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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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 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 ...
  • No loud music or noise after 10pm. This is a quiet residential neighborhood.
  • Please take the time to sort garbage carefully according to instructions. Fines apply.
  • The unit comes with one parking space. No bringing additional cars onto the property, even for a short time - you'll be taking someone's space.
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 ...
  • 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 4.68 based on 25 reviews

Peaceful and confortable cottage close To SF

  • 5 of 5

This location is very convenient if you drive your car and want to visit SF in a relaxing way!

The cottage has all you may need for cooking even a gas BBQ, dishwasher, laundry.

Bed and convertible sofa are very good.

There is a slot for parking the car safely in the property.

Would come again if staying in SF, it is a real pleasure to take the Golden Gate every morning..!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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perfect place to come home to at the end of norcal day of beautiful ocean, trees and hills

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect place to feel at home and welcome while enjoying the beauty of norCal nature and San Francisco. We'll be back next year when we swim across the Golden Gate bridge again!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Centrally located, homey cottage

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in Jenny and Sandy's cottage for a week with my 6 year old and husband. We loved it! Super centrally located in Marin county, just a few minutes off the major interstate and minutes from grocers, restaurants, playgrounds, parks, and more. The house was well equipped for us, could have used some more silverware and mugs, but I also think we probably cooked more than the average guests. Very clean and lots of towels and quality sheets. There was even soap for the washer and dryer which is always appreciated. The cottage was perfect for us, will be back in October and will be seeing if we can rent again. There have been a few reviews mentioning Marin county's recycling/composting program. Everywhere in the county does it, so if you rent a house anywhere in county you will encounter the same methods. It didn't bother me as we compost at home and live pretty green, but as long as one reads the paper the owners leave there is no issue. We have no regrets renting this cottage!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, cozy, serene and private

  • 5 of 5

Loved the cottage. Convenient to Muir Woods, Sonoma and the Pacific coast. Appreciated being able to have the windows open and letting the fresh air in. Enjoyed the woodsy view from back side. Restaurant recommendation - Iron Spring Brewery in Fairfax, about 10 minutes away.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stetson Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the cottage!

Any concerns we had were taken care of Immediately. The only changes I would of made was deck furniture but as I was thinking that a beautiful L shaped couch and table were delivered two days into our stay!! The new furniture made a perfect additional outdoor space. The front door needed to be replaced and while we were staying there they came and measured for a new one to be installed.

We didn't have a car and found out we could walk to our son's home in San Anselmo and walked to Larkspur and Ross several times for groceries, restaurants and ice cream.

The steep hill up to the cottage gave us a great cardio work out!

Jen was very accommodating and easy to deal with. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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