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A LUXE country hideaway with spa, pool, al fresco dining!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom home, half way between Napa and San Francisco, with optional Casita.

A beautiful, tastefully renovated 1950's ranch house with with views of our landscaped yard, adjacent Live Oak forests and the Loma Alta from every room. This is a true indoor-outdoor living home with walls of glass to let the outside beauty in, as well as outdoor dining and living areas for our languid warm months. We are located in sunny Marin, away from San Francisco's summer fog. By 9am our skies are blue and you are guaranteed 80-90 degree days to spend lounging by our pool. Our property sits on a half acre, with a vegetable garden and fruit trees to help yourself from, depending on the seasons. The house has 3 bedrooms: the master has a king bed and bathroom adjacent to it. The other 2 bedrooms were extensively renovated in 2011. They share a bathroom and each bedroom has a twin bed, with a trundle beneath it. Our kitchen is a cooks delight with marble countertops and high end appliances. The kitchen has an eating nook that seats 6-8 at a reclaimed teak dining table. We have a family room with TV and piano and also a living room with a wood burning fireplace. Our outdoor dining area features a generous teak dining table. We have both gas and wood burning BBQ facilities. In order to accommodate 8 people, we make our Casita available for an extra $100 per night, it is adjacent to the pool and features a queen sized bed and it's own bathroom.

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2017

About Karen

We are South Africans who moved to Marin in 2008, after 16 years spent in New York City. We still work like New Yorkers, but play like Californians and love our down time. We have 2 young boys.

Karen purchased this house in 2009

Why Karen chose San Rafael

We moved to San Anselmo in search of all the things we love about life here - fresh air, endless possibilities for outdoor pursuits, warm summers without humidity and milder winters. We feel like we are on vacation in our own home and love sitting in the hot tub under starry skies, swimming in our pool on hot days and tending our garden which produces a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables. We chose our property for it's all day sunshine in the summer months and the sunbeams that stream in our windows during the winter months.

What makes this house unique

Our property is ideally situated for exploring the beaches, farmlands and food of West Marin while still being close to San Francisco and also within reach of Napa and Sonoma. We are located in a part of San Anselmo that was developed later than most and therefore is characterized by larger properties and a feeling of being in the country, even though we are close to shops, banks and restaurants. Our house is situated on the floor of a small valley and we have tons of sun and are surrounded by open space. One can walk/ bike from the front door and be on a trail within minutes. Without too much effort one can feel a million miles from a city, but from the right hill top you can spot the San Francisco skyline - always a treat!


Sleepy Hollow House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , This is the Casita bathroom, rented as an add-on.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , twin bed with trundle
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , twin bed with trundle
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , This is the Casita, rented as an add-on for parties of 8.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 9 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
This is our home, so you will find it fully equipped and also features original artworks (many by us - we are both artists) and personal effects. We love to travel and would like others to enjoy our home when we are away. We ask renters to respect that this is our home and in return you will enjoy the benefits of a well tended, cared for home where great attention has been paid to the details of good living! We provide pool toys and outdoor sofas, benches and chairs as well as umbrellas. We have a small trampoline and a tree house for younger guests to enjoy!


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A LUXE country hideaway with spa, pool, al fresco dining!
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

The home is absolutely gorgeous, and was perfect for my family! It has everything we needed for a comfortable stay--a tremendous home away from home. The kids loved the beautiful pool, and had so much fun on the trampoline. Picking fresh fruit was also a daily activity the kids enjoyed. The home is situated in a wonderfully peaceful area. San Anselmo was an ideal location for us--seemingly far away from the hustle and bustle (and cold!) of San Francisco, but close enough to easily communte into the city. Also, it's a great location for day-trips exploring wine country, state parks, and the ocean. Karen provided so much helpful information for navigating the area, and she was very responsive after the reservation was completed. I highly recommend this home for families!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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London, England

A Relaxing Oasis

  • 5 of 5

We spent two wonderful weeks in this calm, beautiful house, and enjoyed every minute. The garden with its many 'rooms' (Fruits and vegetables! Blackberries, yum! Swings and a treehouse and of course the pool, jacuzzi, trampoline and pathways full of magical flowers...) provided hours of entertainment for the children, and a relaxing oasis for the grown-ups. Cozy breakfasts in the kitchen nook, evening bbqs on the patio, comfortable beds, great bathrooms, wifi, entertainment/tv, plus an amazing pool... what more can be said?

