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Best Central San Francisco Hidden Gem Luxury Cottage, Superb Location/Amenities

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 31 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, patio, state of the art kitchen, sleeps 4

Located just 5 or so minutes' walk to the Bay and to magnificent views of GG Bridge and Alcatraz, our cottage offers a real San Francisco experience (with luxury!). It nestles behind one of San Francisco's lovely 'painted lady' Victorians. Fully DETACHED, rose-covered, it is surrounded by gardens and was completely renovated by us a few years ago. It is inviting, light and airy and has its own private patio. It is safe and secluded yet just a stone's throw from vibrant, chic, Union Street where San Franciscans come to dine and shop. The best and most desirable neighborhood of San Francisco!

No other lister will treat you as well as we do! When you arrive, you will find the fridge stocked with juice, milk, eggs, cream, yoghurt, sodas and there will be cereal and muffins, tea and coffee, other staples and excellent toiletries, all for you. There will be a lovely bouquet of fresh flowers awaiting you, great linens, robes and many other extras.

Restaurants, cafes and boutiques, banks, beauty salons, buses and taxis one block away. One convenience store 100 yards away, another within 200 yards. Small park across the street and a library in a lovely heritage building 50 yards away.

Everyone who has stayed here has loved it and our guests constantly tell us: 'We wish we had discovered this spot years ago!'

Two lovely bedrooms (one with California King bed, the other with Queen Size Bed and doors onto patio). Perfect for 2 couples, a family with children or a couple looking for a romantic retreat.

Furnished to a high standard. Fully equipped kitchen with dining table, living room with wood burning stove (there is also central heating), tumbled- tiled bathroom with deep soaking tub, small private patio with table, chairs and sun lounger, central heating, DSL wireless, large flat screen TV with Cable, DVD player, CD player, dishwasher, use of washer/drier. Coffee maker, juicer, toaster, microwave, iron, ironing board, baking dishes, pots, pans, alarm clocks, I-phone charger, telephone, books, CDs, DVDs.

Turn-key ready - this is not the kind of self-catering place where you immediately have to go to the store to buy paper towels, toilet tissue, dish-soap, etc. - all these basics are already waiting for you.

Surroundings : An ideal spot to see all the sights of San Francisco. Union Street (1 minutes' walk) Polk Street (3 minutes' walk), Fillmore Street (5 minutes' walk) and Chestnut Street (7 minutes' walk) are all filled with restaurants of very type from high-end to inexpensive and shops and boutiques of every type. The Marina Green and magnificent beaches/views of Crissy Field are about 8 minutes' drive away or half an hour's walk. WALK SCORE is 97!

By car or taxi Downtown/Union Square/SF Opera/Symphony are about 8 minutes, by direct bus 12- 15 minutes. Fisherman's Wharf is also about 8 minutes' by car/taxi. Buses and taxis are one minute's walk away. Very easy access (5 minutes' drive) to the Golden Gate Bridge for exploring Marin, Napa, the Redwoods and beyond.

Child-friendly amenities: This is a perfect spot for children. It is safe and secure with no-one above or below you. We are also on FLAT street (something of a rarity in San Francisco - try pushing a stroller up some of those hills after a day of sight-seeing!). We have a secure spot for your stroller, etc. You also have a full, fully-equipped kitchen so you can prepare your children's favorite foods or heat a bottle any time you wish.

Patio and garden completely secure so baby or children can be safely out in the fresh air.

Books, DVDs and toys, depending on age. Graco crib available and even babysitting a possibility with notice.

Free use of washer and drier (we even supply laundry detergent and softener!) makes life so much easier when traveling with children.

More Details
Registration Number : Long-Term Only

Daryl Nelson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 12, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed at Nelson's Cottage for six nights at the end of a three week holiday travelling around California. It did not disappoint and fully deserves a five star review. From the moment of arrival through our departure, we both loved our stay. The cottage itself was lovely and located in a smart neighbourhood, just one street away from the restaurants & shops of Union Street. Nelson's Cottage is thoroughly recommended to anyone seeking a similar experience in San Francisco.
Sep 2011
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Marina District Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Town
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Best Central San Francisco Hidden Gem Luxury Cottage, Superb Location/Amenities
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
Charlestown, RI

Lovely Cottage - Perfect for our Needs! We absolutely loved our visit!

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I took our first trip to San Francisco last Fall (2015) to visit our son and do some sightseeing. We found this gem on VRBO, read the fantastic reviews and thought it sounded perfect for us. Daryl was great to work with and the personal amenities that were provided were above & beyond our expectations! Daryl & her husband have created this gem of a cottage in a beautiful neighborhood behind their home. They thought of all the details to make us feel so welcome and at home, from the fresh flowers in every room to the Starbucks coffee (which really sold us), fresh fruit, jam, muffins, cookies, cream, juice, cereal, milk, etc.! Since we didn't rent a car, we Uber'd for our first time and that worked out quite well. We felt like Uber experts by the end of our trip!

