Olema Druid’s Hall on the market

03/13/2014

The historic Olema Druids Hall is up for sale. Once a meeting hall for the United Ancient Order of Druids, contractor Robert Cain’s family acquired the property in the late 1940s. With his wife, Victoria Swift, who moved to the area from Los Angeles, the couple raised their two children in the house before moving to a new primary residence in Point Reyes Station. The pair spent almost a decade restoring it before opening it as bed and breakfast in 2001. “It was very, very rustic and really, really funky,” Ms. Swift told Marin Magazine in 2010. “We felt the building had a stature and core that we needed to respect. We put a lot of work into it—maybe more than was practical.” They also operate Cove Construction to help offset the costs of running the inn and Ms. Swift’s high-end boutique on Main Street, Vita, which sells clothing, accessories and home décor collected from around the world. The four-bedroom, Italianate-style house and Japanese-style cottage are on the market for $2.25 million. The listing comes after a shakeup of some of the biggest businesses in Olema: the foreclosure and purchase of the Olema Inn by the previous owners of Manka’s Inverness Lodge and the listing of the Point Reyes Seashore Lodge. “These little clusters of properties going on the market are happening in a number of different places,” said local realtor B.G. Bates. “The baby boomers are moving onto another chapter, and those people behind successful businesses like Druids Hall and the Seashore Lodge probably deserve a big rest.”