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

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We are back from our wonderful holiday, which unforgettably began at your home in Mill Valley. Because of the specialness of our gathering there, and the wonderful setting, I know I won’t forget our time at your beautiful home. Thank you so much for letting our family use your beautiful house. Your home was the perfect setting for a special time together for remembering my mother and celebrating her life. Thank you again, and best wishes.
Aug 2010
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Mill Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Powder room - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - shared between 5th bedroom and cottage
  • 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)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • 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.


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Sun Drenched, Private, Peaceful,Nestled at the Base of Mt. Tam
average rating of 4.875 based on 50 reviews

So much to discover

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hoping for better

  • 2 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place in a great location

  • 5 of 5

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. : )

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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
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lovely home

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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.
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Costa Mesa, CA

Wonderful Place to spend the Holidays

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Susan's home back in December of 2015 (I'm very delinquent in this review!)

We had a great experience working with Susan and utilizing the house. My husband and I were mixing our two families together for the first extensive amount of time. It went great! There were 13 adults and 2 dogs in total and this was the only place I could find in the whole bay area at the time that could squeeze us all in. It was definitely a squeeze but we all made it work. We did Christmas morning all together and even had 4 or 5 additional guests from the area over for Christmas dinner, it was a great time! We are very grateful to Susan for offering up her wonderful home and accommodating our large mixed family! Thank you, Susan!!!

p.s. when she says the spa doesn't work during the winter, she means it!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home and surroundings

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Housekeeping $275 + Tax
Pet Fee $20 + Tax
$20/nt/guest over 11 gts $20 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.