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Villa Montara Seaside Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathrooms, Convertible bed(s), Sleeps 6

A Secluded Country Retreat on the Pacific Ocean to Nourish and Embrace Your Spirit.


Privacy Vistas Sky Hills Trees Sun Fresh Air Sea Air Mountain Air

Beauty Art Serenity Waves Surf Clouds Mist Fog Color Movement

Space Texture Light Dark Sounds Wild Flowers Hawks Gulls Sparrows

Doves Ravens Whales Sea Lions Warm Cold Wet Windy Calm Sanctuary

Storms Thunder Sunsets Peace

View a video of our property on You Tube; search for 'Villa Montara-Half Moon Bay, CA'

Featured in the Faith Evan's video 'Never Gonna Let You Go-1999' also available on You Tube

More Details

William and Christine
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2017

About William and Christine

William Giffen, an architecturally trained designer, has resided in Montara for the past 25 years and has enjoyed this property as a design laboratory and retreat. 'It's such a spectacular place that I feel it's time to share it with friends and family of the world.'

William and Christine purchased this villa in 1985


Montara Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Half 1 - toilet
    Half Bathroom -
    Half Bathroom -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Two twin sleeping areas available elsewhere in the house.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing


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Villa Montara Seaside Retreat
average rating of 4.962963 based on 54 reviews

wedding and stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had our wedding here and it exceeded expectations. The owners of the property worked with us leading up to the event, and couldn't have been warmer and more accommodating. Many guests said it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever been to.

The setting of this property is just breathtaking and the villa exudes tranquility and serenity. Truly a dream come true.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wedding and a week long stay

  • 5 of 5

Wow!! This venue is BEYOND compare. We were lucky enough to stumble across some photos of Villa Montara while planning our wedding. Being from FL, we wanted to escape the heat and create a fun, intimate destination wedding for our friends and family. We could not have picked a better location. First let me start by saying that we were beyond excited to see VM for the first time (which was 2 days prior to our wedding!!) and the moment we stepped on property we were blown away. The photos on this site and anywhere on the internet do not compare to what you see as soon as you walk through the gates. This was EXACTLY what we wanted in a wedding venue and the fact that we were also able to spend a few days before and after our wedding enjoying the home was icing on the cake. William and Christine, the owners of the property, were wonderful to work with. William was at the property the day of our wedding and did a wonderful job helping all of the vendors and make sure everything was running smoothly. I will recommend if you are planning a wedding there to hire a day of planner (Molli Miller w/ Small Blue Planet is the BEST!!) - between the 2 of them you don't have to worry about a thing. Leaving this place was very difficult. We are still talking about the evenings in the hot tub watching the sun set as whales pass by, the sun coming up in the morning and enjoying a cup of coffee as the waves crash against the rocks below. Literally every day at this home is enchanting and brings a new adventure. If you ever have the pleasure of staying here, be sure you spend at least a week - trust me you wont want to leave!!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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True GetAway

  • 5 of 5

Spectacularly Beautiful!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Breathtaking Ocean views.....

Creative, clean, awesome accomodations...

Hospitality from host.....

Relaxing, restoring and renewing....

We felt like we were dropped in a sanctuary of nature!

Loved it!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Slice of Heaven on the Pacific Ocean

  • 5 of 5

We recently had our wedding at Villa Montara and stayed at the property for the weekend. There are no words to capture how perfect this venue was to gather 75 of our closest friends and family to celebrate our union.

While the pictures here give you a sense of the beauty of Villa Montara, what they fail to capture is the spirit and joy this space will bring to you and your guests as soon as you step foot inside. It is impossible to spend time here without smiling and appreciating the glory of the pacific coast. Our guests enjoyed whale watching during the afternoon, seaside drinks at sunset, and a bonfire to snuggle next to once the sun went down.

From a logistics and service perspective, William and Christine are incredible. Building up to the weekend, they communicated quickly and addressed all of our questions along the way. They also coordinated with vendors the entire weekend making sure that the event ran smoothly. Beyond the logistical support, they are lovely people who we feel so fortunate to have met. We've seen first hand the passion and hard work they put into maintaining and sharing this property and it is no small feat. You know you've found amazing hosts when your entire family spends the weeks following the wedding talking about how kind the home owners are!

Villa Montara is more than just a gorgeous house on the coast, it is a sanctuary of simplicity that provides a foundation for gathering to appreciate the best things in life...the beauty of nature and the love of friends and family. Thank you William and Christine for a lifetime of memories.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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My husband and I loved the architectural interest of the home and property. Views were amazing!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved our stay at Villa Montara. It was very private dispite the convient location. The owners were very helpful with recommendations of where to go and see beautiful sights. They made us feel very welcomed. The home and views are amazing as is the grounds it sits on! A must stay for the discerning!! Simply beautiful!!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Other Activities: Boating, health/beauty spa, shopping, kayaking


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Security Deposit $500
Cleaning $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

RATES FOR 2015-2016
Two night minimum

$1000 for 2 nights for 2 guests; $125 cleaning fee and $100 lodging tax
$1500 for 2 nights for 3-4 guests; $150 cleaning fee and $150 lodging tax
$1800 for 2 nights for 5-6 guests; $165 cleaning fee and $180 lodging tax
$3900 per week, $150 cleaning fee and $360 lodging tax for 1-4 guests
$4500 per week, $165 cleaning fee and $450 lodging tax for 5-6 guests
$12,000 per month; $125 cleaning fee per visit
*$500 refundable security deposit for all stays

We accept payment by credit card thru Paypal or by wire transfer

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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