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Sonja Dohse

Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english, german, spanish, swedish

The Perfect Mill Valley Rental, 10 Min. N. Of San Francisco Over The Golden Gate

41 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Almonte House Rental Photos and Description

Single Family Home, With a separate Guest Cottage. The Property Is Fully Fenced


There is a $50.00 deposit to hold your reservation. We accept personal checks, money orders, bank transfer and PayPal. Daily rate, $285.00 per night, $1995.00 weekly for a party of 4, party of 5 $2205.00, party of 6 $2415.00. $100 discount for two week rentals. We are very prompt in returning the breakage/phone/cleaning deposit. Minimum rental 5 nights, 6 nights and under $350.00 per night.

We have been renting our house out since 1999 and we have excellent reviews and references. We are very prompt in answering all requests for information. If you have tourist questions, I am more than happy to answer any questions that you have.

We will e-mail more photos and information upon request.

This is a well appointed, comfortable 2000 square foot single family home. The style is American/European country. There are 7 rooms with a separate guest cottage that is included in the rental. There are three full bedrooms in the main house, (guest cottage with a twin bed is the fourth bedroom). All of the beds have cotton linens with feather beds and down comforters. There are no trundles or pull out beds...all real beds. The beds consist of 1 California King, 1 queen, 1 double and two twins. There is also a front room, full kitchen, garden room, and formal dining room and along with two baths. The house is spotlessly clean and maintained in excellent condition.

The property is private and fully fenced in. Outdoors there are two patios, a deck off of the master bedroom . There are rose and flower gardens on three sides of the house. There is a gas grill in the garden. During the summer there are fresh tomatoes in the garden.

There are stores that are within walking distance. There is a grocery store, restaurants, cleaners, drugstore, Starbuck's, etc.

There are two computers with DSL/high speed wireless and the internet available for use, or you can use our wireless, if you have your own laptop. There is also a printer available. There is a 47 inch LCD TV in the Front room, and a 42 inch Plasma TV in the Master bedroom and 22 inch LCD TV in one of the guest rooms. All with Dish High Definition programming, offering 250 channels and Netflix.

When requesting information, or availability, please state the total amount of guests there will be, including adults and children. This home accommodates a maximum of 6 guests comfortably. Please let me know your arrival and departure dates.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Sonja Dohse (Owner)
Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english, german, spanish, swedish

About Sonja Dohse

We have been residence of Mill Valley since 1977. We are of European decent..English, Swedish, German and Spanish speaking. We have really enjoyed having guests from all over the world. We always try to be certain that our guests are happy with our rental. We check in with you the day after your arrival and always answer any questions that you have in a prompt manner.

Sonja Dohse purchased this house in 1977

Why Sonja Dohse chose California

When we lived in San Francisco, we would come to Marin frequently. When ever we came to Mill Valley, we would always say, 'I would really like to live in Mill Valley'. We are so happy that we made the choice to move to Mill is really a special place.

What makes this house unique

The house is surrounded by beautiful garden and full of light coming in from the outside. When you are here you feel like you are at a home with all of the comforts that a home offers. Every morning after I get up, I get my cup of coffee and walk around the house to enjoy the gardens.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much Sonja and Ranier For extending a warm welcome to you perfect home, it was a delight, to awake each and every morning to the sweet smell of the magnificent roses. They were taller than me! Your home was just perfect...... everything one could expect from the two of you. I will miss you dearly and will see you again in the fall. I will never....... look any further for my home away from home. Our vacation was a perfect 10 and then some. Location could not have been better..... close to everything San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, Stinson Beach. The restaurants were wonderful WE WORRIED ABOUT THE WEATHER BUT IT WAS GREAT. What a charming home and most of all for me..... it was spotless clean! The gardens were spectacular !!!!! See you soon.... Joanne and Robert

Sonja Dohse

Owner's reply:

Dear Joanne and Robert,

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I was our pleasure to have you as guests! Thank you for leaving our home so nice and well taken care of. It has been so nice to develop a friendship with you. You are welcome back any time. Sonja and Rainer
Apr 2016
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based on 41 traveler reviews

The Perfect Mill Valley Rental, 10 Min. N. Of San Francisco Over The Golden Gate
average rating of 4.97561 based on 68 reviews

The vacation of a lifetime

  • 5 of 5

When my father turned 70, we decided to go on a vacation, together with my sister and mother. It was a long flight from Sweden, but definitly worth it!

We had a marvelous week - real nice weather and a lot of interesting places to see.

We stayed at Sonjas and Rainers house and is was perfect. Good equipment, great rooms and the perfect placement - 15 minutes to the Golden Gate Bridge, 15 minutes to Muir Woods, 45 minutes to Wine Country.

But I have to say that the best thing about choosing Sonja and Rainer, was their friendliness! They helped us with tips and links to things we were interested in - hiking, Muir Woods, stores near by, Wine Country etc. Very fast and very friendly. Thank you for that!

