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Joy Fillman

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english

Panoramic Ocean View--5 Min Walk To Beach

35 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Dillon Beach Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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

It's Fall or, as we northern Californians prefer to call it, Indian Summer. The fog usually goes away in September, leaving us with sunny skies and wonderful beach walks until the first rain.

Dillon Beach is an entirely unique experience with its sand dunes on one end and tide pools on the other. Sunsets are 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 sanctuary from a hectic life. Winter and early Spring hosts a wider variety of wildlife, including whales, seals, pelicans and a variety of seabirds. (Humpback whales having a spectacular party under the Golden Gate Bridge Video from Monday, July 11, 2016 http://abc7ne.ws/29JFOB4)

We welcomed guests this 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 is 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 a brand new 3-system 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 do ask that you run your last load of dishes upon your departure, so Ana can put them away. We even have an outdoor shower (hot water!) to wash all the sand away to avoid sharing it with all your other house guests. 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 (bring your favorite briquettes or preferred wood lump charcoal.).

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 beach...my 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 $100 is non-refundable so that you do not have to work off your vacation at the end of your stay! Just kindly run a last load of dishes before Ana comes in to clean. And, if it's been a particular rowdy weekend, be sure to put furniture back in place and pick up trash, as well as recycle bottles and cans. Trash and recyle bins are outside toward the street.

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 $45 pet fee per dog.

Here is our Google maps shortcut link from Hwy 101 in Petaluma with grocery store stops to Dill 'n Thyme, 25 Park Avenue in Dillon Beach: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=zhAzUKIkhPUg.kBJmSzpjZC4c

Longer stays are available and negotiable, starting October 15.

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

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Joy Fillman (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english

About Joy Fillman

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 purchased this cottage in 1982

Why Joy Fillman chose North Coast California

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 Rd...no 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!

Reviews

5
based on 35 traveler reviews

Panoramic Ocean View--5 Min Walk To Beach
average rating of 4.9714284 based on 35 reviews
Sacramento, CA
5

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.
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5

Very charming beach house!

  • 5 of 5

Had a great weekend with our kids and the dog!! Everything was found exactly as described, from its coziness to its functionality! The pictures on the profile don't do the place justice, we were positively surprised when we stepped into the house. Would love to repeat anytime!!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. I have to upgrade my photos when I get a minute, but I love that you appreciate the changes! Dill 'n Thyme is always an ongoing canvas; the only thing that stays the same is our gorgeous view..lol! ~joy
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our fam had the most amazing time,while we were staying at the cottage Dill'n Thyme.

  • 5 of 5

Amazing place, and so close to the beach,every day we were at the beach.The weather was beautiful, couldn't ask for much more.The cottage was so cozy, felt like home.Everything you need was there, the kitchen is well stocked.The only thing that came in handy for me and the fam is that i brought my big grill, for the french toast and bacon i would fix in the morning. Time went by way to fast,Hopefuly get a chance to stay again,. Thank you joy.The Brooks Family.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Dill N' Thyme is a wonderful sanctuary for an ocean sojourn. We enjoyed my husband's birthday weekend and our daughter came from San Francisco to surprise him. Our Aussie Shepherd, Ella, adjusted to all the wonderful new aromas and delighted in beach romps. It was lovely to meet Joy and share a few moments together. The kitchen is very well appointed and we were grateful for the barbecue. We loved sitting on the deck and taking in the water views. Very peaceful.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: How wonderful that your daughter made the beach getaway. It really was a pleasure to meet both of you and your Aussie...you and Dill 'n Thyme are a perfect match! ~joy
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Perfect ocean getaway home

  • 5 of 5

This house was clean, cute, up-to-date, and had everything we needed for our stay. It was a VERY short walk to get to the beach and had wonderful ocean views for when we wanted to stay in. The owner of this house was very accommodating and quick to respond. She also gives great tips about navigating the town. The Tomales Bakery was a delicious treat! We appreciated being able to bring our doggies with us.... it wouldn't be a vacation without them! There is a handy little yard in the back to let the dogs out. We had a fun surprise when a couple of deer came through the back yard one night! I would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for sharing your energy and goodwill with our Dill 'n Thyme! ~joy
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clean, tidy and we'll kept

  • 5 of 5

The cabin wad as advertised. We enjoyed it and the area at Dillon Beach. Saw plenty of marine life and shorebirds. The bed wad comfortable but soft. Great little place.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Map

Valley Ford Market
Tomales Bakery
Blue Waters Kayaking
"Just after the Marshall Boat Works and just before Hog Island Oyster Company. Beautiful way ..."
The Casino Bar and Grill
"Located in the tiny village of Bodega where Hitchcock's "The Birds" film took place. It is t..."
Hog Island Oyster Farm
"Our favorite place to stock up on oysters!"
Tomales Bay Foods - Cowgirl Creamery
"Cheese to die for...pricey, but worth every bite!"
Rocker Oysterfeller's
"Good food, great staff & fellow diners, fun bar. Music on the patio some weekends."
Terrapin Creek Cafe
"I love this restaurant in Bodega Bay...the food is exquisitely prepared and presented. And t..."
Ren Brown Collection
Dillon Beach Resort Cafe
Nick's Cove Restaurant
"I love popping into Nick's Cove, sitting at the bar and ordering an appetizer of oysters wit..."
Nearest Airport
45.4 Miles
SFO
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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Rates & Availability

Dillon Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer/Fall
May 15 - Oct 14
2 night minimum stay
$250
From
$285
Fri,Sat
$1,470
$5,404
 
 
Winter/Spring
Oct 15 - May 14
2 night minimum stay
$225
From
$265
Fri,Sat
$1,355
$4,320
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$225
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $45
Housekeeping $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Dillon Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Shower & toilet with bidet is separate from double sink area
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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)! We use only Eco-friendly products to clean the house.

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