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Charming, peaceful 1 Bedroom Mill Valley Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

This freshly remodeled semi-attached cottage features a beautiful garden setting in the desirable Strawberry section of Mill Valley. The fully furnished and equipped property borders open space - deer are sighted almost daily! It's quiet and peaceful yet only 6 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco!

Easy parking and quick access to the coast, Mount Tamalpais, Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, and the wine country further north. The bus stop and shopping center is a 5 minute walk.

Ideal for up to two Bay Area vacationers, friends visiting the area, or house-hunters. We also have lots of 'newbie' grandparents! No worries, this cottage is upscale, not 'funky.' No stairs, steps or narrow mountain roads to contend with either!

Please call about availability since we occasionally neglect the calendar function.

'This is a very comfortable, quiet, well equipped cottage with helpful and accommodating owners. The location and freeway access are ideal. We will stay there again next time we are in Marin.'

M.R.- S. California

Keywords: Cottage, quiet, easy parking, gardens, convenient, wood floors, sunny, no stairs

More Details

Charles Ballinger
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018

About Charles Ballinger

Chuck and Eileen Ballinger are the owners who live in the semi-attached main house (garage in-between). Eileen is a real estate broker fluent in French. Chuck is an author/ artist/ general contractor/ traveler.

Charles Ballinger purchased this cottage in 1985

Why Charles Ballinger chose Mill Valley

It's proximity to San Francisco is very convenient while its setting in Marin adjoins rural open space. Marin County is our favorite place in the world - and we've been almost everywhere!

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage looks out on a beautiful European-style garden with terraces and a large fountain (see photo). Strawberry Center is a five minute walk with many restaurants and shops. The cottage is almost three times the size of a hotel room with a fully equipped kitchen. And it's been totally remodeled in 2009!


Mill Valley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 23
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Walk-in shower with built-in fiberglass seat. Clear glass doors. Large vanity.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • (1) Queen size Bed, full size dresser
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
No stairs or steps. Easy access. Very quiet. Parking never an issue. Great afternoon sun. Convenient to everything in San Francisco and Marin.


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(17 traveler reviews)

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Charming, peaceful 1 Bedroom Mill Valley Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Beautiful Location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I wanted somewhere quiet but within easy reach of all the local amenities and we definitely found this at Mill Valley Cottage. Easy to find and park it also had good access. The cottage was very comfortable with all the necessary facilities and comfortable living space. We were provided with lots of local information which proved invaluable. It was a pleasure communicating with Chuck during our booking process and we enjoyed our stay very much. We would highly recommend this home from home.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I recently stayed 7 nights in this cottage while exploring as much of the Bay area as possible.The cottage is ideally located,comfortable,peaceful and clean.Working with Chuck through the booking process was easy with prompt replies to my emails and telephone calls.We have no hesitation recommending the cottage to anyone looking for excellent accommodation in the Bay area.

Thank you for a great vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pleasant Stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this charming cottage in Mill Valley. The cottage was quiet, clean, comfortable, spacious, and well stocked. The patio and landscaping outside our door was beautiful. Mill Valley was a great location for our explorations in Marin and nearby San Francisco. We found that the cottage was a peaceful place to return to after a busy day of sightseeing. Chuck was great to work with and responded quickly to our inquiries.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect home away from home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for four nights after driving down from Healdsburg so we could go sightseeing in San Francisco, visit Sausalito and do some extra day trips up to nearby wine country. It was a perfect location as it was just a short ride into downtown SF, 10 minutes away from Sausalito, and less than an hour to Sonoma and Napa. We found the apartment/cottage very spacious, clean, bright, quiet, and private plus it had everything we needed. It is very nicely decorated, and the adjoining European-styled terraced garden outside is lovely. In Sausalito we had fabulous burgers at the Napa Valley Burger restaurant and a very nice dinner at the Buckeye Roadhouse. Our favorite meal of the trip was in Napa at a restaurant called Grace’s Table.

We would definitely stay here again if we returned to the area. We wish we had had more time to explore the nearby mountains and other outdoor attractions such as Muir Woods and Stinson Beach.

Chuck and Eileen were very nice and helpful, and Chuck responded quickly to emails and phone calls.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Berwyn, Pa.

Really Delightful

  • 5 of 5

This lovely cottage was perfect for our visit to our dughter and family who live just five minutes down the hill. It was wonderful to have a full kitchen, so that we could prepare our own food and eat when we pleased. The bed was very comfortable, and we enjoyed the pleasant decor and attention to detail, especially the original paintings! Although we only saw the owners beiefly, they were very friendly and welcoming. We would highly reccommend this cottage to anyone visiting the area for a few days or longer, and we hope to return ourselves in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hits All the High Notes

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was the perfect choice for our stay while we explored the unique area in and around Mill Valley. The location and proximity to the surrounding areas of Sausalito, the ferry (or drive) to San Francisco, Muir Woods, Mt. Tamalpais, Stinson Beach, Tomales Bay, Sonoma and Napa made it absolutely ideal.

The cottage is clean, quiet, spacious, and well equipped. It also has a beautiful garden/sitting area which although we were too busy to use, provided a beautiful and peaceful view in the moments we were there. We also enjoyed the local periodicals for tips and suggestions on the area.

It was such a treat to "go home to the cottage" after a long day's adventures, and Chuck was super friendly, open and accommodating - providing hiking tips, restaurant suggestions, and working with our changing arrival schedule.

Look no further- this is the place to stay!

-Megan & Patrick

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: recommended

wine tasting, abalone diving, the best Bay Area comedy club in Mill Valley!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $75
Refundable damage deposit $200

Cancellations - A thirty (30) day notice is required for cancellation. Cancellations that are made more than (30) days prior to arrival date will incur no penalty. Cancellations or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent. Maximum occupancy is limited to two (2) persons. This property requires a four(4) night minimum stay.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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