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Sun Drenched, Private, Peaceful,Nestled at the Base of Mt. Tam

Mill Valley, CA, USA
  • House
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms5
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

House, 5 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 11)

You will be amazed at how this conveniently located property feels so peaceful and remote. You can enjoy it with your family, as a romantic hideaway or well earned retreat. It is only 20 minutes from San Francisco, 1 mile from downtown Mill Valley, 30 minutes to the Beach or Muir Woods. An excursion to the wine country is just 45 minutes away.

The home offers 5 lovely guest rooms that are included in the basic rental rate. The master has wonderful views of Mount Tam, a private fireplace and Jacuzzi tub. The other guest rooms also have great views and their own full bathrooms with bath tubs. All the rooms are spacious, bright and warm. 3 guest rooms are on the top floor with all day sun and spectacular views, the other 2 are on the entry level of this gorgeous roomy 3 level home.

For larger groups a detached small guest cottage with a twin bed can be made available for an extra charge. The cottage is on the entry level with a separate entrance possibility. The guest cottage is bright and sunny and shares the bathroom with the 5th bedroom. The fee for the cottage is $50/night extra. It is never rented on its own, but only to accommodate needs for an extra bed.

The home is advertised as 5 bedrooms, but the owner is willing to work with individual needs and credit back if all bedrooms are not needed. (We can credit back rooms not needed after booking). Feel free to contact the owner to discuss this possibility.

*The 5th bedroom can be closed off from the main home with an accordion door and the owner occasionally keeps it for her use when all 5 bedrooms are not needed. If this is arranged, the owner does not have access to the public areas of the primary residence during rentals.

You will want to cook up a storm in the gorgeous kitchen. Counters are granite, cabinets maple and the views, spectacular. The kitchen is open, airy and enjoys all day sun. There is a formal dining room with a gorgeous custom chenille mahogany wood table, living room with sunken fireplace, and cozy family room with a wood burning stove.

The home is spacious with high ceilings, views in every direction hardwood floors and plush carpets in the family room and bedrooms. It is casually elegant with the outside incorporated within. Pictures simply cannot capture the lovely and peaceful ambiance experienced immediately when you enter the front door.

This sun-drenched home offers world class hiking and mountain biking right from the front porch. There are so many day trips and outside adventures available, but you will have a hard time leaving the sun and tranquility of the many decks and pool. Many a day I have gazed at the fog far off in the distance horizon reminding me that my sun drenched home is a magical enclave of warm sunny skies.

In keeping with the gorgeous setting, the home itself is 'green'. The cleaning products are all natural with no artificial fragrances, the soaps are scented with all natural organic lavender essential oil and detergents are fragrance free. The pool is solar heated and cleaned with a silver mineral system instead of chlorine.

Treat your self, your family, your friends; come share my spot of heaven on earth.

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Member Since 2009
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 double
      • Bedroom 4
        1 double
      • Bedroom 5
        1 double
      • detached cottage/shared bathroom
        1 twin/ single
      • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (1)


      • 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Powder room
      • Bathroom 5
        shared between 5th bedroom and cottage

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
            Mountain views and magnificent trees from every direction.


              • Guests provide their own meals


                  • Linens Provided
                  • Broadband Access
                  • Fireplace
                    Must bring own wood and please clean up afterwards
                  • Fitness Room / Equipment
                    Nordic track and stationary bike in the family room.
                  • Free Long Distance
                  • Heating
                  • Internet
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Living Room
                  • Parking
                  • Telephone
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine
                    $3/load on honor system
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Wood Fireplace
                    (3) Must bring own wood
                  • Wood Stove


                      • Ice Maker
                      • Catering Available
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Freezer
                      • Coffee Maker
                        Drip and large french press
                      • Kitchen
                        Fully stocked
                      • Microwave
                      • Oven
                        Double oven
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Stove
                      • Toaster


                          • Dining
                            Seats 8 comfortably(4 additional chairs available)
                          • Dining Area
                          • comfy seating for 10 people


                              • Stereo
                              • Books
                              • DVD Player
                              • Games
                              • Music Library
                              • Satellite / Cable
                                The family room has service with Comcast with a programmable DVR and includes HBO,ENCORE, STARZ and On Demand shows.
                              • CD Player
                              • Television
                              • Toys
                              • VCR
                              • Video Games
                              • Video Library


                                  • Balcony
                                    This is off the master bedroom and is a lovely place to catch the last rays of the day.
                                  • Deck / Patio
                                    A private balcony off the master suite, a huge deck off the the kitchen which wraps around to include the dining room. The pool has a huge deck with plenty of room on both for entertaining or just quiet enjoyment.
                                  • Lawn / Garden
                                  • Outdoor Grill

                                    Pool / Spa

                                      • Hot Tub
                                        Spa is outside and attached to the pool, so due to it's concrete base cannot be sufficiently heated on cold winter days. Hot Tub NOT available after 10 p.m.
                                      • Private Pool
                                        The pool is solar heated, so it is dependent on Mother Nature. It is not swimmable in winter and early spring months. ****Please do NOT use speakers or blast music as it disturbs the neighbors.
                                      • jetted tub
                                        In Master Bathroom


                                          • cinemas
                                          • health/beauty spa
                                          • live theater
                                          • museums
                                          • restaurants
                                          • zoo

                                            Leisure Activities

                                              • antiquing
                                              • boating
                                              • horseshoes
                                              • shelling
                                              • shopping
                                              • sight seeing
                                              • wildlife viewing

                                                Local Services & Businesses

                                                  • Babysitter
                                                  • fitness center

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • rock climbing
                                                      • basketball court
                                                      • golf
                                                      • hiking
                                                      • mountain biking
                                                      • racquetball
                                                      • cycling
                                                      • sailing
                                                      • surfing
                                                      • swimming
                                                      • tennis
                                                      • wind-surfing


                                                          • The property leads directly to hiking trails on Mt Tam. There is a trampoline for the kids-young and old. Redwood groves on the property yet full all day sun.

