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Sunny Stinson Beach - Hot Tub, Fireplace, Garden and Fire Pit

46 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Stinson Beach House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3)

A description of my much-treasured house follows but first some information on its location. Stinson Beach, population 632, is bordered by a gorgeous beach and Mt Tam State Park. People flock here on weekends and holidays because it is so close yet so far from urban life. The house is up the hill “in the village". There is some kind of magic that happens up here around 10 pm - the hills absorb all sounds but the waves. The coyotes, foxes and deer take over the streets. In short – we really have the best of it all up here on the hill but we have to do our part. Most of all respect the neighbors. Hold your parties at the beach or bars. On busy days tell your friends to leave the cars where they are and walk the 0.4 miles from the beach. And then enjoy the peaceful retreat that is so close and yet so far from the holiday crowds.

This beautiful retreat is hidden from view by a rose covered fence. Each side of the Cape Cod style house offers a unique outdoor experience. The back deck gets wonderful, warm sun during the day. Two lifeguard chairs offer a view of the waves. A nice large hot tub is perfect for relaxing after a long hike, ride or surf, or for stargazing at night. The outdoor fire pit is around the corner and looks out on a small lawn surrounded by bushes and trees. The front porch has an Adirondack loveseat for enjoying the evening light on Mt. Tamalpais.

The porch door opens into the living room. The open living area has many large windows with deck, garden, mountain and partial ocean views. The large brick fireplace is the cornerstone of the living room. The comfy, big couch is great for lounging. The kitchen area is small but well equipped with a convection oven and two dishwashers. A coffee grinder and a choice of French Press or drip cones are provided to make sure you can start your morning with a wonderful cup of coffee. Dine inside on comfy Maine Cottage chairs, or outside on the deck.

The bedroom is at the far end of the house and the sounds of the waves are the only sounds you hear. Wake to a view of the flowers and hummingbirds through the glass doors and bedroom window. Furniture in the bedroom includes a European SleepWorks king bed, rocking chair, a table with desk lamp (which is perfect for computer work or writing), two nightstands, a dresser and a large closet for your use.

The bedroom is separated from the living area by a bonus room that features a sleeping nest perfect for a child or friend. The sleeping area has its own ceiling lights for reading, and can be closed off by a curtain for privacy. The room has two closets; one contains the washer and dryer.

The bath is small but tidy. The shower has good pressure and lots of hot water.

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016
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About The Owner

My husband and I met at UC Berkeley many years ago. After a stint in New York, we were able to move back to San Francisco. We have a two sons who have flown the coop. We have always loved west Marin for its scenic beauty, wildlife and incredible beaches. The Stinson house has moved me closer to many of my dreams. I completed docent training at the Martin Griffin Preserve and now have the pleasure of introducing fourth graders to the wonder of the area. I look forward to the time when I can spend more of my days paddling the lagoon, hiking the trails and doing what I can to preserve this treasure. Until then, I hope to share this truly multifaceted rejuvenating home with others.

The Owner purchased this house in 2007

Why The Owner chose The Bay Area

We always dreamed of having a place in West Marin. I love Stinson because there is so much to do and see without having to get into a car. The town is friendly and meets all basic needs. Almost everyone of any age enjoys a day at the beach. Hiking trails are right outside the front door. And I fell in love with the house. It is bright and sunny, quiet and peaceful and the hot tub makes it better than a day at the spa. I also love Pt. Reyes Station, which has become the hub of the sustainable food movement, and which has interesting, unique shops. But it is just a beautiful 13-mile drive or bike away.

What makes this house unique

The benefits of a vacation at this home are many and varied. You can experience one or all of the four S’s – sun, surf, sleep and shall we say romance. I would also add sustenance for the spirit, opportunities for socializing and if desired, exercise and challenges for the physical self. The location of the home is wonderful, but it is also a good base for exploring the San Francisco Bay Area and wine country.


based on 46 traveler reviews

Sunny Stinson Beach - Hot Tub, Fireplace, Garden and Fire Pit
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 46 reviews

A lovely private cottage nestled in the hills above Stinson Beach. We had a perfect two day visit.

