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

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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 and VRBO payments. 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 7 nights.

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 is one computer with DSL/high speed wireless and the internet available for use, or you can use your own laptop, cell phone or tablet. 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. In the guest cottage there is a TV with Roku.

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.

We look forward to having you as our guests and we will our best to make your stay comfortable.

More Details

Sonja Dohse
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german, spanish, swedish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2017

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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Tamalpais-Homestead Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
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 ...
  • 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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The Perfect Mill Valley Rental, 10 Min. N. Of San Francisco Over The Golden Gate
average rating of 4.9555554 based on 72 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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Jay & Kathy

  • 4 of 5

Sonja and Rainer,

Thank you so much for sharing your cozy and comfortable home with Jay and I, Tom and Donna, The beds were wonderful and the gardens unbelievable. The roses were outstanding. We saw a humming bird bathe in your fountain-memorable. We will surely tell others of this, ‘'Secret Place” to escape to from the tourist race.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jay and Kathy, Thank you very much for your review. I so apologize for the failed refrigerator and I did the best that I could by getting the small refrigerator for you and compensating you somewhat. If you come back to the Bay Area for another vacation, the four of you would be welcome at our rental. Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer
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  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in this lovely charming home. The location in Marin county could not have been more convenient, close to the city, close to Napa and within Mill Valley a charming town. the home was fully stocked with all creature comforts one would expect in their own home. Beds were comfortable, all rooms were clean and welcoming. Highly recommend this spacious home while you explore Marin County and SAnFrancisco.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Z Family, Thank you very much for your great review. The pleasure was all ours to have your family as our guests. Also, Thank you for pointing out that we have a great location for visiting the Bay Area. Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer
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Mill Valley Rental

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at Sonja & Reiner's home. The house is very comfortable, clean and is conveniently located to San Francisco, Sausalito, Napa and Sonoma. All areas that we made day trips to. The landscaping and gardens are beautiful and sitting out on the patio in the evening was very relaxing. The owners are wonderful and provided us with local attractions/restaurants that we may want try. I would highly recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Debbie, I was great to have you back at our rental a second time! You and your husbands and friends were the perfect guests. You are always welcome at our rental. Warm Regards, Sonja and Rainer
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Very confortable house

  • 5 of 5

The house is very comfortable, clean and organized. The owners are very attentive. It is an appropriate place if you visit San Francisco and have car, is closely together of the city and is a very calm zone. Highly recommend.

The beds are the best!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Spanish Visitors, Thank you so much for your great review! We loved having visitors from Spain. We like to have European visitors and especially such considerate ones as you and your yachting crew. It was fun to keep track of the regatta that you were in. Warm regards, Sonja and Rainer
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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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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
San Francisco International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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