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The Magical Cottage at Muir Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Nestled above Muir Beach overlooking the ocean, the headlands and San Francisco in the distance, you’ll find The Cottage at Muir Beach – a stylish getaway ideal for those looking to relax and unwind in the peace and tranquility of glorious ocean and mountain views.

This magical and enchanting rural escape features a charming living / dining area, kitchen, bathroom, master bedroom, attic / loft sleeping area. Private deck and parking for 2 cars. The Cottage at Muir Beach is located in the heart of Marin County’s stunning Golden Gate National Recreation Area providing fabulous opportunities for outdoor pursuits.

The Cottage At Muir Beach is situated next door to Mole's Cottage separated by a private and inspiring succulent garden (also see listing # 672817.) The location of both these cottages not only provides privacy for those seeking a private retreat, they also cater to families and friends who wish to book two properties in reasonably close proximity so they can vacation in the same spectacular location if required.

The Cottage at Muir Beach is enveloped by the constant therapeutic sound of the ocean and is the kind of heaven on earth that soothes the soul. Although it is within easy reach of everything, it feels like a world apart. Owned, operated and decorated by renowned British interior designer Victoria Hamilton-Rivers.

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Victoria Hamilton-Rivers
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2017

About Victoria Hamilton-Rivers

I am a British interior designer and home stager, living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the daughter of a British army officer, I have visited and lived in many parts of the world: Europe, Asia, Australia, and the United States of America.

I first visited and fell in love with the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997. I became a permanent resident in 2003. All my life I have been drawn to and fascinated by the ocean and to the life within and around it.

In 2008 I realized a lifelong dream and bought two cottages overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the northern California coast in the idyllic community of Muir Beach.

While owning one cottage by the beach has been a lifelong dream, I never imagined myself owning two. As an interior designer, the obvious and exciting thing to do was to renovate one of them and offer it for rental to those of you around the world who share my passion for clean and simple interiors and the extraordinary privilege it is to be close to nature and the sea.

The Magical Cottage At Muir Beach is simply that. Month after month it gives me tremendous pleasure to offer my guests a really exceptional place to stay where they can relax and unwind to the sound of the ocean in the newly renovated cottage. Within the backdrop and magnificence of Marin County’s Golden Gate National Recreational Area, heaven and earth are literally at your fingertips.

People from all over the world agree The Cottage At Muir Beach is the perfect nurturing “home away from home” on the Northern California Coast. Whether you are seeking solitude, a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or celebrating someone or something special, it’s all here at The Cottage At Muir Beach.

Victoria Hamilton-Rivers.

Victoria Hamilton-Rivers purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Victoria Hamilton-Rivers chose San Francisco Bay Area

This is the most beautiful location on the entire California coast.

What makes this cottage unique

Hiking, designing interiors while being inspired by the ocean.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We couldn't have chosen a better location ore our trail running holiday! Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us - we will be back!
Dec 2012
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Muir Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub and shower combined
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sectional sofa (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • bay/sound
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Bose bluetooth sound system


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(58 traveler reviews)

The Magical Cottage at Muir Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 210 reviews
San Francisco, CA

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Spent a relaxing anniversary weekend at the cozy Cottage at Muir Beach. We soaked in the beauty of the views, enjoyed dining in, relaxing on the deck. The Cottage at Muir Beach is better than advertised - the description and pictures don't do it justice. Victoria is a hospitable and gracious host - we will return as often as we can.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I made our first trip to the west coast and decided that The Cottage at Muir Beach would be the perfect place to stay. I'm not sure that we could have picked a more perfect place. The house was in the ideal location for us to take off in the morning to go hiking in Muir Woods/Point Reyes (highly, highly recommend both), go explore the city, or take the short walk down to the beach. The beach was fun, we really enjoyed watching the dogs play in the water. Muir Beach Overlook is literally a few minute drive up the road and is a wonderful place to catch a Pacific Sunset.

We slept every night with the windows open, enjoying the sounds of the waves crashing the other natural sounds outside. The house was well furnished with everything we needed and the grill was definitely a nice touch. There are plenty of books to help you learn about the local area. In fact, we used the books to help us decide what to see and experience in our limited time. Coming from 95 degrees and 100% humidity in Georgia, we were not quite prepared for the difference in climates. Definitely poor preparation on our end, but all was solved after we picked up a sweatshirt. Anyone coming from a similar climate in the South should bring an extra layer.

