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Terry Donohue

Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks: english

1906 Bolinas Country Cottage in Idyllic Pastoral Setting

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Bolinas Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Circa 1906 one-bedroom cottage was once part of the Briones Mexican Land Grant. The Briones' married into the Lauff Family and this was the home of Jack Lauff. The Cottage was a caretaker cottage. Tucked in an orchard garden., it features a sun porch, separate office/studio; sunny, peaceful, & private location. Or you may be inspired y to bake your favorite cookies and pies. The house just has that feeling. Wildlife abounds...quail, blue herons, deer, blue birds, soaring hawks, and hummingbirds as you bathe in the outdoor tub surrounded by honeysuckle, jasmine and roses.

Just a mile from Bolinas Beach and a couple miles from Agate Beach. Many hiking and bicycling options in State and National Parks. Beauty abounds. If you are not already, you will leave a photographer!

There is a queen size bed in the cottage bedroom and 2 twin sized beds in separate studio bedroom. Additionally there is a full sized futon in sunporch. The ideal number of guests is 4 since there is only 1 bathroom which has a stall shower. There is an outdoor tub in the garden.

Owner lives on the property in another house. There is ample privacy afforded guests as the cottage has its own yard with fence.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Terry Donohue (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Terry Donohue

When I moved to West Marin from Chicago I knew that I had landed someplace so special. This is paradise! But when I drove down Horseshoe Hill Road and saw this little red farmhouse, I stopped the car. It looked a bit like a Little House on the Prairie as it was set back in a pasture. The cottage was built in 1906 and was part of the Lauff Ranch. I live in the Barn that is also on the property. Flowers and fruit trees and beauty all around. Horseshoe Hill is protected, thus making it warmer than the rest of Bolinas. Most of the surrounding properties have multiple acres so there is privacy. It is about a mile away from downtown and the beach, yet the surf can be heard in the distance as the ocean is just to the west over the ridge. I can't imagine living anywhere else. I have seen coyotes and bobcats, blue herons and snowy egrets, the hummingbirds, honeybees, woodpeckers, several kinds of owls, and other night creatures call in the night. If there is a full moon and weather is clear, there is no need for flashlights to light your way.

Terry Donohue purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Terry Donohue chose The Bay Area

This property is out of the fray of the downtown Bolinas which can be filled with out of town surfers and visitors. While Bolinas Beach and Downtown can feel festive, it is great to be able to leave the beach or return from long hikes to relax on this quiet and light cottage. There is hammock for reading that novel and sip lemonade. In fact there are 4 Meyer Lemon Trees bearing fruit from which to make your fresh lemonade! When they are laying there are fresh, organic eggs from happy hens living on the property. On clear nights, away from streetlights, a zillion stars, meteor showers, planets, and moons have the celestial stage. On New Moon Nights you can go up to the Mt Theater the Mt Tam Lecture Nights and San Francisco Amateur Astronomers (Apr-Oct) where after the lecture, Astronomers will help you view then night sky through their high powered telescopes. See other galaxies, nebulae, constellations. Children love this property as they are safe, away from traffic.

What makes this cottage unique

Perfect for family retreat or a romantic getaway. The setting is peaceful and quite beautiful. The gardens are old and well-maintained.


based on 18 traveler reviews

1906 Bolinas Country Cottage in Idyllic Pastoral Setting
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews

Apologies to the people of Bolinas

  • 5 of 5

I am conflicted about writing this review and apologize in advance if it somehow ends up compromising the cherished isolation and privacy of the people of Bolinas.

Let me start by saying that we have VRBOed in this area often. In the exclusive Dipsea and Sea-drift enclave as well as Inverness and Bolinas . Horseshoe Hill has always been special to us and getting to spend a few days there further raised our opinion .

Terry, the owner, met us upon our arrival and walked us through the property. Very gracious and helpful.

Although the cottage is circa 1900's and has had a few additions over time it was tidy, clean and comfortable with a very usable well appointed kitchen.

Our day would start with a trip into the village to buy some freshly caught fish and local organic produce for dinner. Then a hike, returning early after noon to sit under the various fruit trees and knit (my wife) while I floated on the hammock.

