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Joe Dunn

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish

Beautiful, Secluded Bay View Cottage in the Trees

71 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

San Rafael Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 3-4

This is a beautiful, 20-sided shingled cottage set on more than an acre of oak trees, with views of the San Francisco Bay through the trees. The property is gated with off-street parking. This unique guest house offers one bedroom with a queen bed, and a full size sofa bed in the living room. Windows in every room look out into the oaks, where you can see deer, squirrels, and occasional rabbits.

The cottage was built with the finest materials, including slate roof with copper gutters, bamboo and slate floors, granite counter tops, tumbled marble shower, and maple cabinets. A deck with glass railing encircles the entire house. There is a full kitchen with refrigerator, gas cook top, True convection oven, and dishwasher. Wireless high speed Internet and cable are included.

The Bay View Cottage is just 2 miles from charming downtown San Rafael, and about the same distance to mountain biking, hiking, and picnicking at China Camp State Park.

Don't feel like cooking?: The neighborhood grocery store is about a 5 minute walk from the cottage, and their deli offers an extensive selection of salads, sandwiches and pizzas, as well as complete gourmet meals. The wine selection is incredible, with wine-tasting every Friday evening.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Joe Dunn (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish

Reviews

5
based on 71 traveler reviews

Beautiful, Secluded Bay View Cottage in the Trees
average rating of 4.971831 based on 71 reviews
5

A True Oasis

  • 5 of 5

There is a reason that this gem is consistently rated 5 stars. This peaceful escape is a refreshing change from the standard boring hotel room. The description and photos of the property were exactly as portrayed. The house is immaculately cared for and was perfectly clean when we arrived. The owner was extremely attentive from the initial booking in May all the way through our departure. As a matter of fact, I briefly mentioned the special occasion for which we were traveling and the owner, Joe, remembered this when we checked in four months later. Even though this is a private owner rental, the service was better than most five star hotels I've frequented.

The roundhouse is hidden in a peaceful area of San Rafael - perfect for our day trips between the wharf of San Francisco and wine country. The location was ideal for our daily trips back and forth. We were thrilled to see the city during the day only to come back to deer prancing around the roundhouse in the evening. Getting to see the deer and other wildlife was such a treat.

My husband and I travel often for both work and pleasure, and we both agreed that this vacation was one of the best ever. This is a perfect getaway for the working professional. The area is quite and the wrap around porch is perfect for enjoying a glass of wine. The owner is attentive, but not intrusive. He was more than willing to offer recommendations in and around the city. There are two nice grocery stores nearby (not within walking distance). You should plan to have a rental car for sure.

The unit was well equipped with what appeared to be brand new appliances. There is a small stove to cook for a quiet evening and a coffee maker, refrigerator, and dishwasher. The bed was extremely comfortable and there was plenty of storage in the bedroom for our belongings.

Our busy lifestyle delayed this review, but I definitely wanted to share our positive experience for others to know that they will not go wrong at the round house.

The home has one bedroom, but could easily sleep four with the sofa.

When we come back to CA, we will be staying at the Round House. I'd even be willing to change my travel dates just so I can stay here again.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A relaxing retreat

  • 5 of 5

We LOVED our stay in the roundhouse. It was absolutely beautiful inside and out. The home was immaculate, updated, and so peaceful. It feels like you are on the top of the world overlooking the trees and the bay list ending to birds chirp and watching deer wander the grounds. It was a convenient location for trips into San Francisco, Muir Woods and Beach, China Camp State Park. We had great local meals at Terrapin's Crossroads and ate breakfast at Crepvine twice although we could have easily cooked in. We miss the roundhouse already plan to return next time we are in the area.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great Place to Stay. Loved it.

  • 5 of 5

Very nice, responsive owner. The place is very clean with a lot of class. House is on property of owner but he totally leaves you alone. Beautiful setting. Not far from San Fran city limits. Hot tub is great to chill out in after a day of tourism. Pull out couch is actually very comfortable and not a cheap one - if you need it. All of Joe's excellent review are true. He is the real deal.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Will come back to this one

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful stay. The very private setting was perfect for our visit with our daughter and husband in San Raphael.. The roundhouse was super clean, the deck was perfect to relax with the glimpse of the bay. Little touches were nice like the lights around the gate and along the pathway to the house to make it easier to navigate the first night. Met Joe the first day. He made sure we had all that we needed to make us comfortable.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Rafael Round Cottage

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful week in the round cottage. Joe and Mali warmly greeted us when we arrived and then it was extremely private and beautiful to say the least. The cottage was fantastic and very comfortable. It had everything we needed, was easily accessible, very well maintained and was simply just fun to be in. We used it as a home base while we toured the bay area. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone and hope to be back soon. Thank you so much for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Beautiful place, peaceful and lovely property owners

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here 3 times and would do so again if we were in the area

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Oakland
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Terrapin Crossroads
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Larkspur Landing
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Peacock Gap Country Club
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Oakland
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Terrapin Crossroads
Nearest Beach
22 Miles
Stinson Beach
Car: recommended

San Rafael is a scenic 15 minute drive across the Golden Gate Bridge in beautiful Marin County, located between the bay and the Pacific Ocean. For the active visitor, Marin offers hiking, mountain and road biking, swimming, surfing, kayaking, and both fresh and salt water fishing. There are a number of yoga studios within a few miles. For the more leisure minded, Marin offers many fine restaurants, wine bars and cafes, numerous theaters, plenty of shopping in unique boutiques as well as a choice of shopping malls. We are a 5-7 minute drive to the new Terrapin Crossroads Restaurant and Bar, owned by former Grateful Dead bass guitarist Phil Lesh. Adjacent to San Rafael is San Anselmo, a quaint town renowned for its numerous antique stores. San Rafael is the home of one of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpieces, the Marin Civic Center. It is also the 20th of the 21 California Missions. The incredible beauty and and temperate climate of San Rafael makes it a favorite location for visitors wanting easy access to both San Francisco as well as the wine regions of Napa and Sonoma county. Your cottage awaits...

Other Activities: Yoga, Meditation, Introspection, Recharging

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Rates & Availability

San Rafael Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season 2016
Apr 1 2016 - Dec 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
$170
From
$190
Fri,Sat
$1,110
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season 2017
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$165
From
$180
Fri,Sat
$1,085
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$170
From
$190
Fri,Sat
$1,100
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$165
From
$180
Fri,Sat
$1,085
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $95 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

San Rafael Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Town
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom is spacious, with a large tumbled marble shower, slate floors, maple cabinets, granite counter, and hand-hammered copper sink. It is stocked with shampoo and conditioner, blow dryer, extra toothbrushes, and beach towels.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The bedroom has soft and warm bamboo floors, and windows that look out onto the deck and beyond into the oak trees. There is a queen size bed that sleeps two comfortably.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We have a Pack N Play crib available for infants

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