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Panoramic Ocean View-3rd Night Free-3 Min To Beach

Joy Fillman/Kendall Mathis

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, italian
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Joy Fillman/Kendall Mathis

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Speaks: english, italian
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Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2015
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Panoramic Ocean View-3rd Night Free-3 Min To Beach

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Dillon Beach Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-5)

3rd night free if weekend is booked up to May 15. Spring is here, but we can't really tell the difference because winter wasn't very wintry here in California this year. The beach is beautiful, quiet and peaceful again. The sunsets are even more spectacular from Dill 'n Thyme's deck, providing our guests a stunning view of ocean and horizon. One can put feet up and enjoy a nice glass of Napa, Sonoma or Mendocino wine while staring out to sea and enjoying a peaceful getaway.

We welcomed guests last summer from France, Britain, and the Netherlands and, of course, various US states & our loyal California beachcombers. Without exception, all entered into the spirit of Dill 'n Thyme as a source of fun and worry-free time away from stress and strife. All of our guests even understood that our summer morning fog was vital sunscreen for those Coastal Redwood Trees that survived logging along the northern California coast.

Our 2-bedroom little jewel, Dill 'n Thyme Cottage, is noted in the history books as the second cottage built for his family in 1911 by a Norwegian sea captain, whose estate sold it to the present owners in 1982. It underwent an architectural remodel in 1992, with special instructions to keep the New England cottage feel at the same time as maximizing the spectacular view, creating a totally secure seismic structure (after all, Tomales Bay is the San Andreas fault!), and providing all the carefree conveniences to vacationers, including unlimited bandwidth WiFi and DISH TV with a free Netflix account via Roku 3.

We provide the drip coffee maker, the coffee grinder, the cappuccino maker, the margarita blender & for our guests who stay a week, a free bottle of wine. New range & microwave & a workhorse of a dishwasher and a fully stocked kitchen make k.p. duty a breeze! We even have an outdoor shower (hot water!) to wash all the sand away to avoid sharing it with all your other houseguests. In the same spirit, we ask that you leave your shoes outside the front door & go sock-footed inside! Beach flipflops are outside the front door in a basket right next to our beloved big blue 'Blu-ga Whale' charcoal BBQ!

We guarantee joy, laughter & restoration of spirit - a perfect get-away from stress, noise, traffic, grime, & daily grinds... a creative spot to read, write, photograph, tidepool, gather around a beach bonfire, stroll on the beach with or without your pup, or just reconnect with those you love. Our children and their friends walked safely to the beach and the beach store on their own, feeling quite grown up, but all the while within view of their parents (us!) from our deck.

Not to tempt you to overdo dependence on stressful tools, but Verizon has a cell phone tower at our little Dillon Beach Store. AT&T service is spotty in the village, but weirdly excellent on the beach. There is a house phone at our cottage with free long distance for those of you who can't get a strong cell phone signal. Just don't forget there's a big ocean (view!) out there.

Dillon Beach is always such an amazing adventure! To share a slice of our life at the husband, David, & I and our daughter, Caitlin, home on a break from a Fulbright year in Sicily, and needing a salty Pacific Ocean breeze to restore her, recently made a quick run out to our jewel of peace and tranquility defying daily stress & madness. After dropping off our groceries and tearing ourselves away from our hypnotic ocean view, we decided to stray a little south to historic Marshall. While David made his traditional beeline for Hog Island Barbecued Oysters, Caitlin & I opted for a repeat excursion of Tomales Bay in our rented kayak from Blue Waters Kayaking. Last year, we were delighted to encounter a baby grey whale just off Hog Island where we saw other kayakers doing the 'roll' so they could view the little guy underwater; we wisely decided to remain upright! We beached our kayak at Pat Kuleto's Nick's Cove to make dinner reservations. Pat also owns Farallon and Boulevard in San Francisco. It is about a 15 minute car ride south of Dillon Beach.

Another absolute favorite stop for us is Tomales Bakery where the expatriate pastry chefs have escaped from San Francisco to the idyllic village of Tomales on Highway One, just 3 miles from Dillon Beach and on the way. It is not a surprise that San Franciscans, having long memories for the best in culinary experiences, still search them out, driving all the way from the City. Grab a loaf of warm bread for breakfast while you are there! Open Thursday-Sunday only, hours dictated by when they sell out their bakery goods.

