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Cheerful Cottage on Petaluma River near Wine Country & San Francisco

24 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 nights


Black Point-Green Point Cottage Rental Photos and Description

'Junior One Bedroom' with peaceful view in great location

A great location to relax and getaway, or as a home base for your Bay Area Adventure. Enjoy watching the birds in the marshes of the Petaluma River. Just 1/10 mile down the road is a boat launch for kayakers, boaters and fisherman. A short drive to Sonoma and Napa for winery visits. Novato has a fabulous downtown with quaint shops and excellent restaurants. Sonoma Raceway is only 6 miles down the road for any race fans. San Francisco and Oakland are less than an hour away.

The Boathouse has a fully equipped kitchen, large bathroom with shower, and a living room/bedroom with a pull-out couch, a pillow-top queen bed, a LED flat screen TV and wifi internet.

Just outside the cottage is a private deck bordering the marsh with dining seating for 6.

The Boathouse is located at the bottom of approximately 2 1/2 flights of stairs. Access is by foot only.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Randi Bakken
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2016

About Randi Bakken

Although we have lived here for over 3 years, coming home still feels like being on vacation! We look forward to sharing our cottage with you.

Randi Bakken purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Randi Bakken chose Novato

After living in suburban neighborhoods our whole lives, we never realized how amazing an undisturbed view into nature really is. One look out the window had us convinced we couldn't be anywhere else!

What makes this cottage unique

The Boathouse has a definite away-from-it-all, country feel - but is still just a few minutes from downtown Novato, Safeway, Target, and Costco.


based on 24 traveler reviews

Cheerful Cottage on Petaluma River near Wine Country & San Francisco
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 24 reviews

I liked it...very clean.

  • 4 of 5

Owners are nice and accommodating. Unit in very good condition and very clean....quiet setting, other than some hywy noise from 37. I enjoyed my stay and hope to stay again in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from Home

  • 5 of 5

This place is a find. Great views, great location! Felt like home!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed staying here. The place is small but very nicely put together. Randi was the perfect hostess and very helpful. The only surprise we had was how close it is to Hwy 37 - you do get some commuter noise, but not too bad. The stairs down are not bad at all, and being so close to the river was very special. We will definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chico, CA

Love this spot!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfect for our small family. Great location with beautiful views near Sonoma Raceway. House is super cute, has a very comfy queen bed, pull out sofa, kitchen with everything you need (and a great view) and a roomy bathroom. We travel to the raceway a few times a year and will stay here every time its available. Owners are incredibly kind and helpful.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable,convenient location,clean and homey

  • 4 of 5

We were welcomed by the owners. The home was well stocked with even beer in the frig and a chocolate bar.

Very close to Napa and the ferry to the Giants game. We were very comfy and would stay here again

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hidden retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the cottage while attending a go kart race for our 9 year old at the Sonoma Raceway. Based on the pictures it would be a good size for our family of four.

Finding the entrance was a little confusing but once I checked my email (looking for a number to call for help) I found an attachment with all the info I needed. The exact location, how to get in, where to park. It was very thorough. The steps going down to the house are no joke. While it is shaded and tranquil, herding the kids down the stairs while dragging their bags was interesting. The door was left unlocked for us so we didn't have to fiddle with the lock box. Once inside we realized there was no air conditioning. I guess this is normal for the area but on this weekend the temperature was over 90 every day. My husband quickly found a portable ac unit in the closet and set it up. It didn't keep the house "hotel cold", but with the unit and the fan already there it was nice. We had brought a air mattress in case our boys, 4 & 9, didn't sleep well together. But there is not enough floor space for that once the sofa bed is pulled out. This turned out not to be an issue. The boy's slept great and the sofa bed was surprisingly comfortable. The queen bed was super comfy too. There is a lot of space in the bathroom and in the kitchen. Thank goodness they provided coffee, sugar & half and half. We didn't bring any of it. Randi also stopped by shortly after our arrival and brought us a bottle of wine and a new sponge and soap. She is a very nice lady. After my husband made a joke about beer she dropped off a few beers for us and a booster chair for our youngest. So thoughtful. She also let us know that the dock is off limits due to safety reasons. Initially I was disappointed but, having the 3 year old this seemed like a blessing in disguise. There was a huge play set, sand box, kids table, and toys on the side of the house which the kids were able to use. We BBQ'd one night. Being outside was so peaceful with an amazing backdrop. I shared more pictures on Facebook with family & friends than I normally do because of how beautiful this location is. We go on many karting trips a year and this house/location made this my all time favorite trip.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mary Ann, Thank you so much for the detailed and thoughtful response! We are so glad you enjoyed the Boathouse during your visit. Following your stay during that particularly hot spell we decided to install a wall unit AC. I hope that will keep it cooler for any future visits in the summer! Cheers, Randi
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
San Francisco international
Nearest Ferry
14.5 Miles
Larkspur Ferry
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Hwy 37
Car: necessary

Halfway between San Francisco and wine country - it's the ideal location for a getaway! Take the ferry from Larkspur to San Francisco. Napa is 24 miles and Sonoma 16 miles. Sonoma Raceway is just 6 miles down the road. Excellent kayaking and boting with the launch 1/4 mile down the road. Easy access to Point Reyes.


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cleaning fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

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Black Point-Green Point Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size pillow top bed with fluffy down comforter. Full size pull-out couch.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing

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