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The Magical Cottage at Muir Beach

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

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.

Keywords: Cottage

More Details

Owner
Victoria Hamilton-Rivers
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 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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Amenities

Muir Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • 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
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub and shower combined
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sectional sofa (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
Bose bluetooth sound system

Reviews

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(72 traveler reviews)

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The Magical Cottage at Muir Beach
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 224 reviews
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  • 5 of 5

if you are thinking of booking this cottage stop thinking and book it now!!! this place is magical. we arrived to a day with sun filled blue skys-- the view of the beach and hillside are fantastic. from the deck we watched shoals of herring moving in the shallow waters of the bay --they we being bombarded from above by gulls and pelicans, next came the dolphins for their buffet and finally humpback whales swimming back and forth having their turn at it, it was the nature channel in real life !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the little cove was my favorite part of the beach.

also do not miss muir woods the redwoods are so majestic its awe inspiring---the big tip here is get there early around 8:30 or parking can be difficult---also there is no charge to enter before 9.... anyway its a great way to get the day going.

the proximity to san francisco is really only 25-30 minutes but a world away as far as charm and peacefulness.

there is a safeway grocery store in marin 20 min away and its a good place to get all your provisions before heading to the cottage

we had great days filled with the beach or hiking or just relaxing with the view----evening bbq,s and board games rounded out the day.........

thanks victoria we will be back

billy & debi

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for coming to stay and for sharing your experiences of our little slice of heaven here. We have been blessed with amazing whales and dolphins for the last few years and as locals, we never tire of watching their awesome display. We are glad you witnessed the magic of this place and we look forward to your return very much. Victoria.
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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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MERMAIDS DREAM

  • 5 of 5

I tried from my wonderful holiday to review Muir Cottage but for some reason I was unable to send my story - could it be a sign I wonder is it truly meant for only my family, but no, just a really poor signal in the Topanga Mountains.

I am a great believer in the Law of Attraction so when we arrived at Muir Cottage it was clear to me that we were meant to be there. The cottage is nestled into the hill of Muir cove clinging to the hillside like a limpet clings to a rock. Step inside and it becomes clear that the owner has lovingly embraced the surroundings and brought them inside the cottage. Succulents of beautiful pastel colours adorn the decking chased by a shoal of fish down the driveway. If your cheeky peek over the fence into Victoria's mermaid garden and you will be greeted by the sight of a dressing table laidened with scallops and a glass of brilliant blue which conjures the sea. Speaking of which night time takes on a new experience be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves or watch the ambers of the beach fires flicker and dance gently to slumber. Dolphins frolicked in the sea whilst we were there and you can be blessed with sightings of whale's in the right season. I could go on about the area, the people, the experience - don't take my word for it go enjoy let the sea breeze take you and bring you back with the tide, a much more relaxed and appreciative human being.

We loved it, as for me Im going back with every intention to sit in front of the Mermaids Mirror and brush my ever so slightly going grey hair! Chris and Victoria thank you so much for the wonderful experience, Love The Bowers

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ideal Location and Perfect Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The location of the cottage is perfect. Secluded and a short walk to the beach, but very close to Sausalito (ferry), Sonoma, Golden Gate bridge into San Francisco, etc. The cottage is cozy and ideal for a couple or small family. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and wouldn't hesitate to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic house on a splendid location with everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

This house really is a hidden gem. Beautifully located and decorated with everything you could think of. Unfortunately we had bad weather and therefor we were a bit bored because this really is a location to enjoy the beach and the ocean.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing views! Beautiful cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time during our stay. The whale watching and listening to the ocaem waves was just what we needed. Victoria made us feel welcomed and she was quick to address any questions we had. My daughter enjoyed the loft and I loved the outside sitting area with breathtaking views.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Car: necessary

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

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Damage Deposit $500

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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