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Best Location-Walk to San Rafael, Sunny Priv Garden Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

1 BD separate private cottage- WiFi 4K TV Hot Tub Fully Equipped

In the heart of San Rafael, Gerstle Park. Private, sunny, quiet, freestanding, remodeled cottage - 1 separate bedroom with skylight and big windows, granite bathroom with tub/shower, Living Room w/ 4K Hi Def TV with premium channels and new Temperpedic Twin Sleeper Sofa, Sunny with 2 skylights, big windows and sliding glass door opening to garden/patio w/3 outside dining areas, webber gas grill, and hot tub.

Cottage features a fully equipped kitchen with black granite/stainless, Saltillo tile, 2 ceiling fans, 2 large flatscreen cable TVs, (living room TV is 4K Ultra High Definition Samsung Smart TV with Premium Channels) desk, dining table and chairs, high speed wireless internet.

Private entrance, Cozy and Cute! On corner with tree view and fenced private garden yard.

Marin County offers beaches, golf, hiking, and biking. Local scenery includes Mount Tam, and Muir Woods, sightseeing in Sausalito, Mill Valley and Tiburon, Wine country and much more. 12 minutes to Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

Why Eda chose Picnic Valley

Walking distance to Downtown. San Rafael is so central, has great restaurants and shops and has events all year long. Visit the cityofsanrafael website for a list of events. Or go to

Downtownsanrafael for map a of town. The Mission and the Rafael Film Center (home of the Mill Valley Film Festival) are both here also!

What makes this cottage unique

Location, Location, Location - minutes to 101 and everything!

Guestbook comments from the owner

This guest cottage is private and charming - from the moment I entered the gate the scent of the foliage and a large orange tree in the garden welcomed me. Even though the weather was cold, the owner arranged the main room and bedroom to be warm and cozy upon arrival. The location is perfect for strolling or short walks to the center of town and close to excellent markets for food shopping. The bed is very comfortable and the kitchen well equipped. Large flat screen in living room and smaller in bdrm. It's in a quiet area which was important. So was the non smoking policy. The owner makes one feel very welcome.
Jan 2013
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Picnic Valley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Heat lamp/fan, Granite Counters
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • Sleeper Sofa with Twin Temperpedic mattress in Living Room
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
4K Ultra High Definition Samsung Smart TV. Washer and Dryer shared with owner. Telephone: Ask, if you have no cell phone or computer, we can provide one. Quiet, Sunny, Skylights, Windows, Ceiling Fans. Smoking Not Allowed: No smoking outside either, period.


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Best Location-Walk to San Rafael, Sunny Priv Garden Cottage
average rating of 4.913793 based on 59 reviews
Fair Oaks, CA

Missing the serenity of the gardens

  • 5 of 5

The apartment has such a great energy about it. Everything was very comfortable and cozy and I really felt at home there, in fact I miss it after I left. The bed is extremely comfortable and at night you can look through the skylight as the sounds of the crickets lull you to sleep. The star of the property is the yard/gardens. Eda did such a fabulous job with the garden that I took every moment I could to gaze out into the courtyard and enjoy the serenity and calmness it made me feel. And be sure you sit out at night with the twinkle lights in the garden as it makes you feel like you are in another world of wonderland. The location is great - it's on a really pretty tree-lined street and is within walking distance to 4th Street shops and restaurants. Eda, herself, is also the star of the property and she is such a delightful host and will do everything to make your stay a pleasant one.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very convenient, quiet and cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a 10 day stay while our house underwent remodeling and this place was perfect in location, convenience, privacy, and host attention. It a a very cozy and comfortable place to stay. What we liked:

1 Private entrance to separate cottage through lovely garden and patio 2 Easy parking in a quiet residential neighborhood

3 Very short drive to great restaurants in downtown San Rafael (Could walk it on a nice day)

4 Small but fully equipped kitchen area with everything you could possibly need.

5 Great shower- lots of hot water

6. Large HDTV's in sitting area and bedroom

7 Handy office desk with full wi fi

8 Plenty of towels, extra blankets, pillows, etc

9 Hostess was caring, attentive and made sure we had everything we needed all the time

10 We were offered use of the hot tub and the BBQ in the charming patio but , unfortunately, the weather did not permit it

11 Very well laid out, efficient, 2 room cottage of about 300 sq ft.

We really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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We have recently relocated from Marin County CA to Charleston SC

Fantastic place!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this location many times - and we keep coming back! The apartment is fully stocked and very comfortable. With the full kitchen, it's possible to make a great meal. Or you can use Eda's gas barbeque. The garden is lovely and in the sunshine seems like a little bit of heaven. Downtown San Rafael is very walkable. Because the location is close to Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and the freeway, all parts of Marin are easy to reach as well as the wine country and San Francisco. We'll stay here many more times!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mckinleyville, Ca

This woman tried to hustle me! Unprofessional and Awkward!