  • 5 of 5

Charming clean with lovely simple decor and comfortable furniture. The flagstone walkways gorgeous bougainvillea and outdoor fire pit added to cozy feeling of complete privacy. A jewel of a place overlooking the ocean. So quiet at night. I've not slept so well in a long time.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Stinson weather of the year!

  • 4 of 5

Thank you for a lovely few days at Stinson in a charming cottage with a gorgeous deck. Low key and super quiet which was just what we needed. This wonderful home is well-maintained, close to the beach and town and also very private and peaceful. We loved it and would recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable cottage close to town

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent two nights in this comfortable cottage while hiking Mt. Tam. It is accurately described in the listing. The house is easily accessible by foot (if you don't mind climbing a hill) from the village of Stinson Beach (market, shops, restaurants, beach). While it is an older home it is very clean, with updated kitchen and bath. Very comfortable living room well furnished. There is a TV monitor and DVD but no cable or TV reception. We enjoyed the quiet. If you are desperate for the daily blab bring your Iphone --- there is Apple TV. The kitchen appears to be well-equipped, although admittedly we did not cook. King Size bed in master bedroom very comfortable. Plenty of linens and towels. The "bonus room" is appropriate for children or close family. It is necessary to walk through the bonus room to get to the bathroom from the master bedroom or the living room. After our hikes we enjoyed relaxing in the hot tub, which is shielded enough from neighbors to be clothing optional. We would definitely return here again and recommend without reservation to our friends, even if the two motels in Stinson weren't such dumps.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house and great location

  • 5 of 5

This is a great house that is very close to beach and town. Everything was really well done. My kids and I enjoyed our stay and will be back for sure.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect country beach house

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I love Stinson. It's our favorite beach in Northern California, and we wanted to stay there for a few days. To be honest, we booked this house because it was the only place that was available for the time we wanted. It looked nice from the pictures and the price was fairly reasonable as well. Once we got to the house, we realized quickly this was the perfect place for us. The pictures are great, but there is so much detail that Cathy has put into the house that you can't see from the photos. It feels like a country home on the beach. You feel warm and welcome the minute you walk in. The bedroom is nice and spacious. We brought our two-year old, and he slept in the second room and was perfectly comfortable there. We absolutely loved the patio. The jacuzzi tub was great, and our son loved running around in the side yard. It was close enough to everything, well within walking distance. Our only regret is that we weren't able to stay longer. Next time we will book a longer stay for sure. And Cathy is great as well. Very laid back when it comes to what needs to be cleaned and what doesn't. Overall the process and stay was perfect from start to finish. Thanks Cathy, and we'll be staying again soon!!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Great, quiet coastal garden beach cottage

  • 4 of 5

This little place is just so cute and a great little getaway from it all. It's very quiet, the kind that is soothing to the soul where song birds greet you in the morning and through the day. The embrace of fragrant star jasmine and beautiful flowers surrounds this home! Perfect for two, and 1 or 2 children. The garden area is beautiful and the walk to town or the beach is easy (unless you want to take a lot of stuff, then drive down). Something folks should know is that once you're here in the town, plan to stay. I was here for a wedding and family stayed between Mill Valley and Muir Beach. The traffic on a sunny holiday weekend is unbearable (two hours to go 5 miles on the roads coming into town). Also folks need to know that cell phones just don't work, so if you have friends staying nearby, you'll have to plan to text and plan well as to where to meet, because the cell coverage is minimal at best and non-existent at worse. So check traffic conditions getting I into Stinson. Lastly, I want to mention that this place has the best hot tub I've experienced! The neck jets are amazing. I would stay at this location again and plan to stay in the neighborhood. It's a great deal!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Walk to the best beach in northern California or to the trails of Mt Tamalpais. Muir Woods is a hikeable distance. Close proximity to Pt Reyes and Olema. Easy, scenic day trips to wine country and San Francisco.


Rates & Availability

Stinson Beach House Rental Rates

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Nov 1 2016 - Mar 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

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Stinson Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Village ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Beautiful garden and outdoor fire pit.

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