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Charming Family Cottage in a Great Location ~ Perfect Getaway

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms + Large Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)

Unique cottage - custom designed and built. Dog-friendly. Sleeps five adults with parking for three cars. Classic board games, sand toys and boogie boards provided.

1/2 block to the sand and ocean. Summer surf camp plays in waves breaking right out the door. Hot outdoor shower along the side of the house provided for clean up of humans and dogs after time on the beach or trail.

Family place feels clean and casual. Bring food, clothes, beach towels and your own music, DVDs or Blueray discs to play through the entertainment system.

Flat screen TV, DirecTV and Netflix capable Blueray player. HDMI cable can connect to your laptop or other device for watching anything you can stream via the house's broadband wi-fi connection.

The space feels open & large so everyone can see the cooks in the kitchen and vice versa. Well equipped, custom kitchen offers good access to all of the necessary food prep and serving needs. Table has leaves to accommodate dining for 8. A market and three restaurants are only a 5-minute walk into town. Charming town offers small shops, library, snack stand and small park.

The loft is an expansive area where kids can have space to themselves for sleep, play and board games but still be with the family. Or adults can get away by themselves to relax, read or nap. Large flagstone front patio perfect for outdoor cooking, dining and lounging.

Stinson Beach sits in the middle of The Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the nearby countryside is beautiful open space and coastal ranch land. There are great country roads that lead to outstanding views of the entire San Francisco Bay Area, but the sand, ocean, mountain trails and town are easily accessible without ever driving your car.

We have extensive trail maps and guide books to the area and are at the base of Mt Tamalpais which offers some of the best hiking, running and mountain biking in the Bay Area. Only a 30 minute drive to Muir Woods, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin Headlands or Golden Gate Bridge.

Easy access to San Francisco which offers world class entertainment, museums and dining. Day trips to the Wine Country are within driving range on beautiful country roads.

Keywords: cottage, cabin, beach house

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Hollis Bewley
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2017

About Hollis Bewley

I've been going to Stinson since I was a boy, visiting the cabin built by my grandparents and family. I've been running the trails that start in town and climb up Mount Tam, walking the beach at low tide and enjoying the birds and wildlife for many years and enjoy sharing the Stinson experience with others. My full time residence is 90 minutes away near the Russian River and Sonoma Coast and I feel very fortunate to be able to experience the coastal beauty of both areas.

Hollis Bewley purchased this house in 1954

Why Hollis Bewley chose The Bay Area

This cottage was built by my grandparents and family over 50 years ago. I redesigned the place for my parents as full-time residents in the late '80's, tearing off the roof, adding a large loft space and skylights and building custom cabinets and drawers for all of their stuff. My family continues to enjoy spending time here

What makes this house unique

Hiking and running the classic trails of Mt. Tamalpais (the Matt Davis and Steep Ravine trails are favorites), surfing Stinson Beach and Bolinas, climbing on Stinson's quality 'bouldering rocks', bird and seal watching at the Bolinas Lagoon, getting a burger at the Parkside Cafe, exploring the sand dunes and hiking to 'The Rocks' at the south end of Stinson Beach. Relaxing and reading by the fireplace on a winter day, moon light walks on smooth sand all the way to Bolinas (2.5 miles), finding shells and polished rocks on the beach. Everything is only a short walk away. Your car can stay parked while you enjoy the beach or mountain.


Stinson Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Loft - 3 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2 Twin Beds, 1 twin mattress and a futon
  • The two bedrooms downstairs each have a full sized double bed. The loft area has two twin day beds, along with a spare mattress with full linens under one of the twins and a futon.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Charming Family Cottage in a Great Location ~ Perfect Getaway
average rating of 4.909091 based on 22 reviews
San Francisco

Relaxing escape

  • 5 of 5

We were 2 old couples and 1 old dog off for a week away from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco, and we loved this place! Imagine strolling 30 feet down a sandy lane to the best part of Stinson beach. You don't even need shoes! We set up our beach spot within easy walking distance of the cottage as well as the cute little downtown and then let the relaxation begin. And it did, all week long.

