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Terry Donohue

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

1906 Bolinas Country Cottage in Idyllic Pastoral Setting

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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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
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 13 traveler reviews

1906 Bolinas Country Cottage in Idyllic Pastoral Setting
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

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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Amazing Place and Host

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with Terry for a weekend getaway and the cottage was exactly what we needed. Terry was an amazing host.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Excellent guests! A sheer pleasure, welcoming them into my home.
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Beautiful property and beautiful cabin

  • 5 of 5

I had a fantastic stay—the land is stunning and secluded, and about a mile walk to the ocean along a pretty mountain road. The house is immaculate, peaceful, and beautiful, as is the extra sleeping space in the mini-cabin out back. My favorite part about the stay however was the outdoor bath tub, in which I soaked under the sun. Highly recommended experience overall.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is so good to hear that you enjoyed your stay. It was really great getting to meet you and your friend! I hope you return soon. Thank you!
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Charming coastal cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time learning how to surf in Bolinas and enjoying hikes in Pt. Reyes. Terry's cottage is charming for adults but also appropriate our our teen and pre-teen boys, who got their own detached bedroom. Also Bolinas is just a gem as a place to visit - so close to the core of the urban Bay Area and yet amazingly quiet and beautiful.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And you were wonderful guests! Nothing makes me happier than seeing families enjoying their time here and feeling welcomed in The 1906 Bolinas Country Cottage. Hope to see you again, soon.
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  • 5 of 5

This is a great cottage . The only problem was the hot water in shower was a bit sketchy :)

That did not bother us though! Gorgeous spot to go hiking from and peaceful !

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: About the showere--Oh, so sorry!! I wish I was called/texted!!! In the welcome letter it explains that the when the shower was installed (long before I moved there) the hot and cold hooked up in reverse. Turn to the left: colder. Turn to the Right: Hotter. Since there is an on demand water heater, there is no running out of hot water.
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  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful corner of the world! Terry was super friendly but we also felt like we had total privacy, the place was so lovely (and super well stocked), and it was perfectly calm and quiet. Looking forward to going back as soon as possible!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was an honor to welcome you to theBolinas Country Cottage. It really means a lot that you were comfortable during your stay. Looking forward to your next visit.
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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:
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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

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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The Bay Area 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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