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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

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

More Details

William and Christine
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
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


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Villa Montara Seaside Retreat
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 52 reviews

True GetAway

  • 5 of 5

Spectacularly Beautiful!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Breathtaking Ocean views.....

Creative, clean, awesome accomodations...

Hospitality from host.....

Relaxing, restoring and renewing....

We felt like we were dropped in a sanctuary of nature!

Loved it!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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San Jose

A Slice of Heaven on the Pacific Ocean

  • 5 of 5

We recently had our wedding at Villa Montara and stayed at the property for the weekend. There are no words to capture how perfect this venue was to gather 75 of our closest friends and family to celebrate our union.

While the pictures here give you a sense of the beauty of Villa Montara, what they fail to capture is the spirit and joy this space will bring to you and your guests as soon as you step foot inside. It is impossible to spend time here without smiling and appreciating the glory of the pacific coast. Our guests enjoyed whale watching during the afternoon, seaside drinks at sunset, and a bonfire to snuggle next to once the sun went down.

From a logistics and service perspective, William and Christine are incredible. Building up to the weekend, they communicated quickly and addressed all of our questions along the way. They also coordinated with vendors the entire weekend making sure that the event ran smoothly. Beyond the logistical support, they are lovely people who we feel so fortunate to have met. We've seen first hand the passion and hard work they put into maintaining and sharing this property and it is no small feat. You know you've found amazing hosts when your entire family spends the weeks following the wedding talking about how kind the home owners are!

Villa Montara is more than just a gorgeous house on the coast, it is a sanctuary of simplicity that provides a foundation for gathering to appreciate the best things in life...the beauty of nature and the love of friends and family. Thank you William and Christine for a lifetime of memories.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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My husband and I loved the architectural interest of the home and property. Views were amazing!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved our stay at Villa Montara. It was very private dispite the convient location. The owners were very helpful with recommendations of where to go and see beautiful sights. They made us feel very welcomed. The home and views are amazing as is the grounds it sits on! A must stay for the discerning!! Simply beautiful!!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Frisco, Texas

Absolutely beautiful!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed the relaxing stay at Villa Montara. The property has breath taking views and the home was designed with an exquisite, unique style. This place is heaven on earth!!!!! Looking forward to coming back again.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
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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