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Charming Vintage Cottage Featured in Creative Home Magazine in Mill Valley

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Music room open to dining room with media room beyond bookcase


Last updated: 07/27/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Our charming circa 1903 cottage in Mill Valley is just 9 miles north of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge in scenic Marin County. This special home has been featured in American Express’s 'Departures' magazine, Better Homes & Garden’s 'Creative Home', the internationally acclaimed design book, 'California Interiors' and the San Francisco Chronicle’s Home Section. Filled with antiques, books, artwork and a 5 ft. grand piano, this is an elegant, comfortable home away from home close to the culture of San Francisco and the natural beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area and Napa-Sonoma wine country. We’re at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais, with many miles of gorgeous hiking and mountain biking trails. Level, scenic bike trails link Mill Valley to the picturesque bayfront towns of Tiburon and Sausalito. Golf, tennis, swimming are all nearby. Muir Woods, sailing and kayaking on San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean beaches are 15-30 minutes. Our home has been a favorite of local families hosting out-of-town relatives, artists seeking a quiet retreat, friends & couples enjoying a Northern California getaway.

COTTAGE DETAILS & LIVING ROOM: The cottage is built with rough old growth redwood plank walls and beamed ceilings enameled a luminous white. Douglas fir floors have been whitewashed to a soft pink glow. Generous windows, French doors and the dining room’s glass solarium ceiling flood the interior with warm light filtered through the verdure of a mature garden with climbing roses & wisteria clambering over rooftops and arbors. The rooms are filled with original works of art, antique furnishings & chandeliers, and hundreds of books. In the living room, a banquette with down pillows, English antique reading chairs & a French Louis XV style love seat circle a wood-burning fireplace. We created the coffee table from a salvaged slab of antique mahogany. Built-in bookshelves house a collection of art & design books; a drop-leaf desk holds trail maps & guidebooks. A wide archway opens on the music room, with a 5 ft. grand piano, velvet chaise, English-style overstuffed sofa & wall-size mirror.

MUSIC ROOM, DINING, DECK, MEDIA ROOM: A step down from the music room is the dining room, with a rough-hewn antique farm table & vintage Chinese Chippendale garden chairs. Two walls of multi-pane steel casement windows, softened with sheer linen and antique Italian lace curtains, wrap around the music & dining rooms. French doors open on an ipe-wood deck with teak furniture and a courtyard garden with a fountain. Dining room & deck share a glass solarium roof covered in roses & wisteria each spring. A half-wall bookcase housing a collection of garden books topped with a vintage floral drape opens the dining room to a small media room/twin bedroom with a twin daybed sofa for watching the 42” HD plasma TV with home theater sound system, DVD, CD & i-Pod jack. There is premium cable (HBO and Showtime) WiFi internet service, a selection of music & videos, Scrabble and card games.

The first floor bathroom with mosaic tile shower is between the media room and the kitchen. Beyond the media room is the laundry with full-size Bosch washer/dryer.

GOURMET KITCHEN: The kitchen has custom mahogany cabinets, pink marble counters & a butler sink. Stainless steel appliances include a Bosch dishwasher, Gaggenau cooktop, oven, French door refrigerator. Small appliances include a microwave, toaster, Francis-Francis espresso machine with pods, Chemex manual drip coffee maker, coffee grinder, electric kettle, Cuisinart food processor, blender, rice cooker, waffle iron, ice cream maker & immersion blender. There’s a full complement of cookware and bakeware, sharp knives and handy gadgets. Tableware includes an extensive collection of vintage English china circa 1840-1940. Spices, paper products, and non-toxic cleaning supplies provided.

The kitchen’s library/breakfast nook is wrapped in white-washed pine bookcases filled with more of our extensive book collection –– here fiction, poetry, cookbooks & reference volumes predominate. An antique pine table is drawn up to a cushioned banquette. Residing over all is a marble Buddha in the window.


