|Minimum Stay||2 - 4 nights|
Our charming circa 1903 cottage in Mill Valley is just 9 miles north of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge in scenic Marin County. This special home has been featured in American Express’s 'Departures' magazine, Better Homes & Garden’s 'Creative Home', the internationally acclaimed design book, 'California Interiors' and the San Francisco Chronicle’s Home Section. Filled with antiques, books, artwork and a 5 ft. grand piano, this is an elegant, comfortable home away from home close to the culture of San Francisco and the natural beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area and Napa-Sonoma wine country. We’re at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais, with many miles of gorgeous hiking and mountain biking trails. Level, scenic bike trails link Mill Valley to the picturesque bayfront towns of Tiburon and Sausalito. Golf, tennis, swimming are all nearby. Muir Woods, sailing and kayaking on San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean beaches are 15-30 minutes. Our home has been a favorite of local families hosting out-of-town relatives, artists seeking a quiet retreat, friends & couples enjoying a Northern California getaway.
COTTAGE DETAILS & LIVING ROOM: The cottage is built with rough old growth redwood plank walls and beamed ceilings enameled a luminous white. Douglas fir floors have been whitewashed to a soft pink glow. Generous windows, French doors and the dining room’s glass solarium ceiling flood the interior with warm light filtered through the verdure of a mature garden with climbing roses & wisteria clambering over rooftops and arbors. The rooms are filled with original works of art, antique furnishings & chandeliers, and hundreds of books. In the living room, a banquette with down pillows, English antique reading chairs & a French Louis XV style love seat circle a wood-burning fireplace. We created the coffee table from a salvaged slab of antique mahogany. Built-in bookshelves house a collection of art & design books; a drop-leaf desk holds trail maps & guidebooks. A wide archway opens on the music room, with a 5 ft. grand piano, velvet chaise, English-style overstuffed sofa & wall-size mirror.
MUSIC ROOM, DINING, DECK, MEDIA ROOM: A step down from the music room is the dining room, with a rough-hewn antique farm table & vintage Chinese Chippendale garden chairs. Two walls of multi-pane steel casement windows, softened with sheer linen and antique Italian lace curtains, wrap around the music & dining rooms. French doors open on an ipe-wood deck with teak furniture and a courtyard garden with a fountain. Dining room & deck share a glass solarium roof covered in roses & wisteria each spring. A half-wall bookcase housing a collection of garden books topped with a vintage floral drape opens the dining room to a small media room/twin bedroom with a twin daybed sofa for watching the 42” HD plasma TV with home theater sound system, DVD, CD & i-Pod jack. There is premium cable (HBO and Showtime) WiFi internet service, a selection of music & videos, Scrabble and card games.
The first floor bathroom with mosaic tile shower is between the media room and the kitchen. Beyond the media room is the laundry with full-size Bosch washer/dryer.
GOURMET KITCHEN: The kitchen has custom mahogany cabinets, pink marble counters & a butler sink. Stainless steel appliances include a Bosch dishwasher, Gaggenau cooktop, oven, French door refrigerator. Small appliances include a microwave, toaster, Francis-Francis espresso machine with pods, Chemex manual drip coffee maker, coffee grinder, electric kettle, Cuisinart food processor, blender, rice cooker, waffle iron, ice cream maker & immersion blender. There’s a full complement of cookware and bakeware, sharp knives and handy gadgets. Tableware includes an extensive collection of vintage English china circa 1840-1940. Spices, paper products, and non-toxic cleaning supplies provided.
The kitchen’s library/breakfast nook is wrapped in white-washed pine bookcases filled with more of our extensive book collection –– here fiction, poetry, cookbooks & reference volumes predominate. An antique pine table is drawn up to a cushioned banquette. Residing over all is a marble Buddha in the window.
This was the 3rd time we stayed at the Mill Valley Cottage. It is nothing short of charming and we highly recommend it.
The living area is very nice....I really liked location . My only objection is that the bath room situation is very difficult. I am sure you know that.
With grandchildren in Mill Valley we travel from the NYC area several times a year. Now we've found the right place to stay. Although the stairs are steep and I have a few mobility issues, they weren't a problem for me. There are also ample closets and drawers for those who stay a few weeks at a time as we do.
We feel comfortable in the cottage, our eldest granddaughter has had a sleep-over and the middle one is due to stay with us next trip. The cottage is surprisingly roomy. There are "away places" and central areas so people can do whatever they like without disturbing others.
It IS elegant, as others have noted, but it is funky elegance, the kind you notice and smile at. The hidden bathroom is my favorite, but the chandeliers run it a close second. Take a moment to enjoy them.
And, yes, the beds are super comfortable, the dinnerware is more than ample and it is interesting, not your basic IKEA stuff.
We recommend staying here for the location, the comfort and good feeling of the cottage, and for its tranquility. Philip continues to be very responsive to the needs of renters, so we suggest this, even for people who are in their 70s, as we are.
How rare to find a home built for show - filled with countless architectural and design details, antiques, fine upholstery, and precious art and artifacts - that feels so warm, welcoming, and unpretentious. My family had done enough research to know this would be the perfect location for our mini-vacation with planned trips to Berkeley and SF. What we didn't expect was how much we would enjoy the cottage itself, and how restorative the visit would be. It was so nice to come home to during our stay, and decidedly difficult to leave. We are already plotting our return.
My 16 year old daughter and I are currently staying in this cottage. It has met all our expectations, and then some. Besides being impeccably decorated, it is clean, comfortable, welcoming and beyond charming. It is right around the corner from Whole Foods, and from one of my all time favorite taco joints- Joe's Taco Lounge. We were looking for a home away from home, and we found it. We will be back!
We were married in Muir Woods on this trip and stayed here, being very close by. This was indeed a memorable place. It really is an old cottage that has been done up extremely well. The cottage is just as beautiful as the pictures, spacious and very elegant, and the garden entrance makes it feel very secluded and very romantic. I've stayed at many good VRBO properties but this one is very special.
A Whole Foods is literally right around the corner, and a Safeway a little further down the street. We had a car but had no trouble parking the whole time. The neighborhood is very quiet and friendly, with a lot of small restaurants and cafes nearby. This is a beautiful area and was well worth the stay, and very easy to get to and from San Francisco itself. I would not hesitate to stay here again.
Our cottage is on a quiet street near the Miller Avenue shopping district, around the corner from Whole Foods Market, a bus stop to San Francisco, Marin Theater Company, a yoga studio, circuit-training gym, and a variety of interesting shops & tasty restaurants. It’s a 3 min. drive or pleasant walk to Mill Valley’s charming downtown, with boutique shopping, dining, movie theater, bookstore, library, and live music, theater & stand-up comedy at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. Golf, tennis, indoor & outdoor swimming pools are all nearby. Annual events include the Dipsea Race, the oldest trail race in America; the Mountain Play at Mt. Tam’s outdoor Greek theater; the Fall Art Festival in Old Mill Park; and the celebrated Mill Valley Film Festival. From bird watchers to whale watchers, the region is a haven for nature lovers. Muir Woods is minutes away.There's a local Farmers' Market on Fri and a not-to-be-missed county Farmers' Market on Thurs & Sun 15 min. away. San Francisco's 9 miles.
Other Activities: dining, shopping, theater, music, antiquing, biking, hiking, golf, sailing, kayaking, horseback riding, wine tasting, San Francisco
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
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