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

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

Why Eda chose San Rafael

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:
  • 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(45 traveler reviews)

Best Location-Walk to San Rafael, Sunny Priv Garden Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 46 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: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

We contacted Eda at the last minute and she was fabulous in accepting our reservation and arranging for us to access the residence. It was immaculately clean. One could not ask for a better host......definite bargain, close to SF, wine country...everything! Thanks Eda!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Cozy Comfortable Chic

  • 5 of 5

The charming location was very convenient to the San Rafael Film Center, grocery stores and restaurants. The host has made the cottage a cozy spot to sit, cook, and relax also. Furnishings are comfortable and make you feel at home. I will definitely return when my schedule brings me to San Rafael.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for Grandma's visit

  • 5 of 5

My mother-in-law recently stayed at this cute little cottage. It was a perfect place for her to call 'home' for three weeks. Eda was super helpful and very friendly. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a small place to stay while visiting the north bay.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Colorado Springs, CO

Comfortable and Quaint

  • 5 of 5

Eda's cottage was perfect for our recent visit to San Rafael. The cottage was a very nice size, with a separate bedroom, bath, and kitchen/living area. We appreciated how quiet the neighborhood is and enjoyed being able to walk downtown. I felt the kitchen was just right for our stay, having a stove with enough pots and pans to enjoy our breakfast, and a small refrigerator to store our food. It was also great having the outdoor patio to relax and read. Eda was very responsive to our needs and came to check on us to make sure everything was going fine.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Cute Cottage, Great Location All Amenities

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Eda's cute cottage and enjoyed everything about it. It was the perfect place to come home to after visiting our family in the area. This lovely, relaxing, fully equipped cottage was ideal. We even cooked a family dinner, complete with a Turkey, in the kitchen which had everything we needed. It is very clean and well decorated. It is light and bright with skylights and windows. The bed is super comfy for napping. Eda brings you clean towels and linens regularly. She is very caring and seems to enjoy hosting. She asked if we needed more blankets or anything and offered advice when asked. There are 2 wall hung TVs and a beautiful garden with outdoor dining tables. When we weren't relaxing in the garden under the giant beautiful oak tree, with Eda's lovely landscaping and herbs and fruit trees, we were enjoying the hot tub or walking to Downtown San Rafael's many great restaurants, shops and films at the Art Theater. We had a perfect stay and will return again and again when visiting family. We highly recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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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

Picnic Valley Cottage Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $200
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.
Pet fee. (Pets only upon approval.) Holiday surcharge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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