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Wilford Welch

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

Live your Dream - Elegant, Unique Houseboat - August 21-30, .Sept 7-14 only

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 6 nights

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Sausalito House Boat Rental Photos and Description

House Boat, 2 major bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5-6)

Our houseboat is very spacious and ideal for entertaining, or to just experience the very best of houseboat living. Two beautiful bedrooms, the master bedroom with fireplace, and a hot tub on adjoining balcony. A second Asian decor bedroom with full bath and adjoining sitting room for privacy. Gourmet outfitted kitchen with adjacent dining area seating 6-8, and a comfortable, beautifully appointed living room with ethic art from around the world with a porch off the living room. A 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk to mountains and the start of miles of hiking trails overlooking the Pacific ocean; adjacent to a bird sanctuary with miles of walking paths; 20 minute drive to central San Francisco or 20 minute ferry ride, and 60 minute drive to Napa and Sonoma Valleys and wineries. The area is ideal for biking and kayaking. Roof garden with barbecue. Great restaurants and shops nearby.

Whats around: Only a 5 minute drive to the Golden Gate Bridge, two miles to the center of historic, scenic Sausalito to shop, or dine, or to take a 20 minute ferry across the bay to San Francisco. Walking distance to miles of wonderful hiking trails, bike and walking paths through local bird preserve, easy kayaking on Richardson Bay, or a short walk to great restaurants. Catering or personal chef available.

Whats inside: It is a unique, very spacious, luxurious, architect designed redwood and glass houseboat with over 3,000 square feet of living space on three floors, with a hot tub off the master bedroom, an interior atrium with tropical plants, and a lovely roof garden for relaxing and entertaining, which includes a barbeque . Two bicycles and two kayaks are provided for your use. It is historic, (Pavaratti actually did sleep here), romantic and fun. Totally renovated with great attention to detail.

Mid Level: Perfect for entertaining large, or small, groups. You enter into a vestibule, then continue on past a two story atrium into a a spacious living room and seated dining area, with quality furniture and art objects throughout. In the far right hand corner is a large window seat which can be used as a single bed, that looks out onto beautiful Mt. Tamalpais. Straight ahead off the main deck through sliding doors is our "wheel house" decorated with the wheel off a French yacht. The state of the art kitchen has custom marble counters, professional stove, appliances, two-person eating counter. A beautiful bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub complete this floor. Tasteful artifacts abound as the owners are a former diplomat and a travel executive with a background in anthropology.

Lower Floor: There is a suite of rooms which include a beautiful Asian bedroom with sliding shoji screen doors from Japan and quality queen size bed. Adjacent to this bedroom is a comfortable sitting room with a pull out queen bed. The washer and dryer are also located on this floor. The beautiful bathroom for this bedroom is located at the top of the stairs on the next floor. (It has a shower and bath with jacuzzi). The lower floor also has an apartment which is totally insulated for sound. Our tenant and friend, Kathy, is a wonderful poet, very quiet and does not use the rest of the house at all. (Please call the owner if you want more information on this).

Top Floor: This floor includes a very large, romantic master bedroom with high ceilings and gas fireplace, a king size four-poster bed fit for a king and queen. Off the bedroom is a comfortable library/reading room, while off to the other side is a balcony with a hot tub.

Roof Deck: A sturdy wooden slanted ship's ladder takes you from the top floor to the roof deck with panoramic views over the top of the other houseboats to a yacht harbor plus panoramic views of Mt. Tamalpais, and Richardson Bay. Furnished with a table, umbrellas, chairs, chaises, cushions, gas barbecue, and potted plants.

Seize this unique opportunity to experience the romance of houseboat living at its very best!

Very unique, elegant yet casual, fun, and definitely an unforgettable vacation.

Keywords: Floating home

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Wilford Welch (Owner)
Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

About Wilford Welch

Wilford is a former U.S. diplomat (China), author, (The Tactics of Hope), and public speaker. Carole's background is in anthropology. In 1991, Carole founded Cross Cultural Journeys, a successful travel company that takes clients to exotic international destinations where indigenous people continue to live in traditional ways. While there we explore the healing and belief systems of the indigenous elders. We both have a lifetime of international travel and work behind and in front of us. Our home reflects our interests.

Wilford Welch purchased this house boat in 2001

Why Wilford Welch chose The Bay Area

We enjoy living 'on the docks' in Sausalito. We moved here from Belvedere, CA. because we found the houseboat community filled with interesting, creative people with a casual, unpretentious, active, lifestyle. Being only 20 minutes by car to the middle of San Francisco for cultural, educational and social activities, and less than an hour from Napa and Sonoma and the beautiful wine country, are all big pluses. Hiking is five minutes away and the restaurants are great nearby. We feel we have the best of many worlds right here. We call our houseboat 'Dol Khayam, a Tibetan phrase which loosely translated means 'A place of rest, in the midst of a busy world'. That is the feeling we hope for all our guests.

