of information as well as excellent breakfast cooks! To top it off Half Moon Bay is a delight.
4.6 on February 21, 2013
It was just like I imagined..relaxing and cozy. Thank you
4.4 on August 17, 2012
Had a lovely stay. The room wasnt huge, but definately big enough for the two of us with two large suitcases. Ammenities were nice, and the supplied breakfast was very nice. I would definately stay there again, and would recommend it our friends.
4.8 on April 29, 2012
From the moment we arrived we felt at home! The house is beautiful and our room was immaculate. Clean and cozy. The fountains were perfectly romantic and serene. The 2 person whirlpool tub was so relaxing and my skin has never felt better after using the bath salts! Breakfast was home cooked and delicious!!!
4.6 on March 30, 2012
My girlfriend and I visited this B&B for a wonderful weekend at Half Moon Bay. The host was wonderfully friendly and kind without being intrusive (always a possibility when staying at someone's home!). The B&B itself is nicely partitioned such that the innkeeper's quarters are separated entirely from a great living room reserved for guests, which features the breakfast table and a continuous pleasant soft music in the background. The rooms themselves (we stayed in the Oregano room) are incredibly luxurious and pleasant. Overall, a wonderful stay. Shame about the price though, though I suppose that's what you pay for visiting such a scenic beach town!
2.6 on March 15, 2012
We were one of two couples staying at the inn so can't chalk it up to busyness. Just kept getting the impression we were putting them out somehow. Room was comfortable, a little worn. Kitchen was behind locked doors which turned out to be annoying. When we arrived a 1/2 hr early before check in, we were told to come back later. Innkeeper fussed at us about lack of information he had gotten from online reservation service. C'mon it was their local B&B website, not Hotwire. Breakfasts were tasty but on the small side. Three pieces of bacon cut in half and we each had 3 halves so a piece and a half each. Two pieces of toast cut in quarters and we each had 3 or 4 quarters of toast with eggs. Same pumpkin bread both days that I suspect came out of the freezer. Second day was much better when she was cooking, apple puff pancakes, yumm! The married innkeepers did a handoff so we only saw one on each day. We really just got the impression they were tired of being innkeepers. It was an expensive stay, especially when you don't feel so welcome. On a bright note, got a great tip from the Mr. to visit FILOLI. Would have missed it without his help.
Thank you for taking time to review your stay at Old Thyme Inn. We're sorry you left with a less than stellar opinion of us and of our service. We thought it might be helpful to explain why some things here happen the way they do. Our kitchen door is locked because the kitchen is part of our home and we lock it for security when we're not in the kitchen. We always leave a sign on the kitchen door telling guests how we can be reached. We close the Inn for cleaning and maintenance between the hours of 11am and 3pm. Like most retail establishments, if you arrive 1/2 hour before published opening time, we’re closed. You made your reservation, not through our "local B&B website" (no such thing, actually), rather though a company which acts as a conduit for Hotwire and Expedia reservations. I was “fussing” when you arrived because those sites only give us name, room selection, and date of arrival -- no contact information -- so we cannot email or phone our guests to tell them about things like checkin time. Many of our guests leave food on their plate, saying they are not big breakfast eaters. They want a delicious repast that gives them energy to have fun, rather than a heavy meal that leaves them feeling like they need a nap. Here’s what we serve: specialty-grade coffee, home-baked coffee cakes or muffins (from scratch -- no mixes used here), fresh orange juice, and a main course prepared with free range organic eggs, accompanied by bacon or apple and smoked-chicken sausage (no pork) and toasted home-baked bread. You observed that the married Innkeepers were not both present every day. That helps keep us "married Innkeepers". We're sorry that this left you with the impression that we are tired. We start preparing breakfast about 7AM and finish cleaning up after wine and cheese service about 7:30PM. Our business is open 7 days a week, 363 days a year, so every few days one of us takes a morning or an afternoon off. Call it a mental health break.
4.6 on June 26, 2011
I have stayed in B&B facilities in a good many countries. I have enjoyed in particular those where you feel a welcome guest in a home with a real sense of family. Even better are those which impart the local culture, but there are few in California with a sense of permanence and place that I would recommend to friends from abroad. The Old Thyme Inn, built in 1898 in historic Half Moon Bay, is its own destination. This is a quiet place where accommodation is not an afterthought but a purpose. Everywhere you look, it is obvious, this place was developed with decades of dedication, a continuous and abiding love of work, hospitality without intrusion, and kindness without fawning. From the coffee to the soap, from the herb garden to the dining music, from the table books to the depth of local information, from the beds to the plentiful artwork, there is an attention to detail here that makes it an outstanding accommodation, each feature thoughtfully executed for its specific purpose, not to impress but to please. Do enjoy your stay there. We really did.
Oceanside, Small town
San Francisco, CA (SFO) 22 miles
*****San Francisco Int'l (SFO) - 22 miles (35 minutes if it's not rush hour): exiting airport onto Hwy 101 toward San Francisco (north) stay to right, almost immediately get on Hwy 380 West to San Bruno, stay in the left lane and in a couple miles get on Hwy 280 South to San Jose, go 10 miles or so and watch for signs to Hwy 92 West (Half Moon Bay). Take 92 into town to Main street, turn left and look for the inn on the left after about 8 blocks. *****San Jose Int'l (SJC) - 45 miles (50 minutes if it's not rush hour): when exiting the airport, follow signs to Hwy 101 North, stay on 101 till you see signs for Hwy 92 West, Half Moon Bay. Stay on 92 till you come into town, look for Main Street, turn left and look for the Inn on the left about 6 blocks later.
Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, deep sea fishing, beach combing, greenhouses & nurseries, elephant seal breeding ground, whale watching (in season), tidal pool exploring, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Rodeo, Vineyard, Winery
Bed and Breakfast
Board games, Fax Machine, Library, Telephone, Videos , daily wine & cheese, video library (VHS), iron/ironing board, guest refrigerator, EO bath salts, shampoo & body lotion
Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi
Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, health spa/massage (nearby), weekly farmers market (Summer & Fall), fitness center/swimming pool (next door), In-line skating trails, Pumpkin & Art Festival (mid-October), Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming
Rick & Kathy Ellis
The innkeepers are interested in gardening (as you'll see in their herb and flower garden), cooking (you'll remember fondly their delicious full breakfasts), reading, films, music, fine art, travel and fine dining.
Low fat , Vegetarian , low carb, vegan
Old Thyme Inn Double Stuffed Potato Skins
Crisp-baked Idaho potato skins are stuffed with a combination of creamy scrambled eggs, Canadian bacon, luscious red tomatoes and ripe brie cheese, then served with toasted homemade bread accompanied by one of our popular crumb cakes such as lemon-rosemary.
Book a 3 night stay in the same room in your choice of Garden, Thyme, Mint, or Rosemary Room and take 50% OFF one of the 3 nights (night with lowest published rate). May not be combined with other discounts or used by travel agents or 3rd party reservation systems. Savings of $99.50 to $147.50. Call us at (800)720-4277. Stay must be completed before August 31, 2014.
This ultimate package sets the stage for a beautiful, romantic evening at Old Thyme Inn. In addition to your comfortable room, you'll receive a bottle of Brut French Champagne on ice, 12 chocolate-dipped organic local strawberries, and a dozen long-stemmed red roses. (add $135 to the room rate)
With this package, in addition to your comfortable, romantic room at Old Thyme Inn, you'll receive your choice of a chilled bottle of Chardonnay or a delightful Santa Barbara County Syrah. (add $40 to your room rate)
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