|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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Located in Stinson Beach Village less than a block from the beach. House has Ocean views. Cozy, one bedroom cottage just steps from the beach. Sunny front porch with ocean views, comfortable interior spaces. Very short walk to downtown shops and restaurants, great location. No Pets Allowed.
Relax in this sunny cottage in the close-in "Calles" at Stinson Beach. By day, enjoy the beach, shop and dine in town and West Marin, and check out the hiking and mountain bike trails from Muir Beach to Point Reyes. At night, dip in the hot tub, and fall asleep to the sound of the waves!
This cute cottage is 50 feet from the beach, and a 5 minute walk to shops and restaurants of the town of Stinson Beach. Have a BBQ and gaze at the ocean from the backyard view deck. Jump in the waves, chill out on the sand or take a walk down the 3-mile long beach.
Our spacious cottage comfortably sleeps 4, with a king bed in the living room and two beds in the bedroom. Although there is a fireplace, it is NOT operational.
We are a family of 3 in the Bay Area. We come to the house often, but love to share our wonderful cottage with others. We know you'll love the house, the perfect location, and, of course the beach as much as we do.
We've come to Stinson Beach every year since our child was very young. After several years of day trips and summer rentals, we finally took the plunge and bought this house in 2006. We enjoy the house and Stinson Beach as much today as the first time we were there and look forward to keeping this home in our family for generations to come!
A perfect day at Stinson: Sleep in, waking up to the sounds of the waves. Breakfast and coffee on the view deck (or brunch at the Parkside Restaurant). Play on the beach, then walk to lunch at the beach grill. Wander around town, then bike to Seadrift or take a hike on the Dipsea or Steep Ravine Trails. Back to the beach. Dinner at Stinson Beach Grill or Parkside (or drive to Bolinas or Point Reyes), or cook fresh food from the market. Watch a DVD, go in the hot tub, and call it a great day!
Great Winter Getaway!
This is not one of the tony luxury homes at Stinson Beach. It's more than that, mainly because of its location and history. Beyond 100 years old, this cottage started life as the office for tent camping at Willow Camp, which is what Stinson Beach was called a century or so ago, before it became Stinson Beach and before there was a road in. So the old dowager can be forgiven if her floors are a bit uneven and her layout just slightly odd compared with the mansions nearby. There's a photo of her in her youth, in 1912, on the wall near the kitchen.
She is still a perfect place for a couple or two couples or a couple with a kid or two and a kid's friend or two to spend a weekend, or a week or whatever … the kitchen and dining area are well appointed, there's a great king-sized platform bed in one corner of the living room, and two double beds in the back bedroom. Assorted love seats and chairs add comfort. Best of all, it's just steps from the beach itself and just a bit over a quarter-mile from the main intersection in town and the grocery store, several restaurants, a jewelry shop, an antique store, an art gallery, a fine little book shop, and other diversions.
In the back yard there's a separate viewing deck that gives a great beach view and is the perfect place to sit for wine hour and watch the sunset. The front porch also offers a view of a chunk of beach and of Calle del Sierra from entrance to end. There's a hot tub and assorted beach toys for folks to enjoy. In short, the cottage is comfy and cozy and not so richly appointed that you'll fret overly about the kids causing minor damage.
We found it the perfect winter getaway. In winter, there aren't that many folks out and about, except maybe on weekends. You can take long beach walks and/or just sit and enjoy the constantly changing weather. Turn up the heaters if it's cold, leave the door open if it's not. If you are brave and skilled enough, surf, boogie-board or bodysurf the big winter waves but look out for debris when the tide is way up. Bored? Visit picturesque nearby Bolinas or Pt. Reyes Seashore or drive up to Pt. Reyes Station. Or do what we did one evening: play Charades and Scrabble! Definitely our kind of place, we can hardly wait to go back!
I rented this house last weekend for 3 nights with my husband and twin one-year-olds. The location was fantastic – a few yards to the nice beach and a short walk to town. All the restaurants in town are great. We enjoyed the view from the outside deck, which is at the back of the yard, unattached from the house. We appreciated having plenty of hot water and the hot outdoor shower for rinsing off the sand. The yard would have been perfect for our dogs but we didn’t bring them.
The house itself could use a lot of TLC. It’s is very old and charming, but regardless, the furnishings could use some serious updating. They felt dirty and worn. The mattress in the main room was lumpy, creaky and old and the linens were shabby. The family room rug was dirty and stained. There is also a horrible rusty smell coming from the kitchen sink. The kitchen had the basics. We did not even attempt the BBQ.
I don’t mean to be harsh and critical, I just want future renters to know what they’re renting. The description and pictures can’t tell you that. I understand that these old beach houses are difficult to maintain (I live in an old house so I get it) but that doesn’t mean they have to feel gross and worn. If you don’t care about that stuff, then this is the perfect rental for you. But I felt gross staying here, it felt like a motel for the price of a 4-star hotel. A few basic updates and it could be great.
We didn't want to leave! The house had everything we needed, down to the measuring cup. We enjoyed breakfast outside on the upper deck. My boys had scooters to run around on, as well as smash ball paddles. We had fun playing Surf Monopoly while we ate fresh baked brownies! We made friends with the neighbors, and our children played together on the beach. Our dog owned the neighborhood and came and went as he pleased. We romped on the beach during the day, and relaxed in the hot tub to warm up after. This lovely home is quaint, spacious and was perfect for our little family. Not a detail is missed by the owners. We look forward to coming back to this historical little spot for many more vacations to come! :-) THANK YOU!
We loved our stay in your charming cottage in Stinson Beach! In addition to the modern comforts, I really appreciated the history of this house, the original part (the main room) of which is 100 years old – the rental office for the tent cabins here in the beginning of the century. The floor may slant a bit & the ceiling may initially seem low in the main room, but for me it brought back fond memories of my grandparents’ old summer place in New England. The house was very clean & tastefully decorated, the kitchen is all modern with a gas range & plenty of room, the bathroom small yet well-done (including nice shampoo, conditioner, & soap), the towels & linens good quality, & the bed we used comfy. It was sunny & light as advertised, and the back bedroom had nice views of the ocean.
Outside, the low fence kept our small dog in while he enjoyed the backyard (beautiful Mexican sage!) & the front & side porches. Nice, clean hot tub &, best of all, the elevated deck in back. An excellent, modern addition! We had most meals there watching the ocean, including a lovely sunset. We loved the location – we walked barefoot from the house to the beach, & it was just a few minutes walk to Stinson’s town center by either beach or road. Folks we met were all very nice & friendly & this is dog paradise!
The company managing the property is right around the corner and was very helpful & accommodating. We even bought fresh eggs at the office! They let us look at other rental properties, which was very educational. Lots of nice properties, all with qualities to recommend them, & we still felt that we ended up with the best one for us! With only two of us, we didn’t even use the two double beds so I’d like to return with kids and/or friends to take full advantage of the space.
For organic, local foods folks, this area is heaven. A local farm was at the Stinson Market Friday pm & Saturday we got more lovely produce in Bolinas at the Gospel Flat farm stand – honor system and open 24 hours! Then we picked up just-off-the-boat local tuna at the Bolinas Market & had a simple, absolutely delicious meal watching the ocean from the deck. Our only meal out was at The Lunch Box, 3 months old, near the Parkside Café - delightful & delicious.
You can probably tell we had a marvelous time! And we barely scratched the surface of what the area has to offer because we were so content to spend most of our time on the beach. We’ll be back soon! And will walk to nearby great trails!
playground in Stinson Beach village; bird watching at nearby Bolinas Lagoon and Audobon Canyon Ranch