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Shell Cottage at Stinson Beach!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wireless Internet
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Wood Fireplace


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, Maximum capacity is 5 People

Located 30 minutes north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, the 'Shell Cottage' is a short walk to the Beach and enjoys access to Hiking Trails in the Mount Tamalpais Foothills - 2 bedrooms have queen beds with a twin bed in loft. Cottage can comfortably accomodate 4 adults and 2 children. Cottage sits in a peaceful Stinson hillside neighborhood with views of Ocean and Mt. Tam foothills from front porch, master bedroom and large backyard deck - Easy drive to Muir Woods, Audubon Canyon Ranch, Bolinas, Point Reyes National Seashore and Tomales Bay!

Dear new & returning guests,

Due to the recent enforcement enhancement of Marin County's 10% hotel occupancy tax (this applies to vacation rentals as well) we will need to increase nightly/weekly rental rates by 10 precent. The new rates will be in effect August 1, 2015 and will apply to all new bookings. Existing reservations will remain at the rate they were booked at.

With kind regards,

Shell Cottage Management"

Standard Rates ($193 per night) is 9/01 to 5/31 (Excluding Thanksgiving week).

Hi-Season ($210 per night) is 6/01 to 8/31 - during this period we require a 7 night minimum and require a Saturday arrival and Saturday Departure.

The week of Thanksgiving is always a 7 night minimum at Standard Rates ($193 per night).

Stinson Beach Drought Alert/Water Rationing: As of February 1, 2014, every property in Stinson Beach is limited to 110 gallons of water usage per day (this limit applies to the total usage for all people in the property). There are strict penalties for noncompliance. Please consider this situation when making your vacation plans. For more information regarding the Stinson Beach Drought Alert/Water Rationing and water conservation tips please see the Stinson Beach County Water District web site (

Keywords: Cozy Cottage, Stinson Beach, Ocean View, Sun Deck, Hiking, Mount Tamalpais

More Details

Shell Cottage Management
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2017

Why Shell Cottage Management chose The Bay Area

Stinson Beach has been a favorite destination since I was a girl. My children and other relatives have lived in, or visited the town for over 50 years!

What makes this cottage unique

There is a calmness and quiet on the hill above the summer crowds. Also the hillside seems to naturally amplify the sound of the surf!


Stinson Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Check In is 5PM and Check out is 11AM.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Shell Cottage at Stinson Beach!
average rating of 4.774194 based on 31 reviews

Very enjoyable

  • 3 of 5

We had an enjoyable stay in Stinson Beach at this cottage and would recommend it. I just want to state a few things. I wish more detail was given in the listing. The house is very old and hasn't had a ton of updates. I guess this makes it quaint. The old wood floors are cool but the old appliances and countertops are not. The carpet in the bedroom looks rather old and there is some wicker type flooring in the other bedroom and hall. It didn't seem like it was vacuumed very thoroughly. The loft is super cool and our 16 year old daughter loved it! The house is very cool if the sun is not out. The heaters don't produce much heat and we didn't want to leave them on when we weren't there. Just bring some warmer clothes.

The drive to San Francisco is more like an hour. Maybe this is because the Pacific Coast Highway is closed. Not a big deal but should be noted.

The quaint market just down the road is Very expensive! It's worth it to drive a little farther to the grocery store or stop on your way back from San Francisco.

The beach isn't far and if you drive down the way a bit there are seals. That was cool.

It was very comfortable and we felt the price was reasonable. We would recommend Dylan's Tours and Electric Tour Company of San Francisco (segways). Make sure you get your Alcatraz tickets ahead of time!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was a lovely little house. Very comfortable and cozy!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for my birthday weekend and had a wonderful time. I would definitely recommend this house and would rent it again in a heart beat!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We LOVED staying in tis sweet cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully decorated. Big back yard. Walking distance to the main street with grocery store, cafes and restaurants. The loft area was magical for my kids (11 & 14)... small children would need to be carefully supervised in the loft area. The view of the ocean from bed was AMAZING. The owner was kind and helpful. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place, thoughtfully decorated, practical and not too touristy. Everything we needed

  • 5 of 5

Nice location easy to get to and just a short walk to the market. The porch is nice and sunny in the morning with a good view of the water. The side yard, although large, was less than inviting being completely covered in rock. The bedrooms were fine and the common rooms were comfortable and accommodating. Overall thoughtfully designed for visitors

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winter Solstice at Stinson

  • 5 of 5

Over the years, my now mid-20s daughter and I have spent many wonderful days and nights at Stinson Beach, and we have our recent stay at Shell Cottage to add to those memories. This clean and cozy, well-appointed cottage is close to town and easy beach access but up the hill just enough to benefit from a quiet and green neighborhood with a great view from the porch and front bedroom. Unseasonably warm weather during two of our days in residence meant that we could breakfast and read on the porch before heading down to the beach or out for a walk, while at night we were happy to curl up on front of the fireplace. Beds are very comfortable and the rest of the cottage instantly feels like home. We left wishing we could've stayed much longer than our three nights and hoping to return soon. Lovely!

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property well located for ocean breeze and ocean view.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed a month at She'll Cottage and found the cottage and the village met my every need. With ocean view from porch and mountain view from bedroom window even an artists ' eye would be satisfied

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Stinson Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Standard 2017a
Jan 1 2017 - Jun 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Hi-Season 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Standard 2017b
Sep 3 2017 - Nov 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Standard 2017c
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $150

You have the option of a $49.00 non-refundable security fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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