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Perfect Beach Retreat at Your 'Wits End'

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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Stinson Beach House Rental Photos and Description

Beach Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

30 minutes from the Golden Gate, Stinson Beach is the largest stretch of clean white sand beach in Northern California with a micro-climate that provides great weather most of the year.

Come, relax and enjoy!

Stroll from your door to the beach or town for shopping and wonderful restaurants; hang at the park; hike/bike the beautiful trails on Mount Tamalpais and never move your car!

'Wits End' is a comfortable, clean and cheerful 3 bedroom cottage on a quiet sandy lane 5 houses from the beach. The house is on a large private lot complete with ample windless deck space, a covered deck with dinner seating for 6, a warm outdoor shower to clean off from the beach, patio space in a butterfly garden, parking for 3+ cars and so much more. An easy family house.

The house is a contemporary cedar log house that is bright and well equipped. The master bedroom has a queen bed and a flat panel TV. The second bedroom has a queen bed, sounds of the ocean and a flat panel TV. The third bedroom has a twin over double bunk with individual reading lights as well as books/DVD/VCR with many kid friendly movies. The living room also has a large selection of games, books and DVDs. Perfect for families, extended family, 2 families, or anyone looking to feel like they’ve gotten away from it all. Oh...and don’t forget to ask us about some of 'Wits Ends' interesting history!

For the kids, a deck box stocked with sand toys and a sandy play area are located in a gated area next to the house so you can relax while the kids play. We added a warm water outdoor shower to make the transition from the beach enjoyable!

'Wits End' is set up to enjoy indoor/outdoor living at its best.

Full disclosure - This house does not have a dishwasher, but does have a dish rack. Also no central heat. We have a very efficient wood stove, plenty of wood and space heaters.

Lastly, In case you can’t leave work at home or just want to be connected, 'Wits End' is setup with WiFi (so at least...if you have can work outisde on a lounge chair!).

No Large Groups or Parties - No Exceptions!

Pets only with a signed pet agreement for $20/day or $100/week.

There is room for a pack-n-play for an additional child.

Keywords: House, cottage, beach cottage, bungalow, cabin, Stinson Beach

More Details
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2016

Why Barbara chose The Bay Area

After years of renting in the gated community of Seadrift, we booked a last minute stay down this street and found out what a great location this is. Close enough to park your car and never move it. Just walk to everything! A couple of houses down to the beach with kids or to run down to see a sunset. No long walks to get to a path to the beach like we used to have. You can even get to the hiking trails by just walking to town. After driving all week, doesn't that sound nice?

What makes this house unique

Guests tell us that the cedar log style makes them feel like they've gotten away because it's so different from home. The logs are softly white washed with ample skylights so its clean and bright. The house is surrounded by gardens to the front, sides and back with something always blooming. The back of the house offers two types of decks - the deck outside the back door is covered and shaded, while the upper deck is sunny with lots of wind protection so even if the beach is too breezy, you can lay in a lounge chair on the upper deck, hear the ocean, see the surrounding hills and enjoy the warmth of the sun.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Well, we loved staying at Wits End even if we only had one really beautiful day. Sat was iffy, but took some long walks on the beachand got to dig and play, which was great. We brought board games, books, and had your movie selection, so we did just fine even though the weather wasn't the best -- it was still a relaxing break! Thank you!!!

We will definitely want to come back!

Thanks for all your help - we had a lovely weekend despite the weather!!!! :)
Apr 2010
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based on 15 traveler reviews

Perfect Beach Retreat at Your 'Wits End'
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 17 reviews

Stinson Beach Spectacular!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed for a week with our dog, and friends joined us for several nights. It was perfect -- located a minute from the beach, where we walked every day -- and the house could not have been nicer. It's large and roomy and well-equiped, with quality linens and comfortable furniture. The back deck is enormous and we spent most afternoons lounging on the comfortable chaises, reading and relaxing. The outdoor shower was great for the dog and for the humans who need to wash off sand. Kitchen was great. Quiet neighborhood, but a short walk to town. Barbara was wonderful to work with, and we will return in the future to this very special place.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Christmas Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 and my mother stayed in this Stinson Beach house for 3 nights. The house was super clean, well decorated and well appointed. I could tell that the owner enjoyed the house too because it had everything we needed. We walked down the gravel private road to the beach for long walks and hiked up into Mt. Tam just across Hwy without having to get in the car even! At the owners suggestion, we shopped on the way in and enjoyed eating at home every meal except for one lunch in Point Reyes Station. A very family friendly area and a very hospitable host.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Downers Grove, IL

Perfect House for Family

  • 5 of 5

The pictures for this house do not even do it justice! This house was perfect for a family, a perfect location to the beach and perfect location to town. There are many outdoor areas, a massive sand pit (with toys and swings!) for the kids. It kept them entertained for a long time. The beach is right down the street with easy access. The property is very well maintained, the owners are friendly, helpful and answered all my questions in a timely matter. We were in town for a wedding, so we didn't get to all the places to eat in town. There is a general store for things forgotten. It's a bit expensive, so I would recommend shopping before you get there. The house has everything you need for a great vacation to Stinson Beach.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, New York

We will be back...

  • 5 of 5

It's always with mixed feelings that I give out excellent will be that much harder to reserve space then next go around. But in all fairness, my wife and I and family of three kids (10, 8. and 3) spent an absolutely wonderful week at Wits End. Excellent location a block from the beach and the house was clean, well equipped and charming. Barbara couldn't have been more helpful. We look forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Beach House

  • 5 of 5

Our week at Wits End was delightful. The house was comfortable and cozy, and the kitchen was outfitted with everything we needed. We loved all the outdoor spaces. And the house and gardens were quiet -- no neighbor noise (a big concern for me whenever renting a vacation property). The location couldn't be better. The house is a short two-block walk to the darling town, which has a couple of excellent restaurants, a wonderful cafe/bakery and a charming market. And we were super close to the beach. It took us all of 30 seconds to get to the beach, where we had cocktails every afternoon while sitting in the owner's beach chairs. All in all, a great, relaxing vacation. We hope to go back someday.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bay Area

Great cozy beach house!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a weekend getaway with my two year old son and our dog and it was fabulous. The house is cozy and bright with everything you need - comfy beds, fully equipped kitchen, plenty of towels and sheets, and lots of nice little touches. The deck and play area were great for my son with lots of toys and a fun tree swing. The location is perfect, a two minute walk to the beach and five minutes into town. The beach is dog friendly and unofficially off leash so it's great for your four legged family members. Barbara the owner is super friendly and was very responsive when we had questions. Overall it is a fabulous place to relax and have fun and we will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Stinson Beach House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Pet Fee $20
Cleaning Fee $175
Tax Rate 10.0%

We include the maximum number of occupants in the rental agreement so please be specific.

International guests need to pay in U.S. Dollars.

We have more flexibility than the vrbo quoting system allows.
Please send in inquiries with your rental details for best response. Quotes from here are not final.

No more than 5 adults allowed, no more than 1 pet, will consider shorter visits within 2 weeks of the date if we're not booked, discounts for smaller groups and off season depending on the week, just ask.

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Stinson Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , outdoor shower
  • 1.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 child bed , 1 bunk bed , Bunk is a twin over full
  • Pack-n-Play available upon request.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Warm outdoor shower, Tiki Bar, Sand Toys, Garden Patio

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