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Villa Montara Seaside Retreat

41 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights


Montara Villa Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathrooms, Convertible bed(s), Sleeps 6

A Secluded Country Retreat on the Pacific Ocean to Nourish and Embrace Your Spirit.


Privacy Vistas Sky Hills Trees Sun Fresh Air Sea Air Mountain Air

Beauty Art Serenity Waves Surf Clouds Mist Fog Color Movement

Space Texture Light Dark Sounds Wild Flowers Hawks Gulls Sparrows

Doves Ravens Whales Sea Lions Warm Cold Wet Windy Calm Sanctuary

Storms Thunder Sunsets Peace

View a video of our property on You Tube; search for 'Villa Montara-Half Moon Bay, CA'

Featured in the Faith Evan's video 'Never Gonna Let You Go-1999' also available on You Tube

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

William and Christine
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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About William and Christine

William Giffen, an architecturally trained designer, has resided in Montara for the past 25 years and has enjoyed this property as a design laboratory and retreat. 'It's such a spectacular place that I feel it's time to share it with friends and family of the world.'

William and Christine purchased this villa in 1985


based on 41 traveler reviews

Villa Montara Seaside Retreat
average rating of 4.9512196 based on 41 reviews

Run, don't walk to Villa Montara... and once you're there... you're sure to find peace and beauty

  • 5 of 5

Our family was so fortunate to find Villa Montara for the perfect venue for our daughter's dream wedding! We were able to secure all the bride and grooms desired vendors (catering, rentals, photography) with the unending support of Christine and William throughout the process. They truly care about the experience EVERYONE has when visiting their one-of-a-kind home and property. It was beyond clean and uncluttered, both indoors and out. Spouting whales, seagulls grazing, and sea lions slumbering are a few of the special sights you'll catch. Peaceful, relaxing, and magical were the feelings we all took away from our time spent at Villa Montara. Thanks Christine (who is always a quick text away when you have a question) and William (who is the most gracious host I've ever met) for allowing us to create the wedding of our daughter and son-in-laws dreams!!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magical Pacific Coast Sanctuary

  • 5 of 5

Several weeks ago, for our wedding, my (new) wife and I experienced a transcendent venue. Nestled on the northern California coast near Half Moon Bay, Villa Montara surpassed all expectations with which I arrived, and delivered experiences for which I could not have fathomed to ask.

To call it a "venue" sells it far short. Villa Montara, much like the elaborate set of a storied play, relies on curated layers of ingredients to render the full experience. The audience is invited past concrete walls through wooden gates into an enchanted sanctuary. The house anchors the property, it's minimalist, nautical design projects a confident yet unassuming protective strength. An ancient, windswept cypress provides balance opposite the house. The ground, a mix of crushed stone and grass, dips over several terraces to a bouldered wall. The ocean backdrop hangs behind, powerful and melodic, stretching uninterrupted to the horizon.

Our guests began to arrive in the early afternoon, shortly before the ceremony was slated to begin. As they walked through the gate on to the grounds of the main property, they stood in awe of the view. The multiple terraces provided natural eddies in the flow, offering small gathering spots for group wanting to socialize. Interestingly, each person or couple connected with the property in different, meaningful ways. Some relaxed in chairs beside the cliffside, drinking in both an ocean view and a crafted cocktail, while other walked and wandered, gazing at the architecture and design. For many, it was a time of reunion, a chance to visit with long-time friends separated by years of life. Still others gravitated to the magnetic cypress tree, absorbing its reflecting grandeur. The meticulous attention to detail, the vision of the design, and the raw canvas upon which to work, came together to craft an indelible experience for all in attendance.

But as much as the house and property created the foundation on which a special personal day was etched, equal or greater recognition is also due to William and Christine, the owners. It was clear to us by the end of our special time with them that weekend that this was a labor of love, a way in which to keep the property, forged in happiness, rich in energy and joy.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Did Not Want to Leave!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience celebrating our wedding anniversary at the unique and breathtaking Villa Montara. Located along one of California’s most beautiful coastlines, it was everything we hoped for. The house and grounds are a labor of love – artistic and beautiful, and we are so glad William and Christine shared this gem with us. They could not be more gracious and helpful. The ocean views from the house and grounds are spectacular. Short drives took us to several uncrowded beaches where we took in the beautiful waves and cliffs. Of all of the places we have been around the world, this was one of the most fun and memorable, and we can't wait to go back next year.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had our wedding at the Villa Montara, and it was better than anything we could have imagined. The house and location are magnificent. Once you step behind the gates it is truly transformative. The breathtaking landscape, the eclectic artistic villa, peaceful and serene. It was the perfect venue for our intimate wedding and start to our honeymoon. The owners William and Christine are wonderful and were extremely helpful in coordinating the day of logistics for our private event. Having them close by (but never intruding!) really helped us relax and enjoy our wedding day. I feel so lucky we were able to secure this location and wish we could have stayed longer. We will never forget our time at Villa Montara!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Place

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Villa Montara for 3 days recently and it was everything we expected and more. The home's interior has a unique artistic style that was both rustic and refined with spectacular views framed by the windows. The grounds were excellent with beautiful views from the home's cliff side perch. We enjoyed the music system in the house and the hot tub's setting at night with a clear sky and a glass of wine. We went to nearby Montara Beach and the water was cold but invigorating. Swimming here is not for the faint of heart; the surf break is strong and the beach steep, resulting in a strong undertow. But the beach is very scenic, surrounded by cliffs. Our daughter lives in the bay area and Villa Montara is close enough to make a very comfortable 35-40 min drive back and forth. Despite being near Highway 1, the feeling you have behind the walls of the grounds is one of solitude and serenity. We hope to return and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This beautiful place is simply outstanding. My husband and I rented it for a Thanksgiving retreat close to our family in San Mateo and San Francisco. Once we arrived we never wanted to leave! From it's breath taking views to the comfort and beauty inside we felt so much at home. There wasn't anything we needed. They thought of everything. It is a perfect location too. So close to SFO airport and close to Half Moon Bay. I am spoiled now - we even had the most beautiful rainbow in the sky the morning we left! (as if we needed a good sign to come back)

Thank you William and Christine

PS thanks also for dropping off that awesome local art book with recipes. We left our heart at Villa Montara and will be back again.

Bonnie Bradley

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Other Activities: Boating, health/beauty spa, shopping, kayaking


Rates & Availability

Montara Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Security Deposit $500
Cleaning $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

RATES FOR 2015-2016
Two night minimum

$1000 for 2 nights for 2 guests; $125 cleaning fee and $100 lodging tax
$1500 for 2 nights for 3-4 guests; $150 cleaning fee and $150 lodging tax
$1800 for 2 nights for 5-6 guests; $165 cleaning fee and $180 lodging tax
$3900 per week, $150 cleaning fee and $360 lodging tax for 1-4 guests
$4500 per week, $165 cleaning fee and $450 lodging tax for 5-6 guests
$12,000 per month; $125 cleaning fee per visit
*$500 refundable security deposit for all stays

We accept payment by credit card thru Paypal or by wire transfer

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Montara Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Half 1 - toilet
    Half Bathroom -
    Half Bathroom -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Two twin sleeping areas available elsewhere in the house.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing

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