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Beautiful, Sunny And Private 1 Bd Cottage. Perfect Location In Central Marin!

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Newly Renovated! On 2 Acres, Surrounded By Nature And Gardens. 20 Min From GGB

This cottage is one-of-a-kind. It's lovely, quiet and in an incredible location, central to everything. A perfect base for exploring the Bay Area! San Francisco is 30 min to the south, wine country is 45 min to the north, and all of Marin surrounds you. The cottage is 20 minutes from Golden Gate Bridge, 5 minutes from highway 101 and easy walking distance to brunch or pizza in sweet downtown Kentfield. But here's the kicker: it feels totally removed, a secret oasis. It's on a 2-acre gated property covered with woodlands, redwood groves and gardens, and feels totally private. It's a wonderful place to come home to after a busy day.

The cottage is sweet, spacious and serene. It is newly renovated with brand-new floors and carpeting, and fresh paint throughout. The living room has a new Restoration Hardware queen sleeper sofa - very comfortable for sitting and sleeping. The dining area seats 4. The large flat screen TV comes with a premium cable package. Off the living room is a large redwood deck with Weber grill, very private and lovely. You'll see deer on the lawn outside the front door and hummingbirds off the deck almost every day. A new heating/ AC system will keep you comfortable in any season - though Marin is so mild that you'll mostly just throw the deck doors open and enjoy the fresh air!

The kitchen is simply equipped with all the basics: dishwasher, new fridge, microwave, toaster, pantry essentials.

The bedroom boasts a beautiful new queen-sized solid acacia bed with premium Sealy Posturepedic mattress and high-quality new linens. It has large windows and lovely light.

The bathroom is older and needs renovating, but is clean. It has a shower (no bath), sink and new toilet. The unit also has a separate laundry room with washer/ dryer.

The owners live on the property, in the main house, and are usually available to help with anything you need.

PLEASE NOTE: This unit is down a short set of rather rough, rustic steps. Those with mobility issues should consider this when deciding whether to book.

More Details

Jenny Israel
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2017

About Jenny Israel

I am a native of Marin, and love everything about it! Hiking, beach barbecues on Muir Beach, Mountain Home Theater, burritos in the Mission, Fairfax Scoop, wine tasting in Napa... the list goes on and on.

I love Marin even more as I took a long detour from it. Our three children were born and raised in NYC, and I persuaded the family to move back here just last August. Quite the change, brownstone Brooklyn to nature-filled Marin! We love both but are so happy to have landed here.

I am an architect, an artist, and a stay-at-home Mom. I love yoga, hiking, hanging with the family, reading on the porch, and dinner with friends. My husband Sandy is a professional musician and teacher. We are a relaxed, creative family.

My motto? I guess it would be: 'Don't sweat the small stuff.'

Jenny Israel purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Jenny Israel chose The Bay Area

A huge attraction of this property is Marin County itself, one of the most magical places on earth. Marin is famous worldwide for it's astounding natural beauty and the huge amount of land protected for public enjoyment. There are few places on the planet where you can hike, mountain bike, surf, sail, horseback ride and camp on thousands of acres of untouched wilderness, all within an hour of a major city. The variety of fun to be had in the area is unmatched: all the restaurants, museums and shopping of SF, the stunning beauty and outdoorsy lifestyle of Marin, plus wine country just 40 minutes north.

Kentfield is a charming little town in central Marin, an area with the mildest, sunniest, most lovely year-round weather you can imagine. It has several very good restaurants, a gourmet market, bike paths, a school with a big field to kick a ball around, and loads of small town charm. It's one of a string of such small towns along the Ross Valley, all very special. I grew up the next town over, in Ross, and have always wanted to come back. Can you tell I love this place?

What makes this cottage unique

I first became intrigued with our property - a main house and two cottages, on two acres - when I heard of it's unique history. The main house was built in 1903 and originally served as a retreat for Catholic nuns and laypeople: pews filled the living spaces, and nuns ate at the long narrow dining table. When I visited, I could feel the serenity that permeates every inch of the property.

The cottages, including the Studio, we're built in the '70's during a very different phase of the property's life. Apparently it became something of a bohemian commune, and these cottages were built to house the overflow of friends and travelers. They are quite wonderful in their relaxed feel, total privacy and serene surroundings. We have tried to retain the sunny, casual vibe of these units, and are happy to be carrying on the tradition of welcoming travelers into them!


Kentfield Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Sort garbage carefully. Renters that leave garbage unsorted or badly sorted will incur a fine.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • 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
  • Older bathroom, needs renovating but clean and functional. New toilet and flooring. Shower, no tub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen bed with premium Sealy Posturepedic mattress. Closet, dresser, side tables w/lamps, chair.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay/sound
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
Mid-stay housekeeping available for $80/ visit. Contact owner to arrange.


