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Joe Dunn

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, spanish

Beautiful, Secluded Bay View Cottage in the Trees

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(74 traveler reviews)
Beautiful, Secluded Bay View Cottage in the Trees
average rating of 4.9594593 based on 74 reviews

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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Secluded, comfortable unique house.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed staying in the round house, our hosts were welcoming and very helpful. Great location, San Rafael has a lot to offer visitors. Highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique, secluded, quiet "

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 6 nights. Very well appointed, clean. Our hosts were helpful and charming. Instructions well detailed. We would recommend this property to our friends. One little suggestion, second bedside table and coffee table. Otherwise excellent place to chill out.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I wanted to spend some time in San Francisco for our anniversary but I like to stay in a little more peaceful setting. My wife and I rented this beautiful place and let me tell you, this place did not disappoint! First of all you feel like you are staying in a fully furnished tree house with a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the table(that was really nice).

Kitchen was great and has everything necessary to cook. The microwave oven is also the convection oven (that took me a day to figure out). We went out on excursions but it is a cool place to just to hang out at the whole time. The owners Joe and Mali leave you alone but are very accommodating and nice to talk to. If you are looking for something that is not your everyday hotel experience, this is the place.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
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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
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Nearest Airport
33 Miles
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
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


Rates & Availability

Bayside Acres Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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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
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
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
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
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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Bayside Acres Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Town
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • 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
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • 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
We have a Pack N Play crib available for infants

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