  • 1 of 5

Upon arriving Eda said she wanted to settle up on the remainder of the bill. She asked me for an extra 200.00 saying it was a “holiday surcharge”. Which I should have been charged properly through Home Away. I checked my bill, the listing and emails from her informing me of no such charge!!! She said she was saving ME money by not going through the third party. 😉�

(Saving me money by surprising me upon arrival with an EXTRA 200.00 charge that her listing said nothing about!!!! 😂�)

This is not legal and in direct violation to her contract with Home Away! EVERYTHING should be charged and accounted for through Home Away! But she’s trying to make a little extra on the side, and shrouded it with some BS about how it’s written on the website and how she’s trying to do me a favor! Now if I was a sucker and I didn’t know she was breaking the rules I would be out an additional 200.00! She would have gladly pocketed! For a place that is over priced. We didn’t even have enough toilet paper and needed to go to the store to purchase our own!

This made the stay very uncomfortable! And essentially ruined our trip!

Buyer Beware!!!!!

The actual cottage is in her back yard , 30 ft or less from her house. The hot tub is under her back window with no curtains to give you privacy. So awkward we didn’t use it! The bed is too small for a couple and the lamp in the room is broken!

Go somewhere else!!!!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: (Readers- Please note my 50ish 5 star reviews and don't believe this review. I'm not sure what the motives are, but this review is untrue and uncalled for. ) Wow, Jillian, I am SHOCKED at this review. The Website clearly states that there is a Holiday Surcharge. Your stay was the week between Christmas and New Year, always a premium week. Upon your arrival, when we discussed your paying the balance due, I immediately agreed to forfeit the 200 fee, due to your misunderstanding. There was no hustle involved, and I was very gracious. I asked your boyfriend Brian whenever I saw him if there was anything you needed. He said everything was great. I was available to, and did, bring more TP. I checked the lamp, it is not broken. The cottage is in my backyard but there is a back curtain for privacy between my house and the garden. I am usually at work or gone. PS: I left you a nice review. I would appreciate it if you would take this review down, as we all know that I acted professionally.
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Lincoln Park, NJ

Great stay in San Rafael

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed or stay at Eda’s rental. This was our fifth or sixth stay. The unit is well appointed, clean and comfortable. The location is convenient to the Fourth St. shopping and dining establishments. We look forward to our next stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Perfect Stay

  • 5 of 5

Eda is a very welcoming host who is easily available for suggestions regarding the Bay Area and the immediate local area. The cottage is in a quiet neighborhood and convenient to downtown San Rafael as well as major highways. The garden is a peaceful and beautiful oasis complete with a hot tub. Although we enjoyed our dinners out, the kitchen supplied all we might have needed to prepare a meal and did provide a perfect space for our breakfasts and occasional lunches at "home". The cottage was very clean, tastefully decorated, very comfortable, and provided all that we needed for our 9 day stay. Parking was simple. I highly recommend this cottage and look forward to returning in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: recommended

In Marin County, in Historic Gerstle Park close to Downtown San Rafael (County seat of Marin), and freeway. Blocks to hiking and biking trails, Farmer's Market, every type and price of restaurant, movie/film center, bakeries, bookshops, clothing, sports, grocery, parks, community center, bocce courts, tennis courts, Baseball games, transportation center, etc.

Year-round mild climate, (sunny with no fog) in central location of San Rafael, with easy access to San Francisco to the south (20 minutes across the Golden Gate Bridge), the wine country of Napa, Sonoma, and Alexander Valleys (40 minutes north), Muir Woods (20 minutes), Berkeley (30 minutes), Stinson Beach (40 minutes), Point Reyes (20 minutes) Resort/Casino (40 minutes) Ski areas (2.5 + hours) Biketrails, walk to Transportation Center.

Easy access in and out of San Francisco by ferry, bus, bike or car.

San Rafael has the oldest mission (founded 1817). It also features a civic center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (his last civic design) and a refurbished art deco theater, the Rafael Film Center, which shows art & independent films and hosts the Mill Valley Film Festival every fall. All in a charming, revitalized downtown minutes from this bungalow.

Other Activities: 7 Golf courses, numerous Hiking trails, Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa, Tennis, Basketball, Horseshoes, Mini Golf, Hot Air Balloons


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $80
Tax Rate 10.0%

(If stay is 4 weeks or longer lower rate applies)
A 50% deposit to secure reservation billed to your credit card. Balance due upon arrival.
Additional Pet fee. (Pets only upon approval.) Additional Holiday surcharge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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