A few winters ago, we discovered another great eatery only 3 miles north up Hiway One in Valley Ford - it's cleverly called Rocker Oysterfellers. Coincidentally, we have run into some real rock stars the few times we have made the run up there for an excellent dinner with exceptional service and, often, live music. Very fun bar also. For additional local color and great food, go on up to The Casino in the tiny town where Hitchcock filmed The Birds - Bodega. Play pool while you wait to be served. For more upscale dining, but with a casual atmosphere and dress, we love Bodega Bay's Terrapin Creek, which just earned a Michelin star (not easy)! It is operated by a young, extremely nice couple in Bodega Bay, again S.F. expatriates from top restaurants such as Jardiniere, Ame and Michael Mina.

There just isn't another spot quite like California's Dillon Beach, a unique, still thriving fishing village hidden about three miles off the beaten path of Highway One! Dillon Beach has an unusually expansive beach with rocky tidal pools on one end and huge sand dunes bordering Tomales Bay on the other, both of which can be seen from the deck of Dill 'n Thyme. Because Dillon Beach is set back slightly inside the mouth of Bodega Bay on one side and Tomales Bay on the other, it lies in the sun, just out of reach of the fog belt, yet still has spectacular wave action offshore for surfing and calmer skimboarding towards the beach.

Be our guests and you will return time and again for an 'all is right with the world' recharge, we guarantee it! When you come, don't worry about linens or towels. We provide one time linen service on arrival. Cleaning fee of $75 for a weekend-$100 for the week is non-refundable so that you do not have to work off your vacation at the end of your stay!

If you are bringing your pet to dog friendly Dillon Beach, bring a sturdy dog bed and some extra wipe down towels for surf and sand. There is a $40 pet fee per dog.

Here is our Google maps shortcut link from Hwy 101 in Petaluma with grocery store stops to Dill 'n Thyme in Dillon Beach:

Longer stays are available and negotiable, starting October 15.

Keywords: vacation home rental, beach cottage, getaway, casita, oceanview cottage

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Joy Fillman/Kendall Mathis (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2015

About Joy Fillman/Kendall Mathis

When I discovered Dillon Beach, I had found my childhood home. I was raised in a remote northern California beach community where we walked daily on the beach after school, rain or shine, jumped off huge sand dunes, built bonfires encircled by weekend beach parties, and fished and tidepooled in between! I wanted my children to have some of the same carefree adventures I had and they and their friends did just that at Dill 'n Thyme. It feels so removed from the bombardment of stresses the world delivers up daily. Dillon Beach is more than just a place; it is a state of mind. My family loves it and our beach cottage is our little gem that is beloved by our friends and our extended family as well.

Joy Fillman/Kendall Mathis purchased this cottage in 1982

Why Joy Fillman/Kendall Mathis chose Dillon Beach

On one of our typical California coastal rides, we stopped at Tomales Bakery for coffee and a cinnamon twist and noticed as were sitting outside that we were right across from the only cross street in town, Dillon Beach fanfare signs, no tourist arrows, just a simple street sign! How had we missed it on our many rides up Hiway One? After our coffee, go west is what we did and what a delight! Fields of newborn lambs hopping playfully under & around their ewes, cows and deer grazing together, until 3 miles later, we came upon one of the most exquisite views of the Pacific I had ever seen! As we wound our way down the road toward the beach, we came upon the quaint Village of Dillon Beach, nestled into the lush, emerald hillside. I could not believe a place like this still existed in California! As we walked around the village, coincidentally this was the day an annual B.B.Q. was taking place on the beach. There we met our future neighbors who invited us back to their cottage. As I looked out over the ocean from their living room, I instantly fell in love! Not long after, the owner of Dill 'n Thyme next door passed away and when the cottage was put up for sale by her heirs, the neighbors contacted us and Dill 'n Thyme was ours! Who says you can't go home again? Though it wasn't carefully thought out, it was one of the best things we have ever done.

