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Garden Cottage between SF/Wine Country, Heart of San Rafael

36 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Picnic Valley Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedrm (Sleeps 3) Walk to Downtown Hi Speed WiFi 4K UHD Smart TV

In the heart of San Rafael, Gerstle Park. Private, sunny, quiet, freestanding, remodeled cottage - 1/BR,1/BA, Living Room w/ 4K Hi Def TV with premium channels and new Temperpedic 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 skylights, 2 ceiling fans, 2 large flatscreen cable TVs, (living room TV is 4K Ultra High Definition Samsung Smart TV with Premium Channels and DVR) desk, dining table and chairs, high speed wireless internet, Berber carpet, bathroom with tub/shower.

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

Marin County offers beaches, golf, hiking, and biking. Local scenery includes breathtaking vistas of Mount Tam, and the ancient redwood forests of 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Eda (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

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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based on 36 traveler reviews

Garden Cottage between SF/Wine Country, Heart of San Rafael
average rating of 5.0 based on 37 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 and cozy

  • 5 of 5

This was a really lovely back house in the most charming garden setting. Ida is super great, and makes sure you feel right at home. I'd recommend her place to anyone looking for a beautiful and quiet get away.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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California, USA

A Perfect Holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Eda's cottage for several weeks and had such a lovely time. everything in the apartment was in great condition and was super comfortable. it was well equipped, tastefully furnished with ample space. The lovely and enchanting courtyard created a blissful and charming atmosphere to come home to every day. We very highly recommend Eda's cottage for a very lovely experience.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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St. Paul, MN

Excellent place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a ten day stay at Eda's lovely cottage over the New Year's holiday. It was a perfect place for us to stay while visiting our daughter. The cottage worked very well for two adults. It was comfortable, very clean and beautifully as well as thoughtfully furnished. Eda is a welcoming and helpful host. We look forward to staying at Eda's cottage in the future!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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New Jersey

Clean, bright, private, quiet.

  • 5 of 5

The biggest compliment I can impart regarding this rental is that it was my second stay. Friendly host, great location. Clean, well stocked and we'll appointed unit.the hot tub is another plus.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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We have recently relocated from Marin County CA to Charleston SC

Amazing property!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in this guest house several times at different points in the year. The location in downtown San Rafael makes it easy to walk to local shops and restaurants as well as to travel to downtown SF and the wine country. This cozy guest house has a lovely living room with a good-sized bathroom and bedroom. The bathroom has plenty of room for storage as does the bedroom. The full kitchen may be compact but it's completely stocked with china, flatware and pots and pans. The outside provides two more seating areas and a barbeque. The garden is wonderful! We'll return over and over again!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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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


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Picnic Valley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
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
  • PC
  • 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 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Heat lamp
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • Sleeper Sofa with Temperpedic mattress in Living Room
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • 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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