What makes this house boat unique

Ours is a home that is ideal this year for a couple (or two) that appreciates the finer things in life and who would like to relax and entertain in style in one of the most unique homes in the San Francisco Bay area within minutes of all that the Bay area has to offer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We absolutely appreciate having the opportunity to enjoy your home. You have an amazing collection of artifacts and the most beautiful home in the area. We really enjoyed the deck upstairs, the cozy atmosphere and the collection of books. This was a first-time experience for all of us and everything went so smoothly. We truly felt at home here - thank you again!
Aug 2010
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Live your Dream - Elegant, Unique Houseboat - August 21-30, .Sept 7-14 only
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

The Perfect Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Cosy, quirky and comfortable. Such an interesting home with all the many different artefacts and books around for you to enjoy. They reminded us so much of places we have lived in or travelled through, maybe that is why we felt so at home !

Thank you for sharing your home Wilford and also thank you to Gail and Kathy who were so helpful with restaurant suggestions and recommendations on where to visit.

We have had a wonderful stay and thank you for the wine !

Ian and Jennie Kirk - Cape Town

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houseboat Heaven

  • 5 of 5

An absolute magical vacation for our family of 6. The boys and girls all enjoyed the Kayaks, roof top, and the various quiet reading nooks throughout this very spacious houseboat. A fabulous location to venture off to Napa, the East Bay, and of course all the magnificent sites of San Fran. Loved meeting the owners and learning all about their favorite travel destinations as the HB is filled with treasures from near and far.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magnificent & Magical

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 10 heavenly days and enjoyed every second. Wilford & Carole and their floating home haven is a true sanctuary. We kayaked every day and reveled in the hot tub, bedroom fireplace and all the art, and the VERY creatively inspiring environment. Luxury, adventure and the best of being "at home" while away.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Perfect Trip!

  • 5 of 5

There is nothing I can say about Wilford and Carole and their fabulous houseboat that hasn't already been said. My husband, myself and another couple had the pleasure of spending time here and every day was perfect. We did tons of sightseeing in San Francisco, as well as the Napa Valley Wine Train, which is a must, and everything was easy to get to. We all agreed that the best part of the trip was knowing that we would be returning each afternoon or evening to our exciting accommodations. It made us all smile! We plan on returning in the very near future. Thanks again Wilford and Carole "for the memories".

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Happy guest!

  • 5 of 5

We were planning a family vacation to San Francisco that involved needing accommodations for 2 couples and 2 teenagers. We wanted something comfortable and reasonably priced (very hard to find in the SF area). The houseboat certainly met and exceeded all of our needs! The owners, Wilford and Carole, were extremely nice to deal with. The house itself, was like living in a comfortable museum, due to the "souvenirs" of the owners extensive travels. The artwork, decorations, and furniture were pieces that could be studied all day long! Even the dishes were precious relics of another culture, yet there for our enjoyment and use. Honestly, San Francisco became an afterthought, since we enjoyed the house so much. Nobody had any interest in leaving it! Along with staying in a beautiful setting, there were great "toys" such as bikes and kayaks, which I regret not being able to use due to other plans, but hope to return and use someday. I am honored to have been trusted with the house & cannot find one negative thing to say. The roof balcony was awesome, the beds were comfortable and sleeping arrangements were quite private and cozy. After many nights in a hotel, this was everything it promised to be and more! Sausalito was a very nice city and easy commute to San Francisco or the wineries.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best "Home Base" for Sightseeing in Northern California

  • 5 of 5

First, the owners are accommodating to the point you feel like family - thank you Wilford and Carole for sharing your beautiful home with others! It is everything and more than what is portrayed in your description and photos!

Second, the home is gorgeous and although filled with treasures from across the world and a book collection to die for, it was comfortable and homey, down to the gas fireplace in the living room, which you WILL use in the mornings with your coffee. And we can't forget the oh so comfortable bed and linens to dream the night away after a long day of whatever! The inside of the home is filled with life in the form of live plants and flowers, including orchids and a banana tree (still not sure if this is real). The kitchen has all the amenities you need and a grocer/deli/restaurant within 2 minutes walking distance of the home to purchase supplies to cook the entire week if you don't enjoy eating out in the many local restaurants (we recommend Tommy Wok's and Sushi Ron). And last but certainly not least, there's the rooftop "lounge" and/or the "private" hot tub to enjoy after long days of hiking and sightseeing or just lounging. Kayaks and bikes available for use right at your front door, too, although we did not take advantage of these items - too busy on the CA1 locating new and exciting places to hike.

Third, you can travel CA1 everyday from here and hike to some of the most beautiful locations known to man. The farthest we drove was 47 miles and that took us to Pt. Reyes National Seashore and the lighthouse there. We highly recommend renting a convertible to visit this beautiful Northern California destination.

May your visit be as pleasant and wonderful as ours!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Point Reyes National Seashore
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
San Francisco Internatinal Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Downtown Sausalito
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Many in the area
Car: necessary

Day trips to Napa and Sonoma wineries, hiking in Pt. Reyes Wilderness area, San Francisco for theatre, zoo, Golden Gate Park. Near Oakland, University of California at Berkeley, UCSF, Kyacking,


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Sausalito House Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , jetted tub
  • Master bathroom on top floor off master bedroom Bathroom for guest bedroom on the main floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Oriental decor
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , Very comfortable
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , Window bed in living room seen in photo collection
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Canopy bed; Thermapedic mattress; Pavarotti slept here
  • King size beds (1) In the master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) In the guest room, Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1) This is a day bed in the living room, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Pull out sofa in sitting room off lower floor bedroom
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Two Fireplaces, High speed internet access, Whirlpool bathtub, Private Hot Tub off master bedroom, Two bicycles, Two kayaks.

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