What makes this cottage unique

Our babysitter, sitting on our deck with a glass of wine, staring out to sea at sunset, noticed a small flare. Dialing 911, minutes later, she sat back & watched an expert US Coast Guard helicopter rescue of a fishing boat. Morning sun hits the front patio of Dill 'n Thyme Cottage, so we often like to relax with a cup coffee & chat with the neighbors who pass by. Sometimes, our chats turn into moving brunches. Following the sun, we end up on the deck for writing, reading, sketching, or just relaxing, looking out to sea. Our only assignment is to take the dogs for a jog on the beach! We enjoy good food, fishing, water sports & art. We never fail to stop at Tomales Bakery for a freshly baked loaf of bread & a treat on our way. We also venture south to Nick's Cove, newly refurbished and offering spectacular food, wine & views. Wonderful sunsets here too. Pick up oysters at Hog Island Oyster Co. to bring back to BBQ & serve with sourdough bread. Down Hiway One is Blue Waters Kayak Rental. Don't miss kayaking on Tomales Bay. Nearby art galleries are fun. We usually make a day of it & follow Hwy One to Russian River, turn inland a short way to Duncan Mills galleries. 4th of July is a big unofficial extravaganza fireworks event rivaling any Bay Area fireworks & time for a big BBQ at Dill 'n Thyme. When our kids were young, we & our guests would troop to huge sand dunes to fly kites, shoot off rockets & watch our kids form one grand wave & surf the dunes on shiny bottom skimboards! Then off for wave action & BBQ. Nightfall took us to the beach for kid-sized fireworks then watching spectacular fireworks from beach blankets or from our living room & deck for at least 2 hrs! But, if one craves solitude, step into Dill 'n Thyme cottage & close the front door for privacy & contemplation, a spectacular view from our living room & a sip from a complimentary bottle of wine on us!

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Bedrooms 2
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Panoramic Ocean View-3rd Night Free-3 Min To Beach
average rating of 4.857143 based on 28 reviews
Sacramento, CA

Chillin' in Dillon

  • 5 of 5

Dill n Thyme is a delightful get away cottage with an amazing view from the living room, dining room and, best of all, the deck. The kitchen is well equipped. The pellet stove puts out wonderful heat on foggy mornings. The beds are comfortable and snugly. But the best surprise is the bathroom!

We enjoyed our stay very much, it was just what the doctor ordered. AND our dogs loved the beach (easy access to the beach and the hose on the front porch for washing off!)

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Our main goal is that you were able to relax and enjoy yourself. Thank you for taking the time to post your comments.


  • 2 of 5

THE VIEW IS AWESOME, THE BEACH IS BEAUTIFUL, THE COTTAGE.......RUN DOWN & DIRTY. It was wonderful to be able to bring our small dogs (they are still recovering from the fun beach excursions). The cottage is nice, but is in need of upgrading and a thorough cleaning! Problem with ants (not a huge issue, but irritating), stove (difficult to cook on, old and run down) and backyard is full of mud with one large plant. The back yard could improve with flowers, grass and hot tub??? The inside needs upgrading or at the very least a new stove or repair stove properly (extremely uneven), clean cabinets (sticky!?) and other issues that are not worth writing about. The cottage has great potential and a wonderful deck with a great view of Dillon Beach. I gave the cottage a 2 star rating, the view is a 5 star and we had a fantastic weekend despite the 2 star rating of the cottage.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Don & Deanna...I am so glad your children and pups had a wonderful time at the beach, but apologize for the unhappy issues you experienced with our Dill 'n Thyme Beach Cottage. Our stove is actually a 2-yr old stove in the new cottage retrograde style and I just replaced the burner trays...they take a beating as much boils over as guests are gazing at the sunset...a completely understandable occurrence! It is certainly possible those became askew when my temp cleaners cleaned the stove. Thank you for alerting me to that. Not wanting to burden you or impact your vacation state of mind, I hesitated to mention that our housekeeper, Ana, experienced a tragic event in that her husband, Jose, only 34 years old, passed away suddenly just before your arrival, leaving her & her 3 children, ages 4 through 12. Ana arranged for housekeeping in the midst of her grief, but obviously, the temp cleaners could have done a better job. A few days before his passing, Jose had cleared our tiny backyard in preparation for an extended brick patio & further beach landscaping, but the tragic and unforeseen circumstances have put that on hold for the moment. By the way, I am sure you meant wet sand as opposed to yucky mud? We actually have to import soil to create the plantings you & I both wish for. However, the drought and salt air may make any lawn dreams a nightmare! Finally, the very same drought has created an ant problem for all the homes in Dillon Beach. We all have tried everything and are at our wits' end with the little stalwart guys. I hate to leave a lot of poison around as I worry about its impact on guest pets, so for now, the ants rule! Having said all of that, there are quite a few upscale communities along the Northern California coast, among them, Stinson Beach, Sea Ranch, and the golfing community of Bodega Bay, that may better suit some of our wealthier guests...and many have hot tubs! Dillon Beach is a more relaxing, 50's style, friendly community with easy access to a child and pet friendly beach. We have made upgrades beyond most of the homes in Dillon Beach, and are regularly making improvements to our property. I am sorry they didn't positively balance your visit. We will endeavor to correct your complaints and invite you to revisit our Dill 'n Thyme Beach Cottage, when you can make your next beach getaway. ~joy
oakland ca

great rental unit

  • 5 of 5

Kendall was super friendly and responsive. The unit was clean and exactly as described. The ladies loved the heated toilet seat. We caught some fat perch at Dillon and Doran and enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being such a wonderful tenant! We have a new BBQ and a new deadbolt installed! :) We look forward to hosting you again!

