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The Magical Cottage at Muir Beach

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

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.

Keywords: Cottage

More Details

Owner
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 traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 13, 2017

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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Map

Car: necessary

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

Amenities

Muir Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • 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
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub and shower combined
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sectional sofa (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
Bose bluetooth sound system

Reviews

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The Magical Cottage at Muir Beach
average rating of 4.9753084 based on 233 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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5

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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relaxing location

  • 5 of 5

This was truly a "magical cottage". Thank you Victoria! your cottage was exceptional, we loved everything about it and enjoyed our two night stay. We enjoyed watching the sunrise from the deck, the location and views of Muir are memorable. The cottage is so clean and neat, but also very comfortable. It is a great layout for a small space and with the deck it gives a roomy feel. We definetly enjoyed our stay here and look forward to returning, we like the area and proximity to hiking, ocean and San Francisco, thanks again.

Carol Lucero

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything you need and cute too With a view

  • 5 of 5

Victoria did a great job putting this little cottage together it had all the right stuff in the right place.

My wife and I had a hard time to figure out what we liked best. Was it the gardens the size the interior decorating the view the peacefulness.

I guess you’ll just have to try to figure that one out on your own when yiu rent it.

We loved everything about it.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Everything was as described (better in fact), and Victoria has done a wonderful job with the cottage. Smartly laid out, superbly equipped, ideally located. Best getaway we've found in CA. We shall return.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Monterey, CA
5

Peaceful stay in Muir Beach

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely family getaway at the cottage with our two adult daughters. Luckily, we arrived before dark as it would have been a bit tricky to find otherwise. And because it was foggy, we didn't even see how beautiful the view was until the next morning. But what a view it is! And so peaceful there...we didn't hear anything but the sound of the waves from the nearby beach. Not only is it located close to the beach, but also, close to great hiking trails. We were able to take several hikes right from the front door. Inside, the cottage is quite cute and cozy . Our bed was very comfortable. It felt a little cramped for the girls upstairs, but would be awesome for younger kids as it is like a secret retreat up the small staircase. The kitchen was fully stocked and easy to use...and the deck was a fantastic way to end a long day of hiking and relax with a nice glass of wine! We hope to go back someday....

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your recent experience staying at The Cottage At Muir Beach Bill. I own two cottages in this location that are side by side separated by a garden. Although they are quite separate with their own entrances and parking, they are extremely convenient for family members to stay close by. Mole's Cottage and gardens is listed on VRBO under listing # 672817. The current photos do not include what is currently under construction i.e. we are adding a master bedroom and second bathroom (already built) and also a tree house in the garden that has an additional queen bed and half bath. This work will be completed by March 2018 when the web site will also be updated with photos. By the sound of things, Mole's Cottage may be a better fit for you and your family should you return at any point in the future. It has the same spectacular views as The Cottage At Muir Beach and larger gardens with plenty of places where you can sit and take in the sound of the waves and what meets the eyes in this special spot. Thank you for coming to stay and I will look forward to your return. With kind regards, Victoria.
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Rates & Availability

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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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