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Old Thyme Inn Bed and Breakfast

779 Main Street , Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 USA (Show map)
41 Reviews
$159 - $349
per night

Check Dates Diamond Collection

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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!!

Rooms & Rates

Garden Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $349-$349

Thyme Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $299-$299

Mint Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $269-$269

Rosemary Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $249-$249

Oregano Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $229-$229

Chamomile Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $199-$199

Lavender Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $199-$199

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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Dining4.5

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a lovely inn

5 on August 21, 2014

We only had one night at the old thyme inn at Half Moon Bay. when we arrived rick showed us all around the beautiful place and made dinner suggestions. our lovely "oregeno room" which overlooked the garden was was very well appointed with sumptuous bedding, organic shampoo, bath salts etc. Wonderful original paintings adorn the walls. In the evening, there was wine & appetizers and we had a delightful chat with with Innkeeper Kathy and couple guests. later we walked down Main Street into the adorable little town which had Lots of interesting shops and eateries. after a very comfortable sleep we had to leave early to catch a flight so we missed breakfast but Rick did put out a couple of delicious muffins and apples.if we found ourselves in Half Moon Bay again we wouldn't hesitate to stay at the old thyme inn!

Something New for Us!

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!

Great food, Awesome coffee, beautiful location

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.

A Short Get-Away

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

A delight!

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

Great room, greatbservice

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.

Delightful and serene

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!!!

Simply a Gem

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!

Okay stay, not terrible but had better.

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.

Innkeeper Response
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.

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Location Type

Oceanside, Small town


San Francisco, CA (SFO) 22 miles

Directions to property:

*****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.

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Fax Machine, Library, Telephone, Videos , daily wine & cheese, video library (VHS), iron/ironing board, guest refrigerator, EO bath salts, shampoo & body lotion

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

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

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  • Check In:: 3:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No we cannot accomodate pets; kennel info. available

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Saturday may require 2 night stay during high season (May through Oct)
  • Deposit Amount Required: Your reservation is confirmed and held with your major credit card.
  • Cancellations: For cancellations within 7 days of arrival, you are responsible for any portion of your reservation not re-rented. No shows are charged for full stay. No refunds for early departure.



Rick & Kathy Ellis

Languages spoken

English, French

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

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.

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  • Time Served: 8:00 to 9:30 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian , low carb, vegan

Signature Dish

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.


Special Package

3rd Night 50% Off - Summer-Thyme Special

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 September 30, 2014.

Ultimate Romance Package

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)

Fine Wine Package

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)

Last Minute Getaways

Looking to get out of town in the next 48 hours? Call us at 650-726-1616 for unpublished last minute specials! See our website for details.

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Details Diamond Collection

779 Main Street , Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 USA (Show map)

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