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king, 1 baby crib

    Portable crib on request...moreless

  • Double Bedroom: 1 double


  • Media Room: 1 twin/ single


  • All the beds have comfortable mattresses, quality linens, quilts, down pillows & duvet. Plush robes & slippers provided. The upstairs master bedroom has an Edwardian era English mahogany king bed with a memory foam mattress topper. A Venetian glass chandelier hangs from the peaked ceiling. A second upstairs bedroom has an antique metal double bed, Italian marble-topped table/desk wall-size-mirror and a wall of casement windows looking out on climbing roses. A built-in armoire has drawers, closets, gas fireplace, flat-screen HDTV with DVD and premium cable. The first floor media room's daybed sofa can be made up as a twin bed with a memory foam mattress topper and an en suite bathroom. A drape draws across the half-wall opening to the dining room for privacy....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • The upstairs bathroom has a vintage claw-foot tub with hand-held shower spray. Appropriately painted shell pink, the bathroom displays an extensive collection of shells and shell-craft. The first floor bathroom has a shower tiled in sea green/blue glass mosaic. A steel casement window in the shower has stained glass panels of Chicago art glass in watery tones. This bathroom is next to the media room, which can be used as a twin bedroom. Both bathrooms are lit with chandeliers. Linens, soap, hairdryer and first aid kit are provided....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Our cottage is on a quiet street around the corner from Whole Foods Market, Marin Theater Company, a yoga studio, and a variety of interesting shops & tasty restaurants. A Golden Gate Transit bus stop is a block away, with service to San Francisco directly or via the Sausalito Ferry. ...moreless


  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Flat screen tv with surround sound and dvd player in media room; small flat screen tv with dvd player in full bedroom....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Communication / Internet

  • Fax


  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet


  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck


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from 19 traveler reviews
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  • Cleaning Fee $125
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 10%

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Last updated: 07/27/2015
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25 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Francisco Airport or Oakland Airport
0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 block
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 minutes
14 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak in San Francisco or East Bay
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
HWY 101 - 5 minutes
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 block
185 Miles
Nearest Ski
Lake Tahoe: 3 1/2 hours
6 Miles
Nearest Beach
Muir Beach

Car: Recommended

Our cottage is on a quiet street near the Miller Avenue shopping district, around the corner from Whole Foods Market, a bus stop to San Francisco, Marin Theater Company, a yoga studio, circuit-training gym, and a variety of interesting shops & tasty restaurants. It’s a 3 min. drive or pleasant walk to Mill Valley’s charming downtown, with boutique shopping, dining, movie theater, bookstore, library, and live music, theater & stand-up comedy at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. Golf, tennis, indoor & outdoor swimming pools are all nearby. Annual events include the Dipsea Race, the oldest trail race in America; the Mountain Play at Mt. Tam’s outdoor Greek theater; the Fall Art Festival in Old Mill Park; and the celebrated Mill Valley Film Festival. From bird watchers to whale watchers, the region is a haven for nature lovers. Muir Woods is minutes away.There's a local Farmers' Market on Fri and a not-to-be-missed county Farmers' Market on Thurs & Sun 15 min. away. San Francisco's 9 miles.

Other Activities: dining, shopping, theater, music, antiquing, biking, hiking, golf, sailing, kayaking, horseback riding, wine tasting, San Francisco


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1985

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Music room open to dining room with media room beyond bookcase

    Music room open to dining room with media room beyond bookcase

  • Living room banquette & fireplace

    Living room banquette & fireplace

  • Kitchen with breakfast room/library

    Kitchen with breakfast room/library

  • Master Bedroom with King Bed

    Master Bedroom with King Bed

  • Full Bedroom with Gas Fireplace and Flat Screen HDTV/Premium Cable

    Full Bedroom with Gas Fireplace and Flat Screen HDTV/Premium Cable

  • Upstairs bathroom with clawfoot tub

    Upstairs bathroom with clawfoot tub

  • Open plan living with dining room & baby grand piano

    Open plan living with dining room & baby grand piano

  • Living room with glimpses of entry and library/breakfast room

    Living room with glimpses of entry and library/breakfast room

  • Fully equipped gourmet kitchen

    Fully equipped gourmet kitchen

  • Private deck off Master Bedroom

    Private deck off Master Bedroom

  • Twin Bedroom/Media Room

    Twin Bedroom/Media Room

  • Porch with teak furniture & marble table

    Porch with teak furniture & marble table

Minimum stay: 2 nights
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Charming Vintage Cottage Featured in Creative Home Magazine in Mill Valley

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