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Luxurious Garden Suite Enjoys the Best the Bay Has to Offer

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Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Country Club Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

The historic town of San Rafael is located in the banana belt of marvelous Marin County where near perfect weather can be found from May through the end of of October. The weather at our home is on average 20 degrees warmer than in the city and with its proximity to the attractions of Marin, San Francisco and the Napa and Sonoma wine countries offers the best of all Bay Area worlds. Our retreat puts you close to any action you could wish for while giving you the feeling of peace and tranquility that is often only found while on holiday.

Our lovely mountain estate offers a spacious bedroom with a Queen sized bed dressed in the finest linens, French doors overlooking a beautiful english style garden and luxurious marble bathroom with heated floors, large Jacuzzi tub and separate glass shower offer you a spa-like getaway. A large television in the bedroom is hidden inside a spacious walnut armoire and is equipped with full cable and features a DVD player should you wish to view a movie or video.

The apartment offers both indoor and outdoor living areas. The indoor living area of the apartment is very large and features a window front dining area set to accommodate up to four people. The luxurious wet-bar is fully equipped with refrigerator, sink, microwave, coffee maker and hot-plate for light cooking.

Drink your morning coffee or afternoon glass of wine; while relaxing on the plush window seat or out in the garden wrapped in one of the plush terry cloth robes provided for you. On the rare occasion the weather isn’t cooperating or after a long day exploring or relaxing light a fire in the large marble fireplace and snuggle on the down filled couch.

Our home is located on almost 1.5 acres and has been extensively landscaped and terraced and offers many areas for reading relaxing or enjoying the beautiful weather in San Rafael. Our grotto style pool and hot-tub are kept at a nice temperature and offer a refreshing and relaxing escape with a view of the San Francisco Bay and 2 of our lovely bridges.

Enjoy our home as:

• A home base for exploring the beautiful Bay Area

• A temporary home for students looking for a permanent apartment

• A comfortable alternative to hotel living for parents visiting their children that attend Dominican University

• A sanctuary for overflow wedding guests

• Executive' temporary housing

• Honeymoon

• Spa weekend

• Sheer relaxation

Keywords: Garden flat, In-law suite, vacation condo, vacation apartment, country getaway, vacation rental, wine country getaway, marin county getaway, bay area vacation rental, vacation suite

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Melissa Loev Lewy
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, swedish
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Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016
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About Melissa Loev Lewy

My wife Birgitta and myself have enjoyed living in the Bay Area for almost 40 years. I originally moved to the Bay Area from Philadelphia as part of the Navy Dental Corp. back in the early 1970's. I was taken by it's beauty, activities and wonderful people. After the service I decided to make the Bay Area my home and opened up my dental practice in San Francisco's Union Square. Soon after that, I met my Swedish wife Birgitta a former Pan Am and later United flight attendant. After a few years in San Francisco we moved to Sausalito where our first child Melissa was born. Wanting more space then our cliffside condo could offer we found our home in San Rafael. We have spent the last 35 years making improvements to and expanding our house into a truly delightful and welcoming home to accomodate our two sons Jason and Andrew.

Now that our children have grown we are really taking the time to enjoy what the Bay Area has to offer. We have adopted a wonderful dog named Bogey and can often be found hiking the trails that surround Marin. When not walking the dog I can be found at my dental practice or at the golf course. Both Birgitta and I are avid golfers that try and hit the course at least 2-3 times per week. In addition, to our love of the outdoors we love to travel the world and have recently begun cruising to exotic ports as often as possible.

Melissa Loev Lewy purchased this apartment in 1976

Why Melissa Loev Lewy chose San Rafael

We are proud to be sharing our home with our guests. We moved to sunny San Rafael over the last 35 years and raised our children in our home. Now that they are grown and have left the 'nest.' We are proud to share our home paradise and our beloved San Francisco Bay Area and wine countries with our guests.

What makes this apartment unique

Our home is perfect for almost any visitor. From an executive looking for a short-term rental to call home away from home to a family or couple looking to experience all that the Bay Area has to offer; to a student who wants a nice place to lay his or head that is close to school (Dominican University is 4 minutes away). Our proximity to everything from Six Flags Theme Park to world class wine regions; to Majestic state parks such as Muir woods to the cable cars and sights of San Francisco our home offers you a trip with access to the best the bay has to offer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Ed & Birgitta-

We loved staying here! Thank you for a great vacation place to stay! We hope to see you soon!

It was great meeting you both! We will miss your place!
Aug 2013
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Luxurious Garden Suite Enjoys the Best the Bay Has to Offer
average rating of 4.970588 based on 41 reviews
Alexandria, MN

Over the top!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough about this beautiful property. The accommodations were far beyond any expectations and the gardens are absolutely lovely. The owners are two of the most wonderful people on the face of the earth and go out of their way to make you feel special. The location is perfect, with very easy access to all the area activities. We enjoyed the pool and hot tub after a long day of cycling the many picturesque roads nearby. We will miss the stellar hosts and can't wait until we can return!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Chris, thank you so much for your lovely review. I am so happy that you enjoyed our home.We loved having you as our guest as well. Looking forward to your next visit. All the best Ed Birgitta
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Beautiful suite!!

