|Property type||house boat|
|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Please ask about Minimum Nights Stay
This jewel of a houseboat offers the perfect retreat space to get away and relax, to drink in the sunlight shimmering off the water that is a step away from your door. In this peacefulness, you will sleep like never before, rocked gently by the Bay and serenaded by the gentle sound of birdsong and halyards chiming in the marina across the way.
Situated on the quietest of the houseboat docks, this unique home is an actual boat; a historic WW2 Landing Craft cleverly converted, not a floating home on a flat concrete hull like other houseboats. So you will feel her move gently underfoot as you make yourself comfortable here. Her bright yellow walls, whitewashed wainscoting and cheerful Provencal fabrics make her feel like a floating Beach Cottage. Her surprisingly spacious open plan interior (she's 12 feet wide at the beam, and 35 feet long) is comfortably appointed with soft cream carpet, and warm wood floors. There is a cozy sleeping berth at the stern, with windows looking out across a gaily planted window box. Plenty of closet space behind crisp white canvas curtains.
The bathroom has a shower stall and basin, toilet etc (all plumbing and electricity aboard is just like a regular home, you don't need to 'pump the head'). The kitchen is remarkably roomy and equipped with everything you need to make yourself at home, whether brewing a simple cup of tea or creating dinner for four. All the china and glass are high quality owner's favorites. There are stocks of tea, olive oil, and other kitchen supplies so that you can just make yourself right at home. No need to buy up the grocery store before arriving.
The Main Cabin has stunning views across a quiet inlet of the Bay, and you can step right out of the Dutch door to the garden float, into another world. The plantings will make you think you are in England, while the proximity to diving cormorants, geese and ducks swimming by and curious seals surfacing just feet away will make you think you are IN the Discovery Channel.
You can dine in the boat, outside in the garden, or there is a community area at the top of your access ramp with dining table and chairs, plus benches, which you are welcome to use, and enjoy the beautiful sunset views of Mount Tamalpais. The neighbors are friendly and from all parts of the globe, so you will find yourself feeling at home within moments of arriving.
Sunbathe on the back deck on the luxury teak chaise lounge, curl up with a good book on the comfy built-in sofas, or wander the neighboring docks. Explore the extensive bicycle paths surrounding the houseboat community on the bike provided. Rent kayaks from the neighboring beach and explore your waterfront neighbourhood. Swimming Pool in Mill Valley (10 mins by bike) and a Gym at the end of the dock. Enjoy the numerous world class restaurants of Sausalito, many of which are in walking distance.
Across the street from our parking lot is the bus to San Francisco which is a 25 minute ride,or connect to the ferry, just a few minutes away in downtown Sausalito and take a 30 minute ferry ride across the Bay. Drive to the wine country in 30 minutes. Drive to Mill Valley (5 Mins) and up Mt. Tamalpais (15 mins). Muir Woods is 15 minutes away and Stinson Beach is about 1/2 hour away. For delicious pictures of our waterfront way of life, check out the Sausalito Gallery at the web address buoyantlife dot net
Please be aware that the maximum number of guests is two, and that the boat is not suitable for children. There is no smoking anywhere on the property, including outdoor space.
Please contact me if you are interested.
I am originally from England - my friends call me Brit by the Bay. My business card says 'Coach:Muse:Freedom Finder' and I feel blessed to get paid to do work that I love. visit vandamarlow.com for more info
Vanda Marlow purchased this house boat in 2003
I fell in love with life on the waterfront here in this unique houseboat community when I was traveling through California, taking a sabbatical from my hectic life in London. And now I am lucky enough to live here full time. I love my little boat, and its history, which I am happy to share with you; she is a converted World War Two Landing Craft (although I don't think she actually saw action on the beaches of France - she seems in too good a condition for that!). Initially I rented her from her previous owner, Marta, who had lived aboard for almost thirty years. Marta and I became good friends - she was full of tales from the early days of people settling these docks. When Marta died I was able to buy the boat from her children and do some substantial upgrading, while keeping all the charm of the original intact.
It is Sunday morning and the sunlight is streaming in through the windows here on the houseboat. The air is fresh and the water is rippling. Flowers are nodding and cats are dozing. This is glorious peace! We have sat out in the floating garden and seen rainbows. We have enjoyed cozy meals in the sweet main room. The bedroom and bed are a cozy little dream nest. All is well.Thank you and thank you for creating and sharing your little slice of heaven on earth with us. It feels as though a good friend has offered up her home to us. We leave restored and very content!
It is the second time that we spent our holidays staying in this little paradise. A peaceful place where you feel immediately at home. We love every corner of the houseboat and the relaxing atmosphere of its floating garden. A real gem in the harbor!
I completely enjoyed my stay in this beautiful houseboat. It was so comfortable and peaceful; I slept great! Each evening I sat outside on the floating garden and looked at the moon. During the day, I took my bike out on the nearby bike path to downtown Sausalito or to Mill Valley. I also rode my bike to the San Francisco ferry, which is only a 20 minute ride away, or a 5 minute drive. The houseboat was so much more comfortable than a hotel, and provided an actual lifestyle rather than just a vacation. It has a functional kitchen stocked with tea, coffee, and gourmet vinegars and oils. Vanda keeps the place immaculately clean and neat. It was a total joy staying there.
My husband and I were just eating New Year's Eve dinner, and I asked him what his best memory of 2011 was, and he replied "the houseboat in Sausalito." I told him I agreed! And then I remembered that I never actually wrote a review for this magical experience!
Staying on Vanda's houseboat in Sausalito was hands down the highlight of our two-week West Coast tour, and indeed our entire year! It was a delightful experience from start to finish... so beautiful, so perfectly appointed and laid-out. The little boat had everything we needed, and a few lovely bonus things as well... like the amazing floating deck and the sound of the Golden Gate foghorn as we rocked to sleep.
We relished every moment of our stay on the boat and in Sausalito, and only wished we could have stayed longer. Vanda has done an amazing job of making her tiny space into an idea retreat for two people. And the houseboat community at large is an amazing place to stay... we spent an entire morning walking the docks and marveling at the variety of houseboats. We each had our favorites!
We later rented kayaks from down the road, and kayaked back to get a from-the-water look at the community... it was really so fantastic... I truly envy everyone who gets to wake up and spend their lives in this marvelous place. I only wish we could be among them! On Vanda's fabulous boat!
We still talk about the houseboat often, and can only hope that we get to return!
My husband and I cannot say thank you enough! The houseboat was amazing and much more than we could have imagined. We visited almost a year ago now for our honeymoon and were blown away. The boat is cozy, close to shops, restaurants, and more. We were rocked to sleep every night by the waves and woke every morning to a stunning sunrise. We are hoping to return in the near future as it was one of the most magical places we have ever been!
We had the pleasure of staying at the houseboat for my birthday and it was absolutely wonderful. The energy of the residence is both positive and peaceful. Vanda was extremely informative, making sure that we had everything we needed. I can't express the sense of peace we felt being on the boat--we'll definitely be returning! Sausalito is a beautiful town and this is, in my opinion, the best way to experience it!
Kayak into the bay. Listen to the seagulls. Watch a seal paddle by the back deck garden. All within 5 minutes to Sausalito and 15 minutes to San Francisco.
My time on this boat was a magical experience. I'd encourage you to take the plunge. Also, the owner is a wonderful person and will make sure your stay is perfect.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250.00|
Refundable Security Deposit (against Damages) of $250 is required.
$100 Cleaning fee
No Children or Pets
Payment is by PayPal or US check
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.