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Views! Luxury Retreat on 1 Acre ~ GG Bridge 15 mins ~ Sonoma Vineyards 25 mins

San Rafael, CA, USA
  • Apartment900 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum StayNone

Our beautifully appointed and chic Retreat Suite evokes Las Vegas glam! Private Entry & spacious 900 Sq Ft in our Gated Estate. Bedroom features Fireplace & 50" TV with TiVo DVR & Amazing Views! LED Backlit Bed with Gel-Memory Foam Mattress & hotel quality bedding. Gorgeous HUGE Marble Bathroom with Rain System LED Shower Panel with Views & Private Deck! Spacious Living Room with Granite Fireplace & 55" HD TV. NO KITCHEN

Ultra cool retro vibe with stylish furniture, artwork and designer touches. Granite Slab Wet Bar with Barstools. NO Kitchen, Oven or Cooktop but we have a Microwave, Toaster, Keurig Coffee maker, Kettle and under counter Fridge. We provide bone china dinnerware, silverware & glasses. As there is no dishwasher we offer disposable Chinet paper plates, coffee cups, napkins, plastic cutlery & glasses, Coffee pods, creamers, sweeteners and an assortment of snacks. Filtered Water Jug.

Private Deck with Table and 2 Chairs is accessed from the Bathroom. Amazing Valley Views from the Bedroom & Bathroom. Super fast WiFi & Samsung UHD TVs In Bedroom AND Living Room with TiVo DVR and Netflix.

We feature Luxury Hotel Quality bedding that is hypo-allergenic and extra-fine weave microfiber for breathability and comfort. Lightweight down comforter. Quality cotton bath sheets, hand towels & washcloths. Plenty of Closet space, Iron & Ironing board, Luggage Rack in closet and fast WiFi. Micro USB & iPhone Lightning chargers provided. True HEPA PlasmaWave® 5-Stage Air Purifier.

Self check-in any time with a combination lock on the front door. Late night Instant Bookings welcome and encouraged. Check in ANY time after 3pm until 2AM next day.

* THE INTERIOR OF THIS RETREAT SUITE IS 100% PRIVATE AND NOT SHARED WITH ANYONE ~ There are NO Interior Doors that connect to another of our Suites ~ You have TOTAL Privacy. You may however see us or another guest parking a car or on the deck *

There is a Washer & Dryer with detergent and fabric softener in the garage. A full size Fridge / Freezer in the garage can be used to store food and ice. Gym: In the garage we have a $2,500 NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer with Stepper, Elliptical and Treadmill.

Feel free to hang out on our 2,000 sq ft shared deck with views and serenity. We have a Fire Pit, patio lounge furniture and 4 hammocks. Relax with a game of Ping Pong - I am always up for a challenge!

This is a single family home and the VRBO Suites are ALL COMPLETELY separate, have separate PRIVATE entrances and 100% PRIVATE interior space. No interior spaces are shared and ALL the interior photos shown are your private space. You may see another Guest while parking or on the shared deck but all interior spaces is you private area.

To help muffle noise, our Serenity VRBO above this Retreat Suite has hardwood on top of plywood subfloor. Then a 1/2" rubber matting under a 2nd floating hardwood floor. There are thick shag rugs with dense felt pad in the rooms above. There is also a 2 Guest maximum policy for the above Suite.

A couple of our 100 or so Guests have mentioned noise from above. If you are sensitive to noise disturbance, similar to living in an apartment, there may better VRBO choices out there.

We want to make sure Guests understand our House Rules. 600+ guests have enjoyed our vacation home since 2016 with only a few problems. We have ZERO tolerance to extra visitors, smoking, parties or noise after 10pm.

We monitor with exterior video cameras that record all exterior activity. The cameras are motion sensing and email us any exterior activity. We have ZERO INTEREST in the activities of our guests but want to dissuade unruly behavior. Our home is stylish and beautiful in a serene setting and we want all Guests to enjoy. We ask you to review and abide by our House Rules.

You may see another Guest while parking or on the shared deck but ALL interior spaces is you private area. This Suite is 20 stairs up from the driveway.


Steve Atkinson

Member Since 2016
Premier Partner
This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.
Response rate:
Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018
About Steve Atkinson

My Wife and I are from England and arrived in California in 1988. Since then we have lived in 48 Californian homes! We like this one the best and hope you enjoy staying in one of our lovely suites. We have traveled Europe and Mexico extensively, over 150 weeks total traveling.