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Beautiful, Sunny And Private 1 Bd Cottage. Perfect Location In Central Marin!
average rating of 4.6 based on 20 reviews

A cottage in the town. Super sweet and secluded. Nothing fancy, yet truly elegant in its position

  • 5 of 5

Already thinking of when I could come again to spend more time here. First day upon arrival met up with a beautiful deer munching bushes outside my bedroom window. Quiet. Simple. Perfect.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Really enjoyed our stay and will come back again!

  • 5 of 5

Nice and spacious cottage, sense of serenity and privacy, yet at a convenient location with easy access to nice restaurants in San Rafael and hiking activities around Mt TAM.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A few corrections would make a big difference. Fix the lock, more silverware, replace chairs

  • 3 of 5

Since there were some very specific instructions about parking, entrance to our unit and rules of use, we had read the check-in information several times. Our parking area provided 3 spaces, one for each unit - should be easy, right. However there was a large security gate to negotiate when backing out of this area, so it was important to keep that in mind. When we arrived, another car was already parked in our area so we parked next to it.

A short walk down a nice path and a few steps down to our unit. I grabbed the door knob after removing the key that was left in the lock for us, and it nearly fell off the door. We found that the only way to secure the door was to use the lock with the key - the knob was non-functioning.

The unit was clean, airy, bright and had a deck off the back door, with a view of a wooded area behind our unit. (We later saw several deer grazing which was wonderful).

Our instructions had stressed that our owners were conscientious about water use and requested that all garbage be separated into four different bins for recycling. The garbage disposal was to be used for liquids only - all edibles were to go into a compost bin or bag. If you are used to serious recycling and composting, this is easy, but some folks may not want to spend the time with it. When we checked out of the unit, we had to carry the various bags up to the parking area where the garbage bins were lined up, and overflowing. We had to just leave them in front of the bins.

We spent several days taking the local commuter bus (there is a bus stop just a few blocks away) into the city and enjoyed the various tourist-type attractions. However, two days in a row we received a text that we needed to move our vehicle, as it was in the wrong spot. We couldn't as we were in downtown San Francisco, and after several text messages back and forth, things were apparently ok. We were very frustrated that something as simple as 3 parking spaces could create so many problems. As the parking area is surrounded by fence, perhaps some distinct marking showing the designed parking spots would be appropriate.

We never met the owners although we texted numerous times.

We used the kitchen several times, but with only silverware for 4 and a request to be water-wise, we used their dinnerware as little as possible.

Some furniture in the unit was shabby and torn and uncomfortable.

We ended up leaving two days early.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Functional, clean and great location

  • 4 of 5

Cottage is one of three on the end of the street. A bit hard to find. Stairs are dark and uneven to the cottage. Inside it is bright, functional and equipped with the basics (minus a hair dryer). It is a short (steep) walk to Woodlands.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We love this place. Clean, quiet and close to our Marin relatives.

  • 5 of 5

This is a special place if you need lodging for a small party.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful oasis

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cottage! It was a perfect place to stay after exploring San Francisco, Point Reyes Seashore, and the Muir Woods. It fit our family of three perfectly. It was clean and quiet.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Ferry
2.3 Miles
Larkspur Ferry
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Ambrosia Restaurant
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Muir Beach
Car: recommended

Property is centrally located in the charming town of Kentfield, in gorgeous Marin County. Convenient to restaurants and shops, 30 min from San Francisco and 40 min from wine country. The house is 2 minutes from Kentfield town center, with Ambrosia Restaurant, Half-Day Cafe and Woodland Market. We are two minutes from bike paths and a 10 min drive to gorgeous hiking trails.

So much to do here! Check out the restaurants, museums and shopping in SF, only a half-hour drive away. Rent mountain bikes in the next town and explore Marin the high-adreneline way! Take an all day hike on Mount Tamalpias or Point Reyes, through redwood groves and chaparral and huge ocean vistas. See the sea lions, red-tailed hawks, maybe a bobcat if you get lucky! Kayak or stand-up paddleboard on the Bay. Stroll to downtown Kentfield and have one of the best brunches ever at Half-Day Cafe. Take leisurely walk in the lovely hills behind Kentfield. Take a wine-country tour and ship some of your favorites home. Grab dinner and a show at nearby Terrapin Crossroads, and get your Dead on. Or have an elegant dinner at Insalatas, 10 min away. Truly, this property, in this part of Marin County, is just wonderful.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Damage Deposit $500

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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