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The Magical Cottage at Muir Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Nestled above Muir Beach overlooking the ocean, the headlands and San Francisco in the distance, you’ll find The Cottage at Muir Beach – a stylish getaway ideal for those looking to relax and unwind in the peace and tranquility of glorious ocean and mountain views.

This magical and enchanting rural escape features a charming living / dining area, kitchen, bathroom, master bedroom, attic / loft sleeping area. Private deck and parking for 2 cars. The Cottage at Muir Beach is located in the heart of Marin County’s stunning Golden Gate National Recreation Area providing fabulous opportunities for outdoor pursuits.

The Cottage At Muir Beach is situated next door to Mole's Cottage separated by a private and inspiring succulent garden (also see listing # 672817.) The location of both these cottages not only provides privacy for those seeking a private retreat, they also cater to families and friends who wish to book two properties in reasonably close proximity so they can vacation in the same spectacular location if required.

The Cottage at Muir Beach is enveloped by the constant therapeutic sound of the ocean and is the kind of heaven on earth that soothes the soul. Although it is within easy reach of everything, it feels like a world apart. Owned, operated and decorated by renowned British interior designer Victoria Hamilton-Rivers.

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Victoria Hamilton-Rivers
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english,
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Victoria Hamilton-Rivers

I am a British interior designer and home stager, living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the daughter of a British army officer, I have visited and lived in many parts of the world: Europe, Asia, Australia, and the United States of America.

I first visited and fell in love with the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997. I became a permanent resident in 2003. All my life I have been drawn to and fascinated by the ocean and to the life within and around it.

In 2008 I realized a lifelong dream and bought two cottages overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the northern California coast in the idyllic community of Muir Beach.

While owning one cottage by the beach has been a lifelong dream, I never imagined myself owning two. As an interior designer, the obvious and exciting thing to do was to renovate one of them and offer it for rental to those of you around the world who share my passion for clean and simple interiors and the extraordinary privilege it is to be close to nature and the sea.

The Magical Cottage At Muir Beach is simply that. Month after month it gives me tremendous pleasure to offer my guests a really exceptional place to stay where they can relax and unwind to the sound of the ocean in the newly renovated cottage. Within the backdrop and magnificence of Marin County’s Golden Gate National Recreational Area, heaven and earth are literally at your fingertips.

People from all over the world agree The Cottage At Muir Beach is the perfect nurturing “home away from home” on the Northern California Coast. Whether you are seeking solitude, a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or celebrating someone or something special, it’s all here at The Cottage At Muir Beach.

Victoria Hamilton-Rivers.

Victoria Hamilton-Rivers purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Victoria Hamilton-Rivers chose Muir Beach

This is the most beautiful location on the entire California coast.

What makes this cottage unique

Hiking, designing interiors while being inspired by the ocean.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We couldn't have chosen a better location ore our trail running holiday! Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us - we will be back!
Dec 2012
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Muir Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub and shower combined
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sectional sofa (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • bay/sound
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Bose bluetooth sound system


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The Magical Cottage at Muir Beach
average rating of 4.978022 based on 243 reviews

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  • 5 of 5

if you are thinking of booking this cottage stop thinking and book it now!!! this place is magical. we arrived to a day with sun filled blue skys-- the view of the beach and hillside are fantastic. from the deck we watched shoals of herring moving in the shallow waters of the bay --they we being bombarded from above by gulls and pelicans, next came the dolphins for their buffet and finally humpback whales swimming back and forth having their turn at it, it was the nature channel in real life !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the little cove was my favorite part of the beach.

also do not miss muir woods the redwoods are so majestic its awe inspiring---the big tip here is get there early around 8:30 or parking can be difficult---also there is no charge to enter before 9.... anyway its a great way to get the day going.

the proximity to san francisco is really only 25-30 minutes but a world away as far as charm and peacefulness.

there is a safeway grocery store in marin 20 min away and its a good place to get all your provisions before heading to the cottage

we had great days filled with the beach or hiking or just relaxing with the view----evening bbq,s and board games rounded out the day.........

thanks victoria we will be back

billy & debi

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for coming to stay and for sharing your experiences of our little slice of heaven here. We have been blessed with amazing whales and dolphins for the last few years and as locals, we never tire of watching their awesome display. We are glad you witnessed the magic of this place and we look forward to your return very much. Victoria.
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San Francisco, CA

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Spent a relaxing anniversary weekend at the cozy Cottage at Muir Beach. We soaked in the beauty of the views, enjoyed dining in, relaxing on the deck. The Cottage at Muir Beach is better than advertised - the description and pictures don't do it justice. Victoria is a hospitable and gracious host - we will return as often as we can.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely property

  • 5 of 5

Charming cottage, amazing views, perfect location, and accommodating host made for a lovely stay on Muir Beach. Home is well equipped, cozy and roomy! Will definitely return when seeking a respite from the hurried pace of life!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Livermore CA, USA

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had high expectations of the Cottage at Muir Beach, but it easily surpassed them. The location is quiet, on a residential lane high up on the hill above the beach, so you get the sound of the ocean, but not the beach noise. Wonderful sun trap of a deck with views across the ocean / Marin Headlands / Golden Gate region to the Sunset district of San Francisco - lovely city lights in the distance at night. Inside, everything you need, in wonderful taste, to relax and dine and drink. Outside, a great beach, the best hiking for 200 miles and The Pelican Inn (10 minute walk). We've found our perfect getaway spot and will be back - a lot.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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New Jersey

Magical place!

  • 5 of 5

The loveliness of this cottage is only outdone by the beauty of the view. The owner’s thoughtfulness is apparent in every last detail of this home. We were only able to stay two nights but we left refreshed and restored. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spotless Charming Quiet spot

  • 5 of 5

Ecbelleht for couple and small children. Second bedroom not large enough for adults.....Host has thought of everything!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for coming to stay and for your kind comments. I have two two cottages at Muir Beach side by side but in their own grounds. They are ideal for renting together if you have a larger group because you can be close at hand but still maintain your privacy. Both have separate entrances and parking and both have full ocean views. Mole's Cottage (next door to the one you rented, listing number 672817) has been upgraded and now has two queen bedrooms and two bathrooms and there is also a sectional sofa in the living room as back up for sleeping. We have just completed this work so pictures will go on line very soon. In addition, we are adding a tree house in the garden which will be completed by end July 2018 and this has another queen bedroom and half bath should that extra accommodation be needed depending on guests requirements. We have invested in the property in this way so we can now accommodate two couples comfortably or a couple with two grown children. It is a spectacular property (my favorite of the two) and well worth booking if you have grown children or more than one couple and small children staying. We hope you will return and thank you again for taking the time to comment. With kind regards. Victoria.
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Car: necessary

Zen Center, The overlook (uninterrupted panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean), Muir Woods, and Pelican Inn.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $120 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

Best to contact owner direct for rates and details. The calendar is maintained at all times however if bookings are in progress this is not reflected. Cleaning fee is deducted from the security deposit prior to refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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