We loved our vacation so much and hope to return one day.

Thank you for sharing your Cottage with us Victoria.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for coming to stay and for this lovely informative feedback for our future guests which is much appreciated. We look forward to you returning at some point! All the best meanwhile. Victoria.
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Stunning views/beautiful gardens/smartly designed

  • 5 of 5

The house has beautiful views of the ocean. We slept with the window open so we could hear the waves. The house is very well designed with a lot of attention to detail to enhance the views and the outdoor light from all angles. The house is centrally located to many many hikes and the surrounding are could not be more beautiful. We ended up hike 36 miles, and we are not serious hikers! It was simply that beautiful. It was always so pleasant to come back to such a warm and inviting home, pour a glass of wine, put our feet up, and put something on the grill.

The house had everything we needed for the week and was exceptionally clean. The bed was quite comfortable with very nice linens. I highly recommend this house to any one thinking of staying in the area.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nobleboro, ME

Worth every penny

  • 5 of 5

This cottage had everything our family of four needed for the perfect week-long vacation thousands of miles from our Maine home. From the good knives in the kitchen to the extra blankets and pillows to the kids' toys and games to the huge basket of local guidebooks, it was very well stocked with more than enough useful tools for a comfortable stay.

Our 2- and 4-year-old daughters loved their cozy loft bedroom-- adults beware, though: there's not much headroom in the loft and the stairs are steep. There was a nightlight ready for us up there and a good, strong baby gate to very safely block off the stairs. A lovely skylight sits above the two twin beds and it didn't have any kind of sun cover or shade on it. So darkening the room was a challenge for us one night. Luckily, we ended up staying awake watching whales and ships and surfers from the deck until after sunset daily anyway-- or else the kids were so exhausted from the fresh air, hiking, and fun that the brightness didn't keep them from sleeping. The house was really nicely decorated, with some breakables on the coffee table that I was easily able to move out of my toddler's sight for the week.

We thoroughly enjoyed the peace, privacy, and soothing sounds of waves. But we also liked being a part of the action-- on Saturday and Sunday, Muir Beach and surrounding trails were buzzing with visitors. We felt like royalty perched above all those day trippers in our nice, private house.

The recommendations Victoria provided for groceries and activities were very helpful. (We were grateful for the advice we read to take the ferry from Sausalito into San Francisco!) The winding, forested, and mountainous Muir Woods Road that we had to take to get there (due to Rt 1 closures) is fun to drive and not too long. We also drove north from Muir Beach to picnic at Hog Island Oyster Co. I highly recommend that, but make a reservation early.

The succulent gardens surrounding the house and deck are inspiring and beautiful. We were so lucky to have a sunny week and witness California wildflowers in full spring bloom. What a beautiful and special place. We'd love to stay here again.

Victoria has outdone herself with this cottage. Thank you for an epic vacation week!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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If Perfection were a Place

  • 5 of 5

From the moment you step foot into the cottage, you know you are in for a special time away. It is all in the details, or in the case of the Cottage at Muir Beach it is in how everything neatly comes together and brings a sense of harmony. From the colors, from the decorations, and from the proximity to the ocean. Our children (7 and 10) loved sleeping in the loft, and had fun playing with the stuffed alligators and the wooden blocks. My wife and I enjoyed sleeping in and listening to the waves at night in a very comfortable bed. I would highly recommend this cottage as a place to stay.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly magical

  • 5 of 5

True to description, the Cottage at Muir Beach is truly a magical place. We came for a short 5 night getaway for our 19th anniversary and had an amazing time.

We completely slowed down and relaxed... mesmerized by the views of the changing sea from the main room and the bedroom, slept to the sound of the waves and woke up to the singing of the birds, cooked delicious meals in the well equipped kitchen and on the grill, read and relaxed on the comfortable bright living space, walked to the beach, hiked on the many trails nearby and the Muir Woods...

The cottage is spotless, well equipped, comfortable, and beautiful. It is as lovely as depicted in the pictures. Victoria was so accommodating and responsive. We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Zen Center, The overlook (uninterrupted panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean), Muir Woods, and Pelican Inn.


Rates & Availability

Muir Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $120 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

Best to contact owner direct for rates and details. The calendar is maintained at all times however if bookings are in progress this is not reflected. Cleaning fee is deducted from the security deposit prior to refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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