|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
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This freshly remodeled semi-attached cottage features a beautiful garden setting in the desirable Strawberry section of Mill Valley. The fully furnished and equipped property borders open space - deer are sighted almost daily! It's quiet and peaceful yet only 6 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco!
Easy parking and quick access to the coast, Mount Tamalpais, Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, and the wine country further north. The bus stop and shopping center is a 5 minute walk.
Ideal for up to two Bay Area vacationers, friends visiting the area, or house-hunters. We also have lots of 'newbie' grandparents! No worries, this cottage is upscale, not 'funky.' No stairs, steps or narrow mountain roads to contend with either!
Please call about availability since we occasionally neglect the calendar function.
'This is a very comfortable, quiet, well equipped cottage with helpful and accommodating owners. The location and freeway access are ideal. We will stay there again next time we are in Marin.'
M.R.- S. California
Keywords: Cottage, quiet, easy parking, gardens, convenient, wood floors, sunny, no stairs
Chuck and Eileen Ballinger are the owners who live in the semi-attached main house (garage in-between). Eileen is a real estate broker fluent in French. Chuck is an author/ artist/ general contractor/ traveler.
Charles Ballinger purchased this cottage in 1985
It's proximity to San Francisco is very convenient while its setting in Marin adjoins rural open space. Marin County is our favorite place in the world - and we've been almost everywhere!
The cottage looks out on a beautiful European-style garden with terraces and a large fountain (see photo). Strawberry Center is a five minute walk with many restaurants and shops. The cottage is almost three times the size of a hotel room with a fully equipped kitchen. And it's been totally remodeled in 2009!
We enjoyed our stay at this charming cottage in Mill Valley. The cottage was quiet, clean, comfortable, spacious, and well stocked. The patio and landscaping outside our door was beautiful. Mill Valley was a great location for our explorations in Marin and nearby San Francisco. We found that the cottage was a peaceful place to return to after a busy day of sightseeing. Chuck was great to work with and responded quickly to our inquiries.
My husband and I stayed here for four nights after driving down from Healdsburg so we could go sightseeing in San Francisco, visit Sausalito and do some extra day trips up to nearby wine country. It was a perfect location as it was just a short ride into downtown SF, 10 minutes away from Sausalito, and less than an hour to Sonoma and Napa. We found the apartment/cottage very spacious, clean, bright, quiet, and private plus it had everything we needed. It is very nicely decorated, and the adjoining European-styled terraced garden outside is lovely. In Sausalito we had fabulous burgers at the Napa Valley Burger restaurant and a very nice dinner at the Buckeye Roadhouse. Our favorite meal of the trip was in Napa at a restaurant called Grace’s Table.
We would definitely stay here again if we returned to the area. We wish we had had more time to explore the nearby mountains and other outdoor attractions such as Muir Woods and Stinson Beach.
Chuck and Eileen were very nice and helpful, and Chuck responded quickly to emails and phone calls.
This lovely cottage was perfect for our visit to our dughter and family who live just five minutes down the hill. It was wonderful to have a full kitchen, so that we could prepare our own food and eat when we pleased. The bed was very comfortable, and we enjoyed the pleasant decor and attention to detail, especially the original paintings! Although we only saw the owners beiefly, they were very friendly and welcoming. We would highly reccommend this cottage to anyone visiting the area for a few days or longer, and we hope to return ourselves in the future.
This cottage was the perfect choice for our stay while we explored the unique area in and around Mill Valley. The location and proximity to the surrounding areas of Sausalito, the ferry (or drive) to San Francisco, Muir Woods, Mt. Tamalpais, Stinson Beach, Tomales Bay, Sonoma and Napa made it absolutely ideal.
The cottage is clean, quiet, spacious, and well equipped. It also has a beautiful garden/sitting area which although we were too busy to use, provided a beautiful and peaceful view in the moments we were there. We also enjoyed the local periodicals for tips and suggestions on the area.
It was such a treat to "go home to the cottage" after a long day's adventures, and Chuck was super friendly, open and accommodating - providing hiking tips, restaurant suggestions, and working with our changing arrival schedule.
Look no further- this is the place to stay!
-Megan & Patrick
Great place, very spacious (unlike many other choices) for two people and lots of privacy. Lots of quiet too! The owners were very accommodating for our busy schedule and made us feel at home. The location is very convenient for getting around Marin or into SF or up to Napa and Sonoma. Great for a short stay or a couple of weeks stay...we did both!
The cottage is a wonderful home away from home for us. We have stayed here several times as we visit our family in the area. It is furnished very nicely, extremely clean and well stocked. It is located on a lovely street and the view of beautifully maintained gardens adds to the feeling of peace and tranquility at the end of our busy days here. Chuck and Ilene are gracious hosts and very helpful. We look forward to returning to this cottage on our next trip to the area.
wine tasting, abalone diving, the best Bay Area comedy club in Mill Valley!
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
Cancellations - A thirty (30) day notice is required for cancellation. Cancellations that are made more than (30) days prior to arrival date will incur no penalty. Cancellations or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent. Maximum occupancy is limited to two (2) persons. This property requires a four(4) night minimum stay.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.