                                                            48 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            So much to discover

                                                            Grant G.

                                                            This is a great place with so many levels and layers to discover.

                                                            Hoping for better

                                                            Marty B.

                                                            The pictures on VRBO are old and need to be updated. We were locked out of one of the rooms and had to climb over a railing to get into one of the promised rooms. We had pest issues. Ants all over the kitchen counter and an unfortunate experience with a rat. Called the owner and she tried but couldn't get a pest control company out to help us during the stay. The area is beautiful and there a nice hiking trail very close by.

                                                            Beautiful place in a great location

                                                            Benjamin K.

                                                            Susan's property is gorgeous: spacious on the inside and beautiful outside. It's a very peaceful view, nestled in the trees. We had a large group of friends meeting for a reunion. Plenty of space for different groups to be doing different things. Many of the bedrooms have their own bathrooms, which is great. The pool and spa were popular spots to hang out and there are deer and many species of birds around. Local hiking trails are about a 5 minute walk away. We almost always ate outdoors on the giant balconies; just delightful.

                                                            The location is fantastic. You can, for example, drive over to the dipsea trail in 15 minutes and walk to Muir woods from there. Or be in SF in less than 30 minutes. Or head up to a winery in Napa or Sonoma in 45 minutes to an hour.

                                                            Susan was also a pleasure to work with. From booking to checking in/out she was responsive, polite, and helpful. A couple of small issues came up, but we resolved them very quickly. Couldn't have asked for someone who was easier to work with.

                                                            I highly recommend renting it. : )

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Hi Ben, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review. I am so happy the home worked well for your reunion. You were a fantastic guest to work with and to host. With appreciation and best wishes, Susan

                                                            lovely home

                                                            karen c.

                                                            This is a gorgeous house perfect for our family of 6 adults and four children.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            I am so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your time in our home. It was a pleasure to work with and host you. Thank you and warm wishes.

                                                            Beautiful home and surroundings

                                                            Jeffrey F.

                                                            I would highly recommend Susan's house. It is tucked away in the back of Mill Valley up a large hill. The views from the house are wonderful and peaceful. The inside of the house is nice and roomy. Susan is great at communicating anything and everything that is needed. I would definitely stay here again!

                                                            What a lovely time

                                                            MARY LANDLES-COBB-

                                                            I'm just returning home from a restful two days at Susan's house. What a gem-- nestled in the trees, you feel so far from the city and yet you are only a half hour away. Our group really loved her home-- so many wonderful nooks to get away and relax. We lounged on the decks (which are not unsafe at all), soaked in the pool, hung out on the couches, napped in the bedrooms, and gathered for wonderful meals on the deck outside the kitchen. Susan was fantastic-- she was very responsive and extremely helpful in making our weekend as restful and special as she could. It is truly a home away from home!


                                                            Mill Valley, CA, USA

                                                            The home is unique in that it is surrounded by Redwoods yet has all day south facing sun. It is incredibly quiet and peaceful, with a private pool and wonderful views. Situated at the base of Mt. Tam, you can hike and then sun by the pool. Restaurants and shopping in Mill Valley are first class. Or, you can go on sightseeing adventures to Muir Woods, Stinson Beach or Napa. This is a fantastic vacation home or weekend get-a-way. (There is also a trampoline for the kids). Mill Valley offers several day camps for the kids so the entire family can enjoy a real summer vacation.

                                                            Rates & Availability

                                                            Additional information about rental rates

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                                                            Pet Fee
                                                            Additional Guest Fee
                                                            Tax Rate

                                                            The home is situated on a peaceful canyon. Out of respect for my neighbors right to enjoy that peace, I agreed to impose a 10 pm rule. Guests need to plan their outside times on decks, in the spa and by the pool, to be inside by 10 p.m. Violations of this rule can result in forfeiting of the damage deposit. If there is any damage, in addition to outside noise after 10 p.m., guests will be billed. Also note that the maximum allowed is 11 guests. Over that is by owner prior agreement and at a $20/person/night over the 11 max. PLEASE NOTE RE RATE QUOTES: The VRBO website does not have the capacity to accurately reflect my rates. I try to accommodate large and small gatherings, so try to be flexible with how I quote the home. This way smaller groups should not have to pay the same rate as larger groups. If you would like access to the cottage (small with twin bed and shares a bathroom with the 5th bedroom), the rate is $50/night extra. If you have a smaller group, and don't need access to the whole home, let me know and I can credit back some of what you are quoted via the website. So sorry for any confusion, it is out of my control.

                                                            48 Reviews
                                                            Wonderful 4.9/5
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