Practicalities: The house and property were in pristine condition and well maintained. On arrival we found a fantastic binder with clear information and instructions. The owner was available in advance to answer questions and she really made us feel welcome.

And of course the house's location in San Anselmo and Marin County was ideal, with great shopping, nature walks, the beach, plus wine country close-by, and all that San Francisco has to offer. We enjoyed our time exploring the little boutiques in San Anselmo, shopping in the great food markets, attending a Giant's baseball game, going to the Exploratorium, and spending time with family and friends. We would definitely recommend this house, and hope to return to the area soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in many VRBOs, in the United States and abroad, and hands-down this was the nicest property we've ever stayed in! We would absolutely recommend this home to prospective renters, including those with children (such as ourselves). It is a beautiful, charming place, both inside and out, and incredibly comfortable, well-maintained, and clean. It was actually even better than advertised, thanks to the special touches provided by the owners, such as a lovely garden and fruit trees from which to eat, top-notch towels & bedding, a wonderful and well-stocked kitchen in terms of appliances, etc. and the care the owners took to make sure we had all the information necessary to enjoy our stay, from suggestions on local restaurants, markets, and sights, to ferry schedules and hiking trail maps. The heated pool and hot tub are lovely and the house is surrounded by a nice sized yard and very private grounds thanks to the trees, bushes and fence. The owners have a wonderful sense of style & the furnishings and art are lovely. It's a great spot from which to explore not only Marin County, but also San Francisco, the East Bay and wine country to the north. We didn't want to leave and wish our stay could have been longer!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cape Town

A piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

This spacious and beautifully kept family home provides the ideal base for mountain-biking adventures, moonlit hikes, gentle strolls around dreamy lakes or just a whole lot of relaxing. When we managed to get our 6- and 8-year-old daughters out of the huge, sparkly pool and the hot tub, they kept themselves busy for hours in the magical garden - on the trampoline, picking plums and apples, watching the humming birds and catching butterflies and assorted tiny creatures. The local towns are just a short drive away and are full of character, with interesting restaurants and fascinating little shops to explore. Karen and James were extremely helpful as we planned our visit, providing information about the nearby winelands and surf spots too. Wish we were going back tomorrow - and they certainly won't be able to keep us away for long!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United Kingdom

A slice of paradise, in the beautiful backwaters of Marin

  • 5 of 5

Kids playing happily in the pool. Parents chilling out in the hot-tub. Fresh, local meat on the BBQ. A gentle breeze teasing the eucalyptus trees all around. Nightly sightings of owls in the trees, and deers roaming the local lanes.

What's not to love!

If you do manage to escape the laid-back pleasures of this house, there is a lovely local town with not an international chain-store in sight (try the ice-cream shop!!), and if you love mountain biking, or hill walking you have the added bonus of awesome trails all around.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
San Francisco International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.7 Miles
Iron Springs Brewery
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Larkspur Landing Ferry
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
San Geronimo Community Course
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
US 101
Nearest Restaurant
1.7 Miles
Nearest Beach
23 Miles
Stinson Beach
Car: necessary

San Anselmo is perfectly situated for exploring both San Francisco as well as Napa and the surrounding winelands. Both are an easy day trip form our home. If you wish to leave the car behind, we have world class mountain biking and hiking accessible right from our front door. Marin itself offers a wealth of State and National Parklands, beaches and Redwood forests to be explored. Local farms provide organic produce for superb farmers markets and restaurants.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $100 per person per night
Damage Insurance $79
Damage Deposit $300

Rates are subject to change until a reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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