My father told me on the way home that this was the best vacation he's ever had.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Swedish Family, We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our rental and that we were able to help guide you to interesting place to see in the Bay Area. It is always fun for us to have guests from other countries and especially in your case, since I am of Swedish descent. We hope to see you back for another vacation in the Bay Area.
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Comfy and peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

Very cozy home inside and outside. Beautiful landscaping with blooming flowers and tasty tomatoes! Great location in a great town. Owners are the best. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Richard and Family, Thank you for the nice compliments about our garden and home. It was our pleasure to have such a nice family staying at our rental. So happy that you helped yourself to the tomatoes, before the squirrel got them!!
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San Francisco getaway for German family

  • 5 of 5

I used to work in San Francisco 24 years ago and wanted to show my three kids and their grandma the San Francisco Bay Area.We were looking for a place where a family from 9 up to 85 years old were able to feel comftable for two weeks.This lovely home fulfilled all our expectations. It was perfect for six persons. We loved the beautiful garden with all the possibilities to rest. This house is furnished nicely and the kitchen is very well equiped. The photos are accurate. It was very easy to get in touch with Sonja. She responded promptly both by email and phone. The directions she sent us were so exact that it was very easy to find. She offers travel books and very useful flyers which are a nice addition to your own ones. Whenever we will think of coming back to San Francisco we would love to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Hans, Thank you so much for your nice comments about your stay at our house. It was so nice to meet you and your family. Mia, your Mom is delightful. You will always be welcome at our rental. Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer
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Great Location for Visiting the San Francisco Area

  • 5 of 5

Our trip started with the thought to introduce the grandchildren to the San Francisco area. My daughter and I began a search to find a home to use as our base of operation rather than trying to stay in a hotel. I made an initial inquiry and Sonja responded promptly both by email and phone. In fact, the communication was excellent and continued through our stay. The location was perfect for our daily outings. Mill Valley is very close to both the Larkspur and Sausalito ferries that serve visiting San Francisco without having to drive into the city and find parking. We used the ferry several times including as a means to reach the wharf area for our scheduled trip to Alcatraz. Mill Valley is also around the corner from Muir Woods and exploring the Golden Gate Recreation Area. Route 1 is a great drive to Point Reyes National Seashore. We also devoted a day to a drive through the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. The house itself? The photos are accurate. While I’ve never actually seen an English cottage in person (only in movies/photos), that’s the feeling I had when we first walked through/around the property. You get the feeling it’s just not a rental but an actual home where you are visiting. There is a uniqueness to the build and the home is heavily surrounded by flowers, bird feeders/houses, fountains, tables, and chairs. My husband and I used the upstairs bedroom & bath, both daughter and grandson had their own bedrooms, and the granddaughter chose to sleep in the Garden Room. The three of them used the main floor bath. You’re able to get your car off the street by parking directly in front of the garage door. You have the Dipsea Café if you want to go out for breakfast and Joe’s Taco Lounge for dinner (and others). There are places to grab lunch sandwiches to take on your outings if need be. Or, the home’s kitchen and outside grill are available if that’s your choice. Finally, the ultimate question is. . . Would you stay there again? Yes.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Peggy and Family, Thank you for you detailed review of your stay at our rental. It is our pleasure to have such nice guests as you and your family. Also, thank you for pointing out the benefits of staying in Mill Valley, using our great Ferry service and our good central location. We really try to do our best as far as communicating with our guests and responding to all requests. If you vacation in the Bay Area again you are welcome back to our rental! Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer
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California getaway for Minnesota family

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Sonya's place for a week. It was like a dream, lovely house with a flower garden. Fountains, barbecue, fresh roses in vases so many little touches in the house. Kitchen has everything you need for cooking. Each morning we had breakfast and left for an adventure. We love the location for traveling San francisco, couple minutes at the golden gate bridge. We visited golden gate park , De young Museum, Japanese garden. One day we hiked at the Muir woods, lovely trails very close to the house. We loved the Good earth just at the corner, great organic food. If we were tired to cook we just ate there. Sonja explained everything very detailed, we did the ferry to SF one day, was so much fun. We did Tennessee trail (little sunny for a noon walk but Ocean so much fun. One day we drove the Reyes point. There were many look out points to stop and watch the Pacific Ocean. Stinson beach is really cool, I wish we had time to go back. There was a little ice-cream shop just before the beach whole family is still crying for it. Monterey Aquarium was so nice but one day was not enough, it took around 2 hour to go there. Carmel bay is very nice too. I would definitely stay with Sonja and Reiner. Great place to explore SF.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Elif, We are very thankful for the wonderful 5 star review that you wrote about our rental. Also, it is great that you pointed out so many wonderful things about our area, (I love the ice-cream shop at Stinson also). We are so happy that you enjoyed our rental and the gardens. Thank you for leaving our house so nice and you are welcome back any time!!
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Helpful hostess and great location!

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable home in a great location for San Francisco and all activities around that area! Owners were very helpful and home had all the amenities our family needed. Would stay again if we're back in the area!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Keri, Thank you for your great review. You and your family are welcome back at any time. Having considerate guests like you and your family is always a pleasure. Warm regards, Sonja and Rainer
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
San Francisco International Airport
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Mill Valley municipal golf course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
California 101 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Dipsea Cafe
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Muir Beach
Car: recommended

We have a great central location for sightseeing in the Bay area. Muir Woods is 4 miles away. San Francisco is 10 minutes away, across the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge. You can walk to Sausalito. The Napa and Sonoma Wince Countries are 40 minutes to the North. Golden Gate National Recreation Area is just across the valley. Point Reyes National Seashore is a scenic drive up California Highway One. Sweet Waters, the home of the Original Jefferson Airplane is in Mill Valley. We have beautiful beaches near-by. There are hiking and biking trails all over Mill Valley/Marin.


Rates & Availability

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7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

The $500.00 refundable deposit is for breakage/phone/cleaning. There is not a cleaning fee, but we do ask that you leave the house neat and tidy as you found it. We are very prompt in returning the deposit.

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Almonte House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , Seperate guest cottage.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • 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
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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