Steve Atkinson purchased this Apartment in 2013

Why Steve Atkinson chose Santa Venetia

We are just 2 miles from the N San Pedro freeway exit. We are half a mile from China Camp State Park beaches, hiking trails, and mountain biking. The Sonoma Wine region is 25 minutes and Napa is a further 20 minutes. The San Francisco Golden Gate bridge is 15 miles and 15 minutes south of us. A 30 minute ride on the high-speed ferry from Larkspur Landing (10 minutes away) and you can enjoy San Francisco without worrying about parking. There are ocean beaches in Marin and San Francisco 20-30 minutes from us. Markets ~ 7-Eleven is a mile away and Santa Venetia market is 2 miles. Safeways is one exit north at 3 miles. There is Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Nugget and Sprouts Farmers Market within 10 minutes. Markets ~ 7-Eleven is a mile away and Santa Venetia market is 2 miles. Safeways is one exit north at 3 miles. There is Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Nugget and Sprouts Farmers Market within 10 minutes. Restaurants ~ Le Chalet Basque is walking distance and at 2 miles you have Bogie's Cafe for breakfast and Subway. At 2.5 miles there is Ristorante La Toscana, an upscale Italian and Gaspare's Pizzeria is excellent too. Taqueria Hacienda serves casual Mexican. 3 miles away is Chipotle Mexican Grill, BJ's Brewhouse, Applebee's, Panda Express, Tomatina, Panera Bread and Roadside BBQ. These are at the Northgate Mall and there is casual fast food available also. Every Thursday and Sunday morning there is a Farmers Market (3rd biggest in California). It's behind the County building with the blue roof. Turn right at the traffic light just before the freeway and then left to drive under the County building.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
      • Bedroom
        1 queen


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom
          toilet, shower


            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      2 Washers & Dryers in Garage
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                      NordicTrack FreeStride Elliptical Trainer in garage
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Heating in suite but controlled by owner
                    • Internet
                      Fast WiFi
                    • Fireplace
                      Fireplace in Livin Room and Bedroom
                    • Linens Provided
                      Hotel Quality Linens
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                      Parking for 1 vehicle in Gated Driveway
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      Washer & Dryer in Garage


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Keurig Pods provided with sweeteners and half & half
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          We provide china dinnerware, silverware & glasses. We also offer disposable Chinet paper plates, coffee cups, napkins, plastic cutlery & glasses as there is no dishwasher.
                        • Microwave
                        • Refrigerator
                          Under Counter Fridge
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              2 Bar Stools against Wet Bar
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  TiVo DVR with Netflix, Amazon Prime on both TVs
                                • Television
                                  Samsung 55" SUHD in Living Room Samsung 50" UHD in Bedroom Room


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Private Patio for this Suite with Table & Chairs. 2,000 Sq Ft Shared Deck with Patio Furniture, 4 Hammocks and Ping Pong Table


                                        • not suitable for children
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • groceries

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • hiking
                                                        • mountain biking

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          11 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          The Luxury Retreat was all that we expected and more.

                                                          Marilyn P.

                                                          Steve and Zoe have definitely put their heart, mind and soul into this space. They have left no stone unturned. Everythings that you need is in this unit and the view from the bedroom and bath is gorgeous. Great place to sit at the end of the day and enjoy the landscape and a chilled bottle of wine. The unit has two romantic fireplaces, the wall art and lighting is beautiful, the luxury bed and bedding was a 5 star and the shower was spa quality. The cleanliness of the space was implacable. There are plenty of places to eat in the area, many wineries to,chose from and San Francisco is short scenic drive from San Rafael. We will definitely stay here again.

                                                          The property was very modern and plush.

                                                          Marian D.Windsor, Ca.

                                                          The property was nice and warm when we arrived. It had everything we needed. The shower was really great. Lots of room. Enjoyed our short stay.

                                                          The retreat was amazing ! Beautiful and clean with every detail imaginable !!

                                                          Kelly H.Overland Park, KS

                                                          We absolutely loved the retreat. It was so comfortable and inviting. My husband is very picky and he told me every day how much he enjoyed the place. So many great places to eat close by and close to the city but oh so very peaceful.

                                                          One of our favorite places to stay...

                                                          Karen F.McHenry, IL

                                                          My husband and I travel all over the country and stay at quite a few VRBO's. Steve and Zoe have done an exceptional job with their rentals. We look forward to staying there, the beds are luxurious and so are the amenities. Amazing attention to detail! Feels like you are being pampered while having to actually work on a business trip!

                                                          The views are gorgeous and we just love Steve! (haven't had the chance to meet Zoe yet but dig her style!!!) I HIGHLY recommend this lovely retreat!

                                                          Perfect vacation getaway!

                                                          Zach N.Nashville, TN

                                                          My wife and I couldn’t have been happier with our stay. The accommodations were exactly as advertised, extremely comfortable and clean. Couldn’t have asked for more. Steve was super easy to work with and the location was perfect for visiting both San Fransisco as well as wine country and the coast line. Would highly recommend!

                                                          My girlfriend and I stayed in the retreat suite for 5 nights , we'll be back !

                                                          russell b.

                                                          location, location, location, close to S.F. Sonoma, Muir woods. Each morning we awoke to the sounds of geese in the distance and squirrels on the balcony. Great views, comfortable room and a quiet neighborhood what more could you want.


                                                          San Rafael, CA, USA


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