We didn't cook during our 10 night stay, but certainly could have in the beautiful, stocked kitchen with state of the art appliances. We especially loved the private patio behind our cottage, which was perfect for unwinding with a glass (or 2) of wine after a fun-filled day of touring the city and taking wonderful excursions to Sonoma, Muir Woods, Alcatraz, or North Beach Food Tour! My son's job had recently required him to move to LA, but his company allowed him to work remotely & Daryl graciously accommodated him to stay with us in the 2-bedroom cottage for part of that time for a reasonable fee. This was a dream vacation for us, and I didn't want to leave! We feel so blessed to have stumbled on this wonderful place & would definitely stay again when we return!!! My husband, son, & I really appreciated Daryl and her husband's hospitality and cannot wait to plan another trip! I would wholeheartedly recommend this luxury cottage if you are planning a trip to this beautiful city of San Francisco! Thank you, thank you Daryl & Mark for all you did!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a great pleasure to meet you both and to have you stay in the cottage! Thank you for being such lovely, charming guests! And thank you for taking the time to write such a full review and for all your very kind words. Daryl & Mark
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Perfect Place

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this cottage was fantastic. Booking was easy and our host, Daryl, was wonderful to deal with. Before we arrived, we asked Daryl for some restaurant recommendations. She promptly send us an email with a detailed list of some of her favorite restaurants throughout the city, as well as a list of coffee shops and convenience stores in the neighborhood. When we arrived, Daryl warmly greeted us and helped us throughout our stay. She even helped us with our transportation to the airport when we left. Daryl and her husband Mark were very friendly and it was a pleasure speaking with them and getting to know them. The cottage had fresh flowers, was beautifully decorated, and was stocked with all of the essentials for breakfast, including Starbucks coffee, cream, milk, orange juice, fresh fruit, English muffins, jam, butter, cereal, yogurt, and eggs. The cottage is very private and we felt like we were at home. The yard and surrounding gardens were picture perfect and we loved the private deck in the back of the cottage. The location was wonderful - close to great shopping and great restaurants, and fairly easy to get to other places in the city either by walking, car, or public transportation. We had a car for part of our stay, which we were allowed to park in Daryl's driveway for a small (and very reasonable) fee. And our youngest son loved playing with their cat, Sasha! We will definitely stay here again if we have the opportunity. We highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Aspen, CO, USA

Beautiful, Private, Wonderful Inside and Out

  • 5 of 5

Ambrosial! In both my husband's opinion and mine, this was the best place we have vacation rented before…and we have rented often in San Francisco and many other places.

This cottage was prettier than pictured, the linens were heavenly and so sweet ( hand embroidered pillow cases and high quality sheets), the kitchen wonderfully equipped and the gardens that surrounded it all provided so much pleasure. Everywhere we looked we saw green or flowers. We loved the private deck on the back. In all corners of this property, the care that the owners put into it is fully evident.

Our hosts have the talent for providing the most caring hosting, being available for any and all questions, and yet provided us with the utmost respect for our privacy. All the attention they have put into the decor and equipping the cottage make for a delightful stay. The setting is quiet as can be and the location ( both the street that the cottage is on and the larger neighborhood in which is is located) is perfect. We had all our dinners out in restaurants, delicious, that were a block or two away. We loved the proximity to the waterfront at the marina area and also loved the little Blue Fog Market/Deli on the corner near the cottage.

There was a huge bowl of fresh fruit waiting in the kitchen upon our arrival and even though we were there for 9 days, we never needed to think of buying more food for breakfasts….there were eggs in the fridge, cereal and milk, cream for coffee, many choices of tea and also coffee waiting to be enjoyed. There were chocolates in the cut glass bowl in the living room, a bag of cookies in the kitchen and freshly arranged flowers in every room….gorgeous!

We felt pampered and so fortunate to have chosen this perfect spot. The night before we departed the cottage, my husband was busily looking at the rental calendar to see when we could return. It is a place like this that made Tony Bennett sing the song about leaving his heart in San Francisco.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Couldn't have asked for more!

  • 5 of 5

This review is late but we are planning a return trip to San Francisco and I realized I forgot to do this sooner!! We had such an amazing time here, the location was perfect and Dale was so accommodating with any special requests (it was a surprise trip for a birthday and we had guests arriving as an additional surprise at a later time that she had to wait around for!). The basic grocery supplies were appreciated and saved us a trip to the store. We would love to stay here again for this next trip but it is unfortunately booked :( Perhaps next time!!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2014
  • Stayed: February 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Christchurch. New Zealand


  • 5 of 5

No words to describe perfect from booking to check out.

Daryl even provided us with coats and scarfs for our trip to Alcatraz.

Beautiful welcome basket basket of fruit.

Luxury towels bedding and anything you could possible need for your stay.

Leaving this beautiful little cottage was the hard part

Thank you so much.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2013
  • Stayed: November 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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it was absolutely perfect in every way.

  • 5 of 5

lovely, lovely cottage. well stocked kitchen, gorgeous garden and parking too!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
San Francisco International (SFO)
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Brickyard or The Bus Stop
Nearest Ferry
2.5 Miles
Ferry to Sausalito/Tiburon/Angel Island - Pier 41
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Presido Golf
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Caltrain to Peninsula
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 101 north to Marin, south to airport/LA
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Nearest Ski
180 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Aquatic Park/Marina, Crissy Field


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

An off-street parking spot for a mid-size car or smaller (medium SUV is fine but Ford Explorer type is too big) is available at $16 per night as an optional extra.
Unlike many others, we do not charge a cleaning fee nor ask for a security deposit against breakages etc.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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