Amazing sunsets

  • 4 of 5

We were fortunate enough to arrive during a January "heat wave". Crystal clear skies, no fog, mild temperatures.

The cottage is quaint, with an open floor plan. Both bedrooms and the bathroom are downstairs and it was cold down there.

The heated toilet sets was a nice touch in the middle of the night.

The rear deck is great for watching those sunsets. The abalone shell on the picnic table is to hold cigarette butts, should have been cleaned so non smokers didn't have to smell it.

I was immediately taken back by the poison ant bait on the kitchen counter. We didn't see any ants, so if there were some maybe put the bait in a cabinet or in a nook on the floor. The pots and pans were sad. Missing or very loose handles, greasy and sticky.

This morning, we got locked in. The deadbolt wouldn't unlock. My husband had to jump a fence to get to the front door, couldn't open it. He came back over the fence and took the lock off. Inside was a piece that had broken off.

Dillon Beach is one of the only beaches in Marin County that allow dogs off leash. We appreciate being able to take our dog.

It was a nice stay. The place is well equipped. Those sunsets make the stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to post your comments. We rely on feedback for issues that we might miss or might have just occurred, so we were able to take immediate action to repair the deadbolt (salt air is brutal on anything metal). I feel badly that your husband didn't notice our gate to the left of the house, and had to hop over the fence. We have also given Ana the heads' up to double check items that have been put away by guests, including two additional beautiful new cook pans (the others seemed fine). And, don't forget next stay to review our emailed Guest Guide, which advises guests to switch on our wall eco-heat downstairs before dinner, so it will be cozy when it's time for bed! Our main goal is that everyone who stays at Dill 'n Thyme is able to relax and decompress from the stress of daily life. I'm glad you enjoyed your time with us in spite of the unhappy "fence hopping." Come back and we promise we'll earn your 5 star review. ~joy & kenie

Wonderful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I brought my 2 kids and our chocolate lab here for 3 nights. It was a beautiful house, with a spectacular view, and the best equipped kitchen I have ever experienced. We loved the beach, and we had a wonderful time!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being such a wonderful tenant!!

Fantastic way to experience Dillon Beach

  • 5 of 5

Dill n Thyme is easily one of the top 5 places at Dillon Beach. It's super-convenient in terms of beach access (don't bother with Oceana Marin), the views are postcard, and the facilities are well-maintained and great quality. Joy keeps the place well-stocked and is very friendly to deal with. It's great for even young kids. We've stayed there twice and have every reason to go back. Big points for internet access, washer-dryer, stocked kitchen, soft towels and linens, heated toilet seats, pet policy, and of course that great back balcony looking into Dillon Beach and Tamalas Bay. Only minor complaint is that the bedrooms can get bright in the mornings when you want to sleep in.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
45.4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Dillon Beach Cafe
Nearest Ferry
44 Miles
Golden Gate Ferry
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
The New Links at Bodega Harbour
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Amtrak Train Station, Emeryville
Nearest Motorway
325 Miles
Hwy One
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Dillon Beach Cafe
Car: necessary

Clamming and tidepooling are musts at low tide. Quality Art Galleries, such as Ren Brown are available up the road in Bodega Bay (ask to see the Japanese gardens), as is golf, and top restaurants. One of the best, part of the Slow Food Movement, is Terrapin Cafe. Tomales has one of the Bay Area's top bakeries, open bright and early every morning,that attracts loyal customers who drive out from San Francisco; closed when they run out - no guarantees! Also, slightly down Hwy One at Marshall, is Nick's Cove, run by one of the Bay Area's most famous restaurateurs, Pat Kuleto.


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From $225 Per night

Dillon Beach Cottage Rental Rates

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Housekeeping $75 wknd $75
Pet Fee $40
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Dillon Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
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  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
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  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Shower & toilet with bidet is separate from double sink area
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofabed is in upstairs living area
  • Queen size Beds (1) in one bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (2) in the second bedroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen-size convertible sofa bed upstairs.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Our 1200 square foot beach cottage was architecturally designed to enhance the best ocean view in the Village and is only a 3-minute walk to beach (no driving)!

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