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Villa Montara Seaside Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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

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

More Details

William and Christine
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

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


Montara Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
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
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(47 traveler reviews)

Villa Montara Seaside Retreat
average rating of 4.9574466 based on 47 reviews

Stunning and unique property with exceptional views of the Pacific coastline.

  • 5 of 5

I hesitate to write a review because my first instinct is to keep Villa Montara as a treasured secret for me and and my family. We have had the good fortune to travel a great deal and Villa Montara is one of the most exceptional properties we have have ever stayed in. William was very easy to communicate with (clear, timely, and responsive) and was very helpful and charming. We appreciated him meeting us at the house and showing us how things worked. The house was well-equipped and everything worked well. The outdoor spaces are generous and stunning and the property, while right on Highway 1, is exceptionally private and quiet. There are beaches and restaurants very nearby, but if you like sitting and watching the ocean, I don't think you will ever want to leave. There is plenty of room for a group to spread out in and lots of inviting chairs and nooks to escape to with a book or for a nap. Villa Montara is a creative space and reflects its artistic and architectural roots. While breath-takingly beautiful, it may not be best suited for either the elderly or young children. It is an open floor plan and there are many transitions (steps) between rooms. The only shower is down a rather steep and narrow stairway, there is only one bedroom with an actual door, and none of the windows have blinds (but then why would you cover up the panorama outside?). If your group likes privacy, luxurious bathing, or room-darkening shades, Villa Montara might not be for you. That being said, we had an unforgettable time in a magnificent setting and feel restored and refreshed from our time perched above the waves. We all want to come back as soon as possible. Thank you to William and Christine for sharing this very special place with us.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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river falls wi.

Villa Montana is the most unique and beautiful property I have stayed at after years of vrbo rentals

  • 5 of 5

I think you would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful view of the California Coastline than you get from Villa Montana! All the unique artwork inside and out make this truly a one of a kind getaway. The views and atmosphere of the property are beyond discription. From the beautiful sunsets to the sounds​ of the waves rolling in make this a relaxing Paradise. I can't wait for the opportunity to rent the Villa again and extend my stay to a week or more!! This is truly the most relaxing and beautiful property I have rented through VRBO, after many years of renting with VRBO!!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Altos

The whole experience was entirely MAGICAL!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The whole experience was entirely MAGICAL!!!!! The owner are very kind and great great pride in their hospitality. The location and views are off the hook an pictures don't do it justice!!!


Duke and Cathy

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing! Even better than expectations.

  • 5 of 5

William and Christine are awesome, our stay at Villa Montara couldn't of been any better. The views, the beautiful house and property, hot tub, the ambiance was everything we hoped for and more. Could go on and on about how great our stay was but I'd be writing all day.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The most magnificent house I have ever been in, let alone have the opportunity to stay in. Stunning ocean views, amazingly situated Cliffside site, inspiring architecture and uniquely art filled. Plus all necessities and amenities one could desire. Best place we have ever stayed.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

There could not be a more perfect spot to relax and rejuvenate and enjoy. I rented this special home for a weekend with friends. It exceeded all hopes and expectations in its beauty and location. There is a serenity here that results from the way the owners have woven the space into nature and nature into the space. It is breathtaking. William and Christine were so gracious and helpful in making this one of the most memorable weekends ever. We are incredibly grateful that they are sharing this unique property. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

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


Rates & Availability

Montara Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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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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