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Beautiful Garden Cottage In Historical Downtown Mill Valley

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq ft
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bed/1 BA Garden Views From Every Window. 800 Sq Ft sleeps 3-4

This darling lower unit of a 1906 duplex home features a 1 bedroom and one bath cottage-like unit with a full kitchen, walk through closet and dressing room and a large den serving as a 2nd bedroom. The home has the original refinished Douglas Fir floors, 19th Century French pine furnishings, and Moroccan and Tunisian rugs. There are many sweet treasures and the home is inviting and intimate. The kitchen is fully equipped with all new appliances including a full size stove and oven, a dishwasher and refrigerator. There is a coffee maker, bake ware and cooking pans and utensils that makes this a fully functioning kitchen. There are windows in every room, illuminating the beauty and creating a setting that will be hard to leave.

Le Nid is located just 2 blocks walking from the Mill Valley center of town. It is minutes away from amazing restaurants, music, art and shopping. Whether you're hiking in Mt. Tamalpais State Park area, beach combing, or trips to the wine country or Point Reyes for fresh oysters, this is your place. You will be contained and cared for in Le Nid by it's owners and simply by the beauty which surrounds it.

There is one bedroom with one queen bed. The bedding is 100% cotton, and top of the line hypoallergenic comforter and pillows are used. There are antique Moroccan rugs, artwork and battery operated candles to set the right mood.

There is also a large den that is used as a second bedroom. The den has a twin bed. Plush cotton bedding with duvet cover are used. We also have a twin fold out mattress that can be placed on the floor of the den or living room for a 4th guest. This room has total privacy, and beautiful hydrangeas bloom just outside the windows. There is a full laundry room enclosed in the den with a new state of the art washer and steam dryer.

The bathroom is small and has a very nice shower head, and plenty of towels.

More Details

Property Manager
Katy Spence
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Katy Spence

My name is Anna and Le Nid (the nest) is the lower in-law to what was my long time family home (Casa Anna) for 40 years. Due to a fall a couple of years ago, I made the decision to move to a senior community that was closer to my daughters Kerry and Katy who will be your hostesses during your stay. While I do not live in Le Nid any longer, my daughters share the lovely stories they have collected from guests. I know you will enjoy your stay in this beautiful home and town. Mill Valley has been a place for me to raise my 4 children after having relocated here from a small town in Wyoming back in 1969.

Katy Spence purchased this guest house in 1973

Why Katy Spence chose Mill Valley

I bought this property because it was a serene and safe neighborhood to raise my children as a single parent. I had relocated to MIll Valley from Wyoming in 1969 and discovered Mill Valley and the beautiful Mt. Tamalpais to be a place of peace and safety. I have taken care of this property for over 40 years and am thrilled to be able to share it's beauty with you. If you need a larger home to accommodate your party, Casa Anna, the unit upstairs will sleep 8 guests.

What makes this guest house unique

Le Nid is in a quiet and beautiful family neighborhood. While it is only 800 sq feet and is cozy, it also is designed to feel spacious and give space to the 3 guests it can accommodate. Le Nid contains everything you need. There is a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and den with a twin bed.. There is beauty everywhere with antiques, ethnic rugs and rustic built-ins throughout the cottage. There is a flat screen television with cable, and wifi. There is a serene and beautiful outdoor patio that is exclusive for this home equipped with a table and chairs and surrounded by mature hydrangeas. There is a new Sony blue tooth speaker to hook your ipod to.

The home is located just two blocks from downtown MIll Valley. It is a 20 min drive to the beaches, 20 minutes to San Francisco, 10 min to Sausalito and 1 hour from Napa and Sonoma and the best wine tasting in the world. There is an abundance scenary, hiking, just minutes from the cottage. Safe bike trails are everywhere and there are bike trails connecting Mill Valley to San Francisco.

What most guests remark on is the originality of the cottage has been left in tact and all the modern day conveniences like wifi, comfortable and beautiful decor, and delux bedding makes one feel as if they are in a spa setting.