Jerry and Hollis met us to show us around the cottage, and we had everything we needed to cook the many meals we enjoyed together. There was plenty of space to hang out, especially when utilizing what we called 'the napping loft.' The loft space is just above the main living area, and is furnished with daybeds and a big, comfortable recliner. One can rest and read while listening to the conversation going on below, and choose whether to chime in or nod off. It so nice to be able to fall asleep to the sounds of loved ones talking!

We could also walk to dinner, which freed us up to enjoy wine with our meals. The small grocery store had all the basics, and the bike rental place is right down the street. (They also rent snorkeling gear.) In fact, we only used our cars once or twice the whole week, when we wanted to explore further north.

Highly recommended for those in search of a relaxing beach getaway!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the lovely review. Your description of the "napping loft" resonated with us since that's how we use it too, though families with kids enjoy the slightly separate living space it gives them : -) We so enjoyed meeting all five of you and hope you'll think of us if you return - Jerry & Hollis
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Perfect weekend

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is right off of the beach and is easy walking distance to the center of town. The cottage was very clean and comfortable. The owner, Jerry, met us there to show us around and make sure we had everything we needed. He was very friendly, helpful, and accommodating. We would love to go back!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We came here for a little weekend getaway and couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. The cottage is charming, cozy and full of conveniences that made our stay comfortable and very relaxing. Just steps away from the beach and a stones throw from hiking trails, we really enjoyed our weekend here. (Our little dog also had a blast and we appreciated the outdoor shower with hot water for easy clean up after spending the day on the beach.) Jerry, the property owner, was extremely helpful and has really thought of everything to make your stay here fun and enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Berkeley, CA

excellent beach getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 plus dog had a wonderfully relaxing time staying in this sweet cottage. It was enough space we didn't feel like we were on top of each other but still cozy. My girls loved the loft and spent lots of time up there doing their own thing. The kitchen was well equipped. Location is excellent as you are only 80 (kid) steps from the sand AND only a hop skip and jump from town to grab more eggs or get a cup of coffee. You can also walk to the trailhead of amazing hikes into the hills. (Matt Davis Trail and Coast Trail) Jerry does a great job of providing you with everything you need to make your stay enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family of six stayed for 3/4 nights and had a great time. The outdoor space is as good as indoor, large deck and huge "patio" space where we could play games. Ocean sounds to put you to sleep at night, and just a short walk to get to beach during the day. Best part is you didn't have to pack up every time you left beach, just "run home and come back". Having the outdoor shower sure cut down on sand in the house too. Owner has some nice info in the house about beach "critters" even learned a few things. WE WOULD GO BACK.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our first VRBO experience...

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely experience working with Jerry the owner. He graciously answered all of our questions and we could tell that he wanted our stay to be relaxing and enjoyable. The house is comfortable... so close to the beach you can hear the waves crashing at night while falling asleep. I would recommend this place to friends, no problem.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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30 minute drive to Point Reyes National Park and 20 minutes to the tall redwoods of Muir Woods. Trails from town lead to fantastic hiking on Mt Tamalpais. Short scenic drives take you to various trail heads that offer some of the best trail running in California. Mountain bike trails are great - Mt Tam is the birthplace of mountain bikes. Many nearby trails are 'dogs on leash friendly'. The Golden Gate Bridge is a 30 minute drive away from the house. Day trips to the city are easily within range.


Rates & Availability

Stinson Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Wkend
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Labor Day Wkend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Nov 23 2017 - Nov 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Years
Dec 29 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $130
Tax Rate 10.0%

$500 security deposit due upon reservation to hold. Additional fully refundable security deposit of $500.00 if bringing a dog. Security deposit checks are voided and returned unless there's a problem.

Security deposit of $500 ($1000 if bringing a dog) due at time of reservation to hold. Check for rental, tax and cleaning due anytime before rental begins

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