  • 5 of 5

We were treated royally at this lovely, large garden suite!! Our flight being delayed we arrived late!!

Our hosts were so concerned and gracious, they are truly hospitable

people!! Great location, so quiet. Hope to visit again soon!!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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way better than I had dreamed

  • 5 of 5

First of all- the folks that own this property were just amazing and she knew how to help me blow the lady of my life's mind with the special detail to my request. Just great people and an awesome property. Slept with the door open

So peaceful quail were at our door to the private deck. While next to an amazing home- we never felt that at all. Top of the list

Jerry and Debra

Wichita Falls ,Texas

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enchanting garden home with every amenity!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this garden estate which is spacious, nicely appointed and has the kindest owners. It was so lovely, with such beautiful gardens, great location truly the "Best of Both Worlds". Close to San Francisco and wine tasting country. The hosts Birgetti and Ed were fabulous and very responsive to any questions!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Comfy Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Birgitta was a very helpful host when we arrived at her home. She explained the property and amenities. The Suite is quite a bit larger than the photos portray. The bedroom was very comfortable with high quality linens and a nice bed. It was very restful and we really appreciated the patio access, very easy to keep windows open all day and at night and enjoy the weather in San Rafael. The kitchenette worked for us and it was nice to have the gas grill on the patio. The location was close to many stores and restaurants while being in a very nice neighborhood. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was beautiful. It looked just like the pictures. Very comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

Britgitta and Ed were wonderful hosts. They greeted us when we arrived and gave us a tour of the property which was absolutely beautiful. We felt so lucky to be staying at their scenic estate. The apartment was very comfortable, roomy and nicely secluded. It was very peaceful and the gardens were amazing. They had provided everything you could possibly need in the way of toiletries, kitchen utensils, paper products etc. It's was so nice to not have to think about any of those details. The sofas are down filled and sooo comfortable. They set up a fold away bed for our son and he was in heaven! So comfortable. They even had a bottle of wine chilling and a nice plate of fruit when we arrived. That's how they are--excellent attention to detail. The bed was so comfortable and had a big fluffy down comforter so we could sleep with the sliding doors open. I look forward to staying there again when we are in the Bay area next time. The pool was not heated when we got there but I'm sure they would have turned it on had we asked. We were just so busy sight seeing and visiting family that we really didn't have time to use it.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Joan , it was a true pleasure having you stay with us. We are looking forward to seeing you again. All the best Birgitta
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Nearest Airport
31 Miles
San Francisco International Airport
Nearest Ferry
3.2 Miles
Larkspur Ferry Terminal
Nearest Motorway
0.8 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Beach
1.8 Miles
McNear's Beach
Car: recommended

2 Minutes from Dominican University, 4 Minutes to historic downtown San Rafael and the Mission San Rafael Arcangel, 5 Minutes from China Camp State Park, 8 Minutes from Marin County Civic Center designed by legendary Frank Lloyd Wright, 12 Minutes to charming European village of Mill Valley, 15 Minutes from Muir Woods & Stinson Beach , 15 Minutes From the hiking, biking and scenic outlooks of Mt. Tamalpais, 15 Minutes to Historic Tiburon, 15 Minutes to the shops, cafes and restaurants of Sausalito, 20 Minutes from Infineon Raceway, 20 Minutes from the world famous Golden Gate Bridge, 25 Minutes San Francisco's attractions- Alcatraz, Cable Cars, China Town, Japan Town, North Beach, Union Square, Museum’s –De Young, Lawrence Hall of Sciences, SF MOMA, Asian Art Museum, & Legion of Honor, Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, Haight Ashbury, 30 Minutes to Napa and Sonoma County Wine District, , 40 Minutes from Point Reyes Regional Seashore, Marin County and the surrounds of San Francisco and Nap


Rates & Availability

Country Club Apartment Rental Rates

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Oct 1 2016 - Nov 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $79

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Country Club Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • This bathroom is a spa retreat. The floors are heated and clad in a beautiful marble. An over-sized jetted spa tub and separate glass shower add to its allure.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1) The luxurious bed features a pillow top mattress, high thread count sheets in addition to down comforter and pillows., Twin or Single Beds (1) A roll away bed is available and our down filled day bed makes a perfect bed for a small child., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1). Our suite while large is best suited for a maximum for 3 adults due to space concerns.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Multiple separate garden areas to relax in, dedicated gas grill just for unit, 2 separate outdoor dining areas, hiking and biking available directly outside of property, exapansive views from pool area and hiking trails. limited catering may be available, personal grocery shopping may be available, high-thread count sheets and egyptian cotton sheets, bubble bath and spa salts available for true relaxation in the large jacuzzi tub.

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