As I re-read this I'm trying to figure out how to get back there ... so yeah Id recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was frightened when I saw your were conflicted about writing a review. I thought, "Oh my goodness, www there something you needed, that I overlooked. After reading your review I laughed with relief. I really look forward to welcoming you in the near future! Ideally, my family and I want the cottage to feel like your country retreat! The cottage is a far cry from Seadrift as it is quite humble, so thank you very much for choosing the Bolinas Country Cottage for your getaway.
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Rural California at It's Best

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have enjoyed our stay a Terry's cottage more! Terry is a gracious, hospitable host, who made sure we felt at home. The charming cottage was welcoming and well appointed --- full of nooks for solitude or socializing. Our grandchildren loved picking apples and cooking applesauce from the trees in the yard and feeding the chickens the leftovers. The cottage is easily accessible and a quick drive to town, but it feels private and remote. Bolinas is a truly magical get-away, less than an hour drive from San Francisco. We loved the cool gray mornings which changed to breezy blue afternoons by the ocean. Would love to make a stay here a family summer tradition!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely lovely cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 2 nights in August 2016 at the 1906 Cottage in Bolinas. It sits in a country setting, with golden fields, huge trees, and only birdsong to hear! The cottage is decorated with beautiful art and comfy furniture. The kitchen was well stocked with the standard essentials. Terry, the owner came over to check on us the first morning and was very friendly. She took our grandson on a walk to meet her chickens! The queen bed was comfy, the boys slept in the studio, which is adorably decorated and steps away. Our granddaughter enjoyed soaking in the outdoor soaking tub, with flower petals floating on the water! You should see the pictures! Can't say enough! The word idyllic is perfect!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was like staying in Eden.

  • 5 of 5

This property is private, simple, and heartbreakingly beautiful. My daughter and I both felt like we were in Eden. if we ever return to the area, this is our place.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Please do come back!
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Such a beautiful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is just exactly what we needed to have a family vacation close enough to San Francisco and even closer to Stinson Beach. The drive to the cottage was windy and twisty but absolutely beautiful. There were five of us at the house (3 adults and 2 kids), and the cottage gave everyone enough room to spread out. Thanks Terry, for the lovely place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, for staying at the Bolinas Country Cottage. It was a pleasure having you there! So glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again, soon!
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Quiet. Peaceful. Perfect.

  • 5 of 5

Very clean cottage with bright open rooms and amazing yard!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
SFO or OAK (Allow at least 1.5-2 hrs)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Smiley's Saloon
Nearest Ferry
21.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
San Geronimo Golf Course/ Meadow Club
Nearest Train
41.2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
State Route One
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Coast Cafe
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Bolinas Beach
Car: necessary

50 Minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Bird watching, Camping, Astronomy, Tule Elk, Environmental studies, Eco-systems, Slow Food, Organic Food, Farming, Marine Reserve, National Park, State Parks, Hiking, Surfing, Paddle Boarding, Beach Combing, Tide Pooling, Fiber Arts, Pleine Air, Photography! The Bolinas Museum, Art Galleries, Artist Studios, Abundant wildlife, Astronomy, Marine Studies, Wildflowers, Kite Flying, Yoga., Retreat, Meditation, Farm Tours, Stinson Beach, Muir Woods, Inverness, Point Reyes Station, Point Reyes National Seashore, GGNRA.


Rates & Availability

Bolinas Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Booking Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 10.0%

$400 for weekly cleanings during month-long rental
Security Deposit for month-long rental is $1000.
No reservation confirmed until terms between owner and renter are agreed upon, contract is signed, and payment received.
Owner reserves the right to negotiate with several travelers; whom to book on calendar is at discretion of Owner.
Credit card pmt: Add'l 3% (US) & 4% (Int n'tl) convenience fee.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Bolinas Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    sunroom - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • bay/sound
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Circa 1906 one-bedroom cottage tucked in an orchard garden. Features a sun porch, separate office/studio, and outdoor tub surrounded by honeysuckle, jasmine and roses; sunny, peaceful, & private location; At night hear the sound of 1,000 frogs, the night sky is filled with streetlights. 1 mile from downtown and the beach

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