Mill Valley Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Classic European style bathroom with the original 1920's style, but is updated to will meet all your vacation needs. There is one step up to the shower, so this is not good if you need grab bars or have balance issues. Good shower with strong water pressure.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Den - 1 twin/ single
    den - 1 child bed , this is a floor mattress for someone under 5'7
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
Le Nid e is a five minute walk to downtown Mill Valley, and only seven miles from San Francisco across the historic Golden Gate Bridge.


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Beautiful Garden Cottage In Historical Downtown Mill Valley
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Charming Mill Valley get away

  • 5 of 5

Our only regret is how short our stay was. The cottage is beautifully and comfortably appointed, with fun little decor details. Walkable to everything anyone would ever need. We feel like we discovered a gem and are already plotting our return. Thank you, Katy, Kerry and Anna for enabling a taste of the Mill Valley lifestyle.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming home in the perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Le Nid was absolutely perfect! The host graciously called us before our stay and gave us several helpful tips and suggestions on visiting the area. The home was fabulous and comfortable, the decor was darling and the bedding was amazing! We all slept so well and enjoyed the ability to walk to fun nearby locations. I would absolutely recommend Le Nid for anyone considering a trip to the area!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mill Valley gem

  • 5 of 5

Lovely little cottage in cute town that seems much further from the city than it is. Owner Katy was very quick with communication and very detailed during the booking to make sure we understood that the space was small but comfortable. The location in Mill Valley was lovely, very easy to walk and get a bite or a coffee down the flower lined streets. It is also very close to all north of the bridge attractions including Muir Woods and Stinson Beach. The place was very clean and easy to settle in with a parking spot in front. Getting to San Francisco was surprisingly easy by car and its also a short ride to the ferry in Sausalito or Larkspur which takes you right downtown. We were 4 but its probably better suited to 3 unless you have young children (unlike ours) who want to sleep in the same room. We live in a small inner city home so small spaces are what we are used to. The bathroom and kitchen are also fairly small but have nearly everything you need. We did cook here a couple times and the place had the tools you need to make a simple meal. Grocery stores are nearby too. The only thing that would have been nice for the space would be some place to eat. Their is a small (2 person) table in the living room and an outdoor table just outside the door. The kitchen is too small to accomodate a table and chairs. Unfortunately, sitting outside on San Francisco summer morning can require a coat.(or it can be lovely) so it could be an option if the weather is right. Overall we really enjoyed the experience. It was a great place to experience San Francisco's bounty of options. We highly recommend Pizza Molina for a casual but well crafted meal, its about an 8 minute walk. Thanks Katy!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming and well located

  • 5 of 5

This place is right near town but still on a charming quiet street. Very comfortable. The owner was responsive and friendly. I'd easily recommend it.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we needed.

  • 5 of 5

At the end of a long road trip up the coast (and many hotels) we finally landed here in Mill Valley. It was just what we needed. Everything was clean and just as described. It was easy to walk to town for essentials. Communication with the owner was great, more responsive than any owner we've rented from.

Thanks again !

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect - location and set up

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Le Nid. As other reviewers have stated, the location near the downtown is perfect, to stroll the Mill Valley streets, shop, check out the restaurants, hit a movie etc. Katie was friendly and helpful, met us on our way in, and wanted to hear about our weekend plans. Katie knows the area well and is very helpful with restaurant choices and suggestions for activities. We found the place perfect for my wife, daughter and me. We really enjoyed our stay, you will as well.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
SFO and OAK International
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Sausalito and Larkspur Ferry
Nearest Train
22 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
101, 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Variety of Restaurants
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
Chronkite, Stinson, Muir,
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable Damage Deposit $200

Cancellations and Refunds: All reservations require a 50% deposit. If the reservation is less than 60 days from the time of booking, the entire reservation must be paid for in advance of those 60 days. Cancellations 60 days in advance will receive 50% refund. There are no refunds prior to 60 days of reservation and reservations are not transferable.

Upon written intent to reserve the cottage, the owner will send an email stipulating the payment arrangements. Included will be payment amounts, deposits and refund policies. Reservations made during holidays such as Christmas, New Years, and graduation season have stricter cancellation fees. Renters are assessed a $100.00 non-refundable cleaning fee for every 2 weeks stayed by guest..

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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