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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
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
July 23, 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:
  • 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
  • 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 -
(66 traveler reviews)

The Magical Cottage at Muir Beach
average rating of 4.969697 based on 218 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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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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Dallas, TX

Great Beach Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to visit the bay area but didn't necessarily want to stay in the city. This cottage was perfect for us to enjoy the beach, hiking and whale watching - all about 30 minutes from SF. That's pretty awesome. We loved the cottage and the landscaping is gorgeous. We spent our evenings on the wonderful patio listening to the ocean and watching the stars. Hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Place

  • 3 of 5

The cottage is very cute but it is not a 2 bedroom. It's a 1 bedroom with a kids loft. Maybe I missed this on the website but it's a big deal for 50 yr. olds. The information package in the rental is helpful interms of nearby hikes, places to eat and general information about the cottage. One thing that was disappointing to our party was that the propane tank emptied on our 2nd day of grilling. I went next door to ask if they had an extra but no one was home. Would be nice if there was always a spare tank. We had to use the oven to finish our dinner preparations. Loved that you had a Liberty Puzzle. That was great fun. The views are wonderful and enchanting and if it wasn't so expensive per couple my wife and I might return. One last thing. The cottage is designed very nicely but a few less items on the entry table and elsewhere would make for an easier stay. It is difficult to move into a space where there are a lot of bowls of shells or things cluttering up the surface areas where we just want to drop the day's belongings.I would give the cottage 3 stars and the location/view 5.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments Dan. We do leave our contact details on the top of our Useful Information package that you refer to here, in case you need to contact us about anything during your stay because your comfort and enjoyment of the place is extremely important to us. We live in Muir Beach and are always attentive to our guests needs should anything arise. We do hold spare propane in the event of running out but we had no idea that was the case for you having checked prior to your stay. Had we known, that would have been remedied immediately. Our accommodation is exactly as described on our web site and many adults have slept in the attic space in the past very comfortably. There is also a large sectional sofa in the living room with spare bedding in the roll out drawers below for any one who prefers to sleep there. Our rates for a couple are between $275 - $300 per night depending on the time of year you stay and you receive a comprehensive quote from VRBO of all charges prior to having to commit to any reservation. Our rates compare favorably with local hotels where you only get one room for the same sort of charges without spectacular views and the additional space and privacy we offer. In the last 8 years of operation, our rates have not increased at all. Additional guests over two people, stay for $25 per night which we believe is more than fair. I am so sorry that you experienced any sense of disappointment from your stay with us Dan because this could not be further from our intentions. Fortunately this has rarely, if ever been the case but we are committed to continuing to perfect what we offer to ensure satisfaction for everyone. Your comments are therefore appreciated and we thank you for coming to stay. With best wishes, Victoria.
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Idyllic Beach Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our family of three stayed at Mole’s Cottage and then at The Cottage at Muir Beach a few weeks later. Both cottages are absolutely magical, the quintessential cottage-by-the-sea that transport you far away, even if you are just driving locally like we did.

Muir Beach is everything you want in an idyllic beach hideaway; it is easily seen and walked to from the Cottages. The view from Mole’s is slightly better due to angle, height and location of the windows and the deck. The picture window in Mole’s living room frames the beach and cliffs perfectly - and on a clear day, you can see all the way to San Francisco.

Both cottages are impeccably clean and very comfortable. Each has a fully furnished kitchen with everything you could possibly need to cook, reheat, grill and serve. It’s a good idea to bring groceries with you as the winding road back out for errands takes a while and can spoil the retreat relaxation of being out there. Each has an easy-to-light grill.

Sleep-wise, the Cottage sleeps 4 but two are up in the loft area which has a lower ceiling and more suitable for kids. My tall (5’7”) teen found Mole’s Cottage second bedroom more comfortable; it has a stunning ocean view from its bedside picture window. Both master bedrooms have comfortable queen beds. Both cottages have a great selection of DVDs, guides and games.

Victoria was the perfect hostess - hands off but promptly attentive if needed. She provides clear, detailed instructions by email with a printed folder of that information at each cottage: local sites, groceries, WiFi, beach access, emergency information (especially for earthquakes, which the cottages are fully stocked for).

Both bathrooms are very clean and well-stocked, with hair dryers, towels, bathrobes. Mole’s Cottage is a shower only while the Cottage has a tub/shower combo. Both units also have full size washer/dryer - handy after a day at the beach.

Each cottage has its own well-coordinated sea theme - they are both exactly what the pictures show, charming and beautiful. Mole’s Cottage has a more romantic, sea cottage feel while the Cottage has a more modern, clean line feel. They are adjacent but still both very private. We had “neighbors” both times and didn’t notice their presence. A gorgeous succulent garden envelopes both cottages with thriving and flowering succulents, sea glass, driftwood and seashells. With the sound of the waves, rest and relaxation just naturally follow.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Linda for taking the time to detail your stay in both my cottages. I typically don't respond to reviews preferring instead that they speak for themselves - one guest to another, so to speak. I do however deeply appreciate your thorough comments as I do with all those who are generous about posting after staying with us. It's most helpful for future guests to be able to read about your experiences especially when they're considering their options. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time here enough to return and sample both properties and we very much look forward to your next scheduled visit!
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Very well kept and tastefully decorated cottage close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 including 2 small toddlers had a wonderful July 4th at the Cottage at Muir Beach. The cottage is indeed magical, very tastefully decorated, well kept and very close to the beach. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 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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