We spent a month in Villa Golden Gate, and it was wonderful. The views are, indeed, absolutely jaw-dropping; and amazingly, they change dramatically with the time of day or weather. Yet they are truly equaled by the beauty of the villa itself (meticulously designed by the owner Sandra), with its vaulted spaces and outdoor terraces.
As noted in another review, the villa is rather like a penthouse, as Sandra and her assistant live on the floor below, though totally separately. And they both go out of their way to be unobtrusive yet responsive to any request immediately. It is definitely hotel service in a villa rental.
The main living space is large and open, with a bedroom suite and luxurious bath, living room, dining area, eat-in kitchen, laundry, powder room and office, all with fantastic views.
We had friends visit, and made use of the 2nd bedroom (and full bath) and living room sleep sofa. This 2nd bedroom is totally separate, on the lower level, and is accessed via the front terrace and outdoor steps. It is large and can be set up as a king size bed or two twins. The living room sleep sofa was reported to be very comfortable.
The villa's location is really ideal for visiting local Marin towns, the coastal regions and wine country. It's also an easy walk into town (if you don't mind steep hills and steps), where you can have breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks at any number of restaurants, shop, go for a run, or hop a ferry to San Fran or Angel Island. Regardless of your activities, I guarantee you will be anxious to return "home" to this piece of paradise.
We were certainly sad to have our month here end, but we are comforted by the hope that we can return to this very special place in the future!
The sleep sofa